Red Sox Opening Day Card Collection

Butch Joseph has been a Red Sox fan and card collector since 1946, when he was 13 years old. He has a vast Red Sox card collection, but wanted a special way to spotlight each year’s Opening Day at Fenway Park. His solution was perfect… for each Red Sox starter in the opener, he placed their Topps card in a 3-ring binder page. He also included a cover page of each game with the date, score, Red Sox lineup and the box score on the back.

The Red Sox Openind Day cards fill two 3-ring binders.

The Red Sox Opening Day cards fill two 3-ring binders.

At the present time, Butch has the pockets filled for the years 1951 through 2015. There should have been a total of 585 cards, however he doesn’t have 7 of the cards ( ** below ) and 74 of the cards were never printed ( n/a below ). So the total number of cards is 504.

The 1951 cards are smaller than today's cards. These were placed in BCW's 1948 Bowman Card OInsert Sleeves to center the cards in the page's pocket.

The 1951 cards are smaller than today’s cards. These were placed in BCW’s 1948 Bowman Card Insert Sleeves to center the cards in the page’s pocket.

1951 Topps Red 1951 Topps Blue
n/a Buddy Rosar n/a Buddy Rosar
10 Mel Parnell 18 n/a Mel Parnell
n/a Walt Dropo n/a Walt Dropo
n/a Bobby Doerr 37 Bobby Doerr **
n/a Lou Boudreau n/a Lou Boudreau
4 Vern Stephens 18 n/a Vern Stephens
n/a Ted Williams n/a Ted Williams
20 Dom Dimaggio 35 n/a Dom Dimaggio
46 Billy Goodman 18 n/a Billy Goodman

1952 Topps

 

1953 Topps

 

121 Gus Niarhos 20 139 Sammy White 15
43 Ray Scarborough 35 19 Mel Parnell 15
235 Walt Dropo 20 n/a Dick Gernert
335 Ted Lepcio ** n/a Billy Goodman
15 Johnny Pesky ** 280 Milt Bolling ** 50
n/a Jimmy Piersall 138 George Kell
n/a Ted Williams 248 Gene Stephens 50
22 Dom Dimaggio ** n/a Tom Umphlett
376 Faye Throneberry ** n/a Jimmy Piersall

The 1953 through 1956 cards are larger than today's standard cards, so they are stored in 8-pocket pages instead of 9-pocket pages.

The 1953 through 1956 cards are larger than today’s standard cards, so they are stored in 8-Pocket Pages instead of 9-pocket pages.

1954 Topps

 

1955 Topps

 

n/a Sammy White n/a Sammy White
40 Mel Parnell 8 n/a Willard Nixon
n/a Dick Gernert 176 Norm Zauchin 15
195 Billy Consolo 13 n/a Billy Goodman
66 Ted Lepcio 15 n/a Eddie Joost
n/a George Kell 128 Ted Lepcio 6
n/a Billy Goodman 163 Faye Throneberry 15
n/a Jimmy Piersall n/a Jimmy Piersall
80 Jackie Jensen 8 200 Jackie Jensen 15

1957

Chasing a 1957 Ted Williams card

1956 Topps

 

1957 Topps

 

168 Sammy White 6 163 Sammy White 4
71 Frank Sullivan 5 21 Frank Sullivan 5
228 Mickey Vernon 8 202 Dick Gernert 4
245 Billy Goodman 8 342 Gene Mauch 10
n/a Don Buddin 292 Billy Klaus 10
304 Frank Malzone 6 355 Frank Malzone 4
5 Ted Williams 300 1 Ted Williams **
143 Jimmy Piersall 6 75 Jimmy Piersall 5
115 Jackie Jensen 6 217 Gene Stephens 4

1958 Red Sox Opening Day starters

1958 Red Sox Opening Day starters

1958 Topps

 

1959 Topps

 

73 Pete Daly 6 486 Sammy White 2
395 Willard Nixon 4 437 Ivan Delock 2
265 Pete Runnels 4 13 Dick Gernert 3
405 Ken Aspromonte 4 370 Pete Runnels 2
297 Don Buddin 4 32 Don Buddin 3
260 Frank Malzone 4 220 Frank Malzone 2
227 Gene Stephens 4 521 Gary Geiger 8
280 Jimmy Piersall 4 261 Gene Stephens 2
130 Jackie Jensen 4 400 Jackie Jensen 2

1961

1961 Red Sox Opening Day card

1960 Topps

 

1961 Topps

 

474 Haywood Sullivan 3 53 Russ Nixon 1
439 Tom Brewer 2 562 Bill Monboquette 13
426 Ron Jackson 2 340 Vic Wertz 1
15 Pete Runnels 2 499 Chuck Schilling 3
520 Don Buddin 6 454 Pumpsie Green 3
310 Frank Malzone 2 210 Pete Runnels 1
n/a Ted Williams 287 Carl Yastrzemski 20
153 Bobby Thomson 2 33 Gary Geiger 1
363 Gene Stephens 2 540 Jackie Jensen 13

1962 Topps

 

1963 Topps

 

523 Russ Nixon 8 384 Bob Tillman 2
35 Don Schwall 2 480 Bill Monboquette 10
3 Pete Runnels 2 285 Dick Stuart 2
345 Chuck Schilling 3 52 Chuck Schilling 2
504 Eddie Bressoud 5 188 Eddie Bressoud 2
225 Frank Malzone 2 232 Frank Malzone 2
425 Carl Yastrzemski 60 115 Carl Yastrzemski 15
117 Gary Geiger 2 432 Roman Mejias 2
101 Carroll Hardy 2 96 Lou Clinton 2

1964 Topps

 

1965 Topps

 

329 Russ Nixon 2 222 Bob Tillman 1
305 Jack Lamabe 2 142 Bill Monboquette 1
410 Dick Stuart 3 111 Lee Thomas 1
459 Dalton Jones 3 29 Felix Mantilla 1
352 Eddie Bressoud 2 74 Rico Petrocelli 4
60 Frank Malzone 2 315 Frank Malzone 2
210 Carl Yastrzemski 15 385 Carl Yastrzemski 30
287 Tony Conigliaro 20 588 Lenny Green 3
526 Lou Clinton 6 55 Tony Conigliaro 6

1966 Topps

 

1967 Topps

 

419 Mike Ryan 2 223 Mike Ryan 1
575 Earl Wilson 6 371 Jim Lonborg 2
n/a Tony Horton 75 George Scott 1
542 George Smith 6 314 Reggie Smith 1
298 Rico Petrocelli 1 528 Rico Petrocelli 3
558 George Scott 6 331 Joe Foy 1
70 Carl Yastrzemski 13 355 Carl Yastrzemski 30
277 George Thomas 1 56 Jose Tartabull 1
380 Tony Conigliaro 2 280 Tony Conigliaro 3

1968 Topps

 

1969 Topps

 

167 Elston Howard 1 89 Russ Gibson 1
272 Ray Culp 1 391 Ray Culp 1
233 George Scott 1 240 Ken Harrelson 1
502 Mike Andrews 2 52 Mike Andrews 1
430 Rico Petrocelli 1 215 Rico Petrocelli 1
106 Dalton Jones 1 574 George Scott 1
250 Carl Yastrzemski 13 130 Carl Yastrzemski 8
61 Reggie Smith 1 660 Reggie Smith 1
n/a Joe Lahoud 330 Tony Conigliaro 1

1970 Topps

 

1971 Topps

 

104 Gerry Moses 1 n/a Duane Josephson
144 Ray Culp 1 660 Ray Culp 3
385 George Scott 1 9 George Scott 1
406 Mike Andrews 1 176 Doug Griffin 1
680 Rico Petrocelli 4 740 Luis Aparicio 13
317 Luis Alvarado 1 340 Rico Petrocelli 1
10 Carl Yastrzemski 8 530 Carl Yastrzemski 13
215 Reggie Smith 1 114 Billy Conigliaro 1
340 Tony Conigliaro 1 305 Reggie Smith 1

1972 Topps

 

1973 Topps

 

543 Duane Josephson 2 193 Carlton Fisk 4
2 Ray Culp 1 270 Luis Tiant 1
676 Danny Cater 5 245 Carl Yastrzemski 4
703 Doug Griffin 5 96 Doug Griffin 1
313 Luis Aparicio 1 165 Luis Aparicio 2
30 Rico Petrocelli 1 365 Rico Petrocelli 1
37 Carl Yastrzemski 4 620 Tommy Harper 1
455 Tommy Harper 1 40 Reggie Smith 1
565 Reggie Smith 2 614 Dwight Evans 8

1974 Topps

 

1975 Topps

 

301 Bob Montgomery .20 559 Bob Montgomery .20
167 Luis Tiant .20 430 Luis Tiant .20
280 Carl Yastrzemski 5 280 Carl Yastrzemski 5
219 Doug Griffin .20 454 Doug Griffin .20
192 Mario Guerrero .20 302 Rick Burleson .20
n/a Terry Hughes 356 Rico Petrocelli .20
325 Tommy Harper .20 601 Juan Beniquez .20
247 Rick Miller .20 622 Fred Lynn 3
621 Bernie Carbo .20 255 Dwight Evans .20

1976 Topps

 

1977 Topps

 

365 Carlton Fisk 3 640 Carlton Fisk 2
396 Bill Lee .15 430 Fergie Jenkins 1
230 Carl Yastrzemski 4 n/a George Scott
381 Denny Doyle .15 336 Denny Doyle .15
29 Rick Burleson .15 585 Rick Burleson .15
445 Rico Petrocelli .15 89 Butch Hobson .15
340 Jim Rice 2 60 Jim Rice 1
50 Fred Lynn .15 25 Dwight Evans .15
575 Dwight Evans .15 480 Carl Yastrzemski 3

1978 Topps

 

1979 Topps

 

270 Carlton Fisk 2 423 Bob Montgomery .10
n/a Dennis Eckersley 40 Dennis Eckersley 1
n/a George Scott 645 George Scott .10
n/a Jerry Remy 618 Jerry Remy .10
245 Rick Burleson .10 125 Rick Burleson .10
155 Butch Hobson .10 63 Jack Brohamer .10
40 Carl Yastrzemski 3 320 Carl Yastrzemski 2
320 Fred Lynn .10 480 Fred Lynn .10
695 Dwight Evans .10 155 Dwight Evans .10

1980 Topps

 

1981 Topps

 

40 Carlton Fisk 1 128 Gary Allenson .05
320 Dennis Eckersley .10 620 Dennis Eckersley .05
n/a Tony Perez .10 575 Tony Perez .05
155 Jerry Remy .10 81 Dave Stapleton .05
645 Rick Burleson .10 349 Glenn Hoffman .05
349 Jack Brohamer .10 788 Carney Lansford .05
200 Jim Rice .10 500 Jim Rice .05
110 Fred Lynn .10 803 Rick Miller .05
405 Dwight Evans .10 275 Dwight Evans .05

1982 Topps

 

1983 Topps

 

59 Rich Gedman .05 602 Rich Gedman .05
225 Mike Torrez .05 270 Dennis Eckersley .25
598 Dave Stapleton .05 239 Dave Stapleton .05
25 Jerry Remy .05 628 Julio Valdez .05
189 Glenn Hoffman .05 108 Glenn Hoffman .05
91 Carney Lansford .05 498 Wade Boggs 6
750 Jim Rice .05 30 Jim Rice .25
717 Rick Miller .05 4T Tony Armas .05
355 Dwight Evans .05 135 Dwight Evans .25

1984 Topps

 

1985 Topps

 

498 Rich Gedman .05 529 Rich Gedman .05
213 Bruce Hurst .05 116 Dennis Boyd .05
653 Dave Stapleton .05 65 Bill Buckner .05
445 Jerry Remy .05 298 Marty Barrett .05
523 Glenn Hoffman .05 89 Jackie Gutierrez .05
30 Wade Boggs 1 350 Wade Boggs .25
550 Jim Rice .05 150 Jim Rice .25
105 Tony Armas .05 785 Tony Armas .05
720 Dwight Evans .05 580 Dwight Evans .25

1986 Topps

 

1987 Topps

 

375 Rich Gedman .02 66 Marc Sullivan .01
605 Dennis Boyd .02 705 Bruce Hurst .01
443 Bill Buckner .02 764 Bill Buckner .01
734 Marty Barrett .02 39 Marty Barrett .01
95T Ed Romero .02 591 Spike Owen .01
510 Wade Boggs .15 150 Wade Boggs .01
320 Jim Rice .15 480 Jim Rice .01
255 Tony Armas .02 452 Dave Henderson .01
60 Dwight Evans .15 645 Dwight Evans .01

1988 Topps

 

1989 Topps

 

245 Rich Gedman .01 652 Rich Gedman .01
70 Roger Clemens 1 71 Mike Boddicker .01
470 Dwight Evans .01 29T Nick Esasky .01
525 Marty Barrett .01 155 Marty Barrett .01
733 Spike Owen .01 734 Jody Reed .01
200 Wade Boggs .01 600 Wade Boggs .01
675 Jim Rice .01 630 Mike Greenwell .01
5T Brady Anderson .01 785 Ellis Burks .01
493 Mike Greenwell .01 205 Dwight Evans .01

1990 Topps

 

1991 Topps

 

90T Tony Pena .01 375 Tony Pena .01
245 Roger Clemens 1 26T Danny Darwin .01
n/a Billy Joe Robidoux 206 Carlos Quintana .01
355 Marty Barrett .01 247 Jody Reed .01
96 Jody Reed .01 702 Tim Naehring .01
760 Wade Boggs .10 450 Wade Boggs .01
70 Mike Greenwell .01 792 Mike Greenwell .01
155 Ellis Burks .01 70 Ellis Burks .01
105T Kevin Romine .01 675 Tom Brunansky .01

1992 Topps

 

1993 Topps

 

569 Tony Pena .01 618 Tony Pena .02
125T Frank Viola .01 270 Frank Viola .02
59 Mo Vaughn .01 51 Mo Vaughn .02
598 Jody Reed .01 n/a Scott Fletcher
97 Luis Rivera .01 296 Luis Rivera .02
10 Wade Boggs .10 655 Scott Cooper .02
113 Mike Greenwell .01 323 Mike Greenwell .02
416 Ellis Burks .01 725 Billy Hatcher .02
782 Phil Plantier .01 n/a Carlos Quintana

1994 Topps

 

1995 Topps

 

n/a Dave Valle 37T Mike MacFarlane .05
720 Roger Clemens 1 301 Aaron Sele .05
690 Mo Vaughn .02 205 Mo Vaughn .05
169 Scott Fletcher .02 n/a Luis Alicea
568 John Valentin .02 36 John Valentin .05
235 Scott Cooper .02 329 Tim Naehring .05
502 Mike Greenwell .02 215 Mike Greenwell .05
40T Otis Nixon .02 n/a Lee Tinsley
26 Billy Hatcher .02 102T Mark Whiten .05

1996 Topps

 

1997 Topps

 

n/a Mike Stanley n/a Bill Haselman
n/a Tom Gordon n/a Steve Avery
274 Mo Vaughn .07 450 Mo Vaughn .07
n/a Wil Cordero 134 John Valentin .07
164 John Valentin .07 293 Nomar Garciaparra .50
63 Tim Naehring .07 230 Tim Naehring .07
143 Mike Greenwell .07 394 Wil Cordero .07
91 Troy O’Leary .07 n/a Shane Mack
n/a Kevin Mitchell n/a Rudy Pemberton

1998 Topps

 

1999 Topps

 

n/a Jason Varitek n/a Jason Varitek
485 Brian Rose .07 122 Brett Saberhagen .07
14 Mo Vaughn .07 n/a Mike Stanley
n/a Mark Lemke n/a Jeff Frye
335 Nomar Garciaparra .30 n/a Donnie Sadler
452 John Valentin .07 164 John Valentin .07
178 Darren Bragg .07 288 Troy O’Leary .07
n/a Damon Buford n/a Damon Buford
n/a Darren Lewis 157 Darren Lewis .07

2000

2000 Red Sox Opening Day starters

2000 Topps

 

2001 Topps

 

n/a Jason Varitek n/a Jason Varitek
60 Pedro Martinez .25 n/a Tomo Ohka
176 Mike Stanley .07 434 Brian Daubach .07
152 Jose Offerman .07 102 Jose Offerman .07
435 Nomar Garciaparra .25 597 Mike Lansing .07
443 Wilton Veras .07 67T Shea Hillenbrand .07
356 Troy O’Leary .07 594 Troy O’Leary .07
267 Carl Everett .07 221 Carl Everett .07
269 Trot Nixon .07 561 Trot Nixon .07

2003

2003 Red Sox Opening Day starters

2002 Topps

 

2003 Topps

 

n/a Jason Varitek n/a Jason Varitek
1 Pedro Martinez .20 341 Pedro Martinez .20
465 Tony Clark .07 52T David Ortiz .20
92T Rey Sanchez .07 12T Todd Walker .07
420 Nomar Garciaparra .30 250 Nomar Garciaparra .20
197 Shea Hillenbrand .07 411 Shea Hillenbrand .07
125 Manny Ramirez .20 337 Manny Ramirez .20
T98 Johnny Damon .20 173 Johnny Damon .20
44 Trot Nixon .07 471 Kevin Millar .07

2004 Topps

 

2005 Topps

 

n/a Jason Varitek n/a Doug Mirabelli
405 Pedro Martinez .20 74 Tim Wakefield .07
623 David Ortiz .20 131 Kevin Millar .07
569 Mark Bellhorn .07 24 Mark Bellhorn .07
1T Pokey Reese .07 75U Edgar Renteria .07
164 Bill Mueller .07 179 Bill Mueller .07
220 Manny Ramirez .20 390 Manny Ramirez .20
82 Johnny Damon .20 5 Johnny Damon .20
17 Kevin Millar .07 154 Trot Nixon .07

2006 Topps

 

2007 Topps

 

n/a Jason Varitek 16 Jason Varitek .07
135 Josh Beckett .20 444 Josh Beckett .20
407 Kevin Youkilis .20 475 Kevin Youkilis .20
514 Mark Loretta .07 578 Dustin Pedroia .20
93 Alex Gonzalez .07 11 Julio Lugo .07
476 Mike Lowell .07 83 Mike Lowell .07
50 Manny Ramirez .20 315 Manny Ramirez .20
n/a Adam Stern 413 Coco Crisp .07
474 Trot Nixon .07 12 J.D. Drew .07

2008 Topps

 

2009 Topps

 

122 Jason Varitek .12 359 Jason Varitek .15
20 Daisuk Matsuzaka .30 415 Josh Beckett .15
104 Kevin Youkilis .30 115 Kevin Youkilis .15
178 Dustin Pedroia .30 66 Dustin Pedroia .40
386 Julio Lugo .12 77 Jed Lowrie .15
64 Mike Lowell .12 28 Mike Lowell .15
200 Manny Ramirez .30 89 Jason Bay .15
586 Coco Crisp .12 660 Jacoby Ellsbury .40
552 J.D. Drew .12 648 J.D. Drew .15

2010 Red Sox Opening Day starters

2010 Red Sox Opening Day starters

2010 Topps

 

2011 Topps

 

30 Victor Martinez .15 372 J. Saltalamacchia .15
210 Josh Beckett .15 406 John Lackey .15
295 Kevin Youkilis .15 425 Adrian Gonzalez .40
650 Dustin Pedroia .40 480 Dustin Pedroia .40
US163 Marco Scutaro .15 278 Marco Scutaro .15
US145 Adrian Beltre .40 500 Kevin Youkilis .15
569 Jacoby Ellsbury .40 25 Carl Crawford .15
US142 Mike Cameron .15 351 Jacoby Ellsbury .40
380 J.D. Drew .15 653 J.D. Drew .15

2012 Topps

 

2013 Topps

 

193 Kelly Shoppach .15 n/a David Ross
648 Josh Beckett .40 503 Clay Buchholz .15
50 Adrian Gonzalez .40 659 Mike Napoli .40
540 Dustin Pedroia .40 15 Dustin Pedroia .40
441 Mike Aviles .15 423 Jose Iglesias .15
160 Kevin Youkilis .15 64 Will Middlebrooks .15
US282 D. McDonald .15 66 Dan Nava .15
170 Jacoby Ellsbury .40 241 Jacoby Ellsbury .40
610 Cody Ross .15 399 Shane Victorino .15

2014 Topps

 

2015 Topps
595 A.J. Pierzynski .15 * Sandy Leon
307 Jake Peavy .15 * Rick Porcello
22 Mike Napoli .15 130 Mike Napoli
166 Dustin Pedroia .25 75 Dustin Pedroia
133 Xander Bogaerts .25 327 Xander Bogaerts
136 Will Middlebrooks .15 * Pablo Sandoval
11 Mike Carp .15 * Hanley Ramirez
n/a Grady Sizemore * Mookie Betts
362 Daniel Nava .15 * Shane Victorino

* No card series 1 for these 2015 cards

Butch is ready to sell this special collection to a Red Sox fan. He can be emailed here.

First Day Cover Collecting

A First Day Cover (FDC) is an envelope or postcard with a stamp that has been cancelled by the post office on the first day the stamp was issued. This traditionally involves getting a “First Day of Issue” postmark on the stamp on the respective date, however those rules have relaxed in the U.S., and now FDC collectors can send stamped envelopes to a Special Event Coordinator to get special “First Day of Issue” postmarks. Often first day of issue stamps are placed on special First Day Cover #6 envelopes or postcards, known as cachets, that commemorate the topic of the stamp.

American Circus First Day Cover Source: Larry Kellogg, www.worthpoint.com

American Circus First Day Cover
Source: Larry Kellogg, www.worthpoint.com

Collecting First Day Covers is fun for stamp collectors as it requires some participation…

First, you must be aware of the release schedule for new stamps if you plan to collect new First Day Covers. This USPS site is a good reference for U.S. stamps. Previously released First Day Covers can be found at stamp stores, antique stores and online.

Second, there are numerous topics for stamps and First Day Cover cachets. If you have a favorite theme, such as bird stamps, collecting FDCs of that theme can be fun and rewarding.

Third, getting an envelope franked with a “First Day of Issue” postmark in only done at the post office (or a special postal station) in one location traditionally. Often there’s a First Day Ceremony for a new stamp design. So if a stamp depicts a historical event, the location related to the historical event may host a First Day Ceremony. As an example, The Batman themed First Day Cover below was available at US Post Offices on October 9th, 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. This stamp release was coordinated with the New York Comic Con, where the Post Office established a temporary postal station, Gotham City Station. Parcels cancelled at Gotham City Station received a special pictorial postmark, adding another interesting aspect for stamp collectors. As a service to stamp collectors not attending the New York Comic Con, the USPS allowed customers to mail envelopes or postcards with the adhered Batman stamp to a Special Event Coordinator in New York City and then the stamps receive the special First Day of Issue postmark and get mailed to the respective address.

Batman First Day Cover with pictorial postmark

Batman First Day Cover with pictorial postmark

BCW Supplies offer several items to protect, store and display First Day Cover envelopes and postcards:

First Day Cover Sleeves (hold #6 envelopes)

European First Day Cover Sleeves

Business Envelope Sleeves (hold #10 envelopes)

2-Pocket #10 Envelope Pages, 20-ct. Pkg., 100-ct. Box

Postcard Sleeves

Continental Postcard Sleeves

Postcard Storage Boxes

First Day Cover Topload Holder

See all of BCW’s Postcard and Envelope Supplies.

Vinyl: Full Circle

As the Digital Age gains an ever increasing momentum, a segment of audiophiles have chosen to embrace the Analog Era in numbers that find old and young alike, enjoying what was once to be cast aside and left as a footnote for music history.

Digital, at that time, was the superior way to go, offering clean, precise sound that fans had hoped for with the premium virgin vinyl issues and half-speed masters released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. The delicate nature of the vinyl medium had its limitations with static, scratches and impure raw vinyl, used to further degrade the sound. To satisfy the demand for clarity and storage concerns, the compact disc filled that need rather well. Compact discs were the cure for the ailments of the Vinyl Era, but they came with a stiffness and sterility of sound. Analog, by comparison, had a warmth and genuine feel that helped to make the music a true experience. And as time continues, collectors still seem to enjoy that charm of the procedure…disc to platter, needle to groove.

A recent visit to a high profile pop culture retailer in the Indianapolis shopping district, found an interesting blend of new vinyl issues of past best-selling titles carried alongside the retro players that help transfer those vinyl issues to CD duplication for convenience. The 60’s and 70’s have come full circle and showcase the fact that there are a fantastic amount of well written songs and melodies from those decades, just waiting to be heard again by a new generation.

Baby boomers have plenty of favorites to choose from during that era and are still wanting to embrace the memories of their youth. New audiophiles are just discovering the authenticity of vinyl recordings, not to mention the spectacular array of album covers and additional art inside the gatefold sleeves.

As the re-introduction to albums continues to grow, the need for storage and preservation has timely merits. BCW has added product lines to aid every discerning collector. They offer jackets, sleeves, toploads and storage boxes for media, 45’s and LP’s, with their cause for business, to… “Protect, Store and Display”.

Jimi Hendrix Stamps

Music Icons US Postal Stamps featuring Jimi Hendrix

Even the US Postal Service recognizes the efforts of past musicians in 2013’s Music Icons series of commemorative stamp issues. The likenesses of Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Lydia Mendoza and most recently new series member Jimi Hendrix, are part of this series. The fifth issuance in this series will be Janis Joplin, scheduled for later this year.

It’s great to see a special day, Record Store Day, reserved for the hobby that has molded pop culture to what it is today and will continue to be as the future unfolds.

An overview by Stephen and Joy Butler