In the realm of Dungeons & Dragons, it's called the
Bag of Holding - a
magical item that allows you to hold an infinite number of objects. Like Dr. Who's TARDIS, they are bigger on the inside. Santa Claus has
one. Magicians wear theirs on their head and pull rabbits from them. They're
My wife has one too (actually multiple). She calls them purses, and chances
are if you need something, she will have it in one of them. The only downside
is whenever I need a tissue or a breath mint, I have to go digging for it. I
have more than once spent up to 15 minutes looking for something inside her
purse, only to have her come in and find it instantaneously. I guess I
don't know the secret incantation...
Why am I telling you this?
In the Spring of last year, I had a slight problem with my Time Travel Trading
Project. Not one, but two trades never got completed. I never received my end
of either trade. Both trades were initiated around the same time, and both
trade partners were men of good standing/fellow bloggers that I have
traded with multiple times in the past (i.e. no reason to suspect anything
faulty on their end). I assumed it was a delay in the postal service, which is
common and the most likely cause. After three months, I wrote them off as
lost/stolen and moved on.
Fast forward to last week. My wife handed me an envelope and said she found it
while she was cleaning out one of her purses. From the timeless void, one of
the lost trades had finally made it way to my hands, a mere 16 months after it
was originally sent out!
Talk about Time Traveling Cards!
Rather than save these cards and show them off in the next update, I'm making a
special post to just add them now.
1915 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America First Series (J5) #1 Quail
This was, at the time, the first card I acquired that broke the century mark. The fifty year gap between what I traded and what I received is also easily a high water mark. This Quail card is 108 years old now, and incredibly, only the third oldest card I currently have for this project. As I've stated before, pre-WWII cards deserve to stay in the Time Travel Trade Stack as benchmarks to how far back I've been able to go. I'm assuming that no one wants to trade for this (not much of an assumption as an educated guess as there aren't many collectors out there that would want such a card and be willing to part with something older to get it.) However, it will remain in the stack should any daring collector should ever desire it.
The next batch of cards I have a little more faith someone may want one or more of them. 1972 Topps is one of the most easily recognizable sets in baseball, and is popular for it's far-out design.
Trade #47 (Gavin: Baseball Card Breakdown) Traded 11/04/19: 1976 Topps
#50 Fred Lynn (ASR), 1976 Topps #118 Boston Red Sox (TC), 1976 Topps #193 '75 NL
Home Run Leaders, 1976 Topps #597 Rookie Pitchers (Aase/Kucek/LaCorte/Pazik)
1972 Topps #163 Tug McGraw (See Trade #110)
1972 Topps #197 Johnny Briggs
1972 Topps #231 Casey Cox
1972 Topps #239 Tom Timmermann
1972 Topps #358 Sparky Anderson (MGR) (Trade #49)
1972 Topps #363 Ron Klimkowski
1972 Topps #373 John Mayberry
Looking back, it hurt a little to trade so many Red Sox cards to Gavin (Baseball Card Breakdown) now knowing that only two of the seven cards coming back would get claimed. Oh well, such is the nature of the project. I don't blame any one for overlooking these cards - the 1972 Topps set is one of the more well-represented sets in the trade stack, with 47 available cards for trade!
If unclaimed and traded for, they'll go to my personal collection (surprisingly, only one would be a dupe!) Any takers? All it takes is an older card in return!
We've got a relatively short update this week - only 3 trades. That doesn't mean the cards are any less impressive though!
We'll start things off with a trio of cards from Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders). He sent an All-Star card featuring a Hall of Fame catcher, plus two great oddballs:
I feel sorry for Brewers collectors. Those Police Dept cards, which were apparently tailored to dozens of different cities, must be a challenge to collect! This particular department wasn't even listed in the TCDB when I went to add it.
As always, there's some great vintage baseball here, along with a lone football card.
Speaking of football, I've noticed that when football season starts up, I see an increase in football cards getting both sent and received. Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) kicks off the new season in earnest with a dozen great 80's cards.
That's all for today, although one more trade is incoming! Thanks as always to the many awesome collectors who help keep this project flourishing!
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 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: 265 Unique trading partners: 71 Number of cards mailed out: 1,448 Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11 Number of cards received: 2,150 Year of oldest card received: 1890