Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #3

Justin Turner could take a joke. In fact, he was considered one of the more creative pranksters in the clubhouse. This, however, was pretty good. When the mysterious invitation to an 80's themed party arrived, Justin was suspicious but confident he could narrow down the prankster behind it. It didn't stop him from putting on his rainbow 1983 Houston Astros uniform and showing up at this strange mansion in Baltimore, MD. When he arrived, he quickly discovered that everyone else was in lab coats. That would be the last he saw before things went black...

When he awoke, he found himself in a small shaking box, filled with strange lights and dials. A display seemed to be showing the date and time, but the date kept changing backwards in years. Justin was a fan of time travel movies, and it didn't take him long to discover what was happening here. It also didn't take him long to figure out how to work the time machine.

"Alright" thought Justin as he fiddled with the controls. "If there's one thing time travel movies have taught me, it's that historical figure thrust into modern time will have hilarious consequences." Justin smiled broadly as he set the dial to Texas, 1836. "Pranks on you now..."


When I started this idea of  trading a pack of new cards with the intent of getting the oldest cards possible, I knew I'd run into a potential trade where I'd get a card back I'd like to keep. When TCDB member gwhy11 offer me a card for the 1983 Topps insert of Justin Turner, I knew I'd have to face this situation. I got this card in the mail last weekend, and it's a beauty:

1962 Post Cereal #58 Frank Malzone

I'll be honest, I wouldn't mind holding onto this one. A vintage oddball of a Red Sox All-Star - what's not to like? Still, in the interest of the game, I am putting Mr. Malzone back into the trade stack. Do you want him? It starts with an offer of something older.

Now, this is where the game gets interesting. Although this was the only card in the agreed trade, gwhy11 also threw in a couple bonus cards! These also join the Time Travel stack:

1964 Topps #305 Jack Lamabe
Here's the back, complete with mysterious notations!

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back
Card #54 The Alamo's Answer

Wow, that Davy Crockett card is cool! I don't collect non-sport cards like this, but I'll wager there are a few readers out there who wouldn't mind adding this to their collection! The trading continues! Make me an offer!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#135 Atlanta Braves (TC)
#180 Ryan Braun

1979 Topps
#455 Bill Lee

1978 Topps
#193 Rich Chiles
#471 Roy Smalley
#581 Lynn McGlothen

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back
#54 The Alamo's Answer


  1. I love reading your updates. I registered with the TCDB, but I’ve yet to do anything with the site.

    1. Thanks! I've found TCDB to be an amazing resource. It makes it so easy to keep track of my collection.

  2. This is really fascinating. I think you'll end up with something awesome at the end. That Malzone is a nice piece of bait; I wish I had something older to offer.

    1. I could end this now and it would be an overwhelming success! I still have more stuff coming in too!

  3. Pretty impressive to be this far after three trade.

    1. I know! I wasn't expecting anything from the 50's or 60's this early! I thought the '78 cards would be about the limit of what I could expect.