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Let’s make some deals


September signals the end of the baseball season. It also inspires me to want to organize the assorted baseball cards, pocket schedules and other odds and ends I’ve accumulated over the past six or seven months.

Above, you are looking at a corner of my desk that I haven’t gotten to yet. I would like there to be less baseball cards in the house than there are now. I would also like the ones that stick around to be cards that I am actually interested in. Who wants to help out?

Let’s  make some trades this month.

  • If you’ve got some favorites player(s) that you collect, I’ll probably be happy to send you whatever cards I’ve got. (There won’t be any autographs, relics or rare serial-numbered cards in the mix, but you could end up with some nice inserts or rookie cards.) I’ll show you what you are getting, and you can decide if you you want the cards and what you think is a fair trade.
  • Have a favorite team that you collect? I can probably send you a lot of anywhere between 50 and 200 cards from the 1980s to 2013.  (This will take a little longer – my cards are sorted by player – and may not include certain stars if someone asked for them already.) I’ll give you an approximate count, but once I pull a team lot, you are going to get it — I don’t want to sort them back into the boxes again.
  • Working on a set from 2002-2013? I’ll take a look to see what I might have to help you, as long as your wantlist includes player names (remember, my cards are sorted by player, not set/year.) Also, if by some odd chance you are building a 1989 or 1990 Bowman set, a 1988, 1989 or 1990 Score set, or a 1982, 1987, 1989, or 1991 Fleer set, feel free to send a numerical want list – I can probably help you out a lot.

What do I collect?

  1. Cards on my wantlists (posted in the sidebar on the left if your’re viewing my blog on a computer; scroll down if you’re using a mobile device and don’t see them on the left.)
  2. Baseball autographs (have any extra cards you got signed at a ballpark this summer? get any extras back in your through-the-mail requests? They are welcome here, regardless of how obscure the player might be.)
  3. Gary Carter baseball cards (I’m just looking for ones that were produced after he retired – I already have almost everything that came out while he was playing.)
  4. Minor league team sets (complete or near complete)
  5. Jose Reyes Marlins or Blue Jays cards
  6. R.A. Dickey Blue Jays cards
  7. Assorted Mets cards.

I’ll take pretty much any of the above – my goal is to make room in my card boxes so I can finish cleaning off my desk, so you don’t even have to worry about matching quantity. Just send me something that you think I’d like.

10 thoughts on “Let’s make some deals

  1. Paul, I still have that autographed Gene Clines 1976 Topps I offered you a while back. (you already had it) I would be willing to trade it for a small stack of Oakland A’s. Email me your address and I’ll pop it in the mail. I have a few other autographs I can throw in as well since I only collect A’s players.


  2. Hi Paul,

    I’d be interested in any Cubs cards you might have. I can pull out some Mets cards, and maybe some others on your list. I also have a couple of baseball autographs you might want, including Jay Johnstone, Andre Dawson, and maybe some others. Let me know if you’re interested.


      1. Found a stack of about 100 cards or so. Lots of funky ones you might not have seen before. Craig Grabeck of the White Sox is the only auto I have. If you email your address to me at I’ll send them along. Thanks.


  3. I’d be interested in Blue Jays cards. For baseball autographs, all I have is Mike Fitzgerald and Pat Listach. I could find some OPC Mets from 70 and 80’s in exchange.
    Thanks Al


  4. hi Paul like you I collect Mets card my goal is to have at least one every met in a Mets card. just when I think I complete I discover another card the other day found about the 2008 Topps Mets factory set. it came with a 5 card set it is advertised as having a Brady Clark card when I ordered on the cards I the card that should’ve been Brady Clark (3 of 5) was Nelson Figueroa. a nice surprise since I did not have him but no Brady Clark. I can’t find this card anywhere my question is does it exist is it a typo. if you got or know anyone who does help me out.
    My other holy grail thanks to you is the 2014 playing cards from geico given away at spring training. it seems the only way i’ll get Farnsworth Valverde or Daiseke card. I’m sure we can work something if you anything available


    1. Hi Eddy,

      I remember the 2008 Topps factory sets with the five bonus Mets cards, but I never bought one. All of the checklists I’ve seen list card #3 as Brady Clark and do not include Nelson Figueroa at all, but obviously they are wrong.

      The spring training playing card giveaways have been going on for a number of years, but I only found out about them this spring. (So you have more than a little hunting to do, probably.)


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