Friday, January 27, 2023

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 29th Trade

The first Time Travel Trade of 2019 was a big one. It also happens to be the subject of 2023's first Trapped In Time:
Trade #29 (Bo: Baseball Cards Come To Life!)
Traded 01/04/19: 1963 Topps #111 Al Jackson, 1963 Topps #246 Lee Strange, 1963 Topps #343 Johnny Pesky (MGR), 1964 Topps #60 Frank Malzone, 1964 Topps #79 Bob Heffner (RC), 1964 Topps #352 Eddie Bressoud, 1977 Topps (football) #206 Cleveland Browns (CL), 1977 Topps (football) #269 Archie Griffin (RC), 1977 Topps (football) #405 Joe Greene, 1978 Topps (football) #126 Rick Kane (RC), 1980 Topps (football) #280 Jack Lambert (AP), 1983 Topps (football) #219 Joe Cribbs (LL), 1983 Topps (football) #280 Mike Renfro, 1983 Topps (football) #307 Jim Plunkett, 1993-94 Fleer (basketball) #224 Michael Jordan (LL)

Received 01/08/19:
  • 1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball) #33 Will Flemons
  • 1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball) #67 Bennie Seltzer
  • 1972 Topps #437 Maury Wills (See Trade #41)
  • 1972 Topps #438 Maury Wills (IA)  (See Trade #116)
  • 1971 Topps #16 Ken Singleton (RC) - PENDING!
  • 1971 Topps #63 AL 1970 RBI Leaders (Howard/Conigliaro/Powell) (See Trade #115)
  • 1971 Topps #71 AL 1970 Strikeout Leaders (McDowell/Lolich/Johnson) - PENDING!
  • 1971 Topps #90 Joe Pepitone (See Trade #116)
  • 1971 Topps #95 Luis Tiant (See Trade #120)
  • 1971 Topps #105 Tony Conigliaro - PENDING!
  • 1971 Topps #146 Ralph Houk (MGR) - PENDING!
  • 1971 Topps #183 Gil Hodges (MGR) (See Trade #48)
  • 1971 Topps #195 AL Playoffs Game 1 - Powell Muscles Twins! - PENDING!
  • 1971 Topps #208 Billy Martin (MGR) (See Trade #89)
  • 1971 Topps #290 Tony Oliva (See Trade #38)
  • 1971 Topps #374 Clete Boyer (See Trade #85)
  • 1971 Topps #385 Maury Wills (See Trade #38)
  • 1971 Topps #388 Al Oliver (See Trade #85)
  • 1961 Topps #32 Ray Sadecki (See Trade #89)
  • 1961 Topps #38 Bob Lillis
  • 1961 Topps #96 Billy O'Dell
  • 1961 Topps #165 Gino Cimoli (See Trade #46)
  • 1961 Topps #258 Jack Sanford
  • 1961 Topps #267 Norm Siebern (See Trade #89)
This trade with Bo saw 24 cards come back to me. In a true oddity, a whopping 10 cards remain after all this time! The remaining cards fall into 3 sets, so let's take a look at each and see what we got.
Basketball cards are a bit hit-and-miss in the trade stack. Not many people I'm aware of actively collect basketball, so this sport doesn't tend to generate a ton of interest. I have had success trading away some vintage as well as cards of the bigger names in the sport, but these two guys just haven't had any takers.

I'm genuinely surprised by this lot of 1971 Topps cards. No superstars, but a lot of recognizable All-Star names here. Why no one has grabbed them is quite a mystery! (UPDATE: Wouldn't you know it? I type all this up and schedule it in advance, and someone claims all 5 of the 1971 Topps cards!)

On the other hand, I'm not surprised at all that these 1961 cards have lasted so long. One looks like it was dipped in Kool-Aid, while the other two have some interesting but nonetheless prominent markings on the front.  If there was a commercial featuring these cards, chances are Sarah McLaughlin would be singing in the background...

If no one claims them here, I'll have to try and work my magic on the TCDB. (I don't think I'll try with the '61 cards though - it's a little tough trading poor quality like that.) If there are no takers, I'll pull what remains of the baseball cards and add them to my collection. Basketball isn't my jam, so they could potentially remain in the stack. 

Want any of them? Any older card will do!


  1. TCDB is a godsend for trading unwanted singles. I've moved a surprising amount of repack pulls within days. Great to see these '71s found a good home.

  2. I won't send cards in that bad shape anymore. Will avoid basketball too. Vintage football seems to be moving well, plus I haven't entered it into TCDB yet so it's less work for me! Sending out 3 PWEs to you today.