Friday, July 29, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 20th Trade

If you read the latest Time Travel Trading update, you'll know that I found a trade partner for the Zorro card! Don Mueller however didn't get any bites, so he gets retired and added to my personal collection. 

Today's remnant isn't the most exciting card, but may be on your want list if your working on this set, or one of those player collectors that collects cards if they just even mention your guy's name:

Trade #20 - Chris (The Collector)
Traded 07/06/18: 1964 Topps #186 Roman Mejias, 1976-77 Topps (hockey) #129 Jacques Lemaire, 1981-82 Topps (basketball) #14 Moses Malone, 2017 Bowman #9 Carlos Correa, 2018 Topps Opening Day - Team Traditions and Celebrations #TTC-SC "Sweet Caroline"

Received 07/09/18:
  • 2012 Topps #396 Yoenis Cespedes (RC) (See Trade #25)
  • 1993-94 Fleer (basketball) #224 Michael Jordan (LL) (See Trade #29)
  • 1986 Sportflics #64 Bert Blyleven/Jerry Koosman/John Denny (See Trade #24)
  • 1986 Sportflics #122 John Tudor (See Trade #40)
  • 1982 Donruss #NNO Checklist 545-653
  • 1982 Fleer #660 Specials Checklist (See Trade #23)
  • 1980 Topps #157 Willie Wilson (See Trade #166)
  • 1977 Topps (football) #206 Cleveland Browns (CL) (See Trade #29)
  • 1977 Topps (football) #269 Archie Griffin (RC) (See Trade #29)
  • 1974 Topps #17 Doug Bird (RC) (See Trade #24)
  • 1958 Topps #371 Marty Keough (RC) (See Trade #32)
Can I say how much I miss writing the little stories for each Time Travel trade? Looking back at this one, I was incredibly proud of the ones I did. Probably some of my best writing, at least from a creative standpoint. I guess the writer's block came at a good time though. The way this project has grown since then, it would be way too much extra work. Still, I miss it and I tell myself that if inspiration ever struck, maybe an occasional story or two may show up some day. It hasn't happened yet, but who knows?

Anyway, back to the card. This was my second trade with Chris (The Collector), and as you can see, the cards he sent did quite well, generating 7 new trades! Sadly, this lowly checklist remains unwanted:

If you're working on the 1982 Donruss set, the checklists are considered part of the set despite being unnumbered. If you're a high-level player collector, a lot of great names show up here (Shooty Babitt!). Ten Hall of Famers are listed on this checklist, including Cal Ripken Jr's rookie card.

The checklist is on the chopping block! Trade for it now or it gets retired!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Repack Haiku #264 (Rich Ireland)

Threw three no-hitters
His senior year of high school
Lasted just two years
1993 Topps #767 Rich Ireland (DP)

His pro career was over by 1993, having appeared in just 18 Gulf Coast League games. This article suggests he may have struggled with weight issues, but no concrete reason why this promising young pitcher just disappeared from the game.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #67

Can I just start out by saying that I'm glad my week of Hall of Fame posts is over? The bloggers that post daily are impressive machines and I don't know how you do it so consistently. Anyway, I'm back on my 3 post a day schedule!
Leading off this month's collection of Time Travel Trades, we have Greg (Night Owl Cards) who gave a cute little polar bear a home and sent along a generous octet of my favorite team:

Now, you may have noticed I didn't show off the back of these cards. The reason for that is simple. I wanted them! 7 of the 8 were needs, including a card from my quest to complete the gold parallels of the 2018 Red Sox! So I invoked my privilege as the keeper of the Time Travel Trading project and made a personal swap. So instead of the above Boston beauties, I humbly offer you these cards in their place:

The 2015 Masterson is the only holdover from Greg's lot. I tried to put a nice little mix of cards, and as the centerpiece we have a vintage card of an NFL Hall of Famer!
Our next trade comes from Brendan (The View From The Third Floor). Brendan's package is highlighted by a bunch of inserts from this year's Opening Day set. I was tempted to make a personal claim for that Red Sox Triple Play, but I didn't want to do that twice in one post. If it lasts until the next update maybe I'll snag it, but don't let that stop you from claiming it if you want it!

Reprints! Get your reprints here! Jeff (Wax Pack Wonders) sent some old cards done anew with his latest trade:

Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) snagged a trio of 1950's cards, and sent back another trio of 1950's cards!

A new trade partner over at the TCDB, Ron, showed interest in a couple of vintage cards, and we made a trade! That Otter-hound becomes the fourth-oldest card in the trade stack!

Greg (Night Owl Cards) gets double-exposure for a second trade completed in the past month! Greg graciously took some Marlins Dodgers cards, and sent back some shiny cards for you!

We end today's post with one final trade. I was able to find a good home for the 1958 Topps Zorro! A TCDB member named Bob had it on his want list, and I was able to make a trade for a vintage Red Sox:

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 Opening Day - Opening Day
#OD-6 Colorado Rockies
#OD-7 San Diego Padres
#OD-10 Miami Marlins
#OD-14 Boston Red Sox

2022 Topps Opening Day - Triple Play
#TPC-3A/3B/3C Bellinger/Betts/Kershaw
#TPC-7A/7B/7C Bogaerts/Devers/Verdugo
#TPC-8A/8B/8C Hosmer/Machado/Tatis
#TPC-9A/9B/9C Jimenez/Robert/Abreu
2021 Topps
#220 Marcel Ozuna (LL)
#312 Marcel Ozuna (LL)
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners
#CYA-1 Rick Porcello 

2015 Topps Boston Red Sox
#BRS-14 Justin Masterson 
2015 Topps (football)
#138 De'Anthony Thomas

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   
2010 Bowman Chrome
#86 B.J. Upton
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu     
2009 Topps - Gold
#177 Eric Hinske (SN #2009)

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
2004 Bowman Heritage
#289 Marland Williams  
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
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 Flair
#354 Charles Johnson
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer  
1994 Finest
#153 Roberto Mejia
#413 Mark Portugal
1994 Topps Archives 1954
#23 Luke Easter
#59 Gene Conley
#105 Andy Carey 
#153 Rube Walker
#211 Don Hoak

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

1982 Donruss
#239 Dwayne Murphy
1982-85 Galasso Baseball Hobby Card Report T-206 Reprints
#NNO George Browne
#NNO George McQuillan
#NNO Dolly Stark 
1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1982 Topps
1982 Topps (football) 

1981 Donruss  
#29 John Mayberry
#180 Rudy Law
#375 Don Robinson 
#383 Jose Cruz
1981 Fleer
#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 
#51 Ray Fosse
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

1978 Topps  
#137 Craig Kusick 
#480 Ron LeFlore
1978 Topps (football)
#41 John Ebersole

1977-78 Topps - Glossy Inserts (Rounded Corners) (hockey)
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
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 

1976 Topps (football)
#74 Bryant Salter

1975 Topps
#41 Cesar Geronimo
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
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
1972 Topps  
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

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz

1962 Topps
1961 Topps
#318 Danny O'Connell 
#399 Cliff Cook (RC)
1960 Topps
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
#9 Paul Giel
1958 JCM 30a Doyusha Team Name Back (solid front w/o borders)
1958 Topps (football)
#3 Joe Schmidt 

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone
#366 Ken Lehman 
1956 Topps
#304 Frank Malzone
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1955 Bowman
#196 Russ Meyer
1955 Bowman (football)
#9 Don Stonesifer

1955 Topps All-American (football)
#46 Arnie Lassman
1954 Topps
#38 Eddie Stanky (MGR)
#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 - PENDING!

1933 Church & Dwight Useful Birds of America Fifth Series (J9-1) (non-sport)
#5 Indigo Bunting 
1925 Sports Records (multi-sport)
1924 Imperial Tobacco Co. of Canada (ITC) Dogs Series
#4 Otter-Hound

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: 181
Unique trading partners: 64

Number of cards mailed out: 822
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,229
Year of oldest card received: 1890