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.

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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!

 

 

Joy of a Completed Page

As we inch closer to the games actually meaning something, I felt people might need a break from all the Heritage posts so going vintage today. Today’s completed page came about from the Mansfield Card Show I attended a couple weeks ago. It was a very successful 45 minute ride as I reeled in 30 cards for my 1959 Topps set, including the card that completed this page with some guy called Mantle.

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1959 Topps #10-18

Card that completed the page: Vern Law (12)

Favorite card: I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Mickey Mantle (10). I have a couple of Mantle cards in my collection including a beautiful ’63 Topps that has a pen mark on the back and the ’68 Topps that’s in the set I’m building. But it’s this one, that would be my favorite. Still young and and not completely ravaged by injuries, Mick looks ready to smack one out on that sunny afternoon.

Best photograph: I’m a sucker for combo cards but the colored background takes away from Danny’s All-Stars (17). Joe Pignatano (16) is cool shot showing the Dodgers first West Coast home—the LA Coliseum.

Best career: The Mick … by far. Hall of Famer, hobby legend, an idol to many kids in the 1950’s and 60’s. Too bad drinking and injuries hampered a career that could have been even better.

Number of Red Sox: One, Dick Gernert (13). A nothing special first baseman who played eight seasons in Boston while batting a middling .252 over that span.

Past/Future Red Sox: Zero.

Interesting fact: That Dick Gernert finished 25th overall in the 1952 American League MVP voting. He finished ahead of a young Billy Pierce and a soon to be retired Johnny Sain. In 102 games that year, he batted .243, 19 HR, 67 RBI.

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Here’s a close up of one of the biggest cards in the ’59 Topps set. Absolutely beautiful color on “The Mick.” Sure, it’s off-centered and has a wrinkled lower left corner but has a clean back and was a nice get off of eBay last summer. I still need to throw a couple pics up in regards to that show haul — there are some great ’59s that are surely to complete more pages!

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Working on a couple new trades this week with Nick over at Baseball Dime Box as well as Julie at A Cracked Bat, both are new traders for me and both should be fun trades as they need cards I should have a fair amount of. Also wrapping up a monster trade with Scott over at I need new hobbies—easily close to 1,000 cards if not more! So please hit me up for some trades please!!

Looking for West Coast team collectors as I’m trying to gather some Mother’s Cookie singles from 1983-1989. Maybe you have some dupes from 82-83 Granny Goose sets. How about (gulp) some 80’s Mets Fan Club cards? Anyone have extra 1987-89 Kahn’s Cincy Reds cards? How about some Stuart Montreal Expos cards from 1983-86???? These are some of the items I’d like to trade for!!! Thank you for reading!

 

Burlap Beauty Wrap Up

It’s nice when you get a chance to extend Christmas into the first week of March. Wait … what? Yup, thanks to the in-laws, they had pre-order me a hobby box of 2017 Topps Heritage and yesterday was the big opening.

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Since I am collecting the original 1968 Topps Set, I’m gonna make a strong run at this so I can have the two sets either in the same large album or next to each other. I gotta say, Topps did a great job with these right down to the different patterns of “burlap.” The photography is excellent and I feel they didn’t use any filters that sometimes distort facial features that has happened in older Heritage sets.

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This was also the first box in which my son wanted to help me open, so it was doubley rewarding. After unwrapping, I opened to top hoping to find an ad panel of one of the “1968 3Ds” but it ended be an original buyback card. At least the buyback was a Red Sox — Garry Roggenburk (581) who didn’t even pitch for the Sox in ’67. He appeared in a third of an inning for Boston in 1966 and another eleven games in the Hub 1968-69.

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In this hobby box, I came away with ONE duplicate card — a N.L. Pitching Leaders card. So right off the bat, excellent collation.

Here’s the box recap:
• Base short prints (1:3 packs) : 9 cards
• Action shot variations: Francisco Lindor (419)
• Color swap: 0 cards
• “Traded line”: 0 cards
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• 1968 Game (1:10): Manny Machado, Robinson Cano
• Autographs (on card): Joe Musgrove (RC)
• Blue Tint: Kevin Kiermaier (352)
• Chrome Refractor (#’d to 568): Corey Seager (440) #125/568
• Gum Stain: I believe I had one, Ryan Rua (338)
• Minis (#’d to 100): Jake Lamb (464) #17/100.
• Relics: 0 cards
• Baseball Flashbacks (1:20): Nolan Ryan, Willie Stargell
• News Flashbacks (1:20): Apollo 8
• New Age Performers (1:12): Arcia, LeMahieu
• Then & Now (1:20): Frank Howard/Encarnacion

You can find my want list here, just scroll to the very bottom. If you have cards to trade, please shoot me an email, comment, or ping me on Twitter. The Chrome Refractor Seager is avail, as is the blue tint, and would part with the auto.

Thank you for reading!

Oddball Ortiz’

Just a quick post showcasing a couple of sweet looking David Ortiz pieces I recently picked up. The blanket was from my LCS, while the other game piece was from eBay.

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2006 Topps Turkey Red B-18 Felt Blanket

The first piece is this 2006 Topps Turkey Red B-18 Felt Blanket. This cool piece measures 5.25 x 5.25” and was issued as a box topper for the Turkey Red product. This is considered the white background version as I have also seen an orange background on eBay. Big Papi is one of 20 different blankets in the checklist but haven’t come across how many were produced of each nor the pull rate of a hobby box.

I had been eyeing this for close to half a year before I recently pulled the trigger. It’s not expensive by any means at a sale of six dollars, but where it wasn’t a standard card size it wasn’t something I was racing to grab. But alas, I’m coming around on odd shaped Red Sox collectibles as they are starting to look great in my Red Sox oddball album. Keep that in mind fellow bloggers if you come across some old Red Sox postcards, advertising panels, team issued photos …. I’ll certainly trade for them.

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2016 Topps Heritage “1967 Punch Out” Box Topper # 67POB-DO

This next piece is one I just happened to see on eBay and thought it was pretty cool. Packed randomly into 2016 Topps Heritage hobby boxes, Ortiz is one of 20 cards in the checklist. The original versions from 1967 are scarce and will easily run you north of $100–300 for the star players. Next to some of my relic Papi pieces, this is one of the coolest items I have of his.

I gotta say, without Ortiz in Red Sox camp, it’s been a very quiet and boring Spring Training. Supposedly, the Red Sox television network (NESN) is bringing in Big Papi to do some color analysis work this summer. The current, and long time analyst Jerry Remy, is battling cancer once again. Best wishes to the him getting well and back into the booth.

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!