It’d been so long since I traded with Spiff (almost seven years?!) that when we made a trade at The Bench and he pointed out that we’d traded before in the past, I had to do a little research. Sure enough, I’ve done business with the proprietor of the Texas Rangers Cards blog twice. Really, shame on me for not visiting some of the other card collecting bloggers more often.
With our PWE trade, Spiff sent an exemplary package; besides the three Holiday Topps cards I needed, he used in a recycled penny sleeve with a ridiculously high price sticker still on it, within a recycled yellowed top loader (one with scotch tape residue is also considered acceptable), and masking tape instead of scotch tape sealing the top. I personally use blue painters tape, but either way, it leaves the toploader in great shape to turn around on another trade, unlike the gummy transparent stuff. Well done, Spiff!
Additionally, here are a few more of my recent pickups:
clockwise, from top left: 2017 Bowman’s Best Best of 2017 #B17-RL Royce Lewis (auto); 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Refractors Purple #CDA-CBA Charlie Barnes [188/250] (auto); 2018 Topps 1983 Black #83A Zach Granite [34/99] (auto); 2017 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #ASR-ES Ervin Santana (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures “I” #BL-13 Boof Bonser [38/50] (manu-patch/auto); 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size #FSRB-MSA Miguel Sano (jersey); 2017 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #CCR-BB Byron Buxton (jersey); 2007 Bowman’s Best Blue #83 Glen Perkins [28/99] (auto)
We’re not talking gold, frankincense, and myrrh here; we’re not even talking Topps Gold, Frank Quilici, and Mauer, neither.
This past week I sent out five different packages, and none were to the three guys that sent these packages to me. I’m guessing that a lot of us card collecting bloggers out there are making a year-end effort to clear the trade piles off the desk. Well, now that my various Christmas musical responsibilities at church are pretty much over, I can see about picking up the rest of the cards I need to fill out these three trade return packages and drop them in the mail with the last minute holiday rush. Sounds like a plan, anyway.
I’ve had several trades with flywheels at Cardboard Collections, and I know many of you have as well. I didn’t know UD made magazine inserts for Tuff Stuff until flywheels posted about them, but now I (maybe) have all the Twins from the set. Plus a few other nice cards.
clockwise, from top left: 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Green Xfractor #BCP199 Manuel Soliman; 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen red-back mini #286 Jason Kubel; 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen mini #307 Danny Valencia; 2006 Upper Deck Tuff Stuff Magazine insert #TSUD-45 Justin Morneau; 2006 Upper Deck Tuff Stuff Magazine insert #TSUD-48 Johan Santana
My work takes me to Omaha frequently, for a couple days at a time. The last couple of trips, it seems like all the pending trade packages arrive while I’m out of town, and I joke with Mo that she needs to take the wheelbarrow out to the mailbox with her. Well this week was no different.
I came home to FIVE packages; a couple quickie trades of 2-3 cards, one trade of a couple dozen cards each, another about the same size (which I’m in the midst of completing my return package), and one very large package totally unexpected. Here are the first three:
The other two trade packages to arrive (both from Braves collectors) while I was away were both of the 1-or-2 card variety. One package was from Derek at Tomahawk Chopping – Cardboard & More, and contained a Santana Ultimate Collection card he had on a trade bait post that I swapped for some Chippers — bonus points for being the first Twin from that set for me. The second package was from Colbey at Cardboard Collections, and had an O-Pee-Chee box bottom and a Diamond Anniversary Platinum card he exchanged for some 2011 shiny — bonus points for him for knocking out an early 1990’s card and for first of the 2011 sparklies.
clockwise, from top: 1992 O-Pee-Chee box bottom 1991 World Series Celebration; 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #53 Johan Santana [757/799]; 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Platinum #293 Justin Morneau
Thanks for the trade, first-timer Derek and long-timer Colbey!
Well, not something so much as someone. Trade packages #2 and #3 are from “old” friend Flywheels and “new” friend Fan of Reds:
One of those bloggers from the friendly neighborhood of card traders that I’d hoped to trade with someday is Fan of Reds at Nachos Grande, so when I saw he had a specific card he was looking for that I knew I had, we put together a trade for my Post Cereal Harmon Killebrew card and used it as an excuse to throw a few more cards at each other, including a couple Ginter-backs that I needed.
clockwise, from top left: 2004 Upper Deck Vintage #75 Johan Santana; 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #85 Harmon Killebrew; 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter mini A&G back #16 Carl Pavano, with ‘stache!; 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter mini A&G back #66 Orlando Hudson; 2004 Upper Deck Vintage #144 Joe Mays
Flywheels at Cardboard Collections is a very easy trading partner for me; when I stumble across any Twins on his blog to trade for, he always manages to find a few others I need, and there have been plenty of Braves cards that I’ve managed to find to assuage his wants. Plus he has some pretty cool cheapo group breaks that I love to jump in on when they line up nicely with the sets where I’m weak.
This particular trade I hit him with several Yo Mama cards and other 2010 Topps inserts for a Topps Update Gold Valencia and some other nice cards he threw in.
clockwise, from top left: 2010 Topps Bowman Platinum Prospects #PP20 Kyle Gibson; 2010 Topps Bowman Chrome Prospects XFractor #BCP183 Liam Hendriks; 2010 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #US-101 Danny Valencia [1118/2010]; 2009 Topps Attax Denard Span
Thanks for the trades, guys!
Mr. Flywheels himself, frequent “é rayhahn, rayhahn” trader Colbey at Cardboard Collections was one of a few traders that hit up my recent Braves trade bait post (there are still a few more cards left). For a couple Braves relics cards and some magazine inserts, Colbey sent these three cards:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Upper Deck Portraits Scrapbook Materials #SM-HU Torii Hunter; 2008 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team #BTA-GP Glen Perkins; 2007 Fleer Faces of the Game #GF-TH Torii Hunter, at least it’s not Faces of the Franchise
Because of the flurry of trades over the months which have included autograph and jersey/bat cards (and because I don’t typically include them on my wantlists, even though I do collect them), I’ve added a web page with my inventory, so I can better keep track of them (and help with future trading). Thanks for adding to it, Colbey — always a pleasure to trade with you!
Yep, a two-package day at the Runner household. First package was an addendum from Colbey at Cardboard Collections, where he sent me some additional Twins on top of the 2-relic trade we did last week — there were a few wantlist hits, and they were much appreciated. I’ll find a good home for the cards I already had.
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Skybox Jersey Graphics #JG-TH Torii Hunter; 2006 Ovation Apparel #OA-HU Torii Hunter; 2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update #400 Livan Hernandez; 2006 Fleer Ultra Gold #164 Torii Hunter
Package #2 was from The Collective Troll at Troll at the Plate, part of a relic/auto exchange. Sorta a Perkins love-fest, if you’re into that kinda thing 😉
left to right: 2007 Topps Chrome Refractor #348 Glen Perkins [164/500] autograph; 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #271 Glen Perkins
Thanks guys! I know where you live should other stuff turn up…
After a bit of a lull, several trades are starting to come to fruition, and a couple packages arrived while I was off on a business trip to Omaha. The first was from Chris at On Card Autos, which was from a response I gave to his team collector request. Basically, he was doing a dump of non-Cubs in exchange for any Cubs in return. While virtually all were fairly recent base cards, he did manage a couple hits from my wantlists. My return package is a similar team dump, and I think there should be a few that he doesn’t have in the bunch.
2007 Upper Deck First Edition #27 Glen Perkins; 2007 Topps Bowman Heritage #238 Glen Perkins, sans autograph
The second package was from Colbey over at Cardboard Collections. He put together a nice group break of four different products, of which a couple of them were pretty lacking in my collection, so I jumped in to see what I could cross off my wantlists. Well, not only did he nail the Topps Total holy grail (#1 Mauer), but he threw in some nice cards on the side, which were very much appreciated.
clockwise, from top left: 2002 Topps Total #1 Joe Mauer; 2006 Upper Deck Season Highlights #SH-11 Francisco Liriano; 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter mini #338 Franciso Liriano; 2010 Topps National Chicle #30 Michael Cuddyer
You run a nice break, dude — I was glad to take part.