I completed my third trade with Dennis from Too Many Verlanders. You can check out our first swap here and our second deal here. Dennis, a man of all things Michigan, is one of my favorite bloggers to read, as he posts witty things and enjoys similar topics as I do, namely rookies and Alison Brie.
The crux of the deal for me is this sweet Bryce Harper Bowman Chrome RC. I'm a huge Harper fan, and had the pleasure of taking in his major league debut earlier this year in what was a phenomenal game overall that ended in a Matt Kemp walkoff homer. Harper had a crazy good rookie campaign, posting a 4.9 fWAR as a 19-year-old in a season in which he started in the minors and suffered through a terrible slump for a decent stretch. He's going to be a BEAST.
Next up, a really cool dual jersey relic featuring Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. I don't have much Pujols stuff, so I'm always happy to grab something when I can. The Fielder is just my second hit of his, and both feature more than just the largest one-time vegetarian I've ever seen.
Some rookie cards made their way west, as I was on a rookie kick when I was looking through Dennis' bait. That, and I have a huge soft spot for 2002 Bowman. Rookies of Joe Mauer and Zack Greinke are welcome additions to my collection. The Greinke sadly didn't scan as well as I had hoped.
I have an inordinate amount of Joey Bats rookies, so why not add another?
Hey, it's a true PC addition! Numbered 36/99, Dennis mentioned that he could snatch this from COMC if I wanted to deal for it, and I did, as I didn't have it and it's extremely American. And judging by one of the tags for this post that I frequently make use of, you can guess I enjoy a good American anything, especially when I can hashtag it #MERICA.
A sweet purple refractor RC of Ryan Mathews popped out next. As we all know so well by now, Topps Chrome cards are exceedingly difficult to scan due to bend.
Penultimately, a plethora of LaDainian Tomlinson cards. I have no idea how Dennis accumulated so many, but LT is my all-time favorite football player, so I'm always pleased to give his cards a home. Also, I really need to start using a new nine-pocket page to scan cards in.
And finally, a pair of rookie backstops in the form of another new Russ Martin and a sweet Chrome RC of Carlos Santana. The nine-pocket strikes again on the bottom of the Santana.
Thanks for yet another excellent trade Dennis!