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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Trade and Christmas Package From Nick S.
What started the whole thing was when Mark Trumbo was traded to the Orioles, Nick messaged me saying he had this Trumbo signed baseball and he wanted to know if I was interested. I wasn't too interested at the time, but told him that I would think about it. A week or so later, Nick messaged me again saying that he really wanted the ball to go to me, So, I asked him what it would take to get the ball and we reached a deal really quickly.
The ball is really cool, it is a game used foul ball that Nick caught, and it is a commemorative ball of the Astros 50th season. I am getting to where I really like these commemorative baseballs. I have been getting quite a few of them, and I think that is really where the appeal was in this one. That, and Nick was really awesome about the trade. So much so, we became very good friends following our discussion.
When the package came in the mail, I was blown away. Oftentimes, I will get to chatting with someone and feel like we hit it off, and folks would promise tons of stuff, only to have everything kind of die off soon thereafter. Nick, though, really blew me away with what he "threw in" to the package. Not pictured was a stack of Topps gold parallels that he included, two of which were 2014 Topps mini golds of Bud Norris and Dylan Bundy.
The above signed ticket was from a game he attended (I think he said 6/13/15, and also the day Trumbo signed the ball, I believe); the ticket is signed by Carson Smith. I don't remember who he told me signed the bottom of the ticket. Maybe he will read this and comment.
Thank you so much for a great trade, an amazing care package and beginning of a really nice friendship. This stuff really blew me away, and I can't thank you enough, Nick! If you are on the Instagram, you can give Nick a follow as baseballcards035.