Wednesday, June 29, 2022

2022 eBay purchase: Clearly a Barry Nice Start to Summer

The weather here has heated up quite nicely and very much to my liking, not that that's a surprise since we're just about to flip the calendar to July. The point is, this is my kind of weather--I like it hot, hot, hot!

So it's very appropriate that I have a hot new card to show you from my most recent eBay purchase:

Around three weeks ago I was the high bidder on this 2020 Topps Clearly Authentic Decades' Best auto of Michigan/Reds legend and HOF SS Barry Larkin. It's--hold on a second, something's bugging me--
Ahhhhhhh, there we go! As I was about to say, it's from a product that gives you one magsafed/stickered acetate card per pack, though I chose to temporarily remove it from its slabby home long enough to get a scan of its true self. I paid a bit more than $42 when including tax and shipping, and that's right in the ballpark for some of Barry's better autos.

So let's talk just a bit about the card. It's an acetate version of that year's flagship product's Decades' Best insert, though it uses a different photo than what you'll find on either of Larkin's Series 1 appearances, which is totally fine. I've always been a fan of that style of Reds jersey anyway.

Among the reasons he's listed as one of the 1990s' best hitters:

  • Won the '90 World Series with the Reds
  • 1995 NL M VP
  • NL hitting ranks over the decade:
    • Hits: 5th
    • Runs: 6th
    • Walks: 6th
    • Stolen bases: sixth
    • Doubles: 11th
    • Batting average: 12th
  • 8 NL All-Star nods
  • 7 Silver Slugger awards
  • 52.6 bWAR
Dude was good and everyone knew it, including the HOF voters.

So I'm a well known advocate of acetate, plus Barry has a very nice looping signature that he never feels the need to squeeze into a tiny space. This is a card I was very excited to add as my 25th Larkin hit, seven of which carry his  signature, and 898th card in his collection overall. Hooray for one milestone reached and another soon to be celebrated!

I have a couple ideas of what I might post next but haven't decided yet, so in the meantime I hope everyone else enjoys the summer weather and what's clearly a hot new card for my collection!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

2022 trade package #14: Sport Card Collectors

If there's one person I can count on to send me new stuff I didn't already have (and fortunately a lot of you are great at that!) it's Matt of Sport Card Collectors (and his various umbrella of great blogs). Matt usually hits me up with a fun PWE a few times a year, and in rare cases he'll even triple or quadruple the loot and send me a bubble mailer.

That's exactly what he did very recently, and now I get to show off the fruits of his generosity, this cool mix of Tigers, PCs, and Michigan Football:
There were 10 Tigers cards but since that's one more than nine you'll have to catch the last one in the next scan. These are all '21 and '22 cards so it's no surprise I didn't have any of them, and because they're so new almost all of these guys are still on the team. John's guy Matt Boyd is the only exception, and the injured Giant who hasn't been healthy enough to start yet this year is seen on this year's Topps Rainbow Foil parallel. Miggy's up next with a '21 Chrome Prism Refractor plus base from this year's Bowman and Donruss. He just passed Rod Carew and has Rickey Henderson, Craig Biggio, and Ichiro in his crosshairs this season, which would place him in the top 25. It's very cool to be able to see that kind of history being made.

And then we have a trio of pitchers that could be the future of the rotation if they could all just be healthy and effective at once! Manning, who may still return this year, joins Cabrera from the '22 Bowman set (my first examples of those). And my Mize collection continues to grow at a time when he won't be pitching again for quite a while. Besides his '21 Bowman Platinum RC Matt sent both of Casey's Holo Orange parallels from '22 Donruss, including his Diamond Kings subset appearance. Skubal, who'll be starting tonight, is the only one who's active, and the card you see above his is '21 Panini Mozaic RC, my 11th card of the talented lefty.
Turnbull (same set, Prizm parallel) is another talented pitcher, but I'm less excited to see him here since his asinine Instagram comments about the Supreme Court's inarguably harmful decision to overturn Roe. Moving on is a new #CroneZone card headed to Jake's collection, his super thick 2022 Topps Inception base. Jake's been a bit streaky but has had a very nice June after a slow start. And the rest here combine to make up too many Verlanders! Card #1 is from 2021 Absolute's Icons insert, and I'd say JV has done more than enough in his career to earn that label. The '21 Diamond Kings "The Club" insert looks a bit nicer in comparison. Then from Topps we have throwbacks to the designs of 1965 and 1986, plus an Orange parallel from last year's Big League. My current Verlander count (besides "too many") is 516 and continuing to climb!
I mentioned Michigan Football stuff too and was thrilled to end up with two scans worth. Almost everything features college unis which is always my preference when possible, so huge bonus there. This group includes three guys from my favorite UM draft class of 2008: Arrington, Hart, and Long. Two inserts of the GOAT Tom Brady were great non-college inclusions, including TB12 in big head mode on the Mosaic card. I hope the talented Collins ('21 Chronicles Spectra) gets out of an awful QB situation in Houston and gets to shine. Corum's card from 2022 Bowman University (a Topps product I like?!) is one of my favorites (despite the mandatory airbrushing) because it gives me a jump-start to his collection before he's even drafted. His 2021 season has me absolutely juiced to see what he can do in his second year. And former big man DT Mo Hurst rounds out this group with his 2018 SAGE HIT base that looks a lot better than some of their recent designs.
And the last scan has seven cards, all with college action (plus a bonus NFL shot). Mathews and Warren join Hurst out of past SAGE HIT products and I remember their careers at Michigan quite well. Recent-ish draftees McKeon, Paye, and Peppers all appear on some nice base Score designs that are accented quite well with the team's colors, and Paye gets a bonus '21 Chronicles Draft appearance too! And lastly we have the GOAT on the other side of the ball, DB Charles Woodson. Also out of Score this is his cameo in the '21 Score Collegiate Champions insert, which lauds the fact that he won titles in college ('97) and the NFL (2010), not to mention the Heisman. Quite the trio of accomplishments!

Matt, thanks for going out of your way to send me this bubble mailer filled with PC goodness! As usual I'm looking forward to seeing what I can find for you at this weekend's show, and hopefully you won't have to wait long for a response to this envelope.

That's it for the moment for blogger trade packages so next time I'm expecting that I'll finally cover a pretty significant eBay purchase.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

2022 trade package #13: Cards on Cards

Time to get back to some old fashioned blogger trades! Today's is from Kerry of Cards on Cards. I recently sent him a mix of stuff from shows and other sources and not long after I found a bubble mailer from him in my mailbox containing a great combination of Tigers and some of my PCs:
We'll look at the Tigers today first, and almost all of them are current players, even if some are injured or down in AAA. Baddoo's Chronicles Gold Standard base looks great but I can't say the same for the bland design of the Pinnacle version with the same photo. Baez has heated up of late and socked a grand slam in a win last night so maybe he's righted the ship? I like the numbered 2022 Donruss Red parallel here, and you'll see another shortly. There's four more Miggy cards to add to his large collection (350-plus!) and I'm a fan of both the Contenders and Elite Series insert (numbered /349!) to say nothing of the other two.
Cameron's been up and down a bit but Mike's son could still turn into a productive bench OF guy. Jeimer (who needs to take an example from Baez) looks good on his own Donruss Red /2022. Manning (Rated Rookie!) still has a shot to return this season from injury, but unfortunately that won't be the case for TJ subject Casey Mize. I'm grateful to Kerry for the six new Mize cards, though! The Chronicles Revolution and Donruss base DK card are very cool and I was also happy to score my first hit of the injured prospect, a Donruss jersey!
Paredes' Chronicles Elite card looks great but mainly it's just a reminder that awful GM Al Avila lost him to Tampa in a panic trade for Austin Meadows after Riley Greene got hurt before the season. I hope Rogers can return to health soon and bump Tucker Barnhart to a reserve role (and eventually off the team for good). Skubal's been roughed up lately since a strong start, not that it matters much in a lost season like 2022.

With the Tigers covered we can get into some other player collections. I was stoked to find the five Cronenworth cards you see above since I love to see his collection grow as he's the most notable Wolverine in the Majors right now, if not tied with Boston's Rich Hill. The Classics design is pretty boring but the Revolution cards bring to mind the heyday of Pacific. By the way, the version on the right is the Fractal parallel. Michigan alum Jesse Franklin looks smart on a (what else?) Blue Prizm from 2020 Prizm Draft, and I'm now up to six cards of his, with few looking better than this one that also comes with a great college action photo.
And today's last scan covers two of my most popular PCs. Cal is still #1 by a mile and with more than 1100 of his cards in my collection it's always a thrill to get new stuff of his. That was the case with all three cards you see along the top row featuring the Iron Man: 2021 Chronicles Revolution and Prizm and 2022 Diamond Kings. I wouldn't likely be chasing these down myself unless I found them at a show in dime/quarter boxes so I appreciate folks like Kerry that take the time and effort to send stuff from newer releases my way.

Finally, we have the co-star of the package who also got to add six new cards to his collection. You might even go so far as to say that's...too many? It's the guy whose name is at the top of every post you read here! Kerry sent me a great variety of Verlanders, all of which I needed. First you see a 2012 Heritage Chrome insert (#d /1963) and then we move all the way up to 2021 Prizm's Red/White/Blue Prizm parallel, which is a few weeks early for Independence Day but plenty welcome today. The four recent Topps cards you see are a 2021 Topps Update 1992 Topps Reflux--I mean Redux--insert along with base from the same year's Gallery (still looking nice!) and Holiday, plus 2022 Opening Day. JV's off to a string 9-3 start this year with a ridiculous 2.22 ERA and 84 strikeouts. In case any of you forgot, he pitched in a single game in 2020 and none last season before returning this age 39. What can you say other than: legend.

Kerry, thanks so much for sending me some great cards like you always do! Hopefully next weekend I'll be back to the monthly show to start a new stack to send back your way.

Next up will be another envelope from a good friend and reliable trade partner, so watch out for that soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

TCDB trade roundup: NINE TIMES

I hope you're all not getting sick of these posts since I've put up so many of them recently but it's been nice to get the cards shown off and put away. Though I have a few more deals pending and/or on the way, I thought I'd finish up what was left on my desk since all of them were much smaller, mostly one scan (and in a few cases only one or two cards). How often tonight will you be looking at one of the many deals I made there?
Nine times. Let's get to it!

First up is a quick PIF (pay it forward) from probably the hardest working guy on the site, Dan (vrooomed). We've traded and done some blind sending back and forth a bit but in this case he sent me a message asking me if I had either of the two cards below. I didn't, so he told me they were mine:
These two inserts provide a potential look at the future of the franchise. Greene of course instantly inspired the offense the past two games, both of which were wins, and I'm excited to see what he can do now that he's presumably healthy. Manning is still on the IL but hopefully won't suffer the same fate (TJ surgery) as fellow prospect Casey Mize. Short (who looks extra tell thanks to the design there) has shown plenty of pop at AAA but very little hitting ability at the highest level so far. Detroit selected  Oklahoma HS pitcher Jobe #3 overall last year, though I'm still salty they didn't go after a much-needed bat, such as highly regarded SS Marcelo Meyer. Madden was the Tigers' other first rounder last year at #32 overall, and he pitched for Texas, so at least he's a college guy.

Many thanks to Dan for thinking of me and sending a couple Tigers cards my way!

Next, a member from Georgia with the handle tightmugg proposed a deal with me where he wanted Topps Finest base of Bonds and Vlad Guerrero (Sr.) from 1995 and 2003, respectively. I don't recall what he originally offered but I countered and asked for the below card and the deal was on:
This here is Griffey Jr.'s entry in 2020 Bowman's Best's 2000 Franchise Favorites insert. I have Ripken's cards from the original set so I remember well what this insert looked like 22 (!) years ago. Score one for nostalgia and not-quite-90s inserts. I like the throwback here and deals like these have helped me get my Griffey PC to 1000, even if it's one at a time.

This was a super easy deal and I'd be happy to trade with tightmugg again anytime.

Another single card is next, this time from a one-for-one deal. A member who calls himself Genokz put together a transaction centered around a Noah Fant relic card I'd grabbed at a show for a buck or two. The Seahawks collector wanted a card or the new TE for his team, and in return I got to pick from a few items that interested me. I opted for the auto that drew my attention the most:
What you see here is a 2019 Playoff Rookies Autographs Red Zone auto of former Michigan DL Chase Winovich, who seems to sign his nickname "Wino" on pretty much all of his autographs. A beast in college who could disrupt games somewhat like Aiden Hutchinson, he had a pair of good seasons to start his NFL career before not accomplishing much last year, mainly due to injury. He's since been traded to the Browns so we'll see what 2022 holds for him. Though I have a few cards of him this is my first hit of the third-rounder, making him member #231 of the football hits collection.

This was a simple one-card-per-side deal that went off without any hitches so I may be trading with him again, especially if I come up with more Seahawks he can use.

I opened up this post with a PIF and now I have a second one I get to show off as well. jasongerman9 is another of the IR-solvin' folks I talk to on the regular and he's been great to work with there, plus he's a fellow Michigander to boot! Jason surprised me with a fun eight-card PWE including a bit of baseball and even more UM Football stuff:
While Gwynn's one of my more well-known PCs and listed among my favorites on the site, I give Jason credit for catching that I collect former Michigan Baseballer Brian Simmons. The minor league issue you see above is my 25th of the former White Sox prospect, and he has just 45 to his name on the site so I'm doing quite well on that front (nobody else is even in double digits). Meanwhile, the football stuff went hard on the WR position (the first three cards) and defense (two of Kwity Paye, one of Woodson). I was happy to see that three of these were Michigan uniform cards too!

I made sure to thank Jason not long after those arrived and then I showed my appreciation more recently by sending him a huge box of stuff from his wantlists, much of which was Reds cards I happily pulled from my boxes of cards from the Facebook purchase. Who knows, maybe we'll do an actual formal transaction at some point, but either way this was fun.

Next I have a nice little PWE deal with New Jersey resident alanskontra. He wanted a pair of my '88 Pacific Legends dupes and three from '96 Flair. While I can't recall exactly what he originally offered, I ended up with this oddball-ish group of '84 Tigers:
Sparky's from '78 SSPC and had just one year left of being on cards as manager of the Reds. Morris is from '90 OPC. The two stickers of Evans and Morris were throw-ins he generously included after I believe I removed them from his original offer (I have them on my wantlist but they're very, very low on my list of priorities).

The real stars here, though, are those two Gibby items. On the left is a 1987 General Mills Booklet and to its right is another food issue from 1986 Burger King All-Pro Series.

The General Mills booklet, which I removed from its wrapper, was printed on some fairly flimsy paper, which isn't a surprise since it had to be folded so much and could have gotten thick very quickly. Size-wise it goes for 3 3/4" x 12 1/2", meaning it was tough to get it to sit flat on my scanner, so the images I got aren't great, but they do clearly show all 10 players:
Mattingly, Clemens, Boggs, and Yount are heady company for Kirk up front.
Rickey, Pat Tabler (ehhhh, worst player in the bunch but not terrible around then), Winfield, Morris, and Murray comprise the back. Old-school airbrushing makes for some rough lids but otherwise this would have been a cool item to pull out of a cereal box back then.
I also undid the Burger King panel to get a full view of it. Besides a couple decent coupons you got a pair of cards that could be separated thanks to perforation. I like Gibby getting paired up with Murray, whose Orioles won it all a year before the Tigers roared in '84.
I had to carefully separate those little tabs you see on the left in order to open up the panel, and I'd say I did a reasonable job of it since really only the coupon suffered a bit of tearing.

These were some very cool items to get and I'm glad we were able to trade. Though his tradelist is relatively small (I'm one to talk) I know he's got some other fun oddball stuff, so go check him out!

Our next trade was an eight-for-six deal where I gave up a few Finest cards, a Ripken, and a Bagwell insert to Texan Orry04. Besides Rich Hill's 2022 Topps Heritage card (which I already showed off in a trade package from Doug) I scored this quintet:
Cronenworth's name has popped up quite a bit in this series and I'm quite pleased with just how many cards of his I added. I'm up to 43, with almost 75% of those being from 2021 and '22 products after having only his 2015 Bowman Draft/Chrome cards to chase until he blew up. The cards you see here are from 2021 Absolute, Contenders, and A&G, and 2022 Topps Opening Day. To those I added Mr. Tiger's 2021 Topps Archives base. The "140" on that card threw me for a minute because Topps isn't that old, but then I realized it says "years of baseball" underneath. It's got a great shot of the HOFer and brings me a little closer to the 200-card mark.

Orry04's another member who makes great use of the site as he's now closing in on 700 deals! Help him get there if you feel like you're up to a trade.

The next deal is one I was excited about because 90s inserts rule! And some more recent ones aren't half bad either. Bigtime Royals collector DyeHardFan, a.k.a. Ian, had his eyes on some of my Kansas City cards, including a pair of 90s inserts and a couple hits I wouldn't miss. The dozen cards I got sent my way are quite nice:
Former Wolverines Blomgren and Criswell look great side-by-side on their 2020 Elite Extra Edition cards, with the latter being the 203rd Decade Die-Cut version. Granderson (2006) and Phillips (1987) are from 2017 Topps' Rediscover Topps buyback set. The card I'm most excited about here is a Griffey/Bonds '95 Sportflix Double Take insert, with a design that epitomizes the decade of fun that was the 90s. Larkin's '96 Topps Power Boosters inset is from a time where Topps started to get with the program a bit of including inserts that weren't extremely dull in their flagship product. Maddux's card here is my fifth from '96 UD's Diamond Destiny insert that included a translucent inset image of the player, another cool '90s look. A rare addition to my Clayton Richard PC is his 2018 GQ Missing Black Plate card, which is hard enough to discern by a quick eye test that I just roll my eyes at the idea. And our last vertical baseball item is Cal's '97 Topps Chrome base. While the OG '96 product was excellent, the '97 flagship product is one of my all-time favorites, and it's partially thanks to photos like these that look even better in Chrome form (especially when they're Refractor-ized!).
How about one last #CroneZone item for the young Padre who's been heating up lately? That's his 2021 Stadium Club Chrome RC. And then back to 90s inserts that rule, in this case '96 Ultra's Prime Leather, starring two of my favorite PC guys. And last up is a single football item from way back when Donruss/Leaf/Playoff kicked all kinds of ass with brands like Elite and their shiny college uni RCs? This numbered first-year of speedy WR/returner Breaston is the 21st of 25 I'm chasing and is right up my alley design-wise.

Many thanks to Ian for an excellent trade that brought some quality items to my collection, and I hope we can do it again soon!

Next is a fun PWE deal I did with JBozovsky (Jeff), who hails from North Dakota. I sent him a mix of junk wax RCs, Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg, and Manny Ramirez cards, and got the following 11 items back:
Abbott got paired up with Tom Glavine on the back of his '93 Leaf Gold Leaf Stars insert, great company indeed. My Darrell Evans collection (90 cards strong now) got a nice boost with five new cards--one from way back in '72 and the others from the early 80s. The best looking card is probably a '99 Topps Chrome Fortune 15 of Glavine's HOF teammate Maddux. Ripken's item here is an '88 Score Wax Box Card, an oddball that's always fun to collect. My Simba collection grew by one with his '78 Topps base in which he's posing with most of his catcher's gear.
The other two items include a Lou Whitaker from 1989 Baseball Card Magazine, which was producing replicas of '59 Topps, and a '93 Donruss Spirit of the Game insert with Big Daddy up front. I would have happily grabbed it to add to my Fielder collection but better yet it'll go to another PC thanks to the back:
Rob Deer! Just kidding, it's Mickey Tettleton. Fielder hit 35 bombs in '92 while Deer and Froot Loops each socked 32, hence the title on the back of the card. I wonder if this year's Tigers will reach the 99 mark as they sit at a league worst 35 right now. Anyway, this is a super cool double-sided card that hits two of my Tigers PCs, and it's another example of "90s inserts rule."

Jeff's at 100% positive feedback with over 100 completed trades so it's no surprise that my experience with him was just as great.

Last up today is the second trade I've done with Galtview (Randy) who's in nearby-ish Ontario. Randy asked for a pair of '96 Bowman base and five more from '96 Flair (all Blue Jays) and I believe I recall him offering me some baseball stuff in return. But instead I decided to switch things up and ask for all hockey cards
I ended up with 10 cards of three former Wolverine icers, most fromm Upper Deck/Tim Horton's collabs. Hughes was electric in Ann Arbor and has been quite good for Vancouver since his first full season in 2019-20. Dylan is the other former Michigan Larkin in red that you get to see today and his four Wings cards look terrific, especially that Red Die Cut from '19-'20. They're all super shiny and there's not a bad one in the bunch, though. And lastly, Hobey Baker winner and National Champ Brendan Morrison gets three new items, moving him up to 98 cards, meaning he's about to join fellow champ Marty Turco in the 100 club soon enough.

It was great trading with Randy again and I'm glad to have had a string of good experiences doing PWEs with some Canadian traders that have me more confident about continuing to do so.

As I mentioned earlier I have some other deals in the works or in the mail but you can consider this post the end of a series where I recapped a whole bunch of TCDB deals from earlier this year to earlier this month. Thanks for checking them out and I hope these posts have inspired some of you to try to trade on the site!

As for me I would expect my next couple posts to cover a blogger trade package and an eBay pickup, and then we'll see what else shows up.

Friday, June 17, 2022

TCDB trade roundup: all set

What do I have for you tonight? Try five more TCDB trades, all with one thing in common: they included cards toward my set wantlists. Here's what you get to see tonight:

First up is Canadian Tigers fan rmpaq5. Ryan's another guy who handles a lot of the site's inaccuracy reports meaning I'd talked to him a good amount before finally proposing a deal back in February. In a roughly 50-for-60 swap (in which I got the larger pile), I traded a bunch of unwanted Tigers, including a few hits, for some set help, some Tigers and PC guys of my own, and a few hits as well that ended up in trade packages.

Here's what I scored:
Tigers young, old, and in between! Shiny (Refractors)!, vintage (Stormin' Norman!), and Canadian (O-Pee-Chee!). Avila and Clark are guys I don't put much effort into collecting but I wasn't going to pass up the chance to add a couple Refractors, even with them pictured with other teams. And how great is the photo on that Cash?
Those Fryman inserts looked fun enough that I didn't want to pass them up. Three many Grandersons is better than two, and while I'm not really a fan of Topps post-2010 or so, that Cloth Sticker was a fun throw-in. There's plenty of holes in my Griffey collection and it'll be a long time before I even run out of junk wax-era stuff to chase, much less enjoyable 90s inserts.
While the Gwynn in the first scan was more of a throw-in the insert up top here is a winner for sure. Check out '84 Tiger Herndon OPC-style from way back in '77. Inge is the only one of that trio of Tigers rookies that accomplished anything. AJax is always a favorite around here. Two more Barry cards, nice! And three (of four) Madduxes to add to his collection as well including versions of both of his '05 Diamond Kings appearances.
Poor Mize, I hope he comes back from TJ surgery triumphantly but I know the odds are long. You can always count on Canadians to have some pretty cool harder-to-find oddballs like Morris's card. The two Palmers you see above are part of a trio of Dean-o. '84 Tigers C Parrish's 1980 card is actually a Topps need, not OPC. Former Michigan Law student Rickey will go towards the Michigan Baseball collection. And we have a couple Ripken inserts including another for Topps' 2,632 insert.
Tram! The '81 OPC was a card I knew I needed but I'm not sure how I didn't have the '96 Circa. And here you see four many Verlanders, though there's one more below. The Bowman Heritage Mahogany parallel is from his rookie year and is a nice get while the others--die-cut, Refractor, and Refractor--are super cool too.
Miggy joins Dean-O, a new Sabo (weird orientation for the Silver Signature!), and another JV Refractor. Then we have a couple more Canadian oddballs of '84 Tigers Gibby and Morris: 1987 Stuart Bakery's Super Stars. Cool! And finally, Panini Stickers of Morris that I believe were nice throw-ins by Ryan.
And last up we have the baseball wantlist help. Of the six '94 Finest cards I'm of course most excited to add the Tettleton to his PC in a two-birds-with-one-stone deal. I believe Alomar was needed for my own '94 Ultra set build, though possibly the second Series II set I'm building to trade. And then there's two each from '95 Donruss and Score.

Many thanks to Ryan for being an asset to the site both as a member making database edits and as a trader. It's very rare for me to send cards to Canada in something larger than a PWE (besides to Doug, of course!) because of the cost, but it was definitely worth it here. The Ontario native appears to have trading disabled for now but keep an eye on his profile because you, like around 350 other people, won't be disappointed if you trade with him!

Next up is another Canadian member who also hails from Ontario, actually. Randy, who goes by Galtview, agreed to work with me on what became a seven-for-seven trade where I yet again gave up a few unneeded items from the Facebook haul for this interesting mix:
The main draw for me here was the two 1988 Domino's Tigers cards from the set that celebrates the '68 Tigers. I very likely had a complete set (or two with my brother) of these as a kid but I think some went missing, were damaged, got used for IP/TTM autos, or other(???). In this case Kaline's actually a variation (I already had the care of him hitting) while Lolich's card was indeed used for an IP auto. I have 26 of the 28 cards and am missing the "Pizza Buck Coupon" and title card (plus a couple errors or corrected cards for the master set).

The rest here just made the deal sweeter: a food issue Larkin and '96 Score sample too, a sweet almost metallic Pinnacle boxed set Ripken, and another Dean-o in the form of an exchange card insert from 1994.

Randy was great to work with and he apparently thought I was as well as we recently completed our second deal, one I'll be showing off in the near future. He gets my recommendation for a reliable PWE trader!

Next we have another one of the site's nicer members that I really appreciate. Mike (aint56cool) has gone through a lot the last few years recovering from cancer and other health issues plus losing his wife to the disease. I finally had a good chance to trade with him after finding he had around 30-35 cards that would knock down my wantlists a bit. The only problem: I didn't match anything on his own wantlist. So I asked if he'd be willing to put in the time to go through my tradelist and see if there was anything he could use. Cool guy that he is, he did so, mostly grabbing some stuff he could use as different trade bait, the best of which was a Panini Instant Aaron Rodgers that came with some others I bought a couple years ago.

Thanks to Mike I got these in the mail early last month:
The non-wantlist portion includes a Collect-a-Books of Mr. Padre, an '86 Sportflics of Guillermo Hernandez, a die-cut Dean-o, a Collector's Choice team set card of Tony Phillips, and my first card of former Michigan baseballer Paul Wenson. Wenson was in Ann Arbor in the mid-80s, went undrafted, and signed with the Tigers, then was out of baseball after reaching AAA in '89. The '89 ProCards issue you see above is one of just five he has to his name.
There were enough set wants that I just got lazy and went the photo route. Nine '94 Finest took another good bite out of that set. Three Ultras from the same year include HOFers Puckett and the Big Unit. You see four different '96 Finest base above but I needed two each of a pair, one of which was Roberts, meaning I intentionally got Bipped! Of the eight Flair cards from that year, six go towards the Silver variant while two are Gold. And the rest are all '97 Donruss, and I'm putting that together from a stack that came pretty close to being complete out of the Facebook collection. I'm still a big fan of that year's base and especially inserts to this day!

Many thanks to Mike for taking the time to manually look at my trade bait to make this deal happen without the aid of trade matching, which I'll admit makes things way easier. He's received over 400 positive feedback comments and I'm happily one of those so I hope some of you get the urge to try to work out something with him as well.

Next up is a repeat trade partner in nkandy11. He popped back up in my transactions hoping to nab some more of my Mariners, in this case eight from '96 Fleer. In return for those, a throw-in '94 Topps Gold, and a nice '97 Donruss A-Rod/Nomar insert, I'm the proud new owner of the following, plus a trio of fun football inserts I've already sent to Doug:
Of all the people who love Pacific's numbered parallels I'm certainly one of them! While I prefer actual foil stamping for the numbering instead of the digital printing, I've always kind of liked how they had the numbers up front. Here you see Travis Fryman in his post-Tigers career with Cleveland on a 2000 Pacific Platinum Blue parallel. I think I'd say Pacific never did its base designs better than 2000-2001.

The set wants portion here is actually all basketball, in this case 1999-00 Topps. My brother and I busted a good amount of boxes back then and even ventured into that sport a bit, and I still have a few sets that have long gone uncompleted. Knocking these three off leaves me 10 short of the set, nine RCs and one more team USA card, with none of them appearing to be rare. I'm always glad not to spend on the sport I care about the least so this was great.

Last up are two UM Football cards I matched up for: WR Chris Calloway ('97 Upper Deck) and TE Jay Riemersma (2000 Metal). It's funny to me that the UD card is from '97 since I've always associated that design with the 1998 baseball product.

As with the first deal, trade #2 went quite well and I wouldn't be surprised if I was sending more cards to Seattle before long.

Last up tonight is the result of another Canadian PWE trade that I was happy with. Tassacafix, a.k.a. Philippe of Quebec, is a fan of his former home team the Expos, and he found seven cards on my tradelist that he could use. In return I ended up with the following:
Dingler and Manning are 2021 Heritage Minors base cards that I was grad to land of a couple guys who, assuming health (no sure bet with Manning) could get some good playing time for a franchise mired in a perpetual "rebuild." Gwynn and Maddux are early/mid-90s throw-ins to fill the many holes in their collections. Tram looks great on his 2021 Topps Archives base. Morris' '93 Pinnacle card depicts him with two of the three franchises with whom he won a ring. And last up is former Expo (among nine total teams) Jeff Fassero representing the set wants portion with his '95 Donruss Series 1 base, which now sits at just four cards needed.

Philippe was great to work with and like others on the site represented his country well. If you've got some spare Expos on your tradelist don't be surprised if you see a trade offer from him come your way!

I'll be glad to get all of these put away, especially the cards that go in sets, and then I'll be back at it with a dwindling number of trades to cover (though a couple more are in the works!), but I also have a new eBay purchase to cover, and maybe even more surprises. Until then, stay cool, enjoy the weather, and FIRE AVILA!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

TCDB trade roundup: floored by four

What do I have for you today? Four more deals! These are a bit larger so there's more scans, and I'll try to keep the writing to a minimum so I can just get these done and put away.

sportzcommish, a.k.a. Joshua, is definitely one of the best traders on the site, and I learned that while helping the member who ran last year's TCDB Secret Santa (Dan, vrooomed, whom I've mentioned a few times here) make things right for a number of folks who participated in good faith and got stiffed by some jackasses who didn't send their end. Joshua sent some stuff to a few of those folks, and I thought I'd show my appreciation by sending him almost 120 cards from his wantlist, pretty much all of which came from my Facebook collection.

While adding those to a transaction so they could automatically get added to his collection when he received them, I came up with around 50 cards I could use from his tradelist, so I decided to let him know why I was PIFing some stuff to him while asking if he'd like to make a deal, to which he agreed.

I got the following mix of cards of all four sports, including Tigers, baseball PCs, vintage, and more!:
90s Tigers, a modern Tiger, Mr. Padre, and a new Rich Hill! Hill is from the 2017 Topps Dodgers team set.
These four guys each won at least one ring (Morris, of course, earned three).
The horizontal/odd-sized baseball includes a George Kell ('82 G.S. Gallery All-Time Greats) and '82 Fleer Stamps of Lemon and Parrish, adding to the '84 Tigers fun.
Nine more cards for my '95 Score Series 1 set build (still need three). Anyone remember Goose pitching for the '94 Mariners in his sunset season?
Basketball and the first bit of football. As a reminder, Fargas transferred to USC so I collect any non-Trojans cards of his.
Shiny Grbac! Mini Harbaugh! And a pair of the proudly outspoken Jon Vaughn who's been advocating for fellow victims of serial abuser Dr. Robert Anderson.
And a bit of hockey too with four players including star F Mike Cammalleri, hockey John Madden (who I still like more than football John Madden), and two of my all-time favorites in Morrison and Turco.

Many thanks to Joshua for a smooth trade and helping out when some Secret Santa participants got cheated, which is obviously not in the spirit of the season. It looks like he's disabled trading to take a break for now but I could certainly see dealing with him again in the future.

Next up is Yankees fan in Iowa jayoneill. I don't do this too often yet but I actually initiated this deal after seeing that Jay could help me quite a bit with my 1995 Finest baseball set build. We managed to put something together around those (and a couple other fun items you'll see below!) in exchange for a mix of Yankees and inserts, largely from the Facebook lot, plus a few inserts and hits he had his eyes on. Here's what I got:
28 cards for the '95 Finest set knocked off a nice chunk of my wants! Also Henneman is a Tigers PC guy so that was nice. I still need almost 50 to finish off this set but considering I started with a partial set from the collection purchase and have acquired the rest in trades I'm pretty happy with how that's gone.
And I was also able to sneak these into the deal! I don't get to add to my Freehan collection that much these days so tacking these onto the deal was a major coup for me. On the left is his appearance from 1965 Topps Embossed, a set I'd seen very often but didn't own an example from until this one. How cool does that look? And joining it is a '71 Topps Coin. This is my first of those as well and it's fun to compare it to the more modern examples like the ones from the 80s/90s to see that the earlier ones are very similar in terms of quality. The design is also a classic. I'm still four items short of the century mark for his collection but I'll get there.
Here's the (apparently poorly scanned) backs in case anyone's interested.

I made sure to thank Jay for working with me to get that many Finest base cards along with two very cool vintage pieces, and it's no surprise his feedback sits at 100% with more than 300 deals done. I'm sure we'll be swapping cards again at some point.

Longtime member (since 2009!) suomibear8 (a.k.a. Aaron) is up next with a stack of cards coming back to me that rivaled that of Joshua's above. This is another one where I reached out first to get the trade going and I'm glad I did because of the 50+ cards I got back, most of them baseball:
Two Tigers--Cochrane still counts, as I always say, and I'll forever remember Evans with the '84 team (and more)--three many Grandersons, and four Griffeys. The back of that Pinnacle of Junior mentions that Rickey became a hero of his while Henderson was a teammate of Griffey Sr. with the Yankees in the 80s. Pretty cool!
Six is a nice number of new Gwynns. In the 80s and 90s was there a better pure hitter to watch than Mr. Padre? Herndon and Jackson were fun Tigers OFers a few decades apart. Maddux is of course one of my big four PCs along with Griffey/Gwynn/Ripken, and I ended up with a couple more of him in this deal as well.
Maddux was one of the top pitchers in the 90s while Morris was in that category the decade prior. He and Parrish made for an impressive All-Star battery.
Junk wax, 2000s, or present, I'll take any Ripkens I don't have and that's why he continues to lead the pack with over 1100 cards!
Three more Grandersons remind me that at some point I may go back to this blog's original title, though I'll probably never see his PC eclipse that of JV, for whom I have more than double of Grandy's 225+ cards! Gwynn's got both of them beat combined with more than 750 including this pair from the mid-90s. And I was excited to snag a new bat relic of '84 World Series MVP Alan Trammell out of 2006 SP Legendary Cuts. I now count 11 hits in his PC, six of which are now relics. Sweet!
These 10 cards all go towards my 90s baseball set builds from the Facebook collection: 1995 Donruss and Score plus 1996 Flair (silver text, gold background).
The tiny football trio includes cards of Jim Harbaugh (under duress!), TE Tony McGee, and RB Butch Woolfolk (1983 Topps), who had a nice career himself and then saw his son Troy suit up as a DB decades later.

Once again I have nothing but nice things to say about this member and how well our transaction went. Aaron was easy to work with and nice enough to include that Trammell bat, and that's why his feedback is flawless after almost 200 deals.

Last up today is a member named abide who wanted to split up the deal I offered him into two separate trades, which ended up working just fine. For whatever reason the USPS wasn't fine with one of the envelopes he sent my way, and it eventually made it back to him, after which he got it to me in short order. Besides that, everything went smoothly. I sent him some '96 Flair, a few nice Chipper Jones cards, a handful of inserts, and two hits. Besides what you'll see below I was very happy with the return that included cards for Jeff, Matt, Doug, and Paul (and I mean some nice inserts and hits!). Here's what I was able to keep for myself:
Griffey/Maddux/Ripken hail from Pinnacle inside while Gwynn is in the next scan (different set, though). I can always use more Larkins. Three nice Palmers include a pair of Finest Refractors, with the 2001 version numbered /499. Tram looks great on the 1996 E-Motion XL design.
Besides a quartet of '96 Flair for my own set, Gwynn makes his first appearance while Dean-O and Cal get their second. Hell yea, 1996 Topps Laser! And I scored two hits of my own of '97 National Champ QB Brian Griese, jerseys from 2001 Titanium Postseason and 2002 Absolute Memorabilia (#d /150). Did anyone do memorabilia cards better than Donruss/Leaf/Playoff back then? The answer is clearly "no." Griese moves up to 28 hits in my football collection.

USPS issues aside this trade went very well with both of us happy with the deal after some countering, which I'm always willing to do. Maybe we'll be able to figure out another trade, especially if I can add more trade bait.

That's four more trades worth of cards that I can put away, and we'll see how many I get to next time!