Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 trade package #12: the Tigers take another Walk on the Plank

(So much for having the spring cleaning contest ready--maybe next weekend?)

Well, it's been a while since I've had a trade package to show off over here--since March 27, specifically.  That deal ended up being a spiffy 100% Tigers package courtesy of Matt of Bob Walk the Plank.

It would appear that ol' Matt is back at it.  I commented on his 2009 Topps 206 box break post last Monday and just a few days later I had a package in my mailbox that included the card I asked about (which you can check out over on TMM tonight), plus some bonus Tigers:
This here is a Brad Ausmus Copper parallel from 2000 Pacific, which is one of the product's nicer (read: not so ugly) designs.  The newest Tigers manager, Ausmus doesn't exactly have a ton of cards with Detroit since he was with the team for just parts of three seasons.  For that reason, it's great to get such a nice shot of the catcher and his awesome mask, and on a numbered card, no less.
Joining Ausmus in the non-Topps parallel #d to 99 club is former 3B (among other positions) Brandon Inge.  Matt sent me this 2010 UD Gold (#66/99 if you can't see the numbering atop his glove) which will sit with the other BInge cards I've got in my Tigers box.  He always seemed happiest the hot corner and made lots of great (and a few bad) memories for fans there during his days in Detroit.
Finally, Bob Walk's #1 fan included a very nice surprise indeed, this 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Quad Swatch Memorabilia quad jersey, which includes four pretty good pitchers, the best of which is, of course, Justin Verlander.  As it turns out, I already have a copy of this very card, but not to worry, it won't go to waste, and I have a feeling you'll all be seeing it again pretty soon!

Matt, once again I'd like to thank you for being an excellent trader, and I've already got some things in the works so I can send you a nice response.  Readers, please show Matt some love and head over to Bob Walk the Plank to follow his great blog tonight!


  1. I thought you would like the oddball numbered cards.....especially the Ausmus!

    1. Oh yeah, those are very cool. Like I said, that was actually a pretty good-looking Pacific set for its time, and I love numbered parallels.

      Let me know if there's anything specific you want me to get as I work on a return package.

    2. Clemente rookie.....Stargell rookie.....McCutchen Aflac roookie......

      In all seriousness I trust your judgement. Half the fun of our trades is that you never know what you are going to get. I take all Pirates....

      In terms of WVU stuff I really haven't gotten much lately. The only Mountaineer to get featured on cards a good bit from this draft is Charles Sims. He was a running back that drafted by Tampa Bay in the 3rd round.

    3. Cool, I'll take a look for him. And when I hit the lottery, the first three are yours as well.