Tom from Angels in Order recently contacted me to set up a Red Sox for Angels trade. Since my blog trades have been pretty sparse these days I jumped at the chance to gain a new trade partner. He sent me a bunch of Red Sox and I sent him a bunch of Angels.
Of course the Red Sox and Angels have a nice history together. Boston was down three games to one in the 1986 ALCS when Dave Henderson single-handedly brought the team back in Game 5 and Boston rolled in Games 6 and 7. Then Boston swept the Angels in the 2004 ALDS on their way to their first World Series win in 86 years, capped off by David Ortiz's walkoff home run in Game 3. Boston also swept the Angels in 2007 in the ALDS on their way to another World Series win. Manny Ramirez hit the game-winning blast in Game 2. The Angels finally won a game against Boston in the postseason in 2008 but Boston still took that series 3-1. Then the Angels swept the Red Sox in the 2009 ALDS. So yeah, tons of history there.
Here are the cards that Tom sent:
2. 2005 Flair Manny Ramirez. For some reason I did not have any of the base Flair cards. I do have a Jason Varitek auto from that set, but no base.
3. 2005 Flair David Ortiz. He hit two home runs tonight. His batting average is down but he is still hitting them out.
4. 2005 Flair Curt Schilling. A big postseason hero for the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. It will be interesting to see what cap he wears in Cooperstown if he gets in.
5. 1994 Donruss Jeff Russell. Tom hit a bunch of my wantlist needs.
6. 1994 Pinnacle John Valentin. Valentin was an underrated player for a few years in Boston, particularly in 1995 when he could have won the MVP. I love the double dip shot here.
7. 2004 Leaf Second Edition Derek Lowe. I have no idea why there was a Second Edition of Leaf in 2004. There really did not need to be.
8. 1992 Conlon Phil Todt. Todt was one of the few decent players Boston had in the 1920's. He was one of the few Red Sox players blessed with power, hitting double digits in home runs three times when no one else in Boston was hitting any. Todt was almost requested by the Yankees in a trade at one point but Boston management, after being burned so many times in trades with the Yankees said no. Unfortunately the player offered in trade for Todt was Lou Gehrig. Dammit.
9. 1988 Starting Lineup Talking Baseball Wade Boggs. This is my first of these cards. They are wider than I would like. They are probably not cards I would seek out, but certainly don't mind adding them to my collection.
11. 1983 Donruss Bob Stanley. The Steamer was the Red Sox relief ace for a long time and held the team single season saves record until Jeff Reardon broke it in 1991 and the career saves record until Jonathan Papelbon broke it.
12. 1987 Donruss Rob Woodward. There has never been an interesting fact about Rob Woodward. Ever. Although this did complete my 1987 Donruss team set. Yep, Ron Woodward was the last card I needed. Depressing.
13. 1985 Donruss Rich Gedman. Gedman was coming off a great season in 1984 when he hit 24 home runs. He was an All Star in both 1985 and 1986.
14. 1992 Stadium Club Dome Roger Clemens. Hard to believe I did not have this card.
15. 1992 Stadium Club Dome Wade Boggs. Same here.
16. 1991 U.S. Playing Card Co. Roger Clemens. I wish they still made sets like this. Oddball items showing all of the All Stars each season.
17. 1991 U.S. Playing Card Co. Jeff Reardon. Another card from the same set.
18. 1992 U.S. Playing Card Co. Rookies Bob Zupcic. Zupcic had a couple of full seasons in 1992 and 1993 then faded into obscurity.
20. 1993 Classic Mo Vaughn. But at least Mo could hit.
Thanks for the cards Tom!