Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Repack Haiku #198 (Willie Randolph)

The first manager
To improve team by twelve wins
In first two seasons

1991 Upper Deck #720 Willie Randolph
Randolph took over the Mets in 2005 after a 71 win season. In his first year, he led the team to an 83-79 record. The following year, The Mets won the NL East with a Major League best 97 wins. (And yes, I know technically I should have stated at least 12 wins in my haiku, but it's not easy cramming so much information in 7 syllables!)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Happy Birthday Chris Sale!

In all my years of baseball fandom, I've had numerous players I enjoyed watching and following - Roger Clemens, Tim Wakefield, Nomar Garciaparra, Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers - the list goes on and on. Despite my fandom, I couldn't tell you much about them personally, especially their birthdays. There is one Red Sox player whose birthday I always remember, only because it happens to be mine as well.
2019 Stadium Club #76 Chris Sale
Happy birthday Chris Sale! Last year you spent the day getting Tommy John surgery. This year you'll come back and hopefully give the Red Sox a much needed boost towards a surprising playoff run!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Almost Free Cards From Cards As I See Them

Earlier this month, Jim over at Cards As I See Them hosted an "Almost Free Stuff Friday" giveaway, giving away plenty of great cards in exchange for something off of his wanted list. Just looking at the stuff I've recently opened, I knew I had a few Dodgers from this year's set I could send him, so I sent those out (with every intention of sending additional cards once I've had a chance to dig through what I had!) In return, I was able to procure a few great Red Sox cards to my collection:

I'll have to remember I have that pink refractor when Collecting Cutch has his annual Save Second Base extravaganza. 
Favorite Card: The Perspectives insert set had some great looking cards in it, and Big Papi's was no exception.
Thanks for the cards, Jim!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Repack Haiku #197 (Tony Phillips)

Involved in last out
In back-to-back World Series
Opposite outcomes
1993 Leaf #126 Tony Phillips

Tony Phillips struck out against Orel Hershiser for the final out of the 1988 World Series. The next year, he helped the Athletics clinch their World Series title when he fielded Bret Butler's ground ball and threw it to first for the final out of that series.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Swap Stories: 1910-11 Flags Of Nations (T59) Hurricane Warning

When I first started the Time Travel Trading Project, I initially had the idea of keeping a "family tree" of all the trades, allowing myself and others to see which original card led to each card I currently have. That proved to be too difficult, in thanks partially to the generosity of my trading partners. With over 300 cards in the trade stack, my card/family tree looks more like the ivy-covered wall at Wrigley at this point. It's quite tangled, my friends!

After receiving the oldest card in Time Travel stack, I thought it would be fun to at least take a moment and relive the journey of how this card ended up in my possession.

It took 4 trades, but I essentially did this:



How I Did It

As with most of the cards in the project, it all began with that initial pack of 2018 Topps. Braun was one of the last cards remaining from that first pack. A month after I first showed off the pack, Ryan Braun was sent in a trade through the TCDB. In return, I received 3 basketball cards, including a great looking card of one of the sport's all-time greats.

2018 Topps
#180 Ryan Braun



1981-82 Topps #20
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

This card of Abdul-Jabbar quickly became the first card outside of the 2018 Topps pack to be traded. AJ (The Lost Collector) generously gifted me 10 cards in exchange for just this one. Most of the cards were from the 70's , but there were also a few newer cards as well. One of those newer cards was a rather green insert of baseball Hall Of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

1981-82 Topps #20
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



2008 Upper Deck First
Edition - Starburst Common
#SQ-42 Derek Jeter

That lone Jeter was enough for another  TCDB member named Gary. I sent Jeter off to Baltimore and Gary blew me away with a generous bounty of 13 cards, all of them from 1974 or earlier. Among the bunch was a great 50's football card. (This is probably a good place to post a disclaimer - I didn't have the foresight to take pictures of each card individually, so what you see here in this post are images from the TCDB. My copy of Joe Perry had a stamp of the word "TRADED" on the front)

2008 Upper Deck First
Edition - Starburst Common
#SQ-42 Derek Jeter



1959 Topps
#80 Joe Perry

All of these trades so far occurred in the first few months after I launched the Time Travel Trading Project. The Perry card had sat, unclaimed, since April 2018. Almost 3 years in the trade box, until this year. Another TCDB member named Chad rescued him, and in the process made Time Travel history!

1959 Topps
#80 Joe Perry



1910-11 Flags of
Nations (T59) #NNO
Hurricane Warning

So there you have it! It took 4 trades involving 28 cards over the course of roughly 3 years, but one card from the 2018 pack netted me a card 108 years it's senior. There is no way I could have pulled this off without the generosity of my fellow traders - thanks again to Pete, AJ, Gary, and Chad!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Repack Haiku #196 (Doug Sisk)

When boy teased his dog
Plunked him with a Wiffle ball
Tore elbow tendon
1988 Fleer #150 Doug Sisk
I've been asked a few times where I find all these little tidbits and trivia about players. One great resource I use is the SABR's BioProject. This antidote about Sisk getting injured defending his dog was just too entertaining not to use somehow!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #51

Fair warning - This update is a big one! 7 trades plus a fresh pack of Topps 2021 means that I have over 70 new cards to show off today!  That's a lot of cards, and I'm hopeful that they will generate a lot of interesting new trades!
We'll start off with the new pack. This project started out with nothing more than a single pack of 2018 Topps, and every year since I've added a pack of the latest base set. I was genuinely concerned I wasn't going to be able to do that this year, as retail stock continues to be more miss than hit around here. Fortunately I was able to find a few packs, and put one aside for you.
I've already commented on this year's set design, so I won't rehash it here. I will say there are some decent cards here. The Gibson is particularly nice.
On to the trades! Leading off is a bunch of 1972 Topps, courtesy of TCDB member Chris (This is the second half of a trade. The first half I showed off here). For the Time Travel portion of the trade, he nearly cleared out my stock of 1973 Topps in exchange for these:

Next is my first Time Travel trade with the famous Night Owl! Greg added some 1967 cards to the stack in exchange for a trio of 1970 Topps!

Another TCDB trade netted me a couple of awesome Exhibits cards. The age of these cards is unknown. They are officially listed between 1947-1966, so maybe just maybe these are the oldest baseball cards in the trade stack now. Unofficially, I can say they are the first pair of baseball cards from the 1940's that have made their way here!

A blog reader named Ken contacted me with a trade proposal as well. he ended up sending a stack of cards spanning 4 decades!

Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life comes through yet again with some real time-travel cards - nothing like Topps recreating classic cards, is there?

Brendan from the blog The View From The Third Floor likes to surprise me. He'll send unexpected cards my way, and include a note with the cards he wants in return. So far he's been pretty lucky getting the cards he wants. This is our third Time Travel Trade, and what better way to mark the occasion than cards representing 3 sports!

 I've saved the best for last. My esteemed blog readers, we have a new leader for oldest card in the trade stack! A TCDB member named Chris, who first participated in Time Travel Trading three years ago, makes his return with a card sure to blow a few people off their feet:

I never thought when I started this project that I would ever obtain a card over 100 years old. Now I have two (with a third one set to reach the century mark next year!)  Will I ever beat a card from 1910? I'd say it's improbable but then again I thought the same thing when the 1915 Quail first arrived.

The Trade Stack continues to amaze, and there are cards here for every sort of collector! Help me keep this moving along. Make me an offer!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2021 Topps
#43 Jo Adell (RC)
#56 Steven Matz
#115 Willie Calhoun
#153 Tyler Stephenson (RC)
#172 Miami Marlins (TC)
#208 Griffin Canning
#211 Salvador Perez
#232 Albert Almora Jr.
#235 A.J. Pollock
#262 Mark Canha
#304 Danny Duffy
#317 Jake Arrieta
#321 Casey Mize (RC)
#326 Eddy Alvarez (RC)
2021 Topps - 1952 Topps Redux
#T52-43 Shohei Ohtani

2021 Topps - 70 Years Of Topps Baseball
#70YT-51 Bob Gibson
2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2001 Topps Archives
#296 George Brett
#299 Robin Yount
#319 Roberto Clemente
#349 Dean Chance 
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk
#13 Steve Garvey
#21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter
1985 Topps (football)
#34 Mike Singletary
#283 Lyle Alzado 

1983 Topps
#70 Steve Carlton
1983 Topps (football)
#109 George Rogers (TL)
#186 John Riggins (TL)
#337 Mark Van Eeghen
1983 Topps - Sticker inserts (football)
#3 Ottis Anderson
#7 Dwight Clark

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

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

1982 Topps
#303 Bill Caudill
#399 Pat Zachry  
#462 Dave Chalk
#480 Steve Carlton  
#754 Joe Morgan
1982 Topps (football) 
#82 Craig Morton (IA) 
#690 Tommy John

1979 Topps
#25 Steve Carlton
#130 Bob Watson
#214 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#388 Jack Billingham
#465 Reggie Smith

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#21 Steve Hawes
#64 Leon Douglas (RC) 
#66 Lonnie Shelton
#76 Brian Winters
#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)

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)
#196 1975 AL RBI Leaders (Scott/Mayberry/Lynn)

1975 Topps
#66 Willie Horton
#310 '74 Victory Leaders
#378 Derrel Thomas
#402 Bob Tolan

1974 Topps
#38 Don Kessinger
#67 Tommy Helms
#107 Alex Johnson
#141 Pat Bourque
#158 Jack Billingham
#158 Jack Billingham
#227 Mike Lum
#248 Tom Hall
#349 John Vukovich
#534 Eddie Watt
#572 Enzo Hernandez
#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

1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#215 Dusty Baker

1972 Topps
#22 Rob Gardner
#36 Jerry Johnson (IA) 
#43 Rick Wise
#44 Rick Wise (IA)
#54 Bud Harrelson (IA)
#58 Ernie McAnally
#83 Dalton Jones
#99 Ross Grimsley (ASR, RC)
#109 Jerry May
#137 Dick Williams (MGR) 
#174 Clay Kirby (IA)
#192 Chicago Cubs (TC)
#262 San Diego Padres (TC)
#266 Bobby Bolin
#312 Clay Carroll (IA)
#334 Rangers Rookies - Bill Fahey / Jim Mason / Tom Ragland (RS, RC) 
#116 Herman Franks (MGR)
#125 Moe Drabowsky
#206 Dennis Bennett
#366 Andy Kosco
#346 Joe Jay 

1964 Topps - Coins
#7 Frank Malzone

1963 Topps
#155 Bill Stafford

1962 Topps
#49 Hal Jones (RC, RS)
#66 Cuno Barragon (RC)

1947-66 Exhibits W461 
#NNO Al Evans
#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
1910-11 Flags of Nations (T59) (non-sport) 
#NNO Hurricane Warning 

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: 88
Unique trading partners: 47

Number of cards mailed out: 283
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1953

Number of cards received: 525
Year of oldest card received: 1910-11