I didn't get rid of all of the lots--more like a quarter of them--but I did free up some space, get some stuff in the hands of willing collectors, and I even got in touch with a few new trading partners. These days I don't do the latter often enough considering the fact that working with new folks has led directly to establishing some of my favorite traders time and again.
One of those new-to-me traders was reader Chuck (if you have a blog that I'm missing, just let me know and I'll update this to link to you!), a Wisconsin-ite. He wanted a Mike Piazza Starting Lineup I posted and we quickly and easily came to a trade I know I'm happy with. Here's what headed back my way:
Former Tigers OF Torii Hunter knows that Topps Chipz are totally wake and on the flick, right, kidz? RADICAL! (Do kids say "radical" anymore?) While Topps had as much chance of making "fetch" happen as they did this goofy experiment, I'll happily add this to my little pile of Hunter's Tigers cards. I should also point out that this was a fun throw-in from Chuck, by the way.
Mr. Manu-Tiger! I just made fun of Topps (in a post where all three items were made by those guys) but for whatever reason I enjoy a number of their manurelics like this rookie reprint "patch" from 2013. Reprint burnout aside, I can see this as a fun way to get kids interested in some older players and cards, and if they don't, well, I still have fun with them. Now I just need to get me the real deal....
Joining Kaline is an actual relic: an Ivan Rodriguez bat piece from 2008 A&G. That's another product I don't care for in general yet I don't think I've seen a design for these framed mini relics I didn't like. It's nice enough getting a new hit of the soon-to-be-HOFer, but it's even better that it's a card of him with the Tigers, a team he helped bring back to respectability in the mid 2000s. This represents my fifth hit of the outstanding backstop in my Tigers PC.
Chuck, thanks again for participating in my giveaway and for such a productive trade. I'm down to deal again anytime you're interested, and I highly recommend that others do the same!