I'm back again and maintaining my never-ending quest to keep you guessing if/when I'm going to post. Today I'm showing off a bountiful trade package from everyone's favorite San Jose-an, Mark of the Chronicles of Fuji!
This is already the tenth time I'm posting cards from Fuji here, and he really made this one count with a generous flat rate box stuffed with items for a ton of my various collections. Naturally that means that this will explode into a two-part post with the rest of the goods over on Too Many Manninghams this evening. Please make sure to head over there as well!
Here's the cardboard feast the hard-working collector/teacher sent my way this time:
Reno Bertoia appears on a sweet '58 Topps card, adding to my very small collection from that set. As all great vintage cards are, this one's well-loved, especially on the back:
Howie Koplitz's is from 1962 Topps and appears to be the green tint version of his RC. The '70 Topps dual RC of Norm McRae and Bob Reed was a revelation because I managed to catch on the back that Reed is a Michigan Baseball alum. That spurred me to do another check of guys from my school on Baseball Reference (while cross-checking with Wikipedia since BBR has a lot of false positives, such as Bertoia above!). I came up with eight other new guys to chase and eventually add to my PCs along with Reed and his four-card checklist, so that's super exciting for me!
Getting back to the action here, Freehan's second appearance in '70 Topps is a dupe but I'm more than happy to get extras of one of my all-time favorites. Lopez's '82 Donruss base is new to me, as is my first Rediscover Topps buyback, this one an '84 Topps base of Wilcox. And the one horizontal card was another one of those multiplayer RCs I love so much starring a Tigers trio.
joined Tennessee's coaching staff, apparently.
Fuji obviously didn't forget the name of my blog when he sent me a Justin Verlander relic too! The Astros stud who's looking to repeat last year's title appears here on a jersey hit from 2017 A&G, giving me a lucky 13 hits of the former Tiger.
And finally, on a card that may have been worth more years ago, it's former top-10 pick Jacob Turner on a 2012 Triple Threads Gold jersey/auto. The #9 overall pick in '09, Turner was useful to the Tigers as he was part of the deal that brought Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. The Fish got 0.3 bWAR out of Turner while Detroit enjoyed 7.1 and 8.1 Tigers tenures for those two, respectively, not to mention the 2012 A.L. pennant.
my PC guys. Fuji hit my Jim Abbott collection twice with new additions in the form of a 1990 Topps Sticker (shared with Andy Hawkins) and '95 Stadium Club Virtual Reality parallel. While the Gibby Stadium Club base is a dupe, four of the five Griffey cards are new to me, including a '91 Ultra insert, a phone card from a set called 1992 Alrak Griffey Ace Auto Supply, a National Baseball Card Day issue from UD in 2006, and a 2008 Topps Dick Perez sketch card done by one of the guys who made the Diamond Kings name famous. Is there anything more 90s than a phone card, fellow 80s/90s kids?
Chris Sabo cards, and I was excited to find that the last three were new to me: a '91 trio of Topps Glossy All-Stars (a checklist need!), Woolworth's Topps, and U.S. Playing Cards All-Stars. Nicely done, Fuji!
Mark also sent a nice pair of cards of both Tram and Sweet Lou, which is the right way to do it and definitely the mark of a trading pro. None were needs but there's no such thing as a card of either I don't want. However, I did need the 2013 Triple Play base of JV, my second new addition of him in this package, so that was a win.
Fuji, thanks again for what was a well put together package in terms of both quality and quantity! I look forward to piling up new stuff for you, especially at an upcoming show or two, and returning the favor as soon as I can. Until then, good luck with another year of teaching!