Monday, June 4, 2012

Kaline the Giant Ate My Brain

I recently completed a second trade with Scott over at Sports Cards Ate My Brain. Well, actually, I'm about a month behind, but I figured I better hammer this post out, since Scott and I are wrapping up yet another fantastic trade.

It all started with a bit of vintage. I had a 1952 Bowman Braves card and Scott had this:

This is an Al Kaline Exhibit card. I really don't know too much about this set, but this card is awesome, and a great addition to the Kaline collection. What I do know about this set is that the cards are huge. I had no idea when Scott sent the scan. Here's a comparison for those of you who haven't seen these in person:

Scott also sent this slightly over-sized 2009 Cabrera A&G Ginter card, and most of you are probably familiar with how big these are. Well, Exhibit dwarfs big Ginter, as you can see. This will likely be the largest Kaline card I ever have in my collection. Scott's making records here at the Vealtones.

And these two cards would have sufficed to make a perfect trade, but Scott's the kind of trader who always fills trade packages with awesome surprises, like a slew of Verlander rookies in our last trade. Here's some of the extras he tossed in this time:

A smiling Goudey Kaline. I've always been a fan of these sets, and Kaline's smug posture may be my favorite card from any of these sets.

Short prints, rookies, and inserts--all great cards to add to the Tigers binders.

Here are two hits. German has quite the squiggly signature. And another nice looking Goudey card. I just keep getting Bonderman hits in trades, whether I'm trading for them or whether they're just getting tossed in. Bonderman recently visited the Tigers after completing surgery, and I have to say that it was nice to see him, if only hanging around the dugout. I really do hope he makes a comeback. I wouldn't mind seeing him pitch for us again with his new bionic arm in 2013.

Rounding out the trade are a slew of Cobbs. Including, of course, one of the coolest cards ever, the Masterpieces Cobb kick. Somehow, I was the last Tigers collector to get this card, but I have it now, thanks to Scott.

If you have some Braves cards to trade, be sure to look up Sports Card Ate My Brain. Scott's one hell of a trader, and our third trade promises to be just as good as the other two. On top of that, he's a great writer and puts together an awesome blog. I feel a bit like I've stumbled upon one of the best-kept secrets in the blogosphere. He still only has 24 followers. That's ridiculous. Go over there and start following! You won't regret it.


  1. Thank you very much for the kind words and the wonderful 52 Bowman card (among others)

  2. As a Washington native I hope Bondo can get back to the show. Great trade as well!