Monday, October 28, 2013

Hey, look, a trade post!

I can be really slack about doing trade posts. Like, bad to the point where I feel severely guilty about it. Sometimes, stuff all floods in at once and I lose track of who sent what, or my need to put things away overrides my need to write the posts about the things or that sort of thing. Sorry, people I trade with. I do appreciate the deals, I'm just nuts.

However, Stephan seems to literally go through hell to get deals done, particularly with me (he had the last trade package he sent me sent back something like 2 or 3 times because his post office is crazy, and this one went back once, too, before he sent it from another post office), so when stuff arrived, I said "Goddamn it, the Internet's gonna hear about this!", and here we are.

Ken Phelps, you beautiful bastard, you. I wish it'd worked out when you were in The Bronx, but your pre-New York HR/AB numbers were just a cruel tease.

Right below Kenny's card were these...

Yep, that's a healthy stack of '72 Topps, all but 11 of which I needed (wires crossed since White Plains, but I'll never be unhappy about getting extra '72s). I'm down to 102 left to finish the set. I'm also only 20 away from finishing '71. I need 188 to finish '73. While I don't want to make that any harder than it already is, can we all admit that '73's a harder set to finish than people say it is? I'm almost positive I'll finish '71 before '73, and '72 is actually within reach, even with the scary high numbers (82 of which I still need) involved.

Here are a few highlights...

Tommy friggin' John! Badly off-center, but with these earlier sets, I'm just looking to get in the building. I've got the rest of my life to decide whether or not to "upgrade".

I can't be missing many of his base Topps cards at this point. Let's see...

'65 208, '66 486, '67 609 and I'm done. First solo card and 2 high-ish numbers. Oh, great.

Moving on...


Ken Singleton, young badass. Young, slightly water damaged badass, but again, just happy to be here. I've found myself missing Kenny's broadcasting since, well, I don't watch many Yankee games anymore. Noticed it during Mariano's last game. He's the only thing that kept Michael Kay from being impossible to endure that night. He was also always a welcome presence in my packs of cards as a kid, one of those players who I saw in the cards and, without knowing much about them,  I thought "Hey, I like that guy." (Of course, Dave Kingman was one, too, and, well, he's Dave Kingman, so it gets weird...)


High number Milner rookie! Nice lookin' card, too, conditionwise.

I don't know how this card isn't more infamous and downright hated, particularly among Mets fans. Is it because it's a high number? Is it because Nolan Ryan's card doesn't have that big, fat "TRADED" stamped on the front? I can picture this card being ritually burned by Mets fans.

Not this one, though! How can you not love Jose Cardenal?

Stephan also threw in a small handful of '89 Topps UK minis (which I'll eventually either build or buy a set of), a Cowboys/Tony Romo mini-Bipping, which we shall not speak of any further, and speaking of such thing, this card rounded out the package...

As it was our hero's birthday on Sunday, I shot him a message...

I also heard from Billy Idol today, but that's another story. No, I didn't introduce Billy to Bip on Twitter. YET.

Anyway, thanks to Stephan for another deal, especially in light of what a pain in the ass deals with me seem to be for you!


  1. Nope, definitely not, alas. Next one I get will be, though.


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