It has been a little while since I had a mailday. I have slowed down a little bit due to a busy work schedule and the fact that I am trying to buy a house. Nevertheless, I received three packages in the mail yesterday.
Up first is a Star set of Sam Horn. I will not go card by card on this, there is not a lot to say. Sam Horn was a promising rookie prospect with a ton of power that came up in 1987. He hit 14 home runs that first season with a line of .278/.356/.589 in just 46 games. Unfortunately his next two stints with the Red Sox were not nearly as impressive. He hit only two more home runs in Boston over the next two seasons and at age 25 was released. He caught on with Baltimore and started hitting a bunch of home runs again but he was never really the slugger everyone thought he would be.
The next one is a trade package with Nachos Grande. I noticed he had a few Red Sox A&G cards I needed and asked to set up a trade.
12. 1998 Collector's Choice Jeff Frye. Included in the package were some throw-ins, a couple of which I did not previously own. I like the shot of Frye. Frye was a very underrated and valuable member of the Red Sox in the late 1990's. He played a number of positions, had speed, and was a good contact hitter.
13. 1998 Collector's Choice Tom Gordon. "Flash" had a terrific season as the Red Sox closer in 1998, setting a team record for saves and going to the All Star Game. Unfortunately that did not hold up in the postseason.
14. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Carlton Fisk SP. Of course Fisk was the subject of one of the greatest Red Sox moments of all time.
15. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Bill Buckner. And then Buckner was one of the worst.
16. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Across the Years Dustin Pedroia.
17. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Across the Years Ted Williams.
And finally, I have the following small trade package:
19. 2012 Bowman Prospects Xander Bogaerts. He hit his first Major League home run over the weekend against the Yankees. Should be a starter next year.
20. 2013 Topps Wal-Mart Blue Felix Doubront. He has been struggling of late, he better get back on the right track.
21. 2013 Topps Wal-Mart Blue Koji Uehara. What a year he is having. He is the unsung hero of this team. I really think he should get MVP and Cy Young consideration, but he probably won't.
22. 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen White Border Carlton Fisk. More Fisk.
23. 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Bill Buckner. And more Buckner too.