Monday, November 1, 2021

The Fruits of Another Surprise Trade

Every now and again I'll receive an envelope or even a box of card-shaped treats from Dave in California, whom I've been trading with for the better part of a year now. The trades are probably more one-sided - in my favor - than I'd like, but I try to do my part to get him what he needs as well. Just a few days ago a full-fledged surprise BOX of cards arrived, and it was like Christmas in October, baby. I had zero clue what was in there, and that's often as good as it gets for an arrested-development card accumulator like myself. Let's take a look at what he sent!

The cards you see above were from 2013 Topps Archives, and they're based on the 1982 Topps design. Cards #51-100 in that set were based on the '82s. Very snazzy, and he sent me about a half-dozen of them.

You all remember Willie McGee, the San Francisco Giant, right? This is from 1994 Pinnacle. Honestly, I still forget that McGee spent as much time with my favorite team as he did.

How about Los Angeles Dodger Jason Schmidt, wearing his San Francisco Giants uni?

Speaking of Giants, one guy in my player collection is Jack Clark, who along with Willie McCovey was my first "favorite player" and basically my idol in 6th grade. I decided I'd only collect his Giants cards, since there are a ton of junk wax-era Cardinals, Padres and Yankees cards I just don't really want. Dave sent me 3 Clark cards - all common as hell - that I still didn't have yet. He didn't even know that.

One set that I am now intrigued by because of this surprise trade is 1984 Donruss. It's a pretty sleek design! I'll bet, aside from the # of cards I'd have to accumulate, it's not all that tough to put this thing together, right? Aren't these nice?

Then there are these prospects from the 1999 Team Best "Player of the Year" 50-card set. I love prospect cards, even the guys who never even had a whiff of the big leagues, especially when they're on teams like the "Erie Seawolves":

I'm only really scratching the surface of stuff that arrived in my home a few days ago in that box - you know you can only scan so much - but here are a few other cool things Dave was kind enough to send.


  1. '84 Donruss was the scarcest major set that year. Though that's a relative term.

  2. I hadn't seen much of '84 Donruss until just this year, and I too am rather impressed with it. I don't own any cards from it yet, but I do expect that to change at some point.

  3. Don't know if you are super interested, and shipping costs are high, but I have an extra 84 Donruss set I'd be willing to part with.

  4. Dave rules! He's been shoveling cards on me for the past few months as well, and it's been a blast going through everything. That Erstad is a perfect example of why I love those wacky Metal Universe cards so much.

  5. Glad y'all enjoy what I can send...I certainly enjoy what I get back !


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