Sunday, May 9, 2010
The first Mother's Day trade post spectacular/extravaganza
I was wracking my brain earlier today trying to come up with a Mother's Day post. But then I realized something.
First, there are three mothers who are a big part of my life. One lives in the house with me, the other is her mom, and the other is my mom. All three of them couldn't give a damn about baseball cards. Not only that, but they don't care about baseball or sports in general really. They certainly don't care about what's written here.
Second, I wrote what I had to say about my mom and baseball last year. That sums it up.
So, given that, I think I have the green light for:
A GINORMOUS, SPECTACULAR TRADE POST EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!!!!!
And on we go!!!!!!!
These first cards are from Jim of GCRL. He always seems to be able to track down a Nebulous 9 need. This was the last 1986 Donruss Dodger that I needed to complete that wretched-looking set. The Nebulous 9 list is now eight cards. I'll get to work on getting back to nine.
A pair of Hideo Nomo cards for the collection. That Flair made some nifty-looking cards back in the early aughts. It's too bad they're not around anymore.
Isn't that pretty? I like color with my old-timey ballplayers. They got stuck with black, white and gray all too often.
This is what is known as not framing the subject well.
Mike Piazza says he wants to go into the Hall of Fame as a Met. Boo! It's not how I will remember him.
personal feelings about Chan Ho Park prevent me from showing his cards anymore. Here you are.
Another Hershiser need. Still waiting on that TTM autograph request. Still. Waiting. Coming up on a year now. Maybe I'll learn to become a professional poker player and wind up sitting across the poker table from him. Then I'll spring my autograph request on him.
I did not know they made shiny Victory cards. My innocence is lost.
All right, those were all from Jim and there were many, many more, too. But it wouldn't be a trade post spectacular/extravaganza with cards from just one trade would it?
Here are some cards from Max:
I've gone on record as saying how much I enjoy these Baseball Immortals cards. This one shows Robinson in that same pose that he's in on the 1979 TCMA card. He's still trying to ward off zombies in a field somewhere. But now with a brightly colored lemon-lime border!
A photo of Campanella with a mustache sure is different. I didn't know Campy rocked the stache.
I received this super fancy Ultimate card of Kershaw a mere day or so after I ordered the same card from COMC. Oh, well. I suppose after today's outing I don't mind a duplicate of Clayton.
Awesome! A Zack Wheat card. I will take any Zack Wheat card I can get. The guy still holds a ton of Dodger records.
Thanks, Max (the Swedish hockey player bipping --- Waaaa? -- aside). Still working on the package to send your way.
The next group of cards in the extravaganza/spectacular are from Chris of Nachos Grande. He is in the midst of another group break. I got in on the second one, but I missed the first one.
Fortunately, he had some cards from a second box that he bought when getting stuff for the first group break, and here is some of what I received:
A couple of UD Choice/Collector's Choice Dodgers. I have to be close to having all the Dodgers from this era.
Yay! The last Dodger I needed from the 2005 Upper Deck Classics set! I can't believe Steve Garvey wasn't in this set. Cey, Russell, Lopes, but no Garvey.
And here, Chris pulled a Dodger hit and sent it my way. He seems to pull a lot of special Dodger cards. A lot more than I do.
Pedro Guerrero was my favorite player in the mid-1980s. He had a number of issues, which were detailed in a fine story on MLB.com last week. He seems to be trying to get his act together now. Hopefully the new Guerrero is here to stay.
These Documentary cards are from Noah, who enjoys sending me some Dodgers out of the blue. But I'm starting to think it's not out of the blue at all. I think all the Mets collectors conspire to send cards all at once to ensure that I'm searching for Mets for the next six months. I owe so many Mets fans these days.
Some fancy numbered thing (to 1,350!) of Yhency Brazoban. Whatever happened to that guy?
More fancy numberedness. Green is listed as a Diamondback on this card, but you can barely see it.
Good stuff always.
Thanks to Jim, Max, Chris and Noah. And I haven't even gotten to half of the cards that I've received lately.
Oh, well, a trader's work is never done. I guess I have that in common with mothers.