Saturday, December 4, 2010

Trade Me Anything IV: Trade #11

A nice little envelope arrived from Justin in Louisiana as our next installment in Trade Me Anything. Let's see what it holds.

#US-101 Jake Westbrook, Topps Attax Starlin Castro, Peak Performance #PP-116 Starlin Castro

A couple of Topps Bazooka comics

A stack of Brewers. I'll highlight the five cards most interesting to me.
2006 Upper Deck All-Time Legends #ATL-12 Robin Yount (I already have this one, but it's a nice-looking Yount cards I have not shown on the blog before.)

1987 O-Pee-Chee #196 Rick Manning (This is one I didn't have yet. Admit it... you laugh a little at the "Pee" in O-Pee-Chee.)

1988 Topps #417 Mark Ciardi (This is part of the beauty of card collecting. Here's a guy no one would ever think about were it not for his cards. The four games in 1987 were all he ever got to play in the big leagues. A Baseball Reference search reveals a few forgotten gems. Ciardi was the winning pitcher in the game against Baltimore prior to the no-hitter thrown by Juan Nieves (the Brewers' eighth and ninth wins to open the season, respectively). Mark was also the losing pitcher in the Brewers' 14th game of the 1987 season, their first loss after the record-tying 13 wins. It appears as if he spent the rest of the season in Denver, never to return to MLB.)

1981 Fleer #523 Reggie Cleveland (Paunchy.)

1977 Topps #278 Danny Frisella (A good looking card. The purple and the pink somewhow work with the tam color scheme. 1977 was the last season the Brewers wore their original uniforms, but they would show up in them on 1978 cards as well.)

I have a little bit of a gripe here. Not with the trade contents, but the subject of one of the cards. That Oakland Athletics comic is titled "Oakland Breaks Up Big Three." Usually, these Bazooka comics depict highlights of a previous season. This, however, is more of a documentation of the genesis of a franchise's collapse. While I realize we're not talking about the Pittsburgh Pirates here, Oakland was a once-proud team that has fallen on hards times, brought about in no small part by economic factors. We fans of small-market teams are always told to be patient, and that all teams are on a level playing field when drafting young players. Oakland was a team that built themselves up through the draft, grooming three stud pitchers (Mulder, Zito, and Hudson) only to eventually lose them to teams with higher payrolls. To be clear, I am not one of those "money buys championships" kind of guys. My stance, however, has to do with the window of opportunity. Money may not buy a championship, but it keeps the window open a lot longer. In some cases, almost indefinitely. For the rest of us, enjoy your suck-ass team, see you next decade, where you may become relevant again for a year or so. In summation, it's kind of offensive to me that this appears on a card, that the pitchers' departure was somehow a good thing.

A nice bunch of cards, Justin. (And not a bad way for me to get rid of some Cubs.)

1 comment:

Bo said...

Mark Ciardi is the reason we had to see The Rock in a tutu.