As a Rockies collector, there are relatively few overproduction cards of my team out there, other than 1993 and 1994. While I'm still buried up to my neck in cards from that era, like we all are, few of them come via trade packages. A coworker dropped a stack of at least 200 cards from 1991 and 1992 Topps on my desk at work today, and while many of the things he found when cleaning out his garage this weekend ended up in the trash, he knew he had a buddy that would be happy to thumb through some old Topps cards.
My inaugural #SuperTraders trade package, of course from Wes, had a few from 1993, but a surprisingly large portion of this shipment contained cards and sets I had never seen before.
|2014 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSP-9 Jon Gray|
So there you go. Put 1995 Fleer, any A&G card, 2016 Topps, and 1997 Pinnacle Certified in a gene splicer, and you'll get 2014 Bowman Sterling, a new set in my collection.
|2005 Artifacts Rainbow Blue #93 Todd Helton /100|
|2009 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractors #93 Brad Hawpe /150|
|2010 Topps Copper #429 Seth Smith /399|
At first glance, you might think this is one of the gold parallels, but the border color is actually copper, an entirely different parallel set, with about one-fifth the print run. Or five times scarcer, if you prefer your math that way. I really dislike saying there is "more less" of something, which is what you're basically doing when you use a multiple with a word indicating less. No one says "My wallet has five times less money in it than it did before I did a beer and snack run at the ballpark."
Just a style preference. But anyway, /399. And it's my first 2010 copper parallel.
|1995 Stadium Club #499 Andres Galarraga EC|
Even more surprising is that this isn't even an insert. It's a subset. It's just a base card from 1995 Stadium Club, and I'm baffled that I never knew it existed.
So this is what a JBF bombing looks like, eh? I think I like this Super Trader thing.
|1995 Finest #68 Dante Bichette|
Topps Finest was three years old by this time, and though it doesn't have the gorgeous green shade of 1994, I was still pretty blown away that a baseball card could look so much like a jewel. Then Topps turned it into one of those atrocious fractured sets, and it took a while before I started liking it again.
If there's one thing I could banish from the history of baseball cards, it would be fractured sets. Manufactured relics, sticker autographs, dozens of colored parallels, junk wax, reprints of five-year-old cards, the mind-numbing sameness of Bowman, <insert your most hated year> Donruss, and all the other things we card bloggers like to nitpick could all stay. Even short prints. Fractured sets are the devil.
|2005 Upper Deck Marquee Attractions Jersey #MA-TH Todd Helton (MEM)|
|2000 Upper Deck Hitter's Club #84 Ben Petrick HS|
There are a few bloggers out there with Ben Petrick player collections. I don't remember much about him other than being one or two fans away from getting his autograph before he retreated into the dugout, but I didn't look into his story until recently, after wondering why a Giants blogger was so interested in the guy. Turns out, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in his rookie year. Despite that, he still hung around the Majors for five years, before having to retire at 27 due to the condition.
He remains active in the baseball world, and as an advocate for the disease. I'm not sure whether any of his cards reference this, but to have a Major League career of any length while battling that is quite amazing.
|2010 Upper Deck Tape Measure Shots #TMS-20 Ian Stewart|
464 feet is a pretty impressive distance to hit a ball. That's about a 7-iron for me.
|2014 Topps Opening Day Stars #ODS-7 Carlos Gonzalez|
I have lots of binder work to do, especially since I'm now a #SuperTrader.
But not as super as Wes.