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.

Digging Out, Catching Up

So Winter finally decided to arrive here in New England, almost another foot and we have 40-50 mph winds/gusts today. So before I dig out yet again, I thought I’d catch up on posting some LCS goodies from the last haul … and all a nickel a pop.

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First up, a bunch of Roger Clemens, all are Fleer inserts except for the 1992 Post Cereal and the 1989 Donruss Opening Day.

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… Some Wade Boggs, I love the 1986 Topps Wax Box Bottom Card and the 1991 Score Cooperstown Card.

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Some miscellaneous Red Sox from the Swell Baseball Greats Series (1989-91) and a couple of Upper Deck Decade Series that I didn’t have but will find a spot for.

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Next up is this batch of 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes. This 44-card set showcased the artwork of Dick Perez, he of Diamond Kings fame, and were available in wax packs. Each pack came with eight cards and a Mickey Mantle puzzle piece card. This was a set my brother had but for whatever reason, I never picked one up until coming across these in one of the shop’s monster boxes. This and the over-sized Action All-Stars, were Donruss’ first explorations of producing sets outside of their flagship issue.

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Next up, some of my favorite oddballs from the 1980s—Drake’s cards!!! I cannot tell you how many box of Ring Dings, Yodels, and Devil Dogs I consumed as a kid, yet never completed any of the sets. To this day, I still will stop by the Drake’s section in a supermarket just to see if one of these days, they bring back baseball cards to products. I also loved these Quaker cards and they carried the MLB logos and names … I always thought some of these photos where better than the flagship cards.

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Some Topps Glossy All-Stars from rack packs of the 1980’s and a 1989 Glossy Rookies that could be found in jumbo cello packs.

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… and speaking of glossy, a handful of those Topps Send-Aways that I used get as a kid!

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How about some Topps Junk Wax Era box set singles. Love the young, normal looking Barry Bonds here adorning the classic pillbox hat of the 80’s. Nice Bob Boone cameo on the George Brett Boardwalk of Baseball card. Whatever happened to that place??

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And we can’t talk about box sets without mentioning Fleer! A nice selection of young Hall of Famers here. I’ve always like these 1987 Fleer Star Stickers (Darryl Strawberry) … I wish Fleer could have used this design for a flagship set, maybe with a white border instead of green?

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Here is a collection of Baseball Immortals that was originally issued in 1980 and later updated in 1984, 1986 and 1987. The Baseball Immortals set was the first to depict every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The cards themselves do not mention a manufacturer, but it has been commonly referred to as an SSPC issue, although it was distributed mainly by TCMA and another top card dealer of the era, Renata Galasso. The original 1980 issue had a 173-card checklist that included every Hall of Fame member from the original 1936 class of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner through 1980 inductees Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Chuck Klein and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey.

They carry a similar design to the 1975 Topps design on the front, while the card backs bear a strong resemblance to 1954 Bowman, albeit using yellow ink not red. I remember getting a couple of these through my Scholastic Book Club as a kid in elementary school. There always seemed to be a baseball card or football card kit in the monthly flyer.

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And the last issues today from the 1980s, and probably the last food issue I tried to find as kid … 1989 J.J. Nissen Super Stars. This 20-card set was distributed in bakery products and can remember looking for the Red Sox cards in loaves of bread when my mom went grocery shopping. Why some many Red Sox in the set? It was a New England Company and I have to think Teddy Ballgame was a spokesman for their brand. There is actually a variation in this set, as some of the Mark Grace cards carry an image of Vance Law, not Grace.

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And to close the loop on this LCS haul (and I didn’t even scan half the stuff for time sake), we have some modern inserts from in the Topps Opening Day products. I really like these Kellogg’s type cards and always on the lookout for more. I also love the “Topps Supers” that Topps inserted into the 2016 Topps Archives packs, nice shot of Lindor here.

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And with that, I should have a busy week posting, and the plan is to write a bunch while the wife watches her Bachelor show tonight. I’ve got a couple of packages out the door tomorrow and received a couple great ones from Kin at I Feel Like a Collector Again and Steve at Collating Cards, and Shane at Shoebox Legends who gave me a jump start on a new set. PLUS, I have I finally received a Topps redemption that was well worth the weight. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!