Something is always coming between us. Recently, it was work. The big tax 9/15 deadline. How can our relationship flourish if we don't communicate, if I am not fully present on this page - and yours? There is progress to note: packages are hitting the mail box! Yes, it really did happen! Three out in the past week! Naturally, only after packing and sealing these up did I find the cards I've been searching for - for over two weeks - in the last place I looked. You may ask - why would she keep looking for them afterwards??? Because I am cracked!
The last time we met here I shared a few overdue trades. Well, guess what? More overdue sharing! Our first featured guest is the ambulance chasing Tony, Off Hiatus. A little harsh you say? Hush. Who asked you. < --- No question mark.
COOL 1987 LEAF (Canadian Donruss...)
A lot of minis from 86 Fleer along with a 2012 GQ mini for size comparison:
2013 Topps Cut to the Chase inserts have been some of the prettiest I've seen in a very long time - likely since the 90s. Beauties!
The Mark Grace and Alan Trammell below are the two cards that began this trade with Tony. He received a few packages from back home full of magazines, books and memorabilia long forgotten. Mom did NOT throw them out! One of these items was a Sports Collectors Digest from 1990 with these cards inside:
I love oddball issues and welcome these to my collection of special cards. Oddball = special = me. I am especially odd.
Tony was one of my first trading partners. He has been more than thoughtful, dropping all of these great cards in the mail as a kind of house-warming gift. He sent many more than shown here. It was a wonderful surprise! Thanks Tony!
Nick, our friend from the world of Dimeboxes sent a fat package too! Here's a sampling of the awesomeness contained within:
Similar to 1987 Donruss in all but color. 1987 Donruss Opening Day cards have a maroon border instead of black. I didn't have any of these cards! Willie Hernandez spoke from within his papered borders asking to be scanned alongside these unique collectibles for he too, is special. Willie is cut from an 86 wax box!
Nick remembered my love for the old guys and included vintage and unique cardboard:
Top: 1956 Topps, 1981 Galasso Bottom: 1985 Woolworth's Topps, 1988 Sporting News
2012 Cooperstown Ballparks- love it! I'm assembling this insert set so this is greatly appreciated! and I can't say no to a 75 mini! Shown below is the backside of Brad Ausmus (stop it) aka a colorful 2000 Ultra reverse... Also a Sleeth making an appearance on an auto 2004 Topps Chrome. His signature is a bit hard to make out, just below his elbow. 1994 Collector's Choice Kirk Gibson and Chad Kreuter. I had hundreds of 94 CC years ago. I was a card snob and gave them away. Now I love the design. What an idiot!
The back of Gibby's CC. Such a playful side of Kirk here, rarely seen on the field. For those wanting the full reveal, Brad's Ultra front side is shown for your viewing pleasure.
Nick, thanks for these sweet selections from your dime boxes! It was a fun package!!!
Readers, if you've stuck with me this far, you deserve a chance to win a tacky prize!
1992 Score Rising Stars. Still sealed, plastic is slightly yellowed. A lovely edition to your collection of worthless cards from the 90s! It is a bit unique actually. I don't own any of these cards. None in my collections anywhere. If you win and decide to bust and share, I'd love to have the Tigers. Comment and mention you'd like a chance in the Randomizer. Three times around and a winner will be chosen! We'll do it Saturday the 3rd, sometime later in the afternoon.
Giveaways will continue here at Cracked Bat. You'll never know what's next unless you check in!
Have a super week!