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!

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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!

 

 

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!