When it comes to looking for cards to trade and throwing an exchange package together, it doesn’t get any easier than with Good Trading Buddy™ BobFranklin at baseballcardz.com. Mark at my LCS knows to set aside any non-standard Braves and Phillies, and if they’re ones that Bob can use, I pick them up and add them to his pile. Not sure where Bob gets his Twins, but he’s always got some good stuff, including the odd AU or GU cards. When our respective stacks get to critical mass, they get bundled up and sent on their way. Thanks again for the trade, Bob!
clockwise, from top left: 2006 Topps Co-Signers #CS-74 Francisco Liriano w/Ervin Santana (dual auto); 2010 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-JCR Joe Crede (jersey); 2017 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor #54 Joe Mauer [209/299]; 2009 Upper Deck Gold #734 Francisco Liriano [55/59]; 2014 Bowman Silver #6 Oswaldo Arcia [27/75]; 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Blue Refractor #BDC-191 Nick Gordon [044/150]; 2017 Topps Toys ‘R Us Purple #126 Miguel Sano; 2016 Gypsy Queen photo variation #16 Miguel Sano
Some additional acquisitions below the break…
Pitchers and catchers report shortly, and like the Twins’ front office, I’ve been busy this offseason as well. Between Black Friday purchase from COMC, visits with Mark at my friendly neighborhood Local Card Shop, and swapping card-filled padded envelopes with my Good Trading Buddy Bob from Peggy’s, I’ve added several nice cards to the collection. Figured I’d best get this post out the door before the 2018 cards hit the street…
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks #LJ-27 Paul Molitor [39/50] (auto); 2015 Topps Supreme Simply Supreme Green #SSA-TM Trevor May [34/50] (auto); 2016 Topps Strata #SA-MK Max Kepler (auto); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MKE Max Kepler [245/300] (auto); 2009 Topps Commemorative Patch (1985 All-Star Game) #LPR-87 Tony Gwynn (manu-patch); 2015 Topps Museum Collection Signature Triple Auto #SST-KV Kennys Vargas [033/249] (auto/triple jersey); 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out #BOA-MK Max Kepler [147/300] (auto); 2007 Topps Co-Signers Silver Gold #117 Glen Perkins [059/100] (auto)
Additional acquisitions below the break…
When it comes to cool Twins cards, Good Trading Buddy BobFranklin always seems to have them, so when I come across any unusual Phillies or Braves cards, I know where to turn. Sure enough, here is what my latest batch shipped off to Bob secured:
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Topps Commemorative Patch #CP-32 Joe Mauer (manu-patch); 2013 Topps Manufactured Patch Card #MCP-21 Joe Mauer (manu-patch); 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Red Ice #BDPP145 Joel Licon [01/25]; 2013 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #TP-OA Oswaldo Arcia; 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game #112 Tony Oliva; 2007 Topps All-Star Rookies #ASR9 Francisco Liriano; 2012 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor #18 Joe Benson [183/199]; 2011 Topps Pro Debut #147 Niko Goodrum
Always a pleasure, Bob!
Once again it was time to trade Braves & Phillies with BobFranklin since it was round two of the contest at Sports Card Freaks. Unlike last time, though, I couldn’t help him advance to the next round. Still, it was a great trade:
clockwise, from top left: 2008 Upper Deck Timeline #TM-MO Justin Morneau (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Memorabilia #SW-HU Torii Hunter (jersey); 2007 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Future Games Prospect Patches #BDPP104 Matt Tolbert [49/99] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck Reflections Cut from the Same Cloth Dual Red #CC-MK Harmon Killebrew / Justin Morneau [28/99] (dual jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts Apparel #MLB-FL Francisco Liriano [082/199] (jersey)
We gave it a good try, Bob; thanks again for the trade!
In addition, I raided the trade bait page at Nachos Grande and flipped some Reds cards to Chris for these (and other) Twins cards:
clockwise, from top left: 2012 Allen & Ginter N43 Boxtopper #N43-8 Joe Mauer; 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Gypsy Queen Back #153 Delmon Young; 2012 Allen & Ginter Mini Black Bordered #297 Justin Morneau; 2012 Allen & Ginter Mini Black Bordered #138 Josh Willingham; 2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Parallel #20 Justin Morneau; 2011 Topps Lineage Venezuela #TV17 Joe Mauer; 2000 Skybox Metal #96 Brad Radke
Traded for a few other Twins cards as well, including my first Gaetti AU. Don’t forget to check out my Trade Bait page!
Fresh off the trading competition at Sports Card Arena, BobFranklin decided to take on the Sports Card Freaks contest as well. Being easy to find cards for (Braves & Phillies), I found several cards he needed, and in return Bob sent a 2013 Joe Mauer base card, as well as these:
clockwise, from top left: 2002 Fleer eX Game Essentials #23 Brad Radke (jersey); 2009 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Triple #WM3-NLB Joe Nathan / Francisco Liriano / Scott Baker (triple jersey); 2012 Topps Finest Xfractor Refractor #83 Joe Mauer; 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars Gold #58 Johan Santana [36/99]; 2008 Topps Moments & Milestones #87 Johan Santana (Strikeout 226) [21/25]; 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Game Materials #UGM-HU Torii Hunter [19/50] (jersey)
Time to start piling up cards to trade for round two. Thanks again for the trade, GTB Bob!
Here are some Twins AU that have arrived recently as well, including my first AU of Garza, Rincon, and Dinkleman:
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights #HA-MG Matt Garza (auto); 2007 Fleer Ultra Ultra Graphs #UG-JN Joe Nathan [140/299] (auto); 2000 Bowman Draft Picks Autographs #BDPA26 Juan Rincon (auto); 1997 Score Select #103 Todd Walker (auto); 2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection #143 Nick Blackburn (auto); 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP283 Brian Dinkleman (auto)
On Black Friday, I finally used Check Out My Cards for more that just a reference website, and actually purchased something. LOTS of something, actually.
Besides offering free shipping for orders of more than 10 cards (not a problem!), they were set up to allow their sellers to offer sale prices, plus they gave a $.10 credit for each card purchased, so if I was ever to dive in, this was the opportunity.
I approached their huge inventory from many different directions, looking for Twins cards to complete sets, knock out some annoying 80’s/90’s singles, find some cheap vintage needs, inexpensive autograph cards, and favorite players (ie: Lewwwww!).
The booty was nicely packaged, and arrived in a timely manner; I was more than happy with the cards and with their service. Now, to spend the $7.60 in credit!
(pictures below after the break)
Been plenty busy lately, but still managed to get a couple offseason trades in. Sports Card Arena is having a trading contest, and I put together two quick exchanges with contestants there, including frequent trade partner BobFranklin. Also, I found Phillies collector Brad’s blog (conveniently named Brad’s Blog) and worked out a first-time swap of a Lidge GU, some Big Hurt inserts, and other singles for some really nice Twins cards that Brad had sent.
clockwise, from top left: 2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Beginnings #109 Brian Bass [556/699] (auto); 2005 Bowman Futures Game Gear #FGG-JMO Justin Morneau (jersey); 1997 Donruss Signature Series Javier Valentin (auto); 2011 Bowman Sterling Refractor Relic #RRR-BR Ben Revere (jersey); 2012 Topps Chrome Black Refractor #158 Joe Benson [073/100]; 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Signatures Blue #226 Jose Morales [75/99] (auto)
Some others that arrived recently as well:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Leaf Century Collection #170 Shannon Stewart [090/100] (bat); 2002 Donruss Rookie Crusade #RC-9 Adam Johnson [098/500] (auto); x; 2004 Upper Deck Authentic Stars Gold #AS-TO Torii Hunter [012/100] (jersey); 2004 Topps Chrome #240 Matthew Moses (auto); 2005 Topps Gallery Penmanship #GPA-JB Jason Bartlett (auto)
Thanks for the trades, Brad & Bob!
With a vacation coming up (more on this in a future post), I mailed off several packages to get them on their way, and a corresponding flurry of them arrived here as well.
Dhoff at Coot Veal and the Vealtones is one of the most patient traders out there, and I put his patience to the test, as we casually threw emails back and forth over the course of a couple months, finally pulling the trigger just recently. I got a fine collection of Twins (some pictured below), and several Tigers and Cabreras are on their way to him shortly.
clockwise, from top left: 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor #187 Luke Hughes (auto); 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP158 David Bromberg (auto); 2002 Topps American Pie American Sluggers #AS-HK Harmon Killebrew; 2003 Bowman Draft Picks Prospect Premiums #PP-JM Justin Morneau (bat); 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Box Score Memories #BSM-JM Justin Mauer [074/149]; 2003 Topps Stadium Club #107 Joe Mauer