While Julie, over at A Cracked Bat, is probably in mourning, I am in very good spirits thanks to her generosity. She recently sent me three team bags full of Red Sox players and a few catchers to boot. Here a just a few of the highlights.
First up, two of my favorite pitchers, Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield. True, Schilling is in his Phillies uniform, but I will still take it. Wakefield, on the other hand, seems to be filling out a loan application, judging by the look on his face. It is an unusual image for a card, so it is much appreciated and enjoyed.
Two cards for my growing collection of Nomar Garciaparra. I had not idea, until recently, that Nomar had so many cards. Being a star player during the late 90’s, apparently meant having 47,000 cards issued every month. All that aside, these two cards are very much appreciated. The card on the right is from 1998 Topps Gallery and is part of the Impressions inserts. It is a unique card, combining a textured background with a glossy image of Nomar, but hey, it was the 90’s.
Julie also sent over what appears to be the team set of ’95 Select, and what a welcome surprise. I like the horizontal alignment and borderless images. Not only are these great looking cards, but getting to see Jose Canseco in a Red Sox uniform is not only unusual, but down right appalling. Aaron Sele and John Valentin aren’t usually part of my player collection, but this set looks so great, I just may have to keep them.
The other three cards from this set that she sent over are Mo Vaughn, Roger Clemens, and Mike Greenwell. When these cards were issued, the winds of change were about the blow through Boston: Mo Vaughn become the face of the franchise; Clemens left after the ’96 season; Mike Greenwell retired after the ’96 Season.
Victorino had a terrible season in 2014, but that doesn’t mean this card is anything less than amazing. I don’t get my hands on a lot of Topps Chrome, and the refractors never make it into my collection, which is why this card is all the more appreciated. A brilliant image of Victorino jumping to make a catch is almost secondary the shiny purple brilliance of the card.
Thanks again Julie!