Friday, March 13, 2015

And I Thought the Sportlots Order was Big...

I made a huge, expensive purchase over on COMC recently to fill in some holes and generally to get a bunch of cards, many of which I had no idea existed.  I am not going to discuss each individual card, but I might highlight a few.  Beware, this is going to be a very large post:
Mel Parnell was a terrific left-handed pitcher who may have been even better if elbow and shoulder issues hadn't derailed his career.

Israel Alcantara had some decent minor league numbers but will always be remembered for kicking a catcher in the chest protector just before charging the mound.

The Roger Clemens Aces card is one of those cards I knew about for years but either could not find or could not afford.  Now I finally have it.  There are a few more like that in here.

The major reason I love Conlon cards is the player selection.  The 1920's were a miserable decade for the Red Sox, bereft of stars.  It is nice to be able to find cards of players from that decade.  Val Picinich is one of those players you likely will not see anywhere else.

I love the hockey style catchers' masks.  Unfortunately very few Red Sox catchers wore them.  That is why I like this Creighton Gubanich card.  Incidentally, his only home run was a grand slam and it was his first hit.
I always liked seeing pitchers with the high leg kick.  I can't think of anyone else who does them, but that's why I like this Nate Minchey card, even if his career was brief.

I always wanted this Mark Loretta All Star relic.  I just never got around to getting it.

Pedro Martinez's older brother Ramon makes an appearance here with a refractor.

The Phil Plantier card is a Leaf Preview card that calls to mind the fact that Plantier was once one of the hottest prospects in the hobby.

Mark Whiten's Red Sox stint was very short and he managed to complain his way out of Boston in record time.

This Mo Vaughn card is far more impressive in person.  The picture of Vaughn is transparent.

I love this Dave Valle picture.  He also had a very short stint in Boston, but has a number of nice-looking cards regardless.

This John Valentin card borders on obscene.

I have no idea what this Line Drive set was, but it's Don Baylor pictured with the Red Sox.  Can't go wrong there.

I saw this David Cone card on Nick's blog and knew I had to have it.  Cone is another well-known player who had a short stint with the Red Sox.

I had a Manny Ramirez card with the Indians like this awesome Pacific insert of Nomar Garciaparra.  I sold it a long time ago, but now I have the Nomar.
Bret Saberhagen is shown here celebrating the 1985 World Championship with the Royals, but the team listed is the Red Sox and he is shown on the back with the Red Sox.  Kind of odd.  I think SI made a mistake by doing this and should have listed him with the Royals.  But I won't complain.

John Wasdin was acquired from the Athletics for Jose Canseco in a trade that did not work out well.  He gained the nickname Way Back Wasdin for reasons that do not need further explanation.

I love Hideo Nomo cards with the Red Sox.  There will be a number here.

Wily Mo Pena hit the longest home run I have seen in person in a game against the Royals in 2006.  The ball came within a few feet of completely leaving the Royals stadium. 

Fleer's Metal Universe is the most 90's set possible.  Decent player selection though as this Luis Alicea will show.

I like the multiple exposure shots.  There have not been a ton of Red Sox with that effect, which is whty I added this Classic Roger Clemens.

Johnny Damon is here showing bunt.

I loved Diamond Kings, so I had to add this Koji Uehara.

Denny's hologram cards were very underrated in my mind.  This Ellis Burks card is the last of the Denny's cards I needed for my Red Sox collection.
Panini actually listed Tom Seaver with the Red Sox?  Yes they did.  Awesome.

The Shane Victorino card shown here was actually on my Top 10 Most Wanted list.  It was replaced by George Scott's rookie card.

The Crown Contenders Clemens card is another one that I have wanted for years.

This is one of the rare moments where Ted Williams looked like he was having a good time.

Shano Collins and Baby Doll Jacobson are a couple more 1920's Red Sox brought to us by Conlon.  The Babe Ruth also came from Conlon but came from the Ruth set.  I always wanted to buy a box of it to try to get a bunch of the Red Sox cards.

Some terrific Stadium Club shots here.  Mike Stanley reacting to a high pitch.  Adam Everett backhanding a ball to turn a double play.  Rick Asadoorian climbing the wall to make a catch.  Unfortunately neither Everett not Asadoorian ever played for Boston.  Everett was traded before making it and Asadoorian never made it.

I am creeping along to get all of the Diamond Kings inserts.  I still need the 1996 Mo Vaughn.

This Hideo Nomo is awesome.  The plaque is made of wood and sticks out from the card, detailing his no hitter in 2001.

Sang-Hoon Lee was a short-lived experiment.  Dan Duquette was obsessed with trying to find talent in Asia.  Unfortunately none of the pitchers he brought over turned into stars and only Tomo Ohka and Sun Woo Kim made it as Major Leaguers for any real amount of time.

I love the Shane Victorino card celebrating his Gold Glove in 2013. 

Another Conlon 1920's player here with Ken Williams who was a pretty good hitter.

I have wanted the Ted Williams pitching card for a long time and I finally managed to get it.
The two Clemens cards in this scan are two more cards I have wanted for a long time. 

Mookie Betts is on fire in Spring Training.  He is quickly becoming one of my favorite players.

Hey, a Jamie Moyer sighting.  Most people probably forget he was once a Red Sox.

So there you have it.  A massive influx of cards for my Red Sox collection.  Easily one of the largest buys I have ever made.


  1. Great cards all around! I had the same reaction when I saw that Seaver was listed with Boston in 2014 Panini Classics.