A Trio of Traded Outfielders with Tomahawk Ties

I’m a mark for baseball trades of any kind. I like watching players take the field in a new uniform and and in new surroundings. But one thing that kills me as a card collector is owning an autograph of a player in their OLD uniform. Enter the trio of Jeff Francoeur, Ryan Church and now Nate McLouth — three guys who have ties to the Red Hot Atlanta Braves.

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I pulled the Frenchy auto from 2008 Allen & Ginter, the Church from 2009 Allen & Ginter, and just a few days ago I nabbed this Nate McLouth card from 2009 UD Goodwin Champions. When Frenchy and Church were traded for each other, I intended to post something but was really on a hiatus. But when I got the McLouth last week, there was no way that I could NOT write something about this weird cardboard trio.

We’ve got current Met Francoeur shown as a Brave, and then current Braves outfielders Church and McLouth shown in their former uniforms, the Mets and Pirates.

I’ve discussed before how trades can affect cards in a positive fashion, but without a doubt I can honestly say that the trades hurt the value of the cards shown here. Unless I find a hardcore Braves team collector — or three separate collectors looking for these cards — I will have a tough time trying to move these.

On a positive note, at least I am writing about autographs and not game-used cards. Those would be damn near impossible to unload at any price.

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