Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 trade package #10: All Trade Bait, All the Time

All Trade Bait, All The Time...
"Baseball card collectin', die hard Dodgers fan" Oscar, a.k.a. Stealing Home, of All Trade Bait, All the Time fame (and writer for LA Dodger Report, check it out!) was nice enough to hit me up with another fun PWE to celebrate the start of the 2017 MLB season.

It's been an up-and-down April for the Motown Kitties, and I've attended five games this season, two of which were wins.  Injuries to Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez, among others, haven't helped things lately, but this is shaping up to be a rough season for many reasons, especially yet another terrible bullpen and an overmatched manager.

But that doesn't mean I don't still like receiving cards representing my home team!  Oscar has sent me PWEs filled with Tigers before, like he did this past December, so I knew I was in for some Tigers treats:
Here's Miggy's card from last year's Topps Marketside promotion.  I'd already been sent Verlander's card from this set so now I have both Tigers available in the Wal-Mart product.  Cabrera's put up a slow start to this season, likely due to back tightness lingering from the WBC, but I'm still betting on big numbers when he returns.
Alan Trammell is nicely represented here with a pair of mid-90s cards:  1994 Flair and 1995 Pinnacle.  Looking at these, along with the many cards I've been getting ready to post for my Griffey/Gwynn/Maddux/Ripken collections, really makes me pine for the variety of the 90s, a time when we didn't have to suffer through the creative stagnation of the Toppsopoly.  The Flair card looks fantastic, and as I'll tell anyone til I'm blue in the face, Pinnacle's '95 set was definitely the pinnacle of that product.
You can't have Tram and now Sweet Lou, right?  As Oscar correctly did last time, he paired up the legendary double play combo with a couple more 90s issues of Whitaker:  1991 Donruss and '92 Fleer.  These hail from closer to the junk wax era but I still like them, both for what they are and as a reminder of the variety we collectors enjoyed back then.

Oscar, thanks again for a fun PWE--an envelope with three of my favorite Tigers was the perfect way to kick off 2017.  I probably said this back in December but I seriously do plan on returning the favor soon, especially if I can get to the monthly show next weekend!


  1. Nice! I have a PWE I need to get out to still

  2. You're more than welcome, my friend. I'm glad you liked this batch.
    You're sure right about missing the old days of variety in the hobby. Toppsopoly indeed. Hope you don't mind if I use this term as well.
    PS...thanks for pimping LA Dodger Report :)