The trade originated while I was searching for a few cards during the MLB Draft Monday night. I wanted to find a card of the Cardinals selection, Michael Wacha, and also find a card of Marcus Stroman.
Wacha is out of Texas A&M and was selected by the Cardinals as compensation for Albert Pujols. He's supposed to be one of the better college pitchers, but we'll see once he starts pitching. Stroman pitched at Duke. Duke is usually not an exciting college baseball team to watch, but Stroman has been worth the price of admission the last year or two. He's 5'8 and throws really hard. Reminds me a lot of a right-handed version of Billy Wagner and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round.
2011 Bowman Sterling Michael Wacha Jersey
2011 Topps USA Baseball Triple Jersey Autograph
I also received two other excellent cards in the trade. Last week I actually traded a Topps Marquee Matt Kemp Quad jersey, but was able to find virtually the same card. I think the patches are in different squares.
2012 Topps Marquee Matt Kemp Quad Jersey/Patch
Last, but not least, I also received an Albert Pujols rookie. I am supposed to be down about Albert right now and I have traded off huge chunks of my Pujols collection, but I love this card. There are a ton of Pujols rookie cards out there, but for my money this is about the best of them. It's a really simple and basic card, but it is a good contrast to many of the more modern looking Pujols rookies.
2001 Bowman Heritage Albert Pujols