his second straight appearance in a GCRL trade even though he's pictured with the Royals (I'm happy to collect him with any team). Seeing Porcello reminds me of how well the trade that brought Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit worked out! And I'll enjoy David Price Tigers cards while I can since he may not be in Motown much longer.
This last scan includes four of my PC guys: Kirk Gibson, Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, and Lou Whitaker. There's even a UD checklist that includes the former and current namesake of this here blog!
Bob Swift 1952 BowmanLastly, this was the biggest surprise of the package for me. I mean, how often do you get to add cards to your collection that are sixty three years old in trades? '52 Bowman also happens to be one of the hobby's most beautiful sets with its smaller-than-normal size and artsy "photos."
As I enjoy doing when I get a card of an old Tiger I don't know much about I did a few minutes of research on Swift, a catcher who spent the last 10 of his 14 MLB years in Detroit. He spent his first two-plus seasons (1940-42) with the St. Louis Browns before heading to the Philadelphia A's for the remainder of '42 and '43. If you didn't already feel the age of this card, the mere mention of those teams that changed homes long ago should help. After the '43 season he was traded to Detroit, and there he averaged about 64 games over his final 10 seasons, exclusively as a catcher. Oddly enough he was released by the team the year after this card was made.
Thanks for an amazing package that touched on Tigers old, very old, and new, Jim! I'm happy to say that I have a few things set aside for you and after I find a few more I'll have an envelope headed your way!