As you know I don't do resolutions, but seeing how today is New Year's Day and this is my 200th post, I figured it might not be a bad idea to do a little State of the Blog address. Of those two hundred posts, only 71 came last year so I would like to get around to posting a little more often than every 5 days. I also have about 20 half written posts in the drafts that I would like to try and take care of in the dead time between now and spring training (6 weeks and counting!). I have added some blogs to the blog list (and removed a few dead ones) and if you would like to be added to that list, drop me a line. I have some series ideas that my intermittent posting hasn't let me bring to fruition, I would certainly like to get those off the ground and bring them to all six of you who read this blog with regularity. That said, I have an awesome blog and if you don't read it all the time, you should and if you haven't read all my posts, you should go back and do just that, don't worry, I'll wait.
If we are going to do old and new, tried and true today, let's look at a couple of recent trades - nothing more tried and true than a trade post. First off is one of my oldest and steadiest trade partners, Night Owl. A few months ago he wrote a platonic love letter to me about how I get him. Seriously, that shit made me blush. Well, I can pretty much say that notion is reciprocal. As I have pointed out before, we have gotten to the point where we don't even set up formal trades, we just put cards aside for each other and when we point out cards in the comments of posts, those get put aside as well. Then eventually one of us will email the other and into the mail the piles go. Honestly, my trade relationship with Greg is better than most of my current face-to-face interpersonal relationships and I have never met the man. Anyway, this pile came to me at the end of November right after I sent him this pile.
Oh those David Wrights. Since the All Star game was held in Citifield this year, it figured all the Topps Update AS cards would be Mets centric, but wow, Topps outdid themselves with the official logos and some great pictures. That Chrome Wright on top is probably in my top 10 all time favorite David Wrights already. Zack Wheeler is going to get most of my love this year while poor Matt Harvey is on the shelf so I will probably end up doing a rainbow of his rookie card so that Chrome is a good start. I am holding out hope that Juan Lagares turns out to be Steve Finley and not Alex Escobar. Last in this scan is a marvelous little juxtaposition of a 2013 mini 1971 David Wright and an actual 1971 Topps Mets card. I am not sure if Night Owl planned it to be such a nice contrast, nor could he have known that I did not have that awesome Sadecki card, but it sure as hell worked out well. Someday, I want to know why Topps has decided to reprint the 1970's designs in mini form with modern players. I would really like to have been in on that little committee meeting - and it had to be a committee, because only groupthink could have come up with such an odd and misguided idea as that one.
Not only does the Owl take direction well, he also reads my posts and wantlists:
I asked him for that Frazier All Star Rookie card and he threw in the Rosario as well. I had stated in a recent post that I didn't have a complete nine pocket page of Clayton Kershaw and in an altruistic gesture (or perhaps in a doubles dump) he provided more than I needed to put that complete page together. I must say, that red bordered Dodger card just pops.
Oh, and he also bipped me with Strawberrys:
But the joke is on him, I love pages of single cards, even junk wax ones.
Everything was properly packaged as always and he used blue painters tape to hold it together, but I do have one issue...
...he wrote a little note but I am completely puzzled as to its meaning. A little help, Greg?
The "new" part of this presentation is my first unsolicited trade with a reader who does not have his own blog, a man known in the blogiverse as Zippy Zappy.
He emailed me out of the blue that he had a bunch of Mets cards and that he had looked at my want lists (hey, someone reads my want lists!) and that he had a bunch of those for me too. You see here in this first scan some of those Mets cards. I am gonna miss Johan Santana but since he hasn't pitched much the last year and a half, I guess I am already used to it. I hope one of those three Prizm rookies pans out. And it's hard to tell, but that Zack Wheeler is purple.
He also looked at my player want list and came up with some great stuff:
I have a weird attachment to Alex Gordon and now I have a page of his cards to accentuate that odd infatuation. ZZ is a Yankees fan and filled my odd request for horizontal Derek Jeter cards. I had obtained a Listia lot of Jeter cards that I had earmarked for trades but it turns out that seven of them were horizontal, so of course instead of getting rid of them I decided to make another page of Jeter cards. With those two, it is now complete and I hate to say it is pretty sweet. The Trout, Bautista, Bruce, and Votto go towards finishing their pages as well. That Bautista card is very very blue.
Zippy Zappy collects Yankees cards and in exchange for this pile of booty, I sent him a nice assortment of 40-50 random Bronx Bomber cards. Since I did not have a want list to go by, I just kind of picked as many oddball and obscure cards I could of players I figure he liked. He told me I did a pretty good job as he only had 3 or 4 of the cards I sent. Who knew I had pinstripe instincts?
Here you see some 2013 Topps Update Mets needs and a wonderful Mr. Met insert from Opening Day. I have never heard of Logan Verrett but I assure you, he is a Mets prospect. It is so rare to see green on a Mets card that isn't the grass. Also here are a couple of Gary Carter cards, one of which I didn't have (the white GQ parallel) and one I already had which featured prominently in this snarky post. And that lower left card is a gold shiny Matt Harvey rookie card. Wow, I might not have sent ZZ enough for this package, huh?
The last scan covers some junk wax era stuff he sent, 99% I already had. I believe that Rick Cerone might be the only one I needed but I certainly appreciate the effort. Those Knight and Strawberry cards are tremendous to look at so I included them here. The last card in the package blew my mind...
It is a 2007 UD Kellogg's David Wright card that I didn't even know existed, probably because it is Japanese. Not only did he include this fabulous oddball food issue, he even translated it for me in his little note for me. Believe me fellow bloggers, if you get an email from Zippy Zappy requesting a trade, answer that thing ASAP. Thanks Kenny! You have been proudly added to the trade wall of fame.
***Update*** Turns out right after I posted this, I found out Zippy Zappy started his own blog literally yesterday (thus making a liar out of me;). You should go check it out: http://cervinupcards.blogspot.com/