Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Repack Haiku #248 (Chris Sale)

Red Sox All-Star ace
Celebrates birthday today
Today is mine too!
2018 Topps #20 Chris Sale
Happy birthday to Chris Sale! Here's hoping his rib fracture heals smoothly and he can get back on that mound!
Source: I've known this for years... ;)

Monday, March 28, 2022

First Impressions - 2022 Topps

It's almost like it was planned. The day after MLB announced the end to the lockout and that the baseball season could officially begin, I found a sizable amount of 2022 Topps at My local Wal-Mart! There were no individual packs, just boxes and hangers. I grabbed one of each, and joyfully ripped into the hanger box, just so I could give you my first impressions!
The official first card of 2022 goes to...
#258 Andre Jackson (RC)
Thanks to a recent Night Owl post, I looked back and discovered that my first card for the past three base sets have all been Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin in 2020, Julio Urias last year). That's an odd streak, and I have no idea who this guy is!
#275 Ketel Marte
#256 James McCann
#12 Gavin Sheets (RC)
#27 Mike Trout
#226 Josh Donaldson
#66 Connor Wong (RC)
Wong is my first Red Sox card of the pack, and since I've already traded for him, my first Red Sox double.
#236 Freddie Freeman
#101 Clint Frazier
#61 Jackson Reetz (RC)
#4 Travis d'Arnaud
#139 Omar Narvaez
#186 Jake Burger (RC)
#200 Ronald Acuna Jr.
We haven't talked about the design yet. From the moment the design was first released to the public, I've dubbed this the "Wrench set" since that what the bottom banner reminds me of. I like that Topps is using some curved lines in the design, and the partial baseball logo works well. Names are more readable than last year, but the team name is still too small and the position is so faded I wonder why they even bothered. It's better than what they've put out the previous two years.
#92 Avisail Garcia
#158 Riley Adams (RC)
#115 Austin Riley
#292 Kyle Higashioka
#231 Ronnie Dawson (RC)
#46 Raimel Tapia
#183 Ji-Man Choi
#252 Victor Reyes
Here's a look at the back. I'm genuinely happy my old eyes can read the card numbers! For all the good stuff, however, I need to break out my reading glasses.
#322 Joey Gallo
#313 Brady Singer
#150 Juan Soto
#237 Albert Pujols
#220 Gerardo Parra
#36 Jorge Alfaro
#244 Shane McClanahan (FS)
#HRC-3 Mike Trout
I'm digging the design of this year's Home Run Challenge cards, with the exploding baseball in the background.
#26 Devin Williams (blue parallel)
#T87-43 Jesse Winker
I get it. Everyone is sick of the 1987 design, it's been used again and again until it's become cliche. You know what? I still love it. No other design takes me back to my childhood quite like that wood-grain border. Give me all your unwanted  '87 Topps redesigned cards!
#SMLB-25 Nolan Arenado
#SMLB-13 Jacob deGrom
#SMLB-2 Ronald Acuna Jr.
#SMLB-28 Clayton Kershaw
These remind me too much of the "Stars Of The Game" inserts from 2019. 
#WTTS-2 Mike Trout (Welcome To The Show insert)
#203 Wade Miley
#246 Mauricio Dubon
#282 Carlos Rodon
#89 Jorge Mateo
#174 Hunter Renfroe  
Another Red Sox player, this time in the yellow "city" uniform. I've seen less than half of the set, yet I'm convinced no other set has ever show as  many distinct uniforms. It almost feels like every player is wearing something different. (Hmmm...might make an interesting blog post...)

#162 Spencer Howard
#130 Tyler Gilbert (RC)
#94 Cedric Mullins
#249 Zack Wheeler
#85 Rodolfo Castro (RC)
Am I the only one who looked at this card and thought he had three consecutive o's in his name? A failure of fonts!

#87 Nolan Arrenado
#315 Pete Alonso
#298 Drew Ellis (RC)
#321 City Of Walk-Off Love (CL)
#181 NL RBI Leaders (Duvall/Riley/Albies)
The top 3 league leaders are all from one team. I wonder if this has ever happened before?

#127 NL Strikeout Leaders (Wheeler/Scherzer/Burnes)
#109 Toronto Blue Jays (TC)
#260 Trevor Story
#318 Josh Reddick
#49 Brett Gardner

It's always cool when you catch something when cards are back to back. In this case, we have two players in mid flight!

#211 Cristian Javier
#177 Carson Kelly
#247 St. Louis Cardinals (TC)
#136 Houston Astros (TC)
#124 San Diego Padres (TC)
#274 Tampa Bay Rays (TC)
Add this to the list of things that annoy me about the Rays: 100 games won last season, without a single pitcher qualifying for the ERA title? 

#255 Chicago White Sox (TC)
#210 Oakland Athletics (TC)
#167 Daniel Bard
#289 Nate Pearson

Overall, I'm liking the set. It's not fantastic, but it's solid and more memorable than most of the designs they've pushed out recently. This may be the last Topps set we see without the Fanatics logo squeezed in somewhere, so if so it kind of marks an end of an era.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 15th Trade

As far as these posts go, this one seems pretty much pointless to me. I have strong doubts this month's featured card will get traded, and yet I've already come to the decision that if it doesn't, I'm not going to remove it from the trade stack. Still, you never know, so let's look at this trade from April 2018:

Traded 04/11/18: 
  • 1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back #54 The Alamo's Answer
Received 04/19/18:
  • 1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Tenth Series (J9-6) #2 Black-throated Green Warbler

This was the first time in my life I had ever traded away a card from the 1950's. At the time, I sincerely thought this Church & Dwight issue would remain the oldest card I ever acquired. It's not even in the Top 5 oldest now. In regards to its fate, I decided that any cards older than 1950 should stay in the stack. It adds character to the stack and shows the possibilities to what this project has achieved. Besides, there isn't a single member on the TCDB with this card on their want list.
Poor little Warbler, no one wants you! *queue sad Sarah McLaughlin music* Only you, loyal readers, can rescue this tiny little birdie from a lifetime of purgatory...

(Oh, since I've only shown cards over 60 years old so far in this series, I promise next month's Trapped In Time remnant has a decent chance of actually being wanted/traded - it's actually a card from 80's, Tune in next time...)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Repack Haiku #247 (Jim Eisenreich)

Missed two full seasons
To treat his Tourette Syndrome
Kirby took his spot
1991 Score #154 Jim Eisenreich

Eisenreich temporarily retired between 1984 - 1987 to treat his mental neurological disorder. The Twins replaced him on the roster with Kirby Puckett. Eisenreich became the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award in 1990.
Source: Wikipedia

Monday, March 21, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #63


A couple points of order before I show off the some cards. Neither the Clyde Vollmer nor the Jordan card generated any claims. Vollmer gets retired and added to my collection. As for Jordan, the response was pretty much unanimous that I should waive the "older card" requirement and trade it for something that might be more appealing. I'm going to be honest with you - I did not like the suggestion. It defeated the whole purpose of this project. Without the older card stipulation, this is just normal card trading, plus I got nervous at the thought of trying to pull off a fair vintage trade. However, since I sought your counsel I decided to try my best to trade the Jordan card. On the TCDB, there were 3 members who had this card on their want list. I started out with a trade proposal to a member who just joined in January and hasn't made a trade on the TCDB yet, but actually had a few baseball cards that were older than 1956 on his For Trade/Sale list. I sent an open offer trade, explaining my project and leaving it up to them what to send in return. No response, and after 10 days I withdrew the proposal. Then I proposed a trade to that member who had another Flags Of The World card. They responded the next day, telling me that they were interested, but not only did someone else express interest in their card recently, but they didn't know where any of their Flag cards were at the moment. I told him I'd rather have him have it than let it sit in my box, and told him to make a counter-proposal. He never responded after that. The third collector seems to only log in every couple of weeks, which is why he was the last one to be offered a trade. He hasn't logged in since I offered the trade, but I'll keep the offer up for a little while longer. If I don't hear from him this week, the Jordan gets retired with the Vollmer and added to my collection. I'm sure I'll think of something to do with it.

The second point of order - I found 2022 Topps! The day after the lockout was announced, my local Wal-Mart had numerous boxes of the product. No individual packs however, so I took one from the retail box I bought and have made it available in the trade stack (sorry, no Wander Franco!)

On to the trades! I'm excited to say that I mailed out PWEs for 8 Time Travel Trades since our last update - that's a new high for me!
Our first card is from Greg (Night Owl Cards). This was one pending return I was awaiting from last time, and not one of the 8 new trades (although Greg has one of those too!) He claimed a 1970 Topps Angels player, and sent another Angels player from the year before:

Next we have Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders), who took a nice selection of 70's and 80's cards and returned fire with his normally great selection of cards!

At this point I would like to state that I using my position as the manager of this project to claim one of these cards before any of you get a chance to. That 1978 Topps Keith Hernandez was one of 15 cards I needed to complete the set, so I'm snagging it and putting this card in its place:

Long time blog reader Ken returns to the Time Travel Trading action. He claimed a dozen cards, including all those O-Pee-Chee hockey from last time, and sent back 2 dozen football cards in return!
Anyone collecting 1977 Topps football?
I'm excited about this next one! A TCDB member named James offered up a cool card in exchange for one I had here. Unfortunately, he wanted one of the OPC hockey cards Ken had claimed. Still, I was eager to add this card, and there were a few other Time Travel cards on his want list, so made a counter-proposal and luckily he accepted. The Time Travel Trading project can now add a vintage Japanese baseball card to its ranks!

Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) must have had the Dodgers on the brain for some reason, because his monthly contribution is a bunch of Dodgers, plus a particular Kellogg's card I thought might generate some interest here.

Chris (The Collector) makes Time Travel Trading history by sending me cards from 5 different sports! The big 4 sports are frequently seen here, but Australian football? That's new to me!

Next up we have Hal, who made a TCDB trade with me to add some more 70's baseball to the stack. Strangely enough, that's the 3rd 1970 Carlos May currently in the trade stack. I never thought I'd get to a point where I'd have triples of a card here!

Our last trade of the day comes from Brendan (The View from The Third Floor). He picked up a few cards, including an autograph, and sent back a relic card plus a few others:

This month adds over 70 new cards to the project, and I have 2 trades still in progress!
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:

2022 Topps
#12 Gavin Sheets (RC)
#36 Jorge Alfaro
#39 Andrew Miller
#93 Isiah Kiner-Falefa
#161 Jon Gray
#230 Jonah Heim
#242 Anthony Rizzo
#244 Shane McClanahan (FS)
#256 James McCann
#258 Andre Jackson (RC)
#275 Ketel Marte
#306 Andrelton Simmons 

2022 Topps - Home Run Challenge
#HRC-14 Mookie Betts

2022 Topps - Stars Of MLB
#SMLB-26 Gerrit Cole
2019 Topps
#313 Robinson Cano

2019 Topps Opening Day

#93 J.D. Martinez
#197 Felipe Vazquez   
2018 Donruss - Dominators (football)
#D-21 Julio Jones
2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes
2016 Donruss - Rookie Threads (football)
#37 Sterling Shepard (MEM) 
2014 Panini Absolute - Retail
#14 Steven Jackson 
2013 Panini USA Champions
#56 Randal Grichuck
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Chrome
#13 Brian Roberts

2010 Bowman Chrome - Prospects
#BCP178 Nathan Adcock
#BCP186 Jhan Marinez
2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson  
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu    
2009 Bowman Draft Picks (football)
#78 Randy Moss

2009 Donruss Rookies & Stars (football)
#32 Calvin Johnson 

2009 Team Zone AFL Team (Austrlian football)
#50 Dale Morris
#148 Jason Akermanis
2008 SPx - Rookie Signatures Gold
#141 Bill White (AU)
2008 Upper Deck First Edition - StarQuest (football)
#SQ4 Ben Roethlisberger 
2007 Press Pass SE - Gold (football)
#R35 JaMarcus Russell
2004 Topps
#203 Bo Hart (ASR)
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
1996 Fleer Update
#U238 Tim Salmon (ENC) 
1995 Topps
#215 Mike Greenwell 
1994 Stadium Club
#448 Erik Pappas 

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1992-93 Humpty Dumpty I (hockey)
#NNO Troy Murray
1992-93 Ultra (hockey)
#164 Jaromir Jagr 
1992 Score - 90's Impact Players
#65 Ron Gant
1992 Triple Play - Gallery Of Stars
#GS-1 Bobby Bonilla  
1991-92 Upper Deck McDonald's All-Stars - Holograms (hockey)
#MCH-02 Chris Chelios
1991 Stadium Club
1991 Topps Desert Storm (non-sport)
#147 Working Together  
1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#18 Earvin Johnson (AS, SP)

1990 Fleer
#125 Jim Abbott
1990 Leaf
#16 Hubie Brooks 
1990 Score
#3 Dwight Evans
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
1988-89 Frito-Lay Stickers (hockey)
#NNO Cam Neely
1987 Fleer Game Winners
#37 Cal Ripken Jr.

1987 Topps
#313 Roberto Clemente (TBTC)
1986 Sportflics
#30 Jose Cruz 
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
1985 O-Pee-Chee
1985 Topps
#7 Nolan Ryan (RB)
1985 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#18 Chet Lemon
#22 Hank Greenberg (CAPT) 
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1983 Fleer
#45 Ted Simmons 

1983 Topps Drake's Big Hitters
#14 Dave Kingman
1983 Topps (football)

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

1982 Topps
1982 Topps Kmart 20th Anniversary
#43 Hank Aaron (HL) 
1982 Topps (football) 

1981 Donruss  
#530 Steve Garvey (AS)
#569 Al Williams
#632 Alan Bannister
1981 Topps Coca-Cola Boston Red Sox
#4 Bob Stanley 
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis 
#290 Steve Garvey (AS) 
#325 Dan Driessen 
#510 Ron Cey
#255 Tommy John 
#465 Reggie Smith
#465 Reggie Smith 

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#12 E.C. Coleman
#18 Steve Mix
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)

1978 Topps  
#22 Charlie Hough
#412 1977 NL Championships (NLCS) 
#424 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#482 Rick Miller
#562 Glenn Burke (RC) 
1978 Topps (football)
#41 John Ebersole
1977-78 Topps - White Backs (basketball)
#78 Richard Washington (RC)
1977 Topps
1977 Topps (football)
#310 Monte Jackson (AP, RC)
#317 Paul Seymour
#350 Bill Bergey (AP)
#367 Golden Richards
#397 Vince Papale (RC)
#406 Bill Simpson (RC)
#408 J.K. McKay (RC)
#409 Pat Fischer
#413 Don Strock
#419 Brent McClanahan
#427 Harvey Martin
#430 Isiah Robertson (AP)
#450 Ken Houston (AP)
#464 Howard Twilley
#477 Neil Clabo
#492 Don Nottingham
#494 Otis Sistrunk
#516 Butch Johnson (RC)
#525 Brian Baschnagel(RC) 
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese
1976 Kellogg's
#55 Pete Rose 
1976 SSPC
#7 Elias Sosa 

1976 Topps
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 
#58T Ron Reed

1975 Topps
#41 Cesar Geronimo
#574 Tony Taylor
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
#583 Marty Pattin
#660 Larry Dierker

1974 Topps - Team Checklists (1 Star)
#NNO Montreal Expos
1974 Topps - Team Checklists (2 Stars)
#NNO Los Angeles Dodgers
#NNO Pittsburg Pirates 

1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
#585T Merv Rettenmund 
1973 Topps
#4 John Milner 
#12 George Hendrick
#22 Ted Abernathy 
#155 Sal Bando
#349 Dick McAuliffe
#492 Pedro Borbon
1972 Topps  
#42 Tommy Davis (IA) 
#491 Jim Hardin 

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

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#18 Carlos May 
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis  
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#6Spades Tommy John 

1969 Topps
#32 Sammy Ellis
1968 Topps

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz

1962 Topps

1961 Topps
1960 Topps
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 
1958 JCM 30a Doyusha Team Name Back (solid front w/o borders)
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
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: 153 (2 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 59

Number of cards mailed out: 620
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 958
Year of oldest card received: 1890