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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Traded Cards

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – Traded Cards

Posted on 03 September 2012 by Tim Danielson

With the trading deadline having recently passed I though this week we would look at “traded” cards.   As the season winds down we find out who the pretenders and contenders are.  Teams make roster moves to squeak out a few more wins. Or in some cases pick up an available player so a rival does not. Did your team pick up a hired gun and are they already looking toward next year?  If nothing else, trading players is the professional version of what many of us do everyday in trading cards.

In 1974 Topps introduced the first “Traded” cards. These cards highlighted players who switched teams throughout the season and pictured the player in the new team’s uniform. The cards were inserted in packs of both low and high series base cards. The cards had bold, block letters across the card front that read ‘TRADED.” Even though they were produced later in the year, these cards were produced in the same quantity as the regular base cards and are not considered any harder to obtain.

In 1981 Topps, and other card companies started making stand alone ‘traded’ sets. These sets varied in size, but the cards themselves could look very much like the regular base set card designs. Often the only thing to differentiate a base card from a ‘traded’ card would be a different picture and the numbering on the back. Each company had their own ‘traded’ set. There was Topps Traded, Fleer Update and Donruss “The Rookies.’ These sets not only included players who changed teams during the season, but also in-season call-ups of rookies. Companies would often race each other to produce the first card of a player who changed teams or the first true rookie card (RC) of a promising call-up.

Some of the more famous and valuable of these early traded/RC cards are of Hall of Fame quality players. 1982 Topps gave us the first RC card Cal Ripken Jr. 1984 Fleer Update is still a popular set with the first cards of Roger Clemens and Kirby Puckett. This week Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes will look at some traded and update cards.

1985 Topps Traded Rickey Henderson. One of his first cards as a Yankee, this card is numbered 49T on the back.

1989 Topps Traded Rickey Henderson. Headed back to the A’s, Rickey has the distinction of being the only other player in MLB history to be traded for the same player twice! He and Eric Pluck swapped spots on the Yank’s and A’s in 1985 and 1989.

Actually an insert card from the 1994 Score Rookie/Traded set, this “Changing Places” card shows Rickey with starting his third stint with the A’s.

1994 Topps Traded has the same design as the regular cards, just a different picture and card number on back.

1998 Upper Deck SPx ‘Trade Winds’ sub-set card. Actually a regular base set card and one of my all-time favorite card designs shows Rickey embarking on his fourth tour of duty with the A’s.

2001 Topps Chrome Traded Refractor – Even near the end of his career, Rickey was still sought after my teams. This card shows him the second time around with the Padres.

Enjoy the thrill of the chase tracking down your favorite players who moved or your team’s new pick-ups this year with traded cards!


Until next week, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – The Real Value of Baseball Cards

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Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – The Real Value of Baseball Cards

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Tim Danielson

The real value of baseball cards and the collecting hobby are not the dollar amount you can get from selling on eBay or at a card show. This may come as a surprise to some of you. I actually applaud anyone who does try to make a living off this hobby. I know how hard it can be and the success stories are few and far between. With the advent of on-line trading and sales the availability to obtain cards has increased dramatically. While this has been a blessing for many collectors, myself included, I feel a whole generation of collectors may have lost an important piece of the hobby along the way. Just look at the very objects we are dealing with, TRADING cards.  Trading used to be done face-to-face over a table, not with instant messaging over the internet.  It just seems to me that today a lot of people in the hobby are here to make a quick dollar.  I have heard countless stories of people who buy a whole box of cards at a card shop and open it there just to walk out with the”hits” (autographed and memorabilia cards).  They leave the rest of the contents of the box there at the shop or worse yet just throw them away.  There are also the people who take a digital scale into the local shopping center and actually weigh the individual packs to see which ones might weigh a little more as they could contain a memorabilia card.

Everyone of my cards has a story with it.  From the most common base card to my memorabilia cards.  I did purchase many of them over the internet.  For the cards I traded for though I remember who I traded with and what I traded away for the card.  I like to learn about what the other trader collects and a little about my trade partners.  Sometimes trades can take weeks or even a month or two to develop as one of us might not have something to trade for a card we want.  It is pretty cool knowing that there are other people out there looking for cards for you just so they can trade with you.  It is really fun working with a couple of different trade partners.  Heck if the pros can pull off a three-way-trade, why can not collectors do the same?  I have met some really good traders and friends over the internet trading cards.  A few of us have such a good reputation with each other that we just send cards to one another knowing that eventually we will pay each other back.  We do not have to have a “A for B” trade on the books at that moment, we trust each other enough to know we will make good on the deal and do right by the other trader.  I have actually met two other Rickey Henderson traders on-line and we all know what each other are looking for and try to help each other out.  That is the real value  of baseball cards.  The friendships and relationships we develop with other traders and fans of the game are what matter and last.  Prospects come and go.  You may be able to sell a card for $200 today that may be worth $20 next week.  Building friendships and trading partners is what will keep the hobby strong for years to come.

I lost a friend and trading buddy a while ago.  He was the biggest Reds and Bengals fan I knew.  He was also a great trader.  He went out of his way to make new members on our trading site feel welcome.  He was always sending out free cards to other collectors with out ever expecting anything in return.  He was also a great person and family man.  It is collectors like this that this hobby needs to continue.  People who love to collect for what it is, a hobby.  People who share the joy and love of collecting with others.  People like him who, when they leave, the hobby will miss.  Rest in peace Randy.  I hope you enjoy that big card shop in the sky and know that you will always have a seat at my trading table.

Until next time, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

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Trading Post

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Trading Post

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Dennis Lawson

Image Courtesy of Government Auctions

Some titles basically write themselves.  This “post” is all about “trading”, and it probably is not what you think.  I am referring to the old school practice of trading baseball cards.  Maybe you have not engaged in this sordid activity in years, or maybe you thought that hyperinflation had killed the card market.  I can assure you that practitioners of this ancient art are still surviving and thriving, although most of them use the internet to facilitate transactions through an agent or some other middle man that is responsible for ensuring the integrity of each transaction.  Sounds pretty shady, huh?

Agents?  We don’t need no stinkin’ agents!  We can do this ourselves.  Right here.  Right now.  Just to jog your memories a bit, here is a general outline of how the process works.

  1. CollectorA owns a large number of baseball cards from the same  set or a combination of sets and is interested in exchanging cards from a set or sets for other cards.
  2. CollectorB wants one or more of the cards that CollectorA is willing to part with for the right price.
  3. CollectorA and CollectorB meet during recess to discuss the potential framework of either a single card-for-card trade or perhaps multiple card deal.  If the two collectors are able to arrive at an agreement in principle, then both parties are responsible for bring their respective cards to the playground the next day.
  4. In order for the deal to be finalized, each collector is allowed a few minutes to inspect the condition of the card and verify that all is in order.  If both sides are satisfied, then the cards are permanently exchanged.
  5. Ideally, both collectors walk away from the deal believing he or she got the better of the other collector in the exchange.

Honestly, there are far worse ways to spend your free time.   However, there must be some guidelines in place to prevent a lot of misunderstandings.

  1. This is card trading for the 12 year-old in you that was motivated enough to ride a bicycle 2 miles to a store to buy a pack of cards every week (uphill both ways).
  2. We are only talking about the basic Topps set.  No room here for those people who got sidetracked by Donruss, Fleer, or Upper Deck.  If you went one of those routes in your misspent youth, then now is your chance to return to the fold.
  3. We are mostly adults here, so be reasonable.  If someone is offering you the entire Texas Rangers team for your Gio Gonzalez card, then there are 3 possibilities.  A)  You are dealing with someone incapable of being trusted with fire.  B)  Gio is reading this blog and has decided to collect every single one of his own cards.  C)  You are actually trading with Billy Beane.
  4. If you decide to trade with people you have “met” on the internet, then I don’t want to hear about the visit you received from “To Catch A Predator”.  You all know better.

What say all of you?  If you have a few dollars to spare and a bicycle handy, then get on over to the nearest store and buy a pack.  I’ve got a Paul Konerko card to trade, and I’m interested in all things “Cardinals”.

NOTE:  I bought a box of cards on a whim a few weeks ago, and I have bought another couple boxes since then.  If you have not purchased cards in a while, please do not be disappointed by the absence of that stale stick of gum you have come to know and love.

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