Vintage Reds in the mail

Man, I love blind trades. I came across a Cubs fan on the Baseball Fever forums, and we agreed to swap boxes. I sent him almost 400 Cubs cards; he dumped the box, reloaded it with Reds, and sent it back my way. You don’t know what you’re going to get, but you know it’s going to be good because who doesn’t love a box full of your favorite team?

Sometimes, though, the box is much better than you could have ever imagined. I opened the box to find not one, but two cards from the 1959 Topps set, six from the 1960s, and several 1970s and early 1980s. What a haul!

This card is especially cool because I don’t have many cards featuring Vada Pinson, a guy who had a borderline case for the Hall of Fame. He was on track early, and then just tapered off, never quite reaching the career numbers expected of him.

But check out how faded the back of the card is, too…

It was awful nice of someone to scribble the number on the back since it was so faded.

A trio of ’69ers…

As we move into the much more hip decade of the 1970s, we have a heavenly black-bordered 1971 and a reminder that the early Big Red Machine was not quite ready…

There was also a fair amount of the “junk wax” era, but amazingly some needs were met, such as this 1988 Topps John Franco, the last one I needed for the team set!

And this ’91 Score “Cooperstown Card” of Barry Larkin. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this card before. Weren’t they factory-set bonuses or something like that?

This was a great trade! In fact, I have yet to regret a blind trade. I get the chance to send off cards that I don’t want for cards that I can actually use…either for my collection, for TTM requests, or to bribe the kids with.

I’m going to hold off on more blind trades for the time being as I continue to sort through my collection, but leave a comment with a team you’re interested in and an e-mail address, and I will get a hold of you when I’m ready to go again! (Never mind that “holding off” junk…I love getting packages in the mail to much!)

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on February 12, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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