Friday, October 10, 2014

Vintage and an A&G Blaster

A few new cards to add to the old collection late this week.
1.  1962 Topps Chuck Schilling.  No relation to Curt.  I love the 1962 Topps design.  Schilling was a decent middle infielder for Boston in 1961 but his career declined after that.  Still, he has a number of cool base cards.

2.  2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Jon Lester.  I want Boston to resign Lester this offseason.  I don't know how likely that is, but I would love to get him back.

3.  2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Pastime's Pastimes Dustin Pedroia.  Nice insert from a pack.  Pedroia has a lot more hair on his face than his head on this.

The A&G cards came from a blaster.  I have not been buying many packs this year and have not been doing too well from a Red Sox standpoint when I have.  This was a little better.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Canadian Package and More

I was recently contacted by Stephane, who offered up some Red Sox cards in exchange for some more Canadian-centric cards.  There were actually a few I needed so I agreed to a trade.  The first row here are the cards sent from Stephane:
1.  1990 Fleer Canadian Dwight Evans.  These cards are identical to the regular Fleer set except the back says they were printed in Canada.

2.  1990 Fleer Canadian Carlos Quintana.  This one makes me very happy.  Quintana was an early favorite of mine and adding a new one to my collection is always exciting.

3.  1989 Topps Big Dwight Evans.  I would like these cards more if they weren't so large, but that is the whole point of the set, so nothing much to say there.

Thanks Stephane.  Your cards will be sent out very soon.

The rest of the cards came in a couple of forum trades and are nice 2014 additions.

4.  2014 Finest Green Refractor Dustin Pedroia.  This coloring is almost hallucinogenic.

5.  2014 Finest David Ortiz.  I have decided to go on an Ortiz binge here recently.  I am going to be targeting Ortiz cards I do not have.

6.  2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Pastime's Pastimes David Ortiz.  And here is the second one.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hey Look, a Trade

I pulled off a decent-sized trade where I sent off a bunch of Mariners cards:
1.  2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Black Ted Williams.  Getting kind of tired of the same Williams photo all the time.

2.  2014 Topps Chrome Black Refractor Mike Napoli.  Unfortunately injuries slowed him down quite a bit.  He was having a decent year though.

3.  2014 Topps Heritage David Ortiz WS.  Ah, happier times.

4.  2014 Topps Archives 1987 All Star Wade Boggs.  I have mentioned before that Boggs was my first favorite Red Sox player.

5.  2014 Topps Archives Nomar Garciaparra SP.  With the number of cards Nomar has been getting lately, he may take back the top spot in the Red Sox player of whom I have the most cards.  Jason Varitek still leads him for now.

6.  2014 Bowman Inception Prospect Autograph Jon Denney.  Denney is one of many catching prospects in Boston's minor league system, but he may have some difficulty leapfrogging both Christian Vasquez and Blake Swihart.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crusade Pt. 1

This is part one of a two part post that you can find on my other blog.  A seller on Ebay recently sold a bunch of random 1998 Donruss Crusade insert cards and I picked up a couple.

Here is the one for this blog:
1.  1998 Donruss Crusade Brian Rose.  This was available in the Leaf Rookies and Stars packs as an extended card.  Rose was once supposed to be a terrific pitching prospect for the Red Sox but he never really developed at the Major League level and was eventually dealt away to the Rockies in the deal that brought Rolando Arrojo and Mike Lansing to Boston.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Parallels

A couple of recent trades lead me to these cards:
1.  2014 Topps Power Players Gold Jonny Gomes WS.  I was not aware of the existence of these cards.  Apparently these were available as prizes in the Power Players game for Topps this year.  I managed to talk someone into trading this one to me.

2.  2014 Topps Chrome Refractor Koji Uehara.  It will be interesting to see if Uehara is back next year.

3.  2014 Topps Chrome Refractor Dustin Pedroia.  Hopefully Pedroia will recover fully and be back to full strength next season.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Chrome with a Sizemore

When I found out that there was actually a Grady Sizemore Red Sox card in both 2014 Donruss and Topps Chrome, I knew I had to track them down.  Sizemore's time in Boston may have been brief, but as a team collector, I have to track down a card of every player that appears with a Red Sox logo on cardboard.  So here it is complete with a card of slightly better Shane Victorino:

1.  2014 Topps Chrome Shane Victorino.  This is just a terrific action shot in a set full of great photography, but it does not match up to...

2.  2014 Topps Chrome Grady Sizemore.  It is a good thing this is a memorable shot, because Sizemore's time with the Red Sox certainly was not.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is the Season Over Yet?

Boston is not going anywhere this year.  About the only thing worth watching is the development of the young players and the emergence of Rusney Castillo.  It has been a trying season all year long and I have had some difficulty truly enjoying collecting the Red Sox.  I have been less active in trades and certainly have not been buying much.  But every once in awhile I manage to make an interesting deal.  This one qualifies:

1.  2014 Topps Gold Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  Production from the catcher's position is one of the biggest problems this year.  Saltalamacchia would not have been great, but he would have been better than Pierzynski at least.

2.  2007 Topps Ted Williams .406 #20.

3.  2007 Topps Ted Williams .406 #21.  A couple more of these.  I really wish they would have used different pictures.

4.  2010 Topps Update Gold Daniel Nava.  I like Nava but I suspect he will be squeezed out next year.

5.  2008 Upper Deck Timeline Jed Lowrie.  A card from my wantlist is always appreciated.

6.  2014 Topps Gold Junichi Tazawa.  Tazawa has emerged as a solid middle relief option.  Just don't use him as a closer, or against the Blue Jays.

7.  2012 Topps Archives Gold Jacoby Ellsbury.  It is still nice to add an Ellsbury once in awhile.

8.  2012 Topps Commemorative Retired Number Patch Carlton Fisk.  Unfortunately I already have this one, so I have a double to send off somewhere.

9.  1973 Topps Carlton Fisk.  Nice second year card of Pudge.