Trader’s Backlog: ‘Stros from Steve
Still trying to catch up on last year’s trades. At least I’m almost done with May now! These came in from another TCDB member, Steve aka Capsboy. I was able to hit several junk wax sets that he was building, and he had some ‘Stros I needed.
It’s Spring Training, and that means it’s a perfect time to show off this card of ol’ Wild Bill hitting up Kissimmee back in ’93. This one’s been on my list for a while. I think it’d be hilarious and awesome to get one of these signed someday, but I think the likelihood of that is pretty low.
The early aughts brought in a slew of new pitching prospects, including the fabulous Roy Oswalt. The vertical nameplate on that Ultra card weirds me out a bit, though. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t change the orientation for the horizontal cards. Castilla had a fantastic season with the Astros in 2001 after the Rays cut him a month into the season.
Last but not least, there was some minor league in the package as well! Gary Cooper would get a brief look with Houston in 1991 as a September call-up, going 4-for-16 with three walks in 9 games. The amount of red and yellow on this card is just stupendous. I love the fact that it looks like he’s set up to catch the logo, too.
Thanks again for the trade Steve!