Shoebox Surprises


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 ….


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.


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.


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


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!


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??





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.


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


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


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.


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.