30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blog Trade #14: The Hopeful Chase

I can't believe it's been over six months since I've last traded with another blogger.

But thanks to Justin over at The Hopeful Chase, the drought has ended. Two weeks ago, he inquired about a 1981 Topps Orioles Future Stars card that featured Floyd Rayford, Mark Corey, & Mike Boddicker that I had pulled from a rack pack back in September.

After a couple of emails, here's what we agreed upon the following trade...

He received:

1981 Topps #399 Orioles Future Stars
1996-97 BAP Autograph #134 Fredrik Modin
+ a few extras to help even things out (some Eddie Murray cards & a Lecavalier mini jersey)

In return... I received:

2010-11 Donruss "Line of the Times" #7 Thornton/Heatley/Marleau

Some memorabilia cards have lost it's luster over the years... especially with generic COA's like: The enclosed game-worn swatches are guaranteed by Panini America, Inc.

But when I saw this card... I knew I wanted it. The design is simple, clean, and crisp. It the namesake of one of the greatest hockey inserts from the 90's... and it features one of the best lines in San Jose Sharks franchise history.

Plus he added this bonus for my Japanese athlete PC:

1979 TCMA Japanese Pro Baseball #84 Katsuhiro Nakamura

I've never heard of the guy... but that doesn't mean I don't like the card. This is the first time I've ever seen this set... and now I want one. According to this card, Nakamura's professional career started in 1973. In the 90's he managed the Hanshin Tigers from 1990 to 1995.

Last... but not least... he threw in this:

2010-11 Donruss "Fans of the Game" #3 Justin Bieber

No... I'm not a Bieber fan. But some of my female students are. And one of them is about to become a very happy camper.

Thanks Justin for the great trade. Hopefully there'll be many more to come. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nablo WriMo Daily Total: 316 Words
November Total: 6,494 Words


  1. Play at the Plate - Happy Thanksgiving to you (& your family) too!

  2. Perhaps we can work some trades when I get to Japan. I'm sure I can get all kinds of Japanese player cards for you!

  3. ryan - lol... actually if you find any unopened wax for under $3, i'd be interested. i have a japanese unopened wax pack collection. lmk... and have a safe trip!

  4. Justin - left the Bieber card on my desk at home, but I'll be giving it away tomorrow in class ;-)