Sunday, January 20, 2019

Heavy trades

I did a big trade with Chris the Collector a few days ago.

I was almost reluctant to trade for this pair because they'd be somewhat out of place in my low-grade 1957 Topps setbuild. But I couldn't say no, and they got worked into the deal. They are now the highest graded cards among my '57s, ahead of a PSA 5 Ernie Banks and a PSA 8(OC) Campanella. The Billy Pierce is an upgrade and the Wally Post is a need.. which happened to bump me over the 70% complete mark. So that's pretty cool.

Been wanting a green Mike Trout Big League box card, and Chris hooked me up with a flattened box.

I took the liberty of trimming it down to a more easily-stored card.

The Kris Bryant 1st Bowman purple parallel is a beauty.

George Brett with a chunk of a bat!

Robin Yount and another man.

A couple young sluggers slugging away.

Musial and Marquis, rocking the bat on the shoulder pose. I'm long overdue for an update post on my Marquis Mania project, but I actually started drafting one the other day, so maybe I'll finally figure out how many copies I have of this card soon.

Love this die-cut Gwynn! The diamond effect looks great in-hand.

A couple fine additions to my li'l Joey Votto PC.

The orange refractor is #'d 11/25 and the jersey swatch has an authentication sticker identifying it as "SWATCH OF JOEY VOTTO GAME USED JERSEY, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS v CINCINNATI REDS on 9/10/15, ORIGINAL HOLOGRAM #HZ952921" Looks like Joey had a good game while clothed in this particular uniform, going 2-4 with an RBI double as the Reds routed the Red Birds 11-0.

The last piece of the trade is this lovely triple relic with Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, and Julio Urias. Sweet card.

Thanks for the trade, Chris!

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Next up is-- going by weight-- possibly the biggest trade package I've ever received. It comes courtesy of Matt Prigge and contained zero cards.

Hundreds upon hundreds of penny sleeves! Looks like Matt is becoming a binder guy and had a bunch of abandoned like-new sleeves looking for a good home. I can always use more of these little buggers, so I spoke up and sent him back some Brewers to make it worth his time/postage.

(Funny enough, last time I traded with a guy for a bunch of sleeve like this, it was Tony L, another prominent Brewers collector, back in 2015.)

Thanks, Matt!

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I just realized today that January 20th is the birthday of two (of the eight) Guys From Granite to make the major leagues.

Yep, both Brian Giles and Travis Taijeron are celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday, fellas!

It just so happens that I recently picked up printing plates from each of these guys, so here they are. The Taijeron was especially nice to see pop up at a reasonable price, as that's the card I ponied up for the superfractor of a couple months back, so I'm glad to add another 1/1 to that rainbow.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading.


  1. Wow, those are some really cool cards and great trade!

  2. Thanks for the trade! I'm happy to help you get to 70% completion of your '57 set.

  3. Sweet 57's! Love the Gwynn and Vottos too.