My second trade package recently arrived, courtesy of Shane over at Shoeboxlegends. Trading with Shane is a challenge, but the dividends have paid off in full. Shane is a Red Sox collector, which means that he gets a lot of duplicates from me. In return for the cards that were sitting around collecting dust, Shane sent a stack of great cards my way.
I think that almost every one of these cards found a home in my binders.
2013 Topps #227, Jose Altuve (Red Target Parallel)
2001 Topps Finest #106, Jeff Bagwell
2006 Fleer Ultra #12, Craig Biggio
1992 Fleer Ultra #199, Craig Biggio
Here are four splendid Astros cards. I feel comfortable saying that the torch has been successfully passed from Biggio to Altuve. No, I am not saying that Altuve is a future Hall of Famer, but he is a great 2nd baseman, and the Astros are lucky to have him. Look at how low Biggio is on that ’92 Fleer Ultra.
2005 Upper Deck Pastimes Pennants #89, Willie Stargell
Here is a great card of one of my favorite Pirates of all-time. It is a little foreign for me to see Stargell this young. His most memorable seasons came later in his career, so when I think of him, he is part of the late 70’s Pirates, having his MVP year. However, this card is great image of a young “Pops.”
2014 Topps #259, David Ortiz (Red Foil parallel)
2008 Topps Heritage #392, Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkillis, Dustin Pedroia
I know the Red Sox are having a terrible year, but the pain has been assuaged by the memory of ’13. For all those who have nothing but negativity for “Big Papi” I will say just one thing, .688. Ortiz hit .688 during last year’s World Series. The ’08 Heritage card brings back some great memories. Lowell was a favorite player of mine at the time, and I miss having a solid, run-producing 3rd baseman.
2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes # 33, Carl Yastrzemski (Grey parallel)
Here is a numbered card that Shane sent my way; this one is numbered 034/399. I have two other versions of this card, which means I only have about a dozen more to go to complete the rainbow. There will never be such a talented and loyal player in Boston again. Yaz was one of the all-time greats, and this is a much appreciated card.
2012 Topps A Cut Above # ACA-20, Johnny Bench
2010 Topps History of the Game #HOTG 19, Johnny Bench
Here are two additions to my growing Johnny Bench collection. The more cards of his I obtain, the more I want. He is quickly becoming a favored player in my collection.
Finally, Shane sent over a number of 2013 Topps Chasing History inserts, 7 of which found a good home in my growing collection.
2013 Topps Chasing History:
CH-47 Willie Mays
CH-23 George Brett (Gold Foil parallel)
CH-12 Evan Longoria
CH- Ian Kinsler
CH-46 Hanley Ramirez
CH-20 Reggie Jackson
CH-6 Rod Carew
I absolutely love this insert. At 150 total cards over the 3 sets, I have a long way to go, but I want to complete this set.
Along with a great blog, Shane has proven to be a wonderful and generous trading partner.