The other two packages were TCDB trades, and I’m going to dive right in and start with the big highlight from the first envelope. This is a Blue parallel autograph from 2016 Topps Archives Fan Favorites featuring legendary Astros hurler (and owner of the largest hand I’ve ever had the pleasure of shaking), J.R. Richard. This fabulous piece of cardboard came my way thanks to Sean, aka Broadway, with whom I believe I’ve traded once before. I sent Sean a stack of 2014/2015 Heritage, including some SPs, and came away with a really cool package of ‘Stros.
There was some Heritage goodness coming back my direction as well, including a Purple Chrome Refractor of Jed Lowrie from 2015 and a Collin McHugh base card I still needed from last year.
Lastly, there were these two shiny cards from 2017 Heritage. They were listed as Purple Refractors in the trade, so I was a bit perplexed when they showed up and didn’t look very purple at all. However, they’re not serial numbered (purples are the only ones lacking a serial number), and I suppose if you hold them the right way they do look a bit purple in the burlap. So – sure? They sure as heck don’t look like the Purples from High Numbers, which are very purple and look like the border on the Lowrie up there. But whatever, these are awesome cards. Thanks Sean!
The final package was from another new trade partner, Jay, aka JaybirdOSU. It started off in a more subdued fashion, with a pair of Opening Day cards I still needed from 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The real prize in Jay’s package, though, was this 1971 Tom Griffin. Sure, it’s seen better days and has a bit of paper loss (which he was certain to warn me about), but I’d much rather be able to fill a whole than turn into some condition-sensitive nut. I can always upgrade it later, and move this one into the inevitable 1971 set build that I will undertake, oh, probably when I’m 50 at this rate. Thanks Jay!
Speaking of that wantlist – I finally made a little progress on it, finishing out the 2008 set listings. Yes, including that beastly 2008 Upper Deck Documentary set. That means that I’ve got full listings (well, close enough) for 1962-2005 and 2008-2012 now. I’m hoping to get the 2006-2007 listings finished at some point in the near future, and then I’ll feel much more up to date.
As far as the backlog goes – well, I’m not going to make that end of March goal. The month got a little busy, and warmer weather ’round these parts has meant more time outside working on various things. If I can maintain a fairly good posting rate, though, the end of April is a pretty darn reasonable target.