This trade with the famous Jeff of 2×3 Heroes was a long time in the making. Months ago he posted a card that I just had to have – we’ll get to that later. I dropped an email about wanting to trade for it, and figured I could put together a nice package around whatever the centerpiece would be. Fortunately for me, Jeff decided to start a new player project around Nellie Fox, and I knew just where to pick up something special for his collection.
Well, then I moved, and he went on vacation, and I did the same, and like I said, several months later we finally finished off this trade. It’s a great one! Lefty Mike Hampton up there was one of my favorite pitchers to come through Houston – an excellent thrower in a compact frame who was consistently one of the best fielders and hitters at his position. Remember the year he hit SEVEN home runs? Ok, so he was in Colorado by then and his pitching stats had dropped off, but that’s probably more than a lot of big league shortstops will get this year. The Electric Diamond of Shane Reynolds was another welcome addition.
Jeff managed to add another Bagwell to my collection – if you’ve got anything from the last few years of his playing days, I could probably use it. I’ve got everything logged in a Google Docs spreadsheet, along with my other player collections, posted in a link at the top.
The Ensberg relic lists him as a Padre, but I’m going to count this one as an Astros card. It’s from 2008 UD, and he did finish the ’07 season with San Diego. Thus it’s a pretty odd choice to depict him in a Houston uni, list him as a Padre, and use a ubiquitous plain grey swatch.
Here’s the card that started it all – a great dual swatch card featuring two of the most phenomenal pitchers to don an Astros uniform. Ok, so that’s a purple pinstripe and thus pretty clearly a D-Backs jersey on the right, but I don’t even care. This Dual Exhibits booklet from last year’s Panini Pastime was a must-have, as I was fortunate enough to attend games when they took the hill for the club for some of the most dominant performances I’ve witnessed.
Thanks so much for the phenomenal trade, Jeff! I’m glad I could find a Nellie for you.