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A little while ago, I responded to a Night Owl post, expressing interest in a certain Mickey Mantle X-Fractor he had. I don’t do a whole lot of trading, but once in a while, Greg and I usually end up making a pretty hefty Dodgers/Yankees exchange. With that said, I had yet to put together a Dodger package together for the Mantle (and what was sure to be a whole lot of other goodies) so it came as a quite a surprise when I found a package in my PO Box with his return address yesterday.

Greg had sent me nearly 90 cards, many of which were Yankee Team Set cards from 2009 and 2010 Topps. There were also cards from Topps Heritage, OPC, Topps Chrome, Opening Day, and Stadium Club. The package also contained a number of Mickey Mantle inserts that I know none of you are sick of seeing (*cough*) so I tried to limit the Mantles in this scan:

The Wang and Pettitte are Topps Chrome refractors if you couldn’t tell by the scan. It’s also a rarity when I am sent a card I’m not familiar with, but that was exactly the case with the New York, New York insert of Hideki Matsui (I also received a Wang NYNY insert). That’s what I get for not touching that OPC set I suppose. Anyway, thanks a lot Greg for another deal! Your package will be sent out early next week, when I’ll hopefully find time to actually write up a box review.

A Trade with the Night Owl

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I haven’t done a whole lot of trading lately, but last week, Greg of Night Owl Cards and I reached a deal that sent several Dodgers his way. You can probably guess what he sent me in return. The great thing about being a Yankee fan is that people are often very willing to give away their (referring to the Yanks, of course) cards to you. Anyway, here’s a look at what Greg had sent me.

The complete list:
2007 Topps Update Gold Jorge Posada /2007
2008 Topps Update Gold Mariano Rivera /2008
2008 Topps Chrome X-Fractor Robinson Cano
2008 UD YSL #6014 Paul O’Neill
2008 UD YSL #6097 Tino Martinez
2009 Topps Chrome X-Fractor Mark Teixeira
2009 Topps Heritage Flashback Mickey Mantle
2009 Topps Career Best LegendsMickey Mantle
2009 Topps WalMart Cereal Box Mickey Mantle
2009 Topps A & G National Pride Hideki Matsui
2009 Topps A & G National Pride Alex Rodriguez
2009 Topps A & G Relic Mark Teixeira
2009 Topps A & G Relic Alex Rodriguez

Overall, I was very impressed with the lot Greg sent over. I always love getting refractors and the Teixeira card gave me my first taste of 2009 Topps Chrome. I really like it. The WalMart card was new to me as well. It’s pretty rare when I can actually trade for a Paul O’Neill card I don’t have so I was pretty happy to add the YSL to my collection (number 667 overall). Thanks a lot for this trade Greg! I’m happy I was able to “rid” you of these cards (and I’m sure you’re even happier about the fact).

A Whole Lotta Mail!

When I opened my P.O. Box this morning, I found a slip inside stating that I had “too much mail to fit in my box.” Honestly, I was only expecting one package and that was for some supplies I just ordered. Here’s what I had to pick up from the service counter:

The first card came from Youtube user paulnj39. For whatever reason, I still partake in the occasional group break despite having been in a bit of a “slump.” Paul recently held a break for a case of 2007 Ultimate Collection and a box of 2008 Prime Cuts IV. I drew the Cleveland Indians with my lone spot and was completely shut out of the Ultimate case (Note to self: Stop doing these). I was able to get a little something from the Prime Cuts box thankfully.

It’s a parallel of Indians prospect Cord Phelps, numbered 5/5 on the back.

If any Tribe fans out there would like to make a deal, let me know. I’m personally sick of seeing the last name “Phelps” but that’s just me.

The following group of cards were sent to me from two of my favorite bloggers, Sooz of A Cardboard Problem and the one and only Night Owl. Sooz sent me the only Paul O’Neill card in today’s bunch, a 1998 Topps Tek pattern #57. For those that don’t remember this set, there were 90 players in the Tek set, all of which had 90 variations (patterns) each! Yes, that’s an 8,100 card set! Someone out there has finished it though and I know for a fact that he reads this blog (that’s a shout out to you Carl). Anyway, thanks a lot Sooz! These cards have been a bit difficult for me to find so this is much appreciated.

As for Night Owl, he sent me a variety of Yankee cards ranging from 1974-2009. Included in this package were a 1974 Sam McDowell, several stickers from the early ’80s, YSL cards, a Hideki Matsui Topps Chrome X-Fractor, and several other cards from sets such as ’09 Upper Deck, and last year’s Topps Heritage and Stadium Club. I had twice sent Greg a variety of Dodger cards, first from a mini-contest I had last month and then from the group break, but I had no idea he would send this much in return. Thanks a lot Greg! If anyone out there (Marie? Peter? Anyone else?) is interested, these are the numbers of the YSL cards that will be available for trade:

1366, 1794, 1819, 3107, 3475, 4870, 6723

Last, but certainly not least, we have my friend Ravi, a huge Paul O’Neill collector himself who often hooks me up with doubles. He did just that a couple days ago, sending me a package of 15 new Paulie cards for the collection. Here’s a scan of some of the better ones:

Included in this lot were some oddballs and unlisted cards that are new to me. There were quite a few parallels from Pacific products, Stadium Club, Bowman Chome, and Topps. The Gallery card in the scan is actually a Gallery Proof parallel numbered out of 125. Thanks a ton Ravi! Thanks again to everyone who sent me cards. My Paul O’Neill collection now has more than 650 cards and is still growing!