Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Topps

I'll be blunt, I'm not a fan of this year's Topps base design. When I saw the design six months ago I wasn't impressed. Now that the cards are out, my opinion has changed whatsoever. There's just too much wasted space on the cards because the design takes up about a third of the real estate, not to mention how overpowering it is. I've come to expect the photos to be the primary focus but that doesn't appear to be the case with this year's issue. Maybe it's me, but I miss borders on Topps flagship set. Full bleed photos should be reserved for sets like Stadium Club. Perhaps I'm just old fashioned when I say that I prefer a simpler design to a set that's been around since the 1950s.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hats Off to Me for Hitting 575!

I've written over the past few months how much I enjoy Panini's Playoff Prime Cuts brand. It's one of the few non-licensed products out there that I like to collect. Most of their designs remind me of the American Carmel cards of the 1920s. The American Carmel cards are fantastic and just scream out the extravagance and luxury that defined that decade. Flappers, Lindbergh and Gatsby...great times! I would like to eventually own an American Caramel depicting a Reds player (preferably Edd Roush) but they're so expensive that I don't look for one to be entering my collection anytime soon. Regardless, this 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Hats Off Pete Rose card appeared on eBay a few days ago for less than $10 and I knew I had to add this to my Rose PC. Numbered 46/99, I'm assuming this is a piece of a hat from the Hit King. If that is in fact the case then it must be part of inside sweat band of the hat since the Reds didn't wear white hats when Rose was on the team, with the exception of the early 1960s when he was just starting out with the club. While I'm not a fan of the pic Panini used with the logo less hat, I can overlook that small detail. I also would have liked them to use 1869 instead of 1882 as the date of the club's establishment. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

1974 Reds Team Signed Baseball

I decided to save the best for last when it comes to the autograph baseballs in my collection. Although the 1985 autographed baseball holds a special place in my heart because of Pete Rose passing Ty Cobb's mark of 4,191 hits on September 11, 1985, this baseball features many prominent members of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine. While the 74 Reds didn't make it to the Fall Classic, the fact that this ball is autographed during the Big Red Machine era puts it as the pinnacle of my autographed baseball collection. There are a total of 23 autographs on this baseball and the signatures I can discern are: Sparky Anderson, George Scherger, Johnny Bench, Fred Norman, Cesar Geronimo, Bill Plummer, Darrel Chaney, Phil Gagliano, Alex Grammas, Don Gullett, Denis Menke, Joe Morgan, Ross Grimsley, Ted Kluszewski, Pedro Borbon, Pete Rose, Andy Kosco, Tony Perez







Thursday, January 12, 2017

Time for another Rose!

Here's the latest addition to my Pete Rose PC, and it's a beauty! Out of all the non-licensed cards that are currently being produced, Playoff Prime Cuts is probably my most favorite. Last year I had the intentions of purchasing this card on COMC. While the price was a little bit high, I decided to wait to see if the seller would put the card on sale. That didn't happen and the card eventually sold before I had the opportunity to grab it. Luckily a listing popped up on eBay a few days ago for this card. I made an offer and for just a bit more than the price of a blaster I was able to add this card to my collection. Numbered 16/25, this is the 574th unique Pete Rose card to enter my collection. I'm just curious, are there any instances where you were going to purchase a card, it sold, but then you were able to acquire it for a better price shortly afterwards?

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Few More eTopps for the Collection

I spent a good portion of last year piecing together the 2008 eTopps set. (You can check it out here). As 2017 begins I've started acquiring a few additional 2005 eTopps cards to add to my collection. While I'm not chasing all 112 cards that make up the set, there are a dozen cards that I would like to acquire. Here's what I recently picked up:

Baggy

Rocket

Jeter

Chipper

Pudge

Ichiro

These six along with my 2005 eTopps Griffey leave just five more to go.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nostalgia

Last month I decided to sell my mostly complete 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set. I figured that since I wasn't a big basketball fan I wouldn't miss these cards. When I started removing the cards from the plastic pages I had stored them in to box them up for shipping I thumbed through the 1989-90 Hoops set that was also part of the same binder. That's where nostalgia kicked in. I remember collecting the 1989-90 Hoops set when I was a kid. Granted, I was never fortunate enough to pull a David Robinson rookie from a pack (I did however eventually acquire one when I was older) and although the 1989-90 Hoops set always held a special place in my heart, my favorite basketball set of all time that I collected was the 1990-91 Skybox set. Back in the day I must have purchased at least 2 boxes of each series to bust open foil packs to hand collate this set. While most collectors think this set is butt-ugly, I love it. It was different in an art-deco sort of way and it was totally different from what Fleer and NBA Hoops had ever released. When I saw a listing on eBay on New Year's Eve for the complete 423 card set for $13.00 (including shipping!) I knew I had to jump on it. Now if I can just prevent myself from chasing the 1991-92 Upper Deck and 1992-93 Stadium Club sets.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone with the blink of an eye. As I've done the past few years I decided to once again reflect on how my collection has changed over the past twelve months. Below is a quick recap of my collecting milestones for 2016:
  1. Reached the halfway mark on my 1971 Topps Set
  2. Added more than 75 new cards to my Pete Rose PC
  3. Completed my 1991 Topps Desert Shield Cincinnati Reds team set
  4. Completed my 2008 eTopps Set
  5. Purchased a 1963 Cincinnati Reds Scorecard 
  6. Completed my 2014 and 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives sets
  7. Added 8 new cards to my Rookie Book project (Maddux, Griffey, Thomas, Gwynn, Jackson, Mattingly, Canseco, Smoltz)
  8. Added a black mini to my 2013 Topps Votto Rainbow project
  9. Purchased a ticket stub to the September 11, 1985 Reds game where Pete Rose recorded his 4,192 hit surpassing Ty Cobb as the Hit King
  10. Added another T206 to my collection (Billy Campbell)
  11. Added 6 bobbleheads to my collection (Cueto, Chapman, Mesoraco, Cozart, Rolen, Frazier)
  12. Completed my 2016 Topps Cincinnati Reds team set
  13. Purchased a 2016 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds team set
  14. Purchases a 1955 Topps replica tin sign for the man cave
  15. Add 66 2014 Bowman Billy Hamilton rookies to my Bowman Billy Binder project
I had hoped to wrap up my man cave and post pictures to the blog this past year, but that was one project where I failed miserably. I'm hopeful however that by this coming spring I'll have it finished and pictures to post. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and here's to another year of collecting in 2017!