I completed my third trade with Jon from State of The Hobby...I'm Your Average Card Collector. You can check out our first deal here and second swap here. Jon and I were talking trade for some time before we finally hammered out a deal, and it's a phenomenal one for both of us.
First up, a stunning on-card John Hancock of Kid K, Clayton Kershaw. Numbered 85/99, I've wanted one of these for some time but have yet to succeed going the eBay route. Now I don't have to worry about it. Let's just say Jon has a wonderful knack for securing amazing Dodgers' trade bait.
Yes, I traded for a Matt Kemp redemption, which is as risky a redemption to trade for as there is today in our cardboard world. My thinking is simple: if this card is ever actually made, it'll be a beautiful on-card auto of my favorite player on a gorgeous and high-end set. It'll also have a nice and low serial-number, being an orange parallel and all. For me, the risk is worth it.
Next up, a Kemp that actually exists. This booklet, which hails from 2012 Panini National Treasures, features a die-cut relic window which spells out "The Bison." Love, love, love it. It's numbered 25/25 and is my fourth Bison Booklet.
A simple Kemp relic, #'d 09/99, is up next. I don't foresee myself buying a box of Topps Tribute anytime soon, but I do love picking up singles of my guys via trade or on the cheap from eBay.
Three more new Kemps, including a Heritage Action SP.
Finally, some randomness. Jon sent a ton of extras, and these were my favorites. The Kemp/Kersh All-Star Vets card is fantastic; the Gypsy Matty is another new addition; and the Kemp in the bottom right is apparently some type of short-print based on the 1972 Topps Basketball set.
I now have over 250 unique Mattycakes' cards.
Thanks for yet another fantastic trade Jon!