Thursday, November 30, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #7

I got a trade in the mail from Timothy, an upstanding Ohio native. Let's see what he sent.

Topps Salute #USS-4 Francisco Lindor, Untouchables #U-29 Whitey Ford, #U-23 Tom Seaver

A big bunch of Brewers. I'll show off my five favorites here.
2016 Topps 500 HR Futures Club #500-3 Ryan Braun

To be honest, I don't buy many new baseball cards anymore. This Braun is new to me. So is the next one.

2016 Topps Bunt #1 Ryan Braun

2016 Topps #599 Domingo Santana Gold Parallel (0314/2016)

Gold is always nice, but since Topps flagship switched to borderless cards, they lose a little something.

2016 Topps Update Series #US250 Jonathan Lucroy

Catchers benefit from close-up shots the same way NFL players do on cards. Who is the man behind the mask?

2017 Topps Opening Day #131 Orlando Arcia

Hoping this guy keeps getting better and better.

Thanks, Timothy, you've helped stock my Brewers binders very nicely.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #6

After that last epic post, I feel a lot less daunted by this next package sent by Jason from The Writer's Journey. Not to suggest the quality is lacking, of course. Just an easier trade to catalogue.

Giving: '87 Topps 30th Anniversary #US87-27 Jesse Winker and Legends Variation #US43 Johnny Bench

Lee, Myself & I

Believe it or not, I am a Lee Hazelwood fan. My brother-in-law also used to own a house on Hazelwood Street in St. Paul, MN. Every time I went over there, I thought of Lee.

On the Origin of Superheroes

This looks like a fun read. I love the title homage as well.

Team Chemistry

Looking forward to reading this one as well. I anticipate learning a lot about the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2018 Brewers Magnetic Schedule

I've acquired one of these almost every year for the past decade or so, but the one on my fridge now is from the 2015 season. This is all you need to know about how busy life has gotten.

Thanks for all of the reading material, Jason, I can't wait to get to some of these titles! In the meantime, everyone, sit back and listen to my favorite Lee Hazelwood song.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #5

Getting a Trade Me Anything box from Shane at Shoebox Legends is often an exercise in getting a year's worth of media to consume. Check out this trade he sent two years ago. I doubt I've even gotten to half of the stuff form 2015. In fact, I really ought to do update posts that tell what has happened to the contents of the trade. (There are others, too, whose TMA trades have gotten rather large. I really do appreciate the variety. This summer I finally got to read John Grisham's Playing for Pizza that was sent to me last year.) Let's open the box and peer inside.

#20 Mike Trout Photo Variation and #US87 Roger Clemens Legends Variation

2016 Topps Heritage Sealed Advertising Panels

I'm curious about what other collectors do with these. Do you keep them? Sell them? Throw them away? I suppose the best idea would be to carefully trim them and page them like the rest of the cards.

Panini Hockey Photos

Because the world needs more Ron Francis.

Bunch of Packs

1970 Topps Barry Clemens

I haven't quite figured out how to store these tall-boy basketball cards. Not really in the market for pages yet, but I still want to keep the few that I own safe. This guy's name is an interesting amalgam of the two guys who are sort of messing up the baseball Hall of Fame voting process. (That is, if you're the type who gets up in arms about that sort of thing. I could give a shit what some writers think. If your guy is a HoFer in your mind, that's good enough.)

A Big Pile of Random Baseball Cards

That Mad Bum jersey card is awfully generous. The rest of these fill get filed into my collection or listed as doubles.

PSA 9 2007 Bowman AFLAC Walter Kelly Promo

Jeez, I have as extensive a Baseball Reference page as this guy.

Now, let's get to the really intriguing parts of this trade, the non-sports stuff.

XBox 360 Burnout Revenge and Wii Rayman Raving Rabbids

I have no Xbox 360, but I do have a Wii. My kids are currently in the process of scratching and/or losing all of my old Wii discs, so please pray for this game.

Snatch and X-Men DVDs

Very nice, but I already have slightly superior versions of these two films.


I didn't own any of these, so I look forward to experiencing some new music. I've heard a few things about that newcomer Eminem.

James Patterson Audiobook

For the life of me I can't listen to audiobooks. The zone out factor is high. Podcasts? Feed me more, I can listen for days, but once it's a novel, I can't pay attention. Campbell Scott, though, might do the trick.

Paul Waters Roman Empire Trilogy

Never heard of these, but I'm willing to give them a try. Watch, I'll be his biggest fan in a year's time, going to conventions and signings and shit.

Why Do Men Have Nipples?

Absolutely up my alley. Giving this a read once I finish the other three books I'm currently working on.

5 Free Jr. Frosty Coupons

These will be redeemed by their January 31, 2018 expiration date. Looking forward to the ensuing brain freeze.

Thanks for such ridiculous bounty, Shane! Can't wait to see what's in store for next year. Hopefully I pull some decent Red Sox then.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #4

My man David from San Diego claimed some cards and sent a fun variety of stuff in return. Let's do this.

#US142 Tzu-Wei Lin Gold (1954/2017), Topps Salutes #USS-44 Randal Grichuk, #US219 Paul DeJong


I usually like to start with the most important part of the trade. Make no mistake, this is the cornerstone. Dubble Bubble, bitches.

1996 Upper Deck Statistics Leaders Set

I had to look up these cards to remind myself what they looked like. "Blow Up Cards"? Do I have to inflate them? How many PSI?

Great Divide Brewing Sticker

Alesmith Brewing Coaster

I like beer and I like circles. A great combination.

Bunch of Brewers

Believe it or not, the Yount is new to me. I have the mini, so this base card will join it. And I have absolutely no recollection of Alex Presley.

2016 Topps Update Series Fire #F-14 Josh Donaldson

Yes, another step toward completing this insert set.

Lot of 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Cards

Thanks, David, for participating all these years. Great stuff as always!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Trade Me Anything XI: #3

It's been a long week, and I've finally found the time to sneak a little blogging into my schedule. Jury duty was a welcome, stress-free break from the routine, but it created a lot of extra work demands in preparation for four days of substitute teachers. Time for baseball cards. This trade comes from Jeffery, who requested little but gave much.

#US99 Aaron Judge

2013 Topps 1972 Mini #TM-69 Robin Yount

Actually there was a sizable pile of Yount cards, many oddballs, all of which I already had except this one.

1991 Topps Box Bottom #P Robin Yount

I already have this one, too, but it looks to be a slight condition upgrade over the one in my collection. Verrrrrrrry nicely cut, whoever did the job.

1982 Topps Stickers #198 Rollie Fingers

One non-Yount item was found in the pile. Sometimes, in the midst of crippling debt, you just have to throw your head back and laugh.

Lot of 1980 Topps

Good to get a few off the list.

1976 Topps #31 Len Randle and #22 Bill Russell

These get to go in the binder. Getting very close to finishing this set.

1993 Upper Deck #567 Barry Bonds

Extremely close on this set, too.

1992 Fleer Ultra #199 Craig Biggio

I actually completed this set several years ago. I'm thinking this card was confused for the '92 Stadium Club Biggio I need. Not a bad thing, though, as we get to take a look at a pair of baseball shoes with the long, flip-over tongues. Are these the current style anymore? I remember my first pair of soccer shoes were of a similar fashion, MacGregors with the 30-plus little nubby cleats instead of the classic pattern of a dozen or so larger cleats.

Thanks for the great trade, Jeffery, and enjoy the Judge!

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!