Monday, August 30, 2021

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Ault, CO

I haven't done much trading on the TCDB this summer. I took some free time to see if I could off load  some of my duplicate cards, and ended up trading with a collector named Tyler. I've made a small trade with him before, and found some stuff to my liking this time around as well.

The Stanley is one of many mid-80's Red Sox cards I still needed, while the Kmart card puts me even closer to completing the set (just three more to go!). I'm not actively trying to complete the 1986 Topps or 1993 Leaf sets, but I like them enough that somewhere down the line I'll probably try. If nothing else suits my fancy I'll willingly pick up a few of these set needs. Lastly, who could resist a young lady putting on shin guards? I didn't pick this up until the cards were in hand, but both Keith Hernandez cards are referencing his record for most game-winning RBI in a season. Is GW-RBI still a thing? I wonder if he still holds the record...

Favorite Card: Pepper Davis may not be a household name, but if you've seen a certain Tom Hanks/Geena Davis movie, you'll know why cards of players like her are awesome.

Thanks for the trade Tyler!

Friday, August 27, 2021

I've Been Flashed!

It's all about being in the right place at the right time.

Piggybacking off an idea from A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts, Kevin (The Diamond King) decided to try his hand at randomly giving away cards.

I happened to be in a position to snatch up his initial offering, a 1973 Topps Victory Leaders card. The catch is that if I do, I'm not eligible for any future flash freebies. Do I pounce now while I have the opportunity, or hope that I'll be the lucky first commenter on a more desirable card down the line? In the end, it was hard to pass up this great card featuring two Hall of Fame members.

Thanks for the card Kevin! Now do me a favor and don't offer up any great Red Sox cards, OK? ;)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Repack Haiku #219 (Todd Stottlemyre)

Back to back World Champ
For the Toronto Blue Jays
Later traded stocks
1992 Ultra #153 Todd Stottlemyre

With this haiku, I now have my first official pair of siblings! Mel Jr was the subject of a haiku back in 2017.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #56

Another month bring 6 more trades, with a variety of cards sure to catch your eye! Enough with the teaser, let's see what we got!
Our first trade comes from Chris (The Collector/The 1993). Chris picked up a couple of cards, including an awesome 1967 Willie Stargell. In return, a trio of 60's cards!

Next up is blog reader Alan, who made made his first trade in June and came back again last month for his second trade. I sent some Phillies alumni his way, and he came back with a trio of Red Sox cards, a Tiger, and the first Seattle Pilot to make his way onto the trade stack!
Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life) makes his monthly trade yet again. The oversized Exhibits are among the cards now in his possession. In return, he gave me the bird - not once, but twice (Or four times if you include that Blue Jay and Eagle!)

It's been less than a year since Brendan (The View From The Third Floor)  made his first Time Travel Trade, but he's become the second most prolific trader here, only behind Bo. Brendan's 8th trade saw a quartet of football cards go to him. What he sent in return was beyond generous. We now have our first die-cut, as well as 2 more serial numbered cards!


Stepping up to the plate is Jon (A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts/The All-Time Portland Beavers Project), who took 60's All-Star Frank Lary and graciously sent me three more cards from the 1958 Topps set. I now have 11 cards from this set in the trade stack, amazing when you consider I started out with just a 12-card pack of 2018 Topps!

Last but not least, we have a trade from Greg (Night Owl Cards). In return for a 1984 O-Pee-Chee card, he sent me two examples of the greatest manager card design Topps ever did! 

Once again, I'm overwhelmed by the returns from my trade partners. You guys are awesome! Thanks again.

See something you like? Trading for it couldn't be simpler! All I seek for in return is an older card than the one I send you. Offers can be made here or on the TCDB (Memeber ID: Kep75)


The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)
2018 Panini Classics - Red Back (football)
#197 John Hannah (SN299) 

2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2017 Donruss Certified Cuts - Highlight Reels Silver (football)
#23 Carson Wentz (SN99) 
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
2010 Topps (football)
#341 Peyton Manning (AP)

2010 Topps - Insert (football)
#RH44-DB Drew Brees (RH) 
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499) 
2000 Pacific Crown Royale (football)
#40 Marvin Harrison

1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1991 Stadium Club

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
#363 Christian Okoye (RC)

1987 Topps
#313 Roberto Clemente (TBTC)
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1984 Topps
#728 Tug McGraw

1983 Topps
#70 Steve Carlton
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653
1982 O-Pee-Chee
#254 Jorge Bell (RC)
#275 Bob Watson 

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

1982 Topps
#125 Danny Ainge
1982 Topps (football) 
1979 Topps (football)
#168 Super Bowl XIII 

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#21 Steve Hawes
#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
#601 Gene Mauch (MGR)
1977 Topps
1977 Topps (football)
#350 Bill Bergey (AP) 
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)
1974 Visual Panographics US Presidents (non-sport)

1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#485 Norm Cash 

1972 Topps
#2 Ray Culp
#12 John Hiller
#12 John Hiller
#31 Marty Pattin 
#38 Mack Jones
#39 Mike Nagy (ASR, RC) 
#47 Bob Miller
#59 Dick Ellsworth 
#324 Tony Taylor 
#390 Willie Davis  
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
#227 Paul Lindblad 

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
1964 Topps - Coins
#7 Frank Malzone
1963 Topps

1962 Topps

1961 Fleer Baseball Greats
#56 Dolf Luque

1961 Topps
#21 Zoilo Versalles (RC, RS, UER)
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
#424 Ken Aspromonte

1958 Topps
#124 Bobby Usher 
#208 Cal McLish 
#336 Bert Hamric 
#380 Charley Maxwell  

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

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone
#284 Ike Delock

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

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer
1954 Topps
#124 Marion Fricano  

1954 Bowman
#73 Don Mueller

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)

1953 Topps

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
1935 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Eighth Series (J9-4) (non-sport)
#10 California Jay

1933 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Fifth Series (J9-1) (non-sport)
#5 Indigo Bunting 

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: 114
Unique trading partners: 52

Number of cards mailed out: 430
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 689
Year of oldest card received: 1890

Friday, August 20, 2021


 It's hard to be a collector and not be absolutely shocked by the news coming out yesterday. As a collector and card blogger, I couldn't imagine not writing about this, so here's a few random thoughts on this industry shake-up.

- For years we've been saying it. We wished Topps didn't have exclusive rights to MLB cards. That just bit us on the butt a little. We wanted more fully licensed options, not this. This is worse, so much worse.

- This is worse because if Topps is done, we lose the one company that has been with us since the beginning, that has connected us through generations of card collecting. This is the card collecting equivalent of a franchise move. This is the Dodgers and Giants moving to the opposite coast. This is the Expos leaving Montreal and becoming the Nationals.

- That being said, I can't imagine Topps going away. Maybe the company sells to Fanatics, or maybe they strike some sort of deal where Topps still produces the cards. Who knows? 

- There's a 3 year gap between when Topps' MLB license agreement ends and when the MLBPA agreement ends. How that going to work out? Is Fanatic going to pull a Panini for the first few years? Is Topps going to put out cards without players? I don't see MLB going that many years without a legit product, which makes me think Topps and Fanatics will end up in an unholy alliance of some sort.

- Fanatics seems to be putting together quite a monopoly, huh? I wonder how long that'll last. Maybe a certain court case from the late 70's will be revisited.

- My only hope is that Fanatics cares that most collectors aren't rookie or hit chasers/flippers. There has to be something for us that collect for the sheer joy of it. Otherwise, our money won't go to anything new. Most of us are perfectly comfortable spending our money on old cardboard.

- The industry is going to be weird these next few years. All we can do is wait and see what going to happen.

Greatest Red Sox Cards By Year: Bunt/Big League

I had so much fun listing the best Stadium Club Red Sox cards, I decided to do it again with another set. Well, two sets actually. Topps Big League has had some great cards, but it's only been around since 2018. Prior to that, Topps filled the void of "cards geared to kids" with a two year run of Bunt, which is still used as the name of their online app. Even though this year's Big League set hasn't come out yet (I think the release date is set for the 25th), I'm just going to go ahead list the best Red Sox card for each year of Topps Bunt/Big League sets!


Topps Bunt had a strong opening act with this simple design featuring a huge team logo. Ted Williams in black and white provides a great color contrast.
Honorable Mention: David Ortiz


Bunt got a lot more colorful the next year, and I personally like the use of red on the Boston cards. I gave the nod to Hanley because it's got action and I swear on first glance I thought his dreads were braided like a little school girl's hair...
Honorable Mention: Andrew Benintendi


So long Bunt, hello Big League! This set came out to near overwhelming acclaim, I beleive because Topps had denied us borders for so long that we got excited to see them again. This set had a lot of fun subsets, including these delightful Ballpark Landmarks. The Green Monster gets its due!
Honorable Mention: Mookie Betts


When I did my list of Greatest Red Sox Cards of 2019, Holt took the Bronze. In that post I wrote the following: "The quality of the photos has improved so much that you can see the details in each droplet. The Brock-Star's smile, along with that tensed up pose of someone who has just been exposed to something wet and cold, really brings this card to life!"
Honorable Mention: JD Martinez/Hank Aaron


Of the top of my head, I can't recall many "close play at first" action shots on cards. This photo was taken at a beautiful moment when both players are racing to the bag, and you really can't tell what the call was.

Honorable Mention:  Michael Chavis

Once I get a chance to peruse this year's set, maybe I'll amend this post and add a card. Hopefully, there will be a few gems!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Repack Haiku #218 (Junior Felix)

 First pitch: hit home run
Hit inside the park grand slam
Caught no-no's last out
1989 Upper Deck #743 Junior Felix (RC)
He hit the first pitch he saw as a Major Leaguer for a home run, and the next month he hit a very unusual grand slam. He also caught the final out of Dave Steib's no hitter.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Greatest Red Sox Cards By Year: Stadium Club

I've been scrounging for blog content lately. I haven't purchased any new cards lately, and all of the trades I've done have been tied to my Time Travel Trading Project. I've been trying to come up with some new ideas, or at least revisit some old ones. I've also thought it might be good to use this down time to lay the foundation for some future posts I plan on publishing later in the year. Specifically, the Top 10 Red Sox Cards list I've done for the past two years. Rather than wait until the last moment (like I did last year), I can start looking at sets that have been released and see what cards might make that final cut.
Queue my tangent to a recent blog post that Night Owl did where he feature the glorious Mike Napoli card from Stadium Club's 2014 set. I love that card. I don't own it, I need to rectify that, and it led to me thinking of other glorious Red Sox cards I need to put on my Christmas wish list.

Queue yet another tangent to yet another recent blog post by Night Owl. This time he listed the greatest Dodgers card from each Stadium Club set. Lots of great cards featuring the awesome photos of Stadium Club!

So to recap...scrounging for blog post ideas, looking at Red Sox cards from this year's Stadium Club set, appreciating an earlier Stadium Club card, and reading about a team-specific list involving Stadium Club cards. You can say things started to converge and this post started to emerge. 
Yeah, I'm stealing Night Owl's idea here. Without further ado, here's my picks for the greatest Red Sox cards from the release of Stadium Club since it got relaunched!


Like I said, this card is glorious. Obviously, you have the majestic beauty of the World Series trophy. In the foreground, you have Napoli and his perfectly sculpted beard, gazing at that trophy with a mixture of awe and pure joy. In the background, nothing but rows upon rows of people with enough camera flashes to make you think you were at a rock concert.
Honorable Mentions: Pedro Martinez, Koji Uehara


This year doesn't have as much choices in outstanding photography. This unique shot of Hanley up against the Fenway scoreboard is easily the best. My apologies to any Red Sox fans triggered by the reminder of Hanley playing outfield.

Honorable Mentions: Mookie Betts, David Ortiz


On the flip side, I had more trouble deciding on this year. I kept going back and forth between Mookie and Yaz, with Mookie winning out in the end.

Honorable Mentions: Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Yastrzemski


Forget what I said earlier. This set had the toughest choice, with two cards I adore for completely different reasons. I couldn't decide between the larger than life Ted Williams or Porcello's candidly fun group shot, so it's a tie!

Honorable Mentions: Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia


I was not expecting Hanley Ramirez to be the most represented player in this list, but here he is for the third time (technically second, but let's be honest here - he's the reason the Porcello card is as awesome as it is!) You can't go wrong with a mascot cameo!

Honorable Mentions: Tzu-Wei Lin, Dustin Pedroia


If I had to pick the year that had the greatest overall quality of cards for the Red Sox, this would be it. The best card in the set was an easy pick, but I could have listed 9 cards in the honorable mentions. They're that good - fitting for that year's reigning World Series Champions!

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Benintendi, Chris Sale


Simple, yet brilliantly captured. It reminds me of those photos you see in the first few pages of Sports Illustrated. I bet this would look amazing autographed.
Honorable Mentions: Xander Bogaerts, Ted Williams


How much do I like this card? It's my computer desktop background at work. It's fitting that since I borrowed this blog post idea from Night Owl that a night card caps off the list!

Honorable Mentions: Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers