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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Trade With State of The Hobby...I'm Your Average Card Collector: Scratching My Kemp and Kershaw Itch.

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!

9 comments:

  1. Congrats
    All great cards.
    Love that Kershaw
    Just like you I keep trying on eBay but refuse to go above my set price.

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  2. Awesome cards. And as I can tell you from my Sidney Crosby & Mario Lemieux redemptions from last year, it's a risky play, but well worth it when it comes through.

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  3. Geez, he does have great Dodgers. Wish I could stockpile like that.

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  4. Now that's what I call a baseball card trade. Those are some sweet additions to your collection.

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  5. Thanks gents!

    Matt- Yeah, I don't mind waiting as long as it gets to me at some point not so far down the road.

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  6. Hey Greg, Thanks for the comments, if you want the Puig and Wills we can work something out. You know I'm a philly guy what did you have in mind?

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