Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Peacetime Hostage Exchange

Last fall, I pulled a Chris Johnson jersey/auto redemption card from a Topps pack, and of course I knew that Double-D (The Daily Dimwit) would like it. I let him know it was his for the taking, and when the card (finally!) arrived from Topps, we wrapped a trade around it. Not only did Dimwit have a great Puckett relic card to exchange, but he found a Twins silk card from this year’s Topps as well, and included several Gypsy Queen cards. I dropped by the LCS and snagged what I could find for his Kimball Mini and Gypsy Queen wantlists — hopefully I found enough to pass back from my end of the swap.

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Silk Michael Cuddyer [19/50]; 2002 Topps Archives Reserve Reprint Relic #TRR-KPJ Kirby Puckett (jersey); 2011 Topps Gold #293 Justin Morneau [0184/2011]; 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Wall Climbers #WC4 Denard Span

You always seem to make for smooth trades, Double-D; hope your “hostages” arrive there unharmed!

Friday (the 13th) Random 10

Friday the 13th? Ten random tracks for thumbing your nose at superstition.

  1. “Say it Loud” – Ron Miles, My Cruel Heart
  2. “Peter Gunn Theme” – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, In Concert
  3. Riding on a Cloud” – Passport, Blue Tattoo
  4. “Ducks and Drakes” – Rick Wakeman, Country Airs
  5. “The Only Thing She Needs” – UK, Danger Money
  6. “Movement 4” – Vangelis, Soil Festivities
  7. “Concerto” – Geoffrey Downes, Vox Humana
  8. “Waltz of Chihiro”, Joe Hisaishi, Spirited Away (Image Album)
  9. Less Cities, More Moving People” – The Fixx, One Thing Leads to Another: Greatest Hits
  10. “Country Doctor” – Bruce Hornsby, Hot House

Pitching From Blackness: A Dark Trade

When Derek from Tomahawk Chopping – Cardboard & More pointed out a couple Twins chrome refractor cards he had, I countered with a Marty Prado relic in my possession. I already had one of the refractors, but Derek sent several base cards I needed, as well as…something else. Derek turned to the dark side of trading, and sent some Topps Walmart Black parallels. Now, this is a false night time that I’m sure Night Owl frowns on. Well, even though there are other parallel cards from a fine Minnesota-based company (say, Target Retro, for example) that are far superior, these, uh, black beauties below were appreciated. (Orange Refractor shown for darkness reference)

clockwise, from top left: 2010 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #53 Denard Span; 2011 Topps Walmart Black #281 Kevin Slowey; 2010 Topps Updates & Highlights Walmart Black #US-107 Matt Capps; 2011 Topps Updates & Highlights Walmart Black #US-86 Matt Guerrier

(btw, thanks, Derek. No, really!)

More Trades Come Home To Roost

Somehow, between eBay packages, a couple trade packages worked their way into the Runner mailbox. The first was a small trade with Sewing Machine Guy of Sewingmachineguy on Cards website, an exchange for some new Heritage cards.

2007 Bowman Orange #202 Alexi Casilla [061/250]; 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor #9 Joe Mauer

Meanwhile, ShaneK at OFF THE WALL and I swapped relics, with several nice players cards thrown in.

clockwise, from top left: 2008 Allen & Ginter #AGR-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 1984 Topps Rub Downs Tom Brunansky; 2011 Topps Heritage SP #498 Luke Hughes/Trevor Plouffe; 2004 Topps Heritage Flash Backs #F7 Harmon Killebrew; 2006 Topps Heritage #350 Torii Hunter red/blue variation; 2008 Topps Gold #101 Matt Garza [1837/2008]

As always, thanks guys. And I know where you live…

This Trade Is Cool

I initially approached Ryan G of This Card is Cool about a couple Ticket to Stardom cards, and it blossomed into a larger trade. Unlike other trades, this one was interesting in that Ryan was looking for several items for his “one of everything” collection, and thankfully I was able to round up several things he could use.

In exchange, Ryan had some neat Twins: some 2011 and recent cards, a “Sample” Playoff Portraits card, some oddball Killebrew cards, and some other things that I didn’t have.

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Heritage SP #482 Ron Gardenhire; 1995 Upper Deck Eagle Snacks Ballpark Legends Harmon Killebrew; 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom Blue #40 Joe Crede [80/99]; 2011 Topps Opening Day Superstar Celebrations #SC-7 Jim Thome

Thanks again, Ryan, and best of luck with your collection>

Trolling The Bay Of E: Part II

Continuing from a previous post, here are some more items I picked up off eBay, all with the goal of bolstering my “havelist” but keeping the price per card at less than $3 apiece including shipping.

The second batch, all relics:

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Topps All-Star Stitches #ASR-JN Joe Nathan (jersey); 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Decade Greats #DEC-RO Rod Carew (jersey); 2006 Topps Turkey Red #TRR-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2002 Upper Deck Game-Worn Gems #G-JM Joe Mays (jersey)

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Trolling The Bay Of E: Part I

I pretty much never head to eBay for anything, but on a whim I decided to see what sort of Twins relics/autos/etc. I could dig up there on a budget in hopes of bolstering my “havelist“. I have to tread a fine line between picking up cool stuff, and maintaining spousal approval (some of you out there know what I’m talking about).

I started with Buy Now/Free Shipping and found one item, then next looked into anything cheap under Buy Now/lowest price+shipping, and lastly anything at all sorted by lowest price+shipping. When I did look closer at one particular card, I found several others from the same vendor as well, but the cumulative shipping prices would have been steep. I made him an offer on 14 items (at ~20% discount) which he accepted, and he gave me a reasonable shipping price for the lot as well. Finally, I’ve successfully bid on a few other outliers as well. All told, I picked up in excess of 20 cards for less than $3 apiece including shipping.

Here is the first batch, all autographed cards (including Lew, for a certain fan):

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Studio Private Signings #173 Lew Ford [2/50] (auto); 2006 SPx Rookie Signatures #129 Dave Gassner [299/999] (auto); 2004 Etchings Etched in Time #ET-JJ Jacque Jones [026/250] (auto); 2008 Moments and Milestones #RA-JMM Jose Morales (auto)

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