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I recently opted in on the DocHoloday (pre-)Spring cleaning effort, and in exchange for some Nomar and UD Doc Sox, I got a pile of Twins cards, including these:

clockwise, from top left: 2012 Bowman Prospects Chrome Refractor Xfractor #BCP134 Daniel Santana; 2012 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #158 Joe Benson; 2012 Panini Triple Play #50 Joe Mauer; 2013 Topps #216 Josh Willingham; 2008 Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball Black #102 Delmon Young; 2012 Panini Cooperstown #139 Harmon Killebrew

Thanks for the trade, Matt!

In addition, in other trades and eBay activity I picked up a sweet Mauer GU card, my first Trevor Plouffe AU, and a few others shown here:

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clockwise, from top left: 2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Future Gems #67 Joe Mauer (jersey); 2004 Bowman Sterling #BS-TP Trevor Plouffe (auto/jersey); 2006 Topps Co-Signers #104 Francisco Liriano (auto); 2004 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases Green #107 Jason Kubel [081/100] (auto); 2005 Donruss Zenith Z-Jerseygraph #ZB-22 Shannon Stewart [002/100] (jersey/auto); 2005 Donruss Zenith Z-Jersey #ZB-22 Shannon Stewart (jersey); 2007 Bowman Sterling #BS-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures Red Stitch Blue Ink #SS-JK Jason Kubel [233/299] (auto)

One If By Land, Four If By USPS

or “The Holiday Ride of Ben Revere

Michael at Sports Syzygy swapped some Piazzamania for some cards of the Twins’ exciting outfield rookie, Ben Revere. He’ll never be a superstar (weak arm, no power) but he has good range and a lot of speed, and he had a 2011 GIBBY nominated catch that was absolutely incredible.

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Chrome #175 Ben Revere (auto); 2011 Topps Chrome Refractor #175 Ben Revere [235/499] (auto); 2011 Topps Chrome Refractor #175 Ben Revere; 2011 Topps Chrome #175 Ben Revere

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Some Syzygistic Syzygism

Last week I nabbed my seventh Twins radio trivia answer, or rather, someone with a name really similar to mine from the same city! Kris Atteberry mispronounced my name, then eventually corrected it, and then mispronounced it again. Oh well. Q: Which Twins pitcher has the most innings pitched in a season without starting a game? A: Bill “Soupy” Campbell with 167 2/3 innings in 1976. My inital guess was Mike Marshall, but he started one game (and it was fewer innings). Next was Ron Perranoski, and finally when I saw Campbell’s total was higher than Marshall’s, I submitted him FTW.

Offy from Sports Syzygy bit at my most recent trade bait post and for three BoSox relics he swapped the cards below. I should not have doubted his ability to take a whack at my ’90s wantlists; he included a pair of nice ’95 Pucketts that I’d been looking for for a long time.

clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck Signature Series Impressions #IMP-JN Joe Nathan auto; 2009 Topps T-206 Piedmont mini #FMA-19 Denard Span auto; 1995 Donruss Leaf Statistical Standouts #6 Kirby Puckett [4965/5000]; 1995 Donruss Leaf Gold Leaf Stars #13 Kirby Puckett [06269/10000]

Thanks again, Offy, you done good!

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…

Familiar Trader, Unfamiliar Address

I’ve made plenty of trades in the past with AdamE from Thoughts and Sox — matter of fact, he’s the only one of the blogger community that I’ve traded with in person, being the only Show Me State blogger that I know knew of. A while back I’d sent him several 2008 UD Documentary cards that he needed, with no hurry for a return. Well, I just got my first package from him from his new locale in the Phoenix area (I’d inquired about a Finest refractor). He also had some nice Bowman Heritage Rainbow, Topps Heritage, and a couple other niceties.

clockwise, from top left: 1990 Swell Baseball Greats #49 Harmon Killebrew; 2003 Topps Heritage #14 Justin Morneau; 2002 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #80 Torii Hunter; 2003 Bowman Heritage Rainbow #14 Michael Cuddyer

Thanks, dude! As it turns out, the LCS near me bought three more boxes of UD Doc recently, so I’ve sent you some more BoSox. Plus, the LCS ordered TEN MORE BOXES, so anyone out there that doesn’t have a want list put together yet, get on it and let me know what you need — I’d love to trade.

TRADE BAIT! (Red Sox Edition)

Okay, going to try another trade bait post. After the jump are scans and photos of the Red Sox cards that I have for trade for comparable Twins cards currently in my wantlists — click on the “Continue reading” link below to see them. (Not as many this time around – sorry.)

If you have any specific questions about anything you see here, please feel free to ask. I have access (indirectly) to a lot more than this, too, if interested.

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Excellent Trade from Off the Grid

Not too long ago, I was contacted via the comment section here by Shane of … well, Shane has no website (yet) [EDIT: he does now! Off The Wall], but he does follow the folks here in the friendly neighborhood of online collectors.  Turns out Shane is a big Red Sox fan, and had some Twins he thought I could use.  He also had a nicely formatted wantlist that I could print out and take to the local card shop to reciprocate.

The key card for me was a 1995 Leaf Heading for the Hall Puckett (see below), but Shane gets big bonus points for doing a great job of browsing the wantlists, for hitting some of my missing 1990’s cards, and for even including cards I didn’t know I was missing.  Most were base set cards that I needed, but sprinkled in were also some inserts and even a couple 2004 Topps Gold cards.

clockwise, from left: 2006 Topps Rookie Debut #RD-18 Willie Eyre, more Groundskeeper Willie!; 2007 Topps World Domination #WD6 Johan Santana; 2004 Topps Gold #559 Joe Mauer [0701/2004]; 2010 Topps National Chicle #190 Orlando Hudson, wait, his mouth is SHUT?!

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Thoughts and Sox

Just completed a trade with AdamE over at Thoughts and Sox; well, not so much a trade as an exchange. As can happen over the ‘net with many of the great virtual neighborhood of collectors, testing the waters for a possible trade didn’t work out as planned, but still came out great.

Although AdamE is a fellow “Show Me” stater, he also is a fan of an out-of-state team — in his case, the Boston Red Sox. Among his wantlist were some ’71 and ’74 cards I still had from my youth, so I dropped AdamE a line.  In his prompt reply, he stated that he didn’t have many Twins at the moment, but asked for my address so he could send them my way anyway.  Dude!  Wanting to return the favor, I dropped Sparky Lyle’s 1971 hi# smiling face into a Christmas card and sent it off in return.  And when AdamE’s cards arrived, there were some fun ones among them.

clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee (Target black border) #458 Joe Nathan; 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #554 “Moments”; 1998 Bowman David Ortiz in his best “holding the runner on-OMG don’t throw it to me!” pose; 2008 Topps Update Gold #UH290 [756/2008] Carlos Gomez

My thanks to AdamE for the cards. Feel free to drop him a line if you have something he might want.  And AdamE, I still have more where that ’71 came from, so let me know if you stumble across any other Twins in the future!

A note on the Joe Mauer “Moments” card pictured above: This is the game in question, an interleague game at Arizona, and as you can see, Joe went hitless.  The back of the card praises Joe as he “…helped the Twins keep a big inning going…as they scored five times in the fifth to take the lead.”  With two outs in that inning, Joe reached on a GB error.  L-A-M-E, Upper Deck.  Still, in their defense, they didn’t say “Great Moments” or anything.