Monday, April 29, 2024

A Post Full Of Randomness

Lots of little bits and pieces of things I haven't posted yet, plus some random thoughts...


I'm long overdue on thanking Michael from Dillard's Dugout for these cards he sent me:
Only two more from that Mookie Betts insert set to go. I really should just knock that one out. Oh, and if you haven't been to Dillard's Dugout yet, do so. He writes some great posts!

Thanks Michael!


I'm happy my humble little Blog Bat-A-Round inspired some cool posts around the blog-o-sphere. Here's the list of participants if anyone is interested:
UPDATE - Here's a few more:
If I missed anyone, please let me know. It was great seeing how everyone had their own interpretation of what a "hit" meant to them.

Fun Fact: It was a Blog Bat-A-Round that got me into starting this blog. That was 7 years ago as of yesterday. I'm amazed I'm still here all this time later. I've had blogs before this one, and they all died out do to writers block or just life in general keeping me from posting regularly. Here's to the beginning of year 8!


Knowing how Topps loves to put obscure rookies into their sets, I'm really hoping that Red Sox reliever Cam Booser gets a card in Series 2. I'm a sucker for a great baseball story, and Booser has one. This article from MLB is worth a read: From carpenter to MLB hurler: Booser's wild journey to debut. You can't help but root for guys like this.


Another batch of free cards that are overdue for a thank you. This time from Bo of Baseball Cards Come To Life!
Bo had picked up a complete set of 1977 Kellogg's 3-D Superstars earlier this year, and had an extra Fergie Jenkins available for trade. The Hall of Fame pitcher doesn't have a ton of cards from his brief tenure with the Red Sox, so I made a note that I should try and trade for it. Generously, I didn't need to make a trade.

Thanks Bo!


I use Yahoo! as my personalized browser home page. I've had it for decades. Yahoo doesn't really maintain a lot of the feeds anymore, but I still get to see a good deal of Red Sox headlines every day, among other things.

Back in early March, I ran a post detailing a trade I made with Johnny from Johnny's Trading Spot. Somehow, my blog post ended up on the Yahoo feed!
I don't know how it ended up there, but unsurprisingly that post has a good 100 views more than any of my other posts from this year. A day or two later, I saw another Red Sox-centric blogger's post on the feed as well. Since then, nothing. Was it Yahoo playing around with blogger feeds? Is there something I could do to get my posts to show up more often? Has anyone else had a post get promoted unexpectedly like this?


Red Sox Nation lost another member of the curse-breaking 2004 team when Dave McCarty passed away earlier this month. He's the second guy from that team to pass away in the past year, along with Tim Wakefield. He had just made an appearance during the Red Sox home opener too, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of that championship. Being only 6 years younger than McCarty, it's a little jarring.

Last time I was in Wal-Mart, they had boxes of the 2023 Topps Holiday set out. It made me think about the huge potential this year's design has for a holiday set (I'm thinking Christmas lights...). So much so, that I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping Topps doesn't drop the ball with their best looking set in years. That Holiday set could be amazing!


I'm going to wrap things up with one last free card. Kevin aka The Diamond King was giving away some old cards recently. I don't collect non-sports cards generally, but the picture on this 1932 card made me laugh, so I requested it. 
I hope it brightens your day as well!

Friday, April 26, 2024

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 81st And 82nd Trades

Lots of cards on the chopping block today! Let's go!
Traded 02/02/21: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee (hockey) #128 Tim Thomas, 1982 Donruss #76 Alan Trammell, 1982 Donruss #214 Tim Raines, 1973 Topps #230 Joe Morgan, 1972 Topps #451 Tony LaRussa
Received  01/30/21:
  • 1981 Donruss #383 Jose Cruz (See Trade #240)
  • 1981 Donruss #427 Leon Durham (See Trade #207)
  • 1981 Donruss #496 Mickey Rivers (See Trade #240)
  • 1978-79 Topps (basketball) #46 John Shumate
  • 1978-79 Topps (basketball) #55 George Johnson (See Trade #158)
  • 1978-79 Topps (basketball) #62 Anthony Roberts (See Trade #207)
  • 1978-79 Topps (basketball) #129 Ray Williams (RC) (See Trade #191)
  • 1970 Topps #18 Carlos May
  • 1970 Topps #38 Mack Jones (See Trade #179)
  • 1970 Topps #105 Tony Gonzalez (See Trade #99)
  • 1970 Topps #115 Alex Johnson
  • 1970 Topps #324 Tony Taylor (See Trade #84)
This was the second of what has grown to now over 30 trades with Brendan at The View From The Third Floor. I especially hoping to find a trade partner for that basketball card, as it doesn't really fit my collection. Also, if you miss out on that Carlos May, don't worry - there's still two more in the stack!
Traded 02/17/21: 1973 Topps #23 Dave Kingman, 1973 Topps #29 Tony Taylor, 1973 Topps #30 Tug McGraw, 1973 Topps #68 1972 Leading Firemen (LL), 1973 Topps #75 Vada Pinson, 1973 Topps #79 Jim Willoughby (RC), 1973 Topps #80 Tony Oliva UER, 1973 Topps #116 Ralph Houk (MGR, VAR), 1973 Topps #145 Bobby Bonds, 1973 Topps #225 Al Oliver, 1973 Topps #232 Ken Singleton, 1973 Topps #240 Bobby Murcer, 1973 Topps #258 Tommy John, 1973 Topps #325 Boog Powell, 1973 Topps #329 Ed Kranepool, 1973 Topps #365 Rico Petrocelli, 1973 Topps #368 Bill Buckner

Received 02/13/21:
  • 1972 Topps #22 Rob Gardner (See Trade #132)
  • 1972 Topps #36 Jerry Johnson (IA)
  • 1972 Topps #44 Rick Wise (IA)  (See Trade #110)
  • 1972 Topps #54 Bud Harrelson (IA)
  • 1972 Topps #58 Ernie McAnally
  • 1972 Topps #83 Dalton Jones
  • 1972 Topps #99 Ross Grimsley (ASR, RC)
  • 1972 Topps #109 Jerry May
  • 1972 Topps #137 Dick Williams (MGR)
  • 1972 Topps #174 Clay Kirby (IA)
  • 1972 Topps #192 Chicago Cubs (TC) (See Trade #185)
  • 1972 Topps #196 Mel Queen
  • 1972 Topps #262 San Diego Padres (TC)
  • 1972 Topps #312 Clay Carroll (IA)
  • 1972 Topps #334 Rangers Rookies - Bill Fahey / Jim Mason / Tom Ragland (RS, RC)
  • 1972 Topps #344 Dave McNally (BP)
  • 1972 Topps #524 Reds Rookies - Ed Armbrister / Mel Behney (RS, RC) (See Trade #94)
As of now, I have a remarkable 43 cards from the 1972 Topps set in the trade stack. Almost 1/3 of them came from this one trade. If you're working on this set or in need of some potential condition upgrades, here's your last chance to snag these guys!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Repack Haiku #355 (Shane Reynolds)

One of four Astros
To start on Opening Day
Five or more seasons
1997 Topps #430 Shane Reynolds

 Reynolds got the Opening Day honor for Houston from 1996-2000. He joins J.R. Richard (5), Mike Scott (5), and Roy Oswalt (8) as the only Asros pitchers to have done so at least 5 times.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Time Travel Trading Update #88

Only 3 trades this past month, which means we are incredibly close to Trade #300. Remember, if you are my 300th Time Travel Trade partner, you get your pick of any card from the stack for free! I can almost guarantee that I'll have a winner before the next update, so if you've been waiting for just the right moment to make a Time Travel Trade, this is it! Let's see if any of these new additions will be part of that historic trade:
I'm starting things off with a single card from a TCDB member named Johnny. Our trade was actually bigger, but mostly cards outside of the project. Here's a card commemorating the inaugural season of the expansion Colorado Rockies.
Man, I remember watching the expansion draft on TV back then. That was over 30 years ago. I feel old.
Next up is the monthly offering from Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!). Bo picked up a variety of cards - vintage, junk wax, and modern! In return I got a lot of 80's star power, a great vintage Giant, and some old guy I had never heard of before.

In all honesty, that 1935 Lord Trenchard is a pretty cool looking card. Gotta love a man in uniform! Now if I can just find someone who collects pre-WWII non-sports cards to take some of these older cards off my hands...

Finally, we have my regular trade with Brendan (The View From The Third Floor). He picked up a quintet of cards this go-around, and sent back a bunch of starts from the overproduction era, including a Neon Deion rookie card!

I always liked the sheer classiness of the Sandberg card!
As always, a hearty thanks to my trade partners. It's time to make some trades, and who knows, maybe lucky #300 will be you!
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
#30 Kenley Jansen
2022 Topps
#440 Trent Grisham 
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)    
2018 Stadium Club - Autographs
#SCA-KF Kyle Farmer (AU)

2017-18 Donruss (basketball)
#75 Chandler Parsons
2017 Topps - MLB Award Winners
2015-16 Donruss (basketball)
#49 John Wall
2013 Topps
#326 Andruw Jones
2013 Topps Update
#US143 Tim Lincecum (CL)
2012 Topps Stickers
#237 Bernie Brewer (MAS)  

2011 Topps - Before There Was Topps
#BTT1 American Tobacco 1909 T206 (Honus Wagner)
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Platinum - Prospects
#PP38 Brian Johnson      
2010 Topps (football)
#249 David Garrard
2010 Topps Chrome (football)
#C141 T.J. Houshmandzadeh
2009 Bowman - Chrome WBC Prospects
#BCW18 Tao Bu  
2009 Donruss Americana (non-sport)
#50 Francesco Quinn
2008 Topps New York Yankees
#NYY8 Jason Giambi
2008 Topps (football)
#301 Larry Fitzgerald (PB) 
2007 Upper Deck MLB Rookie Card of the Month
#ROM-4 Ryan Braun 
2007 Playoff Prestige (football) 
2006 Topps Updates & Highlights
#UH172 Mike Piazza (SH)
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
#44 Shawn Green
2004 Bowman Chrome
#263 Jeff Allison (FY, RC) 
2004 Just Rookies - 05 Preview Autographs
2003 Bazooka
#100 Barry Bonds
2002 Fleer Maximum
2002 Upper Deck Piece of History
#39 Joe DiMaggio 
2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
#88 Andy Petitte
2001 Topps Archives
#20 Gaylord Perry
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?
1994-95 Finest (basketball)
#43 Rex Chapman  

1994 Collector's Choice
#636 David Justice (UC&P)
1994 Finest
#413 Mark Portugal
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 Stadium Club
1993 Action Packed Hall of Fame (basketball)
#37 Connie Hawkins
1993 Classic '93 Hockey Draft (hockey)
#40 Saku Koivu 
1993 Classic Four Sport (multi-sport)
#246 Mike Rathje
#BC7 Colorado Rockies (VAR: no dot after INC) 
1992 Front Row Draft Picks
#46 Ed Christian   
1992 Pinnacle
1992 Score
#794 Cal Ripken Jr. (MOY)
1992 Upper Deck Denny's Grand Slam Holograms
#25 Ruben Sierra
1991-92 Pro Set - Collectibles (hockey)
#CC5 Wayne Gretzky (LL) 
1991-92 Upper Deck (basketbal)
1989-92 Racing Champions Stock Car (racing)
#01126 Geoff Bodine
1991 Score
#815 Ryne Sandberg (MOY)
#892 Ken Griffey Jr. (DT) 
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 Impel WCW (wrestling)
#157 Missy Hyatt

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

1990 Fleer
1990 Pacific Legends
#34 Don Kessinger
1990 Swell Baseball Greats
#77 Marv Throneberry
#61 Deion Sanders (RC) 
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 Topps
#628 Matt Williams
1988 Card Collectors T-206 Reprint
#NNO Matty McIntyre
1988 Donruss 
#1 Mark McGwire (DK)
1988 Pacific Legends I
#11 Harvey Haddix
1988 Topps
#70 Roger Clemens
1988 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#13 Mike Henneman
1988 Topps Traded
1987 Fleer Limited Edition
#16 Steve Garvey 
1987 Fleer Update
#U-108 Kevin Seitzer

1987 O-Pee-Chee

1987 Topps 
1986 Donruss
1986 Donruss Highlights
#1 Will Clark
#8 Dwight Gooden
#23 Wally Joyner
#25 Fernando Valenzuela
#50 Steve Sax
1986 Fleer - Fleer All-Star Team
#7 Rickey Henderson
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers
1985 Topps #403
Cory Snyder (OLY, RC)   
#715 Ozzie Smith (AS, LL)
1985 Topps Woolworth All Time Record Holders
#5 Lou Brock
1985 Topps (football)
#53 Lions Team Leaders (TL)
1984-85 Topps (hockey)
#3 Tom Fergus 
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer

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 Topps
1982 Topps (football) 
#21 Bills 1981 Team Leaders (TL)
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)

1978-79 Topps (basketball)
#118 Kevin Porter 

1978 Topps  
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 Topps

1976 Topps (football)

1975 Topps
1974-75 Topps (hockey)
#13 Syl Apps
1974 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn
1974 Topps (football)
#3 Don Hansen

1972 Topps  
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
1969 Topps - Four-in-One Singles (football)
#NNO Ralph Baker
#NNO John Bramlett
#NNO Billy Martin
#NNO Bob Talamini 
1968 Topps

1967 Topps

1966 Topps
#10 Tony Cloninger
1965 Topps
#17 Johnny Romano
1964 Ed-U-Cards Washington Senators Baseball Card Game
#NNO Ball

1964 Topps 
1963 Topps
#26 Ray Moore
1962 Topps
1961 Topps
1960 Topps
#80 Johnny Antonelli 

1959 Topps

1957 Topps
1956 Topps (football)
#51 Ted Marchibroda
1955 Bowman
1955 Topps
1955 Bowman (football)
#9 Don Stonesifer
1954 Topps
#215 Ed McGhee

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

1953 Topps
1952 Topps Look 'n See (R714-16) (non-sport)
#75 Elias Howe
1951 Bowman
#153 Rex Barney
1951 Bowman (football)
#118 Frank Reagan
1939 Wills's Garden Flowers by Richard Sudell (non-sport)
#38 Petunia

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
1935 Stephen Mitchell & Son "A Gallery of 1934" (non-sport)
#47 Lord Trenchard 

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
1924 Lambert & Butler Wonders of Nature (non-sport)
#25 Army-Worms and Fly 

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: 297
Unique trading partners: 74

Number of cards mailed out: 1,616
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 2,365
Year of oldest card received: 1890