Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Cracked Bat in the belfry

Recently, thanks to the magic of Twitter (perhaps the only time that you'll ever see such a phrase uttered on this blog), Julie, of A Cracked Bat fame, and I, pulled off our first informal trade (more of an exchange than a trade).

I had been meaning to contact Julie for what seems like ages now, as I had a few things that I thought she might like, the only problem was... my social anxiety! I don't know if it's normal for folks with social anxiety to be affected by communicating with people online, but I often am, especially when it comes to trying to contact someone for the first time in order to get their address (there's still like half a dozen people that I would like to contact, but haven't been able to get up the courage to do so yet). Luckily for me, this ended up being one of those instances where I didn't have to initiate contact with a "can I please have your address" email.

This Bob Skinner buyback is directly responsible for Julie and I's first exchanging of cards. Julie was showing off the contents from her box of 2018 Topps Heritage on the Twitter -- and Bob just happened to be amongst those contents -- since I didn't think that he was going to be something that she would be keeping, I decided to inquire about his availability... and that's how we got to where we are now!

A couple more 2017 Archives were removed from the want list. At this rate, thanks to the recent help from fellow bloggers, I might actually be able to complete this set by year's end.

I had just been talking about my love for, and lack of, 2011 Topps Lineage base cards in the second to last post. Kerry was kind enough to include some in the package he sent me, and now Julie...

... up's the ante...

... by sending me...

 ... like 1/8...

... of the set! Oh, and so many great cards in here -- Gibson, Snider, Jenkins, Morgan, Palmer, etc. -- I really could keep going on, but these weren't even the best thing to be included in the package.
Julie had mentioned that she might have some 2013 Topps Chasing History Silver Holo-Foils for me... and boy (or girl) did she! I will get to those in one second, but first, there was also this really great Stan Musial non-foil included as well.

Now we've arrived to the heart of the package, the Silver Holo-Foils! I only had a couple of parallels before this mailing, now...

... I have...

... considerably...

... more! Julie's "some", ended up being nineteen. I don't know what the pack odd were on these, but just the regular non-foil base inserts were seeded at 1:4 packs, so someone would've had to of opened quite a few packs to have gotten all these, and I'm guess that that someone wasn't Julie. Either way, I am very happy to have received all of these.

And lastly, even though it wasn't on any of my lists (not that I'm complaining mind you), is this 1980 Kellogg's Darrell Porter. I only have a couple from the 1980 edition, so this was certainly a nice surprise, especially on top of everything else that was sent.

Thanks again, Julie! These were really fun to go through, and all the set(s) help was very much appreciated.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. "I don't know if it's normal for folks with social anxiety to be affected by communicating with people online..." In my experience, it can be just as intimidating to reach out to someone online as it is in person. I've always been socially awkward IRL but I used to be very cool online (it's how I met my wife, and an ex-girlfriend) then for some reason I completely lost that ability. It's a long, loooong story I wont bore you with-but it's a big reason why I scrapped my old blog and focused on sports card talk.

    As for these cards...Julie did some serious damage to your wantlists! And I just saw that '69 Skinner buyback on ShoeBox Shane's blog. Nice to see you snagged one as well.

    1. It stinks that it went away, but at least you were cool long enough to meet someone (or two someone's). I have never been comfortable talking with people online, and I don't expect that I ever will be. And I wouldn't mind hearing that long story at some point :)

      P.S. Thanks for making me have to look up what IRL stood for!

  2. Julie is scary. I have heard things about her.

    Terrible things.

  3. That Kellogg's Porter is awesome. Almost as awesome as Julie herself.

    1. She does seem to be pretty awesome, doesn't she?

  4. you guys make me blush! Belfry? I don't think anyone has used that tag yet. Suits me tho. The Kelloggs Porter was sitting on my desk looking all pretty. Everyone should have K-cards so in the box he went. I had fun putting this together for you. Lineage has become a favorite set in my collection. It came out right around the time I rejoined the hobby. Those holofoils? I picked them up in bulk to keep and share. See how that worked out? :) Jon, I'm happy you reached out. No matter what Jedi says, I'm a 'safe place'.

    1. Bats in the belfry, A Cracked Bat in the belfry... it seemed like an obvious title, and honestly, it was the first (and only) one that I could come up with.

      I certainly do appreciate you sharing the holo-foils! And I'm glad that I decided to inquire about the buyback as well.