This is very lax of me and unforgivable. It's holiday time and I haven't posted .
In the last few weeks a number of trade packages have arrived, two regular traders and two NEW.
The first trade is from my good friend Brian at Waxaholic. Packages have bounced back and forward between the UK and Canada for over two years, the first being in August 2008. I have watched his blog Waxaholic go from strength to strength, currently 193 stalkers. I'm sure it is to do with the quality, incisive, witty banter he produces and nothing to do with the Cheerleader of Week pictures.
He sent a volley back this way, including the lovely Youk card above, after I had (unsuccessfully) tried to complete the numerous sticker collections he has on the go - not my fault. My favourite set in recent years is the Masterpieces baseball sets of 2007 and 2008, although I had collected the whole base set, this Captured on Canvas from the 2008 set is an awesome addition. Not to be outdone he sent a 2008 A+G Jason Varitek bat card and some unopened packs. He also included my favourite past player Nomar.
Thanks Big B. The second trade is from another regular trader, Greg at Night Owl cards. Packages have been winging their way from New York since October 2008. Back then I seemed to pull Dodgers with ease. An interesting and prolific writer, Greg's blog has always been one of my first points of call, even with the baseball blog explosion, he still remains among the best in the business. That's enough of the back slapping now - forgive me, it is Oscar time after all ,the season of congratulatory exaltation!
Greg sent me a fair few cards from my wants list, including a bunch of cards modelled on the 1966 Topps set. They appear to be cut? from a magazine...I enjoy the cartoons on the back of the custom cards. One of these cards informs me that Roger (Clemens) enjoys water sports and that Mike (Greenwell) has popularized high top spikes. I'm not sure how I have come so far in life without knowing this.
Thanks again to Greg for the great Red Sox cards. The next lot of cards came from a new tader, Tim aka SpastikMooss and his blog The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame. As he mentions in this post , we set the trade wheels in motion many months ago. He has two unusual collecting pursuit which I admire in a collector. Great names, Randy Ready is a personal favourite of mine and cards depicting cups, either in the background or prominent. I dug threw various boxes of cards and couldn't find any cards depicting cups, not a single one. So I spent the next few months trying to find one. Luckily Tim widened his collecting demographic, so I was able to find an assortment of cards, unfortunately not a cup card. I have become determined to find one.
Tim sent in return a huge stack of cards (and he sent packs too!) that were all from my wants list. He personally cleared a number of loose ends and helped complete many Red Sox team sets. Far too many to mention, except for this card -an Aaron Sele 1995 Topps card but this one is 'SHINY'. We like shiny things almost as much as stickers. The cards have statistics on the back from the strike shortened 1994 season that have been computer simulated-golly!, hence the set being called cyberstats. Thank you Tim for what I hope will be the first in long line of trades, particularly if I can find a damn cup card
And finally I'm not sure how I came into contact with Ted, a Blue Jays collector, but I was grateful. The Blue Jays cards had been building for a while and I had tried to get in touch with Roy from 'A Paper Chase' (or plain Grey Swatch as it is now known) to no avail. But this post is not about him. Ted sent a large box of Red Sox goodness. He included the entire Red Sox run of 1993 and 1994 Topps plus an assortment of 1990's up to the present day. All the cards were in immaculate condition.
The cards from Ted I chose to showcase are these two 2008 Topps Opening Day card, but not just any old run of the mill Opening Day cards, both these cards are numbered to 2199. I must have opened a few packs of these cards in 2008 and I wasn't aware that these existed as an insert. The lettering(logo, players name and team name) is in gold plus next to the Opening Day logo is the date March 31, 2008(also in gold)