Friday, May 31, 2024

TCDB Trade Recap: Cards From Pierre, SD

Have you ever had a card that you saw so many times online that you swore you had it, only to find out you didn't? For the life of me, I swore I had almost all of the Red Sox related cards from the awesome Pinnacle subset "Idols". Turns out I didn't have any of them!  While trading away some spare 2023 Topps base to TCDB member named James, I made sure I knocked two of those off the old list.

Idols is such a fantastic idea for a subset. It gives the fans a glimpse into the people who inspired the players we followed. Where else would you find Jackie Gleason, Malcolm X, or Mike Bossy in a baseball card set?

Favorite Card: If you couldn't tell, I'm a fan of those Idols. However, I just got to give a shout out to that Bartolo Colon rookie card!
Thanks for the cards James!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Repack Haiku #360 (Dakota Hudson)

Cut by Cardinals
Signed by Rockies last winter
Leads league in losses
2019 Topps - All-Star Game
#697 Dakota Hudson
Hudson has not had a great start to his time in Colorado. He started the season 0-6 before his first win. He currently leads the N.L. in losses.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Blog Bat-Around: Last Card

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Happy Memorial Day! I am thankful of those that gave their lives so that I may enjoy this day with my family.
Last week, John at John's Big League Baseball Blog posted a bat-around tasking fellow bloggers to post the last base set card from your favorite player's career.

My first thought - easy enough! Even though I don't have a single favorite player nowadays, my childhood favorite would be a logical choice!

Then I thought about it. There's a good reason why I don't have a single favorite player now. Sometimes, the guy that childhood-aged you hung a poster of on your bedroom wall does stupid things. Stupid things like take PEDs, or engage in an affair with a 15-year old. And that's all after he stupidly became a Yankee.
2008 Topps #105 Roger Clemens
Yeah, sorry. I can't have the focus of a bat-around be a Yankee card of great ball player/lousy human. At least my personal fandom with The Rocket (who I still have a soft spot for, not going to lie) taught me to engage more in a player's story or the connections I feel towards that player rather than the individual himself.
2011 Topps #123 Mike Lowell
Players like Mike Lowell, who like me is a testicular cancer survivor. He was a secondary piece in the trade that brought him to the Red Sox, a throw in the Marlins practically begged the Red Sox to take in order to trade Josh Beckett. All he did was become a fan favorite and World Series MVP. It wasn't until after his career ended that I learned he also played for my hometown's summer collegiate league - one more connection we share!
2018 Topps #591 Daniel Nava
Players like Daniel Nava, who had one of the most inspiring journeys to the Major Leagues as anyone in recent memory. I've always said his story would make a great feel good movie in the vein of "The Rookie". He's a guy that worked hard for every opportunity that baseball ever gave him. Guys like that often become journeyman if they are lucky enough, which is why Nava's final base card is for a team he never suited up for in a regular season game.
1983 Topps #178 Luis Tiant
Players like Luis Tiant, who finished playing Major League baseball when I was in grade school and someone I can say confidently that I never saw pitch. Tiant is one of those players that I always recognized that's to that glorious mustache, but never really counted as a favorite. That changed in 2013, when I had my first opportunity to attend Spring Training games in Florida. Of course the Red Sox facility (JetBlue park in Fort Myers) was one of the stops. We got there early to take in some batting practice, and hopefully get an autograph of one of the players. As I stood along the the 3rd base line, a cart drove down the field. The man driving the cart stopped near us, and out stepped his passenger, the one and only El Tiante. He spent some time signing autographs, and made his way to me.
That one small act made me delve more into his career and become a fan (even though he too joined the Yankees after his Boston tenure. He's forgiven, though!)
So how about you, fellow bloggers? Care to join the bat-around?

Friday, May 24, 2024

Trapped In Time: Remnants Of The 83rd And 85th Trades

Oh well, no one rescued a rather large amount of cards from the chopping block last month, so I get to add some vintage to my collection. As for that basketball card, as of this publishing I have a potential offer out on the TCDB, but if that falls through, I may just leave it in the trade stack.

Today, I have just a half-dozen cards. They're still good cards, and unless someone puts in a trade claim they'll get added to my personal collection too!
Traded 01/27/21: 1970 Topps #37 Dick Drago, 1970 Topps #200 A.L. Playoffs Game 2, 1970 Topps #385 George Scott

Received 02/17/21:
  • 1967 Topps #116 Herman Franks (MGR)
  • 1967 Topps #125 Moe Drabowsky (See Trade #97)
  • 1967 Topps #206 Dennis Bennett

Here we have the remnants from a trade with Greg at Night Owl Cards. Of the three he sent, only one found it's way to a new home. Would you believe my collection only boasts one single card from the 1967 set? It's true! It's not even a Red Sox card, which means Bennett might be my first!

Traded: 1982 Topps #70 Tim Raines, 1981 Fleer #268 Rod Carew, 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee (hockey) #53 Richard Lemieux, 1971 Topps #270 Rico Carty, 1971 Topps #374 Clete Boyer, 1971 Topps #388 Al Oliver, 1968 Topps #39 Cookie Rojas, 1968 Topps #90 Vada Pinson, 1965 Philadelphia (football) #193 John Paluck, 1964 Topps #92 Steve Ridzik, 1964 Topps #341 Jim Roland, 1959 Topps #298 Tex Clevenger, 1959 Topps #424 Ken Aspromonte

Received 02/25/21:
  • 1958 Topps #59 Dave Sisler (See Trade #287)
  • 1958 Topps #65 Von McDaniel (RC) (See Trade #230)
  • 1962 Topps #49 Hal Jones (RC, RS) (See Trade #94)
  • 1962 Topps #66 Cuno Barragon (RC) (See Trade #91)
  • 1964 Topps #346 Joe Jay (See Trade #94)
  • 1967 Topps #18 Gene Oliver
  • 1967 Topps #27 Bob Saverine
  • 1970 Topps #81 Dave May
  • 1970 Topps #90 Tim McCarver (See Trade #116)
  • 1970 Topps #101 Bobby Floyd (See Trade #99)
  • 1970 Topps #455 Brooks Robinson (AS) (See Trade #94)
  • 1980 Topps #690 Tommy John (See Trade #129)
  • 1981 Topps #645 Rick Reuschel
Our second batch of unwanted cards comes from regular blog reader Ken. As you can see, more 1967 Topps cards, plus a couple others. Of this quartet, only Reuschel would head to my doubles box.

Last call on these cards! All it takes is a card older than what i send out. Make me an offer!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Repack Haiku #359 (Dimitri Young)

To help charity
Sold rookie card collection
All graded mint 10!
2002 Upper Deck Ovation
#19 Dimitri Young
Young was once offered $2000 to attend a card show, but when he saw a PSA 8 graded Pete Rose rookie card, he asked for that instead. That started him down the road to collecting graded cards, and his focus became PSA 10 graded rookie cards. To fund a baseball school and non-profit organization, he auctioned off about 500 cards along with some other memorabilia. The auction raised over $2.4 million dollars, with a mint 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente fetching a record $432,690.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Time Traveling Trading Update #89

We have a winner! When last we left off, we were 3 trades short of #300, and I have exactly 3 trades to show off today! Who will be our lucky winner?
Trade #298 came from a TCDB member named Will. A simple one-for-one trade netted me this 1964 Topps card:

Our 299th Trade comes from Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) He picked up a selection of cards, including one of the 1948 Bowman! What he sent back in return is an eclectic mix of cards I hope will intrigue some vintage card collectors:

A note regarding that Louisa May Alcott card: It's not a trading card per se, rather it comes from a 1930's card game by a company called All-Fair. I'm quite curious to see if there is a market for older game cards like this. It's the 2nd card from an old game I have in the stack (along with a 1960 baseball card game that references the Washington Senators), and neither card is listed in the TCDB. Anybody out here collect them?

So now we've reached the milestone 300th Time Travel Trade! It should be no surprise that it's one of my regular trade partners...

Congratulations to Brendan (The View from The Third Floor)! It only took two cards going his way, but that was all it took to earn a free card from the stack! As for what he sent in return:
Appropriately, this trade was made extra special with some bonus content from Brendan. The cards were wrapped up in an old New York Times article from 1977. It was written by Dodger legend Pee Wee Reese about his friend and teammate Jackie Robinson. Seems like something I should pass on to a Dodger fan, no?
Congrats Brendan, and a hearty thank you to all my trade partners who have helped me reach 300 Time Travel trades! On to 400 we go!

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
#11 Rafael Devers
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
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter - What A Day!
#WAD-73 Ken Griffey Jr. 
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 Lois & Clark (non-sport)
#73 Be Mine!
#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
1992 Front Row Draft Picks
#46 Ed Christian   
1992 Pinnacle
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
1991 Topps
#575 Robin Yount
1991 Topps Toys "R" Us Rookies
#24 John Olerud 

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
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 
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 Fleer - Fleer All-Star Team
#7 Rickey Henderson
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers
1985 Topps #403
Cory Snyder (OLY, RC)   
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
1984 Topps (football)
#221 Bears Team Leaders - Walter Payton (TL) 

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) 
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 
#415 All-Time Record Holders: Stolen Bases (Brock) (ATRH) 
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 Topps - Traded
#43T Jim Wynn

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 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 
#63 Johnny Orsino 
1963 Topps
#26 Ray Moore
1962 Topps
1961 Topps
1960 Topps

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
1952 Topps Wings Friend or Foe (R707-4) (non-sport)
#129 PO-1W Lockheed
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  
1930 All-Fair Authors Card Game (non-sport)
#13 Louisa May Alcott 

1928 Player's Flags of the League of Nations (non-sport)
#42 Roumania
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: 300!
Unique trading partners: 75

Number of cards mailed out: 1,624
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 2,375
Year of oldest card received: 1890