Nick recently pulled a Dustin Pedroia jersey card which he promptly offered up for trade. Of course I jumped at it and threw together a package I thought he would enjoy. In turn he sent me this:
1. 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Daniel Bard. Bard is struggling greatly in the Winter League. I am beginning to wonder if he will ever re-capture the talent that made him a rising star. He is with the Cubs now.
2. 2009 UD Goodwin Champions Mini Kevin Youkilis. My wife always hated watching Youkilis on TV. She hated his batting stance. I will admit it was a bit curious.
3. 2004 Bazooka Comics Manny Ramirez. Certainly an interesting card. I have a few of these now.
4. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Jason Varitek. I am so happy that this card was included. I was thrilled when I saw that Varitek made it into this checklist. Thank you Nick.
5. 1990 King B Disc Wade Boggs. I remember my older brother getting a lot of these when I was a kid. He never got any Red Sox though. He did get a Sandy Alomar Jr. that he gave to me, but I had to use ebay to get my first one. This was my second.
6. 1997 Bowman's Best Refractor Donnie Sadler. Sadler was expected to match up with Nomar Garciaparra around second base for years. It just did not work out that way.
7. 1992 Classic Best Gar Finnvold. I like minors cards of players who made the Majors. Finnvold qualifies though he did not play long.
8. 2009 Upper Deck Goudey Jonathan Papelbon SP. One of the Sport Royalty short prints.
9. 1990 Pacific Legends Mel Parnell. The Red Sox all-time winningest left-hander, believe it or not.
10. 1990 Pacific Legends Pete Runnels. Runnels won two batting championships for the Red Sox in 1960 and 1962. Yet very few have really heard of him.
12. 1991 Swell Baseball Greats Dick Williams. Hall of Famer Williams had his first managerial season in 1967 with Boston, the Impossible Dream season.
13. 2005 Topps Update Gold Tony Graffanino. Graffanino was an unheralded hero for Boston in 2005 after being acquired in a trade with the Royals.
14. 2004 Topps Total Award Winners Manny Ramirez. Celebrating his Silver Slugger in 2003.
15. 2013 Topps Chasing History Holofoil Gold Dustin Pedroia. Nice Pedroia card here. Pedroia looks like a future Hall of Famer.
16. 2013 Topps Update All Star Stitches Dustin Pedroia. This is the card that started the trade. Terrific looking Pedroia card.
17. 2007 Fleer In the Zone David Ortiz. Nice Ortiz insert here.
18. 2009 Upper Deck X Xponential 2 Josh Beckett. Beckett is one of those players I never totally warmed up to. Maybe if he had been more consistent as a starter I would have. Still though, I do enjoy getting cards of him.
Thanks for the trade Nick!
And after that trade, I got a few other packages in as well:
19. 2013 Panini Father's Day Jackie Bradley Jr. RC. These cards were only available in special Father's day packs of Panini available Father's Day weekend. It is obviously photoshopped, but that's okay. It makes a unique collectible. I picked this up off Ebay.
20. 2013 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor Jackie Bradley Jr. RC. As you can tell, I am still into the Jackie Bradley phase. This was acquired in a trade for a Topps Update insert.
The next cards all came in one trade:
21. 2013 Bowman Chrome Jackie Bradley Jr. RC. And once more today.
22. 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects Pat Light. Boston's supplemental round pick from 2012 has yet to really perform up to expectations.
23. 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects Francellis Montas. Montas was traded to the White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade.
24. 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tzu-Wei Lin. The next Jose Iglesias? Lin can not hit but is excellent defensively.
25. 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects Keury De La Cruz. De La Cruz had a breakout 2012 but fell back down to Earth in 2013.
26. 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects Ty Buttrey. This is exactly the same shot as his 2012 card in Bowman Draft.