Friday, October 12, 2018

Trade Recap - Faster Than I Can Type

Awhile back, I showed off some cards that Bo from Baseball Cards Come To Life gave me as part of my Time Travel Trading project. I hinted in that post that it evolved and a second, larger trade also came to fruition. I sent sent Bo some vintage I had recently acquired. In return Bo sent me, well, he sent me A LOT!

Part of that package was some cards I needed on my So Close! page. Bo was able to knock out the last few cards I needed to complete the 1990 Fleer set, as well as all but one card from the 1991 Donruss set!


We interrupt this trade recap for the following story:

The trade with Bo was agreed upon right before I had to leave town for a wedding. I managed to get Bo's cards mailed out before then, and hoped my cards would be waiting for me shortly after I returned. While I was away, another member of the TCDB contacted me and said he had most of the cards I needed to complete those same two sets. Before I could contact him back and let him know I had cards en route, he messaged me again to tell me they were sent. When I arrived home, his cards had arrived the same day as Bo's:

He of course had the one card I needed for the 1991 Donruss set, so that's now complete too. Now I also have doubles of cards that were needs just the week prior! Too funny!

We now return to our regularly scheduled trade recap.


In addition to the Donruss and Fleer cards, Bo also sent some vintage my way:

Also included was a stack of 1981 Topps, a set I've always loved and may one day try to complete. The bulk of the return package, however, was a large amount of my favorite team!

The last time I got an influx of Red Sox cards, there was too much to show. That's the case again with this lot, so I'm going to borrow from my previous post and highlight my favorite cards from each decade:

1974 - 1979

1975 Topps #152 Mario Guerrero
1976 Topps #152 Bill Lee
1979 Topps #418 All-Time ERA Records
(Dutch Leonard/Walter Johnson)

I was curious to see where Jacob deGrom's 1.70 ERA fell on the single season list (It's 87th!) and discovered something noteworthy. According to this card, Dutch Leonard held the record with a 1.01 ERA in 1914. According to Baseball Reference, his ERA for that year was actually 0.961, and it's second all-time to Tim Keefe's 0.857 ERA in 1880!

1980 - 1989

1982 Topps K-Mart 20th Anniversary
#11 Carl Yastrzemski
1987 Fleer Limited Edition
#9 Roger Clemens
1987 Fleer Record Setters
#11 Rich Gedman

Fleer put out a set Record Setters set in 1987. Rich Gedman made this set, but Fleer mentions nowhere on the card what record he set! Nothing! If it didn't say Record Setters on the card, you wouldn't even know. I had to look it up: When Roger Clemens set the all-time strikeout record of 20 in 1986, by default Gedman also set the AL record for most put-outs in a game! (He also set a consecutive days record of 36 put-outs the next day.) And now you know!

1990 - 1999

1991 O-Pee-Chee Premiere
#11 Wade Boggs
1993 Ted Williams
#121 Babe Ruth/Ted Williams (GH)
1996 Pinnacle
#28 Mike Greenwell

1993 was around when I stopped collecting, but I feel that if I knew about the Ted Williams set back then, I'd be all over it. What a fantastic picture of Williams and Ruth! (Even Greenwell loves it!)

2000 - 2009

2000 Fleer Tradition
#437 Pedro Martinez (AW)
2001 Fleer Boston Red Sox 100th Anniversary
#46 Billy Goodman
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces
#16 Jonathan Papelbon

Amazingly enough, my first card from the 100th Anniversary Red Sox set. As a fan of this team, I almost feel legally obligated to collect this set. Fortunately for us Red Sox fans, it's a really nice looking set!

2010 - 2017

2010 Topps - Tales of The Game
#TOG-23 Manny Ramirez
2010 Topps - Vintage Legends Collection
#VLC15 Jimmie Foxx
2017 Allen & Ginter
#35 Johnny Damon

I'm not going to lie. Despite the PED usage, despite the times he was a flat out jerk - I miss Manny being Manny...

Thanks again Bo for all all the amazing cards!


  1. Gotta admit. I miss Manny too. The guy could hit... and he was never dull.