This is not my first international trade, as Canada insists upon being a different country. This is not even my first overseas trade, as I have sent Red Sox to England. But this is my very first trade with continental Europe so I guess that is something. I am, of course, talking about everyone's favorite Dutch card guy, um, The Dutch Card Guy. In keeping with yesterday's 2014 Topps trades, I noticed when he posted about his newest flagship break that he got a 1970 Topps Ron Swoboda with the Topps 75 logo. I did not get any of these classic pulls in my packs, so I inquired about it, offering a couple of Glavine numbered cards as bait. The Dutch Card Guy immediately took me up on the offer. He also said he would take a look at my want lists and augment the deal...
Proving European folk are much more polite than us American folks, he really really augmented:
He sent a bunch of players from my player want lists. And I mean a bunch. Here you see almost enough Stephen Strasburg cards to make a page all by themselves. That's one page off the list. That Justin Upton card helps, but he is still on the list.
You see here a block from the AL East:
Those Boggs cards will complete his second page. The Bautista and Buchholz cards come close to finishing their player pages and that Team USA WBC card completes Pedroia's page. That's three.
Now we go to Cincinnati:
The Aroldis Chapman cards find places on his incomplete page and all those Jay Bruce cards more than finish off his page. That's four.
He sent enough David Price cards for a whole page alone with one to spare:
So that's five.
Lastly, he sent a Ty Cobb which knock off his page in my Hall of Fame books - so that makes six player pages completed in one trade. That might be a record, though I have not kept total track of such occurrences. He also generously included a couple of Bryce Harper cards, which I keep on that want list page just to remind myself I need them, not expecting anyone to actually send them. And yet, there they are.
DCG also included a few great oddball non-sports cards and some (I assume) Dutch soccer stickers. Excuse me, football (pfft, I am such an American). And very lastly, you see the card that kicked off this wonderful package, the 1970 Ron Swoboda with the Topps 75 logo. All I can say about all this is wow! My last bit of shame here is I have not even sent out the package I have for DCG, but it gives me the opportunity to add some goodies for his collection. Dank u, Jeroen. (yes, I had to look that up on Google).