When I first checked out San Jose Fuji’s tradelists at The Chronicles of Fuji, I thought there might be a trade in the making (he collects A’s, Padres, Packers, Sharks, well, several teams), but when Fuji-san and I started exchanging emails, I discovered just how massive this trade became. In all, 21 relic and auto cards changed hands; maybe not big name players, but just the same…
I’m glad I created my relic/auto havelist ahead of time, which I consulted heavily to choose cards to trade for. Neither of us had a solid idea what the value of our trade packages were, but we both decided to use COMC-based prices as guidelines. While Fuji proposed a trade based on the book values there, I re-evaluated them based on the asking prices. Turns out, the trade worked out to be pretty fair using either comparison, so the trade was a go.
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Star Materials #SM-JN Joe Nathan, 2006 Artifacts AL/NL Artifacts Green #AL-SB Scott Baker [144/150], 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Material #122 Lew Ford, 2010 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey #UDGJ-FL Francisco Liriano
Check out the two Marty Cordova signatures below: the ’97 Donruss Signature card sure looks like he had someone else sign for him (or he was in a big hurry); he has a lot of free time now to sign them, though!
clockwise, from top left: 1996 Leaf Signature Extended Dan Naulty, 1997 Donruss Signature Marty Cordova, 1997 Donruss Signature Ron Coomer, 2008 UD Masterpieces Stroke of Genius #SG-GP Glen Perkins, 1998 Donruss Signature Todd Walker, 1996 Leaf Signature Bronze Marty Cordova
It bothers me that the card with the highest book value is the Todd Walker card. Walker played with the Twins between the retirement of Puckett & Molitor, and the emergence of the playoff teams of the 2000s, so being an up-and-comer, he was included in EVERYTHING. And he wasn’t worth the exposure.
And no doubt my favorite card in the bunch was Fuji’s own “trade”mark card. Sure, it’s based on the 2008 Topps set, and it’s from a South Park character creator, but dude, it’s got class! And his trading and contact data is conveniently located on the back. You’re a class act, Fuji — great trading with you!