Page 2: Topps Binder Project

While I am naming this post “Page 2”, it necessarily won’t be the second page in this binder, that is reserved for something later. The page numbers above will relate to posts within this project.

And with that, my next page …

Favorite card: Name-wise, 1979 Horace Speed. Looks-wise, 1980 Wayne Cage. Such a great shot and it appears he’s scooping the INDIANS banner into his glove.

Card(s) I would like to add: None at the moment, there’s another page running with this theme.

Card likely to drop out: None at the moment.

Number of HOFers on page: Zero

Interesting stat via BBRef.com: Horace Speed stole four bases in his short 3-year career while getting caught five times.

Number of Red Sox Alumni: Two

Cool cardback stat: 1988 Bob Walk; “Bob led Eastern League with 135 strikeouts in 1979.”

and for those trying to guess the theme …

Page theme: Names that are tied to Baseball.

In addition to this page, I posted a running “Wants” above in the menu. I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and comments as this project will continue to evolve with cards being added as well as possibly being stricken from the binder.

The Topps Binder Project

Introducing the Topps Binder Project.

In my previous post below, I love themes when flipping and sorting through cards. While I am working a couple Topps vintage sets and Topps sets from the 1980s, I struggle with what to do with all my other vintage cardboard. This project stems from a similar project that another collector on Twitter @_gritz_ has been working on. If you like these pages, I guarantee you’ll enjoy his as well.

I will be using Topps baseball cards and any Topps oddball cards that used a grey cardboard stock. This includes Drakes, Burger King issues from the late 1970s, 1978 Zest Soap, box bottom cards and so on. I will make exceptions for traded sets from 1983–1991 as those where issued during this cardboard era. Many themes will be obvious, others might take some thinking. Some days I see posting a couple of pages a day, some days maybe just one. Condition doesn’t matter and will welcome trades. I’ll post a want list in the menu as well.

I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and comments as this project will continue to evolve with cards being added as well as possibly being stricken from the binder.

With that, here is page one of The Topps Binder Project.

Favorite card: 1957 Ted Williams

Card(s) I would like to add: 1961 Dick Groat, 1962 Roger Maris, or 1966 Willie Mays

Card likely to drop out: 1975 Hank Aaron Highlights (already have the ’74 on page)

Number of HOFers on page: Six

Number of Red Sox Alumni: Three

and for those trying to guess the theme …

Page theme: Just like building a set, page one of the binder has to be all number 1 cards.

Completed Page: Sox style

In today’s offering, I give the Joy of a Completed page — Boston Red Sox style. This completed page is part of six-inch, heavy-duty album carrying my All-Time Boston Red Sox collection. This album features cards of every player to appear in a Red Sox uniform. You can view my current needs list for this project here.

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All-Time Red Sox Album Pau–Pel

Card that completed the page: 1940 Play Ball John Peacock. Picked up this card about a month ago at the Mansfield, MA monthly card show. Paid under $10 as I also purchased a number of 1959 and 1965 Topps cards from the same dealer. Even got a well loved 1975 Topps Yaz and Fisk for a quarter each.

Favorite card: 2016 Topps Heritage Dustin Pedroia Short Print card. Got this in one of my first Heritage packs from last year. His team-first, hard-nosed play has made him a Sox favorite, one of the guys that will sorely be missed when he hangs them up.

Best photograph: Any card showing the fabled Green Monster in the background is already got the leg up, and this 2015 Topps Update of Carlos Peguero does just that. Peguero’s stay in Boston last four game and six plate appearances, yet Topps thankfully found a spot for him in the end of the year set. He was picked up in late May of ’15 and believe his cameo came in September as the Sox were playing out the string.

Best career: The Pedroia Destroya by far. Jake Peavy did win the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 going 19-6 with the Padres, but Dustin will go down as one of the best second basemen to done the red stockings.

Interesting fact: During WWII, Eddie Pellagrini played for a U.S. Naval baseball team — the Great Lake Bluejackets — made up of professional players from all levels; they successfully beat local semi-pro clubs and upset several major league teams in local exhibitions. During 1943, Eddie was pacing the club in homers while tied with teammate and future Hall of Famer Johnny Mize with a .463 batting average. In 1944, while Pellagrini was serving in the Pacific Theatre, he teamed with Mize and Pee Wee Reese to lead the 14th Naval District to a 9-0 win over a U.S. Army All Star team.

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.