Holy Bleepin LCS Haul!

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Ok so last Friday I posted the above image from an afternoon at my LCS. Today I have another vacation day as the schools have a half day (too bad I am watching kids this afternoon or I would be back there or maybe Central Sportscards in RI) so I am just finally getting a chance to shoot and post. Alrighty lets jump in ….

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First up, some vintage Topps sets needs. I almost missed the 1959 Topps Mathews as it was obscured by a couple of other cards in his vintage case. The other two 59’s I may upgrade down the road but for right now they work for me. Thought I had the ’68 Topps Frank Roby but nope — card looks like it just came out of pack too!

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More vintage or semi vintage Topps needs — this time a bunch of 1973s including the great Bob Gibson! The Gibson was another card I have seen many times and thought I had, but nope.

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Moving into my childhood years, some 1984 Topps and I am now just a couple of cards shy from completing this set. I still need to track down a partial Traded Set as I have the Gooden RC already. I haven’t checked in a while to see what a complete goes for so maybe that’s the easier route.

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FINALLY! The 1980’s “black beauty” is complete. I thought I was going to be one card shy, but in a large monster box of 1986 Topps was the guy to close it out … Scott Thompson. I have an 800 count box of doubles from recent trades should anyone be tackling this set. Was also able to pick up a few more rack pack Glossy All-Stars as well as some “Traded to …” O-Pee-Chee cards. I know a couple of these guys do not appear in the traded set, such as Mike Stenhouse how is pictured in a Twins uniform but designated as a Red Sox player.

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Next, some miscellaneous interests I collect …
• 1969 Topps Deckle Edge Bob Gibson … he actually also had an OPC version but didn’t grab that.
• I love vintage combo cards and really need to put together a want list.
• Vintage leader cards, same with these — love having a card with 3-4 HOFers on it. List to follow.
• A couple of guys in Newsom and Bender to add to my No Hitters Collection

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A bunch of random Sox here, including an Oil Can Boyd rookie. I don’t have a 53 Bowman B&W so didn’t mind that it’s got some creases. He probably gave it to me for free. The Josh Beckett Opening Day card is cool … it opens up a different bunch of ways. That had been sitting in a Sox box for the last year so I rescued it. The comic issue (help me out Mark Hoyle) is I believe Rico Petrocelli but I think it’s missing the cover or something. Not sure the year.

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Moving along to my current favorite Red Sox player — Mookie Betts. Grabbed some I didn’t have and one of them is a rookie card too (Stadium Club).

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Now onto a whole mess of Kelloggs!!!! First some 1975 versions including a sweet Brooks Robsinson, Gaylord Perry (got doubles if anyone collect Indians or Kelloggs), and the original Fergie. These guys are not too curved so hopefully they stay that way.

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Some major star power in this collection of ’76s!!!! Eck rookie, Joe Morgan, Rose, Yaz, Rice, Brock, Bench Carter, Reggie!!!!! This stack is curved but really want to put into sheets.

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Some 1977 Kelloggs including The Bird’s rookie card and a sweet looking Dave Winfield.

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And the last of the cereal goodies, a 1973 Billy Williams, 1978 Reggie and NL MVP Dave Parker along with a few 1979 versions.

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Next we move onto the other 1970s food issue — Hostess cards!! We got the super-fro Oscar Gamble leading things off with some 1975s.

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Next a start on a partial set of 1976 Hostess. Some better stars here with Morgan, Niekro, Perry, Parker, and a poorly cut Nolan Ryan.

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Some 1977 Hostess above and it’s too bad that the stack the owner had was even larger but they were all trimmed TOO much (see the Vida Blue) that I passed. So, only a couple here that I chose.

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A couple of 78’s and I’ll be trimming up Boomer so he’s got a cleaner cut.

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And lastly, a handful of 1979 Hostess cards. Man, could the Mariners PLEASE bring back the trident!!! Between the two Bill Steins cards, it really is a classic look

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Next couple of images are some cards I find appealing so I try to grab when I can. The above are some Topps Archives inserts including my first “1972 Basketball” and “1969 4-in-1” cards.

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Next some Panini Golden Age inserts — all of these are my firsts. I love the Tip Top Bread cards and I think there’s a couple more Pre-Wars players I need.

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Up next, we go round and round with some Colgan’s Chip discs. I could have grabbed some other current players but this is early 1900s era set that I wanted just players who played during that time with the exception of a couple of guys like Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.

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And lastly, we close with one of my favorite vintage sets of all time — the 1955 Bowman set. I have a couple of others so this will be a set I will try to work on here and there. As you can see, this is a collector’s grade looking collection and that is fine with me. I would love to trade for any similar condition cards to help me build this set. The Yogi cost me a buck, and the lot probably five bucks total. So if you can help me out, please drop me a line.

As you can see, I hit on a wide variety of needs on this trip. I must have easily killed four hours and with then exception of a couple people towards the end, I was the only one there. It truly was some well deserved “me” time.

 

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Shoebox Surprises

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What a week!! It’s been one of those non-stop, work is crazy busy with tight deadlines, freelance is crazy with even more crazy deadlines, and some how, some way, I can’t seem to find a couple minutes to write. So without further blah, blah, blah, here’s a long over due post of a couple of packages Shane over at Shoebox Legends sent my way. The above and below Red Sox stash was package one ….

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This shiny Pinnacles from 1994 will look good in my Sox oddball album. Nice fan fav Trot Nixon rookie! Mo Vaughn was one of my Sox guys from the 1990’s, very similar to David Ortiz except he made himself into a decent first baseman around the bag.

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More rainbow and sparkle magic here. While I don’t collect these myself, I have enough to create another cool looking oddball page! I remember seeing that Victorino catch live on TV, pretty incredible and glad Topps captured the moment.

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Who doesn’t love a little Kellogg’s action??!!! And it’s my boyhood idol to boot!

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These two cards are what got me most excited as I have never seen or heard of this product whatsoever!! They are from a 2005 Topps product called Hot Button Baseball. 2005 Topps Hot Button Baseball is a 140-card set designed to played with a game unit. Two players would insert a pitcher and a hitter into the game unit, push a button, and the game unit would generate a result. All cards are printed on acetate and have rounded corners.

I always liked Cabrera and was glad he was traded to the Sox, just wished they had kept him. He always seems to be having so much fun out there and was a great competitor. Thank you for these Shane, they are in the oddball album for sure!

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Here is the back side … and here is an image I tracked down on the actual unit you insert the cards into. Very cool!! Not sure how well the game played — anyone out there know or have other Red Sox cards??

 

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Above is the second package Shane sent, this one just over a week or so ago. He knew I was putting together the 2004 Bowman Heritage set and boy did he help out!!! Above is the two large stacks he sent. The Heritage set plays homage to the classic 1955 Bowman set — of which I am also trying to put together. Something about the old TV design pulls at me.

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I pulled some of my favorites, minus the Ichiro, I feel the rest capture the essence that was the original Bowman set.

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Also included in the 2004 edition, were cards that were issued in 1955. I believe this was Ralph Kiner’s last card too,

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Also in this set were umpires, a first for the Heritage line and again, taken from the original. When these came out, I actually bought a couple of packs and pulled and a Dale Scott autograph! Thank you again for two great trade packages!!!!!

If you have any of these 2004 or 1955 Bowman’s, I have a wants list here.

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Should be a good weekend coming up! I just photographed two great trade packages that I need to write up, plus finish another trade post from last week. I also plan on hitting one, if not two LCS’s and headed to the Mansfield card show on Monday, the 20th. I believe I will be catching up with the great Mark Hoyle once again and this time I have some cards for him. Okay, time to crack a beer and take a load off —thank you for reading and happy card adventures to all of you this long weekend.