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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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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/8 – Thrifty Edition

I’ve said before that I sell on Amazon, and since the holiday shopping season has pretty much unofficially begun, I’ve been insanely busy, so restocking has been vital. What does that have to do with baseball cards? Well, one of the thrift stores I frequent often has baseball cards in those bags that they hang up. It’s usually junk wax, though I will happen across a pack every now and then that has more modern stuff, such as the 2009 SPx pack I mentioned last week. My rule is that if it’s below $3 and I can see an Expo or National that I need, that’s an instant-buy; otherwise, I use judgment. This time I saw a couple of John Olerud cards that, while I didn’t need, I wanted. And damned if I wasn’t sorting through the 1991-1999 cards and came across a 1962 card. A legit 62 Topps card. It’s not in the best of shape, but it’s in better shape than some cards I’ve bought through eBay, that’s for sure. I’ll scan it and show it tomorrow. Damned exciting moment.

1991 Project continues to come together. Ordered the 91 Stadium Club and Fleer Update sets, along with some random cards from sets that I didn’t care to purchase but feature traded players or rookies.

Other than that, still not too much going on in the world of cards. Have a few trades in the works that are promising, but that’s it. So let’s see what others had to say…

And that’s that for today. Take care…

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2003 Topps Day 4

The 2003 Expos went 83-79, fourth in the NL East.

The 2003 Expos went 83-79, fourth in the NL East.

Vazquez had a 139 ERA+ in 2003.

Vazquez had a 139 ERA+ in 2003.

Vidro had a 121 OPS+ in 2003.

Vidro had a 121 OPS+ in 2003.

Wilkie had a 115 OPS+ in 2003.

Wilkie had a 115 OPS+ in 2003.

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We got Brad Wilkerson

Lots and lots of Brad Wilkerson.

2003 Topps Total (autographed)

2003 Topps Total (autographed)

2003 Bowman

2003 Bowman

2002 Leaf

2002 Leaf

2003 Bazooka

2003 Bazooka

2004 Bazooka Comics

2004 Bazooka Comics

2003 Upper Deck MVP

2003 Upper Deck MVP

2005 Donruss

2005 Donruss

2004 Playoff Honors

2004 Playoff Honors

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Memory Lane #20: Brad Wilkerson

Wilkerson Bowman Chrome

The first emotion that comes to my mind when I see this card is hope. The hope of those heady early days of the Nationals, when  it seemed like Brad Wilkerson and Livan Hernandez were enough. When Wilkerson was hitting for the cycle in the first days, and it looked like he was going to be the face of the franchise, handling things like local ads for my bank. I was bummed when he was traded away, but then watched him decline and falter in his time with the Rangers. What the hell had happened?
 
Even though I was following the Nats more than Wilkerson, I still kept an eye on him as he bounced from organization to organization and, finally, ended his career earlier this year. Thanks for the great times, Wilkie. We’ll always have ’05.

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Nationals Lynchpin: Brad Wilkerson

Wilkerson Bowmans Best

Brad Wilkerson
2001 Bowman’s Best #143
Position:
OF
Bio/Summary: I’ve spoken about Wilkie here before; at one time my fondest wish was for him to have a whole career as a National that was productive and happy. We all know how that went down. But let’s look at 2001. What was he up to? Well, it was his rookie season, and he appeared in 21 games for the Expos at the ripe old age of 24 (a bad sign for a rookie in general). He had a really unimpressive .205/.305/.325 line, only managing one homer while striking out 41 times in 136 PAs. Oh, and he only walked 17 times. What an abysmal rate – but it hinted at how things would go later in his career.
How Did I Get It?: Bought the 2001 Bowman’s Best set in 2003.
Did You Know?: Wilkie was MVP of the 1995 World Junior Championship.
Rating: 7/10 – God, he looks so young and thin! I never realized how pudgy he got later on. I’m so torn on the design of this set. Normally I would say it looks too busy – and it kind of is – but there’s something about the clean lines overlaying the background while the player is truly the focus of the shot that gets me. It’s a fun set, if nothing else.

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Wilkie’s Out

Well, that’s that. I feel the need to cover this…I mentioned just the other day what a big fan of Wilkie I once was, and I feel some real sadness about this. I’m not sure I understand what happened, but the article says that he just lost the fire. I guess that makes sense. I still have lots of his cards to write up, but man, sad day. And an odd sight to see him in a Red Sox uniform.

wilkerson-red-sox

Oh, well. Hope you find happiness in your post-game life.

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The 2005 Nationals Inaugural Set Pt 2

Part 2 of the Inaugural set for this afternoon.

wilkerson

Brad Wilkerson
2005 Topps Nationals #39
Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: I admit it. I loved this guy when the Nationals first came to town. He was fresh off his 2004 career year, in which he hit 32 homers and had a 119 OPS+. He was also the Last Expo, meaning that he had the final at-bat for the team in Montreal. Unfortunately, after a hot start (a grand slam on Opening Day), he was very uneven that season, and was ultimately traded for Alfonso Soriano, who I also liked a great deal. These days, Wilkerson is barely a part-timer, and seems to have remembered that he sucks.
Card Rating: 4/10 – Man I loved this card when I got it. It’s really suspect these days, though. The photo’s pretty awful, though; he’s squinty, and the shadows are way too long.

cordero

Wil Cordero
2005 Topps Nationals #5
Category: Fringe Player/Wife Beater
Position: 3B/OF
Bio/Summary: This is another player I used to love. When he made his debut back in 92, I thought he was really going to be something after reading about him in some baseball magazines of the time. He was a highly-regarded prospect at the time, but the combination of his mental issues (see the wife-beater thing) and inability to take a walk sapped him of that potential. It was kind of neat to see him return to the Nats for his swan song season, but by then I was ready to see him out the door.
Card Rating: 4/10 – Again, neat for completing the circle, but a nondescript card with bad color balance.

 desmond

Ian Desmond
2005 Topps Nationals #44
Category: Prospect
Position: SS
Bio/Summary: I was shocked to see this guy in the set. Four years later, he’s still not with the Nationals and is only 23. Unfortunately, it’s looking like he’s going to be one of those all-glove, no-hit guys. I’ve seen him play at Potomac in 2006, and while he looked good, it was only A ball. He did manage 12 home runs last year, though, so we’ll see…
Card Rating: 6/10 – I’m not a big fan of the designs or photos on these cards, but I like this one for being a card of a guy who was basically unknown to Nats fans at the time.

castilla

Vinny Castilla
2005 Topps Nationals #31
Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Position: 3B
Bio/Summary: Mentioned him last post, had to include him this time. This guy was awesome in 2005, at least for the first half, and well worth what we paid for him that season. Long-term? Hell no. But good for having some excitement in that first year, and that was really all I asked. What can you say about his career? Definitely not a hall-of-famer, but he managed seven years of above 100 OPS+, even if most of that was inflated by playing in pre-humidor Colorado. I’ll always have a soft spot for Vinny.
Card Rating: 7/10 – Hey, it’s Vinny. Not his best card, but possibly the last card of him in a Nationals uniform.

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