Mail Day from Dub

So earlier this week, Joey from @DubMentality and DubMentality.com had posted some pics of 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars that needed a home. I accepted in exchange for some goodies that will be headed his way on Monday.

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The 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars is a 60-card oversized set that was sold on it’s own in cello packs. The set is designed horizontally and measures 5 x 3 1/2″. Each pack also contains three pieces of a 63-piece Mickey Mantle puzzle. Somehow, I never had any of these as a kid due to no Jim Rice card in the set. I remember seeing boxes and boxes of these in the LCS I work at as they were never big sellers. Anything that fell outside the “standard card size” generally didn’t move too fast at the store. Maybe it was a storage thing or that is was just new, I’m not sure. In any case, I now have some in my hands thanks to Dub!!

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The Yaz card will move to my Sox oddball album while the others will go into my 80’s album. Unlike the Donruss flagships issues of the day, these oversized cards show the full career statistics along with some bio/highlights information if there was room.

Donruss would produce this set line from 1983-1987, the last two years borrow the design of the flagship more or less.

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Dub also included some bonus Red Sox too!! I didn’t have the Benintendi card (funny I almost bought this last week at my LCS) so win there, and the two Heritage will go nicely in my All-Time Sox album replacing their 2016 Heritage High Series cards.

Thank you again Joey — I’ve already got those Ron Gants and some other goodies set aside for a PO run Monday before work. Seriously, if you were a kid in the 80’s and collected cards, give @DubMentality a follow on Twitter, it’ll be a fun trip down memory lane!

Picking Up My Sox

Soccer season is about to take up both Saturdays and Sundays and so it was good to able to steal a couple minutes at the LCS in between soccer games on Saturday. The quick trip yielded a pick up another Sox oddball piece along with a couple of ’17 Heritage commons.

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1977 Pepsi-Cola Baseball Stars Carl Yastrzemski

The above Yaz disc card/glove tag is from the 1977 Pepsi-Cola Baseball Stars set that consisted of 72 discs that measure 3-3/8” in diameter, and  approximately 9 1/8” x 4 3/4” still intact with the checklist, T-Shirt offer insert card. There are five color variation of each the Reggie Jackson, and the Mike Schmidt discs bring the total to 80 cards.

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The disc, to be removed, was attached to the baseball glove portion of a checklist, and T-Shirt offer, which was inserted into cartons of Pepsi-Cola. The card (disc) has a higher collectors value attached to the original insert. The back has a send away offer, for a Personalized T-shirt with your name on it. Pete rose is used as an example, and you can also send away for Rico Carty, Joe Morgan, and Rick Manning.

Hmm I bet those Rico Carty shirts were the sh#t!! I’d like to know who was the marketing brains behind this offer. In any case, was happy with this $5 pick up that’ll look nice in the Red Sox oddball album. Believe it or not, this disc is my first from those ’70s MLBPA issues so if anyone has some, I’ll gladly trade for ’em. Thank you for reading!

Flashback Friday: Rubbing one out

Wait?! Dude what did you just say? Man, that kind of week where it’s been go-go-go. Thankfully I did not add the stress of doing March Madness Brackets — for the second year in a row. It’s refreshing and I still find the games entertaining.

So I originally had another post ready for this Flashback Friday, but I spent half the afternoon on Twitter reminiscing with @DubMentality, @basecardhero, @CardJunk, @waxtopia, and @robbyt86 on all the cool 1980’s oddball box sets that years ago couldn’t be given away, but now are popular with us 40 year olds. All that talk about Topps KMart, Revco, Circle K, Fleer Walgreens, Fleer Baseball’s Best … got me to change my post to this set from the 80’s.

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About a month ago, while I was rounding up all my 80’s cards to make an 80’s album, I picked up these two packs of 1984 Topps Rub-Downs. I currently only had a 1984 Jim Rice and a 1985 Don Mattingly in my possession and was eager to add more. It was a modern spin off from the 1966 Topps Rub Offs Set that I highlighted a couple of days ago (see Bill Monboquette).

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Here’s a look at the first pack, including the remnants of the 33 stick of gum — and no I did not eat it as well as the instructions card. While it was great to land Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, this was the Jim Rice I had, but I’ll just put this into my Red Sox Oddball album. This pack also shows that while one sheet had three players, the second sheet carried four.

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Here’s the two sheets from pack number two — both sheets contain four players. Ex-Sox players Carney Lansford and Jack Clark mark some interest for me on these.

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And lastly, the set checklist which could be found on the flip side of the instruction card. The 1984 Topps Rub-Downs was a 32-sheet set featuring 112 different players. The images on each sheet could be transferred (permanently) onto another surface by rubbing the opposite side with a coin. Measuring 2 3/8″ x 3 15/16″, each pack contains two sheets of rub-downs, featuring three to four players along with images of baseball equipment on each sheet, and one glorious piece of pink heaven. Topps would also produce a similar set the following year.

Thank you to guys on Twitter this afternoon, it was a great to share thoughts on those 80’s sets. Good luck to all in your card searching this weekend whether it’s for trade packages, supporting LCSs, or taking in a card show or two. Thank you for reading and happy collecting!

Completed Page: Sox style

In today’s offering, I give the Joy of a Completed page — Boston Red Sox style. This completed page is part of six-inch, heavy-duty album carrying my All-Time Boston Red Sox collection. This album features cards of every player to appear in a Red Sox uniform. You can view my current needs list for this project here.

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All-Time Red Sox Album Pau–Pel

Card that completed the page: 1940 Play Ball John Peacock. Picked up this card about a month ago at the Mansfield, MA monthly card show. Paid under $10 as I also purchased a number of 1959 and 1965 Topps cards from the same dealer. Even got a well loved 1975 Topps Yaz and Fisk for a quarter each.

Favorite card: 2016 Topps Heritage Dustin Pedroia Short Print card. Got this in one of my first Heritage packs from last year. His team-first, hard-nosed play has made him a Sox favorite, one of the guys that will sorely be missed when he hangs them up.

Best photograph: Any card showing the fabled Green Monster in the background is already got the leg up, and this 2015 Topps Update of Carlos Peguero does just that. Peguero’s stay in Boston last four game and six plate appearances, yet Topps thankfully found a spot for him in the end of the year set. He was picked up in late May of ’15 and believe his cameo came in September as the Sox were playing out the string.

Best career: The Pedroia Destroya by far. Jake Peavy did win the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 going 19-6 with the Padres, but Dustin will go down as one of the best second basemen to done the red stockings.

Interesting fact: During WWII, Eddie Pellagrini played for a U.S. Naval baseball team — the Great Lake Bluejackets — made up of professional players from all levels; they successfully beat local semi-pro clubs and upset several major league teams in local exhibitions. During 1943, Eddie was pacing the club in homers while tied with teammate and future Hall of Famer Johnny Mize with a .463 batting average. In 1944, while Pellagrini was serving in the Pacific Theatre, he teamed with Mize and Pee Wee Reese to lead the 14th Naval District to a 9-0 win over a U.S. Army All Star team.