Sunday, September 29, 2019

Heavy-Weight Trade Bait

Here's a post with some high-dollar cards I could part with. Please note that I'm only interested in quality-for-quality trades with these, no "nickel & diming" with quantity (unless maybe we're talking pre-1974 vintage). Also, since these are pretty good cards, if I haven't traded with you before, for safety and to dissuade scammers, I reserve the right to wait until I receive your end of the trade before I send.

I'm specifically after Topps Retired refractor autos I need, as well as big names on my vintage setbuild wantlists, currently focused on Topps sets from 1957, 1964, 1970, and 1972. Other stuff I can think of that would be great to get in exchange: 1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens (need all that Update set besides Kirby), Clayton Kershaw RC (2008 Topps Update or Ginter). Pete Rose rookie. Willie Stargell rookie. 1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm. 1914 Cracker Jack Gavvy Cravath. 1956 Jackie Robinson. Bip Roberts 1/1's. 2011 Update Altuve RC diamond or cognac. Rare/numbered Trouts are always nice. Complete sets (or near-complete) of 70s Hostess, Kellogg's, or OPC would be sweet. And in the rare chance you've got early vintage Mantles/Clementes available, I'd likely be interested.

And I would love work out a deal for pack-certified on-card autograph cards from any of these folks: Mickey f'ing Mantle, Ted f'ing Williams, Joe f'ing DiMaggio, Daisy f'ing Ridley, Mark f'ing Hamill, Harrison f'ing Ford, Patrick f'ing Mahomes II, Tim f'ing Duncan, Michael f'ing Jordan, Albert Pujols, Randy Johnson, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, Alex Bregman, Craig Biggio, Corey Seager, Mariano, Jeter, Judge. The current hot young dudes: Acuña, Vlad Jr, Juan Soto, Yordan Alvarez, Alonso, Gleyber, Lux, Wander, Tatis, etc.

So there are some ideas, but I'm up for listening to any offer you think might get my attention. Here's the link to my main wantlist. Note that I'm not really looking to sell, but I suppose I wouldn't rule out selling either. I'm listing "estimated eBay value" for most of the cards in this post, but that's to give folks the idea of return I'd be wanting in cards.

Without further ado, here are a bunch of nice cards I've got up for trade:

1957 Topps Willie Mays PSA 3
Estimated eBay value: about $70. Recent completed listings range from $55 up to $144.

1965 Topps #3 Home Run Leaders feat. Mickey Mantle / Harmon Killebrew / Boog Powell PSA 4
Estimated eBay value: $25-30

Cal Ripken, Jr 2017 Topps Five Star green parallel auto #'d 9/15
Estimated eBay value: Only one for sale right now is asking $134.99 OBO. Sold auctions include $55 (graded BGS 8.5) and $76 (also graded BGS 8.5). I assume this copy I pulled (and went directly from the pack to a one-touch) would grade better than an 8.5, so I'd ballpark it a little above that.

Reggie Jackson 2003 Topps Retired Signature Edition Autograph
Estimated eBay value: No recent completed sales. There are a couple currently listed both around $100, though a more realistic price would be closer to $70.

Harmon Killebrew 2003 Topps Retired Signature Edition Autograph (not serial numbered, but an announced print run of 76 made)
Estimated eBay value: Probably around $80.

Gary Carter 2004 Topps Retired auto
Estimated eBay value: Probably around $50-60

Tony Gwynn 2004 Topps Retired auto
Estimated eBay value: $250? (Realistically, probably more like $150-200, but since Tony is my favorite player, I'd have to put a premium on this card.) It's not numbered but has an estimated print run of 75 copies (Group C).

Stan Musial 2004 Topps Retired auto
Estimated eBay value: $200.
Notes: Not numbered, but as a "Group B" card, it has an estimated print run of 50.

Cesar Geronimo 2004 Topps Retired auto
Estimated eBay value: $100+.
Notes: I recently acquired the refractor parallel of this, making the base expendable to me. As I mentioned in the refractor post earlier this month, Cesar doesn't have many certified autos out there, so "the base version of this card sells comfortably over $100 these days-- the two most recent sales were both around $130 (print run estimated at /468)".
And by the way, as an epilogue to that post, the seller did eventually come clean, explain his side of the situation, and apologize for lying, which I thought was admiral of him.

2004 Topps Retired autos
Estimated eBay value: These guys probably run about $10-15 each.

Greg Maddux Panini stickergraph auto #'06/25
Estimated eBay value: $40-60

Mark Trumbo 2014 Gypsy Queen wood mini #'d 3/5

PS3 games
Estimated eBay value: $10-20 each ($50-75 as a lot)
Notes: Figured I'd throw some non-card stuff onto the list of things up for trade. Our PS3 console broke a few months ago and we decided not to get a new one, meaning we've got several games to get rid of now (plus a few original PlayStation games, which also play on a PS3). Some of these we never even got around to playing, though I think all were bought second-hand, except for DuckTales which was new. I'd love to work out a deal to trade all these to someone for some cards.

Whitey Ford auto
Estimated eBay value: $80-100

Paul O'Neill auto
Estimated eBay value: $20-30

Goose Gossage auto
Estimated eBay value: $20-30

2003 Topps Retired autos
Estimated eBay value:
Spahn $20-30
Stieb $10-20
Evans $80-90
Cey $10-20

Jim Lonborg 2005 Topps Retired refractor auto /25
Estimated eBay value: $30-40

I also have a similar Zane Smith (Braves) refractor auto available.
Gavin Lux - 2015 Leaf Perfect Game (high school) auto #/25
Estimated eBay value: Only one on eBay currently is $200 OBO, though a more realistic figure would be half that.
Notes: Lux has been ranked as the #2 prospect in baseball at the moment and has been named Baseball America’s Player of the Year for 2019, so his cards are very hot right now. I collect him, but this is a dupe for me.

Nearly an entire run of Mystery Science Theater 3000 here on DVD and burnt DVD-R. I'm just looking to get rid of these and at least cover the postage. Many hours of hilarity await you here. I don't need them anymore (backed up).. do you want them? Let me know!

Ken Griffey Jr 2016 Topps Archives Father & Son auto 1/1 black parallel
Notes: This is my best pull ever. I threw out some feelers a while ago, wondering if any high-rolling Griffey collector would pay me $5k for it, but the answer was no. Still though, I think around 2-3k would be a fair price for a certified, on-card, fully-licensed 1/1 Topps Ken Griffey Jr auto. I'm not anxious to part with it (don't want to regret letting go of my all-time greatest pull if it didn't landed me a mind-blowing grand slam return), but I'd listen to offers.

There you go.. some heavyweight trade bait. Get in touch if you're interested in maybe working out a trade. My wantlist. Thanks and have a great week.


  1. I feel very fortunate that you go slummin' and keep bloggers like me as a trading partner!
    Thanks again for the help with my HOF Binder and all the sweet Vogelbach customs.
    That is some wonderful trade bait, but then again, you're going after some pretty wonderful stuff as well. Good luck on swinging some big time trades!

  2. Hope you are able to hit a grand slam with that kind of trade bait!

  3. Holy crap. You're trade bait is insane. Wow.