Friday, April 29, 2022

Take Five

I am small potatoes. 
At least compared to some of our more distinguished bloggers, I feel I am. The Diamond Jesters blog celebrated its 5 year anniversary yesterday, which is pretty cool. Not anywhere as cool as Nick's 10 year anniversary, or Greg's 5,000th post, but cool in a smaller sense nonetheless. I started out as your typical middle aged guy rediscovering his childhood, a lurker reading all the great blogs out there. Eventually I started commenting here and there, and eventually it reached a point where I started up my own blog so I could engage more and join a community of like-minded souls. 5 years later and I haven't run out of things to post or cards to share. I've written hundreds of haiku, and watched a small time-travel themed idea I had grow into the most anticipated posts I write every month. It's been a fun ride.

5 years wouldn't have happened if it weren't for all of you. The bloggers that welcomed me into this unique little circle. The readers who took the time to glance at these posts and encouraged me to write more. The trade partners who continue to feed my enjoyment of the hobby. Thank you all.

With that it mind, it's time to take five. 
No, I don't mean I'm taking a break. It's time for you to take five...of my cards!

Being small potatoes doesn't mean I can't celebrate this anniversary with a giveaway, so that's what I'm going to do! Five years = five pocket pages of cards, and I invite anyone who wants them to claim up to five cards (with some exceptions I'll explain along the way). If you claim cards and have never traded with me before, please email me (mattkeppel -at- yahoo -dot- com) and make sure I have your address. Otherwise, claim away!

 Page 1

Claimed: Watson, Sosa

 Fun fact: That Pedro Alvarez was the first Repack Haiku!

 Page 2

Claimed: Stewart, Grace, Hayden, Dolphins

Page 3

Claimed: Finley, Smith, Hernandez, Cogdill, Freddy Grahams

The Wacky Packages card is part of a set I won awhile back. If you pick this card, I'll send all 10 cards, and the extras don't count towards the 5 limit.

Page 4

Claimed: Jeter

Page 5

Claimed: Bream, Luke, Glavine, Carter, Alou, Pujols, Jordan
My daughter recently celebrated her 15th birthday, and my father-in-law was quick to point out to her that she wasn't 15 so much as she was starting her 16th year. In that regard, since I'm starting my 6th year of blogging, here's a bonus page:

Page 6

These cards came in a bag of mostly baseball cards I found at Goodwill a long time ago. I can't really tell you much about them. The middle Avatar card in the top row is shiny, and the last one is thick, with a pull-tab element to it. If you happen to claim something from this page, don't be surprised if I throw a few extra bonus cards with it. I don't want them! ;)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Repack Haiku #252 (Sam Militello)

Spent two years with Yanks,
Last twenty-two years as coach
For Tampa Spartans
1993 Topps #624 Sam Militello

Source: University Of Tampa

Monday, April 25, 2022

Crocodile Rocks!

Crocodile Sports Cards is still a relatively new blog around here, just starting up last November. That hasn't stopped Greg from jumping in to the giveaway spirit. A couple months ago, he decided to give away some 2021 Topps cards. I claimed one - an Update series card of now former Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino.

When you're only expecting one card, you're expecting a standard plain white envelope. Imagine my surprise when a box arrived instead!

In addition to the card I claimed, Greg sent some extra Red Sox goodies..

Thanks to him, I'm a Jim Rice short of having all the Red Sox from the 1977 Topps set!

He threw in a handful of woeful but still loved Buffalo Sabres...

Here's hoping Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power can lead this team to ending a miserable 11 season playoff drought!
But why the box? That's the only way he could fit this...

I had never seen these before, but fortunately they were listed on the the TCDB. This is from the 1981 Topps Home Team Photos Boston Red Sox set. I miss the days when packs were priced in terms of cents and not dollars. I'm not quite sure what to do with these. It's a unique display item, and I don't have anything that could protect the 5"x7" cards better than the packages they're wrapped in. For now, I decided to just open one. it's a 12 card set, and this team featured 5 Hall of Famers, so my odds are pretty good of opening a sweet photo....

 Yeah, Carlton Fisk in a magnificent red batting helmet will do nicely!

Thanks again for all the goodies Greg! If you haven't checked out Crocodile Sports Cards, head over there and say hello!

Friday, April 22, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 16th Trade


There's a touch of sadness associated with this month's post. My trade partner in this edition was Dawn, aka Doe, from the blog Now and Zen. Dawn was a well liked and respected blogger who unfortunately passed away a couple years ago from ALS. This trade ended a two month trade slump - without Dawn, the Time Travel Trade Project may have lost steam and ended before becoming the amazing project it is now.
Traded 06/08/18: 1995 Comic Images Phil Rizzuto's Baseball #24 New York Giants

Received 06/15/18:
  • 2018 Topps Opening Day - Before Opening Day #BOD-AB Andrew Benintendi (See Trade #19)
  • 2018 Topps Opening Day - Team Traditions and Celebrations #TTC-SC "Sweet Caroline" (See Trade #20)
  • 1980 Topps #143 Bruce Bochte
Dawn generously included a couple of  bonus Red Sox cards in our trade, and I decided to add them to the stack rather than keep them. They went fairly quickly, but the main card from the trade has sat in Time Travel Limbo ever since.
Unlike all the other cards I've previously shown off in this series (which were all from the 50's or earlier) I have a fair amount of hope someone will make a trade for this much more "recent" card. If not, then I'll retire it and add it to my collection. I'm not actively working on the 1980 Topps set, but it's a set I have over 50% of, including the key Henderson rookie.  I can see myself going for it someday, and the Bochte will make it one card easier to complete.

Last chance to add this former All-Star! Make me an offer!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Repack Haiku #251 (Will Tejada)

Is Pre-Rookie right?
Got rookie card from Donruss
Three years before this
1990 Line Drive AA #294 Will Tejada
Tejada made his MLB debut in 1986 for the Expos and was given a card in the 1987 Donruss set.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #64

92 new cards!
That's what you have waiting for you below. 7 trades, 92 cards - an onslaught of cardboard that caused so much editing and upkeep I had to take extra time just to be sure all cards were accounted for and my numbers matched. It's worth it though!

On to the trades!
We lead thing off with Time Travel regular Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders) who sent these 4 cards my way:
So, I discovered something funny about that 1970 Topps Tim McCarver card. According to my records, I had one in the Time Travel Trading stack once before. I traded less than a year Jeff! So Jeff, is this the same card? It'd be funny if it was! 

Another monthly regular comes up next, Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) who received and sent a great mix of cards:

Since there was some confusion last month, this is a good opportunity to clarify again: While most of my regular traders prefer to make their claims by commenting on my post, I do a healthy amount of trading on the TCDB as well. Members there can read my blog as soon as it's published from the main page and propose transactions. Potential traders are welcome to reach me either way. I even have some that just email me directly! There's no preferential treatment given to the TCDB members, it all comes down to timing and who put the claim in first. If you claim a card someone claimed already, I'll let you know.

Every year, I buy a pack of the latest Topps base set and add it to the trade stack. The inserts usually go pretty quick but Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life) will wait a day and claim any leftovers. This was the case this year as well, and it contributed to the largest trade in Time Travel Trading history - 30 cards out, 30 cards in!

Bo tries his best to send cards he thinks other people would want. He noticed that O-Pee-Chee have been doing well recently, and sent some more along:
He also added some more football to the mix!

Next up is a pair from Greg (Night Owl Cards) - a vintage card and a reprint of a vintage card!

The next three trades were all done on the TCDB. First up we have Mark, who sent these 1974 and 1963 beauties my way:

Next we have Canadian J.F., who I helped me complete the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set last year. This is his first Time Travel Trade, and it was a big one!

I hope no one minds more hockey cards added to the stack. It's practically a requirement when you trade with friends north of the border!

Finally, we have Derek, another Canuck who offered up some more great cards!

Including, you guessed it, hockey!

There's been a lot of turnover in the trade stack, so give it a look and see what's still available. I still have 2 more trades I'm waiting on, so stay tuned!
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:

2021-22 Upper Deck Tim Hortons - Photo Finish (hockey)
#PF-4 Robin Lehner
2019 Bowman's Best
#50 Cody Bellinger 

2018 Topps Los Angeles Angels
#A-10 Luis Valbuena

2017 Bowman Draft - Chrome
#BDC-182 Nick Raquet

2013 Panini USA Champions
#105 Nick Travieso

2012 Bowman Chrome - Prospects
#BCP175 Taylor Siemens

2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition
#91 Tom Murphy

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League
#191 Wilin Rosario
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson  
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu    

2009 Team Zone AFL Team (Austrlian football)
#50 Dale Morris
#148 Jason Akermanis
2008 Topps New York Yankees
#NYY8 Jason Giambi

2004 Bowman Chrome
#263 Jeff Allison (FY, RC)
2001 Fleer Game Time
#13 Trevor Hoffman
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
2001 Topps Post Cereal 500 Home Run Club
#6 Harmon Killebrew  
1999 SkyBox Metal Universe (football)
#116 Tiki Barber

1998 Pinnacle Inside
#25 Andruw Jones
1997-98 Score New York Rangers (hockey)
#8 Alexander Karpovtsev

1997-98 Score Philadelphia Flyers (hockey)
#18 Vaclav Prospal

1997 Pinnacle X-Press
#64 Craig Biggio 

1996 Leaf
#10 Matt Lawton (RC)

1995-96 Kraft Peanut Butter Discs (hockey)
#NNO Ed Belfour
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer 

1993 Donruss McDonald's Toronto Blue Jays Great Moments
#1 1985-First Title
1993 Pro Line Profiles (football)
#604 Steve Young

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1992-93 Humpty Dumpty I (hockey)
#NNO Troy Murray
1992 Front Row Draft Picks
#46 Ed Christian 
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL (hockey)
#258 Brandon Convery
1991 Topps Archives 1953
#302 Marty Marion
1991 Pacific (football)
#451 Junior Seau

1991 Pro Set Platinum (football)
#81 Lawrence Taylor
1991 Topps Desert Storm (non-sport)
#147 Working Together  
1990-91 Pro Set Super Bowl XXV Silver Anniversary (football)
#88 Nick Buoniconti

1990-91 7th Inning Sketch OHL (hockey)
#236 Tony McCabe

1990-91 Bowman (hockey)
#19 Peter Zezel
#127 David Volek

1990-91 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#66 Pierre Turgeon

1990-91 Score Rookie and Traded (hockey)
#106T Bryan Trottier
1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#18 Earvin Johnson (AS, SP)

1990 Fleer
1990 Leaf
#16 Hubie Brooks  

1990 Post Cereal
#28 Alan Trammell
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
1990 Score (football)
#436 Chet Brooks (RC)
1989-90 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#236 Craig Ludwig
#307 Montreal Canadiens (TC)
#322 Patrick Roy (AW)

1989 ProCards Triple A
#544 Jay Buhner 
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1989 Topps Big
#102 Roberto Alomar 
1988-89 Frito-Lay Stickers (hockey)
#NNO Cam Neely
1988 Topps (football)
#79 William Perry
1987 Donruss
#3 Dale Murphy (DK) 
1985 O-Pee-Chee
#4 Jim Wohlford
#6 Willie Wilson
1985 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#18 Chet Lemon
#22 Hank Greenberg (CAPT) 
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1984 O-Pee-Chee
#169 Larry Parrish
#175 Graig Nettles
#262 Doug Flynn
#269 Mickey Rivers
#288 Jim Beattie
#351 Lou Piniella 

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 Zellers Montreal Expos
#8B Chris Speier
1982 Topps (football) 

1981 Donruss  
#192 Darrell Evans
1981 Fleer
#8 Larry Christenson 

1981 Topps
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis 
1980 Topps (football)
#132 Eagles Team Leaders (CL, TL)
1979-80 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#33 Garry Unger
#38 Wayne Stephenson 

1979 Topps 
1978-79 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)
#48 Dennis Hextall
#86 Don Lever
#89 Bob Murray
#92 Ron Ellis
#127 Ian Turnbull

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

1978 Topps  
#533 Sandy Alomar
1978 Topps (football)
#41 John Ebersole

1977-78 Topps - Glossy Inserts (Rounded Corners) (hockey)
#10 Dave Maloney
#16 Jean Ratelle
#17 Glenn Resch
1977-78 Topps - White Backs (basketball)
#78 Richard Washington (RC)
1977 Topps
1977 Topps (football)
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese
1976 SSPC
#7 Elias Sosa 

1976 Topps
#15 George Scott
#255 Fritz Peterson 
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 
#528T Dock Ellis 

1976 Topps (football)
#74 Bryant Salter
#163 Norm Snead
#193 Roger Carr (RC)
#261 Frank Lewis
#481 John Bunting (RC)

1975 Topps
#41 Cesar Geronimo
1975 Topps (football)
#60 Jack Youngblood
#311 Billy Joe Dupree 
#436 Tommy Nobis
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
#631 Steve Barber
#656 Adrian Garrett
#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
#123T Nelson Briles
#151T Diego Segui  
1974 Topps (football)
#39 Mike Siani
#410 Andy Russell
#513 Bill Lueck (RC)
1973 Topps
#4 John Milner 
#349 Dick McAuliffe
#492 Pedro Borbon
1972 Topps  
#1 World Champions (Pittsburgh Pirates) (TC)
#233 Jay Johnstone
#239 Tom Timmermann
#250 Boog Powell
#491 Jim Hardin 

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

1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#287 Fred Talbot  
#363 Tom Shopay (RC) 
#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

1963 Topps
#31 Cal Koonce (RC)
#114 Dan Osinski (RC)
#118 Sherm Lollar

1962 Topps

1961 Topps
1960 Topps
#188 Dick Williams
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

1955 Topps All-American (football)
#46 Arnie Lassman
1954 Topps
#106 Dick Kokos
#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: 160 (2 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 60

Number of cards mailed out: 704
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,050
Year of oldest card received: 1890