Saturday, March 2, 2013

Trade with $30 a Week Habit

First, I wanted to give a shoutout to two brand new blogs. The first is called Golden Rainbow Cards written by Bryan. He just started his blog and contacted me about filling some of my 2013 Topps Want List. He seems to be a Braves fan so don't hold that against him and check him out!

Next, is a very good offline friend of mine that I've turned from a lurker into a blogger. His name is Ty and he's starting a new blog called League Leader in Italics. His introductory post was published today and from what I hear, he'll post a couple times a week. He even joined my Blogger Fantasy League (and you should too!)

Right now, I think I'm their only follower so please give them both a warm welcome to the community!

Now on to the meat and potatoes of the post. A few weeks Two months ago (yikes!), Robert from over at $30 a Week Habit posted about completing Series 2 from last year. He showed off a 2012 Anthony Rizzo Gold parallel card he had and I left a comment that I would be interested in it if it was up for grabs.

Some of you have noticed I've been catching up on emails so I was a little surprised when I saw one from Robert marked as read but didn't remember seeing it. I'm not sure what happened because I subscribed to the post like I normally do after leaving a comment. I just missed it. Anyway, last week I sheepishly sent out a response apologizing and that if it was still available, I was still interested.

Graciously, Robert said he did still have and it showed up in my mailbox yesterday with a couple of other fantastic cards.
A couple of Gold parallels, Rizzo /2012, Kevin Gregg /2009

Sparkly 2012 Topps Joe Mather
I was a little shocked when this next one came out of the package. Given my apathy towards A&G in general, this is a card I probably wouldn't have purchased myself but am more than happy to have in my collection. One of these days, I'm going to put that indifference aside and figure out which Cubs cards I still need from the A&G sets.

2012 A&G Kosuke Fukudome Mini Jersey

This last card is unfamiliar to me as it came from a time between collecting periods. It is refractory as you can see by the rainbow front in the scan. It also seems die-cut just for the sake of being die cut because the shape doesn't form anything specific that I can tell.

The focus of the card is Major League On-Base Percentage League Leaders. Sammy Sosa was 4th on the list with .437, hence the serial numbering. Kind of weird to think the player with a higher on-base percentage has more cards available. I would think the "better" player would be more limited. But then again, I've never seen an "On-Base Percentage" themed collection so maybe its a moot point.

Sammy Sosa is a huge hole in my Cubs collection just because his playing time didn't coincide with when I collected. Plus all those potential inserts and parallels is a little daunting so I don't even know where to begin with him. 

Anyhow, thanks Robert for the great trade!


  1. Thanks for the shoutout Matt!! I put the cards in the mail this morning.

  2. Glad you got the cards Matt. I'm also glad that you enjoyed the Fukudome relic. What better place for that card than in a Cubs fans hands, right?