I recently completed my first trade ever (at least my first that I can remember, considering I may have traded baseball cards when I was like seven). The trade was with Cameron from Cardboard Heaven.
I sent Cameron a 2010 Allen & Ginter Game Used Bat Card of Prince Fielder, a couple of Tony Gwynn cards, and a Clyde Drexler card. I also sent some assorted Brewers cards to Cameron, as he's a big Milwaukee fan. I received his package Saturday, and upon prying it open, could only mutter the words "holy crap" (except a little more PG-13 than that) for about five minutes. That, and "I have to hit him back with something amazing". Why was I so excited, you may ask? Well, what he sent me was truly amazing and unexpected.
I knew I was getting the following four cards in the trade, and that's all I anticipated finding in my bubble mailer. Cameron was sending me a 2005 Matt Kemp Topps Gold Rookie Card, a 2005 Matt Kemp Topps Chrome Rookie Card, a 2003 Andre Ethier Upper Deck Rookie Card (complete with his Oakland A's uniform), and a 2004 Blake DeWitt Bowman Chrome First Year Rookie Card.
I was thrilled to be getting these cards, but never would have imagined the cardboard-y goodness that I soon laid my eyes upon. Cameron was kind enough to include a slew of other cards, ranging from Clayton Kershaw to Chad Billingsley to Andrew Lambo and John Ely to my two favorite non-Dodgers, David Wright and Cole Hamels. And then, to top off an already superb grouping of wax, Cameron sent this along.
This beautiful card is a 2003 Bowman Signs Of The Future Certified Autograph Issue signed by James Loney. The autograph is even more amazing because it's on-card, not on a sticker, though I don't mind autos on stickers.
Again, I'm still in awe at what I received. Cameron, I can't thank you enough, and I will definitely be sending something nice your way in the near future. What that will be, I have no idea. But it will be nice. Check out Cardboard Heaven people. NOW!