Monday, April 19, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #52

This is an exciting update. History has been made - not once, but twice! I've got 5 trades to show off this month, and two of them are guaranteed to make you do a double-take. Let's dive in!
Our first trade comes courtesy from a blog reader named Ken. I showed off his first Time Travel Trade last month, and it didn't take him long to come back for a second trade. Thanks to him, there's more vintage (and a couple of vintage-inspired modern cards too).

Even after all this time, it still amazes me that I am trading for cards from the 50's and 60's on a regular basis. Before this project began, I don't think I ever traded away a card older than me. Now I'm sending out old cardboard every month. Unreal.
Over the past year, Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) has become one of my most frequent trading partners. This latest package from him was one that I'll never forget:
Your eyes do not deceive you - for the first time in Time Travel Trading history, there is a certified autograph in the stack. It's even serial numbered to just 800 copies! This opens up a potential Pandora's Box of possibilities. What kind of return can I possible expect for this card? Do I hold out for another auto? Do I expect a big return even though the player isn't a big name? I really don't know. We'll see when an offer comes in I guess. The other cards are welcome additions too. That grey blotch is actually  an oddball Chuck Knoblauch. Here's a better look at it:

US History enthusiasts, rejoice! Thanks to Jon (A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts), the first card of a former president has graced its way into our stack. I personally don't know much about these cards, although I remember seeing them before, a long time ago.

That sweet Robin Yount card found a new home with TCDB member Abraham, who passed along another 2021 card along with one of my favorite players:

It wouldn't be an update without a trade with Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!). He just keeps trading and trading - 14 Time Travel Trades so far by my count! This batch of cards includes some Bowman:

Some junk wax era goodness:

Football cards (Shout out to the original Goonie John Matuszak!):

Plus some vintage baseball of course!

I had an idea to wring some extra posts out the Time Travel Trading project. Last month I gave a detailed look at the trades that netted me the oldest card in the stack -  a nice Hurricane Warning card. Shortly after, Billy (Cardboard History) commented that he could trade me an older card for it. True to his blog name, Billy made history as well in the annals of Time Travel Trading with a card that hails from the 1800's!

Billy didn't have much info on this card, and it doesn't even show up in the TCDB! Fortunately, a little research led to a graded copy on eBay, letting me know this is a 1890 Sweet Caporal Actors & Actresses card of young silent film actress Frankie Raymond. I know I've said this before, only to be proven wrong time and again, but this card will probably reign as the oldest card in the stack forever. I can't fathom seeing an older card in my mailbox ever.

Thanks again Ken, Jon, Abraham, Bo and Billy! I'm so excited to be able to offer all these new cards. As always, this project is fueled by trades, so if you see something you like, all it takes is a card older than what I'm sending out! There's over 300 cards here - something for everyone!


The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2021 Topps
#274 Freddy Galvis

2020 Topps Heritage
#36 Kenley Jansen
#176 Dinelson Lamet
2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2013 Topps (football)
#30 Marshawn Lynch (AP) 
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
2006 SPx (football)
#39 Reggie Wayne
2004 Donruss Studio
#216 Michael Wuertz (AU, RC, SN800)

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

1992 Fleer Ultra
#594 Dave Righetti
1992 MJB Holoprism Chuck Knoblauch
#R/4 Chuck Knoblauch

1991 Donruss
#744 Dr. Dirt and Mr. Clean (VAR) - Pack border, dot after INC

1991 Leaf
#174 Roger Clemens (CL)

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti
1990 Donruss
#712 Wade Boggs (AS, COR, VAR) - Pack border, dot after INC 

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1988 Score
#657 Mike Schmidt (HL) 

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

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
#5 Rose Special: '75 - '78
#6 Rose Special '79-'82
#405 Roger Maris (TBTC) 
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter
1985 Topps (football)
#176 James Wilder

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) 
#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)
1974 Visual Panographics US Presidents (non-sport)
#9 William Henry Harrison 

1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
1971 Topps (football)
#110 Floyd Little (AS) 

1970 Brooke Bond North American Wildlife In Danger (non-sport)
#32 Polar Bear

1970 Topps
#16 Charlie Metro (MGR)
#18 Carlos May
#18 Carlos May 
#38 Mack Jones
#39 Mike Nagy (ASR, RC)
#47 Bob Miller
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)
#192 Fred Gladding
1964 Topps - Coins
#7 Frank Malzone
1963 Topps
#174 Larry Burright 

1962 Topps
#19 Ray Washburn (RC, RS)
#79 Ed Hobaugh

#212 Haywood Sullivan
#215 Gus Bell
#258 Jack Sanford
#399 Cliff Cook (RC)

1959 Topps
#424 Ken Aspromonte

1958 Topps
#73 Pete Daley
#147 Don McMahon (RC)
#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: 94
Unique trading partners: 48

Number of cards mailed out: 364
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 573
Year of oldest card received: 1890!


  1. I think you forgot to add some cards to the list. Floyd Little, for example.

    1890 though. Wow.

    1. Thanks for catching that! I'm not sure what happened there. Anyway, I think I have them all listed now.

  2. Can you save the Floyd Little for me please?

    1. Actually, I'm going to want the Dykstra / Murphy too. My envelope is already sealed, so just ignore what I said about Jansen. Ha.


    2. Done, and what did you say about Jansen?

  3. Whoa man, such impressive cards, especially that Sweet Caporal card.

  4. This has turned into quite the project!

  5. Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of much older cards to trade right now. Can I claim Kenley Jansen, Dinelson Lamet, Chuck Knoblauch, Freddy Galvis, Reggie Wayne and James Wilder? Thanks!

    1. Wilder has been claimed, the rest are yours!

  6. Can I add Gus Bell and Marshawn Lynch? Would you take a basketball relic for the Wuertz card? Thanks!

  7. Bell has been claimed, but I'll add Lynch and the auto to your pile.

  8. It was fun to be able to finally participate in one of these, hopefully I'll be able to do so again at some point.