Monday, May 22, 2017
The Return to Trading (ft. Nachos Grande)
It's very, very hard being a baseball card trader when you're also dealing with anxiety.
There are a ton of unwritten rules and morays and subtle stuff that I never completely got, and I was always fearing that I'd screwed something up in past trades. in reality, this is definitely irrational anxiety, as this is the kind of community where nobody truly thinks that someone's screwed up, and everyone really helps themselves out gladly. But still, being anxious for all that time, I kept thinking that I'd do something wrong. So while I did accept some trades over the past few years, I got a bit too anxious recently in accepting a few.
That is until I swore that, as one of my 2017 blogging resolutions, I'd be more open to trading, and more mindful of the fact that it's insanely hard to screw up. So when I got an email from Chris from Nachos Grande a few weeks back, asking if he could send some card over, I couldn't say no.
There was a nice amount of helpful stuff in here- even the tag card, above, was actually a 1989 Score card I needed. I don't particularly mind the Sharpie-age on there, as it's a Red Sox card and it's not the worst thing that's happened to a Sox card in my house.
It's nice getting these ones, even if Vicente Campos, the other piece of the Michael Pineda trade, is the only one that's still in the majors- Peter O'Brien's still bopping around in, oddly enough, the Reds organization, Caleb Frare is still in AA, and Santana's out of the bigs entirely.
Greg Bird, even if he hasn't had the greatest 2017 season so far, is our heir apparent at 1st Base. The guy had an astounding rookie season in 2015, taking over for Mark Teixeira, and now he's got the position to himself. He's been injured and struggling so far, but he's definitely got some power and stamina in him, and I think it's awesome that I have his Rookie Card now.
Thanks to Chris again for a really nice package of cards. I think this one was nice enough to get me back into trading again.