Back in the 80’s, with the proliferation of more and more brands of baseball cards, I decided to just focus on collecting Twins cards. When I did this, I set the following guidelines:
- only one of each card — no dupes
- starting with 1961 — no Senators
- major league only — no minor league cards unless they specifically say MN Twins
- no “extra-curicullar” cards (All-Star, post-season, World Baseball Classic, etc.) unless they specifically say MN Twins
- checklists or leader cards only if they specifically identify players as with the MM Twins
Let’s see how Smed (from Smed’s Baseball Card Blog) did with this latest package: 😉
- a couple of mid-90’s junk wax dupes; not a problem — I have two nephews that I share those with
- minor league cards of Johnny Ard, Troy Buckley, and 1991 Portland Beavers AAA coaches — I don’t collect them, but I don’t turn them away either — I’ll stash those with the others
- 1959 Washington Senators Roy Sievers; nice card of a really good player — trade bait, anyone interested?
- 2011 Bowman GU of Kyle Gibson from the Futures Game; Twins 1st-Rounder (and former Mizzou Tiger) out with Tommy John’s — well, son-of-a-gun, it says he’s with the Twins on the back, a keeper!
- 2011 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor of Madison Boer…nice!
Not a bad unsolicited shotgun package, all things considered.
clockwise, from top left: 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP85 Madison Boer; 2011 Bowman Future Games Relic #FGR-KG Kyle Gibson (jersey); 1959 Topps #340 Roy Sievers; 1990 Best Orlando Sun Rays #23 Johnny Ard
Thanks, Smed — your
check is in the mail return package will be on its way in the upcoming days.
Before I start here, I need to mention that once more I was the winner in Monday’s trivia question on the Twins radio broadcast. That’s three now this year — almost as many as the Twins have wins this season. Q: Prior to Cuddyer and Kubel in 2009, when did the Twins have two players hit for the cycle in the same season? A: Larry Hisle and Lyman Bostock in 1976.
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Forget “shotgun trades” — as part of his Spring Cleaning project, Smed from Smed’s Baseball Card Blog threw a nuke at my wantlists, with hits all over the place — a good 2″+ stack of Twins that I needed, and a whole bunch more that I’ll try bundle into team sets or pass along to my nephews. In exchange, all he asked for was reimbursement for the shipping, and an effort to tackle his wantlists.
Here’s a representation of what he sent me. I’m going to do this in reverse order; first, some singles from my 1980’s/1990’s wantlists:
clockwise, from top left: 1993 Score Select #314 Willie Banks; 1995 Topps Stadium Club Members Only #26 Chuck Knoblauch; 1985 O-Pee-Chee #282 Mike Stenhouse; 1985 O-Pee-Chee #199 Dave Engle
I recently completed a trade with Smed at (where else?) Smed’s Baseball Card Blog, and when the package arrived and I opened it, the first thing I had to say was, “Dude, you sent too much!” The second thing I had to say was, “Thanks!” We had agreed in general on what we were swapping, but with a couple relics among the bonus cards, I was very pleasantly surprised.
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Upper Deck SP Rookie Edition auto #179 Glen Perkins; 2005 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects Tier 1 #113 J.D. Durbin [335/999], how’s that “Real Deal” working out, J.D.?; 2009 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Triple Swatch #GJ-JN Joe Nathan [29/99]; 2008 Topps Chrome Trading Card History #TCHC9 Joe Mauer