Back last summer, Ryan’s blog Trader Crack’s Fun in Collecting caught my attention. Not only is the website nicely laid out, but his trade lists were well organized, and I was able to find several Twins cards that I had been looking for. Plus, I had several Expos cards needing a good home.
Various events conspired to thwart our trade, including a move, email problems, and a San Francisco World Series championship (no, not really), so it was several months before we finally pulled the trigger.
clockwise, from top left: 1997 Donruss Signature Series Todd Walker; 2005 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials #205 Dave Gassner [427/499]; 2005 Topps Gold #562 Michael Cuddyer [1037/2005]; 2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #UH328 Johan Santana/Francisco Liriano [0476/2006]
Besides a couple auto cards and a handful of s#’d cards, I was especially happy to see that Ryan had some older O-Pee-Chee and pre-2000 Bowman cards, plus several 2000 MLB Showdown Twins.
clockwise, from top left: 2002 Topps T-206 mini (Polar Bear back) #399 Michael Cuddyer; 2002 Donruss Originals #209 Harmon Killebrew; 2005 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials #194 Harmon Killebrew, déjà vu; 2003 Donruss Elite #184 Lew Ford [0539/1750]; 2004 Topps Cracker Jack blue mini #94 Jacque Jones
He had a nice assortment of cards from several brands and sets, especially Bowman. (And no, I still don’t understand Bowman.) I particularly enjoyed the many offshoot cards: white Turkey Red, 1st Edition MLB Showdown, Retro/Future Bowman, blue Cracker Jack, Signature Bowman, etc.
clockwise, from top left: 2003 Bowman Heritage Signature #21 Shannon Stewart; 2005 Topps Turkey Red white #247 Jason Bartlett; 1989 O-Pee-Chee #132 Kirby Puckett; 2000 Bowman Retro/Future #354 Ruben Salazar
Hopefully my box back to you has cleared customs, Ryan, and gets to you shortly. Thanks again for the trade!