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A Million Card Giveaway Trade Debate

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Woke up this morning to a minor, yet intriguing trade offer on the Topps Million Card Giveaway site. Someone offered me a 1966 Ruben Amaro for my 1966 Moe Drabowsky.

At first thought, this seems like a no-brainer: Amaro, a Yankee, for my Orioles reliever? You have to go with the Yankee, right? That’s what I thought too, until I did a little research on Drabowsky. Turns out Moe holds a World Series record strikeouts by a reliever in one appearance. During the first game of the 1966 World Series — the start of the Orioles’ first World Championship — Drabowsky struck out 11 guys after entering the game in the third inning. And Amaro? Let’s just say his Wikipedia page is like five sentences long and includes the fact that he is the father of Ruben Amaro Jr., former player and current General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Regardless of what my decision ends up being, this trade offer again re-affirmed by reasoning for why I love this site. The MCG program has caused me to research more obscure players than I care to admit, and honestly, it has re-instilled me love for swapping cards that are not necessarily highly desired on the open market.