I am way behind in my trade posts so I am gonna try to tackle them all this week and I am going to start by taking care of two of them, both dealing with two first time traders and new Topps cards.
First comes a wonderful swap with Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown. During the flurry of 2014 Topps posts, I noticed he had posted a Red Target Zack Wheeler parallel and dropped him a line saying I would love to have it. He immediately got back to me and we were off and running. He sent that wonderful Wheeler and a few other goodies.
The first was a chrome card of the gone-but-never-forgotten RA Dickey - sure it's metallic, but not shiny. Now if it is shiny you want, that Pacific John Franco can't be beat. That is not only a spectacular card, but also a card I did not have, which is always a marvelous surprise when trading blind. Then came a few recent cards of Mets players and then some junk wax. Okay, I always appreciate the effort. But wait! This is Gav we are talking about and he does a special thing to junk wax:
|This is the best I could do to capture the magic - Ansel Adams I am not.|
My only issue with Gavin's package? He used header cards for protection (always smart) but he wrote his note on this graphic filled Ultra Pro card when he had a nice blank canvas to scribble on this Fleer checklist. Boy, can I be a nitpicking dick or what? Anyway, sincere thanks Gavin for the great surprises in the trade, I am certain this won't be our last. I hope what I sent makes up for my being a bastard.
My other 2014 Topps swap was with Chris of The Raz Card Blog. After I had listed my 2014 Topps series 1 goodies, Raz asked me about my four Power Player inserts. I told him if he had any Mets from this year that I didn't have that I would be glad to send them. And boy did he send some Mets:
Two Zack Wheeler inserts and a Matt Harvey for my player collection, not to mention a sparkly red Daniel Murphy - that is a great picture on this year's card with the Home Run Apple in the background. He also sent me three of the All Rookie Cup Team inserts, of which I had pulled exactly zero. Along with an incomplete eBay lot, I was able to put together the whole set in easy frugal fashion and take it off my want list.
And my lord, look at how neatly these cards were packed:
I have received hundred dollar cards from eBay sellers that weren't so well protected. Not to mention the penmanship on the note...way to make the rest of us look bad Chris.
So this is what I have become? The kind of person who find fault in the kindest of gestures? What is wrong with me? I am such an asshole. Chris, on the other hand, is awesome. Thanks for initiating this trade and I am sure we will do it again soon.