It is a sad coincidence that I am posting today about a trade that features the 1971 Topps Thurman Munson. Lord knows I hate the Yankees, and I certainly was never a fan of Munson and his act, but perhaps it would be wise to show a modicum of respect on the 34th anniversary of his death.
And whether you like Munson or not, one cannot deny the sheer beauty of this card (even in this rough of shape). It has always been one of my absolute favorites. This particular copy sat in my Rookie All Star box for decades. I recently found myself an upgrade and this card was relegated to the ebay/trade/listia limbo pile. A sad end for such an epic card. Ah, but not so fast. Last month, I saw a comment on Fuji's blog on a post about plays at the plate and whom should extoll the virtues of this card but a man who runs a blog with the tremendous and apt name Play at the Plate. Not only did he praise it, but he mentioned he did not own it. It all clicked in my head. I would swap this badboy to a man who will truly appreciate it. After all, how can someone whose blog is called Play at the Plate not own this card? That'd be blasphemy, I tells ya!
So after a few emails, we agree I'd send the card and he would put together some stuff from my want list. I must say, it was quite a nice pile:
Right away, a couple of this year's Heritage and some Series 2 Mets. Also, there are some shiny Mets Bowman Platinum prospects. The one on the left is PURPLE and the other two are X-Fractors that did not scan well. Trust me, they are very shiny indeed. I now have 4 different versions of that Cesar Puello card and the only thing I have heard about this kid is that he was somehow mixed up with the PED-biogenesis nonsense. Wonderful.
The second part also has some shiny to spare:
Any Matt Harvey card is always greatly appreciated. Brad Emaus was a spring training sensation a couple of years ago (much like Collin Cowgill this year). Seems the Mets have one of those every year and they never even seem to end the year with the team. *sigh* I am glad I own a Shawn Marcum card wearing a Mets uni to remind me of his 1-10 record from this year. The Gary Carter in the center is a white border parallel and I must say, these Gypsy Queen cards work much better in white. The prime shiny, though, is that Ike Davis on the left center. The scan does not do it justice; it is a wicked looking card. I plan on picking up the other 5 Mets from this parallel and may even break down and make a page of them. On the bottom are two David Wrights and a Darryl Strawberry. It is interesting that Wright just claimed second place on the Mets all time home run list this evening, and he will soon top that list, taking the title from Straw alluded to on this card.
Third and final part:
Minis! Tom Seaver mini! Another GQ card of Wright looking dashing in white. The three Walmart parallels that are greatly appreciated since 1) the Mets cards look good in that light blue and 2) I don't shop at Walmart. Last but certainly not least is one last shiny David Wright and a Top Prospect card of Zack Wheeler, specifically one I did not have. That is a fabulous card.
The denouement of this trade post is the little note Brian left in his package to me. Absolutely, these cards are of use. Thank you very much. I am glad that old Munson of mine found a good home.