Sunday, April 1, 2018

Courtesy Recap Platter with a Side of the Trading Spot

My last post was written to flush out a couple of thoughtless traders before others found themselves on the wrong end of an exchange.  Many of your responses surprised me.  Your emails and comments reflected concerns that I may have been pointing a finger at you - and one or more of my trade partners.  Please allow me to say once again: I wouldn't call out my pals - ever.  If you wrote to ask  'was it me' then you must certainly know it wasn't.  Did I hear from my hard luck cases A or B?  Only A - and wasn't surprised by his remarks. 

The untended side-effect of my last post has been to serve as a reminder - to me, and all of us who trade - to send a thank-you message within a reasonable amount of time.  There has been an occasion or two when mail sat in the box overnight or on the table unopened.  Unless life is handing out emergencies or vacations, thank you should be offered upon a first convenience.  I've gone longer than 48 hours but have made a large effort over this past year to be better.

This is a good time to work in a thank you post featuring a trader who blesses many of us quite regularly:


Here's a few highlights found in the packages from John Miller. One arrived in November and the second last month. There's a good amount of shiny . The Chrome Future Stars are far-out in color and design.  Topps missed it again with a design that would've been a great continuation for the STARS insert series in Opening Day.   Fryman is from 93 UD Gallery, a boxed set sold separately in limited numbers - 123,600 to be exact.



How about these 04 Crack Jack boys!  If I'd still been collecting in 2004, this product would have been high on my chase list.  Vina and Bonderman minis included here.  The Munson is particularly sharp!



A couple of handsome cards:
When Fleer was great - 2004


1999 MVP - the eyes have it!
The odds are: 81 Coke Gibby with Topps rc; 1982 Drakes and 1988 Dominos pinback:


John sent over 100 cards combined but the highlight of these packages was this box and its contents - 33 postcards featuring players from the 84 Tigers Championship team by artist Rinaldo Minervini.







These post cards are phenomenal!  I could find little information on the artist.   Rinaldo lived in Michigan and created these sketches in his retirement years.  I've never seen these anywhere and plan to add them to a binder in the near future.

It's taken much too long for me to share these cards.  I'm a grateful recipient though.  If you've sent cards then at some point I'll be posting samples of your generosity.

I'd love to end this post with witty April Fools trickery.  Instead, a big reveal is in order. Only one of my trade pals has ever seen any likeness of me.  So here I am, plain and simple.  Until next time...