Trades are fewer and further between these days. That is quite alright because I barely have time to do the laundry, let alone send out trade packages. That's not to say I don't enjoy the trading aspect, because I really do. It's one of the finer things in the life of a collector.
And you know this!
I love the enthusiastic "trade summon" from fellow collectors. You know, those emails that come in asking for a trade with the utmost excitement and optimism. Those are my favorite.
The high energy of Weston over at Fantastic Catch was the reason for this particular assortment of Mets goodies. Every package I receive like this makes me even more proud to be a Mets guy.
I didn't return to the hobby with the primary idea of being a team collector but there seems to be a natural allure of Mets cardboard that feeds my geeky appetite every time. I wasn't much of a team collector when I was little either.
Collecting at my young age in the 90's had me yearning for big stars and pretty inserts. That's just the way it was. Or at least, that is how I saw it. I loved how there was so much variety. I loved how the cardboard world seemed like is was bigger and vaster than our entire planet.
It's easy to get lost reminiscing about those days. Those were my "golden days." Some say the 90's was not as good of time for collecting as other decades but I surely cannot agree with that. That is a biased way of thinking, but I don't believe I would have been as captivated by card collecting had the culture not been the way it was during that decade.
Of course, I could be wrong. I do love certain vintage now. There is a quality in vintage that I'm not sure we will ever see again. I'm just glad the scabillions of reprints don't tarnish their value - monetary and otherwise.
Back to the trade package, I was pleasantly surprised as always. I would love to do another trade in the future with Weston. The 2001 Fleer Showcase cards really stood out to me being that from 2000-2010, a huge gap in my collecting exists and it's a thrill to finally be able to get hands on experience from that decade.
I'm not the keenest on Triple Play from Panini and no, it's not because there are no team logos or anything. It's simply because I'm not a fan of the particular type of character design. It's a digital art that you (or maybe it's just me) pretty much see everywhere these days.
I do realize that I'm not part of the product's target audience so that may be why they remind of me of something by Nickelodeon or Zynga.
That's not to say I don't enjoy this Santana. It's a Mets card. It's Johan. I like it.
This summer, I hope to do a little more trading. I will be on break from school and will have slightly more time to dedicate to the hobby.
As for this particular package...
It was a Fantastic Catch indeed!