[my cautionary tale follows the break at the bottom]
Baseball Dad (from All Tribe Baseball) and I have been toying with a trade for many months now, only to be thwarted by computer troubles, family events, natural disasters, riots, a National League World Series winner…you name it. Well, BD got fed up and finally just sent me some cards (your cards are on their way, btw!). It was a great mix of this-and-that — here are a few of them:
clockwise, from top left: 1997 Score Hobby Reserve #394 Matt Lawton; 2001 Topps Noteworthy #TN46 Harmon Killebrew; 2001 Topps American Pie #45 Jim Kaat; 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects Purple Refractor #PP20 Kyle Gibson
Hopefully as we further sort through our cards, we can continue to swap cards with each other; we AL Central types have to stick together, you know.
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Champions #362 Tony Oliva; 2004 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #277 Lew Ford; 2010 EnterPlay Fan Pak fanTats #T15 Twins logo; 2004 Topps Archives All-Star Fan Favorites #116 Roy Smalley
– – – A Cautionary Tale – – –
I made a small Nachos Grande trade of a few cards, precipitated by a Target Retro parallel of the 2011 Topps J.J. Hardy card — not a big deal, but still. The package arrived, and after browsing the small team dump he had sent, I put my attention to the feature card. As I sat in my office chair removing J.J. from the hard card it was in, the card slipped from my hand. In an instinctive move to prevent it from dropping to the floor and banging a corner, I pulled my legs together to block its fall. J.J. caught flat right between my knees, and resulting action created a soft crease right through the middle of the card! I could have cried. Thank God it wasn’t a more important card.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve since upgraded my desk space so that no further mishaps like that will occur again…