Friend of the blog Don Avery from the Topps Message Boards (you remember him...he sent me my first two SP cards from 2009 Topps Series 1 George Sisler and Walter Johnson) sent me an e-mail saying that he had found another SP card, this time from Series 2, that I might want. And again, I replied that I wanted it. So after perusing his want lists and finding cards that he actually needs the trade was set.
I send him a bunch of insert cards from Series 2, and in return, I get
It is said that he was one of the most intimidating presences on the mound in the 1960's. In his MVP and Cy Young Award winning year of 1968, his record was 22-9. He started 34 games, finished 28 of them, while shutting out his opponents 13 times. He only allowed 49 runs to score against him, 38 of them earned for a robust ERA of 1.12. His WHIP (Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched), a stat that was not even invented during his era, was a dominating 0.85. Let me repeat...0.85!!!
Thank you Don, again. This is a really beautiful card of one of the most feared pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball.
And it's all mine!!!
We're down to the final 8 (Marichal, Jackson, Gwynn, Ripken, Ryan, Schmidt, and Brooks and Frank Robinson). And it's only been one month since the hunt started. I'm currently in talks to trade for Reggie, and am in contact with another who might send over Frank (key word being might) so the quest continues.