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Topps Million Card Giveaway Update

Update time! I’ve managed to turn the remaining non-Senators/Expos/Nationals cards into gold. To review, here’s what was left:

1961 Johnny Antonelli

1996 Charles Nagy

And a 2006 Mark Teixeria. Today I took delivery on the following. These are in order of what they were traded for.

1961 Bennie Daniels

This means I now have the 1961,1962, and 1963 cards of Bennie Daniels. I like that, and I’m not sure why.

1997 F.P. Santangelo

1997 is one of those years I don’t have many cards for, so I was eager to get my hands on one.

2009 Daniel Cabrera

And one I somehow missed last year. Weird, that one.

So, to review, I turned 10 non-Expos/Nats/Senators cards into 13 Expos/Nats/Senators cards. Once I’ve got them all in hand, I’ll scan them in the grand follow-up to this post. And I need to start accumulating more of these cards! This trading program is addictive.


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Topps Million Card Giveaway Update

Okay, so I mentioned that I pulled a bunch of MCG redemptions (11 to be exact) over the weekend, and had gotten some good stuff. Let’s review what I pulled:

  • Bob Turley 1954 (Orioles)
  • Phil Clark 1958 (Cards)
  • Dick Gernert 1958 (Red Sox)
  • Charley Rabe 1958 (Reds)
  • Ray Moore 1963 (Twins)
  • Dick Bertell 1963 (Cubs)
  • Jose Vidal 1969 (Pilots)
  • Alan Trammell 1982 (Tigers)
  • Javy Lopez 1996 (Braves)
  • Mark Teixeira 2006 (Rangers)

I set about trading for Senators, Expos, and Nationals. Here’s what that has become, not including the 68 card I showed the other day.

1958 Bob Malkmus

I dealt the 54 and got a 54 Senators card in return, but someone offered me four mid-50s and early-60s card for it, so I bit; that’s one situation where I’ll accept a lot of cards for one. I flipped one of those mid-50s cards for a 60 Malkmus, and someone traded me this for that.

1960 Bill Fischer

My first 1960 card! Very excited to take delivery of this one.

1961 Johnny Antonelli

This one is still out there and available…trying hard to deal this for a 61 Senators card, but no dice so far.

1962 Bennie Daniels

1962 Jim Piersall

Okay how cool is this? I manage to get my first 1962 cards (a set I’ve long drooled over), and one of them is none other than Jim Piersall. And check out that sweet shot on the Daniels card. Can’t wait to get that one.

1963 Topps Bennie Daniels

I love when I can trace a player’s career with the Senators, and I saw a chance to do that with Daniels. This will also be my first 63 card.

1965 Bob Chance

I wanted to have at least one card with that sweet All Star Rookie trophy, and this was my chance (heh).

1966 Buster Narum

I’m closing in on completing the 66 Team Set. This is one more card toward that goal.

1970 Expos Rookies

For whatever reason, the large picture of this is not working on the site, but another addition to my growing 1970 collection.

1982 Topps

Just a great card.

1996 Charles Nagy

Hoping to eventually turn this into an Expo.

And the 2006 Teixeira is untraded. That’s going to be an albatross, I can tell.

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Receiving Cards From a Moos

Tim from the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame recently contacted me about a trade, and, being open to all manner of trade right now, I figured yes, let’s do it. I received the cards from him on Saturday and was very pleased!

1992 Topps Kids

Remember how I got that Denny Martinez Topps Kids card in another trade recently? Well, Moos sent two cards from the set, and I found a Delino DeShields. I suspect I may have the complete team set now, but I’ll need to research it. How is it that these feel fun to me now while the Triple Play cards feel so juvenile? I don’t know.

1993 Baseball Aces

Here’s another parallel. Remember the 92 Aces Denny Martinez from the Mysterious Box of Mystery? Well here’s a 1993 version of that same set, with Marquis Grissom. Moos included a few of these, too. It’s always good to get cards from sets you’ve never had before. Speaking of which…

1998 Collector's Choice

I had no idea Collector’s Choice made it to 1998. Was the set that popular? Back when it was first out, I thought it would last maybe a year or two and fade away. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this card. But hey, it’s another team set I had no idea about, so it gives me another target!

1995 Pinnacle Zenith

Moos included a lot of those tasty Mid-90s cards that I either had no idea existed or are just rare in my collection. It was great to fill my collection with some cards like these:

1996 Upper Deck

1997 Upper Deck Rookie Class

Let’s just say I’m starting my fourth binder of Senators/Nationals/Expos cards thanks to this package. But let’s take a look at the real gems of this trade:

1970 Topps

If you read regularly, you know I welcome any and all 1970 Topps, so it was a real treat to get one I didn’t have. I also got another one that I already have but am quite happy to add for that day when I finally decide to go after that 1970 set. But the real gem of this trade was something I had never seen in person:

1971 Topps Coin

That is sheer awesomeness. Why is it that I don’t care for the 80s versions of these at all, but the 70s versions absolutely fascinate me? Is it the age of them? I don’t know. I suspect it might have something to do with being interested in all those failed experiments that Topps did in the 60s and 70s, but I’m not sure. Either way, this is one I’ll treasure. Thanks a lot, Moos! Your cards are going out tonight.

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Trade with BA Benny

I’ve been in the process of cleaning up and streamlining my baseball card collection thanks to a post by Gellman at Sports Card Uncensored (whose site I love, just by the way) about hoarding versus collecting, so I’ve been participating in lots of trades to turn perfectly good but perhaps unwanted cards into cards that fit my collecting habits. So I offered Mike from BA Benny’s Baseball Card Buffet a trade. I sent his cards off the other day, and yesterday a package arrived from him. Yay! I love a good trade. Let’s take a look at what he sent…

1992 Topps Kids

I had completely forgotten about the existence of this set. Now I have to see how many of these have Expos on them and get them to round out the set!

1992 Topps Gold Winner

This is my first Topps Gold Winner Expo. I’ve been wanting to complete the regular gold team set for awhile, so this gives me a head start on the winner version.

1994 Flair

If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you’ll know I’m a total sucker for Flair. From the quality of the card stock to the high-gloss photos, it’s one of my all-time favorites, so getting one I didn’t have was a real treat.

1996 Pinnacle Summit

Mid-90s Pinnacle is some great stuff, and oddly enough, 1995-1998 are the biggest gap in my collection, so it’s always good to get this stuff.

1995 Topps

Speaking of which…I had no idea Moose Milligan was ever an Expo. How did I miss that? I guess that shows how into baseball I was in 94/95.

2009 Topps 206

This is my first Topps 206 card, and I have to say, I really like it! This is another team set I may end up pursuing.

2010 Upper Deck

Upper Deck did such a good job of disguising Ian that I didn’t even recognize him at first. It took me a minute, that’s for sure. Still not feeling the 2010 Upper Deck set, but I will eventually pick up the team set. Maybe sooner rather than later.

2002 E-X Game Essentials

I love the EX set and it’s awesome to get a GU from it. This one really meant a lot to me. And finally…

2007 Topps Update Highlights

An Austin Kearns auto! I wasn’t expecting this one at all. Thanks a lot, Mike, and I hope you enjoy the cards I sent your way!

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Finds From The National Part 4: Random Expos of the 1990s

Okay, definitely not going to cover every little 90s and 00s Expos card I found; it would take more posts than I’m willing to dedicate to such a topic.

1993 Upper Deck Masterpieces

I found a set of 93 Upper Deck Masterpieces for a dollar, so I went ahead and picked it up. At that price, I think I’m going to break it and send out the non-Expos cards in trades. Honestly, I was expecting a little more than the ultimate emblem of the early 90s infatuation with holograms. I didn’t like it then and I really don’t like it now.

1995 Studio Gold

Someone had a huge box of these for a quarter apiece, so I picked up this and the Marquis Grissom from the set. I actually like the credit card design, as crazy as it is. At least it shows some creativity and stands out from the other issues at the time.

1995 Topps Cyber Stats

This came from the same dealer with the Studio Gold. I picked up every Expo that he had; I love the concept of these cards, and wish someone had archived the stats on these somewhere.

1996 Finest Intimidators

I believe this one cost me 50 cents, and I had to remove the protective sticker. Every time I see those I get annoyed – cards are meant to be seen and touched, and I’ve made it my personal mission to remove those.

1997 Flair Showcase Style

Not much to say about this one. Just another Flair issue that I appreciate.

1997 Upper Deck

Man that thing was almost impossible to make visible on a scan. You wouldn’t believe the tweaking I had to do. But hey, giant double-flapped helmet? I’m down.

1998 Bowman Chrome

I had never even heard of this guy, and I bought a couple of boxes of 1998 Bowman. He’ll get a failed prospect soon.

1998 Bowman's Best

Man, Fullmer was considered a hot prospect once upon a time. Kind of sad.

Anyway, that covers Expos of the 90s. We’ll look into some non-Expos cards next.

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Back to the Land of the Living / Trade with the Middle Child

Well I’m finally starting to feel better after two solid days of hell. I’ll spare you the details, and just give you two words: food poisoning. I think today was my recovery day, but it may have been worse than yesterday.

Still, today was redeemed when i went to check the mail. Guess what I found?

Some recipes from a friend. Awesome, but not the subject of this entry.

Nope. I’m talkin’ ’bout Giant Jeff Reardon.

Or is that Giant, Jeff Reardon?

Look at that freaking thing! Now, when you don’t have a want list and you pull off a trade, you run the risk of getting doubles (which, frankly, I’m okay with), but I have to admit I have never been graced by Giant Jeff Reardon.

Giant Jeff arrived as part of a package from Rockies card blogger extraordinaire The Middle Child. And I have to say, she nailed it. I’m definitely going to be adding a lot of new cards to my Nats and Olerud albums.

Something like my first 2010 Topps card of the year (I just haven’t had much interest in the set this year, but I may go back and get the team set now):

This guy's been around so long it's odd to see an "RC".

And my first 2010 Upper Deck:

I totally can't tell what team this is. For reals!

AND my first 2010 Bowman (geez, do I look behind the ball or what):

And it's a gold, too!

Know what else?

Giant Jeff Reardon.


But speaking of Expos, they weren’t left out, either. Check out the 96 Ultra Izzy Alcantara card:

This is my first Alcantara card. No idea why, but I'm stoked.

There were a lot of other Expos, but I’m going to be greedy and save them for some future posts, where they’ll be relevant. Now, on to the Oleruds!

I have a pretty sizable Olerud collection (800+ cards), so I’m always curious to see what people will send me and how it fits into my collection. Amazingly, she hooked me up with five Oleruds I didn’t have from the mid-to-late 90s, including:

1998 Stadium Club. Looks like Sweet Spot, doesn't it?

1997 Donruss

And three more, including a super-sweet 98 Pinnacle. Thanks, Shellie! I hope you like the cards I sent your way. Oh, yeah, and:

That's right.

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1996 Topps #4

Tarasco had a 54 OPS+ with Baltimore in 1996.

Tarasco had a 54 OPS+ with Baltimore in 1996.

White had a 100 OPS+ in 1996.

White had a 100 OPS+ in 1996.

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1996 Topps #3

Segui had a 114 OPS+ on the juice.

Segui had a 114 OPS+ on the juice.

Martinez had a 117 ERA+ in 1996 and made the All Star team for the first time.
Martinez had a 117 ERA+ in 1996 and made the All Star team for the first time.
Carlos did not pitch in the majors in 1996.

Carlos did not pitch in the majors in 1996.

Rojas had 36 saves and a 134 ERA+ in 1996.

Rojas had 36 saves and a 134 ERA+ in 1996.

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Expos Auto: Shane Andrews

1996 Leaf Certified Signature

1996 Leaf Certified Signature

So, I was wondering…just how good of a prospect was Shane Andrews? Not that great, honestly. If you look at the average of his years leading up to his ML debut, he had a .239/.360/.426 line. I’m a bit surprised, honestly. I thought the slugging would be higher and the obp way lower. Now, about his strikeout totals, which I remember being the big rap on him….well, on the surface, a legit concern, but when you dig deeper, he averaged about 138 whiffs per season in an average of 514 PAs, or about one K every .27 PAs. I don’t know about you, but with that OBP, that’s an acceptable risk.

So…Shane Andrews…a proto Jack Cust? It would seem that way. Too bad his major league career didn’t quite work out that way.

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1996 Topps #2

Fassero had a 130 ERA+ in 1996.

Fassero had a 130 ERA+ in 1996.

Fletcher had a 91 OPS+ in 1996.

Fletcher had a 91 OPS+ in 1996.

Floyd had a 99 OPS+ in his first full season.

Floyd had a 99 OPS+ in his first full season.

Lansing had a 95 OPS+ in 1996.

Lansing had a 95 OPS+ in 1996.

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