Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Repack Haiku #120 (Adrian Beltre)

Before Rangers deal,
Did anyone predict this?
Slam-dunk for the Hall

2018 Topps #254 Adrian Beltre

Monday, September 16, 2019

Time Travel Trading Update #34

"Although my goal is to get the oldest cards I can get, I reserve the right to keep a card. Who knows, I may get offered something I like too much to put back out on the trade floor. If that's the case, I may swap that card out with something comparable."
When I started this project in February of 2018, I listed a few self-imposed guidelines, including the one above. Although there have been many great cards that would have been awesome additions to my main collection, I haven't felt a strong need to pull any cards from the trade stack for my own personal benefit.

Recently, I was offered a trade on the TCDB that offered two cards that were on my want list. In return, he wanted the 1955 Topps Dick Hall and the 1968 Topps Game Steve Hargan. It was a tough choice, but ultimately I decide to do the trade. Not only will I be getting a Hall of Famer's rookie card, but I'll be completing a set as well. I'll discuss this trade in greater detail in another post.

To compensate, I decided to basically un-retire two cards that had previously been in the trade stack and pulled. In essence, I made a Time Travel trade with myself! The following cards are now available (again!) to the trade stack!


 Besides these latest re-introductions, I did complete 3 more trades! I'll start with yet another trade from my own personal "Patron Saint of Time Travel Trading", Bo from Baseball Cards Come To Life! We completed our 6th Time Travel Trade and I ended up with:

I also completed another trade on the TCDB with a guy named William. In a Time Travel Trading first, I actually got to pick the cards I got in return. He had a few vintage cards to choose from, and I narrowed in on these two:

Granted, they're not in the best shape. Still, I love the 1955 Bowman design, and the pictures are fantastic! Seriously, who wouldn't want a Minnie Minosa card?


So...remember in my last update when I showed off that beautiful 1922 bird and wondered if I'll ever break the century mark? Well, the guy that traded the bird card to me took that as a personal challenge. That's right - he gave me the bird, again!

That my friends is a 1915 Church and Dwight card! I now have a 104 year old card in the trade stack! I've got to be honest with you, I don't know what I'm I'm going to do with all these old bird cards when this project ends!

You know the drill by now! Any of these fantastic cards can be yours! Just let me know in the comments or on the TCDB!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#502 Xander Bogaerts

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner

2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#128 Tim Thomas

1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
#74 Mark McLemore

1994 Sportflics
#113 Pete Harnisch

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer

1992 Fleer Ultra
#594 Dave Righetti

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Upper Deck
#626 Frank Viola

1990 Pro Set - Theme Art (football)
#10 Super Bowl X Pittsburgh Steelers / Dallas Cowboys 

1989 Fleer
#29 Bob Welch

1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Donruss #557
Mark Langston (RC)

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1981 Topps 
#100 Rod Carew (AS) 
#210 Jim Palmer

1980 Topps
#2 Willie McCovey (HL)
#143 Bruce Bochte
#157 Willie Wilson
#290 Steve Garvey (AS)
#605 Terry Forster
#671 A's Future Stars

1979 Topps
#25 Steve Carlton
#130 Bob Watson
#214 Boston Red Sox (TC) 
#465 Reggie Smith
#680 Carlton Fisk (AS)
1978 Donruss KISS (2nd Series) (non-sport)
#99 Paul Stanley

1978 Topps
#295 Bill Lee
#373 Jim Willoughby
#424 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#482 Rick Miller
#706 Rookie 1st Baseman (Cage/Cox/Putnam/Revering) 

1976 Topps
#50 Fred Lynn (ASR)
#70 Roy Smalley/Roy Smalley Jr. (FS)
#78 Cecil Cooper
#118 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#193 '75 NL Home Run Leaders
#597 Rookie Pitchers (Aase/Kucek/LaCorte/Pazik)

1975 Topps
#310 '74 Victory Leaders
#378 Derrel Thomas
#402 Bob Tolan

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms
#107 Alex Johnson
#141 Pat Bourque
#158 Jack Billingham
#158 Jack Billingham
#227 Mike Lum 
#349 John Vukovich 
#372 Ken Reitz
#572 Enzo Hernandez
#638 Ken Sanders
#660 Larry Dierker

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

1974 Topps Traded
#458T Jim Ray
#496T Tom Murphy

1973-74 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#53 Richard Lemieux

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#29 Tony Taylor 
#30 Tug McGraw
#36 Steve Barber
#68 1972 Leading Firemen (Carroll/Lyle)
#75 Vada Pinson
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#80 Tony Oliva
#85 Ted Simmons
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor
#116 Ralph Houk (MGR)
#145 Bobby Bonds
#225 Albert Oliver
#230 Joe Morgan
#232 Ken Singleton
#240 Bobby Murcer
#258 Tommy John
#325 Boog Powell
#329 Ed Kranepool
#365 Rico Petrocelli
#368 Bill Buckner

1972-73 Topps (hockey)
#8 Stanley Cup Trophy

1972 Topps
#43 Rick Wise
#438 Maury Wills (IA)

1971 Topps
#16 Ken Singleton (RC)
#63 AL 1970 RBI Leaders (Howard/Conigliaro/Powell)
#71 AL 1970 Strikeout Leaders (McDowell/Lolich/Johnson)
#90 Joe Pepitone
#95 Luis Tiant
#105 Tony Conigliaro
#146 Ralph Houk (MGR)
#183 Gil Hodges (MGR)
#195 AL Playoffs Game 1 - Powell Muscles Twins!
#208 Billy Martin (MGR)
#270 Rico Carty
#328 World Series Game 2 - Bufird Goes 2-4 (WS)
#374 Clete Boyer
#374 Clete Boyer
#388 Al Oliver

1971 Topps (football)
#22 Ken Avery (RC)
#110 Floyd Little (AS)

1970 Fleer World Series
#1 1903 World Series Pirates vs Red Sox  

1970 Red Rose and Blue Ribbon North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1970 Topps
#47 Bob Miller
#390 Willie Davis

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
#139 Andy Kosco
#182 Bill Rigney (MGR)

1969 Topps (football)
#73 Bennie McRae
#115 Randy Johnson
#154 Sam Baker
#175 Joe Morrison

1968 Topps
#4 1967 AL RBI Leaders (Yastrzemski/Killebrew/Robinson)
#7 1967 NL ERA Leaders (Niekro/Bunning/Short)
#44 Frank Kostro
#181 Jerry Zimmerman
#309 Ken Henderson
#348 Larry Colton/Dick Thoenen
#449 Gene Oliver
#519 Jerry Stephenson 

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

1967 Philadelphia (football)
#109 New York Giants (TC)

1967 Topps
#366 Andy Kosco

1966 Topps
#154 Chuck Hiller

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Topps
#17 Johnny Romano
#27 Dick Bertell
#86 Les Narum
#87 Nelson Mathews
#108 Don Mincher
#111 Lee Thomas
#178 Dalton Jones
#307 Barry Latman

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

1964 Philadelphia (football)
#172 Ken Gray (RC)

1964 Topps
#18 Billy O'Dell
#45 Milt Pappas
#92 Steve Ridzik
#341 Jim Roland 

1964 Topps - Coins 
#7 Frank Malzone

1963 Topps
#155 Bill Stafford

1961 Topps
#32 Ray Sadecki
#38 Bob Lillis
#96 Billy O'Dell
#165 Gino Cimoli
#258 Jack Sanford
#267 Norm Siebern
#273b 4th Series Checklist
#399 Cliff Cook (RC) 

1960 Topps
#138 Art Mahaffey (RC, RS)
#186 Dave Sisler 
#289 Willie Jones

1959 Topps
#298 Tex Clevenger
#424 Ken Aspromonte
#424 Ken Aspromonte 

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport)
#83 Rude Awakening

1957 Topps
#235 Tom Poholsky
#249 Dave Pope
#371 Bob Lennon
#406 Bob Hale

1956 Topps
#21 Joe Collins
#103 Willie Miranda (white back)
#156 Johnny Antonelli

1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan

1955 Bowman
#25 Minnie Minoso
#208 Ed Fitzgerald

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson
#73 Don Mueller

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler

1922 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Third Series (J7) (non-sport)
#7 Prothonotary Warbler

1915 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America First Series (J5)  (non-sport)
#1 Quail

The Time Travel Trading Project is simple in concept. I started out with a random pack of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards. My aim was to trade every card in that pack for something older. Each card I receive in turn is then made available for trade, with the goal to get the oldest card I can get.

Number of trades completed: 43
Unique trading partners: 28

Number of cards mailed out: 131
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 294
Year of oldest card received: 1915

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Golden Sox Project (Nathan Eovaldi)

I was wasting time on the TCDB and figured I'd see if I can unload some base set doubles I had to someone that wanted them. This led me to a collector named Seth, and it turns out he happened to have a 2018 gold parallel I needed for my Golden Sox project! I put together a little package of base cards and inserts for him, which he accepted!

Eovaldi had a fantastic postseason for the Red Sox. He was the winning pitcher in both the 16-1 drubbing of the Yankees during Game 3 of the ALDS, as well as the 8-2 victory over Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS. However, he will forever live in Boston lore for his gutsy performance in Game 3 of the World Series. Scheduled to start Game 4, he instead came on in the 12 inning of the tie game and proceeded to throw 97 pitches all the way through to the 18th inning walk-off by Max Muncy. Despite taking the loss, he received a standing ovation from his teammates and was a key inspirational boost towards their World Series win. 

Seth also graciously gave me a few other cards I needed:

Thanks for the trade Seth!

My little project to collect all the gold parallels of the 2018 Red Sox is picking up a little steam! 3 down, 28 to go! If anyone has any they are willing to trade, let me know! You can check out this list on my Golden Sox Project page!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Repack Haiku #119 (Gary Gaetti)

Legendary Twin
Journeyman for later half
Hitless for Red Sox

1988 Donruss #194 Gary Gaetti

I don't like Gary Gaetti. It's probably unjustified, and after almost 20 years I'm sure I'm (to quote Roger Clemens) "misremembering" things. The last moments of Gaetti's career were spent as a member of the Red Sox. The Red Sox signed him April 2, just a few days before the season began. 5 games and 10 days later he was done. His April retirement left a bad taste in my mouth. Why sign in the first place? It just seemed like a jerk move to me, and I wish I knew who lost that last roster spot because of him. Again, I don't have any of the facts. He had his reasons, and it's not like the team was worse off because of it. I just never believed in quitting that soon without good reason.

Monday, September 9, 2019

First Impressions - 2019 Topps Archives

I've got to be honest here: When it comes to Archives, I genuinely don't care that Topps can't/won't match the cards exactly to the originals. I don't really care if the shading, color, or font is off (although I did find it fascinating that it so mind-boggling inconsistent this year!) As long as it's within the spirit of the original set, I'm cool with it.

Also, a fair warning: All my local Wally World had were the 7 packs plus 2 coins boxes. I could have just picked a couple of the packs and gone with a shorter list, but in the end I figured the inserts were all worth showing off.

#20 Duke Snider

The honor of the first card goes to the Silver Fox. This is part of the joy of Archives. Over 60 years after the move to Los Angeles, and we still get to pull Brooklyn Dodger cards!

#26 Justin Verlander
#104 Paul Goldschmidt
#197 Andrew Benintendi

First pack opened, and I get a Red Sox player! Good start!

#318 Kris Bryant (HL, SP)

This short-print threw me off a little, because it is glossy as opposed to the regular base set.

#232 Victor Robles
#242 Zack Cozart
#212 Robin Roberts

The 1993 cards are glossy too. I find that a bit weird, having one of the three tributes shinier than the rest.

#95 Hoyt Wilhelm
#64 Don Larsen
#7 Roberto Alomar

Here's a look at the back. I love the cartoons. Topps needs to bring back cartoons for the base set in the near future.

#142 Deion Sanders
#136 Ty Cobb

Here's a look at the back of the 1975 design. See? Cartoons!

#310 Mike Trout (AS, SP)

I'm thrilled that the base set's All-Star cards now reflect everyone who was chosen to play, but I miss the distinctive designs we used to get. This is one of the best Topps ever did.

#239 Willie McCovey
#231 Ralph Kiner

No cartoons for the back of the 1993 set. At least we get stat lines aplenty!

#31 Ramon Laureano (RC)
#100 Ronald Acuna Jr.
#186 George Kell
#177 Josh Donaldson
#174 George Springer (Silver parallel)

I thought this was just a normal base card at first glance, and didn't realize it was a silver parallel until I flipped it over and saw the serial number. See the slight hint of silver on the inside border? I hate it when it's not obvious. At least it's a star player!

#215 Tris Speaker
#264 Don Mattingly
#269 Bryse Wilson (RC)
#70 Jeimer Candelario
#30 Robinson Cano
#73 Andrew McCutchen
#152 Walker Buehler
#180 Manny Margot
#94FS-13 Willy Adames (1994 Topps Future Star insert)

Ah, the graphical overindulgence of 90's baseball cards! It was ugly then, it's still ugly now.

#221 Justus Sheffield (RC)
#285 David Ortiz

Big Papi! I'm surprised the story of his shooting has died down. There was some high level drama unfolding when the police were first investigating this. Was he the intended target or not?

#2 Patrick Corbin
#4 Michael Chavis (RC)
#133 Nick Senzel (RC)
#156 Blake Snell
#108 Catfish Hunter
#I-3 Ichiro (Ichiro Retrospective insert)

Has anyone other than maybe Jeter had so many insert sets dedicated purely to one player? This is at least the 3rd that I'm aware of.

#289 Sammy Sosa

Interesting choice here. Sammy as a White Sox? What's really funny is the back shows only the last 15 years of his career, which doesn't include his time in the Pale Hose!

#235 Rogers Hornsby
#67 Goose Gossage
#78 Hank Aaron

The law of card blogs compels me to show you this Hank Aaron card.

#121 Tony Gwynn
#109 Andy Pettitte
#172 Steven Duggar (RC)
#275 Joe Morgan
#299 Michael Givens
#214 Whit Merrifield
#97 Bob Gibson
#88 Chipper Jones
#56 Luis Urias (RC)
#199 Jacob deGrom
#158 Richie Ashburn
#325 Luis Urias (RC,SP)

One final SP to show off - The box netted me 3 of the 30 short prints, which isn't horrible!

#224 Gary Sanchez
#230 J.P. Crawford

Here's what I got in the Topps Coins pack:

#C-22 Michael Kopech
#C-18 Max Scherzer

I've been doing these card set reviews for awhile now, but other blogs do them better. One of the best in the blog-o-sphere is at Sports Card Collectors. His reviews are very informative! (You can read his review of 2019 Archives here!). He's running a contest where you can win a lot of cool cards, including a Bartolo Colon autograph!

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Most Radest Player Born In The 80's

Yo, another totally tubular contest is going down at Collecting Cutch!  All I gotta do is take a chill pill and write about a choice jock born in the 80's? Bitchin!

2018 Donruss Optic - Pink
#72 Dustin Pedroia

My homey has had some gnarly heinous luck these past few years, but Dustin Pedroia had legit skillz on the diamond. His hitting was dope and his fielding was fly.

Where's the beef? Check this out:
  • 2007 Rookie of the Year
  • 2008  AL MVP
  • 2008 Silver Slugger
  • 2013 Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year
  • 4-time Gold Glove winner
  • 4-time All-Star
  • 3-time World Series Champion (You say 2018 shouldn't count? As if! Barf me out, poser!)

Borderline Hall of Famer? Word! (It could have been no-doubt if that grody spazz Machado didn't take our dude out with a harsh slide.)

Gotta motor! Later days and better days!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Repack Haiku #118 (Gerald Perry)

Eighty-eight  All-Star
Pinch-hit for Gooden in third
Fly ball to left field

1991 Ultra Update #U-109 Gerald Perry