Friday, January 28, 2022

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Wellington, FL

This is a small trade, but it has a good story. I made a trade with a relatively new member to the TCDB named Mark. I sent out a few extra 2019 Topps I had in exchange for these two cards:
It's the Dwight Evans card I want to talk about. This card from the 1991 Topps set came in both an ERR and COR version. (The error, if you're curious: not getting that little diamond on the stats to notate he tied for the league lead in games played. I know, not earth shattering.) Now, I'm not one to go hunt down every variation of a card, but in this case I wanted both copies. It's one of my favorites from the underappreciated 1991 set. If the picture was clearer it would be Stadium Club worthy. I had the error card (a few copies of it actually) but the corrected version alluded me until Mark offered it up in a trade. 

Sadly, when the cards arrived, I checked the card and realized that I had yet another error version of the card instead. I wasn't upset. It's hard to keep track of these minor variations, and I'm almost positive I've got a few mislabeled in my TCDB collection. (God help those poor souls that are trying to collect variations of those late 80's Donruss sets!) Still, I messaged Mark about it to see if this card was sent to me in "error" (See what I did there?) or if it was just a case of the card not being entered correctly.
It's great when trades go smoothly, but the real measure of how good a trade partner is happens when something goes wrong. In a 15 minute span, Mark sent me three messages: an offer to adjust what I sent to him, another offer of a replacement card, and finally a I just bought the card off eBay and will send it to you as soon as I get it. Wow! I would have been content with either of the first two options, but Mark went above and beyond to get me the card he initially offered me. That's an A+ trader in my book.
Thanks Mark! I hope we can match up on another trade soon!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Hall Of Fame Haiku (David Ortiz)

Congrats "Big Papi"
New Hall Of Fame inductee
First ballot legend
2009 Upper Deck X- Memorabilia
#UDXJ-DO David Ortiz (MEM)

Congrats to Red Sox legend David Ortiz on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Monday, January 24, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #61

To quote the Roman philosopher Biggus Smallus (not to be confused with Biggus Dickus): "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems". With success comes a different set of challenges, and I've come to realize that applies to the Time Travel Trading Project as well. That's right friends: Mo' cards, mo' problems!
Ok, so I'm being a little dramatic. It' not really a problem, but holy cow have you seen how long the trade stack has gotten? It's over 400 cards now! It's a good problem to have, and I'm extremely grateful for the generosity of my trade partners. Without them, this project would have lost steam years ago.

The fact remains, however, that the storage box holding my Time Travel cards is getting low on space, and I feel that the time has come to start culling some of the more tenured cards from the stack. I still have a bunch of cards that have been here since 2018 when I first started this. I'm not quite sure how exactly I'm going to do this, but I think I may go through and give the oldest cards one last pimp on the blog before retiring them. We'll see, I've got ideas, and no shortage of options.

Anyway, on to the trades!
We'll start things off with my latest trade with Greg (Night Owl Cards). He took a couple of burlap ballplayers, and sent back an assortment of goodies. I'm always happy to see Red Sox cards, especially now that I know there was a Negro League team in Memphis  with that moniker!

Brendan (The View From The 3rd Floor) is next with one of his always amazing bribes trades! Yep, that's another autographed card that Brendan has included!

Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders) clocks in again with an assortment of vintage, headlined by a Hall of Fame manager!
New to the ever growing list of trade partners is TCDB member Chris. Who knew the Red Sox were so colorful in 1960!

Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) took advantage of an influx of football cards to pad his collection. It's always fun when I have to take multiple pictures of a single trade! Starting out with some eye-catching 1972's...
Along with an assortment of other baseball cards, including a gas station card I've never seen before (the Tommy John).

The most noteworthy card however is this cool serial-numbered acetate card!

Five trades not enough for you? Good! Because Jim (Cards As I See Them) snagged a trio of 1985 O-Pee-Chee and sent back some nice 70's cards!

Thanks again Greg, Brendan, Jeff, Chris, Bo, and Jim!
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:

2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)
2019 Topps
#313 Robinson Cano

2019 Topps Opening Day

#93 J.D. Martinez
#197 Felipe Vazquez  
2018 Donruss - Snow Days Red (football)
#SD-20 Chuck Foreman
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
2012 Topps Allen & Ginter
#50 Clay Buchholz
#136 Jacoby Ellsbury 
2011 Topps (football)
#85 Troy Polamalu (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
2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson 
2010 Topps (football)
#180 Reggie Wayne
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials (basketball)
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499) 
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu   
2008 SPx - Rookie Signatures Gold
#141 Bill White (AU)
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 
2001-02 Upper Deck Ice (hockey)
#127 Pasi Nurminen (RC, SN1000) 
1998 Score
#68 Scott Rolen
1996 Fleer Update
#U238 Tim Salmon (ENC) 
1995 Topps
#215 Mike Greenwell 
1994 Stadium Club
#448 Erik Pappas 

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner
1993 Ted Williams
#101 Marlin Carter (NLB) 

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

1990 Fleer
#125 Jim Abbott
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
#620 Jose Canseco (ASR) 
1986 Topps
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk
1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#239 Dwayne Murphy
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
1982 Topps (football) 
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis 
1980 Topps (football)
#132 Eagles Team Leaders (CL, TL)
#493 1979 NFC Championship (CCG)
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)

1978 Topps
#70 Rich Gossage
1977-78 Topps - White Backs (basketball)
#78 Richard Washington (RC)
1977 Topps
#648 Jim Spencer 
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 SSPC
#7 Elias Sosa 

1976 Topps
1974 Topps - Team Checklists (2 Stars)
#NNO Los Angeles Dodgers
#NNO Pittsburg Pirates 

1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
#485T Felipe Alou 
#496T Tom Murphy
1973 Topps
#4 John Milner
#102 Rudy May  
1972 Topps  
#12 Jose Cardinal
#24 Ted Ford
#31 Cleon Jones
#40 Bob Barton (IA)
#44 Rick Wise (IA)
#48 John Ellis (IA)  
#54 Bud Harrelson (IA)
#55 Clyde Wright  
#56 Rich Chiles (RC)
#57 Bob Oliver
#64 Pete Broberg (RC) 
#94 1971 AL Pitching Leaders
#96 1971 AL Strikeout Leaders
#276 Gene Mauch (MGR)
#289 Syd O'Brien 
#491 Jim Hardin 

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

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#255 Jim Spencer (RC) 
 #287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis  
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#6Spades Tommy John 

1969 Topps
#66 Orioles Rookies
#317 Bruce Look (RC) 
#484 Joe Gordon (MGR)
1968 Topps
#119 Wade Blasingame
#214 Tom Kelley 

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#76 Red Schoendienst (MGR)
#104 Alex Johnson
#154 Chuck Hiller

1962 Topps

1961 Topps
1960 Topps
#203 Sammy White
#317 Pumpsie Green (ASR, RC, UER)
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan
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: 139 (1 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 55

Number of cards mailed out: 540
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 855
Year of oldest card received: 1890

Friday, January 21, 2022

2022 Obligatory Hall Of Fame Post

On January 25th, we'll find out who gets to join an impressive 6 new veteran committee elected players in next summer's Hall of Fame festivities. I enjoy this time of year, especially as voters reveal their ballots. I actually like reading about these votes, and the thought process each writer makes in choosing who they think is worthy. I wish more writers gave us a inside look at their choices. It's fascinating.

For the past few years, I wrote about who I felt deserved to get elected. I decided to do that again this year as well. Pardon me while I copy and paste from part of my original post from 2018:

I obviously do not have an official vote, but I too have thought about who is worthy and who would make my unofficial ballot. Before I list my choices, a few clarifications into my voting process:

  • I'm a "Big Hall" type of guy - I believe that the Hall's main purpose is to reflect the history of the game. I'm not going to cross a guy off just because he's not an inner circle type.
  • As far as PED users go, I generally don't have a strong opinion. Again, the Hall should reflect this era of the game. To be honest, I have genuine reservations as to how much PED usage affects a player's overall stats. That being said, those guys are placed in the back of the line. As much as I may feel Manny Ramirez deserves to get in, if there are at least 10 other worthy candidates, he won't make my ballot.
I'm going to categorize players into 3 groups - definitely worthy, probably worthy, and maybe worthy. (Real scientific, I know...)

Definitely Worthy

These are the guys I don't have to think hard about. They belong, and that's all there is to it. Obviously, because of the PED issue, it's possible that not all of these guys may make my final ballot.

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling

2017 Topps Update - Heroes Of Autumn
#HA-24 David Ortiz

I'm excited Ortiz is finally on the ballot, and hopefully he'll get in this year. Scott Rolen is someone I initially didn't think was a rock solid candidate, but the more I read about his candidacy, the more I became convinced he had a special blend of excellence on both offense and defense. He's one of the 12 best third baseman all-time!

Probably Worthy

These players have strong cases, but not airtight. There are usually some reservations. However, if they get elected, I won't have a problem with it.

Todd Helton - There's a significant gap between his home/road splits. Should that matter? I haven't really decided.

Andruw Jones - A decade of being one of the most dynamic and electrifying players in baseball might be enough to overcome a legendary drop-off in production.
Jeff Kent - The greatest power hitting 2nd baseman of all-time isn't getting the look he deserves.

Gary Sheffield - He may not have been the most likable person, but he was a scary hitter at his peak. 

Sammy Sosa - It's hard to not have a member of the 600 home run club in the Hall.

Billy Wagner - He was dominant on the field (more so than Trevor Hoffman), but pitching under 1,000 innings in his career is a tough hurdle to jump.

1993 Score #534 Gary Sheffield (DT)

Maybe Worthy

I'll be honest, I'm not convinced any of these guys belong. They're on the ballot, and have genuine cases though. I'll have to put more thought into it.

Bobby Abreu
Mark Beuhrle
Carl Crawford
Prince Fielder
Ryan Howard
Tim Hudson
Torii Hunter 
Tim Lincecum
Justin Morneau
Joe Nathan
Jonathan Papelbon
Jake Peavy
Andy Petite
A.J. Pierzynski
Jimmy Rollins 
Mark Teixeira
Omar Vizquel

Outside of Ortiz and Rodriguez, none of this year's first timers have a strong case. A part of me wants to bump Torii Hunter up a level, just because he was so fun to watch and was an amazing defender. Abreu never struck me as a Hall of Fame player during his playing days, and seems to be a candidate just because he was consistent. I never thought Omar Vizquel was a Hall Of Fame player - he was below average offensively - but it appears his post-playing career drama has made that argument a moot point. If any of the new guys gets past the 5% threshold, I may give them a deeper look.

2008 Topps #435 Torii Hunter

My Ballot


Here's my unofficial 10 player ballot:

  1. Barry Bonds
  2. Roger Clemens
  3. Todd Helton
  4. Andruw Jones
  5. Jeff Kent 
  6. David Ortiz
  7. Scott Rolen
  8. Curt Schilling 
  9. Sammy Sosa
  10. Billy Wagner

Bonds, Clemens, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Sheffield, Petite and Sosa are held back due to their PED connections. That leaves just Ortiz, Schilling, and Rolen from the Definitely Worthy list and 4 guys from the Probably Worthy list. (And in case anyone wants to point out Ortiz - no, I have no reservations about his usage. His connection is flimsy at best.) Three spots remaining for the PED guys, and two are going to Bonds and Clemens.

One spot left. Ramirez and Rodriguez are definitely worthy, but they both got suspended after the drug policy went into effect. I'd rather give the last spot to either Sheffield or Sosa, neither of whom failed any tests during their career. It's a toss up, but since this is Sosa's last chance, I gave him the nod.

In the end, I expect Ortiz to just barely make it with slightly over 75% of the vote. Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, and Schilling will fall off the ballot and become future committee candidates.

No matter how it shakes out, it'll be another fun and exciting Hall class!