Happy Labor Day (I wrote most of this post on Friday tho)! Time for another overdue trade post with lotsa scans, this time from frequent trading partner Gavin over at probably one of the top two or three most prominent card blogs going today: Baseball Card Breakdown. We've traded a few times now (with another currently in progress!), and the packages he sends seem to get better every time. Let's check out what he sent this time, starting with that groovy Bruce at the top.
|The back. You know how we do 'round here..|
|Stars of the leaner years..|
|Jake and some Golden Age legends..|
Baez is a spectacular defender all over the field and he's hitting for much better average this year. I fear the strikeouts and low OBP are always gonna be issues, but he's got legit 30 home run power on top of that versatile and elite D. Even if all he can do is just maintain the solid .270/.309/.434 slashline he came into the day with (again, wrote this Friday), he's going to be an exceptionally valuable player for years to come.
|Starting to get serious..|
|Tayler Scott Refractor /500, Aramis Spectrum red /250, and Starlin is here too..|
|Archives Cubbie blue parallel...|
After looking them up, even though they didn't pan out, I hate to call these guys failures. Neither one really "made it", but they weren't utter disasters that bombed out miserably or anything. Failure implies something shameful or embarrassing, but there's nothing wrong with taking your talent elsewhere if you never get a real shot at the bigtime or becoming a fairly reliable, late-blooming role player when you finally do. Your cards might not be worth anything, but you've contributed to the magnificent tapestry of this grand game, and that's something worth being proud of.
|Gavin does some phenomenal, complete work!|
Oh well, if he pans out, and we all still hope he does, then the Mariners are gonna have a real star on their hands. Occasionally, you just gotta bite the bullet and make a deal to improve your chances in the short term though, knowing that you will ultimately probably lose somewhere down the line (of course, it will all be moot if Montgomery helps bring a championship to the north side, even if that just entails giving the starters an extra day of rest down the stretch).
There were a few other things of note in there, but that's another post for another time... Enjoy the holiday if it applies to you (go find some good sales at least! :P), and thanks for stopping by!
Until our next...