The voice comes forth graveled and ominous.
I shrink in mild terror. Oh no, I f*cked up, I think, as my brain catches up to the situation, realizing the gravity of the situation. Troy Patton’s cold, soulless eyes peer from somewhere in their shadowy home, the graveled voice born from his shielded mouth.
It’s June. I have just opened a trade package, and now I slump in my desk chair. I have been defeated by the Cardboard Gods. I traded for two copies of this dumb cut-rate parallel common from 2008 Upper Deck First Edition in the same week. They arrived on the same day, in fact.
That is not good collection management.
Oh well, now I have a spare copy that I can try to send off for a signature. Looking back, I may have even done this on purpose – the 2008 UD First Edition has a sneaky parallel set itself that harkens back to the 1990 and 1991 Topps Traded sets. Pack issued cards have a glossy coating, while the factory set is on non-glossy stock. I probably requested both half-expecting to receive different versions.
But no, I wound up with the same card, in duplicate, on the same day. I even knew both guys were sending it, because both were TCDB trades! This copy came in from prolific member and fellow Marc, SaveDaKid. I scooped up some Astros and a couple spare parts in exchange for some set building needs. Enough grousing over the spare Patton, let’s see what else was in the package, shall we?
Minor league cards! I love checking off those minor league ‘Stros, particularly stuff from the early 90’s and back.
Heavy hitters were present as well. I nabbed a new Bagwell, and that Lance is a die-cut version from Upper Deck X.
Finally, there’s this Larry Walker mail in redemption from 1995 Collector’s Choice. This guy just struck me as odd, and I needed it. I have to send in my Larry Walker card, with its weird text offer, in order to get cards 531-541?
Checking the back, I found out you also had to toss in two bucks, and Upper Deck would then send you “an 11 card update set of the hottest players on their current teams.” There are actually five of these Trade Cards. Walker gets you 531-541, David Cone got you 542-552, Marquis Grissom got you 553-563, Terry Pendleton got you 564-574, and Fernando Valenzuela got you cards 575-585.
So who in the heck is on those 11 cards, anyway? I’m so glad you asked. Larry’s card was good for a pack consisting of: Tony Phillips, Dave Magadan, Mike Gallego, Dave Stewart, Todd Stottlemyre, David Cone, Marquis Grissom, Derrick May, Joe Oliver, Scott Cooper, and Ken Hill. Ah, yes – the hottest players on their current teams.
Marc, many thanks for the trade!