Monday, June 18, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #13

Bruce Bochte was a fan of vintage photographs. Whenever his family went to a theme park, he'd always drag the wife and kids to get an old sepia-toned photograph of them dressed like an Old West frontier family. When he saw the ad in the paper looking for volunteers to recreate the 1982 New York Giants, he just knew he had to be a part of it!

The studio was in a once thought abandoned building just outside of town. No sooner had he walked through the doors then he was whisked to a dressing room to get fitted with an authentic vintage outfit. Bochte couldn't help think of how well crafted the clothing was - it was almost like it was really from the late 1800s!

As he stood on the platform with his "teammates", Bruce noticed that there was a lot of computers and strange equipment behind the camera set-up. Men in lab coats stared back at him with anticipation. Something's not right here, he thought.

The man with the camera smiled. "I don't really follow baseball, so forgive me if I mess up the terminology. After many strikeouts, I think we're ready to finally score a goal. Say hello to Phil Rizzuto for me!"

The flash of the camera was the last thing Bruce Bochte remembered.


The bad news: No one wanted the Rickey Henderson or Art MaHaffey cards, so their time traveling has come to an end.

The good news: As you can tell by the above story, I was able to get a new trade in! Doe from the blog Now and Zen, who previously sent me the set of 1986 Topps Pete Rose tribute cards, reached out to me requesting the card of the 1982 New York Giants. He offered me my choice from four 1980 Topps, and my return package just came in on Friday:

As you can see, in addition to the card of 1979 All-Star (It's true!) Bruce Bochte, Doe also sent along a couple of Red Sox inserts from this year's Opening Day set. It's good to have some fresh faces for the trade stack again! Thanks Doe!

Since it's been awhile, I'll recap the project: I started out with a pack of 2018 Topps Series One baseball cards, and have traded every card in that pack away for something older. The primary focus is to keep trading cards and getting an older card in return. The name doesn't matter, the condition doesn't matter. I just want to see how far back in time I can go!

Make me an offer on any of the cards below! You can comment on this post, or initiate a trade through the Trading Card Database (Member Name: Kep75). Help me keep this project going!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps Opening Day - Before Opening Day
#BOD-AB Andrew Benintendi

2018 Topps Opening Day - Team Traditions and Celebrations
#TTC-SC "Sweet Caroline"

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
#143 Bruce Bochte
#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

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

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. I'll trade for that 66 Topps checklist. Send you an email Tonite.

  2. Glad to see Doe kept this going. I'll have to see if there's anything I can offer up for the next one.

    1. You know you want that "Sweet Caroline" card! ;)

    2. I do actually! Thought I had it, but I don't. Can you throw it in to our trade for me?

  3. I'm glad to play along, and I love the stories. The Phil Rizzuto's Baseball card you sent was nifty enough that I ordered a hobby box from e-bay. Gotta have the whole set! lol

    1. That's awesome! I can't wait to see that blog post!

  4. I don't want to reveal what it is, but I have a 1970 tea card card that will add a wild flavor the adventure! I must have a 1979 Topps Bill Lee #455. :)

    1. I'm intrigued! The Spaceman will blast off to you this week!