This is my second trade with Arno from I'm Ballsy. This time around I sent him a couple of UD MMA Autos, a Justin Forsett Auto, and some random Dodgers. Arno was mysterious in what I was getting, and I enjoy the secrecy. Because it made opening the cards he sent all the more fun. What I received in return, follows.
2003 Topps Chrome Uncirculated Maury Wills Auto, still encased in a Topps Tomb of Doom. I've seen a couple on eBay before, and almost pulled the trigger. I'm glad I didn't. This card is nails in so many ways: an on-card autograph, the Spring Training feel the background provides, the chrome, and the old-school Topps umbrella logo.
This is my second Maury Wills autograph, with the first an in-person autograph I received from the former Dodger shortstop at Dodgers Day at the LA County Fair last September. That autograph came on this spiffy mini-helmet.
Arno also sent me a dual jersey relic featuring former Sun and one of my favorite players of all-time, Shawn Marion.
Upper Deck kindly tells me on the back of the card that both jersey swatches are game-worn, and come from the 2005 All-Star Game. Sweet.
Finally, amongst all the other great cards I received (some Hamels, a Wright, and a die-cut-looking card of the Hulk) was this Just Minors card of Jay Bruce.
I've been trying to figure out what it says on the 2. Looks like an upside-down "hel" to me. No idea what that might stand for though. Suggestions are welcome.
Thanks Arno! I appreciate these fantastic cards - and the secrecy with which you sent them - and I look forward to our next trade!