I made one of the biggest trades I have ever pulled off recently. And every single one of the cards I received was from my want list. It knocked several team sets off from the 1970's and 1980's.
There are a ton of scans in this, so I will put in a page break.
2. 1969 Topps Sparky Lyle. This is the highlight of the entire trade for me: the rookie card of the great reliever Lyle, who had his best seasons with the Yankees but had some very good years with the Red Sox as well.
3. 1978 Topps Mike Torrez. One of the absolutely bizarre Topps air-brush jobs here. Torrez had a great year in 1978, but it was overshadowed by allowing the Bucky Dent home run in the one-game playoff.
4. 1978 Topps Butch Hobson. Hobson was coming off of a 30 home run season in 1978, but he would never have that level of success again.
5. 1980 Topps Jim Rice. Because no post lately is complete without a Jim Rice card, it seems.
6. 1982 Fleer Bruce Hurst. Hurst was just getting started when this card was released. This leaves just one card from 1982 Fleer to go.
7. 1982 Topps Dave Stapleton. Stapleton was still a pretty good player at this point. Early in his career, he could hit a little bit and he was a decent fielder as well. He is of course mostly famous for being the backup first-baseman Boston did not use as a sub for Bill Buckner in the World Series in 1986.
8. 1982 Topps Bob Stanley. I have a post on Stanley coming up soon.
9. 1982 Topps Chuck Rainey. Rainey was a first round pick in the 1974 draft, but he never really pulled it all together.
11. 1982 Topps Rich Gedman. This is Gedman's Topps rookie card. Somehow he did not have any 1981 cards despite appearing in a few games in 1980.
12. 1982 Topps Mark Clear. Clear was a very successful relief pitcher at times, but he had a few bad years too. A lack of control was his major issue. He had a terrific 1982 season though.
13. 1982 Topps Gary Allenson. Allenson had a 20 home run season in the minors, but he never hit more than six home runs in his Major League career.
14. 1962 Topps Bob Tillman. Tillman had some big power for a Red Sox catcher and had the team record for home runs in a single season for awhile when he hit 17 home runs in 1964.
15. 1962 Topps Frank Malzone. Malzone was a very underrated player, who is unfortunately largely forgotten now. He was a great defensive third-baseman and could hit a little too.
16. 1962 Topps Gary Geiger. Geiger had some nice seasons with the Red Sox. He had some terrible luck with injuries though. Perhaps he might have had a better career had he stayed healthy.
17. 1962 Topps Carroll Hardy. Hardy is the only player to pinch hit for both Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. There's a feather in your cap, Carroll.
18. 1983 Fleer Glenn Hoffman. Trevor's older brother closes out 1983 Fleer for me.
20. 1983 Topps John Tudor. Boston developed a lot of very good pitchers in the early 1980's and they should have held on to some of them. A pitching staff of Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, Oil Can Boyd, Bob Ojeda, and John Tudor would have been very good for a long time.
21. 1983 Topps Bob Stanley.
22. 1983 Topps Chuck Rainey.
23. 1983 Topps Reid Nichols. Nichols had a couple of decent seasons as a fourth outfielder for the Red Sox in 1982 and 1983.
24. 1983 Topps Rick Miller. Miller had two stints with the Red Sox and became a pretty good pinch hitter toward the end of his career.
25. 1983 Topps Carney Lansford. Lansford won the 1981 batting title for Boston. He would later be traded for Tony Armas, who had an outstanding power season in 1984.
26. 1983 Topps Ralph Houk. Houk had a successful run as Yankees manager in the 1960's. He was coaxed out of retirement to take over the reins as Boston manager in 1981 from Don Zimmer.
27. 1983 Topps Glenn Hoffman.
29. 1984 Fleer Bruce Hurst.
30. 1984 Fleer Wade Boggs. Boggs was coming off of the first of five batting titles when this card was released.
31. 1984 Topps Jim Rice. Rice tied for the league lead in RBIs in 1983 with former teammate Cecil Cooper.
32. 1984 Topps Rick Miller.
33. 1984 Topps Dwight Evans. By this time, Evans had entered the second half of his career, which was when he was one of the top players in the game. How this guy is not in the Hall of Fame yet, I have no idea.
34. 1991 Bowman Roger Clemens. The Rocket closes out 1991 Bowman.
35. 1992 Bowman Jody Reed. 1991 was the last of three consecutive seasons with 40+ doubles for Reed, who was a decent player for a little while.
36. 1992 Bowman Jeff Reardon. Reardon was traded to the Braves during the 1992 season, which was pretty devastating to me as a ten-year old fan. He also broke the previous saves record belonging to Rollie Fingers that season.
38. 1992 Bowman Luis Ortiz. This is what I remember most about 1992 Bowman, photos of players from their high school yearbook.
39. 1992 Bowman Jeff McNeely. Boston had a lot of prospects I remember from the early 1990's,, very few of whom made a lasting impact in the Majors. McNeely was one of them.
40. 1992 Bowman Peter Hoy. Hoy's Major League career consists of just five games, 3.2 innings, and a 7.36 ERA.
41. 1992 Bowman Mike Greenwell. I will have a post about Greenwell's underrated career in the near future too.
42. 1992 Bowman Scott Cooper. Cooper was an All Star in 1993 and 1994.
43. 1992 Bowman Ellis Burks. Burks was an All Star for the Red Sox in 1990 and won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.
44. 1992 Bowman Greg Blosser. Another yearbook photo and another top prospect who missed.
45. 1993 Topps Butch Hobson. It took a long time before I finally picked up some of the Hobson cards depicting him as a manager. He was not very successful as Boston was under .500 all three years under him.
47. 1993 Score Peter Hoy.
48. 1997 Collector's Choice John Valentin. From the brief period of time when Valentin was a second-baseman. He started the 1997 season there but moved to third for most of the rest of his career when Tim Naehring went down with a career-ending injury.
49. 1996 Sportflix Jose Canseco. I remember where I was when I found out Jose Canseco was traded to the Red Sox. I was 13 years old, sitting in my living room and my dad was reading the paper and asked what I thought of him. I kind of liked him, he was a pretty big star at the time, and my dad told me he was just traded to the Red Sox.
50. 1996 Sportflix John Valentin.
51. 1994 Topps Traded Chris Howard. Howard had a pretty decent year as a lefty out of the pen for Boston in 1994. He was 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA and one save, striking out 22 and walking 12. Somehow that was the only season he pitched in more than four games in the Majors.
52. 1994 Collector's Choice Billy Hatcher. I remember Hatcher stealing home early in his stint with the Red Sox after being acquired in a trade in 1992.
53. 2017 Topps Opening Day David Ortiz. I don't normally spend much time tracking down Opening Day cards, this trade helped get me most of the base cards I needed.
54. 2017 Topps Opening Day Hanley Ramirez. Hanley is off to a slow start this season, which is not unusual.
56. 2017 Topps Opening Day Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel has been dealing so far in relief, though he did blow one save so far when he gave up a home run.
57. 2017 Topps Opening Day Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is another player off to a slow start this season.
58. 2017 Topps Opening Day Mookie Betts. Mookie is off to a good start, and recently snapped a 129 at-bat streak in which he did not strike out.
59. 2017 Topps Opening Day Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley has been making terrific defensive plays early on this season.
60. 2017 Topps Opening Day Chris Sale. Sale has been Boston's best player so far, blowing away hitters with regularity. Unfortunately he has not gotten any run support whatsoever.
61. 2017 Topps Opening Day David Price. Price is making progress in his attempt to come back from his elbow injury.
62. 2017 Topps Opening Day Rick Porcello. Porcello has had some rough starts so far this season, which is not unusual for him. Hopefully he will level out.
63. 2017 Topps Opening Day Superstar Celebrations Jackie Bradley Jr. Win Dance Repeat.
65. 2016 Stadium Club Beam Team Nomar Garciaparra. I wish Nomar had played better after leaving Boston, that period of time sank his Hall of Fame chances.
66. 2017 Donruss 1983 Retro Mookie Betts. I like this shot much more than the Pedro Martinez from this set.
67. 2017 Donruss Jackie Bradley Jr. DK. And the Diamond King goes to JBJ this year who had a scorching month of May in which he had a 29 game hitting streak and was named to his first All Star game.
68. 2017 Donruss Mookie Betts.
69. 2017 Donruss Dustin Pedroia.
70. 2017 Donruss Jackie Bradley Jr.
71. 2017 Donruss Hanley Ramirez.
72. 2017 Donruss Wade Boggs.
74. 1975 Topps Terry Hughes. This is the quintessential 70's haircut for men.
75. 1975 Topps Bob Montgomery. Montgomery was a decent backup catcher for the Red Sox for a few years.
76. 1975 Topps Dick Pole. And the award for most awkward name goes to...Dick Pole. For obvious reasons.
77. 1975 Topps Dick Drago. Drago was with the Red Sox for two stints and pitched reasonably well in relief.
78. 1975 Topps Rick Burleson. This is The Rooster's rookie card.
79. 1975 Topps Bill Lee. Lee was one of the best left-handed starters in Red Sox history and a very interesting personality.
80. 1975 Topps Rick Miller.
81. 1975 Topps Reggie Cleveland. And with this card I am one card away from the 1975 Topps Red Sox team set.
83. 1976 Topps Don Aase. Aase was a good relief pitcher for a long time, but he spent only one year with Boston at the beginning of his career. It was a good year though. Expect more on him in one of my other posts.
84. 1976 Topps Dwight Evans.
85. 1976 Topps Reggie Cleveland.
86. 1976 Topps Dick Pole.
87. 1976 Topps Rick Miller.
88. 1976 Topps Fred Lynn. Lynn was second in batting in 1975. He would later win the batting title in 1979.
89. 1976 Topps Dick Drago.
90. 1976 Topps Luis Tiant. Tiant is another player that I would argue belongs in the Hall of Fame.
92. 1976 Topps Fred Lynn.
93. 1976 Topps Rick Burleson.
94. 1977 Topps Luis Tiant.
95. 1977 Topps Cecil Cooper.
96. 1977 Topps Bill Campbell. Another bad airbrush job. They did not bother to do anything with the orange sleeves either.
97. 1977 Topps Dwight Evans.
98. 1977 Topps Rick Miller.
99. 1977 Topps Don Aase.
101. 1977 Topps Tom Murphy. Murphy was once a first round draft pick by the Angels. He had a few decent seasons as a reliever.
102. 1977 Topps Reggie Cleveland.
103. 1985 O-Pee-Chee Jerry Remy. Remy currently enjoys a career as a Red Sox broadcaster. He had some decent seasons, including an All Star season in 1978.
104. 1985 Topps Bob Ojeda. Another great starting pitcher that Boston developed in the 1980's.
105. 1985 Topps Ed Jurak. Jurak was a utility infielder for a few years for the Red Sox.
106. 1985 Topps John Henry Johnson. Johnson was an effective reliever for his two years in Boston. He had a 3.64 ERA in 64 games.
107. 1985 Topps Bruce Hurst.
108. 1985 Topps Glenn Hoffman.
110. 1985 Topps Mike Easler. Easler was acquired in the John Tudor trade and was later traded to the Yankees for Don Baylor.
111. 1986 Fleer Wade Boggs.
112. 1980 TCMA Baseball Immortals Harry Hooper. I love getting cards of Deadball Era Red Sox. I wish there would be a modern set that covers players from that era.
113. 1987 Sportflics Marty Barrett. This card also features Lou Whitaker and Tony Bernazard.
114. 1987 Topps Leaders Roger Clemens.
115. 1988 Score Young Superstars Roger Clemens. I always liked these Score boxed sets.
116. 1990 Score Superstars Roger Clemens.
117. 1982 Donruss Rick Miller.
119. 1987 Fleer Bruce Hurst.
120. 1987 Fleer Oil Can Boyd. Injuries wrecked Boyd's career, though he did have some luck later on in his career while with the Expos.
121. 1987 Fleer Tony Armas. Armas was a typical 80's power hitter, he would strike out a ton, but hit a lot of home runs.
122. 1988 Fleer Update Larry Parrish. Parrish finished his career with seven home runs in 52 games with the Red Sox.
123. 1989 Bowman Jody Reed.
124. 1989 Upper Deck Rich Gedman.
125. 1990 Fleer Update Dana Kiecker. Kiecker made his debut with Boston in 1990 and filled in as a decent back of the rotation starter.
126. 1990 Pacific Legends Lou Boudreau. Not sure why Boudreau is pictured with the Red Sox here, but I have no problem with it.
128. 1990 Pacific Legends Walt Dropo. Dropo's best season was his first one, when he won the Rookie of the Year while hitting 34 home runs and leading the league with 144 RBIs.
129. 1990 Pacific Legends Rick Ferrell.
130. 1990 Pacific Legends Ted Williams.
131. 1990 Pacific Legends Carl Yastrzemski.
132. 1990 Score Rookie/Update Tim Naehring. And we close things out with a rookie card of Naehring, who was a favorite of mine until a career-ending injury in 1997.