August 15, 2015

A Legendary Trade Package

One of the many trade packages that was waiting in my mailbox when I returned home was yet another incredible padded envelope from Shoebox Legends author, Shane. In my short time being a part of this great community, Shane has become my most prolific trading partner to date. Each trade has included some really great new additions for my collection, and this one was no exception. In fact, it may top all that came before it.

Here are three great base card additions. The United We Stand subset was a really nice addition by Topps in the wake of the attacks on 9/11. I had a few of these, but this Clemens is new to me. The shiny Mussina is only my second or third card from the Pristine brand. I can't say much for the design elements, but it is chrome-y and shiny so it's 'OK' in my book. Have I mentioned how much I like Bernie Williams cards before?

This is my second card from the Sunoco Dream Team set. It's ironic that the first one I encountered was during my first trip to Baseball 17 in Myrtle Beach and this one arrived in my mailbox during the trip when I made my second visit to that shop. From here, Shane launched into another gear.

My first relic of Gardy! It may be a plain gray swatch, but I have been thinking of picking up a game used card of the first time All-Star, and now I have one.

Mo!!! The GQ design is a little lacking, but I agree with everyone else that thinks the framed relics are great. I've though that since the early 2000's when they first put framed relics in the Topps 206 set(s).

I love the Golden Moments insert design. The jersey swatch fits nicely into the design, and I am happy to have this Zimmermann.

Some of you may remember seeing these in one of Shane's posts a while back. I commented that they were great cards simply because I am a huge soccer fan and these are two of the greatest players to suit up for he US National Team. Shortly after commenting, Shane emailed me and told me he was going to include these in the next package he sent. I am not a fan of the Goodwin Champions sets, but 
I am exceptionally happy to have these in my collection.

So, five relics and some other great cards would have been plenty enough to make this a really great trade package. However, Shane really outdid himself by sending the following:

Again, I saw this one on Shane's blog. At the time he wasn't sure if he was going to keep it or send it to eBay. I commented that I'd be interested in knowing if he decided to put it up for auction. Once again, Shane emailed and told me he would be willing to trade(or sell) it to me. Here it is. A black foil parallel of Soler's RC auto. It's serial numbered 3/50.

Many thanks once again, Shane! It's always great exchanging some cardboard with you.