So, this is one of my heavily overdue posts that I should have written a long time ago. I finally reached way back in my drafts folder and noticed this great trade package from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown just languishing there.
This was a great trade package – it had vintage, oddballs, parallels, stars, and checked a bunch of stuff off of my want list.
First, the big oddball: a 1981 Topps Super of Art Howe, still in its wrapper. Gavin was correct in his estimation, as his little note designates. The wrappers on these are thin enough that you can read the name on the back of the card through the paper. I actually picked up a box of these – which I think meant 24 individually wrapped cards – at a card show early in the year. As you’ll notice, it says “Home Team Series.” For this box, that meant both Astros and Rangers. I came out with complete sets of both, but now I can claim full wrapped and unwrapped Astros checklists.
I mentioned parallels, right? Well here are some of the early ones Gavin sent: a 1993 Topps Gold of Darryl Kile, and then two 1994 Silver Signatures from Collector’s Choice. The silver’s aren’t terribly hard to find, but the gold parallels are highly frustrating.