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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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2009 Topps Heritage Day 1

Manny, of course, is no longer with us. I hope he gets picked up somewhere.

Manny, of course, is no longer with us. I hope he gets picked up somewhere.

Chad hasn't played this season, but is with the Mariners.

Chad hasn't played this season, but is with the Mariners.

Jesus has been injured much of this season, but has a 135 OPS+ in his playing time.

Jesus has been injured much of this season, but has a 135 OPS+ in his playing time.


Lannan has a 107 ERA+ this season.

Lannan has a 107 ERA+ this season.

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Exclusive: Nats Photos

Came across these today while housecleaning, and wanted to get them up. They were taken by my ex’s mother and stepfather, who are also Nats fans. Great pictures!

Cordero Photo

Chad Cordero signing outside the team shop.

Zimmerman Photo

Zimmerman either signing or checking out the woman on his right. The woman on his left is going to show up over and over again.

Dmitri Photo

See, there she is again with Dmitri Young.

Zimmerman Photo 1

Possibly my favorite shot of Zim. The blonde is here again.

Hill Photo

Shawn Hill. May he rest in peace.

Zimmerman Photo 3

Last shot of the set – another Zim photo.

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All Star Special

As I’m watching the All Star game, I thought I’d post a few Expos and Nationals All -Stars from over the years…

Alou 94 Bowman

Moises Alou, 1994

Martinez Pinnacle

Pedro Martinez, 1995-1997

Grudzielanek Minors

Mark Grudzielanek, 1996

Guerrero Power Deck

Vladimir Guerrero, 1999 – 2002

Vidro Auto Best

Jose Vidro, 2000, 2002-2003

Hernandez Topps Chrome

Livan Hernandez, 2004-2005

Cordero Auto

Chad Cordero, 2005

Soriano Gold

Alfonso Soriano, 2006

Young CoSigners

Dmitri Young, 2007

Guzman All Star

Cristian Guzman, 2008

And of course, Ryan Zimmerman tonight. God this team needs some more All-Stars.

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2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #1/2


2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #9

Category: Former National
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: This was when Ryan Church was in the middle of his on-again, off-again flirtation with the starting lineup in Washington. I may not have been crazy about him at times, but I certainly think he deserved to start and got jerked around by the organization. That’s why it’s kind of heartwarming to see him with his mother. In 2007, his only real full season to date, he OPS+ed 117. Not bad at all.
Rating: 4/10 – This is obviously an odd set. I’m not crazy about the red stars, but the concept is pretty cool. That said, this picture is a bit washed out.


2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #3

Category: Nationals Star
Position: RP
Bio/Summary: The Chief was fading from his prime as a National when this was issued, falling off to a 1.387 WHIP and 37 saves. But damn what a cute kid!
Rating: 9/10 – Just adorable. My favorite in the set.


2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #6

Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: I’ve written at length about Austin…I like the guy, he seems like a decent dude, but man…he just never blossomed. It’s a shame, too, because he’s a great defender.
Rating: 6/10 – Hahaha, check out mom’s hair. I mean, she was a cutie, but wow. Takes me back to the late 80s.


2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #5

Category: Nationals Also-Ran
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: 2007 was the year that Manny Acta (or SOMEONE) had the idea to give Nook Logan a starting role in the Nationals outfield. And good lord was it a tragic error. He went 265/304/345 with a 72 OPS+ and some incredibly dense defense. Still, I guess he could be fun to watch at times.
Rating: 7/10 – Nook looks to be about the same age as he was when he was a player. Guess it falls in the Ryan Church category.


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2008 Upper Deck Team Set #2


Chad Cordero
2008 Upper Deck #164
Nationals Star
Position: RP
Bio/Summary: Not much to say about the Chief that I haven’t already said. He was a lot of fun to watch, and I’ll miss him, especially with Hanrahan stinking up the place on a regular basis.
Rating: 4/10 – Actually not so crazy about this picture. You can’t really see Chad’s face, and it’s from behind him, basically. Not sure who chose this one, but not the best.


Ross Detwiler
2008 Upper Deck #313
Nationals Prospect
Position: P
Bio/Summary: Oh, Ross Detwiler. What a weird case. The guy had it written into his contract that he had to be called up at the end of 2007, and in what little time he did get, he did okay, then he bombed big last year, and is now pretty far down on the prospect food chain. I expect to write more about him in the future, but for now, I’m not sure he’s ever going to be an important player for the Nationals. I guess we’ll see.
Rating: 8/10 – Love this card. I like the way the colors work together, I like the optimistic face of the rookie, and hell, I like seeing the old bouncing seats of RFK. I can imagine him sitting in on BP on the old field. Based on the fact that he’s wearing a watch, I’m wondering if this is from the time he threw out the first pitch at a game, not when he was actually in the majors. If so, I was at that game, July 6, 2007. Here’s a pic of Detwiler from that game, on the big screen:


Elijah Dukes
2008 Upper Deck #697
Nationals Lynchpin
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: The infamous Elijah Dukes. Aside from his off-field uhm…”issues”, I like him as a player. He can take a walk, he hits for power, he doesn’t strike out too much. I wasn’t crazy about getting him at first, but now that we have him, I’m pleasantly surprised. I have another card of him on the way, so he’ll get more time here.
Rating: 3/10 -Another picture that I’m not so crazy about. Why do they choose pictures where you can’t see the person’s face? It’s a basic no-no if you’re not showing the larger field of view.


Johnny Estrada
2008 Upper Deck #692
Nationals Also-Ran
Position: C
Bio/Summary: Ugh, look at that soul patch. For some reason I just want to punch him when I see him, heh. Estrada’s your basic light power, can’t draw a walk kind of player. He’s okay for a catcher, but from what I hear, his attitude more than detracts from what he can offer offensively.
Rating: 6/10 – Smugly face aside, I really like this kind of photo in this series (we’ll see some others). The red isn’t too much – it’s just so well balanced.

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Expos Autograph: Chad Cordero


Chad Cordero
2004 Bowman Sterling #CC
Position: RP
Bio/Summary: Ah, The Chief. I just recently wrote him up in the Inaugural set, so I don’t have much more to add here.
Did I Get it?: Won this one from an eBay auction.
Did You Know?: Cordero enters to Metallica’s “King Nothing”.
Card Rating: 10/10 – Absolutely one of my favorite cards in my collection. I appreciate getting a stripe with the uniform. I appreciate the auto with the jersey. I even appreciate the sweat stains on the uniform (I  know, I know). I like the clean design of the card, as well.

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