So I arranged a trade with another Japanese collector the other day. This marked the first time I had happened to engage in a trade with this individual but we had mutual, um, friends(?) and we worked something out.
It all started when that particular person sent me a picture of this.
Yep, that's a red refractor of LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS from 2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects. Once the other person offered this to me I pounced on it.
It's numbered 1/5 and is very shiny. However, obtaining it wasn't exactly as smooth as I led on. Let's put it like this. The other person (while nice and lenient) apparently gave up, in all honesty, way too much for this card in another trade. I managed to squabble together a package consisting of things the other person needed (thank goodness a card show was happening when this trade negotiation was going down) and a few of other things to help fill the rest of the void (in terms of monetary value).
With this I am only two more refractors away from the rainbow as all I need is the superfractor (of course) and the silver wave which always costs more than I'm willing to pay. Oh and I only need three more plates ;).
And the trade partner (being the generous soul that they are), naturally threw in some extras. And these weren't just run of the mill throw-ins either.
There was this Slamchez relic numbered to 500.
A numbered Mason Williams refractor from Bowman Sterling.
And this numbered green refractor of Slade Heathcott.
This trade brought me back because I haven't been this concerned with trying to match monetary value in years (at least via a trade). Luckily the other person was very nice and was willing to get something done since this was our first trade. Hopefully there will be more to trades to come between us and I can return the favor by getting to know exactly what their niche is (I have a semi-good idea of what that is) and then giving them the usual ZZ treatment ;).
In the meantime, if you guys have any spare Roberto Alomars lying around I'll be open to trading for them. All of them.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).