Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wrapping Up an Album!

It's been a long time in the making, but I've finally completed my Album of Amazing project. I grabbed the last couple of cards I needed yesterday and it was a fun project to tackle. Sure, it didn't fit with my Reds collecting needs but it did allow me to pick up some cards for my collection I would not have thought about adding before. Here's the last of the cards for my album

1961 Topps Wally Moon
One word...unibrow

1983 Fleer Mario Soto
Not everyday you see a teams equipment box on cardboard

1988 Fleer Jack Howell
Run for your life! The zombies are coming!

1991 Upper Deck Rich Gedman
This card leaves me speechless.

1994 Collector's Choice Jose Canseco
He must work out. 

1994 Stadium Club Orel Hershiser
Taking out the lawn.

1995 Pinnacle Charlie Hayes
Facemasks are for football, not baseball!

1998 Topps Jay Bell

2014 Topps Gold Justin Maxwell
And finally, a celebration to end this project!

Thanks everyone that made suggestions for this album. To see all 90 cards that make up my album of amazing you can click the "Album of Amazing" link on the right side of this page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2009 Cincinnati Reds Pocket Schedule

Distributor: Koi Autoparts

Venue: Great American Ballpark

Attendance for the year: 1,747,919

Where Did They Finish: 78-84, 4th in the National League Central

Anything Memorable: Unfortunately, no.

** Special thanks to reader Charles who sent me this pocket schedule for my collection! **

Friday, September 18, 2015

2012 Cincinnati Reds Pocket Schedule

Distributor: Kroger

Venue: Great American Ballpark

Attendance for the year: 2,345,254

Where Did They Finish: 97-65, 1st in the National League Central

Anything Memorable: Made the post season but lost to San Francisco in the NLDS 3-2 after being up 2-0

Friday, September 11, 2015

Just One Card Short

I haven't posted to the blog in a while, not because I didn't want to, I just didn't have much to say. I still have some autograph cards that I need to get out on the blog, as well as my autograph baseballs and the pocket schedules that are on their way to my house. But I've just been too busy lately tracking down a set. For the past couple of months I've been buying singles of the 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy set in hopes of gathering all 60 cards. Boxes go for around $60 online and only come with 5 base cards and a guaranteed autograph. Needless to say, I wasn't about to spend a minimum of $720 in hopes of building this set by busting wax and pray that I don't have any doubles. Most of the cards I purchased for a dollar or two which made it much more bearable on the wallet. It doesn't help that cards #1 and #60 are considered short prints and go for a hefty sum. Regardless, I picked up three more cards today and my total for the set now sits at 59 of 60. Unfortunately, card #40 is nowhere to be found on any of the stores I buy from online (sportlots, comc, beckett marketplace, amazon, ebay). So it looks like I'll just have to be patient and keep my eyes open for one to eventually surface. With all of the recent Rose cards I've purchased lately, I now have 405 unique Pete Rose cards in my collection. In the mean time, I hope to start working on some of my vintage Bowman Reds sets. If I'm luck I should be able to complete one or two by the end of the year.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

3 Coins in a Fountain

More oddball items to add to my collection. These three coins were made by Kahn's /Hillshire Farms but I'm not entirely sure if they were stadium promotions. Out of the three (Bench, Morgan, and Rose) I would say that Pete's my favorite. The Bench and Rose feel as though they're made from brass while the Morgan almost feels like a cheap imitation metal of some kind. Nevertheless, I'm glad they're part of my collection.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chipping Away

I haven't made much progress tracking down vintage bowman cards to wrap up my 1948-51 Reds team sets. I was hoping to complete at least two of these sets this year but the chances of that happening are quickly diminishing. I still have four months, so it's still a possibility. We'll just have to wait and see. I have been making progress on another goal that I began this year. I'm currently up to 164 2014 Billy Hamilton rookie cards. Although it will be impossible for me to complete this goal before the end of 2015, if I can hit the 200 card milestone and have 25% of this project complete I'll consider it a great accomplishment.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Odds and Ends

Recently I picked up a few more cards for my Album of Amazing project. I'm slowing approaching my goal of 90 cards and will probably have this project wrapped up by the end of the year. I have one (possibly two) additional projects that I would like to start at the beginning of next year but I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should pursue them considering that I still have a mess of vintage needs left to address with the Topps sets I'm chasing as well as some pre-war Reds cards I would like to acquire in the near future. Here's the latest additions to my Album of Amazing.

1966 Topps Don Mossi
Love the ears (and the old Kansas City Athletics cap)

1970 Topps Tony Taylor
Love the shot with all the lumber

1984 Fleer Rudy Law
Don't mess with him, that's all I have to say

1992 Studio Jose Lind
What's a pirate without a sword?

1994 Score Kevin Brown
Talk about sporting retro

1996 Score Charlie Hays
Whatever it was that was on your chin, I think you got it.

2009 Topps 206 Tommy Hanson
Was he taught to pitch like that? Just curious.