Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 trade package #28: Marky Mark and the Fuji Bunch

I find it awesome that so many of my recent posts have covered trades, and that's thanks to the generosity of folks like Mark over at the Chronicles of Fuji.  Fuji showed off a snapshot of a pile of trade packages he was sending out a couple weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to receive one of those from all the way across the country.  Better yet, not only were the cards great, there were just three of them which meant less work for me!  Here's what I got:
Jeremy Bonderman 2006 Flair Showcase Showcase Stitiches jersey
Edwin Jackson 2010 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey jersey
Dontrelle Willis 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Mini Relics jersey
Wow, that's 60% of a pitching rotation right there!  None of them are with the Tigers anymore, but all three had some good seasons, with or without Detroit:
  • Bonderman (2006, DET):  14-8, 214.0 IP, 4.08 ERA, 202 K, 3.2 WAR (plus a 1-0 playoff record for the AL champs)
  • Jackson (2009, DET):  13-9, 214.0 IP (weird!), 3.62 ERA, 161 K, 4.2 WAR (also made All-Star Team)
  • Willis (2005, FLA):  22-10, 236.1 IP, 2.63 ERA, 170 K, 5.4 WAR, 7 CG, 5 SO (also made All-Star Team)
The Showcase card, which features a solid swatch, is my fifth Tigers PC hit (all relics) of Bonderman, a two-time Tiger who was with the club from 2003-2010 and a bit of last year.

The second card is my first hit of Jackson, the pitcher who came over for Matt Joyce, pitched fairly well at time, then was dealt in the trade that brought Austin Jackson and Max Scherzer, among others, to Motown.  Since being sent to Tampa, he's played with four other teams, including the 2011 World Champion Cardinals.  As well-traveled as he is, UD got him in a Tigers uniform on that card, which I appreciate.

Finally, the D-Train also makes his Tigers PC debut in the form of this excellent pinstriped A&G mini framed relic, one of my favorite designs.  Dontrelle went just 2-8 over 24 games with the Tigers in three seasons, but he was always the "throw-in" in the Miguel Cabrera trade, though it's a shame such a fun player couldn't regain his lofty status.

Mark, thanks as always for being a great trader and a cool guy.  I may just have to respond in kind sometime soon!  Readers, go get your daily fix of some of the best (and I do mean it) card blogging around at the Chronicles of Fuji.


  1. I want Edwin Jackson to be the next Pirates project pitcher. The guy has been a mess with the Cubs, but he isn't that far removed from being good.

    1. Not a bad idea, if you could get him cheaply enough. That coaching staff is doing some good work for the Pirates! I remember Dave Duncan having that same effect on Cardinals pitching for a while years ago.

  2. Glad the cards arrived safely Dennis.

    1. Thanks, Mark! I've actually got a really nice stack that I'll send your way once I deem it worthy of a return package. I think it's mostly teams your students collect, but there's a good amount for you as well.

  3. The Fooj comes up with some great cards

    1. I think he needs to start signing his customs with "The Fooj"