These trades are so old that these cards have lost half of their Beckett book value since I’ve gotten them.
These trades are so old the card backs are written in Sanskrit.
These trades are so old that when I got them, Topps was the only manufacturer of licensed baseball cards.
These trades are so old that the people who sent me these cards probably think I’m a jerk for not posting them by now.
These trades are so old, that you’ve probably already stopped reading this post.
I think you get the point here. I have had these cards in my grubby mitts for quite a while now, and have been too lazy/distracted to post them. Well… there’s no time like the present I guess, so here goes nothing.
First up are some cards from Mr. Gintacuffs III graphic designer du-jour, Adam of My Cardboard Mistress fame. Many, many, many moons ago he posted a Bowman break in which he pulled a certain card that I was chasing down, and he was nice enough to send it my way without even asking for anything immediate in return. Don’t worry about Adam though, he’ll be compensated nicely for his kindness. In fact, his return package is ready to mail and everything. I’ve just got to take my lazy behind to the store to pick up some bubble mailers. I know, classic collector excuse, right. Whatever.
'07 Fleer Ultra Iron Man Cal Ripken
I have this card already, but who cares. It’s Cal, and I am on a Ripken run as of late. You’ll see what I’m talking about later this week. Yes, that’s right, I plan on posting more than twice in one whole week! Consider yourselves lucky. One a side note, I dig Cal’s stirrups. What happened to stirrups anyway? What’s not cool about high socks with a thin colored stripe of an oversock on top? I don’t get it either.
'10 Triple Threads Brooks Robinson copper(?) parallel #'d /525
I know this set gets shit on quite a bit, and mostly for good reason, but the base cards are pretty nice looking. Granted, they’re paralleled to all hell, which is something people knock on (and for good reason), but I never mind getting a Triple Threads base card in a trade package, or on the super cheap from COMC.
'11 Bowman Manny Machado autograph redemption (with bonus booger)
That’s not really a booger, but I can’t honestly tell you exactly what it really is either. What I can honestly tell you however, is that this is the first Manny Machado autograph in my collection. It’s not the one I really super-duper badly (’10 BDPP), but I am still super jazzed to have picked it up, especially since it didn’t cost me any rapidly declining American PayPal dollars. Ironically enough, I just received my second Machado auto (also not ’10 BDPP) in the mail a mere few hours ago.
Adam, thanks for the great cards, and especially for the Machado autograph. It has been redeemed, and hopefully, it’ll arrive before the world ends. The state of the worldwide economy has me putting more stock in apocalyptic theories lately. I believe the fall of the world’s economy is supposed to be one of the early signs of the rapture or something, right?
Larry, the Sewingmachineguy, of Sewingmachineguy On Cards, sent me one of the best trade packages I have received in a long time, and it had very little to do with the actual cards themselves. Not that the O’s Larry sent aren’t awesome, because they certainly are. You’ll see what I mean in a little bit.
The Sewingmachineguy's calling card
John Wesley Hardin had a business card, and so does the Sewingmachineguy. Badass.
'04 Donruss Classics Eddie Murray Lumberjacks
Speaking of badass… Was that a silky segue or what? A card where Eddie’s sideburns are rocking is never a bad thing. This is also one I didn’t already have, which makes it even better.
'08 Donruss Threads Ripken/Palmer/Murray "Dynasty"
“Dynasty”, by all accounts, was a terrible television show. Granted, it was on before my time, but from what I’ve heard, and seen, it was certainly no “Dallas”, that’s for sure.
'10 BDPP Jake Arrieta blue parallel #'d /499
This card isn’t new to me either, but once again, I care not. There are plenty of fellow O’s collectors for me to pass this card along to, or I may just hang on to it, since Arrieta is probably my favorite current Orioles pitcher. Yes, it’s actually possible for a human being to be a fan of a member of the Orioles pitching staff.
'11 Gypsy Queen Vlad Guerrero sepia mini #'d /99
Believe it or not, when I received this card (late May), it was the first Gypsy Queen mini I had seen in person. Someone had sent along a few base cards just a few days earlier, but this was the first mini, and a parallel mini at that. I like Vlad no matter how many times he swings at a pitch 2 feet out of the strike zone, and I am glad that the O’s didn’t end up dealing him at the deadline. He was one of the guys I became a fan of when I first got back into baseball in the early 2000’s.
Sometime last fall or winter, Larry the Sewingmachineguy did a review of some sort of limited edition beer brewed by Bell’s Brewing Company of Kalamazoo, MI. Having been to Michigan once, and having drank beer there, I figured I’d chime in and mention the only Bell’s offering I had ever tried, which was Oberon. In my early 20’s, I dated a chick from Wisconsin whose family owned a summer-house on the nice (non-Chicago) side of Lake Michigan, just north of Indiana Dunes State Park. We spent the week of Independence Day at the lake with her family, and the entire time, I couldn’t get enough Bell’s Oberon. I remember it literally tasting like summer, and distinctly remember sitting on the beach at night, watching fireworks, sixer of Oberon in tote. Thanks to Larry, I was able to try it again, and honestly, it tasted every bit as wonderful as I’d remembered. Yes, Larry sent me beer as part of a trade. Not just beer, but a mini keg of a local brew that is only produced on a seasonal basis! To say I was excited to receive it was an understatement.
2011 Bell's Oberon mini keg
You know what’s really awesome? This is the second time I have received beer as part of a trade package from a fellow blogger. Motherscratcher (remember that lovable asshole?), of the now defunct Achiever Card Blog, sent me some Great Lakes Christmas Ale which conveniently arrived the day before an oddball December blizzard hit Baltimore. Much like the first time I received beer from a fellow blogger, this delivery was also timely, as the mini keg arrived 2 days before a long Memorial Day weekend. My brother and I killed the whole thing in one night that weekend, and couldn’t believe there were so many pints in that cute little keg. For a while we were convinced that somehow we’d stumbled upon some sort of never-ending mini keg of magical goodness or something. There must’ve been 10 or 12 pints in that thing, which was more than enough to get the job done, and done right. Sewingmachineguy, thanks a ton for the great cards, and especially for the great beer. Cards are cool and all, but it was awesome to taste a beer that I hadn’t tasted in damn near a decade. Oh, Sewingmachineguy, by the way, you are now officially a criminal, since it is illegal to send alcohol through the mail to Maryland. Don’t worry too much though, it’s not like there’s any evidence to be recovered.
The last two cards I’m going to show off today were picked up on eBay. I don’t do much eBaying these days, so when I do, I try to make it count. At the time, both of these cards were picked up for a price that was slightly below their going rate, and I felt like I had gotten a good deal. They’ve since tanked, and if I had been a little more patient, they probably could have both been had for as much as I paid for one of them. That’s always how it goes, and I should have known better. Today’s $15 Allen & Ginter autographs are tomorrow’s $4 Allen & Ginter autographs.
'11 Topps Brian Matusz Diamond Die Cut
Matusz has been a disappointment this season, and I think we should all just forget this season ever happened. He started the season on the DL, and so far just hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations he set for himself during the 2010 season. I think he’ll be better next year, or at least the overly optimistic half of me does anyway.
'11 Topps Nick Markakis Diamond Die Cut
There’s no way I couldn’t pick this one up. Nick Markakis is still my favorite current player, even if he’s stuck on a lousy team. It’s my lousy team, and he’s still among their best players.
If you haven’t seen the Diamond Die Cuts in person yet, they’re quite nice. Once you peel off the protective coating, they’re really shiny, and have a gold mirrored finish to them. Once you get over the fact that they were only available via the Diamond Giveaway, these cards are simply just a nice insert set done right. The prices that they were selling for when they were first shipped out to collectors, and started popping up on eBay, was borderline absurd. They’re not even all that rare, just die cut. As I said earlier, yes, they’re nice, but settle down, Beavis!
As always, and once again, a big thanks to all my trade partners. You guys are awesome, and are a major reason why I still love this hobby. Hell, you might be the only reason at the moment.
If you have a card, or cards that you think I may be interested in trading for, or if you see a card posted by me that you are interested in, don’t hesitate to drop me an email. My contact info can be found on the “Trade With Beardy” page.