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.