The Drive Towards 5,000 - A Contribution from Tony
Next up in the queue for a thank you post is Tony from the fantastic blog Off Hiatus Baseball Cards. We've exchange cards at least a couple of different times now, and his latest delivery was a huge help towards my goal of 5,000 unique Boston Red Sox cards by year's end.
My favorite cards in the package were a trio of needs from the 2008 Topps Opening Day set. I'm sure this is one of those sets that drives many collectors nuts, with its bright red borders. For a Red Sox collector like myself they're perfect.
I never picked up so much as a single pack of this stuff back in 2008, but I've been chipping away at a Red Sox team set for some time now.
This trio gets me within two cards of completing it! This is actually one of the few Red Sox team sets that I've gotten into a binder already, and it felt great sliding these into their previously empty slots.
Also included in this package was a heavy dose of Clemens. A good chunk of my junk wax era Red Sox came from a giant discount lot that I believe had most, if not all, of the Clemens picked out of it already. As a result, he seems to be one of the last cards I need for so many of the team sets from the late '80s or early '90s.
A couple of solid additions there with the extremely noisy 1991 Fleer, and much more muted 1989 Donruss.
A nice pair of Japanese pitchers courtesy of 2008 Topps Heritage...
...and apparently this is the highest-quality photograph of reliever Hideki Okajima that Topps could get their hands on at the time?
Back to the Rocket...
...with a 5-spot from the 1986 Donruss Highlights set.
Just 56 cards in this small set, and Roger made it onto 5 of them.
I'm a fan of obscure cards, and this 1997 Collector's Choice Stick-Ums insert of Mo Vaughn qualifies:
Rounding out this latest delivery is a nice chunk of last year's Heritage team set that I inexplicably have yet to complete.
Tony, thanks for this latest batch of cardboard! These Red Sox cards have been given a good home, and I really appreciate your generosity. I will try to get a PWE of Brewers in the mail sometime in the next couple of weeks...