Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 trade package #27: a trade as American as Home Run Apple pie

Keith from the Home Run Apple emailed me recently to check on the possibility of a trade, and not long after, he and I agreed to our first deal.  The Mets/WVU collector was very easy to work with, and I was glad to see he enjoyed the stuff I sent his way.  In return I received a great package as well:
Kicking things off is a trio of Super Bowl-winning Wolverines.  I always love trading with fellow college team collectors because they're more likely to be willing to find cards of your team.
Next up is a nice bunch of Tigers inserts.  First we have an Al Kaline from 2013 Triple Threads' Amethyst parallel set; I don't believe I have anything of Al from previous Triple Threads sets, so that's pretty cool.  Next is a pair of Verlander inserts from a couple somewhat recent Topps products, and I went ahead and scanned those for Justin's PC, which now has more than 50 cards in the album.  After those comes a great Topps Gold parallel of OF Andy Dirks doing some wall-climbing.  Among the rest, a GQ Miggy mini is the only card of a current player, and that's bookended by the Prince of back pain and another mini of the guy that came to the Tigers with Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis.  Rounding things out is a trio of Topps Emerald parallels.

And then there's the card Keith originally offered me to kick off the deal:
Justin Verlander 2013 Topps Heritage jersey
Hooray for more Verlanders!  There can never be too many, after all.  This Heritage relic from last year is a good example of how a solid design can overcome something like a single-color swatch.  Topps has come up with some pretty good Heritage designs and I count this card among them.  It's my seventh relic of the Tigers' former ace, and 12th hit overall.

Thanks again for a fantastic first deal, Keith, and I'll be more than happy to work with you again in the future.  For those of you who haven't traded with the man in charge of the Home Run Apple, know that he's now TMV approved!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stupidly easy contest over at Bob Walk the Plank!


Hey y'all!  Get on over to Bob Walk the Plank right now to join Matt's contest.  It's stupidly easy to enter--just leave a comment and say what you collect.  Don't be that guy--you know, the one that doesn't follow instructions.

You have until 9:00 p.m. this Friday to get in, and the more people that join the better the prizes will be, plus if he gets more than 50 entrants there will be THREE winners!

I think this is exciting enough to warrant Matthew Lesko:
Good luck to everyone who enters, and by "everyone who enters" I obviously mean "me," because screw you guys, I'ma win this!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2014 trade package #26: Baseball Card Breakin' it down Gibby-style

A couple weeks ago I received my first trade package from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown.  It was a total surprise and featured an Earl Weaver autograph I expressed interest in during one of his contests.  After he so generously sent that my way I inquired about another card he had from the same set, sent him a vintage Clemente from COMC and some other stuff, and the next thing I knew that very card was in my mailbox.  Here's what he sent:
Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson 2004 Topps Retired Signature
First up is a pair of base cards from the 2004 Retired Signature set which, as I've noted, looks great in its combination of the 2004 flagship design and some cool vintage photos.  Take a good look at the Morris because it might just be the only time you ever see him smile!

I'm even more excited about the Gibson because that'll find a home in his PC, which I'm still working on scanning.  And speaking of Gibby, here's the card I mentioned I really wanted:
Kirk Gibson 2004 Topps Retired Signature auto
From the same gorgeous set as the Weaver from last time it's a stunning auto of the 1984 and '88 World Champion.  I hadn't seen many of these available on the internets at all, so landing my third Gibson auto in a trade like this was a major win for me; also, I'm pretty sure Gavin was happy with his end, which is the way trades are supposed to work, so we've got that goin' for us.  Anyway, I'm pretty sure I like just about everything this card has to offer:  purdy black border, sharp signature in blue ink, uncirculated-ness...oh yeah, and the awesome photo from earlier.

This card now has a happy home in my collection of Gibson stuff and Tigers, and I can't thank Gavin enough for a great second trade package!  Readers, please head over to Baseball Card Breakdown for some great blogging, especially when it comes to Refraction Action!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 trade package #25: Eric Eckstein's excellent (V)erlander

I recently made my first trade with reader Eric Eckstein, one of several people who participated in my giveaway/contest earlier this year.  He expressed some interest in the Ryan Nassib auto from my 2013 SPx Football box break, and after I added on a pair of cards he wanted from COMC, plus a Danny DeKeyser patch I acquired from Doug at SCFtDS, I ended up with a trio of cards I was happy with.  It was a classic win-win deal, and now I get to show off my loot:
Justin Verlander 2014 Panini Prizm Prizms Blue Mojo (#50/75)
This is the one card out of the trio you'll see on this here blog.  It's a beautiful blue parallel of Verlander's 2014 Prizm card, and as you can see it's numbered out of 75.  Panini went with a blue hue that's definitely up my alley as I tend to prefer darker versions of it, though Topps has gotten it right at times themselves.  As always with Panini, the lack of license issue comes up, but as usual I can't say it bothers me on a card like this where the rest of the photo and the cool border take your focus away from what's "missing."  The "Mojo" part of the insert name is a bit goofy, but it's not really being used in the same lame-ass context as box-breaking forum-dwellers, so that's not a negative either.  Overall it's a very nice addition to my Verlander PC and I'm happy to have landed it in this deal.

Tune in to TMM for the other two cards in the package--the ones I'd consider the REAL highlights of the trade.  Thanks again for an easy deal, Eric, and I hope we can make another one soon!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 trade package #24: Bowman Tigers From the Dollar Store

Doug over at Sports Cards From the Dollar Store recently sent me his sixth trade package of the year, and as usual you can see most of it over at TMM, but he did also include some Tigers that are perfect to show off on this here blog:
This is a near-team set of 2014 Bowman Tigers.  The player names are silver foil on a black background (for some reason) making them a bit difficult to scan, but the first six are Joe Nathan, Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, and Ian Kinsler.  Devin Travis hails from the Prospects set.

Jackson, of course, has since been traded to Seattle, but it's still nice to get one last 2014 Tigers issue of the outstanding CF.  That's offset a bit by what I think is my first Tigers card of Kinsler, turning two with Oakland slugger Josh Donaldson trying to break up the twin killing.

Travis, a 13th-round 2B taken by Detroit two years ago, definitely merits inclusion in the Prospects set.  He's Baseball America's #2 Tigers prospect, and he's done nothing but hit since being drafted, adding in a bit of pop and speed as well.  What Detroit does with him in the future depends on Ian Kinsler, among other factors, but I hope he sticks around and makes it to Detroit before long!

Thanks for another fantastic trade, Doug!  Those of you reading this should know by now to head over to Sports Cards From the Dollar Store daily, AT LEAST.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 trade package #23: GCRL's Tigers are Jim dandy

I received a great surprise trade package from Jim of Dodgers infield quartet-centric GCRL sometime last week, maybe in response to stuff I sent him and maybe because he's such a great guy.  As Abe Simpson would say,
The part that wasn't surprising is that it included some useful Tigers:
Cuyler, Paul Gibson, Gladden, Higginson, and Lira all hail from the awful teams from 20-ish years ago, and you know what that means:  "1990s Tigers SUCKED" tag deployed!  Hunter was from the same era, but he was awesome, stealing 116 bases in his two-plus years in Detroit, including 74 in 1997.  Kirk Gibson, meanwhile, recalls fond memories of better teams in the 80s on his 1986 Donruss card.  Avi Garcia rounds out the group with a lovely BowChro Refractor, and while he's on a hated rival, I do look forward to seeing him try to reach his potential in the coming years.
Here we have five Upper Deck issues (four of pitchers) and a Topps Opening Day Pudge that clearly didn't get the memo.  I'd call the horizontal Zumaya my favorite of the bunch, but with Upper Deck's designs you really can't go wrong.
When I was younger I had a ton of these Score holograms, and this pair hails from the 1990 version, which focuses on MVPs.  Gehringer and Cochrane are an outstanding pair of HOFers, and I've added Charlie's card as #19 to his PC.
This reprint was clearly the most interesting of the bunch, an issue called "Ty Cobb Steals Third" from a set called 1912 Hassan Triple Folder.  I love the black-and-white shot of Cobb sliding in to third for one of his 897 career steals, and the pairing with Jennings--who appeared in six games over five seasons with the Tigers as a player, plus managed them for 14 seasons and three pennants--is great.  You don't hear much about "Ee-yah" these days, but really, how many managers can claim 287 HBP over their playing careers?

The perforations are fairly obvious, but maybe I can trim it a bit and submit it to Beckett for grading.  I'll be rich!

Thanks again, Jim, for a fun out-of-the-blue package, the type that never fails to disappoint.  Hopefully I'll dig up more good stuff for you as well before long.  Readers, whether you're a fan of Garvey, Cey, Russell, or Lopes (but you have to pick at least ONE), head on over to GCRL right now!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Mail Monday to five of you!

I just got back from the post office having dropped these off:
Packages are on their way to the following postal codes:

21014
26505
26554
97213
N2H 5M5

There shouldn't be any surprises here as they're all associated with known trades.  If you're on that list, watch your mailboxes this week!