Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Free Trade Agreements

The free stuff Friday train has yielded an unexpected but welcome bump in my trading life. Alex Andy (Sorry!)from Stadium Fantasium claimed a free card and offered me another in trade, this sweet 1969 Topps Rico Carty.

Yikes - I had forgotten about Rico's lost season due to illness, you can see he lost significant time in 1965 as well. Another one of those guys that you wonder what may have been if he was healthy for a full career. Thanks Andy!

Chris aka The Collector claimed some free cards and I received some sweet junk wax needs and Minnesota connected players as well. Brad Hand is from Chaska, MN!

Thanks again Chris!

Of course, as long as we're talking free cards, Let's talk about Jon and A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts. This trio of food issues were too good to pass up, so I claimed them from one of his recent Free Stuff posts.

Last but not least, I bought a pair of Puckett customs on eBay last week - the custom card maker focuses on Don Mattingly, Jose Canseco, and Kirby Puckett customs. These called out to me while I was browsing some "real" Pucketts. I don't mind paying a little bit more for these, they are well executed and will be a fun addition to my collection. I received a few more great packages recently, I'll be sharing those in the next couple days as well. Thanks to everyone who has taken advantage of the Free Stuff Fridays so far, I've had a lot of fun putting them together, and I am happy to find new homes for cards that otherwise would just languish in a box somewhere. And thanks for reading the blog!


  1. I'm glad I had a few cards you needed. The '69 Carty is nice and I love that Puckett '85 Topps Football custom!

  2. Great Puckett customs! The 85 Topps football custom is genius.

  3. I've always been fascinated by the "Ill -- Out All Season" listing on the back of that '69 Carty. I've never seen anything else like it on a stat line.

  4. Wow. Those Puckett customs are pretty awesome. Wonder if Gavin has decided to start selling his stuff on eBay ;)

  5. The injuries/illness weren't the only thing that held Rico back. His propensity for getting into altercations with his team's star players had just as much of an impact on his career (if not more), than the seasons lost to injury.

    1. P.S. I don't know who this "Alex" is, but Andy is the man behind Stadium Fantasium :)

    2. Yikes! Thanks for pointing that out, I don't know where "Alex" came from either.