Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Repack Haiku #334 (Jim Rice)

Hero's quick response
Saved child struck in head by ball
Treated in dugout
1989 Topps #245 Jim Rice
In a 1982 game against the White Sox, a foul ball struck 4-year old Jonathan Keane in the head, briefly rendering him unconscious and bleeding profusely. Rice rushed from the dugout to the boy and took him to the training room, where team medical staff attended the boy. He was on an ambulance to the hospital within 3 minutes, where he had emergency surgery. Rice went on to play the rest of the game in a blood stained jersey, and when asked about it afterwords said: “If it was your kid, what would you do?” 
Photo by Ted Garland (Boston Herald)
The photograph shows up on my Facebook feed every so often, and it's one of the most powerful images I've ever seen. We regard players highly for what they accomplish on the field, but few can be called heroes. Jim Rice is a hero.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Down The Ebay Rabbit Hole #4 - We've Got A Groovy Kind Of Yaz

Next up in my continuing adventures spending a prepaid card before it expires...

I wasn't necessarily looking for this particular card, but it did pop up while I was in the mind to search for some vintage cards. It was hard to pass up a cheap card of a Hall Of Famer from his playing days!
It may not be the Simpson's-famous "Yastrzemski with the big sideburns" but those sideburns are tight nonetheless. It's also now the oldest Yaz card I own.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 55th and 56th Trades

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I hope so. Now it's time to go head first into Christmas. With that in mind, I have a few cards in need of some Christmas spirit. All they want is a new home...

First up is a trade with Tom (The Angels In Order). As the blog-o-sphere's official checklist collector, Tom snapped up some great vintage checklists off the Time Travel Trade stack. He got a whole Time Travel post to himself for the effort.
Trade #55 (Tom: The Angels In Order)
Traded 03/20/20: 1971 Topps #206 3rd Series Checklist #264-393 (CL), 1964 Topps #102 2nd Series Checklist #89-176 (CL),  1961 Topps #98 2nd Series Checklist #89-176 (CL, VAR: white number)

Received 03/20/20:
  • 1990 Fleer #629 Jose Canseco (POD) (See Trade #127)
  • 1969 Topps - Deckle Edge #13 Mel Stottlemyer (See Trade #196)
  • 1963 Topps #265 Vida Pinson (See Trade #56)
  • 1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport) #91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)
Unfortunately, non-sport card don't have much of an appeal to most of my readers, especially vintage ones. The fact that this is in less than excellent condition only adds to it's sad tale of woe. I'm hoping I could find a good home for it, but if not I'm leaning on just keeping in the trade stack as another example of a cool and unusual card that helps make the Time Travel trading Project what it is.

Next up is a trade from Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!). While rereading the Time Travel post this trade was mentioned in, I was reminded of a funny little fact where the Vida Pinson he traded for came from trade for a card he ended up giving me a second copy of in this trade.
Trade #56 (Bo: Baseball Cards Come To Life!)
Traded 05/05/20: 1963 Topps #265 Vida Pinson

Received 05/23/20:
  • 1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball #2 In A Trance
  • 1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball #3 Fans Vs Players
  • 1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball #5 Baseballeese
  • 1972 Topps #266 Bobby Bolin
  • 1972 Topps #451 Tony LaRussa (See Trade #81)
  • 1961 Topps #98 2nd Series Checklist 89-176 (CL, VAR) (See Trade #170)

Before this trade, I had never seen these Funky Facts before, and to be honest, I haven't seen them since. They are a fun and unique look at the sport of baseball. Hopefully someone will appreciate them enough for a trade!

Last call on these cards! Make me an offer - any older card will do!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Repack Haiku #333 (Bruce Tanner)

Son of guy who led
"We Are Family" Pirates
Pitched 10 career games
1985 Fleer Update
#U-116 Bruce Tanner
Bruce pitched 10 games for the White Sox in 1985. His father Chuck was a long time Major League manager who won a World Championship in Pittsburgh in 1979.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Time Travel Trading Update #83

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, now more than ever it good to take time and be thankful for all the good things in our life, big and small. One of the things I'm thankful for is obviously you reading this. Without your support, this crazy little idea I had has grown to become the most viewed series of posts on my blog. Thank you to everyone who has traded with me and made the Time Travel Trading Project as big as it is! I appreciate you!

Before we gorge ourselves on turkey, how about a little cardboard feast for the eyes?
Chris (The Collector) sets the table this time around. He picked up a dozen cards, and in return sent a cornucopia of cards from all 4 major sports leagues:

Next on our plate is an offering from Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!). I'll bet Bo is thankful that he was able to perfectly remove a vintage sticker affixed to a vintage card! I'm thankful I don't have to worry about that with any of the cards he sent to me!

One more trade before the tryptophan kicks in (Aside: That's actually a myth. The turkey isn't what makes us sleepy...) Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) fills our hobby-devouring bellies with another great trade!

I am very thankful for these three gentlemen, as well as those who have pending trades and have made trades in the past! You are all awesome!
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 - Blue Foil
#156 Sammy Long (PR2022)

2022 Topps Opening Day - Opening Day Autographs
#ODA-LWJ LaMonte Wade Jr. (AU)    
2021-22 Donruss - Magicians (basketball)
2021-22 Donruss (soccer)
#183 Jose Macias (RR)
2020 Leaf Draft - Gold (football)
#66 CeeDee Lamb (AA)
#77 Collin Johnson (TD)   
2019 Topps Update
#US31 Joc Pederson (HRD) 

2017-18 Donruss (basketball)
#75 Chandler Parsons
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners
2015-16 Donruss (basketball)
#49 John Wall
2013 Topps - Chasing History
#CH-65 Gary Carter (SER2)

2012 Topps Stickers
#237 Bernie Brewer (MAS) 
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson     
2010 Topps Chrome (football)
#C141 T.J. Houshmandzadeh
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu 
2008 Topps New York Yankees
#NYY8 Jason Giambi
2007 Upper Deck MLB Rookie Card of the Month
#ROM-4 Ryan Braun 
2007 Playoff Prestige (football) 
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
2004 Bowman Chrome
#263 Jeff Allison (FY, RC) 
2004 Just Rookies - 05 Preview Autographs
2002 Fleer Maximum
2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#88 Andy Petitte
1999-00 Topps (basketball)
#16 Eric William 
1999 SkyBox Metal Universe (football)
#116 Tiki Barber
1999 Stadium Club
#214 Tony Saunders 
1998 Pinnacle Performers
#14 Hideo Nomo
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
1996 Upper Deck
#358 Todd Worrell
1995 Finest (football)
#124 Trent Dilfer     
1995 Skybox Jumanji (non-sport)
#31 Help Us Finish
1995 SkyBox Lois & Clark (non-sport)
#73 Be Mine!
#74 I've Always Loved You!
#75 Do You Love Me?

1995 SkyBox Lois & Clark - Holochip Etched Foils (non-sport)
#BJ3 Belle Curve 
1994-95 Finest (basketball)
#43 Rex Chapman 
1994 Finest
#413 Mark Portugal
1994 Fleer
#295 Tino Martinez 
1994 Panini Stickers
#207 Sean Berry
#208 Wil Cordero 
1994 Classic Four Sport (multi-sport)
#145 Chad Penney  
1994 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Champions Collection (racing)
#NNO Danny Sullivan
#NNO Mario Andretti
1993-94 Donruss (hockey)
#35 Dale Hawerchuk 
1993 Leaf
1993 Score
#542 Roberto Alomar (DT) 
1993 Stadium Club
1993 Classic '93 Hockey Draft (hockey)
#40 Saku Koivu 
1993 Classic Four Sport (multi-sport)
#246 Mike Rathje
1992 Front Row Draft Picks
#46 Ed Christian   
1992 Pinnacle
1992 Score - 90's Impact Players
#78 Ellis Burks 
1991-92 Upper Deck (basketbal)
#47 Moses Malone (VAR)  
1991 Donruss
#43 Ray Langford (RR, VAR)
1991 Score
1991 Score Rookie & Traded
#58T Fred McGriff 
1991 Topps
#575 Robin Yount

1991 Ultra
#130 Lou Whitaker  
1991 Upper Deck
1991 Fleer (football)
1991 Pro Set (football)
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 Fleer (basketball)
#21 Kelly Tripucka
#21 Kelly Tripucka
#86 Ronald Harper (VAR)
#195 Jeff Malone 

1990 Fleer
#296 Julio Franco (VAR) 

1990 Post Cereal
#22 Pedro Guerrero 
#535 John Smoltz
1990 Score (football)
#436 Chet Brooks (RC)
1990 Topps Traded (football)
#102T Howard Cross (RC)
1989-90 Fleer (basketball)

1989-90 Hoops (basketball)
#64 Armon Gilliam

1989 Pro Set (football)
#305 Ken O'Brien

1989 Topps - 1000 Yard Club (football)
#6 Eddie Brown 
1988 Card Collectors T-206 Reprint
#NNO Matty McIntyre
1988 Donruss 
1988 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#13 Mike Henneman
1988 Topps Traded

1987 O-Pee-Chee
1986 Donruss
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers
1985 Topps #403
Cory Snyder (OLY, RC) 
#313 Pete Johnson
#333 Mosi Tatupu
1984-85 Topps (hockey)
#3 Tom Fergus 
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 Dover Publications Reprints National League
#15 Robin Roberts
1982 Fleer
#185 Gary Carter 
1982 Topps
1982 Topps (football) 
1981-82 Topps (hockey)
#51 Dale McCourt (TL)
1981 Donruss  
1981 Fleer
#427 Steve Braun

1981 Topps
1980 Topps 
#65 Al Bumbry
1979 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars
#25 Darrell Porter (COR, SP)

1979 Topps 
1979 Topps (football)
#12 Bernard Jackson

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#118 Kevin Porter 

1978 Topps  
#349 Rick Camp
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)
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese

1976 Topps

1975 Topps
1974-75 Topps (hockey)
#13 Syl Apps
#201 Rod Gilbert 
1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
#192 Bill Van Heusen

1972 Topps  
#5 John Bateman
1971 Topps
1971 Topps (football)
#8 Walt Garrison (RC)
1970 Topps
#2 Diego Segui
#287 Fred Talbot   #390 Willie Davis    
1970 Topps (football)
1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station Issue
#2♦ Paul Casanova
1969 Topps
#19 Ken Suarez
#65 Willie Davis 
1969 Topps (football)
#108 Houston Antwine 
1969 Topps - Four-in-One Singles (football)
#NNO Ralph Baker
#NNO John Bramlett
#NNO Billy Martin
#NNO Bob Talamini 
1968 Topps

1967 Topps
#265 Stu Miller
1965 Topps
#17 Johnny Romano
1963 Topps
#26 Ray Moore
1962 Topps
1961 Topps
#5 Johnny Romano
#14 Don Mossi
#132 Al Lopez (MGR) 
1960 Topps
#236 Dick Ricketts 
1960 Topps (football)
#28 Jim Ray Smith 

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

1957 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 (boxing)
#45 Ted Broadribb
#48 Arthur J. Elvin 

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: 274 (2 pending)
Unique trading partners: 71

Number of cards mailed out: 1,483
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 2,194
Year of oldest card received: 1890
May your week be full of blessings!