Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Repack Haiku #261 (Tom Foley)

When playing days done
Joined expansion Tampa club
Stayed 24 years
1989 Topps #529 Tom Foley

Foley was employed in a variety of roles in those twenty-four years, including a remarkable 13 year stint as the Ray's third base coach (a position he held under three different managers!)

Monday, June 27, 2022

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Pittsburgh, PA

This may be the first time I've traded cards to somewhere I've actually visited! TCDB member Aaron lives in Pittsburgh, where I've not only visited, but took in a Pirates game a few years back. I chipped away at some Red Sox base set needs for my efforts:
Favorite card: This is tough one. Eck's leg kick is fantastic, and a young Ted Williams is always a nice addition, but in the end I have to go with that iconic Golden Moment where Fisk waves the ball fair!

Thanks Aaron!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 19th Trade

Sometimes you just never can tell. This edition of Trapped In Time was set to be a big one, with 3 cards showcased. However, after almost 4 years and after over 150 trades, one of those cards got claimed in the last round of Time Travel Trading!
Traded 06/21/18: 
  • 2018 Topps Opening Day - Before Opening Day #BOD-AB Andrew Benintendi

Received 06/23/18:
  • 2017 Bowman #9 Carlos Correa (See Trade #20)
  • 2016 Topps Heritage - Baseball Flashbacks #BF-EM Eddie Matthews (See Trade #24)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #273 NL Aces (Adam Wainwright/Clayton Kershaw) (See Trade #24)
  • 1976-77 Topps (hockey) #129 Jacques Lemaire (See Trade #20)
  • 1974 Topps - Team Checklists #NNO Montreal Expos (See Trade #171)
  • 1972 Topps #293 Danny Frisella (See Trade #22)
  • 1971 Topps #160 Tom Seaver (See Trade #21)
  • 1971 Topps #563 San Francisco Giants (TC) (See Trade #22)
  • 1970 Topps #47 Bob Miller (See Trade #39)
  • 1969 Topps (football) #73 Bennie McRae (See Trade #76)
  • 1968 Topps (football) #7 Earl Gros (See Trade #46)
  • 1966 Philadelphia (football) #104 Rams vs. Browns (See Trade #66)
  • 1964 Topps #60 Frank Malzone (See Trade #29)
  • 1964 Topps #79 Bob Heffner (RC) (See Trade #29)
  • 1964 Topps #186 Roman Mejias (See Trade #20)
  • 1964 Topps #352 Eddie Bressoud (See Trade #29)
  • 1958 Topps #341 Pittsburgh Pirates (CL, TC) (See Trade #23)
  • 1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport) #83 Rude Awakening
  • 1957 Topps #66 Brooks Lawrence (See Trade #37)
  • 1957 Topps #235 Tom Poholsky (See Trade #62)
  • 1957 Topps #249 Dave Pope (See Trade #125)
  • 1957 Topps #371 Bob Lennon (See Trade #62)
  • 1956 Topps #138 Johnny Antonelli (See Trade #125)
  • 1955 Topps #126 Dick Hall (RC) (See Trade #44)
  • 1954 Bowman #73 Don Mueller

The first Trapped In Time post I did featured another trade with TCDB member Gary. I said then that he was very generous, and this trade further confirmed that fact. He proposed a straight one-for-one trade, which on it's own was more than satisfactory, but when I opened the mail, he included an addition 2 dozen cards, most of them vintage! Of those 25 cards, only two remain:

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

When I first saw this card in the stack I thought it was an incredibly cool addition to the project. Personally, I didn't recall ever holding a non-sports card from the 50's before. Although I'm familiar with the character, I've never seen any episodes of the TV show. There's a couple of potential trades possible, as there are 3 active members on the TCDB that have this card on their want list, but first crack goes to anyone reading my blog. if I can't swing a deal with it, I'm leaning on leaving it in the trade stack since it's such an unusual entry.

 1954 Bowman #73 Don Mueller

The original trade proposal was the 2018 Topps Opening Day insert for this card. Like I said, if the trade was purely just for this card, I considered myself very lucky and the recipient of a generous trader. The bonus cards just magnified the generosity. I wouldn't mind adding it to my collection, but I'd rather make a trade!

Last chance for either of these two cards! Make me an offer!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Repack Haiku #260 (Bernard Gilkey)

Ball hit him in head
Distracted by a spaceship
In "Men In Black" film
1993 Ultra # 106 Bernard Gilkey
Gilkey failed to keep his eye on the ball during the climax of the hit film:

Monday, June 20, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #66

A belated Happy Father's Day to all you daddies out there! I hope you had a good day. Today I've got 6 trades to show off, including one that netted me my first Goudey! What wondrous new cards await you this time? Let's take a look!
Our first trade comes from Brendan (The View From The Third Floor), who helped himself to some football cards and sent a nice variety of stuff in return. It's not often I get a card back that was released this year as a bonus! 
Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) has been making some big trades as of late, and this big trade has all sorts of fascinating cards. Bo sent along an octet of Post cards:

Along with some Pinnacle and other assorted goodness (A certain Dodger fan might want to take note of those *ahem* Marlins cards...)

Capped off with some of that sweet, sweet vintage!

This is the second straight month I've received a 1961 Topps Ray Sadecki, which brings me to a point of order I should try to clarify. You see, last month's Sadecki has a lot of pen marks on it, while this one is in much better shape. In the past when I've had multiple copies of a card, I would trade the one that has been there longer (Condition-wise, they've always been close). Since there is a stark contrast between the quality of these two, I want to make it clear that the first person to trade for one of the Rays here will get the better of the two cards (unless the trader specifically requests the pen-marked card). I don't want anyone to feel like I'm giving them a lesser quality card when I have a better one available.

Moving on, we have a new trade partner via the TCDB named George. He made quite the first impression too!

It's a little worse for wear, but I'm happy to include the first Goudey brand card to the stack! The 1978 card is an O-Pee-Chee if you weren't aware, and is whippet racing still a thing?

Tom (The Angels In Order) has made a couple of unexpected appearances a year after retiring his blog. I was more than happy to send him a few cards in exchange for a trio of cards with no longer existent team names:

Our fifth trade was a simple one-for-one on the TCDB with a collector named Timothy:

Last, but certainly not least, we have Greg (Night Owl Cards) who picked up 4 cards for himself and one for another collector, sending this nice mix along the way. I also want to thank Greg once again for claiming the 1970 Red Rose Polar Bear from last month's Trapped In Time post. Not only did he get a great card, but the ALS Association got a donation out of it too!

Over 50 new cards this go-around! Thanks as always to my wonderful trade partners!
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
#2 Roberto Osuna
#178 Albert Pujols
2021 Topps Big League
#286 Los Angeles Dodgers (HL) 

2017 Stadium Club
#31 Salvador Perez

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
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
#46 Barry Zito
#49 Edgar Renteria
2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#85 Tino Martinez
#88 Andy Petitte
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
2001 Topps Post Cereal 500 Home Run Club
#4 Willie McCovey 
1999 SkyBox Metal Universe (football)
#116 Tiki Barber

1998 Pinnacle Inside
#25 Andruw Jones
1998 Pinnacle Performers
#14 Hideo Nomo
#37 Gary Sheffield
#52 Charles Johnson
#87 Bobby Bonilla 
1997-98 Score New York Rangers (hockey)
#8 Alexander Karpovtsev

1997-98 Score Philadelphia Flyers (hockey)
#18 Vaclav Prospal
1997 Pinnacle Inside
#111 Matt Williams

1997 Pinnacle X-Press
#64 Craig Biggio 

1996 Leaf

1995-96 Kraft Peanut Butter Discs (hockey)
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer  
1994 Post Cereal
#9 Darren Daulton
#23 Andres Galarraga 

1993 Post Cereal
#18 Darren Daulton
#29 John Kruk

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  
1992 Post Cereal
1992 Score
#162 Omar Vizquel
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL (hockey)
#258 Brandon Convery
1991 Post Cereal
#5 Vince Coleman
#6 Sandy Alomar Jr. (RS)
#25 Todd Zeile (RS)
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 Fleer
1990 Leaf
#16 Hubie Brooks  

1990 Post Cereal
#22 Pedro Guerrero
1990 Score
#3 Dwight Evans
1990 Topps
#510 Doc Gooden 
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 ProCards Triple A
#544 Jay Buhner 
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1989 Topps Big
1988-89 Frito-Lay Stickers (hockey)
#NNO Cam Neely
1988 Topps (football)
1987 Fleer Update
#U-82 Kevin Mitchell
1986 Fleer
#322 Goose Gossage 
1986 Topps Baseball Champion Superstars
#18 Fred Lynn 
1985 O-Pee-Chee
1985 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#18 Chet Lemon
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1984 O-Pee-Chee 
1983 Donruss
#240 Doug Flynn

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 (football) 

1981 Donruss  
1981 Fleer
#2 Larry Bowa
#8 Larry Christenson 

1981 Topps
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis  
1980 Topps 
#90 Manny Trillo
1980 Topps (football)
#132 Eagles Team Leaders (CL, TL)

1979 Topps 
#255 Tommy John
1979 Topps (football)
#325 Roger Carr
1978-79 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#12 E.C. Coleman
#18 Steve Mix
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)
1978 O-Pee-Chee
#31 Roy Howell 

1978 Topps  
#383 Mario Mendoza
1978 Topps (football)
#41 John Ebersole
#339 Joe Ferguson 

1977-78 Topps - Glossy Inserts (Rounded Corners) (hockey)
1977-78 Topps - White Backs (basketball)
#78 Richard Washington (RC)
1977 Topps
#231 George Brett (RB) 
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
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 

1976 Topps (football)
#74 Bryant Salter

1975 Topps
#41 Cesar Geronimo
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
#237 Ken Brett
#511 Toby Harrah
1974 Topps - Team Checklists (2 Stars)
#NNO Los Angeles Dodgers

1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
1974 Topps (football)
#39 Mike Siani
1973 Topps
#4 John Milner
#85 Ted Simmons 
1972 Topps  
#308 Steve Renko (IA)
1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis  
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#6Spades Tommy John 

1969 Topps
#32 Sammy Ellis
1968 Topps
#53 Gene Alley 

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz

1962 Topps
1961 Topps
#11 Curt Simmons
#14 Don Mossi
#24 Ken Johnson
#26 Wes Stock
#32 Ray Sadecki 
1960 Topps
#131 Ed Hobaugh (RC, RS)
#149 Bob Nieman   
#418 Don Mossi (VAR: gray back)
#548 Don Mincher (RC) 
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
#9 Paul Giel
#79 Harry Chiti 
#211 Bob Blaylock (VAR: white back) 
#405 Roy McMillan
1958 JCM 30a Doyusha Team Name Back (solid front w/o borders)
#447 Ray Monzant
#473 Bill Renna (UER)

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

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone
#226 Preston Ward 
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
#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
1934 Goudey
#20 Shanty Hogan

1933 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Fifth Series (J9-1) (non-sport)
#5 Indigo Bunting 
1925 Sports Records (multi-sport)
#37 Whippet Racing

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: 173 (3 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 62

Number of cards mailed out: 809
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,188
Year of oldest card received: 1890