Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Repack Haiku #211 (Rich DeLucia)

In Nineteen Ninety, 
Pitched in every pro level
A-Ball to Majors
1991 Ultra Update
#U-50 Rich DeLucia (RC)
DeLucia started the 1990 season in San Bernadino (A), then made his way through Williamsport (AA) and Calgary (AAA) until finally getting a September call-up to the Mariners.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Breaking Good - Cardboard Collections

I'm cheap, and I'm OK with that. When it comes to this wonderful hobby, I consider myself lucky f I spend more than $20/month. All it means it that I have to restrain myself with some larger expenditures, like group breaks. Fortunately, there are those who offer up cheaper alternatives, like Colbey (Cardboard Collections). Colbey offers up a lot cheap box breaks, and last year I managed to snag the Red Sox from a box of 2020 Topps Chrome Update. I also was lucky enough to get in on a free break for some 1997 Pinnacle X-Press. Those two breaks netted me 4 new cards - not much, but well worth what I paid for them! 
Favorite Card: Nomar's uniform look like a throw-back, but I'm not positive. Regardless, Nomar gets my vote!

Thanks for the cards, Colbey!

Friday, June 25, 2021

It's The Little Things

Thanks to some unexpected kindness from Jim (Cards As I See Them), I have completed another set!

OK so the set itself isn't that impressive - it's just an insert set...from the junk wax era...consisting of a total of six cards...but that doesn't matter! It's finished, and I'm happy!

These were the final three cards I needed to knock off the League Standouts set from 1990 Fleer. They were inserted one per rack pack (Does anyone else besides me miss rack packs? I loved those things.) This particular insert always stood out to me because of the multiplicity effect used with each player. It was cool then, and still cool now. 
Thanks for the cards Jim!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Repack Haiku #210 (Cavan Biggio)

Cavan Biggio
Bats in Dodger Stadium
While Lasorda sits
2020 Bowman Heritage
#8 Cavan Biggio

This week's haiku comes courtesy of Jim from Cards As I See Them. Thanks Jim!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Free Bubblegum And Pop*

*Yes, I grew up in Western New York - we call it "pop", not "soda".  Even after living down south for 15 years, I still insist on calling it by my preferred regional dialect. Don't judge me.
Last month, Jay (Card Hemorrhage) had a Free Card Friday, and while there weren't any Red Sox in that day's group, I did snag a couple of fantastic cards:
That Griffey has to be one of the greatest cards the 90's ever produced. It's such a fun card and the look on his face cracks me up. I also couldn't pass up a young Nolan Ryan holding a bat. He looks like he just got out of school.

Thanks for the cards, Jay!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Trade Post: Even More Cards From Forest Hills, NY

I recently made another trade with blog reader Oren. In exchange for some cards of guys he collects, he sent me a bounty of good Red Sox cards:




Even a couple of hits:

Favorite Card: The pink Napoli is sweet, but ultimately I'm going to "Cowboy Up" and say an auto of fan-favorite Millar is tough to beat!

Thanks for the cards Oren!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Repack Haiku #209 (Bob Boone)

Named first manager
Of hopeful expansion team
Orlando SunRays
1989 Upper Deck #119 Bob Boone
When his stint with the Royals ended after the 1990 season, he agreed to become the first manager of the Orlando SunRays. This of course was contingent on Orlando winning one of the two expansion teams in 1993. That obviously never happened, and Boone didn't get a chance to manage until 1995.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Time Travel Trading Update #54

With this month's batch of trades, I hit a couple of pretty awesome milestones. As of today, I have traded away exactly 400 cards as part of the Time Travel Trading Project. What I find even more noteworthy is that I have also surpassed 100 trades! My thanks to all of you who have traded with me over the years. I never thought this idea would grow to what it has become today. 

I've got four trades to show off this month, so let's see what's new!
Our first trade comes from  Jim (Cards As I See Them) who sent a trio of Hall of Famers plus a sweet 50's vintage card:
Technically, these next three batches of card all arrived on the same day, so they all have a claim for the title of the 100th trade. For my records, I went in order as they appeared in my mail pile. Kicking things off as the 99th trade is some great vintage (and a not so vintage Red Sox) from Greg (Night Owl Cards):

That gives the 100th trade title to Brendan (The View From The Third Floor) which seems appropriate since this batch of cards includes another autograph!

I have no idea if Harrison Bryant is any good or how desirable this auto may be, but we'll find out!

The last trade I have for you today comes from none other than Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) In addition to the gift he gave me, Bo added some Canadian flavor to the stack with some 1985 O-Pee-Chee (oh and a few 1958 cards to boot!)

Thanks for the trades, guys!

21 new cards for your personal collection if you want them! Trading is simple - just agree to send a card older than what I send you!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:

2020 Sage Hit - Rookie Autographs Black (football)
#A17 Harrison Bryant (AU)

2017-1018 Pocket Schedule
Carolina Hurricanes

2017 Bowman
#12 Trea Turner
2017 Topps Americal League Standouts
#AL-14 Jackie Bradley Jr.
2010 Bowman - Prospects Black
#BP51 Chase D'Arnaud
#BP56 Rolando Gomez

2010 Bowman Chrome
#13 Brian Roberts
#122 Hanley Ramirez

2010 Bowman Chrome - Prospects
#BCP178 Nathan Adcock
#BCP186 Jhan Marinez
2009-10 Panini Season Update - Christmas Cards Materials
#22 Jeff Pendergraph (MEM, SN499)
1998 Topps Chrome - Measures of Greatness (football)
#MG2 Marcus Allen
1995 Action Packed (football)
#13 Steve Young 

1994 Sportflics
#113 Pete Harnisch

1993 Leaf
#271 Jay Buhner

1993 Classic Draft Picks (basketball)
#33 Will Flemons
#67 Bennie Seltzer
1991 Stadium Club

1991 Upper Deck
#778 Dave Righetti

1990 Fleer
#271 Roger Clemens
1989 Score
#495 Larry Parrish
1986 Donruss
#580 Phil Niekro 

1986 Topps
#5 Rose Special '75-'78
1986 Topps - Glossy All-Stars
#9 Carlton Fisk #21 LaMarr Hoyt 

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Minis
#65 Tony Gwynn
1985 O-Pee-Chee
#7 Cliff Johnson
#13 Tim Lollar
#105 Ron Kittle
#176 Buddy Bell
#366 Ron Cey 

1985 Topps
#694 Joe Carter
1984 Donruss

1984 Fleer

1983 Topps
#70 Steve Carlton
1983 Topps (football)

1982 Donruss
#NNO Checklist 545-653

1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extraterrestrial (non-sport)
#15 Among Elliott's Toys

1982 Topps
#125 Danny Ainge
1982 Topps (football) 
#118 Kevin Porter 
#129 Ray Williams (RC)

1978 Topps
#148 Andre Thorton
#373 Jim Willoughby
#385 Tito Fuentes
#424 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#482 Rick Miller
#706 Rookie 1st Baseman (Cage/Cox/Putnam/Revering)
1977 Topps
1976 Funky Sales Corp Funky Facts Baseball
#2 In A Trance
#3 Fans Vs Players
#5 Baseballeese

1976 Topps
#70 Roy Smalley/Roy Smalley Jr. (FS)
1974 Visual Panographics US Presidents (non-sport)

1973 Topps
#102 Rudy May
#322 Garry Maddox (RC)

1972 Topps
#22 Rob Gardner
#457 Rico Petrocelli (AS)
#118 Bernie Allen 
#281 Bob Rodgers 
#366 Andy Kosco

1966 Topps
#46 Howie Koplitz
1964 Topps - Coins
#7 Frank Malzone
1963 Topps
#32 Tony Gonzalez

1962 Topps

1961 Fleer Baseball Greats
#56 Dolf Luque

1961 Topps
#21 Zoilo Versalles (RC, RS, UER)
#274 Rocky Bridges 
#380 Charley Maxwell  

1958 Topps Zorro (non-sport)
#83 Rude Awakening

1957 Topps
#68 Ray Crone
#274 Frank Baumholtz 
#284 Ike Delock

1956 Topps Flags of the World (non-sport)
#70 Jordan

1955 Topps
#45 Hank Sauer
1954 Topps
#124 Marion Fricano  

1954 Bowman
#73 Don Mueller

1954 Bowman Power For Peace (non-sport)
#91 USS Coral Sea (CVB43)

1953 Topps

1947-66 Exhibits W461 
#NNO Ferris Fain 
1938 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Tenth Series (J9-6) (non-sport)
#2 Black-throated Green Warbler

1937-38  Diamond Matchbooks Tan 6 (hockey)
#NNO Glenn Brydson

1922 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America Third Series (J7) (non-sport)
#7 Prothonotary Warbler

1915 Church & Dwight Useful Birds Of America First Series(J5) (non-sport)
#1 Quail
1890 N245 Sweet Caporal Actors & Actresses (non-sport)
#NNO Frankie Raymond

The Time Travel Trading Project is simple in concept. I started out with a random pack of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards. My aim was to trade every card in that pack for something older. Each card I receive in turn is then made available for trade, with the goal to get the oldest card I can get.

Number of trades completed: 101
Unique trading partners: 49

Number of cards mailed out: 400
Year of oldest card mailed out: 1910-11

Number of cards received: 634
Year of oldest card received: 1890

Friday, June 11, 2021

Bo Knocks A Needs List Into Single Digits

A nice quick post today. Bo (Baseball Cards Come To Life!) generously sent along a few cards from the 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier set. I recently listed this set on my So Close page, and Bo basically cut the list in half:

In doing so, I now have 180 out of the 188 cards needed to finish this set! Only 8 cards to go! Thanks Bo!

Favorite Card: Lofton's card is giving off a strong Willie Mays Hayes vibe. I'm digging it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Repack Haiku #208 (Dennis Boyd)

"Oil" in his nickname
From cup he drank whiskey from
Not slang term for beer

1990 Score #137 Dennis Boyd
There is a common misconception that his nickname "Oil Can" refers a southern slang term for beer. Boyd has stated that this isn't true, and that he got the nickname as a kid for drinking homemade whiskey from an oil can.

Monday, June 7, 2021

OK Wal-Mart, Now You're Just Messing With Me

We begin this tale like many other tales...recent trip to Wal-Mart...checked the card isle...yada yada yada.

In this age of retail scarcity, I consider myself fortunate for the few packs here and there I have been able to acquire. So when I find cards, I'm grateful.

This time around, however, I didn't find any 2021 product. My local Wally World had about a dozen team sets from last year. Very odd. First of all, in the past few years, I've never seen team sets at Wal-Mart. (Usually I have to go to Target.) So it's unusual that these are at this particular store. Secondly, not once in my few travels last year did I see any team sets. It's not often a product makes its way to the shelves a year after its release.  It's all around a weird find. 

Of course I checked...only a few teams available: Cubs, a couple Brewers...ahh! There it is!
One more team set to add to the collection! A unusual find, but a happy one nonetheless! Thank goodness there are some products that the flippers won't touch!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Blog Bat-Around: Favorite Players A-Z

Sometimes I wonder why I make things more difficult than they have to be. On the heels of the A-Z Music Challenge, The Diamond King proposed an A-Z for favorite players. Coming up with some players should be easy, but then I thought to myself: chances are, most of the guys I pick are going to have ties to the Red Sox, so why not challenge myself to make the whole list just Red Sox guys? That thought was followed by: Well, what if I really challenged myself and made the list of guys that never played for the Red Sox? I also thought I'd be lazy and just hop on TCDB, look at my collection, and see which player for each letter is most represented in my collection. I couldn't decide, so I'm doing all three!

Favorite Red Sox player - Alfredo Aceves
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Hank Aaron
Player with the most cards in my collection - Roberto Alomar (70) 
Aceves was one of those memorable character types.  Aaron's legend speaks for itself.


Favorite Red Sox player - Ellis Burks
Favorite non-Red Sox player -  Harold Baines
Player with the most cards in my collection - Wade Boggs (214) 
Lot's of great Boston B's - Boggs, Betts, Bradley,  Beltre - in the end I went with one of my earliest childhood favorites. Whether you agree of disagree with his Hall of Fame status, few could deny the fact Baines was one heck of a hitter.


Favorite Red Sox player - Roger Clemens
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Roberto Clemente
Player with the most cards in my collection - Roger Clemens (278) 
Clemens was my first real "favorite player" growing up. Clemente's legacy speaks as loudly as Aaron's.


Favorite Red Sox player - Rafael Devers
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Dave Dravecky
Player with the most cards in my collection - Andre Dawson (99)
Raffy has been such a fun player to watch. Dravecky's cancer comeback was an inspiration.


Favorite Red Sox player - Dwight Evans
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Edwin Encarnacion
Player with the most cards in my collection - Dwight Evans (87)
Dewey should have never spent that one season as an Oriole. Encarnacion is another fun player and I enjoy his parrot wing when he hits home runs.


Favorite Red Sox player - Carlton Fisk
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Terry Francona
Player with the most cards in my collection - Carlton Fisk (89)
I will never tire of seeing Fisk wave that ball fair. Francona is a bit of a cheat - never played for the Red Sox, just led them to two World Series Championships.


Favorite Red Sox player - Mike Greenwell
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Ken Griffey Jr
Player with the most cards in my collection  - Mike Greenwell (105)
Along with Burks, Greenwell was part of a young core of players that came up together. Griffey was an easy choice for non-Red Sox player.


Favorite Red Sox player - Brock Holt
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Orel Hershiser
Player with the most cards in my collection - Rickey Henderson (100)
The "Brock Star" was a fan favorite and the only player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game. Hershiser was from Western New York (Buffalo) and that close proximity to me made it easy to cheer him on.


Favorite Red Sox player - Jose Iglesias
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Brandon Inge
Player with the most cards in my collection - Pete Incaviglia (38)
I remember when Iglesias first came up he was predicted to be a future Gold Glove winner. Brandon Inge played in the local collegiate summer league down here in Virginia.


Favorite Red Sox player - Fergie Jenkins
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Adam Jones
Player with the most cards in my collection - Wally Joyner (67)
Jenkins was probably the only real choice for Red Sox player. Jones was fun to watch, even when he was going against the Red Sox.


Favorite Red Sox player - Craig Kimbrel
Favorite non-Red Sox player - John Kruk
Player with the most cards in my collection - John Kruk (43)
Kimbrel was a dominating closer who looks like he may be back on that hall of Fame path. I'll never forget Kruk's at bat against Randy Johnson in the All-Star game.


Favorite Red Sox player - Mike Lowell
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Kenny Lofton
Player with the most cards in my collection - Barry Larkin (68)
Mike Lowell also played in the Shenandoah Valley Summer League, for my home town too (Waynesboro) . Kenny Lofton didn't get the Hall of Fame recognition he deserved.


Favorite Red Sox player - Pedro Martinez
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Fred McGriff
Player with the most cards in my collection - Don Mattingly (94)
Pedro's starts were must watch TV. I read recently that McGriff  admitted he never watched that Tom Emansky video.


Favorite Red Sox player - Daniel Nava
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Phil Niekro
Player with the most cards in my collection - Matt Nokes (41)
I love Nava's quest to the Major Leagues - it has all the makings of a Disney feel-good movie. Niekro was someone I grew to appreciate more over the past few years.


Favorite Red Sox player - David Ortiz
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Shohei Ohtani
Player with the most cards in my collection - David Ortiz (72)
Big Papi was the obvious choice here. Ohtani is having a phenomenal year.


Favorite Red Sox player - Dustin Pedroia
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Kirby Puckett
Player with the most cards in my collection - Kirby Puckett (97)
Pedey and Puckett - two guys small in stature but larger than life on the field.


Favorite Red Sox player - Carlos Quintana
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Dan Quisenberry
Player with the most cards in my collection - Carlos Quintana (35)
Quintana was the regular Red Sox first baseman for a number of years who was never the same after a car accident. Quisenberry is the most recognizable name among the Q's.


Favorite Red Sox player - Manny Ramirez
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Cal Ripken Jr.
Player with the most cards in my collection - Nolan Ryan (286)
Manny was a half goofball/half malcontent hitting savant. Ripken was pretty much the opposite in personality/professionalism.


Favorite Red Sox player - Chris Sale
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Max Scherzer
Player with the most cards in my collection - Ryne Sandberg (110)
Sale and Scherzer are two of the most dominating pitchers in the game today. We may very well see both in the Hall of Fame.


Favorite Red Sox player - Luis Tiant
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Fernando Tatis Jr
Player with the most cards in my collection - Alan Trammel (74)
Tiant was the first Red Sox player I ever got an in-person autograph from. Tatis seems to be doing something highlight reel worthy every night.


Favorite Red Sox player - Koji Uehara
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Bob Uecker
Player with the most cards in my collection - Jose Uribe (35)
Still amazing that Uehara wasn't the closer on that magical 2013 team until mid-way through the year - his numbers were insane! Uecker is a fave more for his "Major League" and "Mr. Belvadere" acting credits.


Favorite Red Sox player - Mo Vaughn
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Joey Votto
Player with the most cards in my collection - Frank Viola (74)
I don't recall many big power hitters on the Red Sox teams of my youth, I think Vaughn was the first. Not a lot of V choices, so I went with Votto.


Favorite Red Sox player - Tim Wakefield
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Turk Wendell
Player with the most cards in my collection - Dave Winfield (91)
That's right - a Red Sox fan who picked the knuckleballer over Ted Williams. What can I say, it helps if I was alive and able to watch a guy play. The sport needs more characters likes the line-jumping, teeth brushing Wendall.


Favorite Red Sox player - Xander Bogaerts
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Xavier Hernandez
Player with the most cards in my collection - Xander Bogaerts (46)
According to Baseball Reference, not a single player in history has played in the majors with a last name starting with X. I'll take that as an excuse to highlight one of the best shortstops in the game today! Hernandez gets the other spot due to the fact I heard of him.


Favorite Red Sox player - Carl Yastrzemski
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Christian Yelich
Player with the most cards in my collection  - Carl Yastrzemski (96)
I almost did it again, picking Kevin Youkalis over Yaz, but I have so many great cards of Yaz I had to pick him. Yelich signed a card  TTM for me years ago and I've followed his career more because of it.


Favorite Red Sox player - Bob Zupcic
Favorite non-Red Sox player - Ryan Zimmerman
Player with the most cards in my collection - Todd Zeile (24)
This card is what most people remember Zupcic for. Zimmerman is a University of Virginia alum. Go Wahoos!

There you go! This was fun, if not slightly maddening. I hope you enjoyed it!