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Wade Boggs 2005 Topps Turkey Red

Wade Boggs 2005 Topps Turkey Red

Another card of Wade Boggs playing defense…

But, with the vintage Topps Turkey design, I think that I would have preferred he be hitting.  For me, this style of card is better suited for a player holding a bat in a posed position rather than in an action, defensive spot.

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Still, another nice card for my collection.  I really like the attention to detail on this card, from the shoe brand to the lacing on Boggs’ glove – VERY NICELY DONE!!!

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Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

I’m always digging the cards of Wade Boggs from his early Red Sox years that feature him playing defense.

And this one from the 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In set is a beauty!

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While Boggs was known for his hitting prowess, he was a sharp defender of the ‘hot corner’.  He has a lifetime fielding percentage of .962 at third base, and while that is not a record-setting number, it is fantastic for a player that is solely known for his offensive punch.

Gotta love #26!

Tony Gwynn 1987 Fleer Baseball All-Stars

Tony Gwynn 1987 Fleer Baseball All-Stars

While not part of their standard base product, Fleer did make an All-Star set in 1987.

The set was sold in a box-set format, and was tagged as ‘Baseball All-stars’.

And while normally, I demand that my All-Star cards feature an image that shows you one of their All-Star traits, I will let this one of Tony Gwynn pass because Tony’s smile brightens up the whole card.

Have a look:

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Come to think of it, maybe Tony Gwynn’s smile back then was an All-Star trait…

Wade Boggs 1987 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

Wade Boggs 1987 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

I have to guess that the people at Kay-Bee Toystores though that creating a baseball card set like many other big-box retailers was simply a way to keep up with the competition.

But, they put out a set in 1987 that I think is one of the best oddball sets of the year.

Here is the Wade Boggs card from their 1987 release:

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Yes, it may not be as lively as some others or feature some ‘Collector’s Edition’ attention grabbing headline, but the card is very nice and clean.

I like the look of the card with the 2-row headline, and the Kay-Bee logo on the bottom is pretty neat as well.

I especially like the large image that was saved to show off the player – and this picture of a young Wade Boggs is both neat and unique!

Tony Gwynn 1996 Leaf Preferred

Tony Gwynn 1996 Leaf Preferred

Not too many baseball cards feature Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn working in the field.  After all, Gwynn is the best hitter of his generation and one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game.

But, seeing him in the field on this 1996 Leaf Preferred baseball card is a nice change.

Have a look:

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And let us now forget that for a time, Tony Gwynn was an elite defender!

Gwynn captured five Gold Glove Awards during a six season span from 1986-1991.  He retired from the sport with a .987 fielding percentage over 20 seasons.

We miss you ‘Mr. Padre’.

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Another fantastic baseball card design and theme that I am encountering for the very first time with this card of Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs.

Have a look:

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This card comes from the 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measure Of Greatness’ set.  I really like all of the stats piled into the background of the card and the Light Blue coloring of the backdrop allows for the player’s image to really come to life.

Wade Boggs certainly belongs in a set like this, as he was definitely one that could be measured against when discussing ‘Greatness’.

I LIKE IT!!!

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle ‘Hardball Heroes’

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle ‘Hardball Heroes’

Yes, it is still a bid weird for me to be collecting baseball cards of Wade Boggs in a New York Yankees uniform.

But, I am dedicated to honoring Boggs and his entire career, so that means more Yankees and Rays cards to come in my future.

This card of Boggs is from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set and is part of the subset tagged as ‘Hardball Heroes’.

Have a look:

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Even after his Sox days, Wade Boggs still had that mighty, left-handed swing.  And the image that Pinnacle chose for this card shows it off nicely.

The ‘Hardball Heroes’ theme is cool one, and I really like the ‘Double H’ graphic that Pinnacle created for the set.  The stitching that flows under the subset theme name is a very nice touch too!