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Trade with the Cardboard Junkie

I received two packages from other bloggers in the mail today, but I need to deal with the stuffed envelope that came from Cardboard Junkie on Saturday first. I had a Heyward manupatch, he wanted it. He also wanted my shinies. And I wanted to get rid of a ton of other Braves. So I packed up a box of cards and shipped them off last week, and he did the same…loaded with Reds and other goodies.

A few days ago I posted that I was going to collect the All-Star Rookies from the 2011 set, and I’ve already got Series 1’s ASRs wrapped up. In theory I did…but now in reality I do. I pulled the Strasburg and Walker out of a blaster, and dayf was kind enough to send over the other three from Series 1: Buster Posey, Gaby Sanchez, and Mike Stanton

He also loaded me up on 2011 Redlegs. The only white-border Reds cards I am missing now (again, this includes the cards that are in the mail, not yet in hand) are Johnny Bench and Edinson Volquez. Here’s the 2011 Topps Reds haul:

I still love how Topps used a photo from the highlight of the Reds season…Jay Bruce‘s division-clinching home run. It was a fantastic moment to watch, and I will be reminded of that magical game every time I look at Bruce’s card.

But of course there was more than 2011’s to be had. There were a ton of vintage goodies, including some Johnny Bench and Hal McRae and Pete Rose

And then there was this beauty. 2009 Allen & Ginter Jay Bruce framed game-used jersey card. I’ve never held one of these in my hands before, but I can now say that I see what all the fuss is about.

Thanks, dayf!

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Topps All-Star Rookies

I’ve decided to go after the Topps All-Star Rookie subset in 2011. It’s a throwback to my formative years in collecting…I collected the ASRs every year from 1987 through at least 1990…maybe 1991 too. I can’t remember. That was a long time ago.

According to bdj610’s Topps Baseball Card Blog (an excellent resource), the 2011 team is:

1B: Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins
2B: Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
3B: Danny Valencia, Minnesota Twins
SS: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
OF: Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
OF: Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins
OF: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
LHP: Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
RP: Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

It seems that Topps is giving each of these players two cards in the 2011 set. I have the Strasburg ASR, but have seen other bloggers post scans of a cupless Stephen. In the blaster I opened last week, I pulled a Neil Walker ASR. Tonight in a loosie, I pulled a cupless Pirate. I also got a cupless Gaby Sanchez tonight.

I only want the gold cups. Here is the list of the cups that I’ve been able to locate so far. Only five of them. Am I missing any from Series 1? If this is all there is…I already got ’em all (either in-hand or in the mail). That wasn’t very difficult, now was it?

24 Neil Walker
59 Gaby Sanchez
135 Mike Stanton
183 Stephen Strasburg
198 Buster Posey

When is Series 2 scheduled for release?

Also, I’ve updated my trade list with the cards (and inserts) from the loose packs I picked up tonight.

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