Friday, May 24, 2019

I May Be So Close, But Bo Hit The Target!

Earlier this week, I showed off some great cards Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) sent a part of my Time Travel Trading Project. Every time he sends me cards I have to praise how generous of a person he is because he always goes above and beyond. This recent mailing was no exception. In addition to the Time Travel lot, he also mentioned he had a few cards from my So Close! page. He was able to shorten the list of cards considerably:


Fleer had some really cool insert sets in the late 80's/early 90's. For what it's worth, I'm down to one card needed for the 1990 Fleer All-Stars insert set (Harold Baines)!

Bo also inquired if I had any sets I was working on. I've always had it in my mind to try and complete the 1981 Topps set, and shared my list of needs with him. He sent a few of those my was as well:


I only need about 80 cards now for this set. I may actually complete it one day!

The ironic part is that Bo's blog has been doing a regular series on the 1981 Topps set. It's quite informative. I even learned about a Hall of Fame cameo on one of my favorite cards from the set - Not once in 38 years did I make the connection! Anyway, if you're not a regular reader of Baseball Cards Come To Life!, you should be. Thanks again, Bo!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Repack Haiku #103 (Tim Wallach)

Wallach's second time
Means he is the very first
Deja vu haiku!

1991 Upper Deck #235 Tim Wallach

It was only a matter of time before someone showed up again. I've done one for him already: Repack Haiku #70

Monday, May 20, 2019

Time Travel Trading Update #30


 I'm sorry, but there will be no story for this post. Creatively, I'm tapped out. I enjoy writing these little tales, but after all this time I feel like they're getting repetitive. I'm toying with the idea of rebooting the stories, and actually telling one long narrative as opposed to multiple one-shot shorts. That would take some serious planning, however. We'll see...

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Once again, Bo from Baseball Cards Come To Life! has come through with another great trade. In sending out his cards, I reached another milestone - I have now sent out exactly 100 cards since this project has began! Considering I only started out with just a pack of 13, that's an impressive total. I couldn't have done it without so many great trade partners! Here's the latest and greatest cards joining the stack:





I see what you did there, Bo!






Look at all those beautiful '65s!


Traders needed! I'm looking for anyone willing to trade a card older than what they receive! I can't keep relying on Bo (and Gary for that matter) to keep the flow of cards coming and going! I need fresh blood! Make me an offer!

Comment below or send me a trade through the Trading Card Database (User Name: Kep75)

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#502 Xander Bogaerts

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner

2017 Topps 
#380 Albert Pujols 

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

2001 Upper Deck - e-Card (golf)
#E-TW Tiger Woods

1998 Score
#18 Rickey Henderson
#60 Carlos Delgado
#68 Scott Rolen
#74 Mark McLemore

1996 Upper Deck 
#202 Alex Rodriguez

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 Sportflics
#122 John Tudor

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

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
#63 Don Zimmer (MGR)
#131 Bert Blyleven
#295 Bill Lee
#373 Jim Willoughby
#424 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#482 Rick Miller
#706 Rookie 1st Baseman (Cage/Cox/Putnam/Revering) 

1977 Topps
#524 Rowland Office

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
#230 Carl Yastrzemski
#597 Rookie Pitchers (Aase/Kucek/LaCorte/Pazik)

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

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms
#158 Jack Billingham

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

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 Kellogg's All Time Greats 
#1 Walter Johnson  

1972 Topps
#43 Rick Wise
#109 Jerry May
#437 Maury Wills
#438 Maury Wills (IA)
#450 Mickey Lolich

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
#290 Tony Oliva
#374 Clete Boyer
#374 Clete Boyer
#385 Maury Wills
#388 Al Oliver

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

1970-71 Topps (basketball)
#16 Bob Weiss 

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
#56 Phillies Rookies - Joe Lis/Scott Reid (RC)
#103 Frank Reberger

1970 Topps (football)
#135 Paul Warfield 

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
#139 Andy Kosco

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

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)
#309 Ken Henderson
#348 Larry Colton/Dick Thoenen
#449 Gene Oliver

1968 Topps - Game
#15 Steve Hargan

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

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

1966 Topps
#154 Chuck Hiller

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

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

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

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

1964 Topps - Coins 
#7 Frank Malzone

1963 Topps
#155 Bill Stafford

1961-62 Fleer (basketball)
#32 Willie Naulls 

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
#289 Willie Jones
#548 Don Mincher (RC) 

1959 Topps
#298 Tex Clevenger
#424 Ken Aspromonte

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

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

1957 Topps
#66 Brooks Lawrence
#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 Topps
#126 Dick Hall (RC)

1954 Bowman
#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

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: 34
Unique trading partners: 24

Number of cards mailed out: 100!
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 258
Year of oldest card received: 1938

Friday, May 17, 2019

Payday Pack - Finally!

I haven't had much luck with the few packs of Heritage I've bought so far. Despite a large number of Red Sox cards in the set, I haven't pulled many at all. Fortunately, a recent trade took care of most of the team, but I still lack the Red Sox highlights from the World Series subset. Will this pack be of any help?

3rd Place

2019 Heritage #367 Bryce Harper (AS)

The packaging on the Heritage hangers is flimsy enough where I can make out the card on the back. I adore the All-Star subset, and seeing Harper on the back made the choice between packs easy.

2nd Place

2019 Heritage #444 Kenta Maeda

Maeda becomes the first short print I've pulled from any of this year's product. Love that cloudy sky!

1st Place

2019 Heritage #310 Red Sox
Celebrate World Series Title Win!

If the post's title didn't make it obvious, I finally pulled a Red Sox World Series card! I've never been so happy to have a card of two men hugging! 1 down, 3 to go!

Contestants Not Appearing On Stage:
#103 Miguel Rojas
#217 Tim Anderson
#193 Devon Travis
#21 Athletics Rookie Stars (Laureano/Martini)
#249 Jeremy Jeffress
#262 Padres Rookie Stars (Nix/Urias)
#224 Chase Anderson
#36 Reds Rookie Stars (Trahan/Reyes)
#255 Jon Gray
#232 A.J. Minter (ASR)
#248 Gerardo Parra
#264 Colin Moran
#154 Nationals Rookie Stars (Cordero/Voth)
#291 Steve Cishek
#388 Carlos Santana
#294 Justin Anderson
#316 Dansby Swanson

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Repack Haiku #102 (Bret Saberhagen)

Two Cy Youngs is fine
Not as cool as guest spot on
"Married With Children"

1993 Pinnacle #185 Bret Saberhagen

He's even has his own IMDB listing!

Friday, May 10, 2019

6 Degrees Of Mookie - The Warren Newson Connection

It's time once again for "6 Degrees Of Mookie" - the fabulous game show blog post where I take a random card in my collection and attempt to connect it to current Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts! Let's take a look at today's contestant!

Random TCDB Card: 

1992 Score # 398 Warren Newson (RP)



Newson has a rather nice action shot on his 1992 Score card. He spent a impressive 8 years in the big leagues, all in the American League. He played with guys who had longer careers, such as...

Teammates in the 1992 Score set
# 398 Warren Newson (RP)
#893 Frank Thomas (DT)

I always thought 1992 Score was a great set, and the Dream Team subset is one of the reasons why. This simple shot of "The Big Hurt" looks normal until you realize he's holding an oversized bat.

Teammates in the 2009 Topps set
#24 Frank Thomas
#46 Brad Ziegler (ASR)

While Frank Thomas was winding down his Hall of Fame career, Brad Ziegler was just starting to make his mark. Guys who throw sideways always look weird on their cards. That arm is made of rubber!

Teammates in the 2016 Topps Update set
#US127 Brad Ziegler
#US201 Mookie Betts (AS)

The Red Sox acquired Ziegler in a mid-season trade in 2016. He signed with Miami after the season and retired last year. 2016 was the year Mookie started breaking out as a superstar, finishing 2nd in the MVP Award race.

Degrees of Mookie: 3

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Repack Haiku #101 (Hensley Meulens)

His "Bam Bam" nickname
Came from Flintstones character
With impressive strength 

1989 Donruss #547 Hensley Meulens