Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wantlist Hits from Puerto Rico

I recently worked out a trade with a forum member in Puerto Rico.  That trade led to a lot of cards being deleted from my wantlist:
1.  Jeff Suppan.  Suppan spent two stints with the Red Sox.  He came up as a highly regarded starter.  After a 7-3 season in 1997 (5.69 ERA), he was left unprotected in the expansion draft and selected by the Diamondbacks.  He returned in a bad trade with the Pirates in 2003.  All told, he was 12-10 with a 5.87 ERA for the Red Sox.  Not good.

2.  Iggy Suarez.  This was the last 2008 Bowman Prospect card I needed.  Suarez never made it to the Majors, though he did make it to Pawtucket.  He could just never hit.

3.  Hanley Ramirez.  I have mentioned before that I collected Hanley Ramirez quite a bit when he was first getting Red Sox cards in 2003.  His trade after just two games with Boston was a disappointment.  He is back now though and he had an excellent season in 2016.

4.  Ted Williams.  This is the 65th Anniversary insert card of Ted Williams.  It would be great to have the 1954 Topps Williams, but not likely.

5.  Ted Williams.  Unfortunately this is a duplicate.

6.  Jon Lester.  This is the purple chrome refractor of 2014 Topps Heritage.  Lester will be remembered for his time in Boston, which consisted of winning the clinching game of the 2007 World Series, throwing a no-hitter, and being the top pitcher on the 2013 World Championship team.  His trade to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes eventually worked out as Boston moved Cespedes to Detroit for last year's Cy Young Award Winner Rick Porcello.
7.  Will Middlebrooks.  This came out at a time when Middlebrooks still had a lot of promise.  He always had power, but he had massive holes in his swing and was a limited defensive player.  He just wasn't good enough to overcome his flaws.

8.  David Ortiz.  The Ortiz cards have slowed down now that he is no longer with the team, but he is still in a fight with Pedro Martinez for #3 in my collection.

9.  Nomar Garciaparra.  This card celebrates Nomar's first career home run in just his second Major League game on September 1, 1996.  I fully expect that Nomar may eventually overcome Jason Varitek for the largest player in my Red Sox collection.  He is just 20 cards behind and there are a lot more Nomar cards out there that I need than Varitek cards.

10.  Bob Montgomery.  I have talked a lot about backup catchers lately.  Monty was a good one as Carlton Fisk's primary backup.  Expect a post about him soon.

11.  Rick Wise.  Wise led the team in wins in 1975 AL pennant-winning team when he was 19-12 with a 3.95 ERA.

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