Sunday, January 11, 2015

Catching Up: a trade post

I received another fantastic trade package from Jared.  Catching Up with Collecting is one of my regular reads.  If you haven't had the opportunity, please check out his blog!

 Jared sent these cards early last month.  I managed to get them scanned before I left for vacation on the 17th.   Sadly the photos have since been sitting, seemingly abandoned in a desktop folder. They cry for their freedom so today is Liberation Day!
 He included a couple of fun Chipz.  I haven't and probably won't purchase these little tokens but it's certainly fun receiving them within a trade. PAWS is a cool-looking cat. Verlander is one of the golden boys.
Keeping them company are 2012 GQ minis of Fielder and Verlander with Straight Cut and Gypsy Queen backs.  I didn't care for this design early on but it's growing on me.  The color is a bit bland for my tastes.

I have a LOT of cards from the 90s but few from either 92 or 93 Ultra.  I like these early full bleed photos and needed both of these cards. Jared included a mint 83 Topps Lynn Jones. Over eight seasons Jones played for the Tigers and Royals, winning a championship ring in 1985.  The Royals won in seven games over the Cards.

 2007 UD Masterpieces Andrew Miller RC.  The scan doesn't reveal the beauty of this set. I like the canvas-like matte finish.  Fryman appears on a mint 93 Topps with Verlander on an 08 Upper Deck.

                                                                        2007 Tristar ProDebut
2008 Bowman Chrome

                                                                       2005 Donruss Elite
2000 Pacific Vanguard

                                                                        2013 Topps Chrome

                                             2013 Topps World Baseball Classic
                                                   2012 Bowman Platinum
I've often wondered if any fans ever see their image on a card. I don't specifically collect cards depicting the many differing expressions found on their faces. On the 2012 Topps Raburn below I see fear, joy, and drunk - just to name a few.                                                                     

2013 Parallels of WM blue and emerald foil,  2014 red hot foil. Great throwback uni on Valverde!
2012 and 2013 Topps Heritage
 2013 Heritage New Age Performers    2013 GQ Avasail Garcia RC
The card below is a foil mini, non-sticker. After looking through Beckett Online, I still can't identify it.  Alan Trammell is number 12 with 1988 stats and 1989 Topps copyright line. Any ideas? 

I'm currently building the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set. This card puts me one closer to completion. 
2012 Topps Golden Greats
Upon my re-entry into the hobby last year, one of my first discoveries were these beautiful Cut to the Chase cards.  I also learned how undervalued this die cut set is.   At 48 cards, this hasn't been an easy collection to complete. Thanks Jared! I now need only four - Trout, Jeter, Clemente and Ripken!

2013 Topps Cut to the Chase

I realize I may be one of the few collectors who enjoys Triple Threads base cards.  These are quite thick and not made for paging.  I can't afford to purchase these boxes so when I can find them in big lots, Ebay is my friend.  I hope to score more in 2015 and share them around the blog-o-sphere.

2013 Triple Threads

2014 Triple Threads - Miggy front,  Torri back
Hank Greenberg, Denny McClain and Norm Cash from the 1994 Ted Williams issue. 

Someone is always stickin' it to me...
Jared sent a mailer full of great cards.  Of all these, this card was my favorite. An oddball from 2013 Panini Golden Age.  A food issue type die cut bread card made to look old:
Jared, I can't thank you enough! Trading with you is just plain ole fun! Looking forward to more in 2015!  


  1. It's hard to put into words just how much I love Golden Age inserts. That Cash is so awesome. The Ted Williams sets of the '90s are among my personal favorites as well.

    1. I have both Williams sets. I do enjoy the old players and their contributions to the history of baseball.

  2. Apparently, that Trammel is from 89 Topps/O-Pee-Chee Sticker backs, a 67 card set

    1. I thought it could be as well but doesn't appear to be a sticker. I'll give it another look. :)

  3. Great variety. Love the Kaline die cut

    1. Good-looking Kaline! I really like this insert set. Cards of this design quality would've listed quite high back in the 90s. It is nice putting this set together at an affordable price.