Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 trade package #36: I got Razzed with Tigers!

My first trade package of December arrived a bit earlier this month out of the blue courtesy of Chris over at the Raz Card Blog.  I had commented on a couple of his 2014 Topps Mini break posts letting him know I was looking for three of my Michigan guys, and he was nice enough to send over one copy of each player, all of which you can see tonight on TMM.  He then upped the stakes by throwing in a trio of some guy that plays for Detroit too:
Justin Verlander 2014 Topps SP
Not only is this a very cool card for commemorating JV's second no-hitter three and a half years ago, it's also short-printed which makes it a very nice get indeed.  For those of you that need a refresher, Verlander no-hit the Brewers at home in '07, then followed up that gem with another in Toronto four years later.  That means this shot was staged later in Detroit, but it's still a great idea for a card.
Justin Verlander 2014 Topps Stadium Club Triumvirates Luminous
I love the timing of Chris sending me this sweet insert because I showed off Justin's base card in my last trade post.  As much crap as I give Topps, I commend them for finally giving in to reason and bringing back the Stadium Club brand AND resurrecting some of the cooler inserts, especially the Triumvirate concept.  By the way, if you're curious like I was regarding who completes the trio, the other cards are Stephen Strasburg and Adam Wainwright.
Justin Verlander 2014 Topps Mini Relics jersey
If this package was a surprise (and it was), then this was the surprise icing on the surprise cake--a JV jersey!  It's my eighth Verlander relic and 14th overall hit of my favorite Tiger.

I must say I was thrilled to add three great new cards to my Verlander PC, especially from a package I wasn't expecting.  Thanks a ton for a great trade, Chris, and I'm happy to say that you should be receiving a fun envelope of your own very soon.  Readers, go get yourselves Razzed over at the Raz Card Blog right now!


  1. The Verlander card is a riff on a famous picture of Koufax...

    1. Oh yeah, I remember that now! Cool idea, then.

  2. I'm thinking about chasing some of the Stadium Club inserts. I'm a sucker for the die cuts.

    1. Can't go wrong with those, unlike most of Topps' crap this year. I just loves me some Stadium Club!