Monday, April 19, 2021

Vintage and More

This is a pretty random package with some odds and ends in it, but the last card is from 1961 Topps.  I keep meaning to get into more vintage stuff, but it is definitely harder to come by.   

The first six cards are all cards from my wantlist, most of whom have been stars in Boston.  Only two of these players are still on the team.  Xander Bogaerts leads all current Red Sox in cards in my collection, and it is not particularly close.  Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett were the 2007 postseason MVPs.  Carson Blair never played in the Majors for the Red Sox, but he did make it to the Athletics during the 2015 season.  He played in eleven games and hit his only Major League home runs.

That brings us to the vintage card from 1961 Topps.  Rip Repulski made his Major League debut for the Cardinals in 1953 and had some decent power.  He had his best season in 1955 when he hit .270/.333/.467 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs.  He made his only All Star team the next season, before bouncing around a bit, playing for the Phillies and Dodgers.  In 1960 he was traded to the Red Sox for Nelson Chittum where he played the rest of his career.  He played sparingly for Boston over the next two seasons.  Repulski hit .248/.291/.360 with three home runs and 21 RBIs over 88 games.

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