Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trade Me Your Brewers: Trade #12

For the third trade in a row (this one from William in Virginia), a mountain of cards has come into my possession. This one, admittedly, was a mini-mountain, but I still had to sift through it to find 20 cards. Luckily, among many 1989 Topps and 1990 Upper Deck, I found exactly 20.

2007 Upper Deck First Edition #171 Johnny Estrada, #242 Francisco Cordero, #240 Ben Sheets, #239 Laynce Nix, #26 Vinny Rottino, #238 Corey Hart, #236 Bill Hall, and #25 Dennis Sarfate.
Sheets, Hart, and Hall are the only guys still on the team, although Rottino and Nix are in the farm system.

2008 Topps Trading Card History #TCH8 Ryan Braun
Seeing this card at the end of a long winter almost got me to buy some packs of 2008 Topps. Almost.

2006 Topps Heritage #179 Wes Helms, #184 Victor Santos, #87 J.J. (James Jerry) Hardy, and #409 Brady Clark
Following their respective retirements, J.J. and Chipper Jones should go on the road as a musical comedy team called Jerry and Larry.

1998 Topps #353 Fernando Vina
It's always nice to see him behind a desk on a baseball show now and then.

1994 Donruss Studio #44 Brian Harper
The back of this card lists his favorite food as pasta primavera. Pretty lame, Brian.

1994 Flair #303 Mike Fetters and #304 Brian Harper
The backs of these cards are full of stats, but mention nothing about favorite foods. I'm betting Fetters' isn't pasta primavera.

1993 Score #190 Bill Wegman, 1993 Topps #97 Scott Fletcher, 1988 Topps #441 Rick Manning
I can't believe I'm giving points for these. I'm being much too nice.

20 cards=20 points. Wiliam is the first trader to select Nationals in return. Seeing that the franchise is only a couple of years old, it'll be a miracle if I can find 20 Nationals cards. Nothing is impossible.

The task is daunting, but I will soldier on, inspired by an Olympic athlete by the name of Natalie du Toit. She will take part in the inaugural Olympic 10k Open Water Swim. Anyone who could finish this race is inherently bad-ass. Then factor in the fact that one of her legs has been amputated, and Sports Illustrated is still predicting that she'll win the bronze medal. Amazing.

And what about the men's event? Well, listen to a recap of the 2007 World Championship winner's ordeal. "Vladimir Dyatchin...won the race (in Melbourne) despite suffering 10-inch long lacerations on both sides of his rib cage, caused by a jellyfish sting." Oh. My. God.
I believe China's race is taking place in a man-made lake, but holy jeez!

1. 90 pts: Chris from Stale Gum
2. 72 pts: dayf from Cardboard Junkie
3. 42 pts: Cliff from Capewood's Collections
4. 30 pts: Dan from New York
5. 23 pts: Rob from Rangers Cards
5. 23 pts: Eric from Iowa
7. 20 pts: Patricia and Lucy from Dinged Corners
7. 20 pts: William from Virginia
9. 19 pts: Kerry from Oregon
10. 18 pts: David from Tribe Cards
11. 17 pts: Paul from Pennsylvania
12. 14 pts: John from the UK

1 comment:

Steven Munatones said...

Not only are amputee Natalie du Toit and Russian Vladimir Dyatchin dealing with the distance and jellyfish in the 10K marathon swim, they also have to deal with the constant physical contact. Their competitors have stated the following, "It is a very physical sport and you swim on top of one another and get the odd fist in the face and that sort of thing." and "You've got 20-30 girls in close proximity and normally I give them 'three strikes'. I'll let the first 2 go, but if I get hit the third time, I might give them one back." For more information and photos of these marathon swimmers, you can go to or