Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Another Mail Call with a Package from the Other Brad's Blog

Several days' worth of stuff to go through with lots of nice cards to show:

Up first is a small trade for a few prospects/rookies:
1.  2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects Allen Webster.  Webster was acquired in last season's blockbuster trade with the Dodgers and pitched a few games for Boston this year.  He struggled in the Majors but pitched well enough in the minors to show he still has some potential.

2.  2012 Bowman Prospects Purple Keith Couch.  Couch has flown under the radar to this point but next season he should be in Pawtucket for good and could be next year's Brandon Workman.

3.  2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects Chrome Deven Marrero.  One of the reasons Boston felt comfortable trading Jose Iglesias is Marrero, who is almost as good in the field and better at the plate.

The next trade was one that I worked out with Brad the Phillies blogger.  He was offering up some sepia refractors and I liked a couple of them.
4.  2012 Topps Chrome Sepia Refractor Will Middlebrooks RC.  Middlebrooks is growing very fast in my collection.

5.  2012 Topps Chrome Sepia Refractor Clay Buchholz.  He finally lost the other day but looks to be a pretty decent #3 starter in the postseason.

6.  2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Relic Clay Buchholz.  I have been getting more and more Buchholz cards lately too.

7.  2000 UD Ionix Nomar Garciaparra.  One of three new cards that were throw-ins in the trade.

8.  1989 Swell Baseball Greats Jimmy Piersall.  A fantastic defensive outfielder in the 1950's who had some emotional problems in his career which were well-documented.

9.  1989 Swell Baseball Greats Jim Lonborg.  Boston's first Cy Young winner in 1967.

Up next is a card I have been looking for for a very long time:
10.  2003 Topps 205 Relics Derek Lowe.  This was a short-printed relic card in Topps 205, a set that I loved.  I always wanted this game-used hat card of the longtime Red Sox pitcher but was not successful until last week.

Another small trade that knocked a non-specific want off of my wantlist:
11.  2012 Bowman Chrome Blue Wave Refractor Raul Alcantara.  I have traded away all of the Blue Wave refractors I got for free on the Bowman interactive game this year and really wanted a Red Sox to take their place.  I got this in a small trade.  Alcantara was traded to Oakland in the Andrew Bailey trade.

Finally I traded my Trevor Bauer autograph for two nice autos:
12.  2009 Topps 206 Framed Autograph Piedmont Justin Masterson.  I was not thrilled when Masterson was traded to Cleveland, but at least it resulted in Victor Martinez coming to Boston.  It was not a bad trade.

13.  2012 Topps Chrome Ryan Lavarnway.  Another autograph of the up and coming catcher.  He could be in line for more work next season.  He has a lot of power and a degree from Yale.


  1. Very nice, especially the Piersall and Lonborg cards.

  2. Glad I found some random cards you didn't have!