Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #2

Postal employees get today off, but this package from Adam beat the Veterans Day holiday. Let's take a look.

Hank Aaron Award Manu-relic #HA-BP Buster Posey

2009 Topps Legends of the Game Manu-patch #LGPR-PM Paul Molitor (02/50)

I remember these, but never got any of the "Ignitor" letters until now. These are fun and harmless, so long as they don't replace any "real hits." Molitor had one of the worst nicknames of all time, though. Fans never used it when I was growing up, preferring "Molly." I think it was just a stupid term journalists liked to use.

2010 Topps Peak Performance #PPR-YG Yovani Gallardo Bat Relic (45/99)

I like this even more. Gallardo could swing the stick well for a pitcher.

2001 UD Decade 1970s Lot

Nice! Good to cross a few off the want list.

1980 Topps Lot

More awesomeness.

Random Brewers

If it weren't for baseball cards, that Dave Parker Brewers year would be remembered by absolutely nobody.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: The Keepers

It's no secret that I don't trade away everything for this annual promotion. This year, it's all Brewers. The box treated me particularly well with regard to Brew Crew inserts, especially guys I actively collect. Let's check it out.

All-Rookie Cup #ARC-7 Ryan Braun (2008)

All-Rookie Cup #ARC-44 Prince Fielder (2007)

While I have multiple copies and reworkings of both of these cards, it's fun to get them in a pack again, especially the Prince; it's been a while since he was a Brewer, and the chances to slip another card into my binder have fallen off dramatically. Nice to see both cups on the backs of the cards, too.

1987 Topps 30th Anniversary #US87-24 Orlando Arcia

Sure, lots of collectors say the use of '87 Topps for new cards is overdone, but I still think the team colors really work with the design. Here's to hoping Arcia reaches his high ceiling during his career.

#US96 Brett Phillips Photo Variation

Promising rookie and an attractive local reporter? Keepin' it.

Watch this space for the rest of the trades!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #1

Here we go, boys and girls. I somehow made it through post-trick-or-treating week alive, but very wary of my students' oral health. Seriously, dentists who serve impoverished patients have their work cut out for them. All I did this week was pick candy wrappers off the classroom floor and direct the most conspicuous children to the garbage can.

On to more pleasant things! First trade to make it to my mailbox was from Steve at Collating Cards.

Untouchables #U-9 Feix Hernandez

2016 Topps Update Series Fire #F-12 Miguel Sano and #F-13 Andrew McCutchen

It's nice to put a dent in the only insert set I'm choosing to collect from last year's Update. It's great when Topps chooses to put some effort into card design. Thanks, Steve!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI Has Arrived!

My annual box of Topps Update Series arrived this week. This means that it's time for you to pick at its carcass. Some pretty good stuff available this year. All the extra crap Topps throws into a box finally makes sense in a situation like this, but only in this situation.

You want in? Here's what to do:

1. Check out the list of available cards below. Select one (or a couple) you want. Just remember, the more you claim, the better your trade material should be.
2. Send me an email with your choice of card(s) at or DM me on Twitter @THORZUL
Please don't leave a request comment on the blog. This just confuses people, so don't do it, it will just be deleted and will not count.
3. I will reply to you as to the card's availability. First come, first serve. I will include my mailing address.
4. When I confirm the card of your choice, pick out one or more of your own cards or anything else you want to send me. A few guidelines about what you can't send: Nothing that should really be in the garbage, nothing perishable, and nothing illegal. (Notice I didn't say nothing immoral.) I've got a want list you could check out, too!
5. Send me whatever is was you picked out. Don't tell me what it is before you send it, I'd like to have it be a surprise! Include a SASE or you won't be getting your card.
6. When I receive your item, I will take a picture of the trade materials and post the happy couple on my blog, and then I will send you the card.

Here are the cards you may choose from. Cards that have officially been claimed are in BOLD.

6 Ramon Torres - Royals
18 Mookie Betts - Red Sox
33 Salvador Perez - Royals
99 Aaron Judge - Yankees (Turrdog)
116 Tyler Glasnow - Pirates
142 Tzu-Wei Lin - Red Sox
180 Mike Moustakas - Royals
185 Birds in the Garden - Cardinals
214 Cody Bellinger - Dodgers
219 Paul DeJong - Cardinals (David)
270 Gary Sanchez - Yankees
283 Adam Eaton - Nationals
284 Peter Bourjos - Rays

Gold Parallel (#/2017)
30 Danny Ortiz - Pirates
71 Junichi Tazawa - Marlins
142 Tzu-Wei Lin - Red Sox (David)
192 Jacob May - White Sox
284 Peter Bourjos - Rays

Rainbow Foil Parallel
20 Jason Vargas - Royals
128 Ervin Santana - Twins
224 Wade Davis - Cubs
248 Ender Inciarte - Braves

1987 Topps 30th Anniversary
6 Starlin Castro - Yankees
13 Mitch Haniger - Mariners
21 Matt Wieters - Nationals (Zpop)
27 Jesse Winker - Reds (Jason)

Topps Salute
4 Francisco Lindor - Indians (Timoth)
13 Tim Anderson - White Sox
22 Manny Margot - Padres
39 Nomar Mazara - Rangers
44 Randall Grichuk - Cardinals (David)

6 Tom Glavine - Braves
9 Felix Hernandez - Mariners (Steve)
23 Tom Seaver - Mets (Timoth)
29 Whitey Ford - Yankees (Timoth)

All-Rookie Cup
28 Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox
33 Justin Verlander - Tigers

Photo Variations
20 Mike Trout - Angels (S1) (Shane)
244 Freddie Freeman - Braves (S1)
299 Yulieski Gurriel - Astros (S1) (Marc)
156 Yu Darvish - Rangers (US)

Retired Player Variation
43 Johnny Bench - Reds (Jason)
77 George Brett - Royals
87 Roger Clemens - Red Sox (Shane)
162 Greg Maddux - Braves

MLB Network
21 Matt Yallof

All-Star Jersey Relic
Mike Moustakas - Royals

Hank Aaron Award Manu-Relic
Buster Posey - Giants (ARPSmith)

Original Stock Parallel (#/99)
57 Charged-Up Battery - Blue Jays

Rediscover Topps
1984 Lee Lacy - Pirates
1988 Jay Baller - Cubs
1989 Ken Patterson - White Sox
1991 Ron Kittle - Orioles
1999 Eric Milton - Twins (Zpop)
2014 David Freese - Cardinals (Kerry)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pull the Trigger 19.5 ($60)

Long hiatus over. Now you don't have to look at Jason Giambi any more.

2002 Fleer Tradition Update Ken Griffey, Jr. Plays of the Week Insert

Bought another box of this over the summer, but already had this Griffey. Good looking insert. Make it yours.

2005 Bowman Sterling Andrew McCutchen AUTO/Jersey Rookie

1971 Topps Rod Carew

2007 Triple Threads Don Mattingly Emerald Parallel (011/239)

Jason Giambi Patch-Jersey-Hat (12/35)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pull the Trigger 19.4 ($60)

Jason Giambi Patch-Jersey-Hat (12/35)

Know any Giambi collectors who might want this? Tell them to pull the trigger on this lot for $60.

2005 Bowman Sterling Andrew McCutchen AUTO/Jersey Rookie

1971 Topps Rod Carew

2007 Triple Threads Don Mattingly Emerald Parallel (011/239)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

CC: The First of Its Kind

2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (01/40)

This makes six of the 40 jumbo patches that exist. The patch itself comes from the area of the "r" and "s" in Brewers, and the flourish beneath the team name. This extra-large photo gives a good view of that part of the jersey.