Saturday, December 7, 2019

Howz about an old school Let's Trade post

It's been routinely said that we collect baseball cards to re-connect ourselves to our childhoods.

And few things connect me to my childhood like pawing through a stack of brand-new 'vintage' cardboard baseball cards. And no other types of baseball cards do that as much as these:

I hope you've been involved in 2019 Topps® Baseball Cards enough to know that is a stack of this year's Archives cards. And that perhaps you have your own little stack of these things sitting around with nothing to do but maybe be mailed to my house.

After lo these many years, I am pushing some chips into the center of the table and going for a Completion on a set of Archives. I have several more such efforts on the back 'someday' burner, but I am really looking forward to finishing this one and enjoying it in full 9-card binder page glory. For many years to come. Sort of. The big down-side of finishing this one and imprisoning it in full 9-card binder pages for all eternity is that I could then no longer soothingly paw though such a purdy stack of cardboard. And it will then be a long long time until the year 2023.

But that is what it is. So, here is what I need:

10, 16, 23, 28, 38, 41, 75, 90

108, 113, 119, 120, 121, 122, 127, 133, 156, 180

222, 225, 226, 227, 233, 248, 250, 258, 266, 267, 275, 279, 280, 281, 286, 299

Or, basically, about 25% of the set still. I have a stack of mailing supplies ready to go and would prefer small simple trades of 2 cards each (or 3 of the 93s), done "PWE" style.

What can I offer? I am surrounded by stacks of low-end retail Topps baseball cards as I type, so a little bit of everything. When I finish this post I am going to quite pleasurably rip 2 blasters of 2019 Gallery (& will share those with you soon (and will be kick-starting the Sea Turtle cards blog quite soon too)).

But let's stick to specifics for anyone of my half-dozen readers also busily finishing their Archives set before Santa comes down the chimney. Maybe you only bought a pack or two of Archives this year and don't know what to do with the little stack of cards. Well have I got a deal for you:
Yes you too could own a nice classically classy Bo Jackson baseball card, 1958 style. Or, maybe one fresh from that oh so pretty stack of 2-tone full color baseball picture cards up there at the top, a pretty cool 75er
I mean these are some of the prettiest Football player cards I have pulled in a long time. I was particularly surprised how much I liked some retro repro 93s -
Oh, sorry, Hey-Zeus, I thought you were going to pull devastating offensive lineman secretly eligible for a 2 yard touchdown pass across the goal line plays just a little farther up the lakeshore at Lambeau. I wish you could have survived the Curse of First Base there in Milwaukee, but that particular Curse is just wicked potent. So potent the other hot corner will probably be occupied by one of the most reviled players in the game this coming season. 

Ahh well, I'm not done compiling the 93s yet either, so there is still hope Topps slipped a bad-ass two way player from the 30s in there somehow for a perfect re-issue triumvirate here. If only Tebow-mania had worked out for those hard working sages in Brooklyn, oh the oh so easily composed insert sets that would soon flow.

But all of those cards are from the doubles / dups pile and can soon be yours. Or, even this one, one of my very favorites in this set:

It's almost like a 1951 Bowman beautifully tucked away in a photo album just waiting for you to rescue it some 68 or so years later. Don't worry, when I finish this particular base set, I will call you with all the beautiful scans. But to reach that particular post, well, that is where you come in, dear reader.

Here are the 2019 Archives base duplicates I have available:

5, 11, 13, 18, 21, 35, 37, 39, 44, 46, 48, 50, 50, 58, 71, 76, 82, 85, 93, 96

101, 102, 103, 115, 126, 132, 136, 137, 140, 142, 145, 150, 151, 153, 157, 159, 160, 166, 167, 169, 173, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183, 185, 187, 191, 193, 194, 196

202, 203, 205, 207, 209, 210, 212, 217, 220, 223, 238, 241, 243, 245, 246, 247, 270, 284, 287, 290, 294, 297

Now I discount double checked to make sure I wasn't asking for too many of those uber-valuable Joe Charbonneau RC cards from your precious horde and I found that I did need two such cards: Fernando Tatis, Jr. and newly minted New York Home Run King Pete Alonso (sorry Aaron, I did pull your card already). So if you need a little sweetener to trade away cards worth more than just a quarter or so, well, I guess I could offer up a Mike Trout base card if I have to have to.

I am particularly interested in procuring my own copy of #116 Matt Boyd from the '75 set for a proper scan for a proper blog post soon. And I know hiding in my needs list is Reggie and Hank, too, sigh. But hidden there in my duplicates list is a Shohei Ohtani card, so I got that going for me, which is nice.

And I am not chasing any of the inserts aside from the '75 Highlights cards that have a set card #, but don't seem to be printed in the same totals as the other base cards. Short Prints? Dunno, but I'd figger so. But some of the other inserts in this have that ID style too, and I have a half-dozen or so of each to offer up if you want them.

Thank you and staaaay in touch. Your'ebeautifullet'sdolunch.