Yesterday, I showed off the contents of one of the PWEs sent by Mark Hoyle. As those of you who have received cards from Mark can attest, his generosity is not only vintage but also abundant.
This second PWE was full of Red Sox goodies, ranging from modern favorites to vintage obscurities.
1987 Fleer Baseball All Stars #22, Bruce Hurst
I have to admit, I was not aware of Bruce Hurst when I was a child. However, the more I learn about the Red Sox in the 80s, the more impressed with him I become. He was a work horse, and while he was overshadowed by Roger Clemens, he was a key part to the success of the Red Sox.
1988 Fleer All Star Team #4, Roger Clemens
1991 Topps Stadium Club #29, Roger Clemens
Speaking of the Rocket, these two cards were included in Hoyle’s PWE. I have conflicting emotions about Clemens. He is one of the first Red Sox players that I remember watching, yet he spent so much time playing for the Yankees. Then there is the Steroid allegations to consider. Still, I do collect his cards and enjoy the memories of him in a Red Sox uniform.
1975 SSPC #405, Jim Rice
1980 Topps #200, Jim Rice
1981 Kellogg’s 3D Super Stars #9, Jim Rice
“Jim Ed” is the most affordable and accessible Hall of Famers. His autographs and relics are affordable, and lately, he has been included in a number of releases. I appreciate that about his cards, but that isn’t the only reason I collect. Rice spent his entire career with the Red Sox, which is something I appreciate about him. He still remains one of my favorite players.
1972 Topps #38, Carl Yastrzemski
If we are going to talk about loyalty, Yaz has to be at the top of the list. Toward the end of his career, he could have taken a much larger contract from other teams. There is a great story in his book about the Blue Jays offering a sizable contract, which obviously was turned down. These In Action cards are a wonderful departure from the posed portraits that make up the majority of the ’72 Topps set.
I even enjoy the back of the cards. Talk about vintage! This reminds me of the advertisements in comic books from the same time period. The animation is done in the same style, as is the font and text. This is a great addition to a meager Yaz collection.
1980 Topps #40, Carlton Fisk
1993 Topps #230 Carlton Fisk
2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces #5
Hoyle included 3 great Fisk cards. One of my all-time favorite sets is ’07 Masterpieces. I opened a box of it last year and enjoyed every pack. The canvas feel of the cards and the sketch images make it standout from the chrome, prizm, shiny extravaganza of modern releases.
1966 Topps #227, Russ Nixon
1978 Topps #83, Bob Montgomery
1979 Topps #379, Jim Wright
Hoyle included two more vintage catchers to my collection. The Nixon card shows him with a catcher’s glove, so I prefer it over the Montgomery card. As for the Wright, it appears to be his rookie card, so when he makes the Hall of Fame, I will be sitting pretty.
Last but not least is this postcard type photo of Gene Oliver. Oliver played for the Red Sox in 1968, so my guess is that this was produced in ’68. However, the back gives only the name of the J.D. McCarthy and nothing else. I assume that McCarthy is the photographer or studio that put this out. Regardless, it is a great addition to my Red Sox catcher collection, and I am glad that it was included.