Monday, March 5, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #6

 They could practically feel the daggers in his eyes as they removed the sack from his head.

"Do you know who the #$&! I am?" he snarled at the shadowy figure before him. "I'm Derek Jeter, and you have made the biggest mistake of your life!" Even tied to a chair, his captures felt the awe and respect of the man addressing them now.

"We have need of your services, Derek." As Brian Cashman stepped into the light, his face remained calm and stoic. "We need you to go back in time and play shortstop for the 1955 Yankees."

The look on Derek's face was of complete shock. "Are you insane? Why would you want me to do that?"

A second figure emerged from the shadows. "Statistical Analysis, Derek." The visage of  the late George Steinbrenner smiled at him warmly. "Our research shows that we would have won the World Series in both '55 and '57 with you at shortstop. We won't rest until all the championships are ours!"

"M-m-m-m-mr Steinbrenner? You're dead! How can this be?" Even though he knew the answer, that time travel had somehow brought back the famous Yankee owner, he struggled with seeing it with his own eyes. He jerked and struggled against the rope. "No! I'm not a Yankee anymore! I'm free, I own the Marlins now!"

Steinbrenner looked over at Cashman. "He's resisting us again." Cashman nodded. "Understood, commander." He took a small notebook from his back pocket and began reading. "Longing...rusted...furnace...daybreak...."

Derek Jeter could only scream as his mind went blank....


I had tempered expectations when I came up with the idea of trading a pack of 2018 Topps. I was pretty confident I could get at least junk wax era cards for what I had, but I thought if I ended this experiment with some late 70's cardboard, it would be a success. One card was a wild card. I managed to pull a black parallel of one of the Derek Jeter inserts. That might have gotten something noteworthy. It was the only card I received multiple offers on, and in the end I netted an incredible return. I could end my experiment right now and call it an unqualified success!

How this for a time travel?

1954 Bowman #16 Jim Wilson
The back - What a story!

This 1954 Bowman currently stands as the oldest card in my collection. What a great card - I love the comeback story on the back!

Alright, so I'm 6 updates in, and so far I haven't received any offers for any of the older cards that have come in. I'm guessing some people are waiting to see all the cards I got in. Granted, I have a couple of cards I'm waiting on, but with this Bowman, you're looking at all the major old stuff. Now is the time to strike and offer me a trade! Comment below, or if you are a member of the TCDB, send a trade to Kep75!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#135 Atlanta Braves (TC)

2013 Topps Update
#US84 Stephen Drew

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1979 Topps
#455 Bill Lee

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

1971 Topps
#89 Ken Brett
#177 Hal McRae

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

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

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson


  1. These stories you're writing with each Time Travel post are terrific. I think this is my favorite so far. Typical Steinbrenner, lol.

    I think I might be able to help you with this trade stack soon. A little bit of vintage is on its way to me...I'm hoping to set aside a card or two for you, depending on what pops up :D

    p.s. Jim Wilson was a badass. Nice addition!

  2. Thanks! I don't consider myself a good story teller, let alone one that can write well, so I'm glad you like my exercises in creativity.