Tag Archives: Detroit Tigers

Coot D’Etat

I dropped by Coot Veal and the Vealtones for a trade bait post, and darned if it didn’t work — he sucked me in! I asked about a Kubel jersey card, and it expanded into several other cards as well (see some below). It included the last Heritage base card I needed from last year (I’m convinced it’s an SP), and gave me an excuse to shuffle some Tigers cards off to a better place.

coot detat
clockwise, from top: 2006 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Update Sweet Beginnings #SW-JK Jason Kubel (jersey); 2003 Upper Deck SP Authentic #170 Brent Hoard [1752/2003]; 2012 Topps Target Red #501 Matt Capps; 2012 Topps Heritage #158 Pedro Florimon (w/ Lombardozzi, Dominguez, Mesoraco); 2004 Upper Deck R-Class #178 Joe Mauer

I’m loading up my own trade bait page as we speak (LCS owner got in a crapton of cards and I’ve been sorting several 5,000-count boxes for him and cherry picking cards to offer in trade) — let me know if there’s anything you’re looking for, and I’ll make sure to look for you.

Thanks, dude! And in honor of the Vealtone trade, a Level 42 track:

A Twins HOFer And An MLB HOFer

Last week, I won a sixth Twins radio trivia question. Q: What major league teams did Twins’ World Series manager Sam Mele play for during his playing career? A: Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Redlegs, Cleveland Indians. Dan Gladden suggested I split my “winnings” with fellow broadcaster John Gordon, while Gordo suggested that I probably used Google. Well, duh! This was the first time that they recognized my name as a multiple winner, finally.
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Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle approached me about a a “Super Box” Twins auto he got a while back that I had expressed interest in. For a plethora of Kemp, Kershaw, Martin, and Piazza cards, Greg traded the Brad Radke auto and included a s#’d minor league card and an auto to trade to Daily Dimwit in a future trade.


2008 TriStar Prospects Plus #28 Carlos Gutierrez [13/25]; 2001 Fleer Autographics Brad Radke (auto)

A second package arrived as well, this one from the Sewingmachineguy himself. I had a sweet Kaline Tiger Stadium seat relic card, and sent it along to him with some other Tiger niceties, while SWG turned around and traded a s#’d jersey/auto Rod Carew and a DSPAN2 auto, along with a couple Series II singles. I idolized Rod growing up, to the point of learning to switch hit just so I could stand in the box like he did. I was pleased to learn that SWG sported the loose-gripped magic wand stance back in the day, too.


2010 Topps National Chicle #NCA-DS Denard Span [168/199] (auto); 2005 Upper Deck AL Artifacts Signatures #AL-RC Rod Carew [05/30] (jersey/auto)

Super trades, guys!

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…

Loot From The Coot

Not long ago, Dustin from the new blog Coot Veal and the Vealtones hit me up with a trade request. Dustin had done his homework: he’d delved through my wantlists and had a nice mish-mash of Twins cards I needed, everything from a replacement ’70 league leaders card and a ’89 O-Pee-Chee stickerback to an auto card and some s#’d cards. And I’m still just as baffled by Bowman as before.

Dustin has had to be patient though, unfortunately; his cards arrived literally minutes before Mo and I left for a week to Ft. Myers and Spring Training (more on that in a later post), so I’m just getting around to mailing the return package.


clockwise, from top left: 1970 Topps AL Piching Leaders #70 Dave Boswell/Jim Perry (w/Denny McLain, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Mel Stottlemyre); 2007 Topps 52 Certified Autograph #52S-JM Jason Miller; 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Heads Up #281 Harmon Killebrew; 2010 Bowman Blue Border #116 Kevin Slowey [203/520]

Also included were several Topps Total and UD Documentary (yeah!)…


clockwise, from top left: 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #UH231 Torii Hunter [0373/2007]; 2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut from the Same Cloth Pewter #CSC-MA Joe Mauer (w/Russell Martin) [18/75]; 1989 O-Pee-Chee Stickerback #8 Gary Gaetti; 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Blue Border #BDPP50 Logan Darnell [043/399]

Thanks again Dustin — your cards will be forthcoming!

How Printing Plates Work (Courtesy of Sewing Machine Guy)

Not long ago, I was contacted by Sewing Machine Guy about a trade (he had an ulterior motive). Before he even mentioned what he had to trade, I was interested — he’s another one of the card collecting blogger community I’d wanted to swap with at some point.  And then he set the hook: what would become my very first Twins printing plate (oh, and he included a Delmon Young card, too).  I’d already been struck by Michael Harrington’s (who?!) you-know-what-eating grin on his Bowman Chrome and Bowman Chrome Blue cards in my collection, and now they are joined by the cyan printing plate that created them. Both for a slightly used ’63 Al Kaline.

Turns out Chrome cards are printed using reversed plates, and as you probably already know, four plates are used to apply the four colors required for the finished product: magenta, yellow, cyan, and black.  I’m not sure what order these colors are applied (or if it matters), but here is the cyan plate:


2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP190 Michael Harrington cyan printing plate
(front and back)

I just so happen to have images of the other printing plates for this card, so I can show how the rest of the image is created.  Next, the three other print colors are applied, using their respective printing plates:
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Grand Cards

Just completed another trade through the mail, and at the same time proved that there can be civility between rival teams when it comes to swapping cards.  Over at Grand Cards, the Detroit Tigers are the featured team, and more specifically, the site’s namesake Curtis Granderson.  Here are a few of the Twins cards from the return part of the trade:

Grand Cards cards
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Topps Gold #569 Bartlett (1203/2007), 2008 Upper Deck Hot Commodities #HC17 Morneau, 2008 Topps Gold #287 Morneau/Santana/Mauer (0139/2008), 2009 Topps Toppstown Gold #TTT12 Morneau

I didn’t even know that Topps made a gold parallel of the Toppstown cards.  Live and learn.  Anyway, if you have any cards from the Grand Cards wantlist, I wholeheartedly recommend making a trade offer, especially if it can help heal the memory of Game 163.  (Aw, sorry, I couldn’t help myself 😉 )