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!


  1. Can I claim Hank Foiles and Jim Marshall? Thanks!

    1. Waited a day to see if anyone wanted the football first. Can I also claim the '88 Topps football (except for Eagles Team) and Greg Lloyd? Thanks!

    2. You sure can! I was getting your PWE ready this morning anyway, so I'll add those to it!

  2. Okay.

    1968 Phil Niekro
    1968 Gene Alley
    1974 Roger Wehrli


    1. Well, I finally made it down to the post office yesterday. I need to do better. But you should get them by the end of the week.

  3. I'll stake claim to that 1960 Curt Flood.

    Also #101 - Floyd and #105 - Gonzalez from 1970.


  4. i'll sign up for 1957 topps #406 and the 2001 archives cards. i'll send you an email.

    1. Our first Time Travel Trade - looking forward to it!

  5. May I claim the 1991 Stadium Club 332 Dennis Eckersely, 1988 Score 657 Mike Schmidt HL, 1980 Topps 406 Paul Moliter please?

    1. Please send me an email (mattkeppel _at_ yahoo _dot_ com) with your contact info.