Monday, May 17, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #53

So far in 2021, I've completed 18 Time Travel Trades. Exactly 50% of those have come from the same 3 people. Since my last update, I've made 3 more trades. As you probably have guessed, those trades came from those same collectors! I got to say, it's good to have such consistency!
Trade #1 came from Brendan (The View From The Third Floor). He only claimed 2 cards, but generously gave football a boost in the trade stack's representation:

He also included this beaut of a vintage card:

Next up is the unofficial "Patron Saint of Time Travel Trading" - Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) This is Bo's 15th Time Travel Trade and he never disappoints! This trade has a very distinct 1974 theme:

I had to do a double-take when I saw two Gene Washingtons in that football lot! It's not often you'll see two guys with the same name in the same set. 

Remember that autograph card I showed off in the last update? I had wondered what kind of return it would fetch, and Bo provided the answer:

I don't know anything about basketball, so I don't know if this guy is good or not. But a Christmas themed relic serial numbered to 499 copies has to be desirable to someone out there! What offer will this card bring?
Our final trade today is from blog reader Ken. Ken sent a wide variety of cards, covering 4 decades of baseball!

Thanks guys, you are awesome!

You don't want these three to have all the fun, do you? There's over 300 cards available, and all it takes to make the trade is a card older than what I'm sending out! Let's make some trades!


The Time Travel Trade Stack:


2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Chrome
#13 Brian Roberts
#122 Hanley Ramirez

2010 Bowman Chrome - Prospects
#BCP178 Nathan Adcock
#BCP186 Jhan Marinez
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499)

1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
#74 Mark McLemore

1994 Sportflics
#113 Pete Harnisch

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1991 Stadium Club
#327 Terry Pendleton
#332 Dennis Eckersley 

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1990 Topps (football)
#178 Greg Lloyd (VAR)

1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1988 Topps (football)
#189 Dolphins Team Leaders - Dan Marino (TL)
#203 Chargers Team Leaders - Kellen Winslow (TL)
#218 1987 NFL Scoring Leaders (Breech/Rice) (LL)
#220 Bills Team Leaders - Jim Kelly (TL)
#233 Eagles Team Leaders - Randall Cunningham (TL)

1987 Topps
#313 Roberto Clemente (TBTC)
1986 Donruss
#580 Phil Niekro 

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn
1986 Topps (football)
#229 1985 NFL Interception Leaders (Daniel/Lewis/Walls) 

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter
1984 Donruss
#376 Charlie Lea

1984 Fleer
#482 Bill Scherrer (RC)

1983 Topps
#70 Steve Carlton
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

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

1982 Topps
#125 Danny Ainge
1982 Topps (football) 
#516 Hector Cruz 
#572 Jerry Morales
#595 Don Money 
#642 Ken Forsch
#655 Tug McGraw
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)

1978 Topps
#148 Andre Thorton
#373 Jim Willoughby
#385 Tito Fuentes
#424 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#482 Rick Miller
#706 Rookie 1st Baseman (Cage/Cox/Putnam/Revering)
1977 Topps
#607 Larry Demery
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese

1976 Topps
#70 Roy Smalley/Roy Smalley Jr. (FS)
#305 Tito Fuentes 
#349 John Vukovich
#461 John Odom
#473 World Series Game 2 (Mays)
#506 Ed Farmer
#512 Joe Lahoud
#519 Bill Sharp (RC) 
#534 Eddie Watt
#570 Ralph Garr 
#572 Enzo Hernandez
#583 Marty Pattin
#601 Rookie Outfielders 
#638 Ken Sanders
#660 Larry Dierker

1974 Topps - Team Checklists
#NNO Montreal Expos

1974 Topps - Traded
#270T Ron Santo
#458T Jim Ray
#496T Tom Murphy
1974 Topps (football)
#46 Gene Washington
#63 Gene Washington
#316 Thom Darden (RC, UER)
#421 Roger Wehrli
#513 Bill Lueck (RC)
1974 Visual Panographics US Presidents (non-sport)

1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#56 Sandy Valdespino 
#104 Alex Johnson
#154 Chuck Hiller
1964 Topps - Coins
#7 Frank Malzone

1962 Topps

#188 Jim Marshall
1960 Topps
#77 Hank Foiles
#290 Dick Donovan 

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

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone

1947-66 Exhibits W461 
#NNO Ferris Fain 
1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler

1937-38  Diamond Matchbooks Tan 6 (hockey)
#NNO Glenn Brydson

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
1890 N245 Sweet Caporal Actors & Actresses (non-sport)
#NNO Frankie Raymond

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: 97
Unique trading partners: 48

Number of cards mailed out: 383
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 613
Year of oldest card received: 1890!

Friday, May 14, 2021

OK Then, I Guess I'm Trying To Complete These Two Sets Now...

After countless positive reviews and platitudes, I decided to give the a try. I had been hesitant at first because (A) I just haven't had the opportunity to search and find individual cards I need and (B) I feared that I would fall victim to "Target Syndrome" - going in looking to spend maybe $10 and suddenly finding maybe $50 worth of cards in my shopping cart.
Both points were for the most part unfounded. I was able to find cards easily enough through their web site, and while I did end up with a multitude of cards I wasn't planning on adding, it still didn't break the bank.

I started out looking to add some Red Sox cards I didn't have, obviously, focusing mainly on Topps base set cards from the 90's I was missing.
While I was searching, I came across a huge listing of cards from Fleer's 1996 Red Sox team set. The complete set is only 20 cards, and I already had two of them. Could I potentially complete the set here and now? 
Close, but not quite - the two biggest names in the set, Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco, still allude me. Still, it's pretty cool that I'm close to putting this team set to bed.
Then I really started tumbling down the rabbit hole. My So Close page lists the sets that I'm really really close to completing (85% complete at least!) I wondered if there were any sets I have that fell just below this marker that I could potentially boost up and then add to the page. TCDB makes this easy to figure out, and surprisingly the next closest set to 85% done was the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set. Surely a Canadian web site has O-Pee-Chee cards, right? This should be easy...
Alrighty then. You could say I found a few cards from this set that I was missing. I definitely wasn't expecting to add these cards when I started, and yet here we are.

So now both the 1996 Fleer Red Sox and the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier sets have been added to my So Close page, teasing me with near completion.
The Baseball Card Store's great selection and prices, along with some great customer service, ensures I'll be back again. Who knows what trouble I'll get myself into next time? 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Repack Haiku #204 (Ian Kinsler)

Watch him play again
In next Summer Olympics
For Team Israel

2015 Topps #92 Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler may have retired from playing in the MLB, but he is set to participate in the next Summer Olympics for the Israeli National Team. He's Jewish, and officially obtained Israeli citizenship last year.

Monday, May 10, 2021

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards from Nolensville, TN

I recently matched up with fellow TCDB member Andrew. I sent him some Braves cards and a few 2021 doubles I had, and he graciously sent these cards my way:

Not many Red Sox cards this time around - just 3 out of the 9. I'm 5 cards closer to completing the 2016 Topps Archives set. As for Dickie Thon? Well, that'll make more sense with a post I have lined up later this week. 

Favorite Card: Tough choice, it looks like Soler wins for having the best action shot.
Thanks Andrew!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Blog Trade Recap: Faraday Sports

Paul (Faraday Sports) is close to completing the 2018 Topps set. I was able to knock a few off of his list, and in return I got some great Red Sox cards!

Favorite Card: It has to be a Stadium Club card, doesn't it? I'm picking Lin's beautiful big blue sky backdrop!
Thanks Paul!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Repack Haiku #203 (Gene Larkin)

With bases loaded
Hit Series-winning single
To end Game 7
1988 Topps #746 Gene Larkin (RC)

Few remember he got the game winning hit in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, one of the greatest World Series ever played.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Theft Of A Masterpiece

Man, what a dream I had last night!

I was an international art thief, known only by my alias L'Orange Youppi. I was a master cat burgler, with legendary exploits of stolen art and stolen hearts. No law official could stop me.

My greatest heist was yet to come. My next target was the famous art house, La Chauve-souris Felee,  home to some of the world's most amazing artwork. It would be an easy heist, for I had an accomplice on the inside! It was none other than the proprietor of La Chauve-souris Felee herself, the always elegant Mademoiselle Julie. She would personally give me access to any art my heart desired. I scouted the inventory, and settled on five very special masterpieces...

OK, so it wasn't a dream, but I did acquire some free cards from Julie (A Cracked Bat) that were  available on her Pick Pockets page. I couldn't help myself to some Upper Deck Masterpieces:
Truly these are works of art, deserving of display in any art-lover's home! Or at least in my personal collection. I also snagged a few other desirable pieces of photography:
Favorite Card: It's probably the red jersey, but Jason Varitek's portrait keeps catching my eye.

Thanks for the cards, Julie!

Friday, April 30, 2021

A-Z Music Challenge




Chris (The Collector) had a recent post where he listed his favorite bands/musicians starting with every letter of the alphabet. He then challenged others to submit their picks, and I'm more than up for the challenge. In addition to picking an artist, for each letter I'm also going to pick lyrics of theirs that just sticks in my head, as well as list anyone I've heard perform live for each letter.

A - Audioslave 

Chris Cornell is one of my favorite lead singers, and when he teamed up with Tom Morello and other members of Rage Against The Machine, I was hooked. Each album is a solid work of rock and roll.

Lyric: "I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning" - I Am The Highway
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Tori Amos

B - Barenaked Ladies

I've been a fan of BNL since their first album, and they've done nothing to dissuade my fandom. Their "Selfie Cam Jams" were some of the best Covid-related socially distancing music out there.
Lyric: "Like Kurosawa, I make mad films, 'kay, I don't make films, But if I did they'd have a Samurai" - One Week
Artists I've Heard Perform Live:  Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler

C - Jonathan Coulton

I'm betting most people haven't heard of him, but I heard him open up for another band listed later and have been a fan ever since. His songs are often catchy with a touch of dark humor.

Lyric: "All we want to do is eat your brains, we're not unreasonable, I mean no one's gonna eat your eyes" - RE: Your Brains
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Jonathan Coulton, Cheap Trick, Cavo, Jerry Cantrell

D - Deep Purple

One of my dad's favorite bands, they became one of mine as well.

Lyric: "She's got loving like quicksand, Only took one touch of her hand" - Hush
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Dave Matthews Band, Chris Daughtry, Days Of The New, Gavin DeGraw

E - Electric Light Orchestra

There wasn't a clear cut answer for me here, so I went with the musical genius of Jeff Lynne.
Lyrics: "Mr. Blue Sky please tell us why, You had to hide away for so long" - Mr. Blue Sky
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

F - Foo Fighters

Let's be honest people, did anyone really think the drummer would be the most talented member of Nirvana? This band has pumped out so much catchy rock anthems it was hard to pick a lyric.

Lyrics: "Send in your skeletons, Sing as their bones go marching in again" - The Pretender
Artists I've Heard Perform Live:  none 

G- Goo Goo Dolls

You may know The Goo Goo Dolls from their hits, but this Buffalo based group had more of a harder vibe before they hit it big. Don't let songs like "Iris" fool you, they can rock with the best of them.
Lyrics:  "We had a mountain, But took it for granted, We had a spaceship, But we couldn't land it" - Long Way Down 
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Goo Goo Dolls, Lee Greenwood, Grant Lee Buffalo

H - Harvey Danger

These one-hit wonders created one of my all-time favorite songs of the 90's.

Lyrics: "Hear the voices in my head, I swear to God it sounds like they're snoring" - Flagpole Sitta
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

I - Incubus

A very underrated band, I can't help but sing along to "Drive" when it comes on the radio.
Lyrics: "If I were your appendages, I'd hold open your eyes so you would see, That all of us are heaven-sent, And there was never meant to be only one" - Meglomaniac
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Indigo Girls, Billy Idol

J - Jet

Another underrated rock band.
Lyrics: "Well it's one, two, three, take my hand and come with me, Because you look so fine that I really wanna make you mine" - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Tom Jones

K - B.B. King

I have an appreciation of blues music, and B.B. is a big reason why.

Lyrics: "I gave you seven children, And now you wanna give them back" - How Blue Can You Get
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Lenny Kravitz, King Crimson

L - Led Zeplin

There's an unofficial rule in our house: When Led Zeplin is on, you don't change the station.
Lyrics:  "It was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair, But Gollum, and the evil one, Crept up and slipped away with her" - Ramble On
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Letters to Cleo, Lisa Loeb

M - Metallica

I have a confession: I prefer the band's more polished work from the Black album onward to their early thrash days. 

Lyrics: "So close, no matter how far, It couldn't be much more from the heart, Forever trusting who we are, And nothing else matters" - Nothing Else Matters
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Metallica, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sarah McLaughlin

N - No Doubt

When I was in college, I played music at the college's local radio station. I remember playing No Doubt before they hit it big, and I always felt lucky to claim I was a fan before "Tragic Kingdom". 

Lyrics: "Now it's gone too deep, You wake me in my sleep, My dreams become nightmares,
'Cause you're ringing in my ears." - Spiderwebs
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

O - Oasis

"(What's The Story) Morning Glory"  is one of those albums I can play on repeat and listen to multiple times in succession.
Lyrics: "All your dreams are made, When you're chained to the mirror like the razor blade" - What's the Story Morning Glory
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

P - Tom Petty

From the Heartbreakers to his solo work and even including the Traveling Wilburys, Petty has been a constant source of great tracks.
Lyrics: "And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down, Gonna stand my ground" - Won't Back Down
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

Q - Queensryche

I was determined not to default to the super-group Queen for this one.
Lyrics:  "Wide awake you face the day, Your dream is over, Or has it just begun?" - Silent Lucidity
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

R - Rusted Root

This band had a huge following in Western NY during my college days, and I've seen them multiple times. 
Lyrics: "All I want is food and creative love." - Food And Creative Love
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Rusted Root

S - Stone Temple Pilots

This letter was the hardest to narrow down, as there were just too many great groups out there. In the end I went with the always enjoyable STP.
Lyrics: "Does anybody know how the story really goes? Or do we all just hum along?" - Big Bang Baby
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Smashing Pumpkins, Saigon Kick, Southern Culture On the Skids, Sponge

T - They Might be Giants

My favorite band, this was the easiest choice. I've seen them in concert 5 times.
Lyrics: "Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful" - Don't Let's Start
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: They Might Be Giants, Theory of A Deadman

U - Ugly Kid Joe

I don't really care for U2 - they're ok, they just don't do it for me. That left me with another one hit wonder from back in the day.
Lyrics:  "Surprise, Surprise, I'm comin' at ya' live, I sure as hell ain't Mickey Mouse, I'm a killer in disguise" - Madman
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none

V - Veruca Salt

Nina Gordon and Louise Post are rock goddesses, and hearing them sing in person was the closest I'll ever get to two hot women fighting over me. 
Lyrics: "Way to go, way to flip off everyone, I steal your thunder then I try to bolt" - Volcano Girls
Artist I've Heard Perform Live: Veruca Salt, Violent Femmes

W - Weezer

I'm excited to hear their latest album when it comes out next month.
Lyrics: "What's with these homies dissin' my girl? Why do they gotta front?" - Buddy Holly
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none


Everyone seems to be having trouble with this one. I'll admit, I'm not familiar with the band. They only earn favorite status because  They Might Be Giants wrote a song called "XTC Vs. Adam Ant". If XTC is good enough for them, they're good enough for me.

Lyrics: "XTC versus Adam Ant, I can't tell you why, Even the singer from Bow Wow Wow, Can't make up her mind" - XTC Vs Adam Ant (They Might Be Giants)
Artists I've Heard Perform Live:  none

Y - Weird Al Yankovic

I remember staying up late as a kid hoping to catch "Eat It" on a show called Friday Night Videos. He was the last artist I got to see in concert before Covid-19 shut everything down.
Lyrics: "Mashed potatoes can be your friend" - Dare To Be Stupid
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: Weird Al Yankovic

Z - Frank Zappa

Another artist I can attribute my fandom from my father, Zappa is on his own level of musical genius.
Lyrics: "The beat goes on and I'm so wrong" - Dancing Fool
Artists I've Heard Perform Live: none
So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my choices, and we'll be back next time with our regularly scheduled sports card related content!