First off was a trade with Mark Z/mzentko on the Trading Card Database. I actually forgot that he didn't send me anything from the three-way trade mentioned in the linked post, but he didn't forget.
He sent me a mixture of basketball, including more from the 2012-13 Hoops Taco Bell set, and others.
A base RC from 1999-00 Topps Chrome. I did do a box from this set but I am nowhere near complete on the set.
The highlight of this trade though was this NASCAR relic, SN07/25, of Matt Kenseth
The second trade was with Tony Burbs of Wrigley Roster Jenga, and wasn't so much a trade as mutual gifting, I sent him some cards and he sent me a thank you package. Close enough to a trade to get recapped here for me!
It was pretty much all NASCAR promos, including some of the California Highway Patrol sets from 2004, which I've long known about, but also a Tide promo that appears to be a single card set that I never knew existed!
Although the video quality in this upload is terrible, this is one of the greatest endings in NASCAR history. At the time it was the closest finish in NASCAR history, but it's not any longer...and it was only 3 100ths of a second!
I have NO idea where these came from. I don't think they are licensed. It looks like they may have been cut from a magazine. The border is gold foil.
Another one from Tony was this card of Mike Joy from 2013 Allen & Ginter. It's pretty bad that NASCAR guys get cards in BASEBALL sets but NOT NASCAR sets. I had no idea this card even existed until I opened the package!
The final trade was was Joel Freedman, who is the subject of the linked post in the first paragraph. I mentioned in that post that we were working on trade #3, and it arrived sooner than I expected. As usual, it was chock-full of NASCAR, but this time it included some more as well- once again including my oldest card from a sport, in this case football.
This one is pretty high up my list of favorites from this trade too...a promo I had no idea existed. And as far as promos go, it's highly unique as most of Action Packed's promos were just exactly like base cards with a promo stamp on the back. This one is totally unique!
Some 1994 Action Packed, one of my all time favorite sets, one card from the flagship and some from the surprisingly hard to find Champ & Challenger set, a stand alone set which focused solely on Dale Earnhardt (Champ) and Jeff Gordon (Challenger). For some reason I always had trouble hunting these down, even when they were new, and believe me, I tried. (Action Packed was my favorite back then) Also, for some reason I (again) have never been able to figure out, the Earnhardt cards are about twice as hard to find as the Jeff Gordon cards.
He actually sent along one of my most wanted cards without even knowing it, because I've never told anyone it was one of my most wanted! How cool is that? Among the 5 cards sent from the 1992 Andretti Family racing set, this is the one I most wanted, because it's the only card to show this car...and it's a triple digit car, which I have always been fascinated with.
Here are some Football he sent me. Of the 5 major sports football is my least favorite (too slow paced for me) but I still have more than 1000 cards of the sport. Like I've said many times I will accept any card, any sport, any time. And if they are vintage cards? Then I'm happy! (happier, anyway, as any new card makes me happy) Considering the newest one from this package is from 8 years before I was born, then they are well into the vintage range in my book.
None of the cards had their "rub a coin to make a picture" rubbed, so maybe someday if I am ever given a non-cut cornered Smith I will see what the picture showed. Maybe...I don't spend money on cards I already have if I can help it, even if they are not in the greatest of shape. It darn near killed me to have to rebuy some of the cards I lost to flood last year. Maybe a little overdramatic, but I was not happy about it. I digress. Again.
I actually have another package to recap in this post! I recently sent a care package of 1992-93 Ultra to Ketchupman36 and he sent me a thank you package. I was happy to find somebody who wanted my stack of 1992-93 Ultra duplicates, but since he's fairly new to the hobby he's got a lot of "catching up" to do. (get it?)
He sent me along some loose cards and two packs, one of this year's Complete and one of this year's Revolution. First, the loose cards: (Well, not really loose, they were protected, but not in a pack)
Two more 1994 Action Packed led the way! I love this set, and as I've said before, possibly even earlier in this post, any day I get a new card from this set is a good day.
|Yes, Todd had hair in the 1990s|
Next up was 1 card each from 1996-97 Upper Deck (another favorite set of mine, but I didn't scan it yet) and 1994-95 Topps, and 3 cards from 1995-96 Topps, which of all the 1995-96 sets is the one that is the least well represented in my collection. I don't know why but they never show up in repacks, which is where I get/have gotten the majority of my collection.
|1994-95 Topps #43|
The Complete pack was surprisingly good. I did two blasters and a full box of the set and I still have lots of cards to chase, but with Panini, most of the time you just keep getting the same cards in the same order out of pack after pack, but 3 of the 5 in the pack were actually new to me. The first card out was Kelly Olynyk, who I know he has mentioned being a fan of in the past....I'm not after the move he pulled on Kevin Love in the 2015 playoffs but the card was new.
The very outspoken Enes Kanter (who may soon have a new last name because his family has disowned him) was next.
The silver parallel was also one I needed, and it was Devin Harris, who somehow manages to get cards while players who play a LOT more don't.
Complete was my 2nd favorite set of the year after Hoops so getting new ones is always a pleasure.
The Revolution pack was actually my first from the set! I don't know if the set ever went to retail or not, but if it did, our local Target didn't stock it. My local card shop does box sales only so if it doesn't go to Target I don't get to open any of it, as doing boxes is a little too pricey for me these days.
I did have one Revolution card in my collection, that I purchased on COMC when I was going after at least one card from each set. Unfortunately, 4 of the 5 cards had a corner damaged, clearly the pack took a hit at some point. You can never tell with a pack sometimes. I've got more than a few that came out of the pack damaged. It's not that big a deal to me. If I ever get another copy I'll upgrade, but it's not a priority. I'm thrilled to have them anyway. They look MUCH better in person than they do in scans. The Mullin insert is die cut, which actually prevented it from getting a dinged corner.
And that's it for the month of August. I managed to bring in a total of 434 new cards during the month, despite the fact that my purchases are in total 5 packs (4 of 2016 Olympic set and the Allen & Ginter I profiled) and 5 singles, the rest all came from trades and my stash of unopened cards. That's a good month!