Recently, I was reading over P-Tom's blog, Waiting 'til Next Year, when I saw that he listed 1997 Metal Universe on his Set Needs page. I remember that nineteen years ago, I and my girlfriend at that time really like the Metal Universe cards, and had worked on completing the set. I knew that I had some duplicate stashed somewhere if I could find them.
Eureka, I found them and there were some of the cards that P-Tom needed. We worked a deal for a stack of about a dozen Metal Universe cards. P-Tom said he thought that he had some Metal Universe duplicates and that he would try to help me out in my search. He wasn't sure how many he had and he also offered me some Giant and Athletic cards to complete the deal.
P-Tom wrote this blog about the cards sent to him.
P-Tom's cards arrive just the other day. P-Tom sent me a great stack of cards.
Some of the cards include:
1997 Metal UniverseP-Tom sent a couple of 1997 Metal Universe cards from my want list.
1997 Metal Universe Gregg Jefferies Card #201
1997 Metal Universe Brian McRae Card #12
After acquiring these two cards from P-Tom, I need 19 more Metal Universe cards to complete the set.
P-Tom has also included the Metal Universe cards I need on his Metal Universe Cards want list page.
If anyone has any of these Metal Universe for trade, please let us know.
Topps 2016 Series One
I received a couple of former speedy Athletics from the Topps 2016 set.
Topps 2016 Billy Burns Card #224
Topps 2016 Card Coco Crisp #111
Billy Burns and Coco Crisp didn't make it through this season with the A's. Burns was traded to the Royals in July and Crisp was sent to the Indians in August.
Burns finished last season with 26 steals, which tied him with Royals Jarrod Dyson for third place in the American League. Burns who played in only 125 games and didn't appear in his first game until the beginning of May.
2016 was Crisp seventh season with the A's. In 2011, he tied with Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner to lead the American League in stolen bases when he swiped 49 bases. Crisp return to the Indians will give him another chance at postseason play.
1989 Bowman Card Mark McGwire Card #197
1989 Bowman Card Dennis Eckersley Card #190
Dennis Eckersley and Mark McGwire were mainstays for the 1988 American League Champion A's who loss to the Dodgers in the World Series. Eckersley will be remember as the pitcher who gave up the game one two-run home run by Kirk Gibson giving the Dodgers a 5 - 4 win. McGwire's game three 9th inning home run was the game winner in the only game that the A's won during that series, a 2 - 1 victory.
A couple of Stadium Club cards
1999 Stadium Club Eric Chavez Card #166
2001 Stadium Club Barry Zito Card # 175
Eric Chavez and Barry Zito were part of A's teams that won four American League Western Division Championships from 2000 through 2006.
Some young Athletic stars
1998 Collector's Choice Star Quest Ben Grieve Card #SQ15
2000 Pacific Paramount Ben Grieve Card # 169
Upper Deck Black Diamond Ben Grieve Card #62
2000 Skybox Ben Grieve Card #112
Fleer Tradition Ben Grieve Card #177
1995 Bowman Jason Giambi Card #13
2000 Topps Stars Jason Giambi Card #54
2002 Topps Ten Jason Giambi Card #67
Ben Grieve was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1998 and Jason Giambi won the 2000 American League Most Valuable Player award.
1998 Upper Deck Destination Stardom Ryan Christenson Card #DS32
1996 Topps Mark Bellhorn Card #22
1998 Leaf Rookie and Stars Blake Stein Card #301
2000 Bowman Chrome Jason Hart Card #159
2000 Bowman Chrome Mario Encarnacion Card #320
2001 Bowman Jose Ortiz Card #392
1996 Upper Deck Jay Canizaro Card #247
1999 Sports Illustrated Giant 2000 #54
1997 Upper Deck Jacob Cruz Card #232
A couple Studio Heritage Series
1992 Studio Heritage Series Jose Canseco Card #BC-4
1993 Studio Heritage Mark McGwire Series Card #4
The Heritage Series was an insert in the Donruss Studio product in the early 90s. The card are portraits of current day players in their teams old uniforms. These are cards of a couple young Athletic stars, Jose Canseco in a 1929 Philadelphia A's uniform and Mark McGwire in a 1910 Philadelphia A's uniform.
Some Barry Bonds
1998 Collector's Choice Star Quest Barry Bonds Card #SQ39
2000 Upper Deck Ovation Barry Bonds Card #25
P-Tom included a couple cards of beloved Giant and current Marlin hitting coach, Barry Bonds.
Home Run Champ Inserts
1993 Upper Deck SP Platinum Power Mark McGwire Card #PP13
2001 Fleer Focus Diamond Vision Barry Bonds Card #10
These two insert cards were received. Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris single season home run record in 1998 and Barry Bonds exceeded McGwire's total in 2001.
P-Tom, thank you for these cards.