Friday, October 18, 2019

The Cubs (and Some Others) Stop Here

There's a new blog out there that I discovered. Well, sort of. It's a newly resuscitated blog that had been dormant since before I started this one, so I never knew it. But now, The Bucs Stop Here and its writer Nate are back and creating great content. Soon after I found the blog, I bought into a group break of Donruss Optic and ended up with the Pirates. I got some decent cards, but I wasn't interested in keeping any of them, so I reached out to Nate to see if wanted to trade.

Well, Nate accepted and took a look at my wantlist.

First he hit some Rookie of the Year players. I like the die-cut Cal. Nomar is in mini form, though it's hard to see from the photo.

Jose Fernandez was also a ROY, and his Chrome rookie is one of my favorite cards. Can you spot the difference between flagship and Chrome versions of this card? I already owned the refractor version, but I still needed the base.

When I first saw this Trout, I thought I had it already. But it turns out that this is a rainbow foil parallel of the insert. I didn't even know that existed.

I haven't bought any Chrome from this year, but this set does look good with the Chrome treatment.

More shiny Cubbies here, but these are more prospect types. I didn't realize it at first, but the Zastryzny is a numbered Green refractor. 2017 wasn't a good year for Topps, but the Chrome colored refractors really suffered with hardly being distinguishable in that design.

This may not be a Cubs uni, but we all know Anthony Rizzo is a Cub. This is a fun card of Rizzo representing his heritage in the World Baseball Classic.

The highlight of the package was this sparkly Javy Baez. It's a 2014 Bowman Platinum Bowman is Back Refractor. That's quite a set name, but this card deserves it. It's a sweet prospect card in the 1989 Bowman look. And El Mago probably conjured the sparkle himself out of thin air. That's just who he is.

Thanks for a great trade, Nate. I hope we can deal more in the future.


  1. My pleasure! Got your package today and that was a fun one. Let’s do it again soon!

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