While I have been on my vacation dog sitting for my brother, I thought maybe a change of scenery would recharge my interest in blogging a little. Instead I have been kind of unplugged from the world and just mostly chilling out with the dog. If anything, it has recharged my love of cooking as they have an amazing kitchen that I have taken full advantage of. But this is a baseball card blog, not a foodie blog, so let's see if there is some unfinished drafts I can share with you. Before I left last week I received in the mail two packages from fellow bloggers and I scanned their contents, so we'll take a look at those.
One is a most venerable partner, Robert from $30 a Week Habit. I had sent him two small piles in the last month or so and to reciprocate, he actually emailed me on his way to a show saying he was going to pick some stuff up for me from my want lists. As I have pointed out before, he is an amazingly polite individual.
The two cards that are most appreciated, as they are from that aforementioned want list, are the Bautista and the Posey as they finish off player pages that had been sitting at eight for a while. That Posey is just the regular Walmart blue card but it looks so vibrant in the scan, it almost looks like a refractor, especially when compared to the D'Arnaud, which is also Walmart Blue. Also here are some recent inserts with Wright and Harvey that I didn't have, plus a couple of prospects from this year's Bowman - which is wonderful since I have purchased exactly zero Bowman this year. Saving the best for last is the Tom Seaver UD Masterpiece red frame parallel, which is just a glorious looking card. Upper Deck did a lot wrong at the end, those sets were not one of them.
He also included some miscut 1971 Topps cards I had asked him to set aside for me.
I asked for two of them, he included six. That definitely meets my approval. These will find their way to a spot of honor amongst my miscut collection. Thanks Robert!
On the other end of the trade spectrum was a first time trade with Chris from View From the Skybox. From a quick little post I did a little while ago, Chris commented and emailed me that he loves blue parallel cards and would love to trade if I had any extras. I found some blue Walmart cards from the last few years and a couple of the shiny blue Opening Day parallels and sent them to him. Chris got me back with a nice bunch of Mets:
I didn't have the shiny version of the Seaver or Wright Chasing History nor did I have the WBC Wright card, which seems unthinkable. He also included a nifty liquorfractor I didn't have, I almost have a page of these for the Mets, I will have to update my want lists to finish this off. Then he finished me off with some blue parallels. This seems a little counter-intuitive, but hey, I'll take it, especially that Murphy from this year. What a stupendous photo that is.
Chris included a nice little note with his stuff...and believe me, I know from how shipping costs have gotten out of hand. As you can see, they arrived safely.
Chris collects a wide variety of things and has a great Ginter Relic Exchange program on his blog, so this may be the first trade we've done but it definitely won't be the last. Thanks Chris!
As for the rest of my weekend? Why, I am gonna watch soccer of course, but probably not the kind you are thinking of...
Look at how happy she is with that thing? We should all be that happy. Woof!