Off Hiatus Goes to Work

Tony, from over at Off Hiatus, and I have exchanged a few emails over the past few months, alluding to a trade that is supposed to take place.  Finally, Tony got tired of the chase and just sent over a thoughtful selection of cards.

oh jb

This Johnny Bench is the first of three 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars set.  These are 5″ x 3 1/2″ and are horizontally aligned.  This one is not terribly appealing, but it is a much appreciated addition to my collection.

oh gc

I think I have figured out why I like Jarrod Saltalamacchia so much.


Can you see the similarity?

oh cf

Now that I have these three cards, I need to find a way to store or display them.

cf oh

Here is another junk wax era card that I didn’t even know existed.  This is from 1986 Topps.  It was part of the cards on the bottom of the box, and I like the red along the top rather than the black, at least with this image.

jb oh1

Included in this package were a few cards of Johnny Bench.

jb oh2

I can’t believe how many bad images are used for Bench’s cards.  Often credited as the greatest catcher in the history of baseball, and yet most of his cards are boring.

gc oh2

I have accumulated so many Food company issued cards recently, it is hard to keep track of them all.  I guess it makes sense that a candy company would put out a baseball card; it seems like that would be a good business practice.

gc oh1

I don’t know what to say here.  I am too excited about this card to do it any justice.  I have to be honest, upon first glance, I didn’t notice that it was signed.  However, after scanning it, I saw the signature.  I know that the autograph isn’t “authentic”, but Carter’s signature wouldn’t be one that would be forged, so I choose to believe that it is real.  And therefore, I am elated.

Tony, thanks so much for adding to my collection.

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4 Responses to Off Hiatus Goes to Work

  1. That Tony is a pretty cool guy. Always delivers some great stuff.


  2. Tony L. says:

    The autograph was one I picked up through the mail directly from Carter back in the early 1980s. He was always known as a “good guy” who would sign cheerfully for people. That autograph — along with many, many that I have — check out extremely well against the “certified” versions. I can’t guarantee it 100%, but doggone it, I know it’s real!


  3. Mark Hoyle says:

    Love the Fisk box bottom. Four pocket pages work great for the Big Donruss cards


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