Holy Bleepin LCS Haul!


Ok so last Friday I posted the above image from an afternoon at my LCS. Today I have another vacation day as the schools have a half day (too bad I am watching kids this afternoon or I would be back there or maybe Central Sportscards in RI) so I am just finally getting a chance to shoot and post. Alrighty lets jump in ….


First up, some vintage Topps sets needs. I almost missed the 1959 Topps Mathews as it was obscured by a couple of other cards in his vintage case. The other two 59’s I may upgrade down the road but for right now they work for me. Thought I had the ’68 Topps Frank Roby but nope — card looks like it just came out of pack too!


More vintage or semi vintage Topps needs — this time a bunch of 1973s including the great Bob Gibson! The Gibson was another card I have seen many times and thought I had, but nope.


Moving into my childhood years, some 1984 Topps and I am now just a couple of cards shy from completing this set. I still need to track down a partial Traded Set as I have the Gooden RC already. I haven’t checked in a while to see what a complete goes for so maybe that’s the easier route.


FINALLY! The 1980’s “black beauty” is complete. I thought I was going to be one card shy, but in a large monster box of 1986 Topps was the guy to close it out … Scott Thompson. I have an 800 count box of doubles from recent trades should anyone be tackling this set. Was also able to pick up a few more rack pack Glossy All-Stars as well as some “Traded to …” O-Pee-Chee cards. I know a couple of these guys do not appear in the traded set, such as Mike Stenhouse how is pictured in a Twins uniform but designated as a Red Sox player.


Next, some miscellaneous interests I collect …
• 1969 Topps Deckle Edge Bob Gibson … he actually also had an OPC version but didn’t grab that.
• I love vintage combo cards and really need to put together a want list.
• Vintage leader cards, same with these — love having a card with 3-4 HOFers on it. List to follow.
• A couple of guys in Newsom and Bender to add to my No Hitters Collection


A bunch of random Sox here, including an Oil Can Boyd rookie. I don’t have a 53 Bowman B&W so didn’t mind that it’s got some creases. He probably gave it to me for free. The Josh Beckett Opening Day card is cool … it opens up a different bunch of ways. That had been sitting in a Sox box for the last year so I rescued it. The comic issue (help me out Mark Hoyle) is I believe Rico Petrocelli but I think it’s missing the cover or something. Not sure the year.


Moving along to my current favorite Red Sox player — Mookie Betts. Grabbed some I didn’t have and one of them is a rookie card too (Stadium Club).


Now onto a whole mess of Kelloggs!!!! First some 1975 versions including a sweet Brooks Robsinson, Gaylord Perry (got doubles if anyone collect Indians or Kelloggs), and the original Fergie. These guys are not too curved so hopefully they stay that way.


Some major star power in this collection of ’76s!!!! Eck rookie, Joe Morgan, Rose, Yaz, Rice, Brock, Bench Carter, Reggie!!!!! This stack is curved but really want to put into sheets.


Some 1977 Kelloggs including The Bird’s rookie card and a sweet looking Dave Winfield.


And the last of the cereal goodies, a 1973 Billy Williams, 1978 Reggie and NL MVP Dave Parker along with a few 1979 versions.


Next we move onto the other 1970s food issue — Hostess cards!! We got the super-fro Oscar Gamble leading things off with some 1975s.


Next a start on a partial set of 1976 Hostess. Some better stars here with Morgan, Niekro, Perry, Parker, and a poorly cut Nolan Ryan.


Some 1977 Hostess above and it’s too bad that the stack the owner had was even larger but they were all trimmed TOO much (see the Vida Blue) that I passed. So, only a couple here that I chose.


A couple of 78’s and I’ll be trimming up Boomer so he’s got a cleaner cut.


And lastly, a handful of 1979 Hostess cards. Man, could the Mariners PLEASE bring back the trident!!! Between the two Bill Steins cards, it really is a classic look


Next couple of images are some cards I find appealing so I try to grab when I can. The above are some Topps Archives inserts including my first “1972 Basketball” and “1969 4-in-1” cards.


Next some Panini Golden Age inserts — all of these are my firsts. I love the Tip Top Bread cards and I think there’s a couple more Pre-Wars players I need.


Up next, we go round and round with some Colgan’s Chip discs. I could have grabbed some other current players but this is early 1900s era set that I wanted just players who played during that time with the exception of a couple of guys like Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.


And lastly, we close with one of my favorite vintage sets of all time — the 1955 Bowman set. I have a couple of others so this will be a set I will try to work on here and there. As you can see, this is a collector’s grade looking collection and that is fine with me. I would love to trade for any similar condition cards to help me build this set. The Yogi cost me a buck, and the lot probably five bucks total. So if you can help me out, please drop me a line.

As you can see, I hit on a wide variety of needs on this trip. I must have easily killed four hours and with then exception of a couple people towards the end, I was the only one there. It truly was some well deserved “me” time.


Some Vintage Stock

As I track down some of the lesser known Sox players on my All-Time Collection needs, I have today some pick ups I made off of eBay over the last week.


1910-11 M116 Sporting Life Pat Donahue

The approximately 1.5″ x  2.75″  cards were originally offered to fans through the mail in as 24 different, 12-card series. Universally regarded as classic depictions from the game’s pre-War period, the card images are from noted photographer Carl Horner, best known for shooting the T206 “white border” cards.

This is my first M116 Red Sox card, as I had been eyeing this one and a couple of others lately. It’s also one of my oldest cards along with a T206 Bill Carrigan I have. The above card is still in great shape for an issue that is 107 years old. The one thing you’ll notice between the M116 and say, the T206 are the color and tone. The Sporting Life colors are more muted or pastel like and the uniforms are often gray or brown and lacking any team name on the fronts. 

Pat Donahue played for three different teams over the course of two years of organized baseball. The back up catcher played 102 games for the Red Sox during 1908-10. He went a combined 66 hits in 308 at bats while batting a lowly .211. One little fact uncovered (per one of the authoritative writers on all things Red Sox writer Bill Nowlin) was that the Cleveland Indians once paid Pat Donahue $200 for a tip that led to the signing of Bob Feller in 1935. Of course, they later gave him another $200 to forestall him from making any claims for additional compensation. Ouch!


I do like the old time advertisement on the backs of the Sporting Life, pretty cool if you ask me.


1933 Goudey Bernie Friberg and John Welch

Once again with these two cards, I picked up an issue I didn’t have in my collection. I’m actually tempted to pick up the reprints of these two so I can put these in top loaders and put with my special Red Sox cards that I have in a separate box. This box is set aside for my graded, relics, autos, and oversized issues I have. I’ll continue to sprinkle those into future posts. Anyhow, as I write this post and examine the cards, I really like these so much more now that I have them in person. Nothing done in Photoshop here, what you see is the actually coloring—the colors really pop!


The Goudey 1933 Big League Gum set really initiated a Golden Age for collectibles. The cards’ most recognizable feature is their 2-3/8″ by 2-7/8″ size, as well as colorful, artistic illustrations that set a modern standard in terms of eye-appeal. Minus some flawed corners and writing on the back of John Welch’s card, these are quickly becoming a couple of my favorites that I own. That’s it, I need to purchase the reprints, these two are too nice to sit in album!


1939 Play Ball Emerson Dickman and Fred Ostermueller

The ’39 Play Balls seem to be the one Pre-War set I have the most Red Sox from. Outside of the Ted Williams rookie and WWII spy, Moe Berg, the Sox found in this issue are no names and can be found in decent shape (at least in my collecting needs) for under ten bucks a pop. I’ve always liked these cards. There’s some great photography and the write ups are pretty good.


One interesting note about “Fritz” I found on SABR’s BioProject site …

On July 31 at Yankee Stadium, Ostermueller gave up Babe Ruth’s 703rd career home run as New York triumphed, 2-1. The Bambino socked another round-tripper off Fritz on August 11 at Fenway (No. 705), but in a losing cause, as Ostey pitched all the way to record a 13-inning, 3-2 victory. It was Ruth’s last season as a Yankee; after Fritz struck him out, he rewarded the rookie left-hander with an autographed baseball. The ball is now the centerpiece in the memorabilia collection of Sherrill Ostermueller Duesterhaus, the daughter of Fritz and Faye Ostermueller.

So chalk off five names on my All-Time Sox list. While I was writing this post, I DID purchase a Friberg Goudey reprint and a Yawkey Red Sox Welch card so that the two Goudeys above, can go in my special Sox box. In addition to these, I just landed nine other Sox cards I needed, they were either odd ball cards or reprints. Slowly but surely, knocking names off left and right and I’m almost to the point where I’m down to guys that never appeared on a trading card. Time to get cracking on those customs.