Juuust About Caught Up

There have been a lot of trade posts on here recently.  Don’t worry, they’re going to slow down soon.  I’m juuust about caught up with my trade posts.  Then the no-trading ban will be lifted and all will be right with the world again.

How many of you remember my Topps Community Break from a few months back?  Seems like ancient history at this point.  Well, Kyle from Juuust a Bit Outside probably remembers.  JABO (not to be confused with Jobu) was interested in one of the leftover teams and asked if I would trade for it.

He made an offer that I could have refused, but didn’t want to since it involved a few nice cards for my binders. And one for the sticker album

What do you mean the Braves page isn't done?

Freddie is really confused as to why no one has contacted me about my Brian McCann sticker need.  He knows that I can trade all my sticker doubles for the last 2011 sticker needed to complete the set. Or an actual card if stickers aren’t your thing.

Tastes more like regular rookie cards

I don’t have a 1983 Topps rookie card to use for a personal side by side comparison, but I’m happy with the painted counterpart as a placeholder.  The back is a little too faithful to the original.  There’s only a tiny strip down the side that gives any indication about the year or card number of this 2003 Gallery Heritage insert.

I think it's cool that the top notch thing is still intact

Upper Deck X has overrun the repack boxes. I’m not sure if that’s where JABO found this gold die cut, but if I had to guess, I’d say yes.  It’s also a card that wasn’t likely to be seen in many more trade offers, so I pounced.  The only thing that distinguishes the gold die cut from the normal die cut is that slightly metallic ink outline.  Boy do these feel fragile. I may have to keep it toploaded instead of paged up.

Name the game, because I'm not going to research it. Can't be that hard, right?

Even with the gold die cut, I think this is the winner of the trade.  Update had pretty much just come out, so this Legend SP of Frank Thomas was high on my list.  Sadly I still need the White Sox SP from Series 2.  I know the value usually doesn’t increase for stars prominently featured in the background/foreground, but Joe Mauer’s appearance makes the card that much cooler to me.  Don’t know why.

And that’s another trade down.  “I don’t think this one had the distance” of other trades in terms of sheer numbers, but it’s just as thrilling to me as Jake Taylor beating out the bunt.  Thanks a lot JABO.  Everyone should check out his blog, because he’s holding group breaks faster than Willie Mays Hays over there.

Speaking of group breaks.  It’s April so our 2003 Leaf Break is almost ready to happen (planning to do it April 5, opening day – get it?).  I need one more question for everyone, don’t I?  Well, let’s keep the theme going.  Free Box Break Question:  Are any of you out there interested in doing a 2012 Topps Archive Group Case Break?  We did it for Topps Lineage last year to mild success.  I think Archives looks better with all retired on-card autos falling 2 per box.  That’s 20 autos of fan favorites per case.  Preliminary research tells me it’d be somewhere between $30-35 team for a whole case worth.  So, what do you guys say?  This won’t be the official sign-up so don’t claim any teams yet. We just want a head count to see how close to full we can get it.  It releases May 23rd if that affects your decision.

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