First, the mystery: I was browsing eBay and I stumbled across the Bowman autographed card below. If you look closely, you’ll see that it does not look like the signature says “David Bromberg” — in fact, with a little research I found that it is in fact Red’s prospect Robert Stephenson’s signature. Well, errors happen all the time (don’t they, Topps?), but the mystery comes in when I look at checklists for the autograph cards in 2011 Bowman Sterling Prospects (or Bowman Sterling MLB Future Stars, which ever name you choose) and this card is not listed. In addition, I’ve never seen another one listed for auction or sold on eBay, whether refractor or not. This card does not exist anywhere else that I’ve seen.
2011 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-DB David Bromberg [154/199] (auto ERR)
And now the four letters…which are of course, G, C, R, and L, and that spells GCRL, proprietor of Garvey Cey Russell Lopes. A package arrived with a nice minor league GU of Kyle Gibson, half of Donruss’ 1965 WS tribute Twins set, and a few other Topps and Bowman singles that I needed. All in exchange for Dodgers cards, which never really feel at home here on my desk and are always looking for a place to go…
clockwise, from top left: 2012 Topps Pro Debut Minor League Materials #MLM-KG Kyle Gibson (jersey); 2012 Topps Gold #111 Kevin Slowey [0188/2012]; 2005 Donruss 1965 Twins #16 Jim “Mudcat” Grant; 2013 Topps Chrome Update #MB-38 Kyle Gibson; 2013 Topps Pro Debut #175 Jose Berrios; 2005 Donruss 1965 Twins #26 Billy Martin
Thanks once more, GCRL!
Another season, another blind package from gcrl at Garvey Cey Russell Lopes. gcrl has been good with remembering to send a Twins pocket schedule, and here came this season’s along with a sweet triple jersey GU, a couple Gold Rush parallels, my first Topps Sticker from this year, a couple hits on older Twins cards, … and he got rid of a lot of slag. 😉
Here are a few representative cards that I needed:
2007 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Winning Trios #WT-15 Johan Santana w/Garcia,Zambrano [12/30] (triple jersey); 2005 Fleer Skybox Autographics Inscriptions #86 Harmon Killebrew [039/150]; 2012 Topps Gold Rush #95 Chris Parmelee; 1999 Topps Chrome #211 Mike Lincoln w/Dotel, Penny; 2013 Twins Schedule; 2013 Topps Sticker #83 Trevor Plouffe
Dude — Dodgers coming back at ya! Thanks again.
I received an email a while back from the proprietor of everyone’s favorite four-player trade blog (no, not Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, that’s only three players), Garvey Cey Russell Lopes, warning me he was going to send me some Twins cards. Well, I got the jump on him and sent him some Dodgers first, and his package just arrived Friday. After filtering through the junk wax that he just had to pass along, I noticed the three 2008 Topps commons were numbered with “MIN” — team set singles! Well, here’s the other highlights:
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Bowman blue border #117 Carlos Silva [401/500]; 2000 Pacific Vanguard #27 Corey Koskie; 2008 Topps Team Set #MIN11 Kevin Slowey; 1999 Upper Deck MVP Silver Script #122 Corey Koskie
Thanks for the trade, gcrl, and let me know when you finally get your blog name alphabetized 😉
gcrl from Garvey Cey Russell Lopes was one of my earliest trading partners, so when I came across some nice Dodgers cards recently, I went back to the well to see if any Twins cards had piled up there since the last trade. The answer was a resounding “yes!” Captured below are a few representatives of the relics and other cards wiped from my wantlists in this swap:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Materials #299 Paul Molitor; 2005 Donruss Prime Patches #P-47 Jacque Jones [015/100]; 2005 Topps Chrome Autograph #231 Kevin West; 2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History Timeless Moments Jersey #TM-28 Joe Mauer
In the past few weeks, I’ve completed three successful trades over the internet (I say completed, but I have yet to get all the cards filed in binders yet), and wanted to give a shout out to each of them; they are all great trading partners, and have my full endorsement.
Matt F. over at Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius agreed to the first trade, finding a home for some of my well-loved 1971 cards (ie: years from being near-mint) in exchange for a slug of Twins.
Next, Spiff (Texas Rangers Cards) and I exchanged a few emails and put together a Rangers / Twins exchange. I find it interesting that I’m not the only one who gets more of a thrill from the oddball than the valuable.
Lastly, GCRL at Garvey Cey Russell Lopes sent me a cr@pload of Twins, which I countered with some Dodgers and missing set cards he needed (including a sweet 1961 Drysdale that I got a good deal on). I still have a ton of 90’s singles to wade through yet (pretty sure I have most of them — the hazards of a hit-and-miss wantlist).
One (of several) reasons I decided to take the plunge and create my own blog was to have a home-base for trades like these, and to start putting my want list in a public location. Maybe I’ll see about also creating a page to house what I have to trade (which is modest, but has some interesting stuff mixed in).