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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Trade With Cardboard Heaven: Kemp, Kershaw, Ethier, Loney, Billingsley

I recently completed my first trade ever (at least my first that I can remember, considering I may have traded baseball cards when I was like seven). The trade was with Cameron from Cardboard Heaven.

I sent Cameron a 2010 Allen & Ginter Game Used Bat Card of Prince Fielder, a couple of Tony Gwynn cards, and a Clyde Drexler card. I also sent some assorted Brewers cards to Cameron, as he's a big Milwaukee fan. I received his package Saturday, and upon prying it open, could only mutter the words "holy crap" (except a little more PG-13 than that) for about five minutes. That, and "I have to hit him back with something amazing". Why was I so excited, you may ask? Well, what he sent me was truly amazing and unexpected.

I knew I was getting the following four cards in the trade, and that's all I anticipated finding in my bubble mailer. Cameron was sending me a 2005 Matt Kemp Topps Gold Rookie Card, a 2005 Matt Kemp Topps Chrome Rookie Card, a 2003 Andre Ethier Upper Deck Rookie Card (complete with his Oakland A's uniform), and a 2004 Blake DeWitt Bowman Chrome First Year Rookie Card.

I was thrilled to be getting these cards, but never would have imagined the cardboard-y goodness that I soon laid my eyes upon. Cameron was kind enough to include a slew of other cards, ranging from Clayton Kershaw to Chad Billingsley to Andrew Lambo and John Ely to my two favorite non-Dodgers, David Wright and Cole Hamels. And then, to top off an already superb grouping of wax, Cameron sent this along.

This beautiful card is a 2003 Bowman Signs Of The Future Certified Autograph Issue signed by James Loney. The autograph is even more amazing because it's on-card, not on a sticker, though I don't mind autos on stickers.

Again, I'm still in awe at what I received. Cameron, I can't thank you enough, and I will definitely be sending something nice your way in the near future. What that will be, I have no idea. But it will be nice. Check out Cardboard Heaven people. NOW!


  1. Jesus H Christ, nice comeup. Those are some beauties.

  2. The 4 I knew I was getting were awesome, I was stoked and shocked with everything else Cameron sent me.

    It's quite the nice package, that's for sure. I couldn't even post a bunch of nice cards, there were so many!

  3. I used to own that Loney autograph. It was quite nice. I'm a recovering cardboard addict. I've been off the stuff for three or four years now.

    I still like seeing other people's pickups, though.

  4. Dustin- The Loney's a beautiful card, clean autograph and the design itself is very aesthetically pleasing.

    I try to limit myself, don't want my cardboard addiction, or at least fascination, to get out of hand.

    There's tons of product I'd love to look into, but it's so expensive, I do what I can to stick with only my favorites, win some cheap eBay auctions, and trade for anything else.

    Thanks for the comment and reading.

  5. Dustin, just looked over your sight a bit, good stuff.

  6. *Site*

    Oy. Vey.

    Damn spell check for not catching my other errors.


  7. Greg - Thanks much. I appreciate it.

  8. No problem, keep up the good work.

  9. Glad you enjoyed the cards. I thoroughly enjoyed what I received from you this weekend! I'll keep setting Dodgers aside for you when I get them.

  10. Awesome, glad our trade was so beneficial for both parties! I couldn't have asked for a better first trade and trading partner.

    Thanks a bunch again!