On This Day 73 Years Ago … Lou Boudreau Introduces Ted Williams Shift

Desperate times call for desperate measures.   Managers, coaches, pitchers, and fielders tried to neutralize Ted Williams over the years, but few succeeded.  Williams was an offensive menace in 1946, hitting .342 while taking American League MVP honors despite missing the three previous seasons to serve in World War II. On July 14 of that season, …

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Celebrating 30 Years of Upper Deck and Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

Thirty years after its release, the first card of Upper Deck’s premiere set is still one of the hobby’s most significant and coveted baseball cards. In 1989, Upper Deck introduced high-tech glossy cards with quality photos and a unique anti-counterfeiting hologram on the back of each card.  High-gloss cards printed on high-quality white paper stock …

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1952 Topps Mickey Mantle … Why All the Fuss?

The most recognizable and coveted baseball card ever produced is the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card.  A rare version graded Mint-9 by Professional Sports Authenticated (PSA) on a scale of 1-10 recently sold for a whopping $2.88 million.  That’s the second-highest price ever paid for a baseball card, falling short of the $3.12 million a …

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1959 Fleer Life of Ted Williams: As Splendid As The Splinter

When Fleer entered the baseball card business in 1959, the rookie sports card manufacturer turned to the greatest hitter who ever lived.Ted Williams not only established new slugging standards, he also changed the way the sports collectibles hobby was marketed. During this era, Topps was the exclusive baseball card manufacturer, so Fleer — the only other …

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Looking at 1975 World Series Through Red Sox and Reds 1975 Topps Set

The 1975 Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds team sets are absolute musts for 1970s baseball card collectors.  Not only did the two teams engage in one of the most memorable World Series to date, but the sets include some of the top players from the ‘70s -- including Hall of Famers, the all-time hits …

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Vladimir Guerrero Takes His Rightful Place in Baseball Hall of Fame

Vladimir Guerrero’s approach to the plate was simple: See the ball, hit the ball.  The nine-time All-Star for the Expos, Angels, and Rangers (he also played for the Orioles) rarely saw a pitch that he didn’t like.  With an aim toward mashing the ball every time he stepped to the plate, Guerrero swung freely and …

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Mookie Betts: MVP Candidate, Red Sox Great

Five years into his career, Mookie Betts has emerged as an annual MVP candidate and is on track to become one of the best players in Red Sox history.  As a result, the 25-year-old face of the Red Sox is the talk of the sports collectibles hobby. Although his rookie cards are extremely popular today, …

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Celebrating Red Sox Great Bobby Doerr

By 1940, Doerr was a key member of a potent Red Sox lineup that included Williams, Jimmie Foxx, and Joe Cronin.  The man Williams called “the silent leader” hit a robust .291 with 22 homers and 105 RBI -- impressive numbers for a second baseman of any time period.

J.D. Martinez: Exactly What The Red Sox Need

J.D. Martinez is exactly the player the Red Sox need to separate themselves from the AL wild-card contenders, while keeping pace with the power-driven Yankees offense.  The Red Sox are banking on Martinez to fill the void created by the retirement of David Ortiz. If Martinez produces as expected, the Red Sox will be championship …

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Red Sox Playing Smart with JD Martinez; Yanks Team To Beat, but Sox Will Contend

Random thoughts as the Red Sox settle into spring training … Kudos to the Red Sox for not bidding against themselves to sign J.D. Martinez.  With the Red Sox being the only viable bidder, Martinez seems to need the Red Sox more than the Red Sox need Martinez, whose opposite-field swing may not play well …

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