I’m not a fan of shotgun trades, as I have quite a slew of Twins dupes piled around here gathering dust. When Kevin The Diamond King contacted me, though, he had two cards in mind to trade — a couple of this year’s Heritage Real Ones autograph cards. Thankfully he identified several cards from my trade bait page that I could send in return. I was surprised to find the other cards below also in the package (as well as several more); turns out Kevin is like me in that we believe cards don’t travel well in small numbers
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Heritage Real One #DOA-BD Bill Dailey (auto); 2013 Topps Heritage Real One #DOA-BF Bill Fisher (auto); 1993 Topps Stadium Club 1st Day Issue #10 Gary Wayne; 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #92 Michael Nakamura [361/625]; 2005 Upper Deck First Pitch #325 Johan Santana / Joe Mauer; 2006 Upper Deck Gold #695 Tony Bautista [218/299]; 2000 Pacific Omega Gold #82 Jacque Jones [116/120]
Thanks for creating this great trade, TDK!
Not long ago, Kyle from Nolan’s Dugout reached out to me regarding a trade, followed by some serious searching through our respective trade piles. When the smoke cleared, we each had ~30 cards for each other, and put some good hurt on our wantlists. Here’s a good example of the type of cards that crossed paths in the mail:
clockwise, from top left: 1997 Donruss Press Proof Silver #148 Greg Myers; 1998 Pacific Invincible #45 Marty Cordova; 2000 Bowman Retro #257 Matt LeCroy; 1998 Pinnacle Inside #29 Chuck Knoblauch; 1996 Upper Deck #109 Paul Molitor; 1996 Flair Gold #121 Brad Radke
Thanks for taking the time to dig through your dugout, Kyle! Let’s do it again sometime.
‘Tis the time of year for Black Friday as well, and so I made my annual online pilgrimage to COMC
. I selected 77 Twins cards, satisfying these criteria:
- AU: 23 (1st’s: Scott Aldred, Erik Bennett, Travis Bowyer, Matthew Fox)
- GU: 2
- Lewwwww Ford!: 3 (1 AU, 2 GU)
- vintage: 2 (’63, ’67)
- oddball: 6 (’74 stamps, ’76 O-Pee-Chee, ’79 comic, ’82 sticker, ’90 O-Pee-Chee)
- s#’d: 14
- parallels: 23
- Pucketts: 12 (4 proofs, 1 1st day)
- UD Documentary Gold: 5
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Signature Series Silver #67 Travis Bowyer (auto); 2004 Upper Deck SP Prospects #314 Matthew Fox [308/600] (auto); 1996 Donruss Leaf Signature Extended Erik Bennett (auto); 2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors #TC-23 Lew Ford [045/100] (bat/jersey); 2005 Donruss Leaf Century Post Marks Silver #198 Jacque Jones [032/100] (auto); 2004 Fleer National Pastime Signature Swings #SSA-LF Lew Ford [024/183] (auto); 2005 Donruss Leaf Century Position #71 Lew Ford [171/250] (jersey); 1996 Donruss Leaf Signature Extended Scott Aldred (auto)
Back in June, David K held one of his incredible autographed card giveaways. Just as incredible…I was the winner! Here was the prize:
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Black Autographs #47 Ken Griffey Jr. [07/25]
I decided that my goal would be to sell it and use the proceeds to acquire one or more autograph cards of the Twins players I didn’t currently have yet. My LCS owner posted on eBay for a few months, but only with so-so inquiries. Eventually, he worked out a good deal with one of his in-store customers — one that included cards and cash. The cards in the deal were these below:
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Triple Threads Unity Relic Sepia #TTUFR-PM2 Paul Molitor [24/27] (bat); 2013 Topps Tier One Double Relic #TODR-JM Joe Mauer [05/50] (jersey); 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #AGR-JM Justin Morneau (bat); 2013 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #ASR-GP Glen Perkins (jersey)
Aren’t those borderless high end Topps GU a treat? I already had the A&G Morneau, so that went to my trade bait page.
With the cash from the deal, I purchased these four beauties, all my first AU cards for these players:
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Tribute #TA-PM Paul Molitor [19/99] (auto); 2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects Green #BPAP-MS Miguel Sano [205/399] (auto); 2005 Donruss Greats #5 Bert Blyleven (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Shining Star #SS-JM Joe Mauer [30/99] (auto)
We have a winner!
The other day gcrl (no, not the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory) tried to slip a cold trade past my outer defenses, but I thwarted him from unwittingly adding to my piles of Twins dupes sprawled across my work desk. Undaunted, he hit my wantlists with a package of cards that I happily added to my inventory. And in exchange for Dodgers cards, even! Besides almost all the Twins base from this year’s Topps Updates, here are a few of the other goodies:
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Opening Day Superstar Celebrations #SC18 Josh Willingham; 2005 Donruss Prime Patches All-Star Materials #ASM-1 Johan Santana [190/277] (jersey); 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams #6 Jim Kaat; 1999 Pacific Omega #142 Cristian Guzman / Jacque Jones; 2001 Pacific Private Stock #68 Jacque Jones; 2001 Donruss Classics #70 Jacque Jones; 2002 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #81 Jacque Jones; 1998 Topps National Pastime #173 Ron Coomer
Lotsa Jacques there, gcrl — thanks again for the swap!
And a few GU acquired through trade and purchase:
clockwise, from top left: 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Black #101 Joe Mauer [077/125] (jersey); 2012 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #AS-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2013 Topps Update League Leader Commemorative Pins #LLP-RC Rod Carew; 2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Destination Stardom #DSM-DS Denard Span (jersey); 2001 Topps Fusion Feature #F16 Matt Lawton (bat); 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts Divisional Artifacts Limited #DA-MO Justin Morneau [072/130] (jersey); 2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Destination Stardom #DSM-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches Gold #SSW-FL Francisco Liriano [19/75] (jersey)
Been taking advantage of buying and trading (too much buying, not enough trading) to bolster my Twins AU and GU collection. Over the past few weeks, I’ve managed to add another eight ballplayers to my autograph cards list, which is up to 150 different Twins players. I could probably have added more, but I’ve decided not to pursue any Donruss or Panini issues after 2005.
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCA-JC J.T. Chargois (auto); 2013 Bowman Inception Prospect #PA-JB Jose Berrios (auto); 2013 Topps Update Chasing History #CHA-RP Ryan Pressly (auto); 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic #143 Luis Rodriguez [183/185] (auto); 2013 Topps Finest Refractor Xfractor #RA-KG Kyle Gibson [063/149] (auto); 2001 Topps Team Topps Legends #TT-GN Graig Nettles (auto)
Please browse my trade bait page for anything you might need — I’d be happy to work out a trade with you. Meanwhile, more after the break…
I love getting trade requests in my inbox, and the one from “The Snob” at The Baseball Card Snob was unexpected but gladly accepted. Snob had done his homework, digging through my wantlists and trade bait page and presenting an amicable deal.
Here’s a diverse sampling of what he sent:
clockwise, from top left: 2012 Topps Gold #389 Alexi Casilla [1205/2012]; 2001 Pacific #238 Jay Canizaro; 2000 Upper Deck SP Authentic #32 Corey Koskie; 2006 Topps Bazooka Blue Fortune #183 Shannon Stewart; 1996 Fleer Flair Gold #114 Dave Hollins; 2002 Upper Deck Hobby Plus #UD32 Corey Koskie [0245/1125]; 2005 Upper Deck SPx #70 Justin Morneau; 1997 Donruss Leaf #298 Roberto Kelly
Thanks for the swap, Paul!
Below the break, a few more AU cards I’ve picked up lately, including the first of a few Twins players:
When it comes to cool Twins cards, Good Trading Buddy BobFranklin always seems to have them, so when I come across any unusual Phillies or Braves cards, I know where to turn. Sure enough, here is what my latest batch shipped off to Bob secured:
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Commemorative Patch #CP-32 Joe Mauer (manu-patch); 2013 Topps Manufactured Patch Card #MCP-21 Joe Mauer (manu-patch); 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Red Ice #BDPP145 Joel Licon [01/25]; 2013 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #TP-OA Oswaldo Arcia; 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game #112 Tony Oliva; 2007 Topps All-Star Rookies #ASR9 Francisco Liriano; 2012 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor #18 Joe Benson [183/199]; 2011 Topps Pro Debut #147 Niko Goodrum
Always a pleasure, Bob!
Picked up an Allen & Ginter lot of 2013 full-size relics, and besides the Mauer card I needed, it included the following which are available in trade for comparable Twins cards:
|#AGFR-AK Andre Ethier
|#AGFR-MM Miguel Montero
|#AGFR-CCS CC Sabathia
|#AGFR-MR Mariano Rivera
|#AGFR-CK Craig Kimbrel
|#AGFR-SMC Shaun Marcum
|#AGFR-IK Ian Kinsler
|#AGFR-SR Scott Rolen
|#AGFR-LD Lucas Duda
|#AGFR-UJ Ubaldo Jimenez
Also, don’t forget to check out the trade bait page!
Meanwhile, some more of my recent pickups below…