Here we are in the midst of the second week of March Madness. And I am sure that there are enough ripped up brackets right now to fully supply several ticker tape parades. This year's Big Dance seems to be one of the great "non-chalk" years where underdogs are not playing like underdogs. I don't like to brag, but as of this moment I have correctly picked 4 out of 5 Elite Eight teams and I have a decent chance to go 6 out of 8 with all 4 of my Final Four picks still alive. It's one of those years that I REALLY wish I gambled for real money. I haven't been perfect by any means. My two Elite Eight picks that are Tennessee which lost its first game and Kansas which got beat by somewhere around 1,000 points to USC. But I still think I have done better than most.
For me, this is kind of usual though. With the tourney brackets I either do really well or really bad. There is almost no in between. If there are 30 competitors, I am in the top 3 or the bottom 3. It is really the only part of life where is true for me though. I have never been an ultra competitive person, so getting to #1 at all costs has never been a priority for me. I have never understood why someone wouldn't be completely satisfied with being 10th best at anything. If I my life ends with me having the 10th best Colorado Rockies collection in the world, I won't be spinning in the grave wishing I could have been higher.
But I have usually have enough perseverance and brain power to not be at the bottom either. I have always that the middle third is usually the best place to be. You are good enough to not be forgotten, but you don't have the expectations that are extremely difficult to live up to. I have come to terms with that being the ideal situation. I just wish I could have had that wisdom when I was younger.
I guess my hour on the shrink's couch is now up, so let's get back to baseball cards. This is the 8th week of the Sunday PWE trade bait and it has been very successful thus far. I plan on shipping out several envelopes tomorrow, but they are not packed yet, so if you spot anything today there is a good chance that you could get it by the end of the week.
As always, I will trade for Rockies, Topps rookie cup cards, 86 Topps homages, the few remaining 2011 Topps Opening Day blues that I need for my master set, 2005 Topps Rookie Cup rainbows that I need, 2020 Donruss rainbows that I need, or the various insert sets I am currently putting together. The links are working for 6 of those 7, and the other will be done shortly, but for now you can simply ask if I need it.
If you just simply don't have anything I need, don't worry about it. We can still trade. I will happily accept serial numbered cards from teams I am in short supply of at the moment. All I ask is that you include an extra 1 or 2 just to take care of the stamp I will need to trade them later.
These are current teams I am comparatively low on trade stuff.
St. Louis, Baltimore, San Francisco, LA Angels, Cleveland
Previous Sunday PWE Trade Baits
2001 Donruss Elite Series Roger Clemens /2500 - 2017 Topps Gold Brad Brach /2017 - 2016 Panini/EEE Aspirations Purple Andrew Velazquez /200
2018 Bowman/Prospects Chrome Refractor T.J. Zeuch /499 - 2018 Panini/Donruss Optic Prizms Blue Chris Sale /149
2015 Panini/Donruss Stat Line Career Joe Mauer DK /319 - 2018 Bowman/Prospects Chrome Purple Shimmer Refractors Kyle Funkhouser /655 - 2019 Topps Evolution of Stadiums Gold KC Royals /50
2016 Panini/Donruss Optic Prizms Blue Tyler Naquin /149 - 2008 Topps/Triple Threads Sepia Rich Harden /525
2016 Panini/Donruss Optic Prizms Orange Carlos Correa /199 - 2017 Bowman Silver Yu Darvish /499 - 2015 Panini/EEE Status Blue Ketel Marte /100
2006 Bowman/Prospects Blue Kyle Kendrick /500 - 2005 Donruss/Champions Impressions Red Mike Cameron /250 - 2018 Bowman/Prospects Chrome Purple Shimmer Refractors Monte Harrison /655
2020 Panini/Donruss Dominators Max Scherzer /999 - 2016 Topps Gold Addison Russell /2016
2014 Panini/Prizm PDP Draft Class Prizms Powder Blue Jacob Gatewood /199 - 2015 Bowman/Prospects Blue Jose Queliz /150 - 2015 Panini/Donruss Press Proof Silver Everth Cabrera /199
2020 Bowman/Platinum Top Prospects Pink Alexander Canario /199 - 2015 Topps/Update Gold Justin Turner /2015
2010 Bowman Blue Todd Helton /520 - 2010 Topps/National Chicle Chrome Ian Stewart /999 - 2006 Topps Gold Jamey Carroll /2006
Cards with new homes.
2017 Panini/Donruss Elite Series Silver Todd Frazier /349 - 2012 Topps/Opening Day Blue Erick Aybar /2012 - 2005 Donruss/Team Heroes Showdown Bronze Dave Parker /100 - 2020 Topps Mother's Day Pink Harrison Bader /50 - 2015 Panini/Donruss '81 Press Proof Bronze Billy Hamilton /299 - 2020 Panini/Donruss American Pride Garrett Mitchell (with Mike Trout) /999 - 2012 Topps/Heritage Chrome Dan Uggla /1963 -
As always, place a claim on any card that you'd like in the comments section or you can email me directly at hiflew AT yahoo DOT com and we can talk trade.
Thanx for reading.