Another day, another trade post! This one is a current trade – I’ll play some more catch up in a bit, but I don’t want to let the most recent few trades slip by me. It’s is all part of my “being a better blogger” plan, and I know you appreciate it dearly. Just kidding, let’s get to the cards!
This is yet another trade that took place over at TCDB, from my new trading partner T.J. He’s an Indians fan, and before these cards even showed up in my mailbox he’d already opened another trade proposal with me! Mighty quick on the trigger, I must say.
It was a small swap – 9 cards for me, 13 for him, but it filled in some nice holes in the collection. Missing O-Pee-Chee cards are always welcome. These two guys are were 80s mainstays, though their roles in club history sometimes get forgotten. Puhl spent so much time in right field for us that he’s fairly high in the club record books in several of the counting stats.
Here’s the front of that Derek Bell card. Ooooh, yeah. This base is miiiiiine.
TJ had a couple of oddballs I needed as well. Starting Lineup cards are hard to come by, so those are a little extra-special and much appreciated. I’ve now got both the Billy Hatcher and Mike Scott cards from 1989, though my Hatcher could use an upgrade. The Eric Yelding is from the 1990 Score Young Superstars inserts, which completed my Astros needs for that set. These were pretty cool glossy inserts that Score ran their first few years. I can’t decide what Yelding is doing here – is this a double play ball coming from first base? Is it a throwdown from the catcher on a stolen base? Is it a weird high hop up the middle? Nothing about his position looks right.
Finally, we’ll end with a couple shiny ‘Stros from 2004. Billy the Kid was shipped out to Philly before the 2004 season, but that didn’t stop him from turning up in an Astros uniform in Topps Chrome. The Berkman is another parallel, a Gold Medallion from 2004 Ultra, complete (or is it incomplete?) with die-cut corner.
Thanks for the cards T.J. and here’s to our next trade!