Blockbuster Trades (Series 2)
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.
B5 A&B: 1987 Topps #587 Eric Plunk (RC) & #735 Rickey Henderson
In December of 1984, the A's didn't have the resources to sign Rickey Henderson to a new deal... but the Yankees did. So, they sent him to New York for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk and Jose Rijo. Rijo was the centerpiece of the deal, but he didn't blossom until the A's moved him to Cincinnati a couple years later for Dave Parker.
However, Eric Plunk is the real story. Because... in the summer of 1989, Plunk would get traded for Henderson a second time, when Rickey came back from New York, helping the A's win a World Series title. Any deal in which you lose Rickey, is a bad deal.
B6 A&B: 1989 Topps #77 Doyle Alexander & #382 John Smoltz (RC)
In August of 1987, the Tigers were making a pennant run, and needed an arm. Doyle Alexander was their top target. After an initial list of players was shot down, the Braves asked for John Smoltz or Steve Searcy. Detroit kept Searcy to help them in the bullpen.
Alexander was outstanding the rest of the year, going 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA, but the Tigers lost the ALCS to the Twins. Smoltz built a Hall of Fame career in Atlanta.
B7 A&B: 1990 Topps #530 Mark Langston & #431 Randy Johnson
In May of 1989, the Mariners shipped franchise player Mark Langston and Mike Campbell to the Expos for Randy Johnson. The whole team was upset at the move. “This is a sad day for Mariner baseball," said 3rd baseman Jim Presley. Alvin Davis explained to the press, “We’ve just traded our franchise player, and it’s for you guys to analyze."
I think the trade turned out pretty good for Seattle:) Langston left Montreal as a free agent after the season, and The Big Unit became one of the most dominating pitchers of all-time.
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 bubble gum 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.