Completed, Thanks to Trade!

I received a package in the mail Thursday from Tom at The Angels, In Order . . . with his assistance I was able to complete my 2013 Topps Series 1 base set.  Here is the card that had been eluding me –

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A little about Henry from the back of his card –

“Henry was added to the 40-man roster following the 2011 season, when he batted over .300 for the fourth straight year.  He got off to a scorching start at Double-A Pensacola in ’12, raking .348 over 33 games to warrant a promotion to Louisville.  The switch-hitting Rodriguez would finish the year in a Reds uniform, primarily serving as pinch-hitter.”

In 2013, Henry has played in 18 games with 12 hits in 33 at bats (.364 average).

I want to also thank to Jeff (2×3 Heroes), Nick (Dime Boxes), Bryan (Golden Rainbow Cards), Roger (Sportscard Mask-a-Rade) and Douglas Fraser for their assistance in completing the base set.  I was overwhelmed with generosity and want to make sure I return the favor.  I am pretty sure I have sent Jeff, Bryan and Roger some cards . . . please correct me if I am wrong.  I am going through some old cards for you Nick, looking for some cards to add to your plethora of collections!  Tom yours is coming soon also so be on the look out.

Tom also included some inserts I needed.  SCORE!

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Prince Fielder 1972 Topps Mini #TM-21

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R.A. Dickey 1972 Topps Mini #TM-27

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Curtis Granderson 1972 Topps Mini #TM-30

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R.A. Dickey Calling Card #CC-9

From the back of the card – “Dickey’s signature knuckleball required plenty of physical practice, but a mental routine helps him unlock its true magic.  Just before he releases the ball, R.A. reminds himself to “surrender to the pitch” – a Zen-like acceptance of its unpredictability.”

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Stan Musial Chasing History #CH-29

From the back of the card – “If Musial was going to overtake Babe Ruth as the all-time MLB leader in extra-base hits, he’d have to do it at the age of 42 in his 1963 swansong.  The suspense was brief.  His home run on May 8 was his 1,357th extra-sacks knock – a total he’d extend to 1,377.”

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Adam Dunn Chasing History #CH-30

From the back of the card – “The 400-home run fraternity grew to 50 on August 18, 2012, when Dunn drove a 2-2 pitch from Tom Collins over the left-center wall in Kansas City.  He and Paul Konerko became the first teammates to reach that milestone in the same season.”

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Alex Rodriguez Chasing History #CH-42

From the back of the card – “For Rodriguez to knock Barry Bonds off the throne as the all-time home run king, he will have to average 29 longballs per year through 2016 – his age-40 season.  That’s a total that Alex reached easily in 15 consecutive seasons from 1996-2010.”

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Evan Longoria Chasing History Silver Foil #CH-12

From the back of the card – “Longoria is hot on the trail of the Tampa Bay career home run record, situated 33 short of Carlos Pena’s total of 163 as the 2013 season opens.  That’s exactly how many Evan hit in ’09.  He also needs a more formidable 135 to pass Carl Crawford in RBI.”

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