Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Archives

Day 6 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/21/2018

Base set is listed at the bottom

Bull Durham
Ron Shelton
Millie

Inserts & SP

#1 Draft Picks
Jeff Burroughs
Harold Baines

Father & Son
Tom & Dee Gordon
Ken Griffey Sr. & Jr.

1969 Super
Matt Harvey
Freddie Freeman
Andrew McCutchen
Alex Gordon

Short Print
#306 – Tito Francona

Parallels & Hit

Blue Parallel – #/199
Miguel Almonte
Jim Palmer

On-Card Auto
Aaron Nola (Blue Border #036/199)

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 32, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 48, 51, 54, 57, 58, 61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 81, 82, 83, 84, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 99, 100,101, 103, 104, 105, 108, 109, 111, 112, 115, 117, 119, 120, 127, 129 (sale pending), 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 153, 154, 155, 157, 158, 160, 162, 163, 167, 168, 171, 175, 177, 180, 181, 182, 184, 185, 186, 188, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 200, 202, 205, 207, 209, 210, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 224, 225, 227, 230, 231, 232, 233, 236, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 254, 258, 261, 262, 263, 265, 269, 270, 272, 273, 274, 276, 280, 281, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 292, 295, 296, 298, 300

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter

Day 5 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/21/2018

Boxtoppers

Boxtoppers
Mike Trout
Buster Posey (not pictured)

Minis

Regular Mini
John Lamb
Jason Sklar
Matt Duffy
Chase Headley
Tyler White
Jay Oakerson
Paul McBeth
Tom Murphy (SP)

A&G Back Mini
Chris Archer

US Mayors
Kasim Reed
Michael Hancock
Oscar Leeser (PENDING)

Ferocious Felines
Manx Cat

inserts 1

inserts 2

Numbers Game
John Smoltz
Dustin Pedroia
George Springer
Buster Posey

Baseball Legends
Willie Mays (PENDING)
Whitey Ford (PENDING)
Hank Aaron (PENDING)
Al Kaline (PENDING)

Natural Wonders
Grand Canyon
Amazon Rainforest
Punalu’u Beach
Cliffs of Moher
Ngorongoro Crater
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro

Hits

Full Sized Relics
Yoenis Cespedes
Lorenzo Cain
Giancarlo Stanton

Framed Mini Relic
Felix Hernandez

Framed Mini On-Card Auto
Marcus Stroman

No Number Mini – Print Run assumed 50
David Wright

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 4, 7, 14, 15, 19, 20, 24, 33 (PENDING), 35, 37, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 59, 62 (x2), 64, 68, 69 (PENDING), 72, 75 (x2), 76, 77 (x2), 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 91, 96 (PENDING), 99, 103, 104, 109, 110 (x2), 113, 115, 116 (x2), 118, 121, 123, 124, 127, 128, 129, 132 (x2), 134 (x2), 135, 138 (x2), 140, 141 (x2), 147, 148, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155 (x2), 157, 159, 160, 164, 167, 169, 170, 172, 173, 174, 175, 179, 181 (x2), 183, 185, 186, 189, 192, 194, 195, 197, 202, 205 (x2 – 1 pending), 208 (x2), 211, 214 (x2), 218, 219, 220, 221, 225, 226, 229, 231, 232 (x2), 234, 235 (x2), 236, 239, 240, 242, 243, 244, 245 (x2), 246, 247, 248, 249, 251 (x2), 252, 254, 255, 256 (x2), 262, 264, 274, 275 (x2), 276, 277, 278, 279, 281, 283, 284 (x2), 287, 291, 292, 293, 295, 297 (x2), 298, 300, 301, 306, 308, 312, 317, 318, 321, 333, 336, 342, 346

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

Trade Bait – 2016 Diamond Kings

Day 4 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/21/2018

Inserts

Aficionado
Felix Hernandez
Albert Pujols

DK Originals
Kirby Puckett

Expressionists
Rickey Henderson

Heritage Collection
Gaylord Perry
Paul Molitor

Memorable Feats
Walter O’Malley (PENDING)
Babe Ruth

Base Set Variations
Roberto Clemente
Ty Cobb (Not pictured)

Framed and Hits

Framed Bronze
Michael Conforto

Framed Blue – #/99
Evan Gattis (PENDING)

DK Mini
Rafael Devers #16/25

Elements of Royalty Dual Relic
Mel Ott #32/99

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
3, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 40, 42, 43, 47, 48, 51, 54, 59, 62, 67, 73, 80, 84, 88, 93, 96, 97, 103, 104, 107, 108, 111, 115, 118, 119, 122, 123, 126, 127, 130, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139, 140, 142, 145, 146, 147, 150, 151, 154, 155, 158, 159, 162, 163, 166, 167, 170, 171, 173, 175, 179, 182, 183, 185

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

Trade Bait – 2016 Donruss Optic

Day 3 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/21/2018

Holos pt 1

Holos pt 2

Holos Pt 3

Holos pt 4

Holo Prizm
Nick Markakis (DK)
Michael Brantley (DK) (PENDING)
Jose Altuve (DK)
Jonathan Lucroy (DK)
Alex Rodriguez (DK)
Andrew McCutchen (DK)
Nelson Cruz (DK)
Evan Longoria (DK)
Josh Donaldson (DK)
Rob Refsnyder (RR)
Michael Conforto (RR)
Henry Owens (RR)
Tyler Naquin (RR) (PENDING)
Trevor Story (RR)
Tom Murphy (RR)
Tyler Duffey (RR)
Brandon Drury (RR)
Jorge Lopez (RR)
Adrian Gonzalez
Lorenzo Cain
Aroldis Chapman
Matt Kemp
Jose Bautista
David Price
Robinson Cano
Jeff Samardzija
Jonathan Lucroy
Mookie Betts
AJ Pollock

Aqua Holo Prizm #/299
David Price (DK)
Tyler White (RR) (PENDING)
Billy Burns
Xander Bogaerts

Blues

inserts and orange holo

Blue Holo Prizm #/149
Joc Pederson (DK)
Travis Jankowski (RR)

Orange Holo Prizm #/199
Zack Greinke (DK)
Manny Machado (DK)
Alex Rodriguez (DK)
Luis Severino (RR)
Sonny Gray
Buster Posey

Reds

Red Holo Prizm #/99
Miguel Cabrera (DK)
Jose Peraza (RR)
Justin Upton
Jose Bautista – Joey Bats Variation

Inserts Autos

Back to the Future
Yoenis Cespedes
Prince Fielder – Blue #/149
Adrian Beltre – Blue #/149 (PENDING)
Josh Donaldson – Red #/99

Illusion
Justin Upton
Chris Davis

Masters of the Game
Johnny Bench
Mike Piazza (PENDING)
Edgar Martinez – Blue #/149

Power Alley
Paul Goldschmidt
Miguel Sano (PENDING)

The Prospects
Josh Bell
AJ Reed (PENDING)

The Rookies
Rob Refsnyder
Ketel Marte – Red #/99

Autos

Rated Rookie On-Card Autos
#173 – Alex Dickerson – I think this is considered to be part of the base set as an auto-only card number
#RR-JE – Jerad Eickhoff – Exact same style, but not a base set auto

Studio Sticker Autos
#SSCM – Carlos Martinez
#SSAJ – AJ Reed – Red #14/25 (PENDING)

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
3 (x2), 6 (x2), 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28 (x2), 30 (x2), 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 69, 72, 73, 79, 82, 83, 84, 88, 91, 92, 96, 99, 102, 103, 108, 109, 113 (PENDING), 114, 117, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 133 (PENDING), 134, 135, 136, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 146, 147, 148, 150, 154, 155, 156, 159, 162, 163, 164, 165

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

Trade Bait – 2016 Stadium Club

Day 2 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/21/2018

Inserts

Contact Sheet
Buster Posey
Bryce Harper

Isometrics
Miguel Cabrera
Nelson Cruz
Kevin Kiermaier

Legends
Whitey Ford

Triumvirate Luminescent
Kendrys Morales

Beam Team
Yu Darvish

Parallels

Gold Parallel
Ryan Howard
Yosmany Thomas
Jhonny Peralta
DJ LeMahieu
Trevor Story

Black Parallel
Nolan Arenado
Babe Ruth
Nathan Eovaldi

Auto

On-Card Auto
Byung-Ho Park

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
3, 4, 6, 11, 14, 16, 24, 28, 30, 32 (PENDING), 35, 40, 48, 53, 54, 55, 61, 64, 65, 69, 72, 75, 76, 87, 93, 94, 100, 104, 109, 110, 113, 119, 120, 125 (PENDING), 127, 129, 131, 137, 138, 139, 141, 143, 146, 148 (PENDING), 149, 150, 154, 157, 162 (PENDING), 164, 166, 170, 173, 174, 175, 180, 181, 183, 186, 191, 193, 194, 196, 197, 201, 216, 217 (PENDING), 218, 221, 223, 225, 227, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 239, 253, 256, 258, 260, 263, 264, 270, 274, 275, 276, 278, 280 (sale pending), 285, 291, 293, 294, 295, 297, 299, 300 (PENDING)

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

Trade Bait – 2017 Topps Fire

Day 1 of 7 in another week long trade bait party. Keep coming back and claiming through comments on each post and we’ll finalize after day 7 is done.

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 9/18/2018

Inserts

Monikers
Rickey Henderson
Babe Ruth
Roger Clemens
Wade Boggs

Golden Grabs
Kole Calhoun
Melky Cabrera

Flame Throwers
Noah Syndergaard
Edwin Diaz

Fired Up!
Max Scherzer

Inserts and Parallels – The Davis sold on Sportlots within a day of posting

Walk It Off
Freddie Freeman

Flame Red Parallel
Bo Jackson
Hank Aaron
Dustin Pedroia
Alex Reyes
Brian Dozier

Onyx Parallel
Chris Davis SOLD

Orange Parallel (#/299)
Dan Vogelbach
Johnny Cueto

Parallels and Hits

Green Parallel (#/199)
Carlos Martinez

Purple Parallel (#/99)
Christian Yelich

Sticker Auto
Ender Inciarte #/500 (PENDING)

Base Relic
Luke Weaver #/110

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 29, 30, 33, 37, 38, 39, 46, 47, 49, 50, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 72, 75, 77, 78, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92 (PENDING), 93, 98, 101, 104, 107, 108, 110, 111, 114, 119, 120, 122, 123, 128, 131 (PENDING), 134, 135, 137, 139, 141, 142, 143, 146, 148, 149, 153, 157, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 166, 168, 170, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 189, 190, 192, 194, 195, 198, 199

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and I’ll post more soon!

A Big Trade with Mini Collector Bill – Part 8 of 8

The time has come to end this saga.  I started showing off this trade in September 2017.  Then work got in the way for a few months (part 2 went up in April), and I wanted to give air time to other trades along the way as well, but nearly exactly a year later the last chapter of this trade with Bill is finished.

And it’s great timing, too, because I just got ANOTHER package from Bill in the mail a few days ago!  I promise it won’t take a year to get through that one (barring a coma or some other unforeseen event)!  I’m also going to present it slightly differently, but you’ll see when that time comes.  I have a couple other trades in the queue first.

As mentioned before, Bill doesn’t have a blog of his own, but he’s known as minibbcards on the Trading Card Database and his want lists are fantastic (and found here).  If you have 2018 Ginter minis (or other years), make sure to give him a look as he’s a great guy and super easy to deal with!

Iron your jersey

To begin the cleanup, let’s take a look at some cards of Zobrist, who has been one of the most reliable Cubs players this year.  He may not be the flashiest, or the one with the most power, and he doesn’t hit in a spot in the lineup where he has a massive impact, but it’s noticeable and appreciated.

A great picture I haven’t seen before

I doubt we’ll reach the World series this year.  In fact, his former team here might get there.  But I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if he pulled out another WS MVP….

Logo spotted

The last Upper Deck baseball set in nearly a decade now.  Every time I look at this set I’m reminded that they did some random “spot the difference” SPs with various rarities in there, but never announced what the differences were.

Found that one too

Neither of these players fell into that category, but Chris Coghlan is one of the Ultra Rare variant guys.  Per Baseballcardpedia – UD Logo flipped to upper-right, player in dugout moved left).  I have neither version of the Coghlan.

Nothing but logos here

Continuing on the Fowler train, we move forward one year to the non-Mike Trout series.  Simpler times.

Run away from the sparkle variations in 2011 Topps

For those that also need help without looking at the backs, this is 2013 Bowman.  Nice design, but as I’ve said many times before, it’s really hard to know which year is which.  I’m happy to take all the Bowman stuff I don’t have already and sort it out when it arrives.

Bring it!

2015 is a bit easier for me to identify, but I still have doubts.  I have this issue with a lot of products, I guess.  Kind of pathetic for a current collector when you think about it.

(probably won’t be the) MVP!

Lastly, we’re sticking with 2015 Bowman, but this time it’s in the form of a Javier Baez rookie card.  Now, obviously this was sent prior to what I guess could be called a breakout season, but few people care about Bowman rookies (only the prospects).  I’m one of those few people when it comes to players I collect.  Also, regardless of Javy’s production, I would certainly be grateful to receive this, as I was for all of these cards spread out over a year and eight posts!

I’m also grateful for all the cards Bill just sent to me, and I look forward to sharing those with you soon and continue thanking him for his wonderful trades!

A Huge Collecting Benchmark

You know, when you start a player collection or a team collection, you never really plan to actually finish it.  Sets can be finished.  Retro player collections can be finished.  Modern stuff is nearly impossible.

Of course, it helps to impose some restrictions.  That’s why I don’t collect anything that has a print run lower than 50.  If that serial number is 49 or less, I don’t want it.  I’ll keep it if someone sends it or it’s pulled from a pack, but my thinking is that there are probably at least 50 people in the US collecting any specific player (or their associated team) and so the competition is too much to be worthwhile.  And obviously only one person can own the 1-of-1s.

Longtime readers have heard this all before, but I say it again to set up this next part.  I collect Carlos Marmol and using that criteria I need 160 cards to have a complete collection.  Progress over the past couple years has been slow, but at least no one has made new cards to add to that total.  As part of an unspoken resolution, my goal was to try to make significant progress on that want list in particular.  I’ve pretty much tapped out COMC (they have stuff I need, but priced way too high for my liking), and trades have slowed down since it’s mostly rarer stuff left.  I haven’t tried some other avenues like TCDB or justcommons/cardbarrel yet, but my next stop was Sportlots.

I’ve sold cards on there for years and I have a lot of credit built up because I haven’t been cashing out and also I simply never bothered to buy.  So, in April I went on a little buying spree and used Marmol as my main focus.  I found sellers with decent shipping prices that had cards I needed and then bought a stack from them of my main six players.

When all was said and done, I was at 119/160, or 74.38%.  My July autograph ebay win put me over the edge to exactly 75% complete.  That’s pretty amazing.  It’s crazy to think that just a few more cards will get me to 80%.  Maybe I’ll get there later this year.  We’ll see.

Top of his game

A couple of these are not too exciting visually, but are for me.  You can’t tell but this is the gold foil version, which is a thing that exists

Sadly, his last All-Star game

This is also the gold foil.  Not a fan of the subtle parallels, but at least it’s not a sparkle.

Love this picture

I owned this at one point, then returned it to Topps with the rest of the giveaway set for quality control issues.  They didn’t have anymore and sent me other stuff instead.  So, I bought this copy for less than a quarter.

Trying not to laugh

ToppsTown.  Oh man, I forgot about that thing.  These were everywhere and overabundant.  This particular one is from Opening Day – the last version I needed.

Cracked!

Some people still price these code cards as if there’s an active prize someone can win.

Not part of the code…or is it!

I even have most of the minis, which is an accomplishment in and of itself!

I like this black border better

And this was the last Ginter mini I needed for Marmol.  Need an 2009 OPC one (not Tobacco sized) still.

Bring it

Parallels are a big part of what’s still missing.  I was hoping that maybe this would come in a trade but I guess not as many people bought those Wal-Mart blasters

Fist pump for progress!

Here’s another Walmart blue.  Checking the list, I need the 2010 Walmart black.

Two times!

This collection is golden!

Oh, ok! One more fist pump!

With this huge benchmark down, I’m looking at the next possible one on my list and I think 50% of a Ryan Dempster collection is feasible.  I’m at 210/506, which is 41.50%.  It’s a fun thing to think about.  If you want to help in my quest, take a look at my want list pages and I’m sure we can figure out a deal.

July 2018 Ebay Wins – Part 2 of 2

Welcome to part two of the July card auction explosion.  I hope everyone enjoyed the first part.  If you missed it, check out the link, because it was full of fun stuff including a rip card (spoiler!)

I’m going to keep the party going here and start off with another big card and end with a bigger one.  July may have been my best month since I started doing these monthly updates.

I thought the dugout compartments were part of the design at first

Yeah, here’s another Bryant #/50 that I won for less than $5.  Although this time it wasn’t because of Bunt Syndrome. It wasn’t poor labeling on the auction either. I just happened to get really lucky and found no competition for this gold refractor.  I don’t get it, but I’m glad to have gotten it.

Need more Contreras cards

I’m having fun going after these Big League cards.  They’re kind of like the new Bunt in that they’re cheap and easy to get.  I do want to go for a master set of the stuff, but need to actually break down and buy a box first.

Don’t see a lot of /100 cards these days

I’m pretty sure the set was brand new when I started winning these auctions.  Great time to do it.

Most are /99 instead to add that extra level of special

Tough to see, but you can guess this is the rainbow foil version as well.  Pretty good start in my parallel hunt, and I’m glad there are only a couple of numbered levels.

Green refractors are some of the best

Like the Inceptions from last post, I have a tough time knowing and remembering which Finest parallels I have.

2018 was the year of the slides in all sets, I guess

Let’s hope that this young prospect Lester can make it in the big leagues.

Need him back in the lineup

Slowly chipping away at the Heywards from 2018.  Starting with the vintage stock, which are tougher to land for me this year.  In fact, this might be the first one so far.

Kind of like a stage curtain

I think this is the first black parallel this year as well.  They’re pretty recognizable, which is great.  I think the parallels more than the design will help me remember which year it is.

Don’t move the doom tracker

I showed the Rizzo last time. It’s Kyle’s turn today.  I know more people won’t get this reference, but these remind me of the board game Eldritch Horror with the map look and the circle that is perfect for a gate leading to an elder god.

Throwback cut up

I don’t bid on many relics and win fewer of them.  I actually didn’t fully intend to win this auction.  I bid on this and another player from the same seller thinking I was for sure going to win the other one and then this would be fine to add with combined shipping if it worked out.  Well, this was the only one that made it’s way to me.

Three more to go

You may be surprised that I didn’t have this Carlos Marmol already.  In the earlier days, I was holding out to see if a version would appear that had his jersey number, because there are a lot of stickers signed that did.  Maybe this was too early in his career since it is his first autograph and was likely still a prospect.  With this addition, I’m down to needing only three more autographs – all of them are from the 2008 Stadium Club Beam Team set & parallels.  Let me know if you have a lead on them.

Did not buy for the Expos, that’s just a bonus

Here’s the biggest acquisition of the month.  Yes, another Tony Gwynn auto.  I’m really enjoying picking these off here and there.  Even though they’ve gone up in price overall since his passing, they’re still pretty cheap since he signed so much.  In fact, there are a couple other co-signers I need to go for from this set, but this pairing is the most common I’ve seen.  Finally found one that dropped to my range.

Sammy Hits Another Home Run Of A Trade For Me

A couple of months ago, I showcased a trade with CubsFanStan where I sent him a few Sammy Sosa cards I had up on Sportlots and he gave me an assortment of good stuff.

Fast forward a little bit and Stan was opening packs on twitter, and a couple things peaked my interest.  Not too long after that, I had a package in the mail with those cards and some other extras.  It caught me a little off-guard as I didn’t know the envelope was coming, but I did eventually dig out some other Sosa cards to send back his way.

Rizzarper won’t be a thing even if Bryce signs with the Cubs

Normally I pick up at least a blaster of the new year’s stuff, but I never did that with 2018.  Part of the reason is that trades have covered me well enough and I currently don’t need the extra trade bait (instead I need to sort the trade bait I do have and post it on the blog).  Getting the Cubs are more common, but seeing the guys no longer with the team come through are great because it really helps me avoid buying packs.

I hope Soler can stay intact next year

I also got a few from 2017.  I love that Coghlan picture. Sorry it’s not horizontal, but I’m trying to lump more cards together to make things easier on myself.  It’s a little strange that it took this long to get that Arrieta card as I have a few of the parallels already.

I hope Fowler does well against every team except NL Central ones

How about my first look at 2018 Heritage?  Another one where I usually buy a blaster, but in this case I just never made it out to the store.  Maybe I’ll pick up a box if they’re cheap enough around black friday.

I’m happy too, Anthony

A lot of firsts in this trade package.  Rizzo is my first 2018 Bowman card.  I’ve been enjoying the direction of Bowman the past couple years.  I’m not sure I can tell the years apart yet, but it’s a start.

He would be on a few more All-Star teams

It’s not all new stuff.  I also got this 1985 Gwynn glossy.  I forget how these were distributed, but I want to say rack packs.  It would be cool to see rack packs as we knew them again, but I know it’s a pipe dream.

Came in a winning effort

According to the back, this 495 ft blast was the longest in his career.  Of course, that’s assuming you A) trust the distance measuring process in general and B) most likely ignore the fact that different ballparks will measure using different methods.

I forgot he was with the Tigers

So these next two cards are the ones that I was interested in on twitter.  I hate the look of the negative images – too creepy – but that doesn’t mean I don’t need it.  And when talking about a pitcher that isn’t all that likely to show up in any card shop/show boxes, I’m pretty happy to snag this.

Drowning by grape kool-aid

The last card is another first.  This is the Toys R Us purple parallel.  The first one of these from any year that I’ve ever added to my collection as far as I remember.  Now that the company is out of business, it will be interesting to see if the purples show up anywhere in 2019.

Thanks again to Stan for another great trade!  I don’t know if have more Sosa’s that you don’t have at this point, but maybe we’ll find a way to make a deal again sometime in the future!