Shane, from up Shoebox Legends way, recently sent a wonderful stack of cards in return for the rubbish that I sent to him. Before sending it, he notified me that he had done some shopping at COMC.com; needless to say, I was intrigued at what he had found for me.
First up is a Jarrod Saltalamacchia from 2013 Topps Sticker Collection. Salty has found a new home in Detroit, and thus far has 4 home runs, one of which was a Grand Slam.
Not sure about that Ben Petrick fellow, but two out of three ain’t bad.
Had I known then what I do now, I would have scanned these differently. Both are from 2001 Topps Archives which has a reprint of the first and last cards issued for the players on the checklist. Though the card on the right isn’t Carter’s rookie, it is styled like 1981 Topps, which is older than the 1993 Topps reprint on the left. Still, these are two cards to add to my Carter collection.
2001 was a good year for Gary Carter cards. Though it is a bit busy the Topps Tribute stands above most other issues of Tribute I have seen. The Archives Reserve does pay homage to a great card though.
2012 Panini Cooperstown is one of my favorite sets of all time. Now, thanks to Shane, I only to need the Crystal (tan) parallel to complete the rainbow of Gary Carter.
This goes to the heart of things. This is the 1975 Topps mini rookie card of Gary Carter that I so desperately wanted. I have never been so glad to own a mini!
Shane didn’t stop there. He also included a small selection of Fisks.
More from the 2001 Topps Archives set; this one commemorating the final Topps card of Fisks career. The more interesting card, though, is the 1991 Topps Wax Bottom #F, a card I was not aware of. How I do love surprises!
Last is this 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Crusade of Carlton Fisk. There are only about a dozen parallels, so this will be the beginning of a long process.
Shane, this was a great trade.