Friday, February 7, 2014

"O" No: A Trade with an Orioles Collector and some 2x3 Heroes

Blah blah, not posting nearly often enough blah blah blah.

Okay, so I worked out a trade with Ryan from "O" No: Another Orioles Blog.  He expressed some interest in some Orioles cards from 2014 Topps that I had pulled and said he could throw together a nice package.  He certainly did.  From his package, I got eight new cards, and some great ones too:
1.  2007 Upper Deck 1989 Carlton Fisk.  A terrific-looking insert of Pudge holding his Rookie of the Year award.

2.  2001 Topps Golden Greats Ted Williams.  Nice Splendid Splinter here.  I love getting cards of Williams.

3.  1998 Sports Illustrated Carlton Fisk Magnificent Moments.  Yet another card commemorating his game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.  A great moment that I was not yet alive to see.

4.  2011 Topps Heritage Black Adrian Beltre.  Beltre is one of my favorite One Season Wonders for the Red Sox.  He was signed as a free agent, had a great year, Boston decided to trade for Adrian Gonzalez, and Beltre was gone.  It kind of sucks that he only had one year, but what a year it was: All Star and Silver Slugger.

5.  1996 Fleer Mike Greenwell.  Greenwell was one of my first favorite players.

6.  2001 Bowman Carl Everett.  Holy crap, a Jurassic Carl sighting!

7.  2011 Bowman Josh Beckett.  The last card I needed to finish this team set.

8.  2012 Bowman Draft Picks Prospects Brian Johnson.  Johnson is a decent pitching prospect for the Red Sox right now.

Thanks Ryan!

And next, I received a ton of stuff from Jeff over at 2x3 Heroes as part of his 'Tis the Season giveaway.  I snagged the Red Sox, Indians, and Astros, and got a bunch of doubles from Panini as well.  Here are the new Red Sox cards, my favorites obviously:
9.  2007 Ultra Retail Curt Schilling.  Schill was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Here's hoping to a speedy and complete recovery and to his eventual selection to Cooperstown.

10.  2012 Panini Prizm David Ortiz.  The big man has yet to slow down.  Let's keep him in Boston for the rest of his career.

11.  1996 Leaf Mike Greenwell.  Another Gator sighting.

12.  2007 Tristar Prospects Plus Will Middlebrooks.  A very early card of Jenny Dell's boyfriend.

13.  2005 Topps Opening Day Pedro Martinez.  One of the last cards depicting Pedro with the Red Sox while active.

14.  2006 Upper Deck Craig Breslow RC.  Many probably don't remember that Breslow pitched for Boston in 2006 before establishing himself as a reliable reliever.  This is his second tour of duty with the Red Sox.

15.  1971 Topps Bob Montgomery/Doug Griffin.  Monty was a backup catcher for Pudge for a long time while Griffin was a Gold Glove-winning second baseman.  Great vintage card.

16.  2010 Topps Allen & Ginter This Day in History Kevin Youkilis.  I love cards that show Youk's unique batting stance.

17.  2000 Fleer Tradition Carl Everett.  Another Jurassic Carl!  
18.  2007 Upper Deck David Ortiz.  A nice celebration shot.

19.  2005 UD All Star Classics Curt Schilling.  Schill had one All Star season with Boston.

20.  2010 Upper Deck Spectrum Kevin Youkilis.  Unfortunately this scan did not come out well.  The card is bright green and really cool.

And now the cards from the doubles:
21.  2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Roger Clemens.  The Rocket was another early favorite player of mine.

22.  2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Carlton Fisk.  Another nice Pudge card...

23.  2013 Panini Golden Age Carlton Fisk.  ...And another one.  This one finished up my team set from this set.

Thanks Jeff!

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