Monday, December 10, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #24

Willie Jones saw the letter "W" everywhere he went. For obvious reasons it was the first letter he learned how to write, and he always admired the different ways that people would create it. During his career, a "W" was the goal of every game. Now here he was looking at his new cap - a white squiggly-looking "W" from a team that didn't exist the first time he was around. 

"Hey Willie, you're up!" one of the coaches bellowed. Thank the Good Lord no one called him "Puddin' Head" here. He hated that nickname. He wouldn't admit it, but that was the main reason why he turned down the chance to return to the Phillies. They wanted to embrace that moniker. They even had some endorsement lined up with the Jell-o. No thanks, he thought. People thought I was slow because of that name. 

Willie Jones stepped into the batting cage for the first time in almost 60 years. Fans lined up in Nationals gear just to watch him take practice swings. It felt good.

Willie Jones saw the letter "W" everywhere he went.


Sometimes I have an idea for a story based on the cards I'm sending out. Sometimes the cards coming in serve as inspiration. That was the case with a nice vintage I got from Bo at Baseball Cards Come To Life. He offered up a small trade to keep the Time Traveling going. I sent out a 1962 Topps card, and he sent this:

A little bit of writing on a vintage adds character, don't you agree? Besides those W's ended up being my story muse. The Superbowl cards were added as protection, but they get added to the stack nonetheless. Thanks again for the trade, Bo!

Alright, I know the holiday season is a hectic time, but in order to keep this project from losing all momentum I need trade partners! Any card, any condition, as long as it's older than the card I send out. Got some 80's junk wax? I have cards newer that can be had for that! Got your eye on something older? All I need is a card from one year prior! You know what to do!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#128 Tim Thomas

2001 Upper Deck - e-Card (golf)
#E-TW Tiger Woods

1993-94 Fleer (basketball)
#224 Michael Jordan (LL)

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

1990-91 Pro Set Super Bowl 160 (football)
#16 SB XVI Ticket - San Francisco 49ers / Cincinnati Bengals

1990 Pro Set - Theme Art (football)
#10 Super Bowl X Pittsburgh Steelers / Dallas Cowboys 

1986 Sportflics
#122 John Tudor

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
 #401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter

1983 Topps (football)
#219 Joe Cribbs (LL)
#280 Mike Renfro
#307 Jim Plunkett

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1980 Topps
#143 Bruce Bochte
#157 Willie Wilson
#671 A's Future Stars

1980 Topps (football)
#280 Jack Lambert (AP)

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#465 Reggie Smith

1978 Topps (football)
#126 Rick Kane (RC)

1977 Topps
#524 Rowland Office

1977 Topps (football)
#206 Cleveland Browns (CL)
#269 Archie Griffin (RC)
#405 Joe Greene

1975 Topps
#378 Derrel Thomas
#402 Bob Tolan

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

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

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#29 Tony Taylor
#36 Steve Barber
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor

1972 Topps
#43 Rick Wise
#109 Jerry May

1971 Topps (football)
#22 Ken Avery (RC)

1970 Topps
#47 Bob Miller
#56 Phillies Rookies - Joe Lis/Scott Reid (RC)
#103 Frank Reberger

1970 Red Rose and Blue Ribbon North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1969 Topps
#139 Andy Kosco

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyre

1969 Topps (football)
#73 Bennie McRae
#154 Sam Baker

1968 Topps
#4 1967 AL RBI Leaders (Yastrzemski/Killebrew/Robinson)
#348 Larry Colton/Dick Thoenen

1968 Topps - Game
#15 Steve Hargan

1968 Topps (football)
#7 Earl Gros

1966 Topps
#154 Chuck Hiller

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

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

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

1964 Topps
#60 Frank Malzone
#79 Bob Heffner (RC)
#352 Eddie Bressoud

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford
#246 Lee Strange
#343 Johnny Pesky (MGR)

1960 Topps
#95 Frank Thomas

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry
#289 Willie Jones

1958 Topps
#371 Marty Keough (RC)

1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport)
#83 Rude Awakening

1957 Topps
#66 Brooks Lawrence
#235 Tom Poholsky
#249 Dave Pope
#371 Bob Lennon

1956 Topps
#21 Joe Collins
#103 Willie Miranda (white back)
#156 Johnny Antonelli

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

1955 Topps
#126 Dick Hall (RC)

1954 Bowman
#73 Don Mueller

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

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

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: 27
Unique trading partners: 21

Number of cards mailed out: 58
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 137
Year of oldest card received: 1938


  1. You didn't add Willie Jones to this list. I've got some beat-up and/or marked-up '61s to trade for these:
    1964 Topps
    #60 Frank Malzone
    #79 Bob Heffner (RC)
    #352 Eddie Bressoud

    1963 Topps
    #111 Al Jackson
    #246 Lee Strange
    #343 Johnny Pesky (MGR)

    I'll send you six '61s for those. I'll also send you some 1970s baseball minor stars for these:

    1993-94 Fleer (basketball)
    #224 Michael Jordan (LL)

    1983 Topps (football)
    #219 Joe Cribbs (LL)
    #280 Mike Renfro
    #307 Jim Plunkett

    1980 Topps (football)
    #280 Jack Lambert (AP)

    1978 Topps (football)
    #126 Rick Kane (RC)

    1977 Topps (football)
    #206 Cleveland Browns (CL)
    #269 Archie Griffin (RC)
    #405 Joe Greene

    Maybe some more baseball will invigorate this project!

  2. The project could definitely use some reinvigorating! Email sent!