Thursday, March 30, 2023

Today Is Going To Be A Great Day!

It's Opening Day!
Today all of baseball fandom celebrates a new season of baseball! Every team plays today, and it will be glorious.

It also happens to be Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale's birthday today. He may not be the Opening Day starter this year, but he's looked good and managed to stay healthy so far, so hopefully that good health continues and he has a solid if not excellent season.

This is the latest addition to my Chris Sale collection, a bonus card from TCDB superstar mzenko. (Thanks Mark!)

It also happens to be my birthday, which will be spent eating my traditional birthday dinner (chicken parmesan), followed by my traditional birthday dessert (peanut butter pie), all the while watching as much baseball as I can (thanks to the free subscription of MLB.TV I get from T-Mobile!)

 I hope you all have a great day too! Go Red Sox!

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Repack Haiku #299 (Darrin Jackson)

One of two runners
Michael Jordan batted in
For exhibition
1992 Pinnacle #207 Darrin Jackson

Back in the days before inter-league play, the Cubs and White Sox would have annual exhibition games against each other. In 1994, the White Sox called upon a rather famous "prospect" to participate. Playing in front of the Wrigley Field crowd, Jordan had two RBI hits, including a game tying double.  An earlier single plated Jackson.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Blog Trade Recap: Cards From Lansing, MI

Back in January, I was contacted by regular blog reader Stuart, who comments under the handle Poison75. He proposed a trade, and ended up sending a lot of Red Sox cards my way! Too many to show off here, so I'll show off a few of my favorites.

A Lot Of 1983 Topps Red Sox

1983 was one of those years where I didn't collect baseball cards, so I don't have many cards from the set, let alone the Red Sox team. Stuart knocked most of what I needed off the list, leaving just Yastrzemski and a certain Hall of Famer's rookie card.

1998 Pacific Revolution - Prime Time Performers
#2 Nomar Garciaparra

This card is a card so ugly it's got charm. That green and white background is hideous, but it is a die-cut featuring the legendary Nomah!

2003 Donruss Diamond Kings
#14 Rickey Henderson

Rickey spent just one season with Boston at the tail end of his career, so it's always cool to see cards of him representing the Red Sox.

2002 Topps 206 - Team 206 Series 2
#T206-25 Pedro Martinez

Here's Pedro in a vintage looking set, squinting at you knowing full well he could strike you out on 3 pitches.

1968 Topps #581 Garry Roggenburk

I never expect vintage in my personal trades, so getting a card of "Double R" Garry Roggenburk was a pleasant surprise.

2002 Upper Deck Vintage #79 Manny Ramirez (TC)

Last but not least we have an excellently framed Tatooine card featuring the one and only Manny Ramirez Manny might not be looking at you, but at least his shadow is waving "Hi!"

Thanks for the trade Stuart!


Friday, March 24, 2023

Trapped In Time - Remnants Of The 33rd Trade

No takers on last month's Viola, so off he goes into my collection.

It's not unusual that when I get a return from a Time Travel trade, a Red Sox card happens to be among them. Quite often, they are cards I don't have, and I'm tempted to keep them. Sometimes I'll make a personal trade and swap them out, while other times I'll roll the dice and keep them in the stack. If they get claimed, I make a mental note that I still need the card, but otherwise I have no regrets. It's trades like this that make it easy to see "why".
Trade #33 (TCDB member gwhy11)
Traded 04/18/19: 2018 Topps - Instant Impact #II-3 Nomar Garciaparra

Received 04/08/19:
  • 2017 Bowman #12 Trea Turner (See Trade #147)
  • 2017 Bowman #15 Buster Posey (See Trade #35)
  • 2017 Topps #380 Albert Pujols (See Trade #36)
  • 1996 Upper Deck #202 Alex Rodriguez (See Trade #36)
  • 1981 Topps #100 Rod Carew (AS) (See Trade #51)
  • 1981 Topps #210 Jim Palmer (See Trade #51)
  • 1980 Topps #290 Steve Garvey (AS) (See Trade #68)
  • 1978 Donruss KISS (2nd Series) (non-sport) #99 Paul Stanley (See Trade #48)
  • 1978 Topps #131 Bert Blyleven  (See Trade #39)
  • 1976 Topps #193 '75 NL Home Run Leaders (See Trade #47)
  • 1975 Topps #310 '74 Victory Leaders (See Trade #173)
  • 1972-73 Topps (hockey) #8 Stanley Cup Trophy (See Trade #58)
  • 1972 Kellogg's All Time Greats #1 Walter Johnson (See Trade #41)  
  • 1972 Topps #52 Harmon Killebrew (IA) (See Trade #35)
  • 1971 Topps #270 Rico Carty (See Trade #85)
  • 1971 Topps #374 Clete Boyer (See Trade #97)
  • 1971 Topps #626 Freddie Patek (See Trade #35)
  • 1971 Topps (football) #110 Floyd Little (AS) (See Trade #74)
  • 1970-71 Topps (basketball) #16 Bob Weiss (See Trade #38)
  • 1970 Fleer World Series #1 1903 World Series Pirates vs Red Sox (See Trade #46)
  • 1970 Topps #509 Montreal Expos (TC) (See Trade #35)
  • 1970 Topps (football) #135 Paul Warfield (See Trade #38)  
  • 1969 Topps #66 Orioles Rookies
  • 1969 Topps #412 Checklist 426-512 (Mantle) (See Trade #35)
  • 1969 Topps (football) #115 Randy Johnson (See Trade #76)
  • 1969 Topps (football) #175 Joe Morrison (See Trade #76)  
  • 1968 Topps #209 Tim Cullen (ASR) (See Trade #35)
  • 1968 Topps #222 Jim Hardin (RC) (See Trade #35)
  • 1968 Topps #309 Ken Henderson
  • 1964 Topps #76 Checklist 1st Series (See Trade #35)
  • 1964 Topps - Coins #7 Frank Malzone (See Trade #125)
  • 1963 Fleer #47 Roger Craig (See Trade #35)
  • 1961-62 Fleer (basketball) #32 Willie Naulls (See Trade #41)
  • 1961 Topps #273b 4th Series Checklist (See Trade #46)
  • 1960 Topps #118 Bob Bruce (RC,RS) (See Trade #35)
Sure, I was tempted to keep that Nomar. If I had, would I have received this insanely generous trade from gwhy11? He could have just sent me a single card, but he sent a big stack of cards, filled with Hall of Famers, oddballs, and general cardboard goodness. This one Red Sox card was the springboard for multiple trades, and helped push the Time Travel Trading Project to new heights. And yet, two cards from the 1960's never moved away.
I would say this is your last chance to trade for the Orioles Rookie Stars card, but as luck would have it there is another one still in the stack. This is Henderson's last stand however. If no one want to make an offer of an older card for either of these two, then my relatively small collection of cards from this decade get slightly bigger.


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Repack Haiku #298 (Chuck Crim)

Joined Brewers' Wall Of Honor
In twenty-fourteen
1990 Donruss #221 Chuck Crim

I'll be the first to admit I never thought of him as one of Milwaukee's all-time greats, but he is among a rather large contingent of players honored by the team.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Time Travel Trading Update #75

After starting this project with a single pack of 2018 Topps, it has become a yearly tradition to add a pack of the newest base set each year. I'll admit I was a little worried that I wasn't going to find any locally this year, but fortunately a Target run proved to be beneficial. I'm proud to add the following cards to the stack:

Our first trade comes via the TCDB. I reached out to a guy named Cody because he had a couple of basketball cards on his want list that were featured recently as Time Travel "remnants". I'm happy to trade basketball for baseball any day:

Next we have a sizable trade from Chris (The Collector). He picked up a nice assortment of cards, and in return he sent cards from each of the four major sports.

Here's some baseball and football:
Here's some hockey and basketball:

Regular blog reader/trade partner Ken has a tendency towards generous returns in our trade. This one was no different, with three dozen football cards coming back to me:

Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) has his own yearly tradition. Whenever I add a pack of the newest base set, he usually hangs back a day or two and trades for any that weren't claimed. So don't wait too long if one of those 2023 cards catch your eye! If fresh cards aren't your thing, perhaps some of the great cards Bo sent from his last trade will pique your interest!

Our last trade of the evening comes from Greg (Night Owl Cards), who sent along this nice quartet of baseball cards: 

Over 100 new cards, with 2 more trades still pending. Next month looks like it'll be another good one. Thanks again to all my 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:

2023 Topps
#52 Matthew Liberatore (RC)
#53 Dylan Cease
#64 Josh Donaldson
#82 AL Wins Leaders (Verlander/Valdez/Manoah) (LL)
#149 Josiah Gray (FS)
#217 Luis Arraez
#225 Corbin Burnes
#227 Yandy Diaz
#236 Shane McClanahan
#238 Liover Peguero (RC)
#245 Judgement Day (CL)
#268 Yasmani Grandal

2023 Topps - Royal Blue
#316 Washington Nationals (TC)

2023 Topps - Stars Of MLB
#SMLB-14 Bryce Harper 
2022 Topps Opening Day - Opening Day Autographs
#ODA-LWJ LaMonte Wade Jr. (AU)  
2021 Score - Game Face (football)
#GF11 Howie Long
2020 Leaf Draft - Gold (football)
#66 CeeDee Lamb (AA)
#77 Collin Johnson (TD) 

2018-19 Upper Deck MVP (hockey)
#165 J.T. Miller
#170 Loui Eriksson
2018 Panini Classics - Instant Classics (football)
#4 Dan Marino

2017-18 Donruss (basketball)
#75 Chandler Parsons
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners
2016-17 Panini Excalibur - Lord (basketball)
#89 Chandler Parsons
2013 Bowman - Prospects
#BP48 Nolan Sanburn
#BP71 Pedro Ruiz

2010-11 Score (hockey)
#569 Dustin Penner
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 Score (football)
#222 Donovan McNabb
2007-08 Upper Deck Ovation (hockey)
#214 Jarome Iginla

2007 Playoff Prestige (football) 
#15 Ray Lewis
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia (football)
#115 Terrell Owens 

2005 Playoff Prestige (football)
#113 Drew Brees

2005 Upper Deck Foundations (football)
#72 Terrell Owens
2004 Just Rookies - 05 Preview Autographs
#1 Thomas Diamond (AU, SN200) 

2004 Fleer Genuine (football)
#27 Ray Lewis
2002 Fleer Maximum
2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#85 Tino Martinez
#88 Andy Petitte
2000 BBM Diamond Heroes
#241 Hawks Checklist
#244 Marines Checklist

2000 Upper Deck MVP

#216 Bernie Williams
2000 Collector's Edge Supreme (football)
#69 Tony Gonzalez 
1999 SkyBox Metal Universe (football)
#116 Tiki Barber
1998-99 UD Choice - StarQuest Green (hockey)
#SQ18 Steve Yzerman

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
1996 SP
#186 Hideo Nomo (CL) 
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer    
1995 Score (football)
#218 Junior Seau (SS)
1994 Topps Archives 1954
1993 Leaf
1992 Front Row Draft Picks
#46 Ed Christian   
1992 Leaf - Gold Rookies
#BC-10 David Nied
1992 Pinnacle
#27 Jay Buhner
1992 Post Cereal
1992 Upper Deck
#723 Sammy Sosa 
1991 Post Cereal
1991 Score
#180 Sid Fernandez 

1991 U.S. Playing Card Co.
#2Spades Eddie Murray
1991 Fleer (football)
#210 Deion Sanders

1991 Pacific (football)
#63 Boomer Esiason
1991 Pro Set (football)
#387 Joe Montana (PB)
1991 Pro Set Platinum (football)
#81 Lawrence Taylor
1991 Upper Deck (football)
#71 Mark Kelso
#99 Herschel Walker (CL)
#104 Earnest Byner
#105 Karl Mecklenburg
#108 Burt Grossman
#131 Merril Hoge
#132 Rocky Proehl
#144 Steve Atwater
#145 Ickey Woods 
1991 Topps Desert Storm (non-sport)
#147 Working Together  
1990-91 Pro Set Super Bowl XXV Silver Anniversary (football)
#88 Nick Buoniconti

1990 Fleer

1990 Post Cereal
#22 Pedro Guerrero 
1990 Upper Deck
#626 Frank Viola
1990 Score (football)
#436 Chet Brooks (RC)
1990 Topps Traded (football)
#102T Howard Cross (RC)
1989-92 Racing Champions Stock Car (racing)
1989-90 Topps (hockey)
1989-90 Fleer (basketball)
#45 Joe Dumars
#112 Ron Anderson (RC)
#119 Tom Chambers 
1989 Fleer
#299 Roberto Alomar  
1988 Card Collectors T-206 Reprint
#NNO Matty McIntyre
1988 Donruss 
#161 Mitch Williams
#340 Claudell Washington
#452 Guy Hoffman
#459 Jim Dwyer

1988 Donruss - Stan Musial Puzzle
#25-27 Stan Musial (PUZ)
#34-36 Stan Musial (PUZ)  
1988 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#30 Terry Steinbach  
1988 Topps Traded
1986 Donruss
1986 Fleer
#322 Goose Gossage
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers
#16 Orel Hershiser
1985 Topps
#497 Gary Pettis 
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer
1984 O-Pee-Chee 

1983 Topps Drake's Big Hitters
#14 Dave Kingman
1982-85 Galasso Baseball Hobby Card Report T-206 Reprints
1982 Donruss
#334 Rick Miller
1982 Dover Publications Reprints National League
#15 Robin Roberts 
1982 Topps
1982 Topps (football) 
1981 Donruss  
1981 Fleer
#8 Larry Christenson 

1981 Topps
1980 Topps 
#90 Manny Trillo
1979 Kellogg's
#25 Darrell Porter (COR, SP)

1979 Topps 
1979 Topps (football)
#12 Bernard Jackson
#101 Joe Klecko 
#140 Brad Van Pelt (AP)
#191 Tony Galbreath
#204 Thom Darden (AP)
#260 Gene Upshaw
#296 Revie Sorey (AP) 

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#118 Kevin Porter 

1978 Topps  
#248 Frank White

1977-78 Topps - Glossy Inserts (Rounded Corners) (hockey)
1977-78 Topps - White Backs (basketball)
#78 Richard Washington (RC) 
1977 Dover Publications Classic Baseball Cards Reprints
#10 Lefty O'Doul
#18 Jimmie Dykes
#99 Hal Chase
#NNO Melvin Harder
#NNO Fred Merkle
1977 Topps
1977 Topps (football)
 #6 1976 Punting Leaders (James/Bateman) (LL)
#46 Fred Cox
#48 Reggie McKenzie
#54 Freddie Solomon
#80 Jack Youngblood (AP)
#119 Duriel Harris (RC)
#157 Scott Hunter
#170 Chris Hanburger (AP)
#192 Jake Scott
#240 Robert Brazile (AP)
#251 Russ Francis
#255 Garo Yepremian
#310 Monte Jackson (AP, RC)
#317 Paul Seymour
#350 Bill Bergey (AP)
#494 Otis Sistrunk
#516 Butch Johnson (RC) 
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 (football)
#74 Bryant Salter
#332 1975 AFC Championship (CCG)
#432 Ron Carpenter
#481 John Bunting (RC)
#482 Ken Mendenhall
#508 Steve Owens 

1975 Topps
1975 Topps (football)
#42 Larry Hand
#47 Bivian Lee
#76 Dave Hampton
#101 Bob Windsor
1974 Topps  
#84 Rick Wise
1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
1974 Topps (football)
#491 Bob DeMarco
#506 Carl Garrett
#526 John Fitzgerald (RC)  

1972 Topps  
1971-72 Topps (hockey)
#13 Jim Lorentz
#14 Arnie Brown 
1971 Topps (football)
#8 Walt Garrison (RC)
1970 Topps
#2 Diego Segui
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis    
1970 Topps (football) 
#87 Bob Lilly
#104 Jim Turner
#110 Bob Trumpy (RC)
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#8Hearts Jim Wynn
1969 Topps - Four-in-One Singles (football)
#NNO Ralph Baker
#NNO John Bramlett
#NNO Billy Martin
#NNO Jim Nance
#NNO Bob Talamini 
1968 Topps

1967 Topps

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
#149 Wayne Schurr

1964 Topps 

1962 Topps
1961 Topps
1960 Topps
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

1959 Topps
1958 JCM 30a Doyusha Team Name Back (solid front w/o borders)
#441 Jim Marshall (RC) 
1958 Topps (football)
#3 Joe Schmidt 

1957 Topps
1956 Topps
1956 Topps (football)
#42 Tom Fears
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1955 Bowman
1955 Topps
1955 Bowman (football)
#9 Don Stonesifer

1955 Topps All-American (football)
#46 Arnie Lassman
1954 Topps
#215 Ed McGhee

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)

1953 Topps
1939 Wills's Garden Flowers by Richard Sudell (non-sport)
#46 Sweet Sultan 

1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1938 Churchman's Boxing Personalities
#46 Sam Russell
#47 Johnny Sharpe

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: 236 (2 pending)
Unique trading partners: 70

Number of cards mailed out: 1,221
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 1,816
Year of oldest card received: 1890