Archive for Boston Red Sox

Icon-O-Clasm: Six Swatches of Separation — Rickey Henderson game-used cards

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


A trip to LCS for supplies leads to purchase of vintage rookies

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards, New Addition with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

So earlier today I was taking pictures of some autographs in my collection and noticed that I still needed about 30 single-screw cases for a project I’m working on.  So I headed to the LCS to buy these …

Well, I had about 20 minutes to spare and the shop owner tells me he got a bunch of 1940s and older cards in the showcase. 

So I dug through and saw lots of stuff I liked, but really two cards that I absolutely needed for my collection.

For less than the price of a hobby box I added two rookie cards of Boston Red Sox legends to my collection, cards that I had only seen online.  Both are considered lower grade, but I love that these were unexpected purchases made in person and from one of the local shops, which I like supporting. 

(Public Service Announcement: If you’ve got a shop near you, buy a single or two every month for your PC and help keep them in business.)

I only had a few minutes at the shop today because I had to get my kids from school, but I had just enough time afterward to take these Instagram pictures on the baseball field at my kids’ school.

1939 Play Ball Bobby Doerr, who at age 97 is presently the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 And 1941 Play Ball Dom DiMaggio, younger brother of The Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio, and a star in his own right.   

An Auto A Day … #6

Posted in An Auto A Day with tags , , , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve got a thing for former players who turn manager/coach. This is not a new trend, but it’s interesting for me to see this these days as I clearly remember some of the players-turned managers/coaches when they first came into Major League Baseball.


Such is the case with Torey Lovullo. He was somewhat of a prospect with the Tigers. The thing I remember most about him was having rookie cards in 1989 products … I pulled a ton of them while hunting for Griffey rookies of course. He spent part of eight seasons in the Majors with seven different teams before ending his MLB career in 1999.

Lovullo’s baseball career, however, didn’t stop as a player. Two years after retirement he got into managing and coaching and worked his way through the Cleveland Indians minor league system. He then followed current Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to the Toronto Blue Jays and then from Toronto to Boston, where he is a bench coach. Lovullo was a top candidate for the Chicago Cubs managerial gig in 2010 and it’s probably only a matter of time before he gets a manager gig in the majors.

As noted, Lovullo has rookies in 1989, including in the high series of Upper Deck. He has a single certified autograph: 1996 Leaf Signature Extended.

Thrift Treasures 70: `National’ finds, Bargain Bin — Any item a buck #1

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_2283Well, I just got back from The National Sports Collectors Convention, which was held in Cleveland this weekend.  I was working for Beckett during the event, so I did not get a chance to sift through all of the bargains that were out there to be had.  It should be noted that I did notice quite a few people digging through dime and quarter boxes.  I love seeing this.  These are my favorites. Good for you guys.

Anyhow, I did manage to make a few minor purchases along the way. I”m going to break my finds up into some short posts so that they are easier to read.  In this one I will showcase three items that I acquired from an interesting dealer.  I managed to find this dealer in 2012 at the show in Baltimore, where I unearthed some fantastic autographed 3×5 cards as shown here.

Well, this time the seller had a ton, almost literally 2,000 pounds, of small paper items that were sports related.  There were lots of match book covers, sports schedules, bumper stickers, etc.  He also had a bunch of press photos and these photo sheets, shown below.

I could have spent the entire day at this booth, but I gave it about 10 minutes and located three press photo sheets that struck my fancy.

If you’re unfamiliar with the newspaper production process, allow me to share how these worked.  Before digital photography and digital layout programs, a lot of the newspaper design was done by hand.  Producers would cut the pictures, advertisements, etc. and lay them out on paper, using wax to adhere the items to mockups.  The mockups were then sent to the press room, where the items then were eventually etched into a plate, which was then used to produce the items that were delivered to the front door.  The process is a little more detailed than that, but you get the point.

At the beginning of each season, newspapers would receive player press packets which included pictures — mugshots — of the guys on the roster.  The mugshots then could be used for publication at any point during the season; designers would use a grease pencil to show how images should be cropped; and they crossed-out certain players on any given day to ensure that the right player’s image was being used with the story.  Having worked in newspapers before, I saw a lot of these.  But rarely would I see them outside of the newsroom.

Well, this dealer had a bunch of them.  Almost every team, from the late 1980s through the mud 1990s.  It was clear that some had already been purchased as many key players appeared to be missing.  But in my limited hunt I decided these were must-owns.

We start with the 1993 San Francisco Giants press photo that features on Barry Bonds.  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I clearly remember what  big deal it was when the Giants acquired Bonds. Kind of neat to see a young Bonds on this photo, as well as Rod Beck and Bud Black, who is referred to as “Buddy” Black here.


Secondly, we’ll go with the 1990 Boston Red Sox photo, which highlights one Roger Clemens, my favorite player of all time.  1990 was a good and bad year for the Red Sox.  They won the American League East and went head to head against the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series.  In that series, Roger Clemens was famously ejected from game in Oakland. Given that Clemens’ picture is the one the user of this item was focusing on, it’s fun to think that this sheet could have been used to create a story for that playoff game for some newspaper somewhere. Given these facts, and the inclusion of stars Mike Greenwell and Wade Boggs, it seemed like an item that had to come home from Cleveland.


And lastly, we have a 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers sheet that highlights Magic Johnson, but also includes some fantastic Lakers players from the 1980s, most notably Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy. The Lakers won the NBA title that season and the MVP of the regular season, as well as the NBA finals, was none other than … Magic Johnson, who was the person whom the designer wanted int he newspaper the next day.

IMG_2278I wish I had spent more time digging through these bins.  I really like these player photo sheets.

Total cost of these treasures: $3.

To see more Thrift Treasures posts, click HERE

World Series Loot … including a game-used item from Fenway

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

I’m fortunate to have friends who have great jobs.  One of my friends is a baseball writer for a major  internet news outlet.  Last month his job took him to the World Series, which led him to Fenway Park for the first time and forever made me a jealous man.

Well, being the good friend that he is, he managed to get some World Series items for me, and they are not the type that most people would get.  I’m not talking caps, jerseys, pennants or shirts.  I’m talking media stuff.  Which is cool because I used to work in the media and love the Red Sox.

Check this stuff out:

Here is a standard 2013 Boston Red Sox Media guide.  These were the same ones that were handed out and mailed to media members during the season. Tons of Red Sox information in this thing.


Here’s the 2013 World Series Program.  Standard edition, sold at the venues in Boston and St. Louis.

IMG_3956Some random Game Notes and Post Game notes from Games 1, 3,4 and 6. These are photocopied sheets of paper with information that is typically handed out to media in the press box so that the writers can use them to craft their stories. The real gems here are the Game 6 notes — those are from the game-winner in Boston.  There are pre-game notes and some post-game notes.


Here’s a 2013 World Series Media Guide with supplemental info for the Red Sox and Cardinals.


A 2013 Roberto Clemente Award Ceremony pin — exclusive to the on-field presentation. IMG_3960

There’s only one item left. You’d probably expect that he snagged me a nifty Press Pin, but he didn’t.  He got one in Boston and one in St. Louis.  He said he’d give them to me if they weren’t “worth” too much.  I know there is a big market for press pins and when i did a quick eBay search (this year’s ones sell for $150 each) I handed them back to him, telling him I could not accept them.

So what is the last item?

It’s game-used grass.  From Fenway park. From the World Series clinching game. From behind the pitcher’s mound.

IMG_3961This item surprised the crap out of me, and honestly, is one of the coolest things I own.  When I was a boy watching Roger Clemens (my favorite player) pitch, I learned that Clemens would scoop up a handful of dirt after momentous occasions on the field. And in 1997 I mimicked this act when my high school football team won our regional championship, only I grabbed grass and not dirt.

My friend was not aware of this.  I asked him today what prompted him to grab a small patch of grass.

His response: “I was on that prowl for Ben souvenirs. Noticed that was a way I could grab a piece of history.”

Freakin awesome!  Now I have to find a way to store this.

Rookie Card Showcase: 1949 Bowman Johnny Pesky

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 21 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

Don’t ask why it took so long for me to own this card.

I’ve been a Red Sox fan since 1988, the year in which I basically had to decide which team I wanted to cheer for.

I knew who Johnny Pesky was.

I knew what he meant to the Red Sox organization.

I knew that I needed this card for my Rookie Card Collection.

Yet it was not until Pesky died on Aug. 13, 2012, that I decided I absolutely had to own the card immediately.

Say what you want about that buying strategy — I actually snapped it up before word of his passing was wide spread so that helped with the cost — but fact is I own it now.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Pesky.

Thrift Treasures XXV: The Comeback Edition

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Finally …. Thrift Treasures HAS come back … to Cardboard Icons.

It’s been a few months since I’ve unearthed some cardboard gems from my local thrift stores. And that’s not to say I haven’t been searching with a fine-toothed comb. The cards are just becoming scant … well, I should say cards that interest me are becoming scant. There has been plenty of early 90s ProSet football and Hoops Basketball showing up.

I digress. My “Honey Hole” for cardboard goodness received some cards earlier this week and was selling them 20 for a $1. I found the best 20 cards that money could buy. Here are the goods:

At first glance, it looked like there was a bunch of 2006 Bowman commons in the tin, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing if there were more than just a few prospects sprinkled within. But when it came down to make the final tally, I went ahead and bought the only two Bowman Chrome prospects that were in the box, Aaron Hathaway (Mets) and Mike Rozier(Red Sox).

The Rozier card is one that I needed for my on-again, off-again team collection. But it also was one of seven total Red Sox cards that I didn’t own. As much as I want to stop my team collection — I’ll explain later — it’s hard to turn them down when they are sitting in front of my face for a relatively cheap price.

Now that I’ve bored you you to death with Red Sox chatter, I present this semi-interesting 2009 Goodwin card of Chris Johnson, running back for the Titans. I don’t collect football and because of that, I was slightly convinced that this card MIGHT be his rookie. Obviously I was wrong. You can all laugh at me now. Nonetheless, it’s a good-looking card that I’ll add to some pile somewhere that eventually will be sold, traded or given away.

Want to talk about randomness? Look at these next three cards:

2008 Triple Threads Grady Sizemore, a common card from a high-end product
2008 Donruss Threads Baseball Diamond Kings insert of some prospect named Trystan Magnuson
2003 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Red game-used jersey card of Josh Phelps, serial numbered to 250

I tend to dislike Goudey a lot. But this card caught my eye because it’s a green mini version of a Sports Royalty card. Funny note, I received the blue jersey of this same mini card earlier this week in the mail. Anyone interested in them?

Love ’em or hate ’em, I can’t pass on a small lot of Upper Deck Anniversary cards at a nickel each. I know a VOTC is working on this set. Hope he can use them.

And finally a pair of 2009 Topps Heritage Update Chrome parallels.

Can’t say that was the BEST trip to the thrift shop, but it’s mightly tough to beat that haul for just a buck.

To see the other parts of this on-going series, click HERE.