So what to do? My first inclination was to pass and move on, but how often do you run into a sweet Stan Musial card. I asked about the price and settled on a few nice Rockies autographs. So, for the second time I added this great looking card to my collection.
2011 Topps Heritage Stan Musial Seat Relic
My trading partner found a small Larry Walker jersey at the last moment and offered a few Cardinals cards, but again ran into a bunch of cards that are already in my collection. I will go double on Stan, but there are limits on Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay. We were switched over to looking at some Rays and USA Baseball cards when he offered a sweet card I could not pass up. It's also a double.
2011 Topps USA Baseball Marcus Stroman Triple Jersey/Autograph
I picked up a copy of this card almost a year and a half ago in another trade. Stroman starred locally at Duke and also appeared for the USA College Team which is also here locally in Cary. I love the look of these cards, so it obviously was an attractive option when it popped up in the discussion. However, I have also been really impressed by Stroman's performance in the Blue Jays system and do not mind having a few extra cards of his hanging out. Stroman pitched for Toronto's Double-A team in New Hampshire posting a winning record of 9-5 with an ERA of 3.30, more than a strikeout per inning, and a WHIP of 1.12. Really impressive.
So, while I do not like to take on doubles in trades and am not going to make a habit of it, I guess that some cards are nice enough to be an exception to the rule. A nice Stan Musial card is worth a little rule bending and so is the awesome Marcus Stroman card.