Monday, April 9, 2018

Time Traveler Update #9

Joey Votto looked at himself in the mirror. He looked exactly the same as he did before, and yet, he knew his body was 2 years younger. It was the ultimate low-risk/high-reward procedure - by going back in time just a couple years, he could extend the life of his playing career without anyone noticing. Yet, he wondered exactly how far back he could realistically travel. Would five years be too much of a stretch?

"Only one way to find out!" Bill Frehan exclaimed, as if he was reading his mind. "I came back out of there many more years than you did, and I'm doing fine. It's not like you have any grey hairs to dye!" Votto took the words from his old friend into consideration. 

"OK, let's do it!"


The latest trade came courtesy of Chris, who writes the blog The Collector. (He's been doing a fun series of posts based on a tour of sports team cities - you should go check it out!) Chris has made a few mentions of wanting to make a trade, and he finally pulled the trigger with my last update. The 2016 Topps Chrome Joey Votto and 1977 Topps Bill Freehan were in my possession for less than a week before I shipped them off to Chris. In exchange, he sent me some great cards from 1963:

But that's not all! Chris included some bonus cards as well:

I'm honestly amazed that I never thought of getting a Turn Back The Clock card as part of this experiment. They're the perfect time travel cards! Good thinking Chris!

I'm tempted to make a family-tree style graph once the Time Travel Trading series has wrapped up. From the initial trade of a 2018 Topps Ryan Braun, I essentially got these 6 cards, plus 10 others! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#135 Atlanta Braves (TC)
#LTM-CC Carlos Correa (Legend In The Making insert)

2013 Topps Update
#US84 Stephen Drew

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

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1986 Topps
#401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Topps
#66 Dick Williams (MGR)

1981-82 Topps (basketball)
#14 Moses Malone

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

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

1972 Topps
#374 Jack Heidemann

1971 Topps
#89 Ken Brett
#177 Hal McRae

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

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

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson

I've got one trade pending, otherwise this list is up to date. See something you like? Working on a vintage set perhaps? Make me an offer - all I require is an older card, even if it's just one year prior! Comment below or contact me on the Trading Card Database (TCDB name: Kep75). I need your help to keep this going!


  1. This is such a fun series, your time travel stories really enhance the experience. I figured that Fernando was a perfect fit for this, and I'd like to see you do a family tree-style trade lineage. I bet it will look like the Herschel Walker trade when you're done :)

    Thanks for the swap!

    1. Thanks Chris, it's getting tougher writing those stories, so I'm glad they are being enjoyed!

  2. I could use the 1971 McRae for my set build. I'll send you something older in return. And I also owe you for the Pedroia card you sent me, so there will be some extras too.

    1. Sorry, I agreed to trade both of the '71 cards yesterday afternoon to someone else. Do you have a want list? I can look through what I have and see if I have anything to help you.