I completed my first trade with Roberto of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy fame. For those of you non-Dodgers fans unfamiliar with Roberto's site, the man is one of the great bloggers of our time, with scoops and signing information that makes VSIMH an instant classic and a must-read. I met him once in person at a Clayton Kershaw signing, though I doubt he remembers me. Anyways, Roberto e-mailed me out of the blue and told me he had pulled a Russell Martin relic he thought would interest me. It did. Of course it did.
I really dig these ASG relics from 2011 Topps Update. This makes for a sweet addition to my Martin Collection, and pairs superbly with the two diamond parallels of this particular Martin I already own (pictured at the bottom of the post). I'm now in search of this relic with a black swatch and a tan swatch, the other two variations I know of.
I was only expecting the Martin, but Roberto tossed in two Clayton Kershaws I did not have, as well as a Diamond Duos with Sandy Koufax that I have, but am happy to have another copy of. The above Silver Parallel of Clayton's 2006 Just Minors card is #'d 30/200, and considering I love me some unlicensed minor league product, it's a fantastic get and a great addition to my Kershaw PC.
Thanks for the great trade Roberto, and hopefully we'll cross paths at a future signing or the softball tourney in February!