Absolutely True (You Can’t Prove Otherwise) Trade Stories #1

Last week, I got together with some of my celebrity friends for our monthly Strat-O-Matic night… We normally do it earlier in the month, but Mike Mills had some sort of scheduling conflict… Lord knows what, it’s not like he has a whole lot going on since R.E.M. called it a day.

Anyway, towards the end of the night Rachael Leigh Cook pulled me aside and… What?  Oh, you know her, she used to be on Dawson’s Creek, she’s been in a bunch of movies and TV shows and is currently doing that TV show “Perception” with Eric McCormack…

Wait a second, here’s her 2014 Simon & Gintfunkel card…
2014 Simon & Gintfunkel Rachael Leigh Cook 2
…I really should get her to autograph one someday, it would be good trade bait.

Rachael’s not the greatest Strat player, but she brings these absolutely phenomenal potato chips from Pennsylvania. You know, kind of like the whole “craft beer” thing, but with chips. Say what you want about Pennsylvania, but those people know how to make snacks.

Anyway, Rachael brought me some cards off my wantlist, with the proviso that I share them with all of you… You know, good publicity and all that.

First off, she got me a couple of cards for my 1982 set that I’ve been working on for… Oh… 32 years and counting.
1982 Topps Ozzie Smith

1982 Topps Amos Otis

…as well as a similarly-old Oriole need…
1982 Donruss Dan Graham

This Carew gets me one step closer to the 1979 set.
1979 Topps Rod Carew
Like 1980 and 1982, 1979 falls into the category of “Yeah, I really should finish those”, but it’s far from an imperative.

Rachael knows I’m a Frank Catalanotto collector, so she got me two new additions…
2008 Topps WBC Frank Catalanotto

1996 Signature Rookies Old Judge Frank Catalanotto

And finally, I got this interesting Rookie Glossy card from 1992 Topps.
1991 Topps Glossy Rookies Sandy Alomar
Normally I like a card to show you what the player looks like – this card obviously fails that test, but it’s still a cool photo… especially for these glossy inserts, which are often just head shots.

I’ve made some other trades with the celebrities at our Strat-O-Matic Night, not to mention the charity Frisbee Golf tournament I was in over the summer. I’ll feature those in a future post.

My Reward For Being A Courteous Holiday Shopper

I went out on the Saturday before Christmas and braved the area of concentrated retail surrounding the local Open-Air Upscale Shopping Experience (once referred to as a “mall”).  My next-to-last stop was at Target, so I decided to reward myself for meeting the pre-Xmas frenzy with a smile.  I walked into the card aisle, and the first Fairfield repack I saw hanging there had this on the front:
2008 Topps Back To School David Wright
David Wright & Mr. Met said “Psst, Joe!  You can’t NOT buy this repack!”

I’d assumed it was a card from a Topps Mets team set, but when I got home and opened the pack, it was numbered TB5.  What the…?

I did a little Googling and found that it’s from an 8-card 2008 “Back To School” set. You can read about these cards via some 4-year-old posts from JayBee (he of the Blogroll and Topps Baseball Card Blog) and Paul (he of the Random Baseball Stuff).

Should you not feel like linking, the gist of it is that Target (and perhaps other stores) sold a “Back To School” bundle which included 2 packs of series 1, 2 packs of series 2 and two cards from a special 8-card set (numbered TB1 – TB8).  If I saw those “Back To School” packages in my local Target in 2008, I probably only saw ones which had Chipper and A-Rod in them.

The repack also contained this lovely 1984 Donruss Ron Cey.
1984 Donruss Ron Cey
It’s funny how I largely ignored this set in 1984, bought maybe one or two packs and said the Eighties equivalent of “meh”;  yet I now like the set, I value it for it’s relative scarcity, and I hang on to any cards that come my way.

1986 Topps Glossy All Star StrawberryFinally, I got this Darryl Strawberry All-Star Glossy which has somehow eluded my grasp for all these years. The 4 Fairfield repacks I’ve bought over the past month or two have contained so many All-Star and Rookie Glossies from the 1980’s that I’m going to have to make those the next sets that I inventory, just to see how many of these I really, really need.

Since I didn’t wish everybody a Merry Christmas – Hey, I was busy! – I’ll wish everybody a happy Boxing Day.  I hope that, whether for Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whichever December holiday you observe, you all got some cool stuff.