I participated in the recent Holiday Tradeathon at Jaybarkerfan's Junk. Throughout the month of November, jaybarkerfan put various trade bait up for readers to claim, with the condition that anyone claiming cards would send him a trade package in return. I believe his plan is to open all of the return packages on Christmas. I already knew what I had claimed, so I didn't feel compelled to hold onto the package until the holiday, but I guess this post is scheduled for the 25th anyway. I hope he finds my return package acceptable.
This first card in this post is this Peyton Manning
Noodle Golden Arms insert from 2015 Panini Black Gold Football. The Broncos were able to win the Super Bowl in spite of his arm last year, but the team's offensive woes combined with a surge from the Raiders and Chiefs means they are on the brink of elimination this year. I guess he deserved to be carried by his team at least once in return for all the years he spent carrying the Colts around. This is a cool shadowbox-style card, and it is serially-numbered # 085 / 199. Going back and looking at the Holiday Tradeathon posts, it looks like there was another Peyton Manning card offered up that I failed to claim, but this was the one I really wanted anyway.
The second card I claimed actually was a bit of a surprise, as jaybarkerfan just posted a picture of a box of 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series with the caption, "Not just an empty box here. If you select this prize you will receive the same O Shucks card I did but it's a mystery." That was enough mystery for me to jump in and claim it. There are plenty of guys in that set who I would be excited to get an autograph from.
Well, it does pretty well match the description that jaybarkerfan gave it. It is a decent-looking autograph of a pretty good player. This buyback autograph of Darren Daulton's 1993 Topps Stadium Club card is numbered # 09 / 38. He had some decent years and won a World Series ring. I learned from his Wikipedia page that he had a couple of DUI's and wrote a book on occultism.
That was my haul from the Jaybarkerfan's Junk Holiday Tradeathon. I had a good time watching for his posts to pop up so I could see if there was anything I wanted to claim, and it was exciting to wait and see what the mystery autograph would be.