I will pre-emptively apologize for the bad scan. I decided to try to cram all ten cards into one scan. There is not much exciting here, mostly just base cards with a couple of minor parallels so I will not be spending a lot of time on it.
Up next is an A&G mini of Carlton Fisk. If I had to pick one Hall of Famer whose cards I enjoy getting more than anyone else, it may very well be Fisk. It's sort of odd I know. Ted Williams is the greatest Red Sox player of all time. Carl Yastrzemski spent more time in Boston than anyone, a record unlikely to be broken. Even Jim Rice was a Red Sox player his whole career. But there is just something about Fisk that I cannot explain. Maybe it is the fact that he was a catcher, and I have always liked catchers.
Then we have a few random cards. I love the picture on the J.D. Martinez Gallery card and obviously the Andrew Benintendi photo is terrific. I am not sure what happened to Benintendi, since the All Star break in 2018, he has not been the same player. I am still waiting to see who Boston gets in that deal other than Franchy Cordero.
That brings me to Dustin Pedroia and what a sad ending to his career. A few years ago I thought he was a lock for the Hall of Fame as long as he had a few more seasons to compile some numbers. That unfortunately did not happen and his career effectively ended in 2017. His numbers still look decent, with a career line of .299/.365/.439 as a second-baseman, but his counting stats really do not come very close, with less than 2,000 hits. Unfortunately he is probably another Nomar Garciaparra, a player with a very good peak, but not a long enough career to justify making it into Cooperstown. That's a shame.