April 22, 2015

A Totally Cracked(Bat) Trade

A little while ago, I had posted some cards from Topps series 1 that were up for trade. Julie from A Cracked Bat blog sent me a message hoping to claim a gold Miguel Cabrera. At first, I was going to send him her way via PWE, but I found some other Tigers to accompany Miggy on his journey. Julie had made me an offer so I wasn't expecting anything beyond what we had agreed upon, but I was in for quite the surprise! Shortly after our message exchange, I found a bubble mailer in my mailbox.


Inside I found a Boomer Wells Press Proof. I never really got into the press proof chase back in those days, but I am happy to give them a home now that they're not really considered 'rare' anymore. It's always nice to add a new Museum Collection single. That set is really well done and the stock is super thick. I don't care what anyone says, that 2015 Donruss design is growing on me. It doesn't hurt when one of the singles that is changing my mind is good ol' Mo.


There was also a new 'Core Four' addition and an awesome 'Godzilla' cracked bat card from A Cracked Bat!


Two different kinds of Classic Yankees and two game cards. I really dig the full windup card of 'El Duque'! He had one of the most unique and interesting deliveries in recent memory.


There were four new cards for the Bernie collection. I'm particularly fond of the Flair and Pacific cards. I remember when Flair was the epitome of premium, that's why I don't have many in the collection. Those packs were a bit too rich for a collecting teenager's blood.


Julie also included some shiny Yankees. The Jorge is a base card, but no less welcome than the Abreu x-fractor or the Nova refractor. Hmmm, Nova refractor...sounds like an idea for a new chrome parallel! Sorry, I don't mean to give Topps any ideas. With that wide variety of goodies, I thought that was all. Well, I was wrong! Julie included one more truly noteworthy card.


An in-person autograph of former Yankee Top Prospect, David Walling, complete with a card certifying its authenticity. This was particularly nice to find because I remember bringing cards of Walling to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park hoping to get one signed. I never did catch Mr. Walling for a signature and ended up picking up a certified auto out of some product from the early 2000's. Now I can say that I have an in-person auto of his, and what a story this card must have to tell about its travels.

That wraps up a wonderfully unexpected trade package from A Cracked Bat. I really appreciate all that you sent and look forward to our next trade.

5 comments:

  1. Julie always has great cards to share!

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    1. She sure does. We've had several exchanges and I'm always excited to see what she sends next.

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  2. "Guaranteed for lifetime" as though there are autographs that suddenly switch who they were signed by.

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  3. Tim, I'm excited to know some of these cards are new to your collections! It may take 2-3 months to accumulate more Yanks but I'm looking forward to the next trade! And Adam - chuckles. Funny stuff!

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    1. Thanks again for sending them my way!

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