Sunday, August 31, 2014


FREE BASEBALL CARDS!  Is it really as simple as connecting with other collectors who are more than willing to share their spoils?  While surfing for baseball card info a few months ago, I stumbled upon the Night Owl blog .  One post read led to the next - which led to other card blogs and before I knew it a couple of entertaining hours had passed.  I was quite intrigued with so many trade posts sharing the day’s loot. 

Tony of Off-hiatus initiated my second trade.  He emailed regarding my stash of 90s baseball cards.  Tony was more than willing to free up space in the box for new cards.  I was all-too- happy to accommodate!  Brewers for Tony meant Tigers for me!  When the bounty arrived, it came in two packages. Tony completed my Tigers Topps sets for 2007, 2012 and 2013 and 2008 Upper Deck!   He also included Tigers from the first Topps Total set in 2002.  (My first and only attempt at a Frankenset! Hmmm, maybe that had something to do with leaving the hobby for a while.)

I'd originally written a bit about most of the cards I'm sharing in this post.  I've learned the hard way to save my work continuously but yesterday this failed too. I can say though, all of these cards are new to my collection!  What a great selection of cards!  Let's start with Alan Trammell:
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1988 Donruss

1985 Topps All Star Set
Trammell spent all his career with the Tigers. He is still HOF eligible, continuing to make the ballot every year.  He was the 1984 WS MVP, a six time All-Star and four time Gold Glove winner.  Trammell has a lifetime average of .285 with 185 home runs and 2365 hits.

Prince Fielder - ever see him attempt a head-in slide into first base?  I did. It wasn't pretty.  Well ok, it was - pretty laughable. No doubt he's lovin' Texas BBQ these days.  Here are three very attractive versions of  2012 Bowman Platinum: ruby, emerald and base.

More shiny things:

2012 Topp Finest                               2012 Topps Gold Sparkle                                2012 Topps Chrome

I've missed Andy Dirks this year.  I only hope his back surgery wasn't a career ender!  He is a fan-friendly fellow and made a great impression on me. 

Now here's a fellow who could easily have ended a few careers with his signature spike-in-your-face greeting:

2010 Topps Tales of the Game

2010 Topps Vintage Legends

                                                                                            2010 Topps Peak Performance

Ty Cobb, an unhappy man but one of the games' greatest!  With 4191 hits, he held the all-time hits record until Gamblin' Rose (Pete) belted 4192.  Tyrus holds a record .367 BA, highest in MLB.  His spikes assisted him when stealing home 54 times. Cobb's dentures sold for $7475 at auction. What???  Shall we move on?

2011 Allen & Ginter's: A&G haven't been favorites for me. The lack of creativity is a major irritation between me and Topps.  I tend to prefer the vintage look on vintage cards with vintage players. When I spend hard earned dollars on cards, I only want baseball cards in the pack. I don't want to pull the World's Tallest Building or Palaces, Peacemakers and Bicycles...oh my. That said, this is an attractive batch of cards:

2013 Allen & Ginter's featuring two of my favorite Tigers, Cobb and Kaline:

                                                                   MINI MIGHTY MEN   

I am a sucker for the 70s.  Cards issued by Kelloggs are some of my favorites!  This colorful Yastrzemski was a grrrreat addition to the collection:               
                                                                                    Yazz Man

Hank Greenberg is featured on a commemorative card from 1985 Topps All Star Game set. With 85% of the votes, he became the first Jewish player elected to Cooperstown in 1956.   Cards for Cochrane and McLain are part of a 1984 issue by Renata Galasso, the world's largest hobby card dealer. (She said so herself, right on the back of the cards.) In the 70s, Galasso sold hand-collated Topps sets to pay her way through college. These two cards are attractive issues at the very least.  Glad to have them!

And now we've come to the final cards: 1981 Cramer Sports Promotions Baseball Legends. I've read Cramer eventually became Pacific Cards.  After some research, I found these cards listed in the Beckett catalog as 1980-1983 Pacific Legends.  I've never seen these cards before, and now own three!

Tony, thank you again!  I appreciate the opportunity to prove myself a trust-worthy trading partner!  I'm  not sure when I'll have another stash of Brewers for you but have a pile in the making with your name on it!

Anyone else out there want free cards? I'm updating my trade list regularly. 


  1. Can I add another resource for trading. I used Zistle to keep track of my collection (eh.. Addiction) and that allows you to see what doubles of yours folks need versus what you want of their trade stash.

    1. Thanks John! Have you used Zistle for some time now? It may take awhile to get cards added but it appears to be a very useful resource!

  2. I've been busy this week, so I'm finally getting around to reading the blogs today, but I'm glad that I could help you out and send you some cards you wanted!

    1. Hi Tony! The cards were welcomed into the collections with open soft sleeves! Quite a diverse assortment!

  3. Afraid I don't have too many Tigers for you (though I could probably dig up a couple) but I'll see what I can find from your Collecting List. And thanks for the follow!

    Adam (Infield Fly Rule)

    1. Adam, thanks for commenting! I have an abundant quantity of Rockies. I'll touch base with you!