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.

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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.

One Mail Day — Two surprises

So just a quick shout out to great baseball card traders out there!!! Saturday I received two envelopes, one was completely out of the blue …

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Kin and I traded a couple weeks back when we connected via Twitter. He man’s the blog I Feel Like A Collector Again as well as helps run Bean’s Ballcard Blog. As you can see above, Kin crossed off five 1968 Topps and a line drive single off my 1965 Topps sets needs! Kin was worried these just might be “fillers’ for me but these are A-Ok in my eyes — no upgrades needed here. Thanks for the great surprise!!

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Next up was the great Mark Hoyle. He had given me the heads up on a Heritage Sox lot he picked up and these were the dupes — all short prints!!! I am steadily making a serious dent into this new Heritage set, especially with the 100 SPs.

By the way, if you are reading this and if you are a Red Sox fan, you NEED to follow Mark. He tweets out pictures from his Sox collection that are unmatched anywhere else. Run through his images and you’ll see Sox cards and other collectibles you had no idea existed.

Thank you again Kin and Mark, I’ll find something to send back to you in short order!

 

 

Joy of a Completed Page

As we inch closer to the games actually meaning something, I felt people might need a break from all the Heritage posts so going vintage today. Today’s completed page came about from the Mansfield Card Show I attended a couple weeks ago. It was a very successful 45 minute ride as I reeled in 30 cards for my 1959 Topps set, including the card that completed this page with some guy called Mantle.

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1959 Topps #10-18

Card that completed the page: Vern Law (12)

Favorite card: I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Mickey Mantle (10). I have a couple of Mantle cards in my collection including a beautiful ’63 Topps that has a pen mark on the back and the ’68 Topps that’s in the set I’m building. But it’s this one, that would be my favorite. Still young and and not completely ravaged by injuries, Mick looks ready to smack one out on that sunny afternoon.

Best photograph: I’m a sucker for combo cards but the colored background takes away from Danny’s All-Stars (17). Joe Pignatano (16) is cool shot showing the Dodgers first West Coast home—the LA Coliseum.

Best career: The Mick … by far. Hall of Famer, hobby legend, an idol to many kids in the 1950’s and 60’s. Too bad drinking and injuries hampered a career that could have been even better.

Number of Red Sox: One, Dick Gernert (13). A nothing special first baseman who played eight seasons in Boston while batting a middling .252 over that span.

Past/Future Red Sox: Zero.

Interesting fact: That Dick Gernert finished 25th overall in the 1952 American League MVP voting. He finished ahead of a young Billy Pierce and a soon to be retired Johnny Sain. In 102 games that year, he batted .243, 19 HR, 67 RBI.

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Here’s a close up of one of the biggest cards in the ’59 Topps set. Absolutely beautiful color on “The Mick.” Sure, it’s off-centered and has a wrinkled lower left corner but has a clean back and was a nice get off of eBay last summer. I still need to throw a couple pics up in regards to that show haul — there are some great ’59s that are surely to complete more pages!

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Working on a couple new trades this week with Nick over at Baseball Dime Box as well as Julie at A Cracked Bat, both are new traders for me and both should be fun trades as they need cards I should have a fair amount of. Also wrapping up a monster trade with Scott over at I need new hobbies—easily close to 1,000 cards if not more! So please hit me up for some trades please!!

Looking for West Coast team collectors as I’m trying to gather some Mother’s Cookie singles from 1983-1989. Maybe you have some dupes from 82-83 Granny Goose sets. How about (gulp) some 80’s Mets Fan Club cards? Anyone have extra 1987-89 Kahn’s Cincy Reds cards? How about some Stuart Montreal Expos cards from 1983-86???? These are some of the items I’d like to trade for!!! Thank you for reading!

 

Sox Madness from Cardboard Hogs

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Today’s trade post comes from Ken over at Cardboard Hogs. This package was loaded with Sox cards and probably ranks in my top three Red Sox packages that I’ve received! With that, lets jump in (and into Spring as it’ll be 65 degrees in the metro Boston area today!)…

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Leading off, some Sox vintage including a 1966 buyback. The 1968 Topps George Scott will go into my ’68 Topps set album as I’m positive this was is in much better condition!

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Next up, some of my Sox favorites that I am putting pages together of. The 2017 Moncada card is perfect in that this card crosses his name off of my All-Time Red Sox collection. I absolutely love the shot of a diving Mookie on that Stadium Club!!

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Here’s another card to cross off for the All-Time Collection — Andrew Benintendi! Two needs right off the bat — thanks Ken!!! The rest of the grouping is some Heritage Chrome madness and a mini Bowman Chrome of the Rafeal Devers, the third baseman of the future. I haven’t bought a Bowman pack in probably six years so I had no idea they did minis — pretty sweet!

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Next up, Big Papi and LOOK!!! It’s a 2015 Topps Heritage Action variation card short print!!! This package just keeps getting better …

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Sox relics!!!! I thought people had sent all the cool stuff to Mark Hoyle, Shane at Shoebox Legends, and the Sox Fan in Nebraska. Thanks Ken!!! As I have mentioned in the past, I love the Heritage relics that it’s great to land three here. This is my first auto of Matt Barnes, so that’s pretty cool. The Gold Pedroia I have never seen before but it’s pretty damn cool — and heavy.

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Following all those awesome Red Sox cards was how this trade first came about. Ken was working on a couple of Heritage sets of his ow and I was able to fill a number of short prints and he was able to do the same.

Well boy did Ken do that! I have been working on the 2014 Topps Heritage set, but haven’t filled a need for this in easily a year. I have all the base (I believe) but of course it’s the short prints I need. With this trade, I was able to cross off 16 short prints. The really awesome thing is, the three above — Cabrera, Darvish, and Verlander (I love you Kate Upton) are of the action photo variations!!!

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Here is the rest of the 2014 Heritage short prints in the package. One of these days I ‘ll complete this. With the show I just attended, I was able to cross off another of these SPs in Nolan Arenado. Not bad, 17 SPs crossed off in a span of three days.

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And to wrap up all this awesomeness, I also received a partial set of 1988 Topps United Kingdom Mini set for my 1980s album. The UK Minis is an 88-card “American Baseball” set released exclusively to the British market. Each card measures 2 1/8″ X 3″, or about the size of a 1975 Topps mini.

Man, awesome, awesome trade package Ken — I hope you were just as happy with you as I was with this one — really hope we can do it again down the road! On that note, time to step outside and soak up some sun while it’s nice out. Thank you for reading kids!