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Card of the Day: 2009 Goodwin Preview Albert Pujols

Albert, if you don’t stay with the Cardinals, please go to the AL. But really, it’s best for baseball if you stay with the Cards.

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Trades with Rhubarb Runner and BA Benny

Apologies guys for combining both trades into one post, but I’ve run late on this one long enough. My first trade was with Rhubarb Runner from e Reyhahn, Reyhahn, a blog I’ve enjoyed for quite awhile now. He contacted me with a trade proposal, and we worked something out, with an eye toward a future, larger trade, I hope (the holiday season is just kicking me around timewise). Here’s a sample of what he sent!

 

2009 Topps Traded Gold

 

Very cool, goes straight into the Zim collection. I dig it.

 

2009 Topps Gold

 

And then here’s that OTHER Zim. I’m always happy to get Jordan’s cards, and I like this one a lot – I feel the photo works a lot better with the gold borders than the white ones.

 

2010 Topps Opening Day Blue

 

I think this was my first Opening Day blue card for this year, and I like it a lot. I may try to collect the entire team set.

And the centerpiece of the trade on my end. Everts never really panned out to be much, but I’ve been trying to get his autograph and GU for awhile now; I like obtaining stuff like this from obscure players almost as much as the All Stars, and it’s a nice addition to the collection. Thanks, David! I still plan to dig through that

Okay, now to Mike’s trade. Mike, of course, runs BA Benny’s Baseball Card Buffet and Pack Rip Cafe, both of which are great blogs worth checking out. This was actually our second trade, a follow-up to our previous trade. This began when I saw he had broken a box of 2010 Topps Update and scored some Nationals and Senators that I wanted. Let’s look at the targets first:

 

2010 Topps Traded Gold

 

Well, duh. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to part with this one, but I appreciate that he did. It’s definitely going to occupy a cherished spot in my collection, especially as it has both Stras and Zim on the same card. Very cool.

That coloring job is horrific, but I will always ALWAYS want a card with The Big Train on it. Walter Johnson was the man.

 

Original Back

 

I’ll also always want cards with Killebrew as a National/Senator. He was in Washington for such a brief time that these cards, even reprints, are always a treat.

There were a few other update cards, but that was the core of what I wanted. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trade without a few throw-ins, and he threw in a LOT of cards. My favorite, and what turned out to be my favorite of the package even ahead of the Strasburg, is this:

Detwiler will likely not become much, but this is cool because I have the non-gold edition of this card…putting the gold next to the regular is incredibly sweet. Like I said, sometimes it’s not about the player’s star power; there are lots of other factors.

1999 Bowman Chrome International

The 98 and 99 Bowman Chrome International cards are AWESOME, and this one is no exception.

2006 Topps Own the Game

2006 Topps Stars

A couple of cool 06 Topps inserts.

2006 Topps Trading Places

Another insert that seemed highly appropriate next to Soriano.

2007 Bowman Heritage Refractor/Rainbow

Are these refractors or rainbow cards? I’m never quite sure. Either way, love the set, and I like Jesus Flores. I keep holding out hope he’s not injured again.

There was a lot more stuff, but this is all I really have room for. Thanks a lot, guys! I hope you enjoy what I sent your way.

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Card of the Day: 2009 Bowman Chrome XFractor Jordan Zimmermann

This arrived in the mail on Saturday, and I love the hell out of it. Well worth it.

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EBay Week: Day Five

Okay, so the guy I was worried about came through after all, even if I have some quibbles over the delivery method. Let’s start, however, with another arrival:

 

2010 Topps Tribute

 

There, now I have a Ryan Zimmerman from each of the 2010 high-end Topps issues. I may try to score a GU/Auto from Triple Threads, but I’m generally not a huge fan of this stuff. I mean, for God’s sake, the sticker is on crooked. Ah, well.

The last thing that I was waiting for was an assortment of cards from a seller on eBay. Most of these ran between 2008 and 2010, base cards from a guy who probably broke some boxes, with a patch auto included. For the price, it was a good buy. Here’s the patch auto:

 

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

 

I had actually never heard of Holder until I saw this card for sale, but I did a little research on him and learned that he was a surprise Nationals pick. I don’t know if he’ll ever make the majors, but I dig the hell out of this card. I like the collegiate patches concept a lot, and it’s a nice auto.

Of course, there was also a lot of base and some parallels. Like this:

 

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

 

Yep, guy obviously broke at least one box of Elite. I got a couple of the Storens, and I was happy to receive them.

 

2010 National Chicle

 

The lot also included a near-complete team set of National Chicle. Score! It also included this sweet Walter Johnson:

 

2010 National Chicle

But that’s not all! He also included this sweet 2010 Bowman Blue Cristian Guzman:

 

2010 Bowman

 

And the last Bowman Chrome prospect I needed from the 2008 issue:

 

2008 Bowman Chrome

 

As well as a 2009 Unique Adam Dunn (I’d never heard of this set before):

 

2009 Topps Unique

 

He also completed my 2010 A&G Team set (minus the minis):

 

2010 Allen & Ginter

And, finally, a mess of Topps Finest:

2010 Topps Finest

So, yeah, overall, I’m pretty pleased, and it was a nice week of pick-ups. I’m definitely going to focus more on singles than packs from here on out.

 

 

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Trade with Cards on Cards

Awhile back I made a deal with Kerry from Cards on Cards to send some 2003 Topps needs that he had…and promptly forgot the deal. With my busy schedule, it happens. Well, imagine my surprise when a huge package of cards showed up last Friday! It’s taken me awhile to get these scanned, but I’m ready to show some of what he sent (most of which I actually needed)…

2009 Topps Heritage

Remember how I said I had gotten one of only two Stammen cards that I was aware of? Well, this is the other one, so I now have a “complete” Stammen set. Not to mention I didn’t realize how little 2009 Topps Heritage I had. He also included this nice Detwiler…

He also included a few players I didn’t have, including this Mike Thurman:

2002 MLB Showdown

But here is, by far, the COOLEST thing he included. Man, these are just awesome to behold:

That is not the 1978 Topps Gary Carter; it’s the 1978 O-Pee-Chee. In fact, he included a whole mess of 78 OPC that’s…well, it’s amazing. It’s so crazy to see an issue from the 70s with a higher-quality white card stock as opposed to the drab gray cardboard.

Of course, he included a lot of other awesome Expos and Nats cards, but we’ll save those for when it’s appropriate. He also included a whole mess of Reggie Jacksons (which I still need to put in binders).

So thanks a lot, Kerry!  These are some treasured cards.

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Trade with Night Owl Cards

I’ve read Night Owl’s blog faithfully for quite some time; in fact, he was one of the first bloggers I read when I discovered that baseball card blogs existed. So it was quite natural that I wanted to trade with him at some point, I just hadn’t figured out what I had that he might want. When I saw that he had received a Devin Thomas swatch card from a care package and was offering it for trade, I knew what had to be done.

I received his cards in the mail yesterday, and let me tell you: there were a lot. Thankfully, I needed about 80% of what he sent me, so he hit a real sweet spot with me. But due to the sheer quantity, I’ll have to only showcase a relatively few cards and hit the others when I get to their respective slots.

So let’s split them up. First, the vintage!

1974 Topps

Tim Foli’s glasses are amazing. I really need to post about him sometime.

1975 Topps

Should have seen a 75 coming!

1977 Topps

And somewhere in between the vintage and modern stuff lies a zone…we call this zone The Ultimate Mustache Zone.

Look at that thing!

Now, on to the second group: players for whom I had never owned a card.

2006 Upper Deck

No idea how Matthew slipped by, but here he is.

2008 Tristar

Steven was one of those prospects I always meant to get and just never got around to. Now I have him!

2009 Upper Deck Piece of History

Montz is another Matthew LeCroy. Just slipped through the cracks.

1997 Select

Hell, I’d never even heard of this guy, let alone owning one of his cards!

2010 Topps Heritage

I think this is one of only two major league cards Stammen has, so I’m not down on myself for not having him.

Okay, that’s that for the “new guys”. Last, I’ll just take a look at a couple of cards that I liked.

2006 Opening Day

This one flat-out shocked me. I had no idea there were cards with Rasner in a Nationals uniform, and he wasn’t in the main 2006 Topps set. Nice get!

2006 Turkey Red

Always grateful for some Turkey Red.

2010 Topps Gold

My first 2010 Topps Gold Nats card. Think I may collect the team set now.

All in all, an awesome trade! Your cards are in the mail, Night Owl! Thanks again.

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Another Bowman Red Unnumbered Card Saga Post

Following up again, reader Donovan purchased one of the uncut red sheets, and provided pictures for everyone. He also said:  “Remember when buying 2009 Bowman Red 1/1′s to closely examine the stamp as there was a minimum of 20 sheets cut up and I know of 4 uncut sheets.”

Good to know….

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2009 O-Pee-Chee and O-Pee-Chee Black #5

Time to bring it on home…

I was so disappointed when Willingham got injured earlier this year. Josh has been a damn good hitter for this team, and while I wonder why it took him so long to get to the majors, I’m grateful his free agency is still a ways off. I could see him being a boon for the team through 2012.

And, of course, Ryan Zimmerman. What Nationals team set would be complete without Big Zim? A couple of fine additions to my PC.

Finally, what may be my favorite card of these sets: the black Nationals Park card. I don’t know, there’s just something about it that speaks to me. I guess it may be because I’ve seen that view so much? I don’t know, but I dig it.

So, let’s rate this set…

Design: 6/10 (white) 7/10 (black) – The white design is so boring it’ll put you straight to sleep, but I think the black design has a bit more bite to it. I think they should have just made the set black to begin with, honestly. It’s why I went ahead and bought the parallel set.

Player Choice: 6/10 – Covers the basics, but some bizarre choices. Steven Shell? Mike Hinckley? Where are players like Jesus Flores or Colin Ballester?

Photography: 4/10 –My big quibble with the set. The studio shots have grown on me a bit, but the few action shots are pretty boring.

Total: 6/10 (white) 7/10 (black) – Mediocrity abounds, with the black set just a notch above mediocre. Still, I don’t regret getting the sets; it’s possibly the only chance I’ll get to own a Steven Shell card, even if the choice is baffling.

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2009 O-Pee-Chee and O-Pee-Chee Black #4

Ugh, I cannot stand Scott Olsen. So ready for this guy to be off of the team. I think that time may be coming soon, though. The question is whether someone will pick him up and give him a chance.

Another former National. I hoped Wily Mo would finally put it together here, but obviously, no. Alas. In fact, it seems his career is over, as he hasn’t picked up anywhere in 2010. Poor guy. Lost potential.

And yet another ex-Nat! I always liked Saul when he came out of the bullpen, and he’s done okay with the Indians so far this year. I hope he hangs in there.

I didn’t even remember Steven Shell. This card perplexed me when I found it. Apparently he was an Angels farmhand in the early 00s, but made his debut with the Nationals in 08, pitching pretty well. He had a 5.40 ERA in 09, and is with the Mariners this season. No great loss, I guess.

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Mail Call!

Oh yeah, yesterday was a sweet mail day, probably the last I’ll have for awhile, as spare cash is drying up in advance of a car repair *sigh*. First up I got Stephen Strasburg’s Syracuse card from this year:

I think this is just team-issued, but man, it’s kind of snazzy, and I like the Syracuse uniforms. Definitely a worthy addition to the collection. But this is what I was really excited about:

Yep, that’s a 2009 SP Jordan Zimmermann auto, my fourth Zimermann auto overall. It’s not my favorite autographed card of his, but it is pretty far up there, even for being a sticker auto. I feel like the sticker is handled fairly well. Even though it cuts off some of his legs, it’s not enough to really keep the “meat” of the photo from being the focus. I think that vaults it above a couple of my other autos for that reason alone.

It’s nice to be able to pick these things up now and then. I’ll have to scan in my new Ross Detwiler auto sometime soon.

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