A while back, I dropped by Sign Here…And Here. (clever name) to see about a cardboard exchange. For some vintage Orioles, C.P. sent a great Twins variety pack in return, including a couple refractors, some chrome, a few serial #’d, a couple vintage, a jersey relic…and I even helped him get rid of some junk wax.
clockwise, from top left: 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor #31 Justin Morneau; 2006 Fleer Flair Showcase Field Box Legacy Blue #135 Johan Santana [68/150]; 2007 Topps Turkey Red Refractor #90 Justin Morneau [431/999]; 2004 Topps Chrome-Town Heroes #CHR-SST Shannon Stewart
Okay, regarding refractor cards: ever since the 1992 Topps Finest, I’ve been having problems identifying a refractor from a non-refractor. Sure, tip it sideways and look for a rainbow of colors — well, the non-refractors do that to my untrained eye, too. Thank God Topps finally started identifying refractors with the word “Refractor” next to the card # on the back.
clockwise, from top left: 2009 Topps Update Target Retro #UH166 Mike Redmond; 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Rookie Retrospectrum #RR-BB Boof Bonser [20/99]; 2006 Topps Gold #576 Rondell White [510/2006]; 2006 Upper Deck Ovation Rookies #104 Dave Gassner [15/999]
I hope C.P. enjoyed this trade as much as I did, because I’d love to swing another deal with him someday — sign me up!