Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hey, it's Kershaw, all diamondy and stuff
The title for this post is a little flip, considering that some people haven't had much luck with the Diamond Giveaway at all. But I think I'm running out of interest in the site.
That's probably because I've landed the other Diamond Diecut card that I really wanted. The Clayton Kershaw diecut was traded to me by reader Martin. I was so impressed by his transaction that I bumped his trade way up in the rotation.
(As mentioned before, these cards are really much more sparkly and shiny than is capable of being shown on scans -- also my scanner bed apparently is plagued by dog hair. But don't let the dull scan ruin your appreciation of shiny, shiny goodness).
This leaves only one other Dodger Diamond Cut to get -- Andre Ethier. I'm sure if I offered my Reggie Jackson Diamond Cut for Ethier, I'd land it right away. But I don't want to do that. Instead, I'm very close to requesting shipment of both my Jackson and Tommy Hanson Diamond Diecuts and seeing what I can get for them in the real world, instead of that World of Cynical Trading on the Giveaway site.
After all, I was able to land the Kershaw Diamond Cut card on the outside in a very fair and equitable deal. Martin even sent this card:
The red gypsy version of the Kershaw mini. Excellent! Gypsy Queen has disappeared off the shelves of my Target, so it's good to get items like this in trades. We must circumvent Topps' distribution techniques!
Once I have my Diamond Diecut cards delivered, the Givewaway site merely reverts back to the Million Card Giveaway site for me. I still can't get interested in the ring-digging thing. I dig for them when I pull the giveaway cards, but every single time I shrug my shoulders afterward. I don't think I'll get to the 45 rings you need to get something worthwhile.
Anyway, here are a handful more cards from Martin:
A couple Dodger cards from Gypsy Queen's bastard cousin, Topps Attax. Yes, I know the two sets have nothing in common. But since they arrived at the same time, they'll always be linked in my head.
OK, all right, I'll show James Loney, too.
Whoo-boy. The '90s. What a vast wasteland of a decade.
Any Carl Erskine card I don't have is terrific fun.
This is even better. A TCMA card of never-mentioned pitcher Ken Lehman. He appeared for the Dodgers in 1952 and 1956 (the Korean War came in between) before moving on to the Orioles. He died just last December.
And this card is fantastic. Former Brooklyn Dodger third baseman Don Hoak. I didn't know, until I read that back, that he was married to '50s singer Jill Corey.
As you can see, I'm equally amused by super sparkly modern cards that look like they should hang off your Christmas tree (the more I look at them, the more they look like Christmas ornaments) and basic-design, low-budget TCMA cards with photos of players in dorky poses.
If you have cards of both, you're my kind of collector.