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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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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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Finds From The National Part 1: Vintage

This is going to be a multi-entry subject, both the finds and the vintage section, so I’m going to present these without much comment unless I feel they need them; they will likely be re-presented later with more biographical information on these players.

1957 Topps

Looks a little rough, no? Cost me ten cents, as did this card:

1957 Topps

1961 Topps

I featured a reprint of this card from 2010 Topps Heritage earlier this year. Here it is:

2010 Topps Heritage

1967 Topps

1967 Topps

My oldest Frank Howard. Love it. Only cost a quarter.

1969 Topps

I saw about seven copies of this, and this was the best-centered example. Must be an issue with 1969 Topps.

That gets us through the 50s and 60s…I’ll tackle the 70s next.

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One More 2010 Heritage: Walter Johnson

Man, I can just never get enough Big Train cards. Seriously. I’m thinking of starting a latter-day player collection for him, since I could obviously never afford his originals.

The Man.

I’m not sure if this design is based off of anything specific (betraying some of my lack of vintage knowledge here), but it’s a decent card. The card is referring to the 1908 season, when Johnson…well, threw three shutouts in four days, which is just insane to think about, even by deadball standards. Even crazier? Johnson was 20 at the time, which makes me think they probably chose a not-so-great source picture, as the Big Train looked more like this when he was younger:

The differences are subtle, but they're there.

But, yeah, so he shut down the New York Highlanders 3-0 on Friday, Sept 6th; then on Saturday, Sept 7th he won 6-0. There was no Sunday game owing to “blue laws”, ┬ábut he pitched the first end of a doubleheader on Monday the 9th and won 4-0. Go Big Train!

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Senators: Walter Johnson

Not sure he needs any introduction, but Walter is, without a doubt, my favorite Senator of all time. I drive by Walter Johnson High School pretty often, so he’s always in the back of my head.

2009 Topps Turkey Red

2009 Topps Turkey Red

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