Recently, I sent a short stack of 2015 Stadium Club baseball cards to Chris of Nachos Grande. He returned some 2016 Allen & Ginter cards in trade.
He wrote this blog about the deal.
Some of the cards that Chris sent to me include:
A couple of Cubs who are helping the team as their fans hope that the Cubs will win their first World Series since 1908.
2016 Allen & Ginter Anthony Rizzo Card #260
Anthony Rizzo is having another great season with the Cubs. In 2016, he made third All-Star team and currently for the National League he is tied for eighth in home runs (with 29) and third in RBI (with 98).
2016 Allen & Ginter Jason Heyward Card #156
Jason Hayward joined the Cubs this past off season as a free agent signee. He has struggled at the plate this year (his batting average is .223) but his outfield defense (while playing both rightfield and centerfield) has solidified the team's defense as he has over 250 chances for the season with only two errors.
A couple of Giants whose play has helped keep the Giants (barely) in a pennant race with the Dodgers and to be one of the two teams in the National League play-in game.
2016 Allen & Ginter Brandon Crawford Card #171
Brandon Crawford has played in 141 of the Giants 144 game, tops for the team, and his 79 RBI also leads the team. Crawford's 12 home runs, ties him for second on the Giants, with Buster Posey, behind team leader Brandon Belt's 15 home runs.
2016 Allen & Ginter Jeff Samardzija Card #167
Jeff Samardzija was a free agent signee for the Giants this past off season. He has joined with Madison Bumgarner, and Johnny Cueto as the top three hurlers in the Giants starting rotation. Samardzija, with 29 starts, joins Cueto, who also has 29 starts (tying them for second in the National League) as Bumgarner is tied for the league lead with 30 starts (tied with National's Max Scherzer).
Jason Velander has returned to his old form and is having a great season helping the Tigers stay in the race as an entry in the American League play-in game. The Tigers currently trail the Blue Jays and Orioles by two games to make the play-in game.
2016 Allen & Ginter Justin Verlander Card #4
Verlander currently has 14 wins. He has pitched 200 innings, currently ranked third in the American League as Red Sox David Price leads the league with 205 innings pitched. Verlander has struck out 216 batters, a total that is second in the league, trailing only Rays Chris Archer, who has 217 strikeouts.
Adam Jones is in his ninth season as the Orioles starting centerfielder. The Orioles are currently tied for second with the Blue Jays, in the American League Eastern Division, two games behind the Red Sox. Currently, the Orioles join the Blue Jays as the two American League play-in teams. Jones is in the news this week with USA Today's Bob Nightengale article.
2016 Allen & Ginter Adam Jones Card #88
For the season, Jones has hit 27 home run, ranking him fourth on the Orioles, who lead the American League with 231 home runs. Jones joins four other Orioles who have hit more than 24 home runs.