Friday, December 3, 2021

Completed! The Best Of 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier

Earlier this week I showed off the last card I needed to finish the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set. Completing a set is always a noteworthy occasion, so I thought it would be fun to show off some cards and give out some yearbook style superlatives.

Best Red Sox card: Wade Boggs

Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I'm trying to figure out in my head how the bat still points forward on a follow-through swing. This looks completely unnatural to me for some reason, but perfectly natural to Boggs. 

Best Hall of Fame player: Rickey Henderson

The only card in the set that memorializes a season highlight. Even after almost 30 years, 1,000 stolen bases is insanely impressive and I doubt we'll ever see someone else reach it.

Best rookie card: Rod Beck

 There's a very small number of rookies in this set, so I'll give the nod to the 3x All-Star.

Best card back: Mark McGwire

The look on his face is priceless! This is the most "WTF" look I've ever seen on a card!

Best smile: Kyle Abbott

If I'm going to hand out superlatives, I should  give one out to the guy who genuinely looks like he's having a yearbook photo taken...

Best action shot: Mark Whiten 

This set doesn't have a lot of action on it's cards. Whiten kicking up a dust cloud was a pretty easy choice.

Best background: Kenny Lofton

I love clear shots of the dugout, even if this particular card makes me think I'm looking at a frame from the movie "Major League".

Best facial hair: Doug Jones

There were some great cookie-dusters in 1992, but I'll give this esteemed reward to the recently departed Jones.

Best thing about the set 

It's a Canadian set, which means you have a fun way to learn French!

Biggest surprise 

As I was looking at the Hall of Fame players in this set, it dawned on me that Larry Walker is not represented. O-Pee-Chee (and Leaf) leaned heavily on it's Canadian roots, and often focused on the Expos and Blue Jays. It amazes me that they left off an up-and-coming superstar, who not only was a native of Canada himself, but played for a Canadian team. Walker should have been an easy addition!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Repack Haiku #232 (Mark Langston)

Lost rookie award
To teammate Alvin Davis
Despite strikeout crown
1989 Topps Traded
#66T Mark Langston

This card also reflects Mark's trade to the Expos. The Mariners got some tall pitcher named Randy Johnson in return.

Monday, November 29, 2021

TCDB Trade: A Card From Victoriaville, QC, Canada

Just a quick little one card trade, courtesy of a TCDB member who goes by JF.
This Tony Gwynn was the last card I needed to complete the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set! This is one of those sets that I picked up a box of way back in high school, got most of the set, and didn't think to finish until recently. This becomes the second hand-collated complete set I've finished this year, and my first ever foreign set! Anyone else out there complete a foreign set before?
Thanks for the trade JF!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thank You, Times Three

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Lately I have a lot to be thankful for, especially when it comes to baseball cards. I have been on the receiving end of some acts of kindness, and I'd like to properly thanks those who have brightened my days.

Thank you to Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders). He sent along a few Missing Sox along with his latest Time Travel Trade. It's always nice to knock a few Hall of Famers off the list, as well as a baby-faced Dwight Evans!

Thank you to blog reader Oren, who surprised me with a mailer full of Red Sox goodies. Not shown are a few autographs/relics I also got - my original intent was to have a post dedicated just to this mailing, but then I switched gears and had to retake this picture after I had already filed away the hits.

Oh, and since Oren was curious to know which of these ended up as my favorite:

Fun photo + shiny gold border = a win in my book!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to Jim (Cards As I See Them). Awhile back, he showed off a Red Sox card from Topps Update that I had yet to see. I commented how I thought it was a fun card (even if I'm not too keen on those yellow jerseys), and Jim graciously sent it my way, along with a few cards from my So Close list. That '78 Topps list just keeps shrinking and shrinking!

Thank you again guys for your kindness. I fully intend to pay back, or at least forward, some kindness this Christmas season!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Repack Haiku #231 (Terrell Wade)

3 games, 4 innings
Was enough to earn a ring
With '95 Braves
1994 Upper Deck Minors
#7 Hawatha Terrell Wade

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I'm thankful for your views, your comments, your support, and your friendship!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

RIP Doug Jones

1991 Score #884 Doug Jones (DT)

Seeing as I once proclaimed this card as the greatest card ever made (a statement I still stand by), I felt obligated to at least acknowledge the passing of the 5 time All-Star. RIP Mr. Jones, this card will always hold a special place in my heart.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #59

It's Thanksgiving week, and I for one am thankful that I have so many great cards to show off and trade in this month's edition of Time Travel Trading! So unbuckle those belts and get comfy, because there's a lot to digest here!

When I concluded last month's update, I mentioned I had one more trade pending. Wouldn't you know it, those cards came the same day I posted. The trade comes courtesy of Greg (Night Owl Cards). Greg sent these two cards in exchange for a football card:

Next comes some vintage cards from Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders), including the iconic Lowell Palmer and his sunglasses. (I'm also thankful for the bonus cards Jeff sent to me, which I promise I'll show off in a later post.)

The big trade of the month comes from a TCDB member named Ken. 13 cards get added to the stack, all from the 1950's!
Including some great vintage football!

Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life!)  was more than happy to snag all those minis I acquired last time, and sent a fantastic selection of baseball cards. 

I had an opportunity to make a trade on the TCDB, but the other trader wanted a few cards that were in the Time Travel stack. So I made a trade with myself, adding those two cards to my personal collection and putting these two in the trade stack:

We come full circle with our last trade, which comes from Greg (Night Owl Cards) again! This time he nabbed a few players he has had the opportunity to interview and sent back some beauties, including a vintage Koufax and a Hostess. (As a upstate NY native, I appreciate those Bills cards as well - Let's go Buffalo!)

I'm still awaiting returns on a couple more trades, so hopefully we'll have a great big Christmastime edition of Time Travel Trading for next month. As always, these cards are all available in exchange for an older card! You can claim your cards below, or through the TCDB (Kep75). Let's make some trades!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2021 Topps Heritage
#205 Nathan Eovaldi
2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)
2019 Topps Archives
#15 Carlton Fisk 
2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2015-16 Upper Deck (hockey)
#185 Alex Ovechkin
2014 Topps Valor - Strength (football)
#52 Richard Sherman (SN499)   
2013 Panini USA Champions
#56 Randal Grichuck
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Chrome
#13 Brian Roberts
#122 Hanley Ramirez

2010 Bowman Chrome - Prospects
#BCP178 Nathan Adcock
#BCP186 Jhan Marinez
2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson 
2010 Topps (football)
#341 Peyton Manning (AP)
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499) 
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu  
2004 Topps
#203 Bo Hart (ASR)

2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites
#52 Clete Boyer

2002 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#64 Frank Howard

2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#76 Don Larsen
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
2000 Just
#29 Brian Daubach 
1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
1996 Fleer Update
#U238 Tim Salmon (ENC) 
1994 Stadium Club
#448 Erik Pappas 

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1992 Score - 90's Impact Players
#65 Ron Gant 
1991 Stadium Club

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti
1991 Pacific (football)
#32 Steve Tasker 

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1990 Upper Deck
#626 Frank Viola

1990 Pro Set - Theme Art (football)
#10 Super Bowl X Pittsburgh Steelers / Dallas Cowboys
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1987 Topps - All-Star Game Glossy
#10 Dwight Gooden 
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#239 Dwayne Murphy
1982 Fleer
#33 Bucky Dent 
1982 O-Pee-Chee
#254 Jorge Bell (RC)
#275 Bob Watson 

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

1982 Topps
#125 Danny Ainge
#237 Rusty Kuntz 
1982 Topps (football) 
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis 
#271 Dick Drago 
#325 Dan Driessen  
#406 Paul Molitor
#558 Jay Johnstone 
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)
1978 Topps (football)
#339 Joe Ferguson 
1977 Topps
1977 Topps (football)
#350 Bill Bergey (AP)
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese
1976 Hostess
#75 Boog Powell (SP) 

1976 Topps
#70 Roy Smalley/Roy Smalley Jr. (FS)
1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#485 Norm Cash 

1972 Topps  
#237 Cesar Cedeno (RC) 

1970 Brooke Bond North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#252 Lowell Palmer (RC)
#287 Fred Talbot 
#390 Willie Davis  
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
1968 Topps
#15 Ron Hunt
#399 Al Worthington 

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#149 Wayne Schurr 
#178 Dalton Jones
#307 Barry Latman

1964 Topps 
#5 NL Strikeout Leaders (LL)
#421 Camilo Carreon 
1963 Topps

1962 Topps

1961 Topps
1960 Topps
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
#424 Ken Aspromonte

1958 Topps
#6 George Zuverink
#23 Bill Tuttle (VAR)
#36 Ted Kazanski
#447 Ray Monzant
#473 Bill Renna (UER)
#474 Roman Semproch (RC)   

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

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone 
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan
1955 Bowman
#195 Erv Palica (VAR)
#207 Spec Shea

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer
1955 Bowman (football)
#9 Don Stonesifer
#29 Bucko Kilroy

1955 Topps All-American (football)
#46 Arnie Lassman
1954 Topps
#238 Al Aber

1954 Bowman
#73 Don Mueller

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)

1953 Topps

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

1937-38  Diamond Matchbooks Tan 6 (hockey)
#NNO Glenn Brydson
1935 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Eighth Series (J9-4) (non-sport)
#10 California Jay

1933 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Fifth Series (J9-1) (non-sport)
#5 Indigo Bunting 

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
1890 N245 Sweet Caporal Actors & Actresses (non-sport)
#NNO Frankie Raymond

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: 128 (2 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 54

Number of cards mailed out: 492
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 773
Year of oldest card received: 1890