Okay, what started out as a small trade for a 2003 Topps Gold card with Madding of Cards on Cards (and an excuse for him send me the booby prize for last place in his college bowl game pick ’em contest) turned into a massive team dump, and now I’m scrambling to find some suitable stuff in return.
clockwise, from top left: 2003 Topps Gold #616 A.J. Pierzynski [1659/2003]; 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn #14 Justin Morneau; 2009 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor #CHR118 Joe Crede [258/560]; 2004 MLB Showdown Strategy #S49 Michael Cuddyer, I love this card!
This is the first time I’d seen any cards from the 60-card Holiday Inn set; turns out I need a Mauer card, too.
clockwise, from top left: 1992 Bowman #466 Carl Willis; 1988 Leaf #200 Gary Gaetti; 1988 O-Pee-Chee sticker #17 World Series game 1 (Gary Gaetti); 1991 Classic #T49 Jack Morris
Also among the “prize” and junk wax were several of what I call “unknown SPs”; you know, that one card you need in the set where you have 3 or 4 of every other card. Has to be a short print, right? In any case, the Bowman Willis card above is a good example of one of these. In addition were several Twins singles from Opening Day, First Pitch, 1st Edition, as well as a couple Target Retro parallels — always appreciated.
clockwise, from top left: 2004 Topps Opening Day #19 Brad Radke; 2002 Donruss Super Estrellas #48 Brad Radke; 2003 Topps Opening Day #136 Doug Mientkiewicz; 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Update #429 Bert Blyleven; 2002 Upper Deck MVP #109 Cristian Guzman, struttin’ his stuff in a throwback jersey; 2004 Topps 1st Edition #115 Johan Santana