A Huge Sox Haul


So just last week as I was trying to find some “me” time, I decided to go online and just take a look at some eBay auctions I had on my watch list. So adding one card to the cart turned into (for the moment as I have others enroute) FIFTY-TWO Red Sox I needed for my All Time Sox Collection!!! It certainly helped that I had just landed an eBay gift card via a work Yankee Swap. This grouping came from four different sellers, all at free shipping to boot! So as it snowing outside right now here in New England, let’s dive into the spree and realize there are ONLY 46 days left till Spring Training!!!


First up, a number of Conlon Collection cards I needed in which this is their only card for some guys. In some cases, guys like Roy Johnson have other cards (1933 Goudey), but haven’t found a collector grade I was happy with for my budget. Hence, a 99 cent Conlon will cross off his name nicely. Hard to picture a Red Sox uniform from the bygone days without the classic navy cap and red “B.”. No, in the 1920s and early 30’s the had white caps and donned pinstripes.


And even more Conlons! Thank God for these sets as they certainly help team collectors fill in the gaps when they weren’t many trading card sets produced. It helps that he captured a lot of lesser known players too! I’ve always loved the black and white photography captured in the Conlon Series.


Next up, a big ‘ol batch of Red Sox from a little known set called 1972 The Yawkey Red Sox. This set captured Red Sox players from the 1930s and feature black and white photos on a bronze/brown background. This is an issue you don’t see too often.


The backs have a short write up and call to help the longtime Red Sox charity, The Jimmy Fund. There are 45 unnumbered cards in the set, and again for many of the ballplayers, this is their only card appearance. These measure out at a standard card size.


Miscellaneous Sox, Top Row:
• 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites Set; Wilcey Moore, John Gooch
• 1987 Conlon Collection; Ike Boone

Miscellaneous Sox, Bottom Row:
• 1979 Diamond Greats; Buster Mills
• 1978 Grand Slam; Smead Jolley
• 1985 Big League Collectibles/1930-39 National Pastime; Hennie Manush

The 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites Set is a collectors issue from Maine. Measuring slightly larger than a standard sized card, this black and white set highlights some of the Sox from the 1920s – 30s.

The bottom row are new issues for me. I have seen the Manush before but stumbled upon the Mills and Jolley so I quickly grabbed those. Jolley is on a 1934 Orbit Tattoo but I never see it around.


And more Sox I have been trying to track down.

Miscellaneous Sox, Top Row:
• 1979 TCMA Baseball History Series the 1950’s; Chuck Stobbs
• 1978 Boston Globe Boston Red Sox of the 1950s; Bobby Avila
• 1981/82 Boston Globe Boston Red Sox of the 1950s; Eddie Kasko

Although Chuck Stobbs played parts of five seasons with Boston, this is his only card in a Sox uni. He would go 33-23 in a 102 games pitched while carrying an earn run average of 4.70.

A three-time All-Star, Bobby Avila wrapped up a ten year career with three teams in 1959. The Red Sox were the second of three and he lasted precisely two months in the hub, while getting into 22 games. We would hit .244 while three of his eleven hits would leave the yard.

Miscellaneous Sox, Bottom Row:
• 1983 Topps “1952 Topps Reprint Set”; Archie Wilson
• 1970 Topps: Tom Matchick

I had been looking for the 1952 Wilson for a bit. See he sits at card number 327, which is a high number and a short print. There’s one specimen on eBay right now, a PSA 8 that someone is asking for $5300.00 plus!!!! A PSA 7.5 from Dean’s Cards will set you back nearly a grand. The lowest priced one, an ungraded, F-GD for about a hundred bucks. Because of all that, you never see the reprint version come up often so I grabbed that as fast as I could. A couple bucks beats $100 any day right now. Also a high number, but easier to find is the 1970 Matchick. He was picked up by the Sox in December of 1969 from the Tigers for Dalton Jones. Matchick would only last 10 games in Boston logging one hit in fourteen official at bats.


And to close things out, some more current Red Sox needs. This is my first of the more recent Topps Stadium Club issues, they remind me of a glossy version of the 1996/1997 Fleer Baseball sets. As a Sox fan, it’ll be interesting to see if Sandy Leon can hang onto the starting gig behind the plate going into 2017. Coming into 2016, the BoSox thought they had two top catching prospects in Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez to handle the duties, but it was Leon who took over after injuries hit and batted a .310 clip while slugging .476. I’ve always liked Chris Young, but he never became the star many thought he’d become.

Fifty-two new Sox cards — a nice way to make a dent into my All-Time Collection. I should have some more to show off next week, including some pre-war card from an issue I do not possess yet.

Picking Up My Sox

Good to steal a couple minutes to bang out a long awaited post. I think I’ve had this is draft mode for a good two weeks but just can’t find to the time to write. So in my pursuit of my All-Time Red Sox collection, I managed to cross off a number of cards between a couple of eBay sellers. Without further ado …


1907 T207 Charlie Hall Recruit Factory No. 240

Picked up this beauty as the price was right and beat having a reprint in the collection. This set often gets overlooked compared to the more colorful T205 and T206 sets. True, the 207s are more drab with their brown backgrounds, but when you can pick up a card that is almost 110 years old(!!!!!)—yes please all day long! This is my second T207, I have a slabbed PSA 4 Duffy Lewis. Charley pitched for nine seasons, five of those as a Red Sox. He was part of the 1912 World Series team going 15-8 with a 3.02 ERA. Over his time with the Sox, Hall was used as both a starter and reliever.


1940 Play Ball #31 John “Jack” Wilson

Jack during his seven years (1935-41) in Boston was a .500 pitcher going 67-67 while sporting a 4.44 ERA. Man, doesn’t get any more bland than that! His best year was 1937 when he went 16-10 and a 3.70 earn run average. I’ve always liked these Play Ball cards from the 1939-40, the backs contain a nice bio and you can’t beat some of the old black and white photography.


1940 Play Ball Gene Desautels

Gene is actually a local boy, being born just a couple of towns away in Worcester, Massachusetts and playing for Holy Cross. Desautels at one part was the backup to Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell and later had World War II spy Moe Berg backing him up. That’s quite the pairing there behind the plate. During his four years with the Sox (1937-40), he played in 351 games while hitting .254.


Assorted 1950’s Bowmans

I absolutely love the artwork on the 1950-52 Bowman sets!!! I’d love to pick up some non-Red Sox. Something about the old plank fence on the 1950 Ken Keltner screams of sandlot ball. One of my favorite all-time sets has got to be the 1955 Bowman set. I don’t know what it is, but that old television set just draws me in. Maybe its all the cool stadium architecture in the background or the different write ups on the back. If I ever came into some serious money I could blow, it might be on this set. If anyone has any of these drop me a line and I’ll see what I can trade you. Would mind trying to put together the 2004 Heritage version as well.


1952 Topps Gumpert & Wood

Next up a couple of ’52 Topps in Randy Gumpert and Ken Wood. Surprisingly, Gumpert appears as a Red Sox in the set as he pitched in only 10 games before he was shipped off to Washington with Walt Masterson for Sid Hudson. And speaking of short-timers donning the red stockings, Wood had 24 plate appearances with the Sox in 1952 before being traded in June of that year to Washington for Archie Wilson. Archie Wilson would make an appearance in the 1952 Topps set as a Sox and I believe it’s a semi-hi number at #327.


Assorted 1960’s Topps

No special names here, just all guys I needed from the mid 1960s.

• 1964 Topps Pete Smith
• 1964 Topps Dave Gray
• 1965 Topps Jay Ritchie
• 1966 Topps Ken Sanders
• 1966 Topps Bob Sadowski

Picking up from the above paragraph—more short-timers! Pete Smith pitched in only 7 major league cards over the parts of 1962-63, all with the Sox while yielding a 6.75 earn run average. Dave Gray pitched in only nine games in the majors as a 21-year old in 1964, and it’s no wonder why. In thirteen innings of work, he gave up 18 hits, 20 runs, 3 HRs, walked 20 and also had 4 wild pitches. YIKES!!!

Jay Ritchie pitched for the Sox during the summers of 1964-65 as a relief pitching. Nothing special and while he sported a 3.00 ERA with them, he also had a WHIP of 1.419. Not good my friends. Ken Sanders put together a 10-year major league career over the course of eight teams, he one season with the Sox was in 1966 when he went 3-6 with a 3.80 ERA. His best year came in 1971 with the Milwaukee Brewers when he led the American League in games, games finished, and saves while finishing 16th in the MVP voting. Bob Sadowski occupies a hi-number slot in the 1966 Topps set. He would finish he short career in Boston pitching in only 11 games while going 1-1 and 5.40 ERA.

All in all, no big names, but all names I needed for the All-Time collection.


New LSC Haul


So a couple of other local traders (Mark Hoyle and Shane from Shoebox Legends) had dropped me a note that I should check out this LSC in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I had been meaning to get over there for a couple of months now, as it’s only about 20 or so minutes from where I work.

Well this past Saturday on the return trip from a soccer game, I was able to stop into Central Sports Cards where John, the owner hooked me up with some set needs.

In all, I was able to cross off twenty-five, 1965 Tops cards bringing me down to just over 100 cards left to track down. I think the last couple of money cards might the Yaz and Bob Gibson. The LSC did have another dozen plus high series I need, so I will be venturing back soon.


Some minor stars of the 1960s — a group that was made 15 All-Star appearances, a couple of batting titles, and some near MVP Awards during their careers.


Among this grouping, the name Sterling Slaughter had me on some many levels. First, what a great name, second, the kid looks barely old enough to drive, and lastly, he almost looked like he belong on a card from present day, not 1965. With that, let’s see Mr. Slaughter was … Sterling Feore Slaughter, a right-hander stood at 5’11” and weighed 165 pounds according to Baseball-Reference.com. Sterling would pitch in the Majors for one season, 1964, where he went 2-4 with a 5.75 ERA as a swing-man starting six of the twenty games he took the hill. The 32 walks and 64 hits allowed in 51-plus innings certainly does not warrant a return trip to the bigs. He has been written up on a couple of blogs so I won’t rehash too much. Just one of those cards that makes you learn more about this great game.


Some rookie stars including ChiSox favorite, Ken Berry who earned a couple of Gold Gloves during his career. Pat Corrales would lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1983 World Series, only to be bested by the Orioles four games to one. And even though he didn’t make a post-season appearance, Al Ferrara can say he was part of three Dodger World Series teams (1963, 65, 66).


And to close out the ’65’s, a couple of nice team cards.


Next up, were some Red Sox I needed for my All-Time album. I didn’t have much time left as I raced through a couple of Red Sox boxes, but did manage to find these four I needed. I have a graded 1940 Play Ball of Foxx, but that’s in a separate graded Sox box as is my graded Smokey Joe Wood that I highlights a couple of months ago. Harry Agganis was a local legend, and his 1955 Topps commands a good chunk of money, so grabbing this for a quarter was fine with me.


Next, more Sox that will find out pages of favorite Sox players. The Grove will go in the All-Time album.


And to close, some oddball Starting Lineup cards! Can’t say I’ve ever seen the Jody Reed or Gator before, so I’ll throw into my oddball Sox album.

All-in-all, a very successful trip, and one I need to revisit for several hours. There’s certainly a lot of boxes that I didn’t get a chance to go through and who knows, maybe I’ll meet up with Mark or Shane there one day. Thanks again for the great tip guys!