Saturday, December 07, 2013

Delivery Time! Community Gum Die-Cuts!

A little while back, Jon from the Community Gum blog posted a trade bait page full of die-cut Topps cards from the 2012 online giveaway set.  Luckily, I had enough cards that Jon wanted that I was able to pry away four of the die-cuts (this is extra cool because I didn't buy any Topps products last year to get any of the codes - and even if I had I probably wouldn't have won a die-cut card...especially one of a player I like)!

Jon had two Reds available plus two non-Reds available.  We'll begin with non-Reds.

Shin-Soo Choo

Choo was a great addition for the Reds in 2013.  Unfortunately, it certainly appears that he won't be returning to the Queen City for the 2014 season.  I'll certainly miss his ability to get on base (even if it means taking a fastball to the arm which he does quite often).

Ken Grifey Jr.

When Griffey Jr. was traded to the Reds, I hoped that he'd A) remain a Red for life and B) have such a great career in Cincinnati that he'd always be remembered as a Red rather than a Mariner.  Unfortunately, neither thing happened so the best I can do now is scoop up Griffey cards showing him as a Mariner.

I should note that each of the die-cut cards comes with a clear plastic covering.  In the scans, the plastic covering looks like garbage (it looks pretty much like garbage in hand as well).  However, I'm a bit too OCD to remove the plastic protection, at least for the moment.

And now, the two Reds:

Frank Robinson

I think this is my favorite of the four die-cuts (though I like the final player better).  For some reason, this card simply "works" for me - I guess it's the photo...maybe the uniform...maybe the grin...  I don't really know, but I like it a lot!

Johnny Bench

Unlike the Robinson, I don't think this card works nearly as well.  It looks like Bench is getting up off the couch after eating three bags worth of Taco Bell...and we all know that doesn't end well for anyone (not even a professional athlete).

Jon also threw in a few surprise goodies which happened to include three Barry Larkin cards...and if I'm not mistaken, all three were new to my collection!

You better believe I'll something to say about this card when it gets featured in my Barry Larkin Collection series of posts.

More early 90s goodness here - and a definite Saved by the Bell vibe happening.

And finally, a card from Pinnacle Zenith - a set that I opened up in a recent group break and managed to get exactly ZERO of these Larkin base cards (despite getting three or four of a lot of other base cards).  Thankfully, Jon has righted that wrong for me!

I'd encourage you to check out Jon's trade bait list as it appears he still has some die-cuts available for trade (no more Reds though since I scooped 'em all up)!  As always, thanks for the trade Jon - and I hope the cards I sent you have made their way to your house by now.  Finally, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

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