Monthly Archives: November 2010

Excellent Trade from Off the Grid

Not too long ago, I was contacted via the comment section here by Shane of … well, Shane has no website (yet) [EDIT: he does now! Off The Wall], but he does follow the folks here in the friendly neighborhood of online collectors.  Turns out Shane is a big Red Sox fan, and had some Twins he thought I could use.  He also had a nicely formatted wantlist that I could print out and take to the local card shop to reciprocate.

The key card for me was a 1995 Leaf Heading for the Hall Puckett (see below), but Shane gets big bonus points for doing a great job of browsing the wantlists, for hitting some of my missing 1990’s cards, and for even including cards I didn’t know I was missing.  Most were base set cards that I needed, but sprinkled in were also some inserts and even a couple 2004 Topps Gold cards.


clockwise, from left: 2006 Topps Rookie Debut #RD-18 Willie Eyre, more Groundskeeper Willie!; 2007 Topps World Domination #WD6 Johan Santana; 2004 Topps Gold #559 Joe Mauer [0701/2004]; 2010 Topps National Chicle #190 Orlando Hudson, wait, his mouth is SHUT?!

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Plaschke, Thy Trade Is Cool

Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle recently swapped some Twins cards for some Dodgers cards. Turns out he lives in LA not far from where Mo and I had lived for a few months just after we were married, which brings back lots of memories.

My main draw in this trade was this Mauer Cabinet card (which made for some logistics finangling, given it’s larger size), but I’m a sucker for Opening Day cards, and Greg also hit my wantlists with a couple 1990’s cards and some early 2000’s needs, too.


clockwise, from top left: 2007 Fleer Ultra Swing Kings #SK-JM Joe Mauer; 1997 Upper Deck #285 Travis Miller; 2000 Topps Opening Day #70 Doug Mientkiewicz; 2005 Topps Opening Day #119 Corey Koskie

I appreciate the time you spent digging through my wantlists, Greg — thanks again for the trade.

A Trade of Nationals Importance

When it’s Nationals Trade Day, it means it’s time for a card exchange with Washington Nationals collector thingpen of NatsTown fame. I put out a query on a couple cards from thingpen’s tradelist, and a trade was born. Problem is, even though I was getting rid of some Nationals cards, the Twins cards I got in exchange all had scribbling on them!


clockwise, from top left: 2003 Bowman Best #BB-WE Willie Eyre autograph, hey – Groundskeeper Willie!; 2003 Just Minors #74 James Tomlin [152/375] autograph; 2008 Bowman Chrome XFractor #BCP258 Danny Rams [187/250] autograph, in Spring Training this guy looked like just out of junior high; 1996 Leaf Signature Series bronze Scott Stahoviak autograph

Thanks for the swap, dude!

TRADE BAIT! (Braves Edition)

Okay, I’m going to make a concerted effort to bring some traders out of the woodwork. After the jump are scans and photos of the Braves paraphernalia that I have for trade, in hopes of procuring comparable Twins cards currently in my wantlists — click on the “Continue reading” link below to see them.

If you have any specific questions about anything you see here, please feel free to ask. I have access (indirectly) to a lot more than this, too, if interested.

[btw, which team(s) should I post trade bait for next?]

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Imposed Charity Mailing? Not If I Can Help It!

Okay, I’m going to add a new term to my previous baseball card trade terminology lexicon:

  • imposed charity mailing – when someone sends you cards but provides no aid with what to send in return

I expressed interest in an Orange Refractor of Glen Perkins (see below) that Ryan from Ryan’s Memorabilia had included in a trade bait post. Instead of working out a trade for it (and hopefully other Twins cards), Ryan asked for my address, and instead ignored my request for his return address; all the makings of an imposed charity mailing (and a small team dump, at that)! I’ll play your game you rogue — your package has a return address on it, so you’re going to find that you can expect a shotgun feel-good mailing back at you. What do you think about that?!

Of the couple dozen cards that were sent, five were off my wantlists, plus a couple nice minor league cards (which I don’t actively collect, but I don’t turn down, either). Besides the four shown below, there was also an additional Pacific card of Ron Coomer (“W.A.S.T.E.”, or Worst All-Star Twin Ever). I will certainly find a good home for the others cards, too.


clockwise, from top left: 2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber Gold #80 Jacque Jones [19/25]; 1998 Topps Stadium Club #220 Frank Rodriguez; 2010 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #168 Glen Perkins; 1999 Pacific Paramount #132 Ron Coomer

Ryan, you did good! Now let’s see what kind of stuff I can roust up to return in your direction…

Pandora Friday Random 10

Once again, I lean on Pandora for my random 10 songs this Friday.

  1. The Sorceress” – Return to Forever, Romantic Warrior
  2. Fading Out” – Primitive Radio Gods, White Hot Peach
  3. “The Twilight Zone” – Rush, 2112
  4. “Better than Nothing” – Paul Carrack, Satisfy My Soul
  5. “Spring Ain’t Here” – Pat Metheny, Letter from Home
  6. “Eternal Spiral” – Passport, Looking Thru
  7. “Sleep” – Azure Ray, Azure Ray
  8. “Darkness” – The Police, Ghost in the Machine
  9. Evermore” – The Young Dubliners, Real World
  10. “Back in N.Y.C” – Genesis, Archive 1967-75

Enjoy your weekend!

What’s Better Than a Package Arriving on a Monday? Two of Them

Yep, a two-package day at the Runner household. First package was an addendum from Colbey at Cardboard Collections, where he sent me some additional Twins on top of the 2-relic trade we did last week — there were a few wantlist hits, and they were much appreciated. I’ll find a good home for the cards I already had.


clockwise, from top left: 2005 Skybox Jersey Graphics #JG-TH Torii Hunter; 2006 Ovation Apparel #OA-HU Torii Hunter; 2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update #400 Livan Hernandez; 2006 Fleer Ultra Gold #164 Torii Hunter

Package #2 was from The Collective Troll at Troll at the Plate, part of a relic/auto exchange. Sorta a Perkins love-fest, if you’re into that kinda thing 😉


left to right: 2007 Topps Chrome Refractor #348 Glen Perkins [164/500] autograph; 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #271 Glen Perkins

Thanks guys! I know where you live should other stuff turn up…