Monday, April 30, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #10

Hal McRae glared at the pitcher as he positioned himself in the batter's box. This felt good, he thought. He felt 45 years younger, and the speed at which he barreled bat on ball was as good as it was when he was in his prime. 

Ken Brett checked his catcher's signals, and prepared his windup. Back in the day, McRae was a tough out. Chances are he still is. Maybe a few extra decades of experience will give me an advantage he thought. He threw a sharp fastball towards the plate, but the ball never reached the catcher's mitt. It didn't reach home plate at all! It just disappeared into thin air! Ken and Hal looked at each other as the rest of the world around them disappeared as well...


The time portal in Cincinati had been dormant for weeks. The lone guard was taken aback when it started up all by itself. From out of the smoke and flickering lights, a figure emerged. Pete Rose looked around and then checked his phone. "Dang it, still banned!" he mumbled, then turned and walked back into the portal, disappearing just as quickly as he appeared.

In Atlanta, the Braves organization were trying to escalate their rebuild. Already successful in sending a single player back in time, the next attempt was more ambitious. What if a whole team could be swapped? The 1990's Dynasty perhaps? Maybe a young Hank Aaron could show these launch angle hitters a thing or two? The possibilities were endless, and everyone was excited when the day finally came. So excited, in fact, that no one noticed that the dial was set to 1892 New York...


George Steinbrenner smiled as he looked over the reports. Sending Jeter back in time had been a huge success! History now showed the Yankees had won 34 World Series, and Jeter just kept going back again and again to win more. So what if an absurd amount of people were coming back through with him each time? There's been no consequences to speak of, no horrible anomalies that he'd have to deal with. 

At least not yet...


As far as mistakes go, bringing Davy Crockett to the present time was about as big of a mistake that could be imagined. Fortunately, time portal security was able to subdue him quickly, and the technicians were able to turn around and send him back. It looked liked no major disruptions to history were detected, so it appears they dodged a bullet. Now if they could just do something about that annoying bird chirping in the rafters...



Since my last update, I completed 5 more trades!  As a result, there are a whopping 25 new cards, and the 1954 Bowman is no longer the oldest card in the trade stack!

Trade #1

I sent the two 1971 Topps cards I had to a prominent member of the TCDB. In exchange, I got these great cards from 1960! How can you not love those Rookie Stars!

Trade #2

Technically, this isn't a trade. DM from the blog Now and Zen offered up these 1986 Topps Pete Rose special subset cards for nothing. His version of as he put it, one of the perils of time travel - a black hole loop!

Trade #3

TCDB member SDre31 took the last remaining 2018 Topps card from my original pack, along with a few others, and sent me these goodies in return:

That card of the 1892 New York Giants is amazing, and fits in well with the Time Travel "story-line".

Trade #4

Brace yourselves, readers. This next one is a game changer! TCDB member gwhy11 has participated in my Time Travels before. He was the generous trader who sent me the 1956 Alamo card, along with a few 1960 vintage. He came back again, taking a Derek Jeter card and bestowing upon me this beauty:

Going just on the agreed upon 1-for-1 trade, getting that 1952 Bowman is an amazing acquisition! Just like the Post Cereal card he sent before, I wouldn't be sad if this one stays in my collection! But he didn't stop there! I also received these beautiful vintage baseball cards:

It amuses me that I got a 1969 Topps card, since it the set this year's Heritage is based on. I even got a Deckle Edge insert!

To quote every great infomercial, "But wait, there's more!" The generous gwhy11 also included some other vintage sports cards, and another cool non-sport:

Anyone collect vintage football?

Trade #5

If you thought I meant that 1952 Bowman when I said I had a new contestant for oldest card in the stack, well, you would have been right for all of 3 days. The Davy Crockett card was sent off to another TCDB member. What he offered was a card from 1938!

I'll be honest, I'd be surprised to get anything older than this one! Still, if there is one thing this collecting community has shown me, it's that surprises happen regularly! This trade stack has officially grown to epic proportions with 53 cards! There's something for everyone! Make me an offer on any of these cards, just as long as I'm getting something older in return. Comment a trade request below, or through the Trading Card Database (Member Name: Kep75).

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2013 Topps Update
#US84 Stephen Drew

1995 Comic Images Phil Rizzuto's Baseball
#24 New York Giants

1992 Topps
#560 Rickey Henderson

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1986 Topps
#2 Rose Special '63-'66
#3 Rose Special '67-'70
#4 Rose Special '71-'74
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
#7 Rose Special '83-'85
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1981-82 Topps (basketball)
#14 Moses Malone

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1980 Topps
#671 A's Future Stars

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#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
#524 Rowland Office

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

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#36 Steve Barber
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor
#102 Rudy May

1972 Topps
#374 Jack Heidemann

1970 Topps
#103 Frank Reberger

1969 Topps
#453 Mike Cueller

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

1969 Topps (football)
#154 Sam Baker

1967 Philadelphia (football)
#109 New York Giants (TC)

1966 Topps
#444b Checklist 430-506 (CL)

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

1964 Philadelphia (football)
#172 Ken Gray (RC)

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

1962 Topps
#278 Ken Johnson

1960 Topps
#95 Frank Thomas
#138 Art Mahaffey (RC, RS)

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

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

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

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


  1. That is quite a bounty! You've got some very generous trade partners there. I can't wait to see what you get for the Vollmer and the Warbler!