Monday, November 29, 2021

TCDB Trade: A Card From Victoriaville, QC, Canada

Just a quick little one card trade, courtesy of a TCDB member who goes by JF.
This Tony Gwynn was the last card I needed to complete the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set! This is one of those sets that I picked up a box of way back in high school, got most of the set, and didn't think to finish until recently. This becomes the second hand-collated complete set I've finished this year, and my first ever foreign set! Anyone else out there complete a foreign set before?
Thanks for the trade JF!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thank You, Times Three

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Lately I have a lot to be thankful for, especially when it comes to baseball cards. I have been on the receiving end of some acts of kindness, and I'd like to properly thanks those who have brightened my days.

Thank you to Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders). He sent along a few Missing Sox along with his latest Time Travel Trade. It's always nice to knock a few Hall of Famers off the list, as well as a baby-faced Dwight Evans!

Thank you to blog reader Oren, who surprised me with a mailer full of Red Sox goodies. Not shown are a few autographs/relics I also got - my original intent was to have a post dedicated just to this mailing, but then I switched gears and had to retake this picture after I had already filed away the hits.

Oh, and since Oren was curious to know which of these ended up as my favorite:

Fun photo + shiny gold border = a win in my book!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to Jim (Cards As I See Them). Awhile back, he showed off a Red Sox card from Topps Update that I had yet to see. I commented how I thought it was a fun card (even if I'm not too keen on those yellow jerseys), and Jim graciously sent it my way, along with a few cards from my So Close list. That '78 Topps list just keeps shrinking and shrinking!

Thank you again guys for your kindness. I fully intend to pay back, or at least forward, some kindness this Christmas season!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Repack Haiku #231 (Terrell Wade)

3 games, 4 innings
Was enough to earn a ring
With '95 Braves
1994 Upper Deck Minors
#7 Hawatha Terrell Wade

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I'm thankful for your views, your comments, your support, and your friendship!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

RIP Doug Jones

1991 Score #884 Doug Jones (DT)

Seeing as I once proclaimed this card as the greatest card ever made (a statement I still stand by), I felt obligated to at least acknowledge the passing of the 5 time All-Star. RIP Mr. Jones, this card will always hold a special place in my heart.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #59

It's Thanksgiving week, and I for one am thankful that I have so many great cards to show off and trade in this month's edition of Time Travel Trading! So unbuckle those belts and get comfy, because there's a lot to digest here!

When I concluded last month's update, I mentioned I had one more trade pending. Wouldn't you know it, those cards came the same day I posted. The trade comes courtesy of Greg (Night Owl Cards). Greg sent these two cards in exchange for a football card:

Next comes some vintage cards from Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders), including the iconic Lowell Palmer and his sunglasses. (I'm also thankful for the bonus cards Jeff sent to me, which I promise I'll show off in a later post.)

The big trade of the month comes from a TCDB member named Ken. 13 cards get added to the stack, all from the 1950's!
Including some great vintage football!

Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life!)  was more than happy to snag all those minis I acquired last time, and sent a fantastic selection of baseball cards. 

I had an opportunity to make a trade on the TCDB, but the other trader wanted a few cards that were in the Time Travel stack. So I made a trade with myself, adding those two cards to my personal collection and putting these two in the trade stack:

We come full circle with our last trade, which comes from Greg (Night Owl Cards) again! This time he nabbed a few players he has had the opportunity to interview and sent back some beauties, including a vintage Koufax and a Hostess. (As a upstate NY native, I appreciate those Bills cards as well - Let's go Buffalo!)

I'm still awaiting returns on a couple more trades, so hopefully we'll have a great big Christmastime edition of Time Travel Trading for next month. As always, these cards are all available in exchange for an older card! You can claim your cards below, or through the TCDB (Kep75). Let's make some trades!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2021 Topps Heritage
#205 Nathan Eovaldi
2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)
2019 Topps Archives
#15 Carlton Fisk 
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)   
2013 Panini USA Champions
#56 Randal Grichuck
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 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson 
2010 Topps (football)
#341 Peyton Manning (AP)
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499) 
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu  
2004 Topps
#203 Bo Hart (ASR)

2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites
#52 Clete Boyer

2002 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#64 Frank Howard

2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#76 Don Larsen
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
2000 Just
#29 Brian Daubach 
1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
1996 Fleer Update
#U238 Tim Salmon (ENC) 
1994 Stadium Club
#448 Erik Pappas 

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1992 Score - 90's Impact Players
#65 Ron Gant 
1991 Stadium Club

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti
1991 Pacific (football)
#32 Steve Tasker 

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1990 Upper Deck
#626 Frank Viola

1990 Pro Set - Theme Art (football)
#10 Super Bowl X Pittsburgh Steelers / Dallas Cowboys
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1987 Topps - All-Star Game Glossy
#10 Dwight Gooden 
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

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

1984 Fleer
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#239 Dwayne Murphy
1982 Fleer
#33 Bucky Dent 
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
#237 Rusty Kuntz 
1982 Topps (football) 
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis 
#271 Dick Drago 
#325 Dan Driessen  
#406 Paul Molitor
#558 Jay Johnstone 
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)
1978 Topps (football)
#339 Joe Ferguson 
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 Hostess
#75 Boog Powell (SP) 

1976 Topps
#70 Roy Smalley/Roy Smalley Jr. (FS)
1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#485 Norm Cash 

1972 Topps  
#237 Cesar Cedeno (RC) 

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

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#252 Lowell Palmer (RC)
#287 Fred Talbot 
#390 Willie Davis  
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
1968 Topps
#15 Ron Hunt
#399 Al Worthington 

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#149 Wayne Schurr 
#178 Dalton Jones
#307 Barry Latman

1964 Topps 
#5 NL Strikeout Leaders (LL)
#421 Camilo Carreon 
1963 Topps

1962 Topps

1961 Topps
1960 Topps
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
#424 Ken Aspromonte

1958 Topps
#6 George Zuverink
#23 Bill Tuttle (VAR)
#36 Ted Kazanski
#447 Ray Monzant
#473 Bill Renna (UER)
#474 Roman Semproch (RC)   

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

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone 
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan
1955 Bowman
#195 Erv Palica (VAR)
#207 Spec Shea

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer
1955 Bowman (football)
#9 Don Stonesifer
#29 Bucko Kilroy

1955 Topps All-American (football)
#46 Arnie Lassman
1954 Topps
#238 Al Aber

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: 128 (2 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 54

Number of cards mailed out: 492
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 773
Year of oldest card received: 1890

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Repack Haiku #230 (Ron Cey, but he deserves better)

TriStar Signa Cuts
Abominations or not?
You get to decide
2008 TriStar Signa Cuts Baseball Edition
#NNO Ron Cey (AU)

Another great guest haiku from Jim (Cards As I See Them)! My personal opinion: If this signature had come from an index card, cancelled check, personal correspondence, literally anything else that Mr. Cey would have signed in his day to day life - I would have no issue with the card. But because they took a perfectly good autographed card and cut it so they could market it as their own product, I'm against it.

Thanks Jim!

Friday, November 12, 2021

Blog Trade: More Cards From Rancho Murieta, CA

Have you ever noticed  how sometimes sports card blogs will feature the same cards/sets for completely different reasons? Lately the 1978 Topps set has been calling out to me. When Topps Had Balls recently released a set of customs featuring 1978's top home run hitters. Night Owl showed off some 78's as well. I'm pretty sure I've seen that familiar '78 design on a few blogs in the past month.
A few weeks ago, I showed off some O-Pee-Chee cards I got in a trade from a reader named Dave. Before I could even get his return package mailed out, Dave reached out again with some 1978 Topps I needed:
With this trade, the amount of cards needed to complete this set was cut in half! I'm down to needing just 17 more cards, and I can't help but think this needs to be goal for the upcoming year.

In addition to these fine set needs, Dave also included some bonus cards:
I'll admit that I was initially confused by what he sent me. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to them, but they still somehow seemed familiar to me. Turns out Dave mistook my Time Travel Trade stack as a want list! Whoops! (For what it's worth - some of those cards were not in my collection anyways, so I was still happy to add them!)

Favorite Card: Hail to Ken Forsch and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Thanks again Dave!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Repack Haiku #229 (John Burkett)

A two sport athlete
Has thirty-two perfect games 
As a pro bowler
1990 Upper Deck #735 John Burkett

Monday, November 8, 2021

The All-Time Red Sox/Braves Lineup

Back in 2018 when the Red Sox and Dodgers were battling in the World Series, I thought it would be fun to construct a basic lineup of players that have donned both uniforms. It was a fun enough exercise that when the Washington Nationals won the following year, I did it again. (Not only did I do the Nationals, I even did a separate lineup for their old franchise, the Expos!) Doing another Dodgers lineup wasn't appealing last year (Adding Mookie Betts would have been the only change), and I never got around to doing any other team. With the season now over it seems like the perfect time to do a lineup of players who have donned the uniforms for both the Red Sox and Braves!

First of all, a disclaimer: I stuck with just the Atlanta years in my search. As much as I would love to add Babe Ruth and Cy Young to this list, it just didn't seem right to have Boston Braves with Boston Red Sox. 

Catcher: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter
#189 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (RC)

2013 Topps #301 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
The longest last name in Major League history started his career as a first round pick for the Braves, and eventually he became a member of the 2013 World Champion Red Sox team.

1st Baseman: Nick Esasky

1990 Upper Deck #758 Nick Esasky

1989 Topps Traded #T29 Nick Esasky

Esasky is a prime example of a star burning bright before burning out. In his one season with the Red Sox, he had a career year and even received some down-ballot MVP votes. He parlayed that great season into a nice contract with the Braves. Unfortunately, he only lasted 9 games, forced to retire because of a bout of vertigo.

2nd Baseman: Mark Lemke

1990 Topps #451 Mark Lemke

1998 Pacific Online #118 Mark Lemke
Mark Lemke was a constant lineup presence during the Braves 90's dynasty. He spent his last season in Boston, where a concussion prematurely ended his career.

Shortstop: Edgar Rentaria

2006 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH231 Edgar Rentaria

2005 Bowman Heritage
#15 Edgar Rentaria
Signed after the 2004 season to a 4 year contract, Rentaria struggled in Boston both offensively and defensively. He lasted one year before being traded to Atlanta and regaining his All-Star level of play.

3rd Baseman: Pablo Sandoval

2021 Topps Update
#US313 Pablo Sandoval

2015 Topps #650 Pablo Sandoval
Continuing with big contract free agents who struggled in Boston and quickly wore out there welcome, the "Kung Fu Panda" is most remembered by Red Sox fans for getting caught liking Instagram photos during a game. He'll be awarded his 4th World Series ring after the Braves victory, even though he didn't finish the season with them.

Left Fielder: Jonny Gomes

2015 Topps Heritage #572 Jonny Gomes

2014 Topps #149 Jonny Gomes
World Series Game 4 (WS)
Jonny makes his second appearance in my lists, having made the team for the all-time Nationals/Red Sox lineup. A World Series hero for the Red Sox, he played half a season for the Braves.

Center Fielder: Otis Nixon

1992 Donruss #33 Otis Nixon (HL)

1994 Flair #265 Otis Nixon
The Braves' single season stolen base leader spent one nondescript year playing for the Red Sox.

Right Fielder: J.D. Drew

2004 Donruss Studio #21 J.D. Drew

2007 Upper Deck
World Series Champions Boston Red Sox
#MM3 J.D. Drew (MM)
J.D. Drew is also a former lineup member, having made the Dodgers/Red Sox lineup, although to be fair if I were updating that list now, he'd probably get booted for Mookie Betts.

Starting Pitcher: John Smoltz

1990 Upper Deck #84 John Smoltz (CL)

2009 Topps #355 John Smoltz

We finally have a Hall of Fame player! Although to be fair his half season in Boston won't be remembered quite as fondly as his Braves tenure.

Closer: Craig Kimbrel

2012 Topps Update
#US268 Craig Kimbrel (AS)

2019 Stadium Club #270 Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel was a star for the Braves, and a star for the Red Sox, making 7 All-Star appearances in the 8 years he spent between the two teams. A few more solid years as a closer and we might have another Hall of Famer  here.

Designated Hitter/Pinch Hitter: Orlando Cepeda

1970 Topps #555 Orlando Cepeda

1974 Topps #83 Orlando Cepeda

I was tempted to make this Hall of Famer the first baseman of my list, but he never played that position for Boston, becoming their first ever designated hitter!
For two storied franchises, I'm surprised this lineup didn't pack more of a punch. Just a couple of Hall Of Famers, a few All-Stars - I think Kimbrel was the only guy who was at his peak playing for both teams.