The trade packages continued to arrive over the weekend with another package from a Bench trading partner. I sent 3 #ed cards from the EBAY chrome lot his way and received several nice Cardinals in return.
This 2004 Greats of the Game insert is numbered 1128/1928. I was not sure why it was numbered to 1928 since the Cardinals did not win the World Series that year. Turns out all the cards in this set are numbered to the player's rookie year. Martin was a key member of the Gashouse Gang that won the Series in 1934. He was nickname the Wild Horse of the Osage because of his aggressive base running.
I liked the Donruss Classics set that came out in the early 2002. The 2002 set included shortprints of past stars and rookies that are numbered to 1500. Garcia played 2 years in Double A for the Cardinals in 2002 and 2003 before leaving as a minor league free agent.
The 2004 Leaf Limited set consisted of all serial numbered cards. This Pujols #ed 388/749 is from easiest tier of cards to pull. Other cards are numbered to 499, or rookie autos are numbered to 99. Very shiny cards that do not scan well.
My favorite card from this trade is this 2005 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases Red Yadier Molina #ed 97/150. This set had numerous colored parallels numbered to different quantities.
The only card not numbered in the package was this 2004 Diamond Kings Marty Marion. I liked the simple look of the cards with the painted portrait in the middle. Panini has done a good job of reviving this brand the last couple of years.