I figure it is about time to update my Diamond Giveaway adventure, as I finally broke an almost week-long drought. I woke up this morning and saw that I had a new card in my collection.
When I last left you, I was sitting on a 1999 Johnny Damon. About a week ago, I thought I'd try and parlay that card from a possible HOFer into a sure thing HOFer. I was not disappointed. Mr. Looks like Jesus, Throws like Mary was resurrected into one of the best pitchers to ever grace the mound. Mike Maddux's brother, Greg Maddux.
I then was able to find an obvious Braves fan, who took my 98 Maddux and gave me my favorite player of all time, Tony Gwynn. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet. If I didn't already have that card, I may have balked at my project, but that 97 Gwynn was upgraded to a 96 Gwynn. Even sweeter, except I can't stand the skewed face photo* on a 96 Topps. * Insert numerous blog links to those who despise 96 Topps :-)
I sat on this 96 Topps card for almost one week. No one would bite on my offer for a 95 Ripken or Gwynn, so I had to swallow my pride and go for a "lesser" HOFer. As if a lesser HOFer is even possible? That 96 Gwynn was immediately snapped up for a 95 Molitor. Another awesome hitter.
So there I stand. I've gone from a 2002 Pierzynski to a 1995 Molitor. I've reach my first goal rather easily, and that is to have a HOFer, which in my mind is crucial to going anywhere in this Diamond Mining Adventure. However, now I stand on the precipice of Junk. I'm not looking forward to the next few trades because I fear they will be painful. I can't wait to see what 1990 gem I land with all its dot matrix psychedelic glory. All I know is that going from 86/87 Topps to 85 Topps is going to suck. I fear I'll get hosed on that one.
Anyways, here's the visual breakdown of the trades so far: