Monday, September 21, 2020

Time Travel Trading Update #45

What can I say, some months are just better than others! I usually consider myself lucky if I complete 1 or 2 Time Travel trades each month. There are days I hope for something, anything, to keep this project slogging along. I don't know what stars aligned since last time, but today I have a whopping 5 trades to show off! Granted, all but one were of the single card variety, but I'm ecstatic to have this much to show off! Let's get to it!

Trade #1 - On the TCDB, I have these cards as a separate collection from my personal, and all are marked as For Trade. Other collectors can search through my cards for trade, and make offers if they see something they need. One minor issue with the TCDB is that the Trade list combines by Time Travel cards and my regular collection "For Trade" cards together. What this means if that often I'll get a proposal for a Time Travel card, but the collector doesn't realize the card is part of a special project. I'll usually email the other person and explain things, and if they happen to have an older card on their For Trade list, make a counter-proposal. Such was the case with Timothy from Clover, SC. He proposed a trade for a 1956 Topps card I had (Joe Collins) and offered up some newer Red Sox cards I had on my want list. In what may be a first, I declined Red Sox cards in favor of a Yankee card instead! Timothy had one older card available for trade, and was gracious enough to send it my way:

A little beat up, as cards from the 50's tend to get, but a welcome addition to the trade stack! 

Trade #2 - The longer cards sit in the trade stack, the less likely they are to get claimed and traded for. These are especially true of cards from the overproduction era of the 80's and 90's. I was wondering what card in the stack has been with me the longest. That honor belonged to a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Glen Rice, which has been sitting in the Time Travel box since March 2018.* Feeling sorry for Mr. Rice, and not being a collector of basketball cards, I took the initiative and sought out a collector on the TCDB that had this particular card on his want list. The Rice rookie card, along with a few other non-project cards, are now in the hands of Terry from Eagle, MI. I targeted an 80's card in return, and settled on the card below.

*Technically the card that's been stuck in the stack the longest would be the 1954 Bowman Jim Wilson, which I originally acquired in February 2018. However, in November of that year I retired it and put in in my personal collection, only to un-retire it roughly 10 months later and put it back in my stack. That short time in my collection gave Glen Rice the honor.

Trade #3 - This trade comes courtesy of Jeff from Wax Pack Wonder. Jeff was musing on the beautiful  1955 Bowman set recently, and managed to find a few to send me as well.

The write-ups on the back of this set are some of the best ever written. Keriazakos' account of a Larry Doby catch is amazing, and I would love to see a modern take of players talking about the "Best Whatever" they have ever seen. In addition to these, Jeff included some other goodies as well.

I don't think I'll ever get used to Ron Santo in ChiSox red...

Trade #4 - Next up we have a trade from Tom at The Angels In Order. Being a team collector has no shortage of problems, one of which are multi-team cards like league leader cards. Tom recently discovered a missing Angel from his collection that I was more than happy to send his way.


First Santo in red, now May in blue. Has any team switched colors as much as the White Sox?

Trade #5 - Finally, we have a card sent to me by Eric from Old Red Sox Cards. (Eric has recently transitioned over to YouTube over normal blog posts - you should check out his channel The Card Closet!) Eric claimed a 1970 Topps card, and sent back this great card from 1966:

Thanks to all of you guys for these great trades! Hopefully this will jump start a few more! All you have to do is send me an offer in the comments or through the TCDB! Let's trade!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2018 Topps
#502 Xander Bogaerts

2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner

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

1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
#74 Mark McLemore

1994 Sportflics
#113 Pete Harnisch

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer

1992 Fleer Ultra
#594 Dave Righetti

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti

1990 Fleer
#629 Jose Canseco (POD)

1990 Upper Deck
#626 Frank Viola

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

1989 Fleer
#29 Bob Welch

1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1987 Donruss
#34 Terry Steinbach (RC, RR)
#458T Jim Ray
#496T Tom Murphy

1974 Wonder Bread (football)
#8 Bob Griese 

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

1973 Topps
#29 Tony Taylor 
#30 Tug McGraw
#68 1972 Leading Firemen (Carroll/Lyle)
#75 Vada Pinson
#79 Jim Willoughby (RC)
#80 Tony Oliva
#102 Rudy May
#116 Ralph Houk (MGR)
#145 Bobby Bonds
#215 Dusty Baker
#225 Albert Oliver
#230 Joe Morgan
#232 Ken Singleton
#240 Bobby Murcer
#258 Tommy John
#325 Boog Powell
#329 Ed Kranepool
#365 Rico Petrocelli
#368 Bill Buckner

1972 Topps
#33 Billy Martin (MGR)
#43 Rick Wise
#163 Tug McGraw
#197 Johnny Briggs
#225 World Series Game 3 - Manny Sanguillen
#231 Casey Cox
#239 Tom Timmermann
#266 Bobby Bolin
#363 Ron Klimkowski
#373 John Mayberry
#438 Maury Wills (IA)
#451 Tony LaRussa

1972 Topps (football)
#111 Jim Tyrer
#114 Bob James (RC)

1971 Topps
#16 Ken Singleton (RC)
#63 AL 1970 RBI Leaders (Howard/Conigliaro/Powell)
#575 Earl Wilson

1966 Philadelphia (football)
#104 Rams vs. Browns

1965 Topps
#17 Johnny Romano
#27 Dick Bertell
#86 Les Narum
#87 Nelson Mathews
#108 Don Mincher
#111 Lee Thomas
#178 Dalton Jones
#307 Barry Latman
#352 Alex Johnson (RC)

1965 Philadelphia (football)
#193 John Paluck

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

1964 Topps
#18 Billy O'Dell
#45 Milt Pappas
#92 Steve Ridzik
#341 Jim Roland 

1964 Topps - Coins 
#7 Frank Malzone

1963 Topps
#155 Bill Stafford

1961 Topps
#32 Ray Sadecki
#38 Bob Lillis
#96 Billy O'Dell
#98 2nd Series Checklist 89-176 (CL, VAR)
#258 Jack Sanford
#267 Norm Siebern
#399 Cliff Cook (RC) 

1960 Topps
#138 Art Mahaffey (RC, RS)
#289 Willie Jones
#414 Don Williams (RC)

1959 Topps
#298 Tex Clevenger
#424 Ken Aspromonte
#424 Ken Aspromonte 

1959 Topps (football)
#80 Joe Perry

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

1957 Topps
#212 Rocky Colavito (RC)
#249 Dave Pope
#406 Bob Hale

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

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

1955 Bowman
#14 Gus Keriazakos (RC)
#34 Clint Courtney
#173 Chico Carrasquel 
#208 Ed Fitzgerald

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson
#73 Don Mueller

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)
1953 Topps
#35 Irv Noren 

1952 Bowman
#57 Clyde Vollmer

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

1922 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Third Series (J7) (non-sport) 
#7 Prothonotary Warbler

1915 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America First Series (J5)  (non-sport)
#1 Quail

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: 62
Unique trading partners: 36

Number of cards mailed out: 199
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1956

Number of cards received: 423
Year of oldest card received: 1915



  1. Thanks for the plug to my YouTube channel, Matt! In yesterday's video, I advertised the time travel trading, so hopefully it will bring more traders. Take care!

  2. I'm glad to see TTT is progressing very well. I hope to help you out with this later this year.