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!

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!

 

 

Tradin’ with Tony

Today I’m picking up where I left off last week with another recent mail day package. A couple weeks ago, I sent Tony over at Wrigley Roster Jenga another package with some cool Cubs cards and last week, received these goodies …

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Leading off, some Red Sox reprints and Conlon Collection cards. Tony helped me cross off three names from my All-Time Red Sox Collection:
• 1934 Goudey Bill Werber reprint
• 1941 Play Ball reprint of Hall of Famer Joe Cronin
• 1992 Conlon Johnnie Heving

Always a great package when I can knock three names off that list!

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Next are five new David Ortiz cards I didn’t have, always great to get some cards of one of the games greatest clutch hitters of all time …

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So good miscellaneous Red Sox here—all new ones to the collection. I love the two Bogaerts cards as I don’t have too many of his. And love the 1983 Topps Dwight Evans sticker — I still have this in the sticker album from when I was ten years old.

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Next a couple of 2016 Topps Archives “1969 Supers” … would absolutely love to see an entire 700+ card set in this design. Would be absolutely one of the top three designs of all time in my opinion.

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And to close out the package, some 2016 Walmart Marketside pizza cards. While we have a couple Walmarts around, I am a bit of a pizza snob and if it’s not New Haven style, wood fire oven pizzas, I’ll generally pass. Maybe if Walmart does this line again this summer, I’ll take a look and maybe pick up a couple pizzas for the kids and I’ll keep the cards.

Thanks again Tony, and hope we can do later on this spring as I have another big stack of Cubs to send your way. Thank you again for reading!

A Walk Off … the Plank

Thank God it’s Friday!! Man, these short work weeks have been a pain in the behind work-wise. People off for school vacations, rush jobs coming in left and right, and somehow I have had a little time (granted it’s usually between 12–1 AM on the east coast) to write. That’s been pretty easy this week with all the trades coming in and on that note, let’s Walk the Plank.

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So a couple weeks ago, the great Mark Hoyle started a Twitter conversation with myself and Matt at Bob Walk the Plank, introducing us to each other and suggested we’d be good trading partners. Matt wanted to start small and said he’d find some stuff and shoot it my way so this is what came in the mail today. Okay, uhm Matt … the above card is not small. First off, it’s big, as in pretty damn thick big! Second, this card carries some value here. being a dual relic. The card above is from the 2012 Topps Five Star line featuring a dual auto on card/jersey relic of Adrian Gonzalez. This is a beautiful card Matt and I can’t thank you enough! I certainly wish I had a Pirate card of the same stature but I’ll see what I can come up to send your way.

AGon was one of those players that then GM Theo Epstein, had coveted for a couple of years. In December of 2010, the San Diego Padres traded Gonzalez  to the Red Sox for a player to be named later, Reymond Fuentes, Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo. Man, we could use a guy like Rizzo here in the Hub. While Adrian played well in he brief time in Boston, I wasn’t an overly big fan of his but I don’t know why. I didn’t dislike or hate him, but he wasn’t the dirt dog that a Dustin Pedroia or Kevin Youkilis was. He just seemed to lack persona or something. Any how, it’s a pretty sweet looking card I have to say.

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Also in the package were these 1976 Hostess cards. A couple of Sox in Fisk and Lynn I didn’t have along with two ex-Sox in Reggie Smith and Ted Sizemore.

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And to close out, more ’76 Hostess cards. The Johnny Bench is a real beauty as is the Lou Brock and you have to love the tequila sunrise that Big Bad Bob Watson is laying down. Thanks again Matt and I definitely will get a return package out to you soon!!! A shout out to Mark Hoyle for the introduction as well! Thank you for reading!

Oddball Mania with Collating Cards

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Ahh it almost feels like Spring here in New England, and with that, the first Grapefruit games will be on TV and radio this coming weekend. Today’s post is one I received last week from Steve at Collating Cards! I had sent him a bunch of cards for his various set needs and the above is what came back my way. He is one of several great trade partners I have connected with via Twitter.

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Now I preface this post with I AM A RED SOX FAN, just want to be clear as many of these cards are Braves. And while they may be a bunch of Braves cards here in the package, they all hit my various wants right now which is fine with me! The above are a variety of Topps Heritage Relics. Plain and simple — I love the Heritage line for the look and feel, the photography, the inserts, box loader, sample panels … everything. And while the Heritage products are a bitch to put a set together, it’s not stopping me from putting together an album of my favorite cards from the line (2001 – present). My two favorites from this lot are the 1962 Carlos Santana as the only other relic from this year I have is Ichiro. The other is the Julio Teheran as that is from a retro flannel-like jersey.

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Next up, the first of many Topps archives inserts and one Topps Lineage Hank Aaron “1964 Stand Up.” I love the original Stand Up set and this is my first from the Lineage product. I like the Tall Ball of Otis Nixon as well, since that is my first of this insert too.

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Next up, more inserts from both the Archives and Lineage in the form of “1969 Deckle Edge.” I have a feeling the 1968 Topps Game card will get more run a couple weeks from now when the 2017 Topps Heritage (1968 burlaps) rolls out.

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The last group of Topps Archives inserts … “1977 Cloth Stickers.” I went from having a couple cards to now two pages worth.

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One item that Steve mention in our Twitter messages were these Nomar Garciaparra Twizzlers cards. Heck, they’re still in their wrappers! These cards were produced by Upper Deck in 2002 and somehow I never saw them in stores around here in Red Sox Nation. These are the two Nomah cards in the set, that also consists of other sports stars like Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Harvick, Donavan McNabb, and Garciaparra’s wife — Mia Hamm. Another great item for my Sox oddball album!

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Breakfast!!! Kellogg’s style with Bob Horner (1982, 1981, 1983). Only my second 1982 Kellogg’s card too.

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More 80s oddball goodies here! From the top, 1986 True Value cards of Seaver and Yount, 1989 MSA Weis Winners of Canseco and McGwire, and a 1981 MSA Peter Pan Sunbeam Bakery Horner disc. These three discs are my firsts for either series — great oddballs Steve!

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Other 80s cards included these 1985 Topps Send-Away Glossies …

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… and these 1988 Topps Glossy All-Stars found in rack packs …

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… and to close out, a near set of 1989 Topps Glossy Rookies that were found in jumbo cello packs.

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And to close out this great trade package, we have a handful of Topps the Magazine insert cards and a Ted Williams “1953 Topps” from a 1983 issue of Baseball Cards magazine. This is a card I had as a kid but along the way got lost, thrown out, or traded away. Now, I have a copy once again!

Thank you again Steve for a great traded package!! Let’s do it again down the road.

Trade with Swing and a Pop-Up

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So a while back I had sent Bert over at Swing and a Pop-Up a trade package and had actually forgotten one might be headed back my way. So I was pretty surprised when I got home to find a USPS Priority box sitting on the counter a couple weeks back. Bert hit a home run as he hit on a number of needs so let’s dive in.

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First in the stash were some nice vintage BoSox cards. I love the ’58 Topps Jensen as it’ll pair well with his All-Star card from the same year that I have. The 1959 Wall is an upgrade to one I have in my 1959 Topps set that I have been writing about.

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Next we have a TCMA issue from 1979 showcasing many Sox from the 1950s. A couple of these might replace cards I have in my All-Time Sox album. Some pretty cool photos on these as they mimic the 1953 Bowman Color Set. I actually had a couple of these some 30 plus years ago when I was a kid. I remember getting them along with other similar cards (which I still have) from a Scholastic Books order that used to have baseball card kits. Sadly, over the last couple of years, they are no longer found on my kids Scholastic forms.

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Next up at the plate, some more TCMA cards, this time from a set showing Sox from the the 1960s. Again, some of these photos are better than their Topps counterparts so there might be some shuffling in the album.

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Bert hit on some oddball Red Sox here with these 1980s box set beauties and more. As a kid, I loved (and still do) that 1982 Topps KMart MVPs boxed set. It was a great introduction to different Topps card designs through the years for a then, 9-year old kid. I love that 1989 Fleer box card of the Gator!!

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Next up, some well loved–yet still cool 1979 Hostess cards. Outside of a couple of Red Sox, these are my first Hostess cards from this year. There’s a great mix in this lot! Barrios threw a combined no-no with John Blue Moon Odom in 1976. We have both MVP Winners from 1974 in Burroughs and Garvey. Mazzilli was an All-Star, Schmidt was on his way to becoming the best third baseman of all-time, and Tenace was a hero on those great A’s teams.

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One thing I miss from my childhood??!! RACK PACKS!! These 1986 Topps Glossy All-Stars came from those wonderful packs you could find in mall toy stores across the country. There are 22 cards to the set, 11 from the American League and 11 from the National side. This puts a nice dent in the American League team!

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And more rack pack inserts, these from the Senior Circuit. I remember dashing over to the big bin these were often found, trying to find any cellophane wrapped rack pack with a Red Sox player showing, preferably one with Jim Rice.

In addition to the showcased cards, Bert sent along a bunch of 1984 and 1986 Topps I needed for those two sets I close to completing.

Thanks again Bert, it was worth the wait–you didn’t just hit a pop-up, you hit a homer with this package! Hope we can do it again soon.