A little while back I joked about “Sergio”, the proprietor of Brad’s Blog, working out a swap with me. Of course Brad is actually the owner of Brad’s Blog, and he had some great Twins cards to trade. I have a standing rule that I won’t post my end of any trades until the return package is at least in the mail, and I finally sent it off after I received this year’s Phillies team set to add to the other cards I had stockpiled for him.
Here are some of the great Twins pickups — a couple HOF’er GU and a Mauer variation among them:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Signature Series Stamps Materials #SST-5 Harmon Killebrew [13/70] (stamp/bat); 2013 Topps Out of Bounds variation #107 Joe Mauer; 2012 Topps Chrome Refractor Purple #94 Justin Morneau [055/199]; 2002 Topps Stadium Club World Champions #WC-BB Bert Blyleven (jersey); 2013 Panini Cooperstown #109 Bert Blyleven; 2013 Topps Toys ‘R Us Purple #102 Denard Span
Thanks again for the trade, “Sergio”!
I’ve got a great second trade with Brad’s Blog proprietor Sergio* that’s in progress, and I have a policy of not posting cards received until I’ve sent my half of the return trade, which is temporarily pending. Meanwhile, I thought I’d show a few of my recent pickups on The Bay and elsewhere.
*no, it’s Brad, but how boring is that?!
Among other things, I got my first Justin Morneau and Luke Bard AU cards, and a couple #/25 GU cards:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Fleer Classic Clippings Diamond Signings #DS-JM Justin Morneau (auto); 2007 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Patches Triple #WM-FL Francisco Liriano [06/25] (jersey); 2012 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSAP-LBA Luke Bard (auto); 2007 Upper Deck SPx Rookie Signatures #117 Glen Perkins (auto); 2006 Upper Deck Inkredible #I-RC Jesse Crain (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Memorabilia #63 Johan Santana (jersey)
clockwise, from top left: 2004 Upper Deck Signature Stars #SS-LF Lew Ford (auto); 2005 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Absolute Ink Triple Spectrum #AI-69 Lew Ford [02/25] (auto/bat/dual jersey); 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Xfractor #BCP253 Danny Lehmann [240/250] (auto); 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor #202 Drew Butera [028/499] (auto)
Lew Ford is now up to 25 unique AU cards, but Glen Perkins increased his lead to 30 unique AU cards — no other Twins player has double digits.
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!