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Thursday, April 12, 2012

RTP #38 - Featuring my New Favorite Rockies Card

Yet another busy week leads to another week of blog neglect.  I will try to make up for it this weekend.  One of the things that I intended to do when I relaunched the blog back in November was to try and make sure to give thanks for trades in group form.  I have done quite poorly at this so far with only one trade post.  Well here is my second.  I would love to thank everyone individually, but I tried that before and I won't do it for two reasons.  One, I am too busy and two, I don't want my blog to be nothing but trade posts either which is what it was turning into last spring.  But I am still thankful to each and every trade partner I have, so let's take a look at some of the stuff I have picked up via trade over the last month.

A little while back I completed my first trade with Brian from Pirates Treasure Room.  The primary bait for the trade was the 2012 Topps Wal Mart Drew Pomeranz for an 87 mini Andrew McCutchen.  What started out as a simple 1-for-1 deal morphed into a larger trade involving several other cards.  The card in the middle is one of my 33 Todd Helton relics, it is from the 2002 Topps set.  The final card is from Panini's first card set involving real major league players in a long time.  I hope they get better.

One of my favorite trade partners is Brian from Play at the Plate.  Brian and I usually will just send cards in surprise packages to each other.  This is one of those cases.  The Tulo jersey is from 2011 Topps Update and is a dupe, so if anyone out there is interested let me know.  The other two cards are serial numbered rookies from the early 2000s when serial numbered rookies were all the rage.  I am glad this particular quirk of the hobby was phased out. 

Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop is a collector that I admire.  He knows what he likes and what he wants and keep it within a relatively narrow focus.  In exchange for a Paul Molitor bat card to go into his bat cards of the 3000 hit club collection, he sent me the two beauties above.  The Larry Walker is a jersey from 2001 Fleer Game Time.  Thanks to Pujols and Ichiro the 2001 cards are just too expensive to try and get in breaks, so I appreciate getting them in trade.  The Todd Helton is a bronze parallel bat card from the nearly forgotten set 2004 Upper Deck Etchings.  Can you remember the last time you thought about that set?

I do love trading with Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life.  Every time we trade, it is usually around 200 cards on each side, so not only does my trade box get way thinner, but my keeper boxes get way fuller.  The three cards above are just a very small sampling of the cards Bo sent off of my set wantlists.  Jamie Moyer took another tough loss for the Rockies today, but he is pitching well enough to eventually get a win.

I also recently completed another trade with Kyle from JABOs.  Kyle got the above Ubaldo auto as a replacement for his redemption and put it up for grabs.  Of course I grabbed and we worked in the Alex White jersey as well.  I have since gotten a second copy of the Alex White jersey, so if anyone wants or needs it give me a holler.

Sam from the Daily Dimwit always comes up with more than than I do Astros so trading with him is both easy and hard.  The prize of this group is the first card.  It is a 1998 Larry Walker cut from the back of a box of Hamburger Helper.  I have been trying to track down this card since I missed out on drafting one last year and now I have it.  Astros will on their way down south shortly, Sam.

Here is my first trade with Terry, the blog owner of That 70s Card.  Like me, Terry is a Rockies collector so I have a feeling we will be trading quite a bit in the future.  In this go around Terry hit my wantlists for 2005 Topps Rookie Cup and 2008 Topps Heritage.  All told I ended up with about 50 cards knocked off those two lists.  I do have to wonder if Tom Seaver ever learned to fix his collar, because that is just messed up.

Another first time trade partner for the Quarry is Edgar from the simple yet aptly named Topps Card Collector's Blog.  I sent him a chunk of 1988 Topps and in return I got a small handful of Rockies and the Ricky Romero above which helps with my 2011 Topps Opening Day master set.  My favorite Rockie is the Todd Helton which is from the 2007 Topps Wal Mart set and used the 1967 Topps design.  I wonder if he will still be with the team when Heritage uses 1967 in four years.  Probably not, but we can always hope.

Another frequent trade partner is Scott from Smed's Baseball Card Blog.  Scott also hit up some want lists for me.  When I think of Jose Oquendo (which doesn't happen often), I think of him with the Cardinals.  I always forget he started with the Mets.  I maintain that the baseball glove Brewers logo is the best sports logo of all time.  Any others come to mind?  I also maintain that 1992 Score is a very underrated set.  I know some people hated the gradient bar, but not me.  I think the photography is fantastic as well.

Last but not least is our resident blog of the year caretaker, Greg the Night Owl.  I mentioned in the title of this post that I had a new favorite card.  Well here it is, a 1994 Score Daryl Boston.  Um yeah just kidding, even though that is a great photo and knocks one more card off that set's want list.  Of course I am talking about the DANTE BICHETTE BAT CARD!!!!!!!!!!!  It is the only Bichette relic that is on the market, or at least the only Rockies one.  It commemorates Dante hitting for the first cycle in Rockies history in 1998 against the Texas Rangers.  Your cards are on the way as I write this, Greg.  Thank you for making me find a new white whale.


night owl said...

Wow, you were a busy trader this month. I've slowed way down. Hope I can get back in action in weeks ahead.

SpastikMooss said...

That Bichette is sweet! I love how detailed the bat etching is, and it's neat the set stands for something (the cycle). I always like relics better when the set has some sort of theme attached to it haha.