Friday, September 25, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Atlanta, GA

Have you ever tried to complete a set, not so much because you're a fan of that set, but more because you had so much of it you figured you might as well just do it?

That's where I'm at with 1989 Fleer.

Mind you, I don't hate the set. I don't loathe the gray pinstripes to the level that many collectors do. It's just an OK set for me. Yet, in my youth I ended up opening boxes of the stuff. I was probably trying to get my hands on a Griffey rookie like everyone else. When it was all said and done, it was one of those sets I had most of, but never fought to complete.

When got back into collecting and entering my cards in the TCDB, '89 Fleer stood among the sets listed as "almost complete". Over the years a few stray cards found their way into my collection, and eventually the cards left grew smaller and smaller.

I was on the TCDB looking to make some trades, and came across Rencher from Atlanta. As I was looking for what I wanted in return, I checked my So Close page and saw I only needed 18 more cards from this set. Rencher had 10 of them:

I'm now 8 cards away from completing the set. I might actually get around to completing this before the year is out. Of course, I would need two of the more famous cards from the set - a Randy Johnson rookie card and a Billy Ripken. (Honestly, for set completion purposes, I don't care which of the multiple variations each card has that I end up with. I will admit I'd like to acquire an unedited version of the Ripken somewhere down the line, but again, not necessarily for the set.)

Favorite Card: Probably Wallach, since he's the only action shot here. Plus those red Expos jerseys are might fine!

Thanks for the trade Rencher!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Repack Haiku #171 (Bob Tewksbury)

A mental skills coach
Helps players reach potential
Earned Masters in Psych
 1992 Topps #623 Bob Tewksbury

In addition to his roll of Mental Skill coach, he's also written a book, Ninety Percent Mental.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Time Travel Trading Update #45

What can I say, some months are just better than others! I usually consider myself lucky if I complete 1 or 2 Time Travel trades each month. There are days I hope for something, anything, to keep this project slogging along. I don't know what stars aligned since last time, but today I have a whopping 5 trades to show off! Granted, all but one were of the single card variety, but I'm ecstatic to have this much to show off! Let's get to it!

Trade #1 - On the TCDB, I have these cards as a separate collection from my personal, and all are marked as For Trade. Other collectors can search through my cards for trade, and make offers if they see something they need. One minor issue with the TCDB is that the Trade list combines by Time Travel cards and my regular collection "For Trade" cards together. What this means if that often I'll get a proposal for a Time Travel card, but the collector doesn't realize the card is part of a special project. I'll usually email the other person and explain things, and if they happen to have an older card on their For Trade list, make a counter-proposal. Such was the case with Timothy from Clover, SC. He proposed a trade for a 1956 Topps card I had (Joe Collins) and offered up some newer Red Sox cards I had on my want list. In what may be a first, I declined Red Sox cards in favor of a Yankee card instead! Timothy had one older card available for trade, and was gracious enough to send it my way:

A little beat up, as cards from the 50's tend to get, but a welcome addition to the trade stack! 

Trade #2 - The longer cards sit in the trade stack, the less likely they are to get claimed and traded for. These are especially true of cards from the overproduction era of the 80's and 90's. I was wondering what card in the stack has been with me the longest. That honor belonged to a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Glen Rice, which has been sitting in the Time Travel box since March 2018.* Feeling sorry for Mr. Rice, and not being a collector of basketball cards, I took the initiative and sought out a collector on the TCDB that had this particular card on his want list. The Rice rookie card, along with a few other non-project cards, are now in the hands of Terry from Eagle, MI. I targeted an 80's card in return, and settled on the card below.

*Technically the card that's been stuck in the stack the longest would be the 1954 Bowman Jim Wilson, which I originally acquired in February 2018. However, in November of that year I retired it and put in in my personal collection, only to un-retire it roughly 10 months later and put it back in my stack. That short time in my collection gave Glen Rice the honor.

Trade #3 - This trade comes courtesy of Jeff from Wax Pack Wonder. Jeff was musing on the beautiful  1955 Bowman set recently, and managed to find a few to send me as well.

The write-ups on the back of this set are some of the best ever written. Keriazakos' account of a Larry Doby catch is amazing, and I would love to see a modern take of players talking about the "Best Whatever" they have ever seen. In addition to these, Jeff included some other goodies as well.

I don't think I'll ever get used to Ron Santo in ChiSox red...

Trade #4 - Next up we have a trade from Tom at The Angels In Order. Being a team collector has no shortage of problems, one of which are multi-team cards like league leader cards. Tom recently discovered a missing Angel from his collection that I was more than happy to send his way.


First Santo in red, now May in blue. Has any team switched colors as much as the White Sox?

Trade #5 - Finally, we have a card sent to me by Eric from Old Red Sox Cards. (Eric has recently transitioned over to YouTube over normal blog posts - you should check out his channel The Card Closet!) Eric claimed a 1970 Topps card, and sent back this great card from 1966:

Thanks to all of you guys for these great trades! Hopefully this will jump start a few more! All you have to do is send me an offer in the comments or through the TCDB! Let's trade!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#502 Xander Bogaerts

2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

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 Fleer
#629 Jose Canseco (POD)

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
1987 Donruss
#34 Terry Steinbach (RC, RR)
#458T Jim Ray
#496T Tom Murphy

1974 Wonder Bread (football)
#8 Bob Griese 

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

1973 Topps
#29 Tony Taylor 
#30 Tug McGraw
#68 1972 Leading Firemen (Carroll/Lyle)
#75 Vada Pinson
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#80 Tony Oliva
#102 Rudy May
#116 Ralph Houk (MGR)
#145 Bobby Bonds
#215 Dusty Baker
#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 Topps
#33 Billy Martin (MGR)
#43 Rick Wise
#163 Tug McGraw
#197 Johnny Briggs
#225 World Series Game 3 - Manny Sanguillen
#231 Casey Cox
#239 Tom Timmermann
#266 Bobby Bolin
#363 Ron Klimkowski
#373 John Mayberry
#438 Maury Wills (IA)
#451 Tony LaRussa

1972 Topps (football)
#111 Jim Tyrer
#114 Bob James (RC)

1971 Topps
#16 Ken Singleton (RC)
#63 AL 1970 RBI Leaders (Howard/Conigliaro/Powell)
#575 Earl Wilson

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
#352 Alex Johnson (RC)

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
#98 2nd Series Checklist 89-176 (CL, VAR)
#258 Jack Sanford
#267 Norm Siebern
#399 Cliff Cook (RC) 

1960 Topps
#138 Art Mahaffey (RC, RS)
#289 Willie Jones
#414 Don Williams (RC)

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
#212 Rocky Colavito (RC)
#249 Dave Pope
#406 Bob Hale

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

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

1955 Bowman
#14 Gus Keriazakos (RC)
#34 Clint Courtney
#173 Chico Carrasquel 
#208 Ed Fitzgerald

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson
#73 Don Mueller

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)
1953 Topps
#35 Irv Noren 

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: 62
Unique trading partners: 36

Number of cards mailed out: 199
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 423
Year of oldest card received: 1915


Friday, September 18, 2020

Top 5 Tribute: Lou Brock

A week after the baseball world mourned the loss of Tom Seaver, another all-time great passed away. Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock passed away September 6th at the age of 81.

1977 Topps #355

I was surprised to find out this was the only card I owned of him from his playing days. 1977 was a memorable year for Brock, who officially became the all-time steals leader on August 29th of that year. 

1985 Topps Wolworth 

All-Time Record Holders #5

Among oddball sets, this Wolworth offering is among my favorites. One of the less known records Brock owns: the Major League record of 12 consecutive seasons with 50+ stolen bases (1965-76). If Rickey couldn't break that one, I don't think anyone will!

1991 Upper Deck #636

Of course, Rickey eventually broke Lou's Major League record for stolen bases. Brock is still the National League stolen base king however. Brock's career had been over for some time when I got interested in baseball, so I didn't learn how great he really was until Henderson started getting closer to the record. I love this card - from the painted crowd in the background, to the team color specific bow ties - this card was just straight up classy!

2016 Topps Archives #282

 Like I said, I didn't have any cards from his young days, so this Archives card will have to do. It's cards like this that make me enjoy the Archive brand so much!

2016 Topps Update 

- 3,000 Hits Club #3000H-17 

Lou became the 14th player in history to collect 3,000 hits in 1979 when he stroked a single against the team that traded him, the Cubs. That would turn out to be his final season, and he retired winning one last award - the 1979 NL Comeback Player Of The Year!

Rest In Peace, Mr. Brock! You will be missed!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Repack Haiku #170 (Luis Salazar)

He lost his left eye
When batter hit a foul ball
Struck him in the face 
1989 Fleer #144 Luis Salazar

Salazar was a minor league manager in the Braves system in 2011. During a Spring Training game, a liner off the bat of Brian McCann stuck him as he stood in the dugout.


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Top 5 Tribute: Tom Seaver

Two weeks ago, we lost an all-time great. Tom Seaver passed away at the age of 75. Seaver was one of those players that I learned early in my collecting career was one of the best, but was on the back end of his career in the mid-eighties. I knew him from the Red Sox and White Sox more than the Mets and Reds.

In honor of his life and career, I present the top 5 Tom Seaver cards in my collection:

1971 Topps #72 NL 1970 Strikeout Leaders

The oldest card in my collection, and the one I feel best summarized Seaver. According, to TCDB, I have 24 cards of Tom Seaver. 25% of them are League Leader cards. I have him gracing cards for strikeouts, ERA, and wins - the triple crown of 1960's and 70's pitching categories. He lead his league 5 times in strikeouts, and 3 times each for the other two.

1980 Topps #500

I said before I was more familiar with him with Chicago and Boston, but I also had my fair share of his Cincinati days. I actually miss when Topps would give the rounded hundred numbers to all-time greats (usually) and all-star caliber guys with the tens. Seaver undoubtedly earned #500 in this set.

1987 Topps #425

Of course, I'd be doing myself a disfavor if I didn't  show off at least one card of Seaver on my favorite team. This sunset card reflects his last season, spent partially with the Red Sox after a mid-season trade. He was still a serviceable pitcher, but unfortunately got hurt before the 1986 playoffs. I can't help but wonder if he would have made a difference in that World Series if he was healthy.

2012 Panini Cooperstown - Hall History #9

It seems so long ago now, but there was a time Tom Terrific was the standard for Hall of Fame vote percentage. His inclusion on 98.8% of the ballots was a high water mark that stood until Ken Griffey Jr surpassed him in 2016. He's now 4th highest behind Rivera, Jeter, and Griffey.

2016 Topps - The Greatest Streaks #GS-07

10 consecutive strikeouts is impressive, but the story of the game makes this even more remarkable. Overall he struck out 19, giving up two hits. You want an example of pure pitching domination? Those 10 straight strikeouts came during the last 10 outs of the game! Think about that - starting with the last out of the 6th inning, he recorded the final three frames all via strikeout. I can't imagine what the opposing team (Padres) were thinking as they helplessly tried to do something, anything, against Seaver.

Rest in peace, Mr. Seaver. You will be missed!

Friday, September 11, 2020

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From San Antonio, TX*

(*and also Eagle MI!)

You wouldn't have known from reading my blogs, but I took some time off this month. I had some minor nasal surgery on the 1st. Since I hadn't used any vacation time this year, I decided to just take some time and enjoy life at home as I recovered. Part of my little break was also going to be from blogging, since I wasn't sure how up to it I'd feel post surgery. Fortunately, I had enough posts ready to publish ahead of time, and really only missed Labor Day on my usual M-W-F schedule.

It was almost perfect, except for the part where I realized Wednesday's haiku was the last thing I had  scheduled. So I apologize in advance if the next few posts are a little sloppy, as I'm trying to whip up some short tributes to a couple of deceased legends, another Time Travel update, and new haiku for next week.

Anyway, on to the subject of today's post. Like a lot of people who rely on Wal-Mart and Target to get new product, the shelves have been bare for most of the summer and there hasn't been much of anything. (I went to Target a few days ago for the first time in months, and the only baseball cards they had were Angels team sets...from 2016!) Needless to say, I've been trying to get at least the Red Sox cards from Topps Series 2 via the trade route, and managed to pick up 4 of them from a TCDB named JD.

It makes me sad to say this, but Topps needs to stop putting Pedroia in the base set. He's played 9 games since 2018. He's done, although I still hope he gets one last chance next year.

I also picked up a couple of cards from Terry in Eagle, MI. My trade with Terry was actually a Time Travel Trade, which I'll get to sometime in the near future. Outside of that I picked up two more cards:

I really like how these two cards look next to each other! Although each pitcher is facing a different direction, you have a straight arm on the left and a bent arm on the right. Eovaldi is wearing the road grays while Hernandez gets the more colorful home reds. Just a lot of similarities and contrasts between the two!

Favorite card: Pretty standard photos here, so I'll pick the sharp red uniform on Hernandez!

Thanks for the cards JD and Terry! 

Never forget!