A couple of weeks ago, with the excitement of the 2019 Major League Baseball season still fresh, I picked up a lot of Red Sox cards off of eBay. All of the cards were from the past few years, and there were 70 cards in the lot in total. The seller accepted my best offer of $15 and change, and when you include shipping the stack set me back just a bit less than the cost of a retail blaster.
After I filtered out some duplicates from within the lot, and then moved a bunch of other cards that I already own copies of to my trade box, I was left with 35 cards that were new to my ever-expanding Red Sox collection on The Trading Card Database...
As you can see, there were cards included in this lot from some of the most recent sets to hit retail and hobby shop shelves. I've received a few 2019 Heritage Red Sox in trade, but was missing Mookie Betts' card until now.
At the time that I purchased the lot, I was hopeful that Rafael Devers would have a breakout year. Not so much the case so far, as he's continued to be a defensive liability in the early going here. Nonetheless, my Devers collection got a decent injection from this lot. Got the base...
...and Chrome versions of this 2015 card.
Some other Chrome flavor from 2015. I know I'm not alone in this, but in my opinion there are just way
too many flavors and slight variations of Bowman. I made sure to catalog these accurately while adding them to my collection, but I'm too lazy to go back and look up the difference now.
Here's another Bowman, from the following year.
Got the Chrome counterpart for that one as well.
Even a random, unlicensed, and very loud "HYPE" insert from Panini Elite Extra Edition.
From the Bowman's Best reboot that came out a couple of years back, here's a Mirror Image insert. As you'll see, there were a few different inserts from this release sprinkled throughout the lot, and I have to say on the whole I really enjoyed them.
Here's another, a "Raking Rookies" Andrew Benintendi. There's an Atomic Refractor version of this insert that I'd love to grab one day, but I think I'll wait it out and see if it ever gets cheaper than the current $10 asking price.
Another Devers, another card for my 2019 Topps Heritage team set.
Going back a few years, this 2013 Bowman Platinum Jackie Bradley Jr. rookie card was one of the older cards in the lot. To say that JBJ has been struggling at the plate lately would be an understatement, but man is he fun to watch in center field.
2017 flagship card, didn't have this one.
Didn't have this 2017 insert either.
Another pair of Jackie Bradley cards here, just doing these in the order I happened to scan and add them. His 2014 flagship card...
...and from the year prior, his Topps RC proper. I got a few copies of this in the lot, so if Bradley all of the sudden becomes Mike Trout I'll be sittin' pretty.
I was pleased to see Mookie's All-Star subset card from 2019 Heritage included. I'd received a copy from Douglas a few weeks ago, but it fell victim to the mail sorting machine and was beat up enough that I tossed it. Happy to have replaced it so quickly.
Speaking of 2019 Heritage, also got the AL Batting Leaders card featuring two
The card that pays tribute to Benintendi's amazing ALCS catch. I've been wanting a copy of this one since the set came out, great card.
The Jackie Bradley additions keep coming, with his Heritage base card...
...and ALCS highlights card. Love the headline on this one.
I got my very first cards from the 2018 Gypsy Queen base set here, with (surprise!) Jackie Bradley Jr....
...and my favorite player, Xander Bogaerts. There were quite a few new Bogaerts cards for my collection among this lot, probably the primary reason that I picked it up actually.
I'm sorry Topps, but this is just stupid. This is a "Missing Team Name" parallel. It's exactly what it sounds like. Notice the white box where the Red Sox were listed on the normal copy of this card above? Has it really come to this? I'm glad in a weird way that I got this in a lot, because I don't think I could shell out money for this card specifically.
I've gotten a fair amount of 2019 Topps in trade this year, but hadn't ended up with a copy of this Betts/Pujols combo card until now.
Here's another insert from that 2017 Bowman's Best release. As a fan of shiny I have to say, not bad!
And now, as if everything above and the three dozen or so dupes that I didn't bother to show weren't enough, here are my top ten favorite cards from this lot...
#10 - 2014 Topps Opening Day - Xander Bogaerts RC
Yes, it's just Opening Day, but a new Xander Bogaerts RC of any sort is a significant win for my collection. I've got many of Xander's rookies, and am somewhat surprised that I didn't have a copy of this card yet.
#9 - 2015 Topps Update Throwback Variation - Xander Bogaerts
Full disclosure, you'll be seeing a few Bogaerts cards from here on out. This Throwback insert is from 2015 Topps Update, and features the old-school Topps logo that I really enjoy.
#8 - 2013 Bowman Cream of the Crop Mini Blue Refractor - Jackie Bradley
Serial-numbered to /250, this is a unique and very shiny addition to my Jackie Bradley collection. While adding this one to my collection, I learned that Xander Bogaerts was included in this same insert set. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for a copy of that one (and its many parallels).
#7 - 2015 Topps Career High Relic - Xander Bogaerts
Relic cards don't get me that excited in most cases, but Bogaerts relics do. Especially at a price point that worked out to well under $.50 a card.
#6 - 2019 Topps Heritage - Xander Bogaerts
This one certainly helped convince me to purchase the lot, as Bogaerts' card in 2019 Heritage is a short-print. Would have ended up shelling out a couple bucks for this on COMC at some point, this was more cost effective.
#5 - 2013 Topps Target Red Parallel - Jackie Bradley Jr. RC
I really enjoyed all of the colored border parallel cards that existed for a few years there when Topps was doing the full white border thing. Target Red parallels in particular are great for Red Sox cards, for obvious reasons. Not all of the cards in the lot were pictured well in the auction, and this was one of the pleasant surprises that I wasn't specifically aware of when I picked these up.
#4 - 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League - Andrew Benintendi
Easily one of my favorite cards in the lot, in fact I think I should have ranked this one higher. I love this shot of Andrew Benintendi with the AA Portland Sea Dogs franchise. I've eyed this one many times, but have never seen a copy for less than $3-$4. This is certainly one of my favorite cards of the young Sox outfielder.
#3 - 2016 Topps Archives Blue Parallel - Xander Bogaerts
Xander Bogaerts got one of the best looking cards in the 2016 Topps Archives set, period. I truly think this is a perfect baseball card, there is not one thing I'd change about it. I love it so much that I already had the base, and relatively rare Red parallel of the card. Psyched to add this Blue parallel (#'d to /199) as well! What a gorgeous photo and absolutely perfect job of framing. Bravo, Topps!
#2 - 2019 Topps Heritage Cloth Sticker - Mookie Betts
I might have rated this one a bit higher than I truly should have, but I think I was just so surprised by the card as I had no idea that there were cloth stickers in this year's Heritage release. I really like the texture of the card, one of the more unique Mookie Betts cards that I've picked up in some time.
#1 - 2015 Topps Heritage - Xander Bogaerts
The card that drew me to this lot above all others was this 2015 Topps Heritage Bogaerts. I've coveted this one, featuring that fantastic Topps All-Star Rookie logo, for forever now. It's a short-print though (I swear Xander gets the SP treatment every
year in Heritage), and I've never seen the price on COMC dip below $4 if you can believe that. I've been waiting years to cross this one off my list, and thanks to this random lot it's finally in my possession.
Yeah, I'd say that was way more entertaining for me than a retail blaster. I've now got 138 unique Xander Bogaerts cards and counting, and 3,241 Red Sox cards and counting in my collection on The Trading Card Database. That's good for the 63rd largest Sox collection on the site, though I'll eventually climb much higher as I have thousands of Red Sox cards still to add.
That's a wrap, enjoy your Sunday evening and thanks for stopping by!