Two packages came in this weekend that knocked off almost 30 cards from my wantlist. That is pretty impressive.
The first trade got me one card, the first one in the below scan. All of the rest came in a second trade:
1. 2014 Topps Opening Day Stars Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is heating up this year. It should be another good season for the second baseman.
2. 2014 Topps Heritage Stephen Drew. Still out there as a free agent. But Xander Bogaerts is beginning to show signs of breaking out.
3. 2014 Topps Heritage Mike Napoli/Jonny Gomes WS. Nice shot of the beard tug here. I am counting this as both players.
4. 2014 Topps Heritage John Lackey. He is having an exceptional year this year.
5. 2014 Topps Heritage Ryan Dempster. He had an impressive postseason last year but decided to take this year off. Not really sure why.
6. 2014 Topps Heritage Edward Mujica. Don't give up on him yet. Remember Mark Melancon?
7. 2014 Topps Heritage Koji Uehara/David Ross WS. Another one I am counting for both players on it.
8. 2014 Topps Heritage Jon Lester WS. With this card I just need a few SPs and the Jake Peavy for the team set.
9. 1969 Topps Ken Harrelson AS. Harrelson had a great year in 1968, leading the AL in RBIs. He is clearly wearing an Athletics jersey in this picture. Topps for some reason never got around to getting a picture of Harrelson with the Red Sox despite him playing parts of three seasons in Boston.
10. 1981 Donruss Tom Burgmeier. An All Star in 1980 as a left-handed closer.
11. 1981 Donruss Glenn Hoffman. Trevor's older brother.
12. 1981 Donruss Jim Dwyer. I know next to nothing about Dwyer.
13. 1981 Donruss Tony Perez. One of many future Hall of Famers who spent some decline seasons with the Red Sox, joining such players as Heinie Manush, Al Simmons, Lou Boudreau, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Andre Dawson, and Rickey Henderson. Perez lead the team in home runs and RBIs in 1980 and it was downhill from there. This card finishes off the 1981 Donruss team set.
14. 1982 Donruss Frank Tanana. Once a dynamic left-hander, he was in the midst of a transformation into more of a crafty lefty at this point. The results were not there yet.
15. 1982 Donruss Jerry Remy. The second half of his Red Sox career was unfortunately marred by injuries.
16. 1982 Donruss Julio Valdez. His ML career was basically finished when he was arrested in the dugout during a game for statutory rape.
17. 1982 Donruss Steve Crawford. Nice, rare action shot for early Donruss. And with that, I have completed the 1982 Donruss team set.
18. 1983 Donruss Rick Miller. Decent role player for a long time in Boston.
19. 1983 Donruss Bruce Hurst. One of the top left-handers of all time for Boston.
20. 1983 Donruss Jim Rice. Of course Rice is a Hall of Famer.
21. 1983 Donruss Tom Burgmeier. Another Burgmeier.
22. 1983 Donruss Chuck Rainey. See Jim Dwyer.
23. 1983 Donruss Carney Lansford. Won the AL batting title in 1981. Had some surprising speed. But he lost playing time in 1982 to upcoming star Wade Boggs and was expendable. Was traded for Tony Armas, among others.
24. 1983 Donruss Roger LaFrancois. I'm pretty sure Roger LaFrancois did not actually exist.
25. 1987 Donruss Jim Rice.
26. 1987 Donruss Spike Owen. Believe it or not, "Spike" is not a nickname. His real name is Spike Dee Owen. One of the great baseball names.
27. 1987 Donruss Ed Romero. Your average utility infielder. Hit .210 in 233 at bats in 1986.
Next up, I bought some Bowman. The Trey Ball is mine. Anyone want anything else shown:
The rest of the cards are up for trade.