That doesn't mean that trade packages stopped, though. A plain white envelope (PWE) from The Junior Junkie arrived a couple weeks ago, and it packed a real punch for only including seven cards!
A quick apology: you might have noticed a bad link from this blog in your feed a few days ago. I had started a draft of this post, but just nicked the edge of the "Publish" button. I reverted to a draft almost immediately, but not before it populated the feed. Sorry about that. I guess it's a double edged sword (as are most swords), in that it's cluttering up the blog feed for you all, but at least it went out quickly.
Anyway, I was a bit surprised that seven cards (mostly of the thick, shiny variety) can be mailed with just one stamp!
|1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection #343 Mike Harkey|
They get shinier than that, though.
|2014 Topps Stadium Club Triumvirates Luminous #T6C Carlos Gonzalez|
|2014 Finest #44 Josmil Pinto (RC)|
That wasn't even the only card from 2014 Finest, a set I've blogged about before, including in my previous trade post from The Junior Junkie.
|2014 Finest Rookie Autographs #RA-EB Eddie Butler (AU)|
Butler is one of the more interesting prospects in the Rockies organization, at least according to Topps. Rosenort at Condition Sensitive put together all six acetate patterns and an autograph from 2014 Topps High Tek. Topps must think he's something special to put him in such a high-end set.
There have only been a few Rockies pitching prospects throughout the years that have panned out. Jason Jennings comes to mind, as does Ubaldo Jimenez. If Butler can get to their level, he'll put himself in rare company.
Unlike elite pitchers, the Rockies have fielded plenty of Gold Glovers in their 22-season history, and Nolan Arenado might be the best yet.
|2013 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #78 Nolan Arenado (RC)|
I'll just wait here.
It's drawing plenty of comparisons to Derek Jeter's catch in the 2004 ALCS, and with good reason. Though he just lined out to end the game against the Dodgers, he's quickly becoming a fan favorite. He was a little shaky defensively for his first month or two in the majors, but he has my All-Star vote for many seasons to come!
Though Topps Chrome does go pretty overboard with the number of parallels, X-Fractors remain among my favorites. It's not nearly as rare as the /50 X-Fractors from 2003, but since it's of my favorite Rockie (and since his surname is at the front of the alphabet), this one will go right toward the front of my 2013 Chrome collection.
I'm still a little bit in shock that a mere 49-cent stamp can deliver so much great cardboard! Thanks to The Junior Junkie for my first PWE!