Monday, October 31, 2022

Blog Trade Recap: 2 Trades From Baseball Cards Come To Life!

Happy Halloween!
My peak collecting days were during the overproduction era of baseball cards. Therefore, about 90% of my "doubles" are qualified as junk wax. So when another collector happens to show interest in some of these cards, I'll pounce! This was the case earlier this year when Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life!) bought a card lot that gave him an almost complete set of the 1991 Pacific Nolan Ryan Texas Express set. I knew I could help him get closer to finishing it. I had bought a box of the cards back in the day and not only completed the set but had extras aplenty! I sent off any need I had extras of, and left it up to him to send whatever in return.

He knocked out a few Red Sox needs, plus a sweet Josh Gibson he had shown off in a post once before.

But he also put a big dent in a set I was close to completing, the 1988 Topps UK Minis set:

I only have 10 more cards left to complete this one, so I should probably try ad knock it out before too long!
Bo and I completed a second trade recently too - He inquired about a Yankee card I had won, and I was more than happy to trade away. He graciously continued to knock a few more Red Sox base set needs off my list:

As always, thanks for the trades Bo!

Friday, October 28, 2022

2022 World Series Tale Of The Tape

"I have nothing against this team, but I don't see anything that stands out that'll help them this postseason. Bryce Harper is going to do his thing, and I've seen Kyle Schwarber carry a team with his bat, but outside of that, I don't see a long postseason run here." - Me, about the Phillies when I did my postseason rankings
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I don't bet my hard earned money on sporting events! At least my comment about Bryce Harper was ambiguous enough to prevent me from looking like a total fool!
It's your classic David vs. Goliath match-up - In one corner, the #1 seed in the AL, and AL Champions in 4 of the past 6 World Series, the Houston Astros. In the other corner, the #6 seed in the NL, a team that hadn't even made the postseason since 2009, and placed 3rd in their own division, the Philadelphia Phillies. Since my team isn't there, who do I root for? There's lots of factors to consider, so let's see who has the edge:

Former Red Sox Players

Astros: Christian Vazquez
Phillies: Kyle Schwarber

If I can't root for my Red Sox, I can at least root for the guys who used to play there. Kyle Schwarber will go down as one of the best half-season pickups in Red Sox history, but Christian Vazquez was at the time of his trade the most tenured member of the Red Sox roster and a valued member of the 2018 Championship team.

Advantage: Astros

Shenandoah Valley Baseball League Alumni

Astros: none
Phillies: Chris Devenski
Another year without anyone who played in my local summer league involved. Oh well, at least former All-Star Chris Devenski, who pitched a whopping 4 innings for Philadelphia this year, would earn a token ring if the Phillies won.

Advantage: Phillies

University of Virginia Cavaliers Alumni

Astros: none
Phillies: none
Go Wa-hoos! Living a short drive from Charlottesville, I've gone to a few UVa baseball games. Once again, neither team earns an advantage because they don't employ any past Cavaliers. (Sorry, Phillies, you just had to trade away Adam Haseley before the season started, didn't you?)
Advantage: None!

Championship Drought

Astros: 4 years
Phillies:13 years
In the grand scheme of Championship droughts, 13 years isn't really that long of a time between championships (unless you're a Yankees fan...) Still, it beats the Astros, who are only 4 years removed from their last World Series *cough* win...

Advantage: Phillies

Personal Connection

Other than an appreciation of Nolan Ryan and the old rainbow jerseys, I got nothing for Houston. I've at least been to Philadelphia, seen Lenny Dykstra from afar signing autographs in a mall, and ate an authentic cheese steak sandwich.
Advantage: Phillies

Spring Training Adventures

I've seen both teams play during my trips to Spring Training, but the Astros are the only team that I got a signed ball from. The one time I went to the Phillies' Spring Training site in Clearwater, FL was the year Bryce Harper signed with them, and he had to go and get hurt right before the game we attended...

Advantage: Astros

Final Talley: Phillies 3, Astros 2
Here's hoping David slays Goliath! To be honest though, if the Astros win, I'll be happy for their manager Dusty Baker. As long as it's exciting baseball I'll be happy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Repack Haiku #277 (Pat Listach)

First Brewers player
To reach the fifty steals mark
Won Rookie Award
1994 Leaf #420 Pat Listach

 The 1992 AL Rookie of the Year's 54 swipes were second only to Kenny Lofton's 66.


Monday, October 24, 2022

Top 5 Tribute: Bruce Sutter

The baseball world lost Hall of Fame Reliever Bruce Sutter on October 13th. In honor of his extraordinary career, I would like to present my Top 5 favorite Bruce Sutter cards that I own.

1978 Topps #325

This is the earliest card I own of Sutter. On the back, it mentions that his best pitch is his forkball. Sutter was consider a pioneer of the split-fingered fastball, an offshoot of the mostly-forgotten forkball. (If you're curious about the difference, I found an excellent article here:

1981 Fleer #294

Gotta love pitchers holding bats! Sutter managed 9 hits over 102 at-bats during his 12-year career.

1982 Topps #260

Bruce won his only Championship with the Cardinals in 1982. (Random thought: With Jim Kaats' introduction earlier this year, has there been any other team to feature 2 Hall of Famers in their bullpen?)

1985 Topps #9 (RB)

My how the times have changed! Since this record breaking season by Sutter, the 45 saves mark has been reached 71 more times!

1989 Fleer #603

I'm showing off the back because Fleer gave Bruce Sutter a true sunset card, complete with even his minor league stats! Not many Hall of Famers get that on their final cards!
Bruce Sutter was the first true Hall of Fame reliever, becoming the first pitcher inducted without ever making a start. From 1979 - 1984 he lead the NL in saves 5 times, and either got the save or the win in three straight All-Star games (1979-1981). RIP, Mr. Sutter, you will be missed.  


Friday, October 21, 2022

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 26th Trade

 Aimez-vous le film "E.T." ?
If you know just enough French to read the above sentence (or if you even know how to use Google Translate), then this is the post for you!

Today, one of the more unusual cards in the trade stack makes it's way to the chopping block:
Trade #26 (Joe: CrazieJoe's Card Corner)
Traded 08/30/18: 1986 Topps #2 Rose Special '63-'66, 1986 Topps #3 Rose Special '67-'70, 1986 Topps #4 Rose Special '71-'74, 1986 Topps #7 Rose Special '83-'85

Received 09/04/18:
  • 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey) #128 Tim Thomas (See Trade #81)
  • 2001 Upper Deck - e-Card (golf) #E-TW Tiger Woods (See Trade #36)
  • 1985 Topps #694 Joe Carter (See Trade #140)
  • 1983 Topps (football) #219 Joe Cribbs (LL) (See Trade #29)
  • 1983 Topps (football) #280 Mike Renfro (See Trade #29)
  • 1983 Topps (football) #307 Jim Plunkett (See Trade #29)
  • 1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport) #15 Among Elliott's Toys 
Growing up near the Canadian border, I have a soft spot for our neighbors to the North. Thanks to Canadian TV, Sesame Street taught me how to count to 10 in French. That's pretty much the extent of my knowledge in the language, outside the wonderful world of cards. Joe (CrazieJoe's Card Corner) added some international fun to the trade stack with a package that contained 4 different sports (including the first golf card!). Those went quickly, leaving behind this cool little non-sport item:

"E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" was an iconic 80's movie that quite honestly still holds a lot of fond memories today. The set from this movie is well done, and probably has one of the better borders of any movie-based set out there. Plus it's O-Pee-Chee, so you get to learn more French!

If no one here wants to trade for it, I'll do my best to trade it on the TCDB. (It'll be tough, only 3 people have it on their want list, and 2 of them haven't logged in recently.) Failing that, I'm not sure. It's unique enough where I might keep it in the trade stack, but fun enough that I may add it to my collection too! We'll see!


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Repack Haiku #276 (Steve Kemp)

Once top paid Tiger
From two arbitration wins
Traded to cut costs
1979 Topps #196 Steve Kemp
After a second arbitration win, Steve Kemp's $600,000 salary become the most ever for a Tigers' player. According to Kemp, Tigers' general manager Jim Campbell claimed his salary would cause increased ticket prices and reductions in salary for secretaries. He was traded to the White Sox before hitting free agency.



Monday, October 17, 2022

Time Travel Trading Update #70

When we last left off, I was 5 trades away from that magical number of 200. Guess how many trades I Agreed to since then? 5! Guess how many have been completed? 4! Doh!
Trade #196 came via Hal, a repeat time trader on the TCDB. Hal's cards actually came in a few days before the last Time Travel Trading Update, so I didn't have time to include them then. No matter, because I get to include them now!

We follow this up with trade #197, courtesy of Brendan (The View From The Third Floor). Brendan picked up a quartet of football cards and sent along much, much more:

The honor of trade #198 goes to Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) An interesting variety of cards went out to him, and an interesting variety of cards came back!

Our penultimate trade #199 was completed by Jon (A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts). In exchange for a couple of football cards, he contributed a couple of Hall of Famers to the stack:
If your familiar with who my regular traders are, you might be able to guess who Trade #200 will eventually be. However, since I don't have his cards yet, we have a potential plot twist! It's entirely possible that someone could complete a trade before the postal service delivers the cards from this particular person. Could you be the one to come out of nowhere and snatch victory? Only one way to find out!

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
2022 Topps Opening Day - Opening Day Autographs
#ODA-LWJ LaMonte Wade Jr. (AU) 
2021 Topps
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners

2015 Stadium Club
#15 Adrian Beltre

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter
#284 Will Clark

2013 Topps
#219 Josh Beckett
#220 Octavio Dotel
#228 Adrian Gonzalez
#233 Edwin Jackson
#257 Mike Minor
#259 Bartolo Colon
2011 Topps - Diamond Duos Series 2
#DD-16 Josh Hamilton/Joey Votto

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
2008 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces (non-sport)
#5 Black Queen 
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
2004 Bowman Heritage
2002 Fleer Maximum
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 Collector's Choice
#215 Glenallen Hill 
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   
1995 Upper Deck - Special Edition (football)
#SE20 Alvin Harper
1994 Ted Williams
1994 Topps Archives 1954
1993 Leaf

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

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1993 Score - Dream Team (football)
#2 Emmitt Smith
#3 Barry Foster
#21 Chuck Cecil
#22 Steve Atwater
#23 Bryan Cox
#24 Derrick Thomas
#26 Sam Mills 
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
1992 Upper Deck
#723 Sammy Sosa 
1991-92 7th Inning Sketch OHL (hockey)
#258 Brandon Convery
1991 Post Cereal
1991 Topps Archives 1953
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 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 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 
1986 Fleer
#322 Goose Gossage 
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) 
#44 Cris Collinsworth (RC)
#171 Joe Klecko (AP)

1981 Donruss  
1981 Fleer
#8 Larry Christenson 

1981 Topps
1981 Topps (football)
#18 Frank Lewis   
#487 Rod Martin (RC)
#520 Fred Dean (AP)
1980 Topps 
#90 Manny Trillo

1979 Topps 
#317 Jose Cardinal 
1978-79 O-Pee-Chee (hockey)

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#118 Kevin Porter 

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
1976 Topps - Traded
#28T Dusty Baker 

1976 Topps (football)
#74 Bryant Salter 

1975 Topps
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
#220 Don Sutton 
#412 Chuck Taylor
#470 1973 A.L. Playoffs (ALCS) 
1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
1974 Topps (football)

1973 Topps
#156 Cesar Geronimo
#243 California Angels (TC)
1972 Topps  
#10 Amos Otis 
#26 Andy Etchebarren
#34 Billy Martin (IA) 
#53 Bud Harrelson 
#62 Angel Mangual (ASR) 
1970 Topps
#3 Darrell Chaney
#127 Joe Coleman 
#206 Clete Boyer
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis  
1969 Topps
#32 Sammy Ellis
#53 Sonny Jackson 
1968 Topps
#493 Jim McGlothlin 
#519 Jerry Stephenson

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#149 Wayne Schurr 

1964 Topps 
1963 Topps
#72 Johnny Romano

1962 Topps
1961 Topps
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)
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)
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: 199 (1 pending!)
Unique trading partners: 65

Number of cards mailed out: 910
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,347
Year of oldest card received: 1890