A Huge Sox Haul


So just last week as I was trying to find some “me” time, I decided to go online and just take a look at some eBay auctions I had on my watch list. So adding one card to the cart turned into (for the moment as I have others enroute) FIFTY-TWO Red Sox I needed for my All Time Sox Collection!!! It certainly helped that I had just landed an eBay gift card via a work Yankee Swap. This grouping came from four different sellers, all at free shipping to boot! So as it snowing outside right now here in New England, let’s dive into the spree and realize there are ONLY 46 days left till Spring Training!!!


First up, a number of Conlon Collection cards I needed in which this is their only card for some guys. In some cases, guys like Roy Johnson have other cards (1933 Goudey), but haven’t found a collector grade I was happy with for my budget. Hence, a 99 cent Conlon will cross off his name nicely. Hard to picture a Red Sox uniform from the bygone days without the classic navy cap and red “B.”. No, in the 1920s and early 30’s the had white caps and donned pinstripes.


And even more Conlons! Thank God for these sets as they certainly help team collectors fill in the gaps when they weren’t many trading card sets produced. It helps that he captured a lot of lesser known players too! I’ve always loved the black and white photography captured in the Conlon Series.


Next up, a big ‘ol batch of Red Sox from a little known set called 1972 The Yawkey Red Sox. This set captured Red Sox players from the 1930s and feature black and white photos on a bronze/brown background. This is an issue you don’t see too often.


The backs have a short write up and call to help the longtime Red Sox charity, The Jimmy Fund. There are 45 unnumbered cards in the set, and again for many of the ballplayers, this is their only card appearance. These measure out at a standard card size.


Miscellaneous Sox, Top Row:
• 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites Set; Wilcey Moore, John Gooch
• 1987 Conlon Collection; Ike Boone

Miscellaneous Sox, Bottom Row:
• 1979 Diamond Greats; Buster Mills
• 1978 Grand Slam; Smead Jolley
• 1985 Big League Collectibles/1930-39 National Pastime; Hennie Manush

The 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites Set is a collectors issue from Maine. Measuring slightly larger than a standard sized card, this black and white set highlights some of the Sox from the 1920s – 30s.

The bottom row are new issues for me. I have seen the Manush before but stumbled upon the Mills and Jolley so I quickly grabbed those. Jolley is on a 1934 Orbit Tattoo but I never see it around.


And more Sox I have been trying to track down.

Miscellaneous Sox, Top Row:
• 1979 TCMA Baseball History Series the 1950’s; Chuck Stobbs
• 1978 Boston Globe Boston Red Sox of the 1950s; Bobby Avila
• 1981/82 Boston Globe Boston Red Sox of the 1950s; Eddie Kasko

Although Chuck Stobbs played parts of five seasons with Boston, this is his only card in a Sox uni. He would go 33-23 in a 102 games pitched while carrying an earn run average of 4.70.

A three-time All-Star, Bobby Avila wrapped up a ten year career with three teams in 1959. The Red Sox were the second of three and he lasted precisely two months in the hub, while getting into 22 games. We would hit .244 while three of his eleven hits would leave the yard.

Miscellaneous Sox, Bottom Row:
• 1983 Topps “1952 Topps Reprint Set”; Archie Wilson
• 1970 Topps: Tom Matchick

I had been looking for the 1952 Wilson for a bit. See he sits at card number 327, which is a high number and a short print. There’s one specimen on eBay right now, a PSA 8 that someone is asking for $5300.00 plus!!!! A PSA 7.5 from Dean’s Cards will set you back nearly a grand. The lowest priced one, an ungraded, F-GD for about a hundred bucks. Because of all that, you never see the reprint version come up often so I grabbed that as fast as I could. A couple bucks beats $100 any day right now. Also a high number, but easier to find is the 1970 Matchick. He was picked up by the Sox in December of 1969 from the Tigers for Dalton Jones. Matchick would only last 10 games in Boston logging one hit in fourteen official at bats.


And to close things out, some more current Red Sox needs. This is my first of the more recent Topps Stadium Club issues, they remind me of a glossy version of the 1996/1997 Fleer Baseball sets. As a Sox fan, it’ll be interesting to see if Sandy Leon can hang onto the starting gig behind the plate going into 2017. Coming into 2016, the BoSox thought they had two top catching prospects in Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez to handle the duties, but it was Leon who took over after injuries hit and batted a .310 clip while slugging .476. I’ve always liked Chris Young, but he never became the star many thought he’d become.

Fifty-two new Sox cards — a nice way to make a dent into my All-Time Collection. I should have some more to show off next week, including some pre-war card from an issue I do not possess yet.

Shriner’s Show Haul


So Saturday, I finally had put some “me” time on the calendar to head up to Wilmington, Massachusetts for the annual fall GBSCC Shriner’s Show. It would also be a chance to finally meet Mark Hoyle, and in turn a couple other bloggers which I’ll touch on below.

Since I left the show, I haven’t had to time to cross off lists, take pictures, or even really look at my spoils. I left the show and raced home to catch my daughters soccer game and then the usually son’s soccer game on Sunday and a variety of chores kept side-tracking me. I’ll have to go more in depth on more of the haul, but for the time being (stuck in training today), I’m going to try to bang this out this morning while in training.


1959 Topps Set Needs: 111, including #1 Ford Frick and 8 high numbers cards and then one more high number thanks to Matt over at Number 5 Type Collection.

1965 Topps Set Needs: 78, including some a couple of Hall of Famers (Killebrew, Sphan second year) I was still in need of.

All-Time Red Sox Needs: 23, including four cards from the aforementioned Mark Hoyle.

I certainly saw a number of food issues from the 1970’s I was hoping to grab, but ran out of my budget money and time. My priorities here were to make a bigger dent into my ’59 and ’65 Topps sets and also try to find some Sox for my All-Time Collection. With that, lets jump in …


I needed these 1973 Topps cards as I had pulled them from my Sox collection and used then in the 1973 Topps set I am also buidling.


Same here with these 1968 Topps, have another copy of each of these in my ’68 set that I am building. This is Elston Howard’s last card of the one great Yankee backstop.


Some late 50’s Topps cards I needed for the Sox collection.


A bunch of early Bowman beauties here! 1949 Stan Spence, 1950 Walt Masterson, 1951’s Matt Batts and HoFer Lou Boudreau, and 1952 Vern Stephens. I absolutely love the artwork on these early 50s Bowman cards … maybe someday I’ll try working one one of those sets, probably the 1950 issue since I won’t have to worry about the Mantle or Mays rookies.


A well loved 1939 Play Ball Jim Tabor. Nicked named “Rawhide”, Tabor was a five-tool player before that phrase became part of the baseball vernacular. Tabor earned his moniker with his hustle, his win-at-any-cost attitude, and his toughness. The condition of this card fits his nickname quite well as I write this. His best year was 1941 in which he batted .279, slugged 16 homers, drove in 101 runners, while adding 17 steals. Over the course of an average 162-season per Baseball-Reference.com, Tabor was a .270/16/97/11 hitter.


Next up and my last purchase as I was quickly going around before heading out the door, a 1936 Goudey Rick Ferrell. I already have a graded PSA 4, 1935 Diamond Stars of the Hall of Famer, but that’s reserved in a box of graded Sox greats. I was able to grab this for less than a blaster of box at Target and looks better in person than this close up. For my All-Time Sox album, this card was perfect for crossing off Rick Ferrell. I also didn’t have one of these black and white Goudey, so that was a plus.


And finally, some collections adds thanks to Mark Hoyle!!! This was the first time I met Mark in person and I’m sure it won’t be the last!! He handed my a couple more 1967 Dexter Press photo cards of George Smith and Hank Fischer as well as some cards I had in my collection years ago but traded them away for something I was collecting more at that time.


These cards are part of a 24-card set that was produced my a Maine collector. They are cataloged as 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites in the Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards. Measuring a little larger than a standard size card at 2-5/8″ x 3-3/4″, these are printed in black and white. The set depicts players from the 1920s-1930s Red Sox and many of these features feature more than one player. These were just added to my All-Time Sox Collection want list (but still need to post above), but thanks to Mark I can cross off several!!


Here are a couple of the backs to the cards above. Again, if anyone has some of the others, I’ll gladly trade for them!

Lastly, one of the highlights to the show in addition to meeting Mark, was meeting Joel Freedman from OBC from Matt from Number 5 Type Collection. Matt had picked up a number of off-conditioned 1959 Topps high numbers for a buck a piece and knew I was collecting the set. Out of the blue and he said pick up that you need, so #533 Darrell Johnson was added to my set. Thanks Matt!! Mark introduced me to them and managed to chat for about 20-plus minutes (or maybe it was longer). This was the first time I had met other bloggers at a show like this. It really was a great example of how great this hobby can be! I know I’ll definitely try to hook up with Mark again a local show in Mansfield and there’s talk about getting together some night in Providence (RI) for dinner, drinks, and shop talk.

My apologies for any typos, run-on sentences, and the like, but wanted to post with the short time I had this morning. Thank you guys for making a great day even better!


Also of note, I have some trade packages I need to get out the door in the next couple of days (Brian, Bert, John Miller, and Tony. Scott Crawford, still working on yours and probably close to an 600-800 count box at the moment). Also need to post a recent trade from Brian as well so a busy week ahead here at Off the Wall.