Blockbuster Trades (Series 1)
Hand-painted collectible baseball card
Be kind and rewind these blockbuster trades! Blockbuster Video was founded in 1985, and enjoyed a great run of success... until poor management led them into bankruptcy. I'm looking back at some huge deals, in which GMs would probably like to rewind their own bad decisions.
Each "Be Kind, Rewind" set contains two cards as a diptych piece of artwork.
B1 A&B: 1985 Topps #791 Ivan DeJesus & #460 Ryne Sandberg
In January of 1982, the Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa couldn't agree on a contract... the only option left was a trade. The Cubs new GM was former Phillies skipper Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 World Series champions. Green insisted that young shortstop (yes, shortstop) Ryne Sandberg be included with Bowa. In return, the Phillies received infielder Ivan DeJesus.
DeJesus was a role player in Philly, and Sandberg built a long Hall of Fame career in Chicago.
B2 A&B: 1985 Topps #735 Garry Templeton & #605 Ozzie Smith
In December of 1981, the Cardinals and Padres agreed on a six-player trade, which centered on a swap of shortstops: defensive wizard Ozzie Smith for offensive threat Garry Templeton. The Padres were in the middle of a contract dispute with Ozzie, and Templeton wore out his welcome in St. Louis.
Templeton never hit like he did as a Cardinal. Meanwhile, Ozzie won 11 straight gold gloves on his way to the Hall of Fame.
B3 A&B: 1985 Topps #731 Neil Allen & #80 Keith Hernandez
In June of 1983, the Cardinals traded Keith Hernandez to the Mets for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. The move was shocking to fans, as Hernandez was a perennial gold glover, .300 hitter, and key part of the lineup. But, his cocaine use made him a cancer in the clubhouse.
Hernandez won six more gold gloves and a World Series with the Mets. Neil Allen was merely a serviceable pitcher, who later got traded to the Yankees in '85.
B4 A&B: 1985 Topps #222 Hubie Brooks & #230 Gary Carter
In December of 1984, the Expos traded star catcher Gary Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans. The Mets had just climbed out of the basement with young phenoms Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, and they were counting on Carter to get them over the top. They were right. Carter hit 32 homers in '85, helping New York win 98 games. They became World Series Champions a year later in 1986.
Hubie Brooks was a career 13.0 WAR player over 15 seasons. Hall of Famer Gary Carter was worth 11.6 WAR in just his 5 seasons as a Met.
About my collector cards
After purchasing some old wax packs to study the size and texture of gum sticks, I developed my own paint techniques in order to replicate it. Now, I hand-paint gum stick art directly onto vintage baseball cards to create small collectibles.
Here's what you'll receive with this order
- My original hand-painted gum onto a baseball card.
- Each collector card is paint-marked with it's edition number.
- These art cards are protected inside an Ultra Pro One Touch magnetic card holder... customized with my matching Rosen signature label.
- I do not sign these cards by request. However, your package will include bonus items, personally autographed by me.
You may reference my growing checklist of collector-owned cards.