Here’s a great opportunity for any of you reading this. I’m looking to add a Mike Piazza on-card autograph to my collection and am willing to offer up some of the better cards in my collection to do so. Below, you’ll find some of the gems available to the one who has a Piazza auto to trade as well as some other cards that are cool if not quite gem status.
I could sell some of these cards on eBay and then use that money to buy a Piazza autograph, but I wanted to try this first. That way I can avoid all of the fees and someone can get some great cards. If you see some cards that you really want, don’t have a Piazza auto and see a card available somewhere, let me know. If I like the card, we’ll work out a deal and you’ll get some great cards for helping me add an important piece to mine.
I’m also looking for a 1992 Fleer Update set and will work out a deal for that as well. There’s not as much booty available for that card, but it will still be worth your while if you have the set.
If no one takes me up on this offer or there are cards posted here that aren’t traded for that you like, let me know. Maybe we can work something out. A lot of these are cards that I’ll only trade for something special, but maybe you have that special something. I’m currently redesigning the site bit by bit and eventually I’ll post a page of cards that I’m currently looking to trade for just about anything.
Now for the booty:
1994 Upper Deck Minors Trade Card – There were two trade cards available at a rate of one in every 135 packs. That put an A-Rod redemption card in every 7.5 boxes. Back in 1994 when redemption cards had to filled out and mailed in, a lot went unredeemed.
1997 Donruss Preferred Albert Belle Precious Metals Gold – This card is printed on 1 gram of fine gold. This card will always be worth something even when no one remembers who Joey Albert Belle is. The card is encased in a plastic capsule at the factory so you don’t have to worry about anything happening to the precious metal.
2008 Stadium Club Carlos Delgado Beam Team autograph – These cards are beautiful and while I’d like to keep this card in my collection, I’ll let it go in the right deal.
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Gavin Floyd Stroke of Genius auto – Not a huge card, but a great looking on-card auto. I know that some people are putting together Masterpieces master sets so I thought I’d include this.
2001 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. Career Stat Line parallel. This card is serial numbered to 33 on the back. At that point in his career, Griffey had hit 33 triples in his career. 2001 Donruss was a very strange set filled with all kinds of strange cards including 1999 and 2000 sets included one per pack depending on if you were buying retail or hobby packs. There are serial numbered cards all over the place. I liked it, but never did much with the set after buying a hobby box other than purchasing a few of the Rookies set coupons on eBay.
2009 Upper Deck A.J. Griffin USA Baseball auto – I pulled this out of one of the packs that Upper Deck finally sent me to make up for my box that had four packs with only 10 cards in them and was missing two out of three hits. The weird thing was that they sent two packs of series 1 and two packs of series 2.
I think that Griffin is in the Phillies minor league system.
2010 Topps Hanley Ramirez Peak Performance auto – Again, this is a card that I’d love to keep in my collection under normal circumstances, but a Piazza auto would make me much happier than a Ramirez auto.
2007 Upper Deck Goudey Rich Harden Goudey Graphs auto - This Rich Harden auto was what was sent to me in place of the auto that I didn’t get in my box of 2009 series 1. It’s an upgrade since the flagship autos were all on stickers and the majority of them were of bums.
2001 Donruss The Rookies Ichiro Rookie Diamond King - Speaking of the 2001 Donruss Rookies coupons, this Ichiro is from the set that was sent out in exchange for the redemption card and $25. I think the cost of the set kept too many people from sending away for it. People knew it would contain Ichiro and Pujols so it’s not a rare set by any means, but the coupons were always available for a low price on eBay.
2001 Donruss The Rookies Ichiro – This is the base card from The Rookies redemption set. I’m not sure exactly what this card qualifies as since Ichiro was in the regular 2001 Donruss set as a Rated Rookie.
2001 Topps Ichiro RC – I forgot that I had this card until recently because I had it organized under S instead of under I with the rest of the Ichiro cards in my collection.
1993 Bowman Derek Jeter RC – Come on, it’s a Yankees card. Do I need to say anything more? I’ve actually got two of these. I was trying to put this set together at one point, but I wasn’t even close after busting two boxes back in 1993 so I ended up pulling the Jeter out of the set in progress.
1993 Topps Derek Jeter Draft Pick Gold – This is the regular gold version and not the Winner version. Yes, Topps did print up a ton of cards in 1993, but at least this is a rarer version of that card.
1993 Stadium Club Dome Derek Jeter – When I originally bought this set it was to get the Nomar Garciaparra rookie that was in there. Now it’s the Jeter card that is the best card in the set. I was buying a ton of cards in 1993 and ended up with a ton of Jeters. I’ve got his SP rookie as well in my set, but that’s something that I’m going to continue to hold on to.
2007 Bowman Best Joba Chamberlain auto – Full disclosure, this card has two indentations on the front to the right of Joba, but it’s got a great autograph on it and you could always cut this card up and make your own cut card or sell it to Upper Deck so that they can do it.
2009 Allen & Ginter Manny Ramirez relic
2008 Topps Joe Mauer Event Worn All-Star Jersey – It’s event worn, but it’s a nice looking card.
2007 Bowman Chrome Matt Palmer X-Fractor. He’s on the Angels Opening Day roster. Numbered to 275.
2001 Bowman Albert Pujols RC – If not the first, this was one of the first Pujols rookie cards to be released. It was a huge card in 2001 until some of the autographed rookies started to show up.
2001 Donruss The Rookies Albert Pujols RC – There was an Albert Pujols card in the base set, but it was a redemption numbered to 500 copies that is ridiculously hard to find these days. This card isn’t as rare, but isn’t plentiful either and has remained popular with collectors.
2001, 2002 and 2003 eTopps Albert Pujols. The 2002 card has an upside down eTopps logo on the front of the card making it an extremely rare error 1/1? in eBay terms. The Pujols rookie is one of the few eTopps cards that I’ve purchased which have gone up in value. I love the cards, but these days I wait to purchase cards instead of purchasing them at the IPO because that’s just throwing money away most times.
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Albert Pujols brown parallel /100
2005 SP Authentic Honors Albert Pujols jersey /130 – Upper Deck included this card when they sent back a bunch of 2007 Timelines cards for replacement.
1995 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson auto – Full disclosure, there are some rough corners on this card, but it’s a Reggie Jackson auto. I’m not sure why the Upper Deck Authenticated sticker is on the front of the card since it is on the back of others that I’ve seen. I don’t remember if this came out of a pack or if it was a redemption. I want to say that it was a redemption, but I can’t find any information online about it. This was back when pulling autographs out of packs was still a big deal.
2001 Bowman Jose Reyes RC – I have an old Beckett where this card has a big price tag on it. I doubt that’s the case anymore. Figured that I’d include it anyway.
2009 Finest Angel Solome autographed manufactured letter – I pulled this out of one of the packs that Topps sent me after the replacement card switch-a-roo. Still not a fan of these cards. I’m glad that I sold my David Price from my box back when it was selling high.
2009 Topps Updates and Highlights Jimmie Foxx and Nolan Ryan SP – I haven’t pulled any of the SP cards out of Topps boxes until I opened a box of 2009 U&H and pulled two. One of them was in there in place of one of my other promised hits in the box. The hits that I did get were in terrible condition and I still have to send them in for replacement.
2009 Topps 206 Denard Span Piedmont framed auto – Span made Sportscenter the other day for hitting his mom with a foul ball. These cards are very similar to the Allen & Ginter framed autos, but I prefer these slightly. I think it is due to the mini card inside being a little bit bigger or the window being smaller.
2009 Rittenhouse Spider-Man Dan Quiles sketch card – Quiles is listed as very limited in the set.
2007 Bowman Best Chase Utley blue parallel /99
2009 Upper Deck DeAngelo Williams 20th Anniversary relic – These were one in every other case of Upper Deck X. I’m not sure of the pull rates in other Upper Deck products. Every other case hit mojo!
2009 Topps 206 Jordan Zimmermann Piedmont framed auto – He’s going to miss this season with Tommy John surgery, but these days a lot of pitcher come back from that even stronger than they were prior to the surgery.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.