Friday, August 17, 2018

Trade Recaps - Does That Say "23J"?

I'm playing catch-up today. I have a couple of trades that were completed earlier this summer to show off.

First, Eric from Old Red Sox Cards and I swapped some Red Sox cards. He asked for a Dustin Pedroia I had acquired last winter, while I left it completely up to him as far as a return goes. I guess he felt guilty taking a few months to complete the trade, because he ended up sending me this:

"Accrued Interest " as he put it! A beaut of a card, but Clay, my man, that has got to be one of the all-time worst signatures in baseball! I wouldn't have been able to place those lines without context if my life depended on it.

Next Tom from The Angels, In Order offered up a trade for some well-loved vintage checklists I had recently won. Tom took a peek at my So Close! page and found some good stuff to send me:

The Williams and Gooden completed two insert sets I was just shy of completing, while the McGwire knocks my 1990 Fleer set down to 5 missing cards.

Thanks for the trades, Eric and Tom!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Repack Haiku #64 (J.D. Drew)

Drew debut same day
that McGwire passed Maris
All-Star M.V.P.

2002 Upper Deck Diamond Connection #54 J.D. Drew

Monday, August 13, 2018

Some Goodwill Between Bloggers

Back in June, I showed off a bag of cards I had found at the local Goodwill. I found some good stuff, but the best thing I got out of it was a trade! Marc, a trading extraordinaire who runs the blog Remember The Astrodome, was eyeing any Astros I had in a stack of 1988 Score Glossy. I happily pulled the four cards I had and sent them, along was a few extras, to him. In exchange, he sent me:

In that same Goodwill post I also found some 1991 Donruss I didn't have. I mentioned how fairly close I was to completing the set, and Marc reached out to find out what else I needed. He ended up sending me most of what was missing. I'm now in the single digits towards completion!

Marc also graciously added a few cards from my "So Close!" page:

Those 2 Diamond Kings were the last two I needed for the 1990 Donruss set, and the Willie McGee completes the Bonus Cards insert set as well!

Thanks again for the trade, Marc!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Payday Pack - Shades Of The Past

A couple weeks after it's release, Stadium Club started showing up at my local stores. I was fortunate enough to snag a few packs while at Target before they all disappeared again. Since the packs only contain 5 cards, here's my 3 favorites from two packs I bought:

3rd Place

2018 Stadium Club #242 George Brett

Growing up, there were no shortage of George Brett cards. It's funny that after all this time, a high quality photo like this would completely stick out among his cards. A great card of a legend!

2nd Place

2018 Stadium Club #97 Miguel Sano

The best thing about this shot is how clearly you can see whats reflected in his sunglasses. Amazing!

1st Place

2018 Stadium Club #84 Nicky Delmonico

The White Sox have had a wide variety of uniform styles in their history, some better than others. This throwback jersey looks great, and makes me wish uniform numbers would show up on pants again.

Others Not Appearing On Stage:
#66 Jose Ramirez
#47 Matt Carpenter
#SCC-145 Giancarlo Stanton (Stadium Club Chrome)
#35 Marcus Stroman
#294 Sean Manaea
#PZ-NC Nelson Cruz (Power Zone)
#14 Daniel Murphy

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Repack Haiku #63 (Billy Hatcher)

For shame, Upper Deck!
The sad "Ball got by me" shot
You did Billy wrong

1991 Upper Deck #114 Billy Hatcher

Monday, August 6, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #16

Guillermo sat at his desk and compared the two lists before him. The list of people going through the time portals was much shorter than the list of people coming back through. These lists didn't even account for the few rebellious stragglers who jumped without authorization. It was enough to give him headaches.

Guillermo walked over to his bar and made himself a Tom Collins. He wasn't much of a fan of gin, but few drinks hit the spot on a hot August day quite like it. His thirst abated, he resumed his careful inspection of his lists. No matter which angle he approached it from, he couldn't see how the number could keep growing exponentially. Sooner or later, the universe would have to correct itself. How it would happen troubled him greatly. At least the powers that be had the forethought to use athletes instead of event-altering historical personalities. A baseball player could only alter the timeline so much, after all. That would limit any potential issues with this influx of players.

The jazz notes ringing from his phone interrupted his train of thought. The text was simple, but unexpected. Two more coming through. Two more to add to the list...


Only one trade this go around. On the last update I showed off some new checklists cards, and once again Tom from The Angels, In Order decided to snag them. In return, he sent me these:

Thanks again, Tom!

It dawned on me recently that the trade stack has more cards just from the 1950's then the original 2018 Topps pack I started out with. The Joe Collins cards just increases that total even more. I never thought this project would net me a single card from that decade, let alone 16 of them. Thanks to everyone who has traded with me so far!

There's just so much good stuff here! You know the deal by now! Make me an offer, either through this post or on the TCDB (Member Name: Kep75).

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2016 Topps Heritage - Baseball Flashbacks
#BF-EM Eddie Matthews

2015 Topps Heritage
#273 NL Aces (Adam Wainwright/Clayton Kershaw)

2012 Topps
#396 Yoenis Cespedes (RC)

1993-94 Fleer (basketball)
#224 Michael Jordan (LL)

1991 Conlon Collection TSN
#13 Red Ruffing (HOF)

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

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1986 Sportflics
#64 Bert Blyleven/Jerry Koosman/John Denny
#122 John Tudor

1986 Topps
#2 Rose Special '63-'66
#3 Rose Special '67-'70
#4 Rose Special '71-'74
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
#7 Rose Special '83-'85
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 Fleer
#660 Specials Checklist

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1980 Topps
#143 Bruce Bochte
#157 Willie Wilson
#671 A's Future Stars

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#465 Reggie Smith

1978 Topps
#24 Don Money
#193 Rich Chiles
#347 Terry Forster
#445 Mike Ivie
#471 Roy Smalley
#581 Lynn McGlothen

1977 Topps
#294 George Medich
#524 Rowland Office

1977 Topps (football)
#206 Cleveland Browns (CL)
#269 Archie Griffin (RC)

1974 Topps
#17 Doug Bird (RC) 

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

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

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#36 Steve Barber
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor

1970 Topps
#47 Bob Miller
#103 Frank Reberger

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

1969 Topps
#453 Mike Cueller

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

1969 Topps (football)
#73 Bennie McRae
#154 Sam Baker

1968 Topps
#4 1967 AL RBI Leaders (Yastrzemski/Killebrew/Robinson)

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

1967 Topps
#206 Dennis Bennett

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

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

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

1964 Topps
#60 Frank Malzone
#79 Bob Heffner (RC)
#305 Jack Lamabe
#352 Eddie Bressoud

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford
#246 Lee Strange
#343 Johnny Pesky (MGR)

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

1962 Topps
#278 Ken Johnson

1960 Topps
#95 Frank Thomas

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

1958 Topps
#341 Pittsburgh Pirates (CL, TC)
#371 Marty Keough (RC)

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

1957 Topps
#66 Brooks Lawrence
#235 Tom Poholsky
#249 Dave Pope
#371 Bob Lennon

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
#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

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: 22
Unique trading partners: 17

Number of cards mailed out: 41
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 110
Year of oldest card received: 1938

Friday, August 3, 2018

Cards For Miles

Did you ever have 2 random but completely different thoughts come together for an idea?

Thought #1: Back in December, I bought a secondhand exercise bike. I bought it because I had my yearly checkup and my doctor challenged me to drop 10 pounds. I managed to do 8, but it was enough improvement to make him happy. I kept up with the bike riding for awhile, then eventually stopped. I need to get back to using it regularly, and I think part of my problem is motivation. It was easy when my doctor gave me a concrete goal, less so when it was all on me.

Thought #2: I was playing around on the TCDB recently and wondered to myself how many cards I've acquired this past year. From June 2017 to June 2018, my collection increased by 3,650 cards. That was a shocking total, given as I only really buy a few packs a month. Yet here I was, averaging exactly 10 cards a day! Most of that obviously came from repacks and the generous bounty I've received though trades and blog contests.

So then I had an idea - what if I challenged myself to bike 1 mile for each card I acquire from here on out? Now granted, I'm not in shape enough to just jump on the exercise bike and do 10 miles a day, but surely I can build myself up to that, right? This seems like an achievable goal to me, and worth a shot. To help me commit to this, I'm also planning on posting updates to the blog.

I made this decision in early July, so I made that my starting point. I even used this idea to justify my first purchase of the month, which was made even easier by the knowledge that Stadium Club had finally filtered its way to my local Target. I bought 4 packs - 20 cards. I was now on the hook for 20 miles. If I can do about 3 miles a day, then that purchase could be "earned" in about a week.

2016 Topps Now #475 Ben Zobrist

Now it was just a matter of keeping track of all the cards I get in and how miles I hit each time I ride. So how did I do? Here's the tally:

July Summary



07/07 - 20 cards (bought 4 packs of Stadium Club)
07/09 - 11 cards (trade package received)
07/11 - 12 cards (bought 1 pack of Bowman Platinum)
07/12 - 02 cards (trade package received)
07/13 - 04 cards (trade package received)
07/18 - 30 cards (bought 1 pack of Tops Big League)
07/20 - 25 cards (trade package received)
07/25 - 03 cards (rescued from parents' shed)
07/26 - 06 cards (trade package received)

113 Total Cards (3.65 cards/day average)


07/09 - 2.58 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/10 - 2.95 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/12 - 3.02 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/14 - 3.15 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/15 - 3.25 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/16 - 3.14 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/18 - 3.32 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/19 - 3.36 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/28 - 3.36 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/29 - 3.57 miles biked (10 minute ride)
07/31 - 3.56 miles biked (10 minute ride)

35.26 Total Miles (3.21 miles/ride average)

113 cards - 35.26 miles = 77.74 miles due

As you can see, I missed my goal by quite a bit. Not exactly how I wanted to start out, but I'm not disappointed. There are a few outliers here. The biggest factor is that I missed two weeks worth of biking (I didn't start until July 9th, then was on vacation for a week later on in the month). A full month would have made these numbers look much better. My main takeaway here is that my card average is very close to the average amount of miles I've been biking each time. That's encouraging.

That being said, I can tell you right now August is going to be much more difficult. I have another trip planned, for one. Then, of course, Topps Archives gets released soon. And then there's this expected delivery. (Not that I'm complaining!) I'll have my work cut out for me, that's for sure!

Can I defeat the odds? Will I ever catch up? Tune in next month and find out!


In case you haven't heard, it's Blue Tape And Pull Tab Awareness Week! This initiative was started by defgav at Baseball Card Breakdown, and I for one have been trying to be a better trader because of it! I've got my blue tape, do you?