Saturday, February 27, 2016

SUPER TRADING MADNESS BEGINS and a book giveaway

Insanity has a face.  It's not the look of an axe wielding maniac or the Mad Hatter. 

It's this
Founding Father of Super Traders, Wes Moore is a silent warrior.  A bomber.  The victims are often intimidated into surrender.  Wes simply can't be outdone.  I already know this.  After receiving two packages from him on the same day, I sensed warning shots had been fired and threw in the white flag almost immediately via email, begging really.  Wes is known throughout bloggerland as the most generous of traders.  The cards below are only a small sampling.

In silver sharpie: #bombed

1987 Fleer sticker fun
LEAF: 1992 gold and 1988 Donrussy
 
Morris'd
    Trammelled, Fahey'd and Herndon'd.

95Pinnacle Artist Proofs and two shiny parallels from Score

More Tigers

and more Tigers featuring Kuenn with chaw-jaw


Here's an early chunky card #/700, a number once found rare. 2001 Playoff. 

Wes began the Supertrading initiative with a blast, breaking a box of 2013 Museum to share among the newly founded trading group.  Did I mention his generosity?  Many sweet cards were pulled.  I couldn't believe my eyes and ears when Wes pulled a Tiger hit.  I replayed this portion of the video a couple of times before grasping this card was really mine.

Doesn't get much better! 
 
Wes sent a package way back in May which I've yet to repay him for.  I had initially gathered a few cards for him when his collection went in a new direction.  I put these aside and have been searching for something else to thank him for his generosities.  Braves are a-gathering for you Wes.  Thanks much for your kindness and patience!  Check out his blog here!
 
I'd like to take a moment to re-introduce a friend of mine, once referred to as The Ump in a very early post.  Cheryl  is an avid baseball card collector but at this time, does not blog.  She does read many of the blogs found here in our special world.  The Ump has a creative streak with many of her Facebook posts shared at a high rate, and once interviewed Mark Fidrych for her high school paper.   I offered her an opportunity to post on this blog.  Cheryl will be featured on occasional Wednesdays known as UMP DAY.  Who knows?  Maybe she will one day take over  the blog world.  But for now, please welcome her to the blog-o-sphere and check out UMP DAYS, right here on Cracked Bat.
 
We've reached the giveaway portion of this post. Up for grabs is my personal copy of LONG SHOT - Mike Piazza.  Read once, from a smoke and pet hair free environment with absolutely NO mustard stains.  If you enjoy reading baseball history and biographies, or just a plain ole Dodgers fan perhaps you'll enjoy this book.  As a new member of the Hall, we know Piazza had an excellent career.  He has a few character flaws as well - who doesn't?  I enjoyed the book but my opinion of Piazza was unchanged in the end.  I still view him as pampered and whiny.  Despite this, he remains one of my favorite modern era players.


If you want a chance to own this book, comment below and mention so.  No international shipping, sorry BFE.  The list will be randomized five times with the fifth name our winner, in honor of Mike's five game appearances with the Florida Marlins.  Where are you Marlins' blogger??? WHERE???  The contest will close at 8pm Friday evening.
 
Good luck and thanks for reading!

22 comments:

  1. That Al Kaline card is a beauty! I'm in for the contest too. Who knows, I might get lucky and get that and the Hall Mark ornament from the Christmas contest in the same package.

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    1. Love the Kaline, and as a catcher fan, I like the Pudge cards.

      Please count me in for the Piazza book draw. Thanks!

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    2. Adam, thanks for calling me out on this. You are absolutely correct. December was a rather busy month. I sent you a batch of cards and completely forgot to include the ornament. I just did some digging and found it. I'll have it in the mail on Monday.

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  2. Don't know why I hit reply above. I blame my tablet that I rarely post anywhere with.

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    1. Angus, the reply counts. Up there, or right here. Thanks for reading!

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  3. That would make a great addition to my bookshelf- throw my name in the contest! Thanks, Julie- and I look forward to 'UMP DAY'

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    1. nothing like having your name thrown around ;) you're in! Thank you Steve!

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  4. I love catchers so I'm in. I havent heard anyone mention BFE since I was 18. Lol.

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    1. Brian, thanks for reading. Good luck in the Randomizer! Fun little acronym indeed. It does count as an acronym, yes?? :)

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  5. I will pass on the piazza bio, however I am in awe of that Kaline masterpiece.

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    1. the Kaline is a sweet thing, worthy of awe and respect! Nice to see you!

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  6. Looking forward to Ump Days. I know I just won one of your contests, but if I'm eligible, I'd be down for the Piazza book. Now that I take public transportation to work, I could use a book to read on the train.

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    1. I took the train into downtown Dallas for sometime. It stopped right at my building which was super-convenient. I do recall the interesting characters; hobos of the modern rail. You are eligible - good luck!

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    1. Looking forward to Ump Day. Oh and there is a ST package headed your way

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    2. Thanks Mark! I hope to have something out to all the ST junkies in the very near future!!

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  8. That Kaline is a beauty, I was super happy for you when it was pulled. I have a pretty big baseball book collection and wouldn't mind the Piazza book, even if he was a Dodger for a while.

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    1. Hmm, a Giants fan reading a Dodger autobiography. I am suspicious but you are in! ;)

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  9. contest is closed - thanks for entering! Randomizing and posting soon.

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