Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Repack Haiku #269 (Kent Hrbek)

Did Gant keep moving?
Or did Hrbek lift the leg?
Depends who you ask...
1994 Leaf #269 Kent Hrbek

In Game 2 of the 1991 World Series, the Atlanta Braves had a potentially big inning brewing. With two outs, Ron Gant hit a single that moved the tying run to third. He rounded first but had to sprint back to beat the relay throw. Had he been called safe, the Braves would have had two men on with cleanup hitter David Justice at the plate. History decided otherwise:

Watching the video all these years later, I can see how both teams could argue their cases. 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Sparky, Spaceman, and Walpole Joe

Last month, I made mention of three autographs I had purchased through eBay. I showed off the Sparky Lyle before I had it hand, all for a contest I didn't win (Funny story about that though..but that's for another blog post!) Anyway, now that I have them, it's time to give them a proper showing:

1983 Topps #694 Sparky Lyle (SV)

Obviously I'll start with Mr. Lyle. There's so much to love about this card. The signature is bold but legible. The card features him with two teams, and neither are the Yankees! On the left, a clean-shaven young rookie, while on the right a grizzled vet in the last year of his career in all of his mustached glory!

1990 Topps #321 Joe Morgan (MGR)

A member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, he's the first "new" Red Sox manager I remember growing up, having replaced John McNamara at the All-Star break in 1988. 12 straight wins out of the gate gave birth to "Morgan Magic" and an AL East title. I've always appreciated when card companies try to be bold with their card design (yeah, I'm one of the few that really like Donruss's 1988-91 attempts), and Topps 1990 comic book panels really stood out to me.

1977 Topps #503 Bill Lee

Last but not least, we have the always out there Bill Lee. Here's hoping that his recent medical scare isn't anything too serious and he can soon get back out on that ball field again!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 23rd Trade

I'm not a betting man, but if I were I would bet that this month's card will end up in my collection. Why am I so confident? Because I currently have two copies of it in the trade stack! So don't fret if you miss out on this one - I have another!
Trade #23 (Tom: The Angels In Order)
Traded 07/19/18: 1958 Topps #341 Pittsburgh Pirates (CL, TC), 1982 Fleer #660 Specials Checklist

Received 07/26/18:
  • 1979 Topps #465 Reggie Smith
  • 1956 Topps #21 Joe Collins (See Trade #60)
Outside a couple of giveaway posts earlier this year, Tom (The Angels In Order) has been retired from the blogging community. Back in the day, he was the guy when it came to collecting checklists. In this trade he acquired a couple, including a fantastic 1958 Pirates team card. Ironically, I was able to trade away the oldest card while a card 23 years its senior languished in Time Travel purgatory.

The 1979 set is an anomaly in my collection. I have over 70% of the 1977 and 1978 sets, over half of the 1980 set, and completed the 1981 set. Right in the middle is 1979 Topps which I have less than 80 cards of. I don't know why that is, but should no one claim Mr. Smith, he'll get me one card closer to maybe someday cracking the 3-digit mark on this set.

If anyone wants him, just offer me an older card!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Repack Haiku #268 (Dave Martinez)

Maddon disciple
Replaced Baker in D.C.
Led Nats to title
1988 Topps #429 Dave Martinez
The Nationals haven't had a winning season since that magical 2019.

Edit: Ha! I just realized this is Martinez's second appearance this year in the Repack Haiku series! The first haiku can be found here: Repack Haiku #245

Monday, August 22, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #68

You guys are awesome. I just want you to know that. As of this post, I have completed 189 Time Travel trades (with 2 currently in progress)! This means that sometime in the next few months I will reach the 200 mark. That's an amazing milestone, and I think it should be celebrated! So here's what I'm going to do: Whoever has the honor of being the 200th trade can pick any card from the trade stack and I'll send it to them for free. Yep, any card - it doesn't matter to me if it's the 1890 Frankie Raymond or one of the new cards listed below. If it's in the stack when the mark is reached, it's fair game! 

Speaking of new ones, how about we take a gander at the latest additions?
We start things off with not one, but two trades from Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!). Bo found quite a few cards to his liking, and claimed a bunch from the last update. In return we get a bunch of 70's baseball, 80's football, and Toys R Us rookies:
Before that trade, however, Bo had his eye on the 1934 Goudey that recently entered the stack. He acquired some tobacco cards, and sent along a great boxing card from 1910 to send for Shanty Hogan:

This is now the second-oldest card in the trade stack, and the oldest sports card!

Next up we have two trades courtesy of the TCDB. A member named Alex offered up a one-for-one:

While another member named Harry agreed to part with this quartet of cards from "The Empire Strikes Back":

Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) answered a question I've had for awhile: Will anyone actually trade for a couple of Australian Football cards? He did, as well as for a few others, and sent back this nice assortment:

Last but not least, I made a personal swap. I reassigned a few Red Sox card to my personal collection. I humbly offer these gentlemen in their place:

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
2021 Topps
2018 Donruss Optic - Pink
#148 Adrian Beltre

2018 Donruss Optic - Shock
#148 Adrian Beltre 
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners

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     
2008 Topps New York Yankees
#NYY8 Jason Giambi
2007 Topps Turkey Red
#169 Justin Verlander
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
#46 Barry Zito
2004 Bowman Heritage
2002 Fleer Maximum
#82 Dante Bichette
2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#85 Tino Martinez
#88 Andy Petitte
2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game
#77 Lester Lockett 
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 Fleer
#522 Jorge Posada (ROO) 
1997 Pinnacle Inside
#111 Matt Williams

1997 Pinnacle X-Press
#64 Craig Biggio  
1997 Upper Deck
#13 Mark Lemke

1996 Leaf

1995-96 Kraft Peanut Butter Discs (hockey)
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer  
1994 Topps Archives 1954

1993 Stadium Club Toys "R" Us
#36 Gerald Williams

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 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#30 Robin Ventura

1991 U.S. Playing Card Co.
#2Spades Eddie Murray
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 Topps
#7 Rickey Henderson (RB)
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 Toys "R" Us Rookies
#30 Terry Steinbach 
1988 Topps (football)
1987 Fleer Update
#U-82 Kevin Mitchell 
1987 Sportflics
#111 Best In Baseball AL Pitchers (Clemens/Higuera/Morris) 
1987 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#7 Will Clark 
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)
1982-85 Galasso Baseball Hobby Card Report T-206 Reprints
1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1982 Topps
1982 Topps (football) 

1981 Donruss  
1981 Fleer
#8 Larry Christenson 

1981 Topps
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis  
1980 Topps 
#90 Manny Trillo
1980 Topps (football)
#9 Calvin Hill
#33 Herbert Scott (RC)
#44 Clarence Harmon (RC)
#45 Bert Jones
#46 Mike Washington
1980 Topps The Empire Strikes Back (non-sport)
#59 "Welcome, Young Luke!"
#104 Dark Lord of the Sith
#106 The Confrontation
#128 The Final Stand 

1979 Topps 
#75 Steve Yeager
#203 J.R. Richard (RB)
#239 Willie Horton 
#447 Manny Sanguillen 
#577 Milwaukee Brewers (TC,CL)
1978-79 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#118 Kevin Porter 
1978 O-Pee-Chee

1978 Topps  
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
#523 Bob Montgomery
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 

1976 Topps (football)
#74 Bryant Salter

1975 Topps
#41 Cesar Geronimo
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
#192 Mario Guerrero
1974 Topps - Team Checklists (2 Stars)
#NNO Los Angeles Dodgers

1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
1974 Topps (football)
1973 Topps
#4 John Milner
1972 Topps  
#267 Rich Morales 
1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#245 Leo Cardenas 
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis  
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#6Spades Tommy John 

1969 Topps
#32 Sammy Ellis
#328 Joe Horlen
#383 Casey Cox 
#484 Joe Gordon (MGR)
1968 Topps

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#149 Wayne Schurr 

1964 Topps 

1962 Topps
1961 Topps
1960 Topps
#201 Larry Osborne
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)
1956 Topps
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
#238 Al Aber

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 
1925 Sports Records (multi-sport)
1924 Imperial Tobacco Co. of Canada (ITC) Dogs Series (non-sport)
#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
1910 Champions (T218) (multi-sport)
#NNO Jim Stewart 
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: 189 (2 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 65

Number of cards mailed out: 857
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,260
Year of oldest card received: 1890