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!


One response to “Crack

  1. That 2005 Classic Duo gold card is nice. And I like that Donruss Originals set.

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