Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Repack Haiku #224 (Ron Kittle)

Rookie of the Year
Nineteen eighty three season
Made All-Star team too
1984 Topps #480 Ron Kittle


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Repack Haiku #223 (Howie Kendrick)

Fenway booed Batman
When Affleck failed to steal ball
From rookie Kendrick
2018 Topps - All-Star Game
#83 Howie Kendrick

During a 2006 game in Boston, Kendrick chased down a pop fly along the first base stands. Celebrity Red Sox fan Ben Affleck could have snagged it, but Kendrick made the play. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #57

It's that time again! I've got 5 trades to show off, featuring 23 new cards from all 4 of America's major sports leagues!
We start with a new Time Travel trade partner, a  TCDB member named Tim. He sent along a couple of nice vintage cards for your entertainment:

Jeff from Wax Pack Wonders completed the next trade with me, sending a nice mixture of baseball and football:

Super-trader Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) continues to show off his generosity with this stack of cards from all 4 sports! (and yes, that is yet another serial numbered card he's added to the stack...)

It's been a long long time since there has been a Time Travel Trading Update without a trade from Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life). Despite all the trades we've made, he still has plenty of cool stuff to send my way, including I believe the first Negro League player card to ever appear here! Plus I have to give him kudos for catching a funny mistake on one of the cards he claimed. I didn't notice it myself

Before I continue, please allow me a public service announcement. I just want to remind all my potential trade partners that the list below contains links to every card's photo. I try my best to let you nice people know if a card in the stack is "well-loved" and may not be up to certain collecting standards. Such was the case with my trade with nationally published writer extraordinaire  Greg (Night Owl Cards). He originally requested the 1969 Topps Joe Gordon. Unfortunately, one of poor Mr. Gordon's previous owners decided to cut away his white border, leaving him a mini precursor to the full-bleed photography cards we see today. This is not a card that would fit many collections or set builds, including Greg's. Like Joe, there are others here in their own Island of Misfit Toys, waiting for someone who will appreciate them as they are. Please check out the links to the photos and make yourself aware of their condition. If my photographic skills are not adequate, I'll happily take another.

On to the trade with Night Owl! A couple of cards did manage to make there way to upstate NY, and coming down south are a couple of cards in the midst of their 40th and 60th anniversaries! (And thank you, Greg, for the vintage Red Sox card you threw in as a bonus! It was one I needed!)

Another successful month of trading is in the books! What cards do you want? You know the deal by now - make me an offer! 

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)
2019 Panini Black Friday (football)
#8 Carson Wentz 

2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2015-16 Upper Deck (hockey)
#185 Alex Ovechkin

2014 Topps Valor - Strength (football)
#52 Richard Sherman (SN499) 
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)
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499) 
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
2000 Pacific Crown Royale (football)
#40 Marvin Harrison

1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
1996 Fleer Update
#U238 Tim Salmon (ENC) 

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
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 O-Pee-Chee
#83 Richie Zisk

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 Fleer Team Action (football)
#49 Giving Second Effort
1982 Topps (football) 
#323 Jim Morrison 
#350 J.R. Richard
1979 Topps (football)
#168 Super Bowl XIII 

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#12 E.C. Coleman
#18 Steve Mix
#19 Marvin Webster
#93 Ricky Sobers 
#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
1977 Topps
#67 Joaquin Andujar (RC)
#535 Cesar Geronimo
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
#237 Cesar Cedeno (RC) 

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

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#93 Rick Renick 
#115 Alex Johnson 
#222 Jim Rooker 
#238 Jose Laboy (ASR)
#390 Willie Davis  
#445 Vada Pinson
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
#516 Earl Weaver (MGR) 

1969 Topps - Deckle Edge
#13 Mel Stottlemyer
1968 Topps (football)
#138 Ken Gray 

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

1962 Topps
#364 Ken Hunt 

1961 Fleer Baseball Greats
#56 Dolf Luque

1961 Topps
#6 Ed Roebuck
#256 Billy Hoeft 
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 
#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: 119
Unique trading partners: 53

Number of cards mailed out: 446
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 712
Year of oldest card received: 1890

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Repack Haiku #222 (Danny Espinosa)

Dad was Mantle fan
Taught son switch hitting at 3
Mustache Hall of Fame
2015 Topps #331 Danny Espinosa
I think this may be the first time I based a haiku off trivia pulled directly from the card itself. As for the mustache comment, Espinosa grew an impressive one:

Monday, September 13, 2021

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Henderson, NV

When I propose trades on the TCDB, I'll try to do a 12-for-9 trade. I'll gladly unload a dozen of my base set dupes and try to pick out 9 for the trade partner to send back. It's a little extra incentive to accept, and I clear out more cards. Today's trade comes from Clark, who was nice enough to send these along.

Nomar, Sale, Godley, and Varitek were Red Sox needs. To fill out my nine, I picked up an extra copy of the Fenway Park card (I think it'll be good to have extras if I want to try a TTM auto request.) plus some Stadium Club. You can't go wrong with Stadium Club.
Favorite Card: I'm not a big fan of Allen & Ginter, but last year's Field Generals inserts were very cool, and the Jason Varitek has been in my crosshairs for awhile now.

Thanks for the cards, Clark!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Top 5 Hall Of Fame: Derek Jeter

One would think that as a Red Sox fan who has witnessed Derek Jeter be a thorn in Boston's side time and again, that I would have a difficult time selecting 5 cards that I like featuring Captain Re2pect(*TM) November. But the truth is, I found this task quite easy. Despite the fact I never accepted him as my Lord and Savior, I found that there are many different qualities in his cards that I enjoy. Finishing off my Hall of Fame tributes, here are a chronological listing of the best Jetes in my collection:

1993 Select #360

I like Derek Jeter cards where the generic blue sky background makes it look more like he's squatting than jumping.

1995 Upper Deck Minors #1

I like Derek Jeter cards that don't show him in those obnoxious pinstripes.

2010 Topps #269

I like Derek Jeter cards that don't show his face.

2012 Panini Triple Play #57

I like Derek Jeter cards that make him look an old man in some obscure anime cartoon.

2015 Topps #1

I like Derek Jeter's sunset card because it reminds me I don't have to watch him play in the field anymore.

Congrats, Mr. Jeter. Nomar at his peak was better...

Still remembering after 20 years

Friday, September 10, 2021

Top 5 Hall Of Fame: Ted Simmons

I continue with my Hall of Fame celebration with Veteran's Committee selection Ted Simmons. I don't have a lot of his cards, but I have enough to do a proper Top 5 list. Here are my 5 favorite Ted Simmons cards in my collection:

1977 Topps #470

My earliest card is also probably my favorite.  It's all about the gear and uniform. On his shoulder, you get a good look at the National League Centennial patch worn throughout the league. You see a great great pillbox style hat nestled in his catching mask. That mask and chest plate wouldn't do much against today's 100mph pitches, would they?

1978 Topps #380

Remember when Tim Raines' Hall candidacy was gaining traction, and it was repeated that he suffered because he played in the same era as the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history? Raines had nothing on poor Ted Simmons. He played under the shadow of 3 of the greatest catchers ever - first Bench, then Fisk and Carter. No wonder he didn't get much love on the Hall ballot. Compared to these guys, he was often overlooked.

1981 Topps #705

I love cards where you can see all the action in the background.

1984 Topps #630 

I fully admit Ted Simmons was one of those players I didn't give much thought to when I was a kid collecting cards. By the mid-late 80's, he was on the down portion of his career. He was just another veteran who had a long career.

1988 Topps #791 

When he retired after the 1988 season, he was first among all catchers in hits (now surpassed only by Ivan Rodriguez) and second only to Yogi Berra in RBI. Not bad for a guy that got out-shined by the Bench/Fisk/Carter trio.

Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Mr. Simmons!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Top 5 Hall Of Fame: Larry Walker

I'm not going to lie, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony snuck up on me. I guess that can be expected when the 2020 ceremonies get postponed due to Covid-19, then no new inductees get elected this year, and the 2020 inductees finally get their time to shine not in July but September. Here's hoping next year returns to normal. In the past, I've honored each new Hall of Famer with a Top 5 list of favorite cards in my collection. We'll kick things off with only the second Canadian to be elected. I present to you my 5 favorite cards of Larry Walker (in chronological order):

1990 Bowman #117

In a rare collecting occurrence, I can boast having 5 different Larry Walker rookie cards in my collection (Bowman, Donruss, Fleer, Score, and Topps). The Bowman is my favorite of the bunch, mainly due to his 80's-style "Don't-confuse-me-for-Glenn-Davis" whisper of a mustache.

1993 SP #107 

Moises Alou is one of many outfielders who had to learn that if a 7-time Gold Glove winner says "I got it!", then you let him get it!

1994 Collector's Choice #286

I don't care if it's staged, it's still a fun shot and a great angle.

1995 Topps #422 

Hmmm...I wonder if this card was the inspiration for another well known card featuring a Montreal hall of Famer?

1997 Collector's Choice #98 

It's always fun to have cards of baseball players using non-baseball equipment. I wonder how his picture came out, especially since it looks like he's facing the sun...

Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Mr. Walker!