Back to the Eighties with Lanny

Welcome new readers and old alike, haven’t posted on the blog in a bit but got a great post for today. While I haven’t been writing here as much, I’ve been quite active via Twitter @ShaneKatz73 on pickups and trades.

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Today’s post is a trade made via Twitter with Lanny over @DOCBZ17. I happen to have some Frank Thomas and Dwight Gooden cards for his player collection needs, and in turn, Lanny loaded me up with some great 80’s oddballs along with some surprise Red Sox cards!

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First up, a couple of cool custom XRC cards of Doctor K. Think of that 1984 Donruss Set if they had Puckett, Clemens, and Gooden as Rated Rookies???!!!! That would have been something! Lanny also included a run of custom 80s cards of his sons, but I won’t share those here for privacy reasons, however they will be in the 80s oddball album.

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Next up in the package was this awesome 1983 Cincinnati Reds Yearbook card set! This is one of the team issues I didn’t have a sample of nor is it listed here. This is the type of 1980’s issue I love to track down and thanks to Lanny, I have a copy. Overall, there were 16 different cards in the set.

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Next up, some 1985 Donruss Action All-Stars and this fills two needs, Red Sox (Boggs and Evans) and the rest of the lot for the 80s oddball album.

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Next was a 1985 Topps Circle K box set of Home Run Greats. I’ll throw Teddy and Yaz into my oddball Sox album as I didn’t have yet.

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Here is one of the first items Lanny had shot me via Twitter to see if I had and I did not nor had I seen before! These discs are from the 1985 Kas Potato Chip issue. These measure 2-3/4″ in diameter and included 20 different players. This is another example of a regional issue that was never found in New England as KAS is based in St. Louis. Love the Ripken!

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Another Topps box set issue, this time the 1985 Woolworth’s All-Time Record Holders edition featuring may HOFers and non-HOFers. This was another Teddy issue I didn’t have for my Sox oddballs.

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The 1986 Big League Chew Home Run Legends is a set I remembered as a kid. I had a handful of these from getting pouches of the shredded bubble gum at my Little League snack shack. Nice to have a bunch I didn’t have. All in all, there are 12 different cards of MLBs 500 Home Run kings.

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Popping up next, the 1986 Donruss All Star Pop-Up cards. As a kid, I thought these were some of the coolest cards. This concept goes back to the 1911 Mecca Doubleheaders and 1934 Batter Ups.

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Another regional Kas Potato Chip issue, this one of the 1986 St. Louis Cardinals and celebrating their 1985 National League Pennant. This Kas issue measures slightly larger than the previous year at 2-7/8″ in diameter and contains 20 different Red Bird players.

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Who’s hungry? You would be to find these 1986 Topps Quaker Granola cards. There are 33 cards in the set and Lanny managed to find six of them I didn’t have yet!

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And to wash down all those granola bars, how about some 1986 7-Eleven Slurpee Discs. These are another great find from Lanny as they are from the Midwestern Region! 7-Eleven distributed these coins in four different regions, with some of these discs being region-specific, see the above Star Second Basemen (Doran/Herr/Oester).

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And while we’re recovering from our sugar-coma, lets get all tatted up with these 1986 Topps Tattoos! Nice to get a clean Buckner as these one i had came from a recent pack find at the LCS and had bled from the gum’s moisture.

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More Donruss All-Star Pop-Ups and Action All-Stars! I didn’t have any of these outside a Mattingly so nice to get a variety here.

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Next up was another food issue I didn’t have yet for the 80s oddball album, this one the 1987 Topps Nestle Dream Team consisting of 33 cards and a checklist. Love the color combo on these backs, they really pop! The Teddy is another new one issue I didn’t have!

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Next, Lanny sent a couple of 1988 Grenada stamps. These came in color coded sheet sets, nine different colors with nine different stamps to a sheet. I have one of the sheets (green) so it’s nice to get a couple single stamps from a different sheet.

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Here’s another oddball team issue, this one from the 1987 Barry Colla New York Mets team postcard set. Tim Teufel strikes a pose with spring training camp as the backdrop.

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Next up, a couple of 1989 Topps Big Series Two packs. It was fun opening these and one issue from the 80s I don’t have many of. These will go into my 1980s major releases album alongside other 1989 flagship sets.

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And now, onto some oddball Red Sox issues, one I surprisingly didn’t have any of! These are from TCMA’s 1987 Baseball’s All-Time Greats set. Can’t believe I didn’t have any of these!

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This is another Red Sox issue I didn’t have, the 1969 Globe Imports Playing Cards Gas Station issue of Tony C and New Englands favorite dentist, Jim Lonborg! The set consists of 55 blank backed cards that measure 1-5/8 x 2″ The black & white cards were printed on thin paper stock and was issued in very scarce quantity, and sold at gas stations in the Southern USA. While I was aware of these, I had never picked any up, in any case that’s an awesome find Lanny!

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And last but not least, Lanny included these awesome autographed Sox cards!!! While I have a decent assortment of Sox autos, these are three I didn’t have! The Lonborg is in pen which harkens back to the olden days when Sharpies didn’t exist.

Thank you again Lanny for the great trade!!! This one was full of surprises and awesome regional oddball issues! I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for Docs, Frank Thomas, and Konerko’s for ya, you can follow Lanny here.

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Red Sox Mail Day—1979 Tradin’ Card Butch Hobson

Finally over a couple of big work initiatives, but that hasn’t stopped me from picking up some rare, unusual or cool Red Sox cards lately. Just go check out my Twitter feed @ShaneKatz73. I’ll be sure to post some of these here in time. I still need to post at least four trades too!

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But today, I give you a card I found when searching for something else, one that even fellow Red Sox collector @MarkHoyle hadn’t come across! The above front is something we’re going to call 1979 Tradin’ Card Butch Hobson.

This measures at a standard size baseball card and the weight and thickness is same as say, a regular 1979 Topps card. Supposedly, this was issued thru Topps Chewing Gum Subsidiary—Hadfield Enterprises. Further below is an image of the advertised card on back of 1979-80 Topps Hockey Team Sticker Insert Card. The card certainly smells as if it’s 35+ years old.

As far as the dealer and myself know,  they still are not cataloged. The long-time Boston-area dealer, Hall’s Nostalgia, believes that it’s possible about only 10 of each card exist. In other words, if you look at the ad on the back of the Topps Hockey Sticker card, these cards appear to be printed by mistake—or sort of some type of custom card maybe a kid sent to be printed with a photograph he took at a Red Sox game?

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Flip side of the Hobson card notes it’s printed by Hadfield Enterprises.

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Up close detail here, looks like some sort of laser jet printing.

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Said back of a Topps Hockey Sticker insert promoting these Tradin’ Cards. Obviously, this was meant for a customized card of your son or daughter but clearly someone had other ideas.

The dealer recalls seeing about five different Red Sox and two or three different Yankee players in this set back in 1979. They had listed; the above Hobson, Jerry Remy, and Fred Lynn. When I gave Mark Hoyle a heads up, he grabbed the Remy.

In doing some other research for this post, I came across this tidbit from a Jerry Remy that sold in 2014:

… on the back on the 1979/80 Topps Hockey Team Logo Stickers there was an offer to send in your photo and have a card made up (I think the idea was that parents or kids would have little leaguers make up cards of themselves). I sent in a few actual players (I think Thurman Munson, Carl Yastrzemski, etc.) and to my surprise I got back my first order (they gave me twenty of each card). I then tried to send in more but was told they could not produce major league cards. I have NEVER seen any others! This Jerry Remy card is the only card I have left.

Or this other Butch Hobson card—my hockey sticker has the Hartford Whalers on the reverse, not the Bruins. There’s are a couple of replies to a post—and Greg (NightOwl) if you are reading, check out the Don Sutton Dodgers card in the thread!!

Does anyone else have any other information or seen others out there? I keep looking at this and want to say I have seen one in my travels, but can’t truly recall.

If any Red Sox collectors are out there, there’s the Fred Lynn left. Throw a $20 buck offer and you’ll probably get it for that. Thank you for reading and look forward to hearing if any other of these cards exist out there!

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!

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.

The Trade — That Finally Happened

Serious, I think this trade started three plus years ago when I was at my old Blogger Off the Wall site. Scott over at I need new hobbies and I rekindled this deal this winter as I got back to blogging here on the WordPress site and thank God he did. You can see what I sent him here on his site.

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I’m going to break this into two sections as there were a boatload of cards. I think the USPS transported close to ten pounds of cards between the two of us. The above image captures all the non-Red Sox cards and as you can see, there’s quite a mix going on here.

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Leading off — some vintage sets needs. Another card for my in progress 1955 Bowman set (Shuba), five 1968 Topps and two more cards for my birth year (’73) set.

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As you can see, Scott was able to help my complete this page of All-Star awesomeness thanks to Orlanado Cepeda and Brooks Robinson. Just like the newly released 2017 Topps Heritage, these All-Star cards look sharp.

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Angel Mangual’s 1973 Topps help complete this great page featuring the last card of Denny McLain and the 70’s card classic of Luis Alvarado. We got lamb chops, airbrushed trades, and spring training shots featuring classic muscle cars!

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Moving down the timeline, a bunch of Fleer Star Stickers, top row is from 1981 while the bottom row are from 1986. Gotta think Night Owl has to find that ’81 night shot of Eddie Murray at Yankee Stadium. Often I find the photographs on the star stickers better than the shot they chose for the flagship issue.

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Some more 80’s Fleer magic here in the form of the hard to find All-Stars of Brett and Tudor to the box set craziness that hit the junk wax era like a plague. Scott also found me another Starting Lineup card too.

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Foodies eat your heart out! 70’s Hostess and Kellogg’s, 80’s Drakes and Ralston Purina Cereal, and a Mother’s Cookie card I freed from a cracked PSA case. Love the food issues! It’s about time I updated these lists too.

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Next up, some cool Heritage insert cards. Big fan of the “Then & Now” inserts that have been in this product line.

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And now we reach the second portion of the trade package — the Red Sox haul!! While I can’t show everything, there were a boat load in these stacks that I had never seen before. This is why trades are full of surprises … there is so much out there that no one can possibly buy everything, so it’s great when brands you never buy, show up in trades.

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Highlighting some cards here I found cool. The 1992 Score insert set of Yaz is a great get! I’ve seen many times but never picked one up for myself. Love the 1974 Topps Fisk and those horizontal shot common in the ’73 & ’74 Topps sets. The Rice rookie is trimmed according to Scott — doesn’t matter to me — works fine for my Rice pages.

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Next up where probably the favorites in the entire box as I don’t have either line. The Bill Monbouquette is from the 1966 Topps Rub Offs set. This cool issue measures 2-1/6” by 3”and featured 100 players and 20 team pennants. They were printed in rolls of 20 and are unnumbered. The 1966 Topps Rub-Offs are often mis-cut, resulting in bad centering.

The two black and white cards of Lee Stange and Jose Tartabull come from the 1969 Milton Bradley Set. Very cool cards Scott!!

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Next, some Nomahs … these were some of my favorites. The bottom row are cards I have never come across, especially the Pacific “stamp” die cut and the Topps Metal card.

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And to close, one of my favorite all time Red Sox, Pedro Martinez. Scott culled a great assortment here but I have one question in regards to the two 2000 Pacific card at top left and center. Both llok like they are from the same set, the backs are identical as is the card number … but is it a variation or something?

Thank you again Scott — pretty crazy that this took so long but that was one hellava trade we pulled off. A LOT OF CARDS crossed paths and a lot a needs were crossed off.

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So in between finally writing this post, working from home, and watching the snow fall outside, I’m working on eight trade packages that should go out in the mail before the weekend. Great stuff going all over the place.

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Speaking of trades and want lists, I added some items to Wants/Red Sox including post cards (don’t have to be signed), yearbooks, and programs. Really, anything that is a flat item and would fit in a 8 x 10″ or 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet in an album. Also looking for cards of some Red Sox players that for some reason I liked but maybe weren’t stars. So if you can help, please hit me up and let’s work out a deal. Thank you for reading and stay safe and warm out there fellow readers in the middle of this Winter Storm Stella.

One Mail Day — Two surprises

So just a quick shout out to great baseball card traders out there!!! Saturday I received two envelopes, one was completely out of the blue …

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Kin and I traded a couple weeks back when we connected via Twitter. He man’s the blog I Feel Like A Collector Again as well as helps run Bean’s Ballcard Blog. As you can see above, Kin crossed off five 1968 Topps and a line drive single off my 1965 Topps sets needs! Kin was worried these just might be “fillers’ for me but these are A-Ok in my eyes — no upgrades needed here. Thanks for the great surprise!!

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Next up was the great Mark Hoyle. He had given me the heads up on a Heritage Sox lot he picked up and these were the dupes — all short prints!!! I am steadily making a serious dent into this new Heritage set, especially with the 100 SPs.

By the way, if you are reading this and if you are a Red Sox fan, you NEED to follow Mark. He tweets out pictures from his Sox collection that are unmatched anywhere else. Run through his images and you’ll see Sox cards and other collectibles you had no idea existed.

Thank you again Kin and Mark, I’ll find something to send back to you in short order!