I pulled off another sweet little trade over at TCDB this week. This comes from new trading pal Ryan, aka Guicentric. Of course, the trade itself was ‘Stros-centric for me. I sent him a package of some 2017 cards he needed, and landed some recent Astros in return.
There was shiny stuff from Panini and Topps. The Diamond Kings subset really suffers from the lack of license, which means unless its an Astros, I pretty much just put them up for grabs now. I got a sweet Bregman Chrome with that rookie cup, though.
Some paper cards made their way in the package as well – a few from 2017 Fire and Update, including a very sharp looking Yuli Gurriel (interestingly, they’ve put his full first name here – I’ll have to examine that in a future post). I love me some Frankie Tuesday, and he looks pumped here. The big man was one of the recent odd men out in the late Spring Training roster cuts, but not for lack of stuff. The Astros want to try and continue developing him as a starter, so he’ll begin the year at AAA Fresno.
There was also a trio of excellent cards from one of last year’s best sets, Stadium Club. I’ve been waiting for some awesome person to send me this badass Billy Wagner card for some time – I love everything about it. The Beltran is superb as well – I hadn’t seen it yet, and I’m really pleased. Interestingly enough, that’s a Spring Training photo, and Topps didn’t bother to photoshop out the FL highway-sign patch* on his right shoulder.
*These are dumb as hell, please get rid of these MLB.
Thanks for the awesome swap Ryan! Here’s to many more in the future.