This post is not about Topps' 3rd series of recent vintage, this is simply about a trade and some blog updates...my witty titling skills know no bounds. First off, let's cover my recent swap with someone who's becoming my new favorite trade target, Robert from $30 a week habit. I have become semi-obsessed with his side blog, the serial number insanity set. It might just be my natural love of all things equally brilliant and insane, but I now put it as priority one to comb my card piles and local dime boxes for numbered Topps cards for his massive undertaking. This replaces my first bloggly love, The Great 1965 Topps Project, not because of lesser adoration, but because Kevin is almost done with that one. Anyway, my rambling aside, last week I sent Robert some of his beloved Blue Jays and about half a dozen cards for his insane side project and he was kind enough to come up with some 2011 Topps Chrome needs for me:
On top of that, he sent a kick ass Martin Brodeur insert, some shiny liquorfractor redheaded Met action, and a pretty sweet David Wright striped jersey card. Those last three were from the generosity of his heart, as they weren't part of our original deal, which makes him a damn fine humanitarian. Thanks Robert!
So, that pile of 2011 Chrome has become this page in my Topps binder:
I really enjoy the aesthetics of this page. Plus, that Elvis Andrus card has an epic photo. He has some great fielding shots on his cards and he seems to have gotten the center square of my pages a lot the last few years. I might have to start referring to him as Paul Lynde. Also, I wonder if we will look at "Mike Stanton" cards the same way we look at "Joey Belle" cards in a decade or so?
Since no one stepped up offering some, I had noticed recently that my local K-Mart had some 2010 Topps Chrome blasters on sale, so in a fit of nostalgia, I bought one so I could complete my run of Topps Chrome pages in my binders:
Night Owl was right, that year's Chrome cards have the worst curling ever. I had this badboy squished under the weight of two binders for two weeks and it did very little to help. You will have to take my word for it that it looks far better in person. Ya gotta love all of the jumpy fielders on that page, though.
So, with all that chrome business down, what else do I have to cover? Well, I like to tie up loose ends and I have two flapping in the breeze a bit. First, yesterday I offered a 1982 Topps K-Mart MVP box set to anyone who wanted it. Well, dawgbones snapped it up within an hour and it will be in the mail for him shortly. Looking at my pile of unsorted things, the "Who Wants It" bit will probably become a regular thing, so look out for more freebies soon.
Second, I ran a charity auction on eBay last week and posted about it hoping to drum up some support and maybe get that shirt in the hands of a Devils fan who will enjoy it (and fit into it). Well, it sold for $16 to a gal in New Hampshire and that money will go to the Red Cross. Thank you to any and all who looked and helped and if it inspired even one of you to donate either money or blood, then it was a success.