Trading a 1988 Astros Team Leaders for a 1952 Mickey Mantle, Part II
April 28th, 2010 by slangon

As some of you may or may not remember, one of the very first cards that I got in the Topps Million Card Giveaway was a 1988 Astros Team Leaders card. I decided to see how far I could get with trading that card. Last time I reported on this, I got as far as a 1985 Carlton Fisk Record Breaker. Things have moved along a bit since then.

That Fisk actually sat in my collection for a while. I was a little surprised at how hard it was to move it as I thought it was a pretty cool card. I’ve always kind of liked record breaker cards and Fisk is a Hall of Famer. I know it’s from the junk wax era, but any of the cards I was trying to trade it for were all from that era as well and I don’t think I was asking for anything crazy. In the end I made this trade:

I already have 2 copies of that Gooden card, but I had seen that one of the contests on the Million Card site was to gather as many Mets cards as you could. I figured if I couldn’t trade Fisk for something that I could flip, I would at least build my stock pile of Mets. When I got back from vacation though, I saw that someone had offered me a 1988 Wade Boggs and a 1984 Derrel Thomas in exchange for the Gooden Record Breaker, so I jumped on that. I never took a screen shot of that trade though because I figured I was just grab it off my completed trades page. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that only trades that you initiate wind up there so I have no visual proof of that one. You’ll just have to take my word for it. I was actually sort of pissed about that because I thought it would be cool to have a visual map of how I went from the Astros Team Leaders card to whatever card I end up with in the end. Now there’s a big hole in it. Oh well.

Anyway, now that I had 2 cards to work with, I flipped the Derrel Thomas for an ’84 Brian Giles, which I also already own.

My thinking on that was that a) if I got stuck with Mr. Giles, at least I could again stack my Mets inventory and b) maybe him being a Met would make him a little more valuable in other peoples eyes.

From there, I made this trade:

That’s where we stand as of this moment. All in all, I have to say, even if that ’85 Rod Carew is where this journey ends, it sure as hell beats Billy Hatcher and Kevin Bass.

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