A few weeks ago I announced my mid-summer clearance and the response was fantastic. So much so that I may do it next summer. This was the deal. I had a lot of recently acquired (mostly 2010 and 2009) cards (mostly commons) which I didn't really want. I was offering these cards by team to anyone who wanted them. All they had to do was send me back some Phillies or Astros cards they didn't want and it they were feeling generous to feature the trade on their blog, if they had one.
I sent out 611 cards to 11 people. I got back 271 cards from 6 of them. More may be coming. Of the 271 cards I got back, I needed 118, or 44%. But even the cards I didn't need, I still wanted so I turned 611 cards I didn't want into 271 cards I did want. And even better, 13 of those cards go right into the Reference Card book as examples of specific sets. Here are those cards. I'll feature the best of the rest later.
2004 Reflections Jim Thome #49I actually had a couple of jersey cards from this set which I'd acquired on eBay but not a single base card. And it's Jim Thome, not only a Phillie, but one of my favorite players. This and the next several cards are from dayf at Cardboard Junkie who probably hates me now that the Phillies clobbered the Braves. There's still the wild card!
2002 Topps Traded Chrome Jimy WIlliams #70
I had a number of cards from this set but I didn't have a manager card. I try to collect the subset cards of a set as reference cards as well. I actually have this card as the reference card for the regular 2002 set. For all I know, it's the only manager card in the set.
1998 Topps Chrome Brad Ausmus #43
I had a couple of insert cards to this set but none of the base cards. Another great card from dayf.
1990 Score Rookie Dream Team Eric Anthony #10
Not only didn't I have any of this set, I'd never heard of it. Score also had a Dream Team insert set that year of veteran players. This and the next few cards are from Cathy.
2002 Leaf Rookies and Stars Statistical Standouts Pat Burrell #35
We loved Pat as a rookie but he just never seemed to be as good a player as everybody thought he would be.
1995 Donruss Top of the Order Darren Daulton #300
Another card I never heard of. This was yet another attempt to devise an interactive card game based on baseball. It lasted one year. This is from Kerry.
1987 M&M's Mike Schmidt #3
I loved that Daulton card from Kerry, but this is even better. In the 1980s and early 1990s there were many cards available in food products. These came two players on a perforated panel in large bags of M&Ms. I'd still be eating M&M's from 1987 if I'd known these were available.
1985 Topps Super Juan Samuel #28
Another great old card from Kerry. It looks like a regular 1985 Topps card but it's 5" by 7"! Apparently Topps unsuccessfully tried in 1984 and again in 1985 to convince people they wanted huge cards.
1999 Skybox Premium Live Bats Scott Rolen #13
A great insert card from Brian. This insert card from Skybox Premium is loaded with red foil. And Scott Rolen is my second favorite Phillies third baseman. For those who don't know, Skybox was the parent company of Fleer before Upper Deck snapped them up.
1991 Stadium Club Charter Member Terry Mulholland #23
These last 4 cards are from Rod at Padrographs. 1991 was the first year for Stadium Club. I knew that they had a 50-card Member's Only set which was available by mail order. What I didn't know is that the first 100 people to sign up for their Stadium Club club, got a 50-card Charter Member set.
1987 Sportflics Mike Schmidt #115
I had more than enough of these Sportflics cards (which I don't really care for), but I didn't have this subset called "Tri-Stars". This card features National League Third Basemen. Unfortunately, when you scan the card it looks mostly like the Expos Tim Wallach. You can just about make out Mike's feet at the bottom.
1998 UD3 Scott Rolen #195
1998 was the 2nd, and I think last, year for Upper Deck's UD3 set. I have a few from 1997 but had none from 1998. The set featured multiple card designs with different materials and printing. This card features a dufex background on the photo and holograph foil all around. It's a nice looking card if you like this sort of thing (which I do).
2006 Topps Co-Signers Changing Faces Silber Bronze Roger Clemens #2A
The regular 2006 Co-Signers features a head shot of the player on the left and an action shot on the right. There are multiple parallel cards featuring a team mate on the right and a second facsimile signature (I guess this is why the set is called Co-Signers). I have a few of the base cards but none of the parallels. The card is numbered on the back as 017/125. Thanks Rod!
And thanks to everyone who participated in the 2010 Mid-Summer Clearance!