Friday, November 10, 2023

Trade Me Anything XVII: #3

This is the seventeenth edition of Trade Me Anything.  How many of these has gcrl participated in?  Those figures are lost to time, but I'd bet it's the vast majority.  Let's what Jim sent, and how many Dodgers he managed to snag.
#BG-28 Mookie Betts ToppsBlackGold, #T88CU-41 Michael Busch 1988 Topps 35th Anniversary Refractor, #US191 J.P. Feyereisen Gold (1577/2023), #AA-64 Bobby Miller All Aces, #US70 Gavin Stone Gold Foil

2023 Topps Update Series #SMLB-11 Christian Yelich, #US319 Jesse Winker Rainbow Foil, #US197 William Contreras Gold Foil
That Contreras really is the star of the show here.  He's a guy we Brewers fans are super happy with.  Hopefully he can keep up the pace he's established early in a young career.  The man just won a Silver Slugger Award the other day, too.

A big bunch of want list cards
I can't write about all of these cards, so I'll pick five that stood out to me.
1982 Fleer #12 Davey Lopes
Gotta go with the guy who's a quarter of gcrl's namesake.  Davey's cards are always interesting.  The first one I was of him was the 1987 Topps Record Breaker.  I marveled at this guy who looked like a grandfather among the Rob Deers and B.J. Surhoffs I was after.  His stint as Brewers manager wasn't that successful, something I attribute to his lack of the signature extra-thick mustache from his Dodger days.  His meager .425 winning percentage at the helm matched his moderate facial growth of the early aughts.

1983 Topps #177 Harold Baines
Early Harold cards don't get as much play as they should, so if you're missing one, it's a distinct possibility that you haven't seen it before.  The dual photo design is well utilized here, as we get one shot with a batting helmet and the inset with his field cap.  The business/party hybrid, depicted on a few square inches of cardboard.

1987 Fleer #167 Alan Trammell
A fun photo takes at an odd angle with limbs swinging in unexpected places.

1994 Topps #297 Spike Owen
Major air.

1980 Topps #82 Astros Team Card
The alignment of those stripes plays tricks on the eyes.  Stare at it long enough and you'll convince yourself that the photographer asked these men to put their hands on each others' knees.  I'm giving it a better than 50/50 shot that this did indeed happen.

Thanks yet again, Jim!  I'll wave when I drive past your town in a couple of weeks.


  1. There's not many positive things to say about 82F... but that Lopes is a nice looking card.