Trade with Lifetime Topps

Charlie of Lifetime Topps is doing something very cool, trying to complete all the Topps sets released during his lifetime the old-fashioned way: through packs and trades. Good thing he wasn’t born in the 1950s.

After a slight mix-up with the packages, our trade is complete as of today. I sent over a few cards that he needed for his sets through 1987, and he sent a slew of his Reds doubles that I didn’t have yet…both Upper Deck and Topps. Here are just a few of the Topps cards that arrived today (the UD cards were received a couple of weeks ago, already sorted and put away).

Larry Biittner, possibly being interviewed by Marty Brennaman or Joe Nuxhall after a game-winning hit, from the 1982 Topps set.

When I was young, I received a Paul Householder bat at a stadium giveaway. It was not a mini-bat like they have today…this was a full-sized Louisville Slugger. I still have it in a closet somewhere. I can’t remember if they had more than just Householder and that was the bat I was randomly given, or if everyone got a Householder model. But it was cool, my first stadium giveaway.

Gus Bell played for the Reds in the 1950s, and thirty years later his son Buddy Bell manned the hot corner. But it doesn’t stop there. In 2000, Mike Bell got in 19 games for the Redlegs. Three generations of Bells, all who wore the Cincinnati uniform. Pretty cool, ain’t it?

Thanks for the trade Charles! And good luck on completing those sets! I’ll keep an eye out for your future wantlists.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on March 1, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks to you as well – can always use the help on this! And thanks for being patient with my mix up.

    This project is the one place I can say I’m glad I’m “only” 30 (5 days from 31 actually). 1980 was nearly 3x as expensive as any other box, and it would only get exponentially more difficult (i.e. – expensive) the further back you’d go.

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