Monday, May 16, 2011

Diamond Mining - Part III - HOFers a'Plenty

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:


1 comment:

Nathan said...

Hehe, hang in there, the next few years are going to be rough...just close your eyes and go to your happy place until about '83

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