I received two of the best trade packages I have ever received this week. The first comes from a young collector named Isaac. He has a blog with his Father, Tony, called Ike’s Cards. They are both Cardinal fans living in the wrong state, but I guess that’s OK. We share a rare fondness for Sportflics. Along with showcasing some nice vintage Cardinals cards, Tony has also turned me on to some nice baseball art. I’m going to show my wife 20×200 and hope she can take a hint and maybe get me something nice for my birthday! Their package was full of great Cub’s cards, including my favorite card of ’08, the Sandberg Masterpiece. I have three of them, but if I had 300 of them I would still want 301 of them. That’s how much I love this card! They also sent a bunch of Turkey Red including the D Lee chrome card. I came back to the hobby too late to fully enjoy these, so these were extra appreciated. I also received a slew of Fukudome RC. I truly hope he can come back in ’09 and be worth his contract. And then maybe his card’s value’s can be justified. Right now he is a shining example of how out of touch Beckett really is! All in all this was a great package! If a 6yr old Cardinal fan has a Cubs collection like this I would love to see his Card’s collection! Thanks Isaac, you will from now on, receive every Cardinal hit I pull from here on out.
The next trade came by way of the Owl. Night Owl that is. It started out as a 1 for 1 trade, the Ripken MP for a James Loney MP. Some how it turned into a package deal. He was kind enough to throw in the one and only ’09 UD I was interested in. Unfortunately this card brings up some mixed emotions.
The story goes like this, a tragic hurricane hits Texas. The Cubs are to play in Texas. The games are postponed. They are then set to play the games in Milwaukee. I live right between Milwaukee and Chicago. Tickets go on sale, plenty available and are on sale at a reduced price. I call my one buddy who I think might want to go. He says maybe. I get in an online waiting room. BAM, I get a shot at infield box, under $100 for the pair! I call him back, he complains of no money and he has to work on Monday and the truth is his wife told him NO! but he would never admit to it! I’m pissed. Go to turn on the game and it is not available in my area, WTF! I am now reduced to listening on the radio. It turns out that game is the first Cub’s no-hitter in 37 years. I call my friend up and tell him how much I hate him and that I’m going to punch him in his nose next time I see him. But at least I have a neat little card showing me what it would of looked like from an infield box seat!
Back to the trade package, The Owl also must of read my want list. I now have another addition to my ’62 set, it’s a Cardinal but it’s a ’62 none the less. I now have a great “Beltin” Bill Melton In Action card from the seventies. This is one of the coolest subsets Topps threw together. Most cards of the day were of staged action shots or portraits. I also received two Rynos that I never knew existed. These will be even more appreciated when or if I ever get down to the nitty gritty of the Ryno collection. The backs of these provided a little entertainment……..
I believe these cards are from 1993. A year when a four year, $28 million contract was the highest paid player in baseball. The same year the Investment Advisor tells us to hurry and pay $50 for a Sandberg RC. I bought two of these on Ebay early last year for $3. Thats $1.50 each. I wonder if this Investment Advisor went on to have a career with Bear Stearns or Freddy Mac?
Thanks for the great trades, looking forward to the next ones!