I worked out a second trade with Dan recently who must have spent some serious time pouring over my Red Sox collection page to find this many cards I did not already have. Most of the cards were parallels, but there was some vintage and some other random stuff thrown in as well.
1. Jon Lester. I wonder what he is pointing at? Perhaps one of his pickoff attempts got away? Actually I don't really remember Lester being as bad at throwing to first with Boston as he is now. Maybe it just wasn't as well-known.
2. David Ortiz. You knew Ortiz would sneak in to this package. Ortiz always sneaks into my packages.
3. Mike Carp. Carp was one of the more underrated stars of the Red Sox championship run in 2013 as he hit .296/.362/.523 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs as a backup and bench player.
4. Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia bounced back for a strong season in 2016. With three or four more, he will start to look like a pretty good bet for the Hall of Fame.
5. Jackie Bradley Jr. If he can cut back on his strikeouts and pull out of his lengthy slumps, Bradley could be one of the best players in the league. He certainly looked like it in June when he rattled off a 29 game hitting streak.
6. John Lackey. Lackey's turn-around from bust to World Series Game 6 winner should be inspiration for Pablo Sandoval to attempt to come back next season.
7. Junichi Tazawa. We may have seen the last of Tazawa. Expect a big post if we have.
8. Stephen Drew. For some reason I did not realize that the Drew brothers were the first brothers to homer in the postseason for the same organization. J.D. hit a home run in the 2007 ALCS and Stephen hit a home run in the 2013 World Series.
9. John Lackey.
11. Jackie Bradley Jr.
12. Jake Peavy. After the 2013 World Series, Jake Peavy bought the duck boat who rode on during the parade. He has since had it painted in tribute to that championship.
13. Dustin Pedroia.
14. Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts had a rough season defensively and slumped in the second half. He has some things to improve on, but he is still just 23.
15. Tom Burgmeier. It took me a second to realize this was an O-Pee-Chee card. There will be more. Burgmeier was a terrific southpaw reliever for Boston for a few years.
16. Manny Ramirez. Manny is eligible for the Hall of Fame in the upcoming vote. This should be very interesting.
17. Dustin Pedroia. These cards were available only in factory sets. I had the Adrian Gonzalez previously.
18. Dwight Evans. Another O-Pee-Chee. Evans's Hall of Fame case needs to be looked at closely. He should be on the next Veterans' Committee (or whatever they are called now) ballot.
20. Dennis Eckersley. Eckersley won 20 games and started an All Star game with the Red Sox. He was pretty good in Boston.
21. Ike Delock. Delock was a pretty decent, if somewhat overlooked, starting pitcher for the Red Sox from 1952-1963. He spent almost his entire career in Boston, other than seven games in 1963 with the Orioles. Delock was 83-72 with a 4.01 ERA and 661 strikeouts.
22. Mike Fornieles. Fornieles had one of the all-time great Red Sox relief seasons in 1960 when he was 10-5 with a 2.64 ERA in 109 innings over 70 games. Fornieles struck out 64 and picked up 13 saves.
23. Manny Ramirez. I always liked these Trading Card History cards that showed current stars in old card designs.
24. Jon Lester.
25. Manny Ramirez.
26. Nomar Garciaparra. Ah, one of my favorite players growing up. I was in high school when he was a rookie in 1997, but he quickly became a favorite player.
27. Mo Vaughn. Another favorite player. My first Red Sox jersey was a Vaughn jersey, which must have looked a little strange for a skinny white kid wearing Vaughn's jersey. It fits a little better now, but is probably still strange for that other thing.
Thanks for the trade Dan! Your cards are on their way.