Sunday, December 13, 2015

2015 trade package #32: ATBATT's Operation PWE hits 48105

My third trade package of the month was a fun surprise PWE from Stealing Home of All Trade Bait, All the Time.  He first sent me cards back in May, and come to think of it I don't think I returned the favor (d'oh!).  That didn't stop him from including my address in his large scale Operation PWE, in which he sent me some nice Christmas cards:
First up is a pair of Miguel Cabreras from 2014 Topps products.  The first is from Heritage while the other is from flagship in the form of a Yellow parallel.  Both cards highlight the AL's RBI leaders in 2013, with the latter leaving off Robinson Cano.  Crush and Miggy paced the league with 138 and 137 ribbies, respectively, while Adam Jones was next with 108, a huge dropoff from the top two!

Meanwhile, former 3B stalwart Travis Fryman looks snazzy on his '91 Studio base card from that product's debut.  Of course I love that it includes the older Detroit uni.

Finally I got a pair of 2015 flagship Series 1 base cards of will-he-ever-cool-off OF J.D. Martinez and Rick "Thanks for landing us Yoenis Cespedes!" Porcello (whom I'm still happy to collect).  As everyone knows by now, J.D.'s 2014 campaign, his first after leaving the Astros as a minor league free agent, was nothing short of remarkable as he hit .315 with 23 HR and was good for 3.1 WAR (Topps includes that now?  Nice.  Although B-R had him at 4.2 and Fangraphs said 4.0.  Topps gonna Topps...)  He followed that up with an All-Star 2015 and has a bright future in Motown!
One of my other PCs didn't get left out, though, thanks to the inclusion of this pair of Griffeys.  The first is from the '94 Topps base set and was part of the "Masters of Greatness" subset.  The other is from the goofy '98 Pacific Online set, one of those fun experimental products that disappeared as quickly as it came.  In this case, not only did the card include (very old) links at the top of the card ("What's the Internet?") collectors could visit, but this Web Cards insert had a code on the back you could enter into a site to see if you won an upgraded "Winners" card.  I guess we'll never know if this one was a winner!  By the way, Junior has a pair of cards in the product with this number as a fielding version exists as well.

Thanks a ton for including me in your holiday card-giving, Stealing Home, and I'm happy to report that this time I did return the favor and you should be getting a small package from me this week!


  1. I'm glad they arrived safe and sound.
    And thanks a ton in advance for your package to me :)

  2. Man I love Pacific. I had a few of those "online" cards. Great stuff!

    1. Good Pacific cards can be great, while bad Pacific cards make you go "MY EYES! THE GOGGLES DO NOTHING!"