Weekly Trade Bait #12 – Birthday Boxes Week 4 of 11

I’m back with what I hope will be a regular series.  Did you miss the other installments?  Well, you can either scroll down a couple posts or check out the “Trade Bait” link at the top of the blog.  There’s a 1/1, some other low numbered parallels and a few good autos among others in there. Dale Murphy relic, anyone? Also, stickers!

I’m not even going to pretend like this can remain a weekly thing, but I just don’t have the heart to rename the sucker.  If you missed it last time, there were a lot of hits in week 3.  I don’t think the odds are with us to have it happen two times in a row, but let’s find out.


Studio 7

Josh Beckett
Ambiorix Concepcion
Lance Berkman
Joe Mauer – Studio Stars – CLAIMED
Roy Halladay
Bret Boone

The things you miss when you stop following baseball closely for several years.  Ambiorix?  I think I’ve been prescribed that before.

Studio 8

Grady Sizemore
Edgar Renteria
Ervin Santana
Yorman Bazardo – Studio Proof #/100
Jeff Niemann
Brian Giles

Hey, that studio proof is pretty cool.  Too bad there aren’t too many Bazardo/Marlins collectors around, so I don’t expect to see it leave my house soon.  You never know.

UD Piece of History 7

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Jose Reyes
CC Sabathia – CLAIMED
Brandon Jones – Sticker Auto #/499
Heath Phillips
Joe DiMaggio – Yankee Stadium Legacy – Game 1317
Cotton Gin
Human Genome Project

Hey, another hit!  This is the one per box auto.  Could be better, but maybe a Braves fan wants it.

Pinnacle 7

Ichiro – TRADED
Jason Kipnis
Eric Hosmer
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Sticker Auto
Shelby Miller – Team 2020 – CLAIMED
Felix Hernandez
Avisail Garcia
Mike Olt – CLAIMED

Back to back!  I don’t know much about Kirk other than his last name is tough to spell.  I wish the Team 2020 looked more like the Team 2000 from 1992 Pinnacle.  Gold foil is lacking from the set overall, which actually is better in my opinion, but this insert would have been the perfect throwback opportunity to use it.

Pinnacle 8

Troy Tulowitzki
Rickey Henderson – CLAIMED
Adam Wainwright – CLAIMED
Yadier Molina – CLAIMED
Randy Johnson – Awaiting the Call
Ryan Howard
Pablo Sandoval
Jose Fernandez

I’m sure that Rickey picture has been used many times before, but it looks great. It really stands out from the rest of the group.  That and Randy Johnson’s “head-through-the-broken-door-like-in-The-Shining” picture.

Pinnacle 9

Jesus Montero
Craig Kimbrel
Justin Morneau
Jered Weaver – Aces
Prince Fielder – Swing For the Fences
Josh Reddick
Tyler Skaggs
Denis Phipps

Yeah, 3 packs of Pinnacle this time. To space things out evenly across the weeks, most of them will feature 3 of either Pinnacle or Studio.  I don’t want to run out early.

Those inserts look great. I love the etching on the Aces and the wood grain printed on the acetate is cool, too.

Hometown 4-1

Ben McDonald
Andy Van Slyke
Roberto Alomar
Jim Rice
Tony Pena
Elvis Andrus – CLAIMED
Dan Gladden
Hunter Pence

Not much to say about this grouping. Let’s act like Danny Gladden’s hair and flow right to the next third.

Hometown 4-2

Ron Gant
Bernie Williams
Shawon Dunston
Kevin Mitchell
Alan Trammell
Tom Seaver
Carlos Gonzalez
Alex Rodriguez

Interesting choice to put Seaver with the White Sox here. It makes for a cooler uniform, though.

Hometown 4-3

Kevin Youkilis
Lance Berkman
Andy Pettitte
Goose Gossage
Todd Helton
Brandon Phillips – Sportdiscs
Nolan Ryan – Nicknames – CLAIMED
Justin Verlander – Curtain Call

I switched the order of the cards around a bit to accommodate the lenticular disc, but not like you care. I don’t know if I’m sold on the Curtain Call insert. The other inserts, I like.  There are supposed to be 4 discs total in the box. If the checklist wasn’t so large, it might be worth collecting.  Instead, I’ll let you guys have at it.

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