Monday, January 16, 2017

T207 Reprints and a Bunch of Numbered Cards

The latest mailday roundup consists of two packages, the first a couple of reprints of some very old cards, and the second a collection of serial-numbered and other higher-end cards.

Here is the first package.  All of these cards are reprints.  I would love to get the originals, one in particular, but I will settle for the reprints for now.  These are reprints of the 1912 T207 set.
1.  Charley Hall.  Nicknamed "Sea Lion", Hall was often used in relief during a time which starters were typically expected to finish their games.  Hall was pretty decent.  He was 12-9 with a 1.91 ERA in 1910 and 15-8 with a 3.02 ERA in 1912.  He pitched 10.2 innings in the 1912 World Series against the Giants.  His career numbers with Boston were a record of 46-32 with a 2.89 ERA in 147 games over five years.  He only started 57 of those games.

2.  Olaf Henriksen.  Nicknamed "Swede", even though he was Danish, Henriksen spent his entire Major League career with Boston.  He was never a starter, but he WAS an outfielder at a time in which Boston had one of the greatest outfields in the history of the game.  For his career, Henriksen hit .269/.392/.329.  He played in three World Series and hit a double in four plate appearances.

3.  Les Nunamaker.  This is the card that I would most like to find the original.  Nunamaker was originally from Malcolm, Nebraska, a small town northwest of my hometown.  Nunamaker spent the first three seasons of his Major League career with the Red Sox and was sold to the Yankees early in his fourth season.  His Boston career consisted of a .247/.307/.326 line.  He also played for the Browns and Indians in his career.

The next package is a collection of singles from Triple Threads, Chrome and Gold Label.
1.  Brian Johnson.  Johnson is 26 now and it is time for him to take the next step.  Last season was a bit of a lost season after a car-jacking and anxiety issues left him unable to move forward as expected.  This season will be important in determining what he is.

2.  Wade Boggs.  Boggs finally had his number 26 retired by the Red Sox last season.  The Rays retired his number 12 for them a long time ago, but then they don't have the history the Red Sox had.  I am happy for him.  As I have mentioned many times, Boggs was my favorite player when I started watching baseball.

3.  David Ortiz.  Ortiz has a new commercial out these days for TurboTax wherein he is a tennis instructor, though not a very good one.  And we were all worried about how he will possibly make a living now that his baseball career is over.

4.  Eduardo Rodriguez.  You heard it here first: Eduardo Rodriguez will have a breakout year and be an All Star in 2017.

5.  Blake Swihart.  And Swihart will be Boston's starting catcher and start to live up to some of the hype he had pre-2015.

6.  Roger Clemens.  Clemens was my favorite player after Boggs left.  He still had a few good seasons left after 1992 with the Red Sox, but nothing quite like his prime seasons.  But despite injury-plagued and effected 1993 and 1995 seasons, he was still quite good in 1994 and 1996.

7.  Mookie Betts.  I'm disappointed but not shocked by Betts not winning the MVP.  Hopefully he has a few more seasons like 2016 and gets that MVP at some point.  He is a lot of fun to watch.

8.  Sam Travis.  One of the few remaining prospects in the Red Sox system close to the Majors.  I think Travis will make it to Boston by the end of the season and he could be the first-baseman of the future.  Mitch Moreland is only on  a one-year contract after all.

9.  Henry Owens.  This is kind of an interesting card.  It is very thick and metallic.  Owens, like Johnson, is at a crossroads in 2017.  He has got to get a handle on his control.


  1. Thanks... I'll take a late round flier on Eduardo in my fantasy draft. :)

  2. I saw the Big Papi commercial. Pretty funny!