It was great to get some personal face-to-face interaction in the hobby for a change, and I can't think of a better way to spend a Wednesday evening than talking baseball cards over cold beer!
That Curt Schilling card is definitely a step above your average relic, and an on-card autograph of Simon Mercedes (a guy still in the Boston organization) rounds out the trio.
A solid boost to the Red Sox collection there, thank you Matt!
As I mentioned above, Mark Hoyle had indicated that he had a couple of buybacks for me, and he sure did. Let's see how many of the eleven that Mark hooked me up with make my franken-set...
1967 Topps #359 - Dick Ellsworth
Every single one of the buybacks Mark gave me are of the Topps Heritage variety, my favorite kind. Dick Ellsworth, from the 2016 Heritage set, makes the cut uncontested at #359. If Wikipedia can be believed in this case, Dick won the most games of any Cubs pitcher in the '60s.
1967 Topps #197 - Ron Perranoski
One other '67 buyback from this year's Heritage set, Dodgers pitcher Ron Perranoski. A nice posed shot here, but Ron has some competition as he's not the first #197 buyback I've acquired...
1966 Topps #17 - Johnny Stephenson
The rest of the buybacks were 1966 Topps, from 2015 Heritage. Smiling Johnny Stephenson is in!
1966 Topps #158 - Jim Brewer
Some nice trees on this Jim "Tall Hat" Brewer (just made that nickname up). Jim has an existing #158 to compete with, but the competition's not that stiff:
1966 Topps #64 - Bob Bruce
All of the remaining buybacks here made the franken-set uncontested. Random bit of trivia, did you know that Bob Bruce once pitched a perfect inning (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches)?
1966 Topps #44 - Bill Davis/Tom Kelley
The first dual-player card to make the franken-set. 6'7" Bill Davis had one career home run.
1966 Topps #10 - Tony Cloninger
Did you know that despite being a pitcher, Tony Cloninger once clubbed two grand slams in a single game?!? I certainly didn't until I received this card. Pretty impressive feat!
1966 Topps #82 - Bob Hendley
Most known for losing a 1-hitter in which Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game. Also without question the absolute flattest haircut in the franken-set to date.
1966 Topps #84 - Jim Beauchamp/Dick Kelley
Jim Beauchamp actually made his MLB debut in 1963 but didn't get a card those first couple years. Dick Kelley was a Massachusetts native.
1966 Topps #147 - Lum Harris
A very solid addition to the franken-set here as I'm a total sucker for vintage manager cards.
1966 Topps #170 - Cookie Rojas
Last but certainly not least, five-time All-Star Cookie Rojas and his fantastic frames. Best pair of glasses in the franken-set so far? Quite possibly.
Franken-set Progress: 118/792 (15%)
1979 "Early Red Sox Favorites" oddball set. Had never heard of these before but it's a 24-card set released in the state of Maine. I absolutely love any Red Sox card with a photograph this old on it.
Thanks a lot for the cards guys! As cool as they are, it was even better to be able to meet up and discuss the hobby. Would be great to do it again someday!