Tag Archives: Sports Card Arena

Interleague And Interdivisional Trades

I got to hear my name on the radio last night for the first time this season with the correct answer emailed in for the Twins’ trivia question of the game.
Q: Which former Twins players have had uniform number three on the Royals?
A: Harmon Killebrew, Steve Braun

I contacted Jeff at 2 by 3 Heroes about a trade, and he found a nice variety of Twins cards from my wantlists in exchange for a wide assortment of White Sox cards. It seems that my trades between the AL Central rival collectors have been the smoothest, and I certainly look forward to dealing with Jeff again in the future. Sometime, though, I need to show Jeff what a gold card from 2005 Topps looks like 😉

clockwise, from top left: 2012 Topps Heritage SP #470 Ben Revere; 2005 Topps Opening Day Target Exclusive #38 Torii Hunter (jersey); 2003 Upper Deck #519 Lew Ford; 2010 Topps Walmart Black #102 Minnesota Twins

A second trade was with PadresFan86 who’s a member at Sports Card Arena. He had several Tier One Blue cards for trade, and I had a couple Tony Gwynn Topps Sterling cards to trade. He threw in a couple cards, including the impressive s#’d Walker card below.

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Tier One Blue #28 Bert Blyleven [057/199]; 2011 Topps Tier One Blue #97 Joe Mauer [058/199]; 1998 Pinnacle Plus Artist Proof Gold #AP27 Todd Walker [073/100]

Thanks for the trade, guys!

A Trade, And Trade Bait

My LCS owner handed me a binder full of inserts and s#’d cards to see if I could get some interest in them. In the past, he has allowed me to “check out” cards, which I either trade (and pay him for) or return untraded (“sticks” and “boomerangs” we call them). Well, I’ve decided to begin listing them here at “é rayhahn, rayhahn” in hopes of turning them into Twins cards from my wantlists. You can easily get to the list just under “BASEBALL CARDS” in the dropdown at the top of each page. I’ve only got a couple teams there so far; if you have something to trade, let me know what other team(s) you’re looking for and I’ll add them. Thanks for looking!

As far as the trade: I completed a second trade with cardjim from Sports Card Arena. For a Cardinals AU and a couple sweet Brock GU cards, Jim sent me the cards below:

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Playoff Prime Cuts Timeline #T-23 Rod Carew [24/25] (dual jersey); 2003 Bowman’s Best #BB-JDD J.D. Durbin (auto); 2003 Topps Pristine Uncirculated Refractor #146 Jason Kubel [0297/1599]; 2008 Donruss Threads Century Proof Green #141 Brian Duensing [069/250]

Thanks again, Jim!

A Black Day In Trading

This trade was from twins2008nathan (still another Sports Card Arena resident) and included my first Topps Black Border card. These babies run at a premium almost everywhere, so when I had a chance to pick one up in a trade, I did. That it was a Mauer is an added bonus. The other three cards aren’t anything to sneeze at, either — my first autograph card of Carlos Gutierrez, a #75 of 75 Jason Bartlett AU, and another (a black and white parallel) in my recent run of Stadium Club Beam Team autographs.

clockwise, from top left: 2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-CGU Carlos Gutierrez [119/199] (auto); 2008 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Black & White #BTA-JCR Jesse Crain [43/99] (auto); 2009 Topps Update Black Border #UH274 Joe Mauer [27/58]; 2004 Donruss Leaf Certified Cuts Signature Marble Blue #273 Jason Bartlett [75/75] (auto)

twins2008nathan had more too, so if I identify more trade material, I’ll be back.

What About Bob?

I went back to the well with Sports Card Arena trader BobFranklin, and for some more Braves and Phillies GU and inserts/s#’d cards, I received the following cards. (more after the break)

I’ve taken a shine to the Beam Team autograph cards, and these were my first B&W and Gold parallels. Also, the Endorsements cards are very sharp looking.

clockwise, from top left: 2008 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Gold #BTA-CMO Craig Monroe [42/50] (auto); 2008 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Black & White #BTA-CMO Craig Monroe [94/99] (auto); 2005 Donruss Signature Series Silver #68 Garrett Jones (auto); 2006 Upper Deck F/X Special Endorsements #SE-DG Dave Gassner (auto)

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Two By Two

(Hey, I have loads of inserts and s#’d cards from many teams; if you have Twins cards I might need, fire me an email or comment)

Here are four cards from The Bay of E and from devintolly from over at Sports Card Area. I rounded up over 30 Justin Morneau cards from my dupes box that he needed, and in exchange he had a nice Santana/Liriano dual GU and a Slowey GU. In addition, from eBay, a “lucky” bid on a sweet s#’d 5/9 Morneau GU and a Tom Quinlan auto card!!1!!1! That’s going in a screwdown in a hurry…

clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Unity Relics Gold #TTUSR-228 Justin Morneau [5/9] (jersey); 1996 Donruss Leaf Signature Extended Tom Quinlan (auto); 2009 Upper Deck Goudey Memorabilia #GM-KS Kevin Slowey (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Ensemble Swatches 2 #ES-SL Johan Santana/Francisco Liriano [39/75] (dual jersey)

(Hey, thanks again Devin; those two bombs from Morneau the other day are hopefully a sign of things to come.)

Get Thee Behind Me, Santana

Some nice (pre-Mets) Johan Santana cards from the LCS and The Bay of E:

clockwise, from top left: 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Shining Star #SS-JS Johan Santana [37/99] (auto); 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Materials #SM-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts Antiquity Artifacts #AA-SA Johan Santana [139/199] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey #GJ-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter #AGR-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2008 Upper Deck Game Worn Jersey #98-JS Johan Santana (jersey)

My first Santana auto; yeah!

Package Seven

Continuing again from a previous post

The final package to arrive, Package #7, was also from a Sports Card Arena trader, BobFranklin. Bob collects Braves and Phillies cards, so besides sending him a couple GU/AU, he got some inserts and almost 160 different UD Documentary cards of the two teams. Made for a hefty shipping cost, but in exchange Bob sent me 13 GU Twins cards. In fact, he still had others (I’m starting another pile to try tickle some more Twins out of him), so I had to do some prioritizing to decide which ones I wanted to trade for — a nice problem to have. Anyway, the loot — first, some nice s#’d and eye catchers:

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Fleer Patchworks Die Cut #PW-TH Torii Hunter [42/49] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck Classics Classic Materials #MA-JM Jack Morris (jersey); 2006 Fleer Flair Showcase Stitches #SS-TO Torii Hunter (jersey); 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts Apparel #MLB-SA Johan Santana [190/199] (jersey); 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings #129 Jacque Jones [008/100] (jersey&bat); 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-BB Boof Bonser [49/99] (jersey)

Next, a few miscellaneous:

clockwise, from top left: 2004 Donruss World Series #WS-106 Shannon Stewart [154/250] (jersey); 2005 Donruss Timber & Threads #TT-15 Jacque Jones (bat); 2008 Upper Deck Game Jersey #99-JK Jason Kubel (jersey); 2008 Upper Deck UD Jersey #UDJ-CU Michael Cuddyer (jersey)

And last but certainly not least, a slew of Lew. (My avatar is pleased.)

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Zenith #ZB-54 Lew Ford (jersey); 2005 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials Mirror White #160 Lew Ford [224/250] (bat); 2003 Topps Bowman Best #BB-JLF Lew Ford (bat)

The ol’ Relic/Auto/Plate Havelist is filling up nicely. Bob, thanks for the trade, and you won’t get rid of me that easily!

Package Six

Continuing from the previous post

Package #6 was from yet another Sports Card Arena trade. serputzalot is a big-time Hanley Ramirez collector, and was interested in the Turkey Red cabinet card that my LCS owner let me have at a great price. The artist autograph and s#’d to 25 had a pretty stable price on eBay, so using that I chose three GU cards in trade. When a dual Killebrew/Morneau turned up missing, I was able to substitute for a couple nice AU and another Killebrew in its stead.

clockwise, from top left: 2006 Upper Deck Epic Materials Dark Purpel #EM-HK Harmon Killebrew [049/115] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Bronze #32 Harmon Killebrew [33/50] (jersey); 2010 Bowman Sterling #34 Danny Valencia (auto); 2001 Donruss Classics Benchmarks #BM-20 Kirby Puckett (stadium seat); 2008 Upper Deck SPx Young Star Signatures #AC Alexi Casilla (auto)

And as fine as this trade turned out to be, Package #7 was bigger…