Friday, October 19, 2018

A lot o Vottos!

I've been kicking around this idea since the beginning of January this year and last week I decided to start pursuing this project. While there are many Reds fans out there that have a love/hate relationship with Joey Votto, I have nothing but respect for the Reds first baseman. His primary goal for each at bat is to ensure that he gets on base. Whether that's through getting a hit or by being walked by an opposing team's pitcher, Votto's discipline at the plate is amazing. For the past 3 years he's led the league in on-base percentage and he's led the league 7 out of 12 years during his career. He currently ranks 11th all time for on-base percentage (.427) behind Williams, Ruth, McGraw, Hamilton, Gehrig, Bonds, Hornsby, Cobb, Foxx, and Speaker. Anyway, back to my project. I've decided to track down 90 different 2008 Votto rookies to add to my collection. I'll be adding the cards to a 9 pocket, 10 page Ultra Pro Collector's binder that I think will look nice filled up with nothing but Votto rookies. I've created a page on the blog (Votto Rookie Roundup) to keep track of my progress and hopefully I'll have this project wrapped up within a year or two.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Never Say Never!

Back in June when I was talking about 2018 Topps I mentioned the various Reds short prints that are included in the release. One of those cards I spoke about was this particular Votto Super Short Print. At the time, these things were going for more than $50 a piece and I made the comment that this card would probably never enter my collection with the steep price tag these cards were commanding. Well, fast forward two months later and I was able to snag this card off eBay for less than $30 shipped. Is that still a lot to pay for a card that was produced this year? You bet. However, when you factor in that odds for pulling a SSP is 1:866 packs I think it's a fair price to pay for the card. There are still two SSP cards that I don't have but maybe one day I'll be fortunate enough to add those to my binders as well. The first is a 2017 Votto Gatorade bath and the second is this 2013 Topps Teddy Kremer.



Teddy, who has Down Syndrome, is a huge Reds fan and was an honorary bat boy for the Reds. He was recently honored this past year with his own bobblehead. There were only 1000 bobbleheads produced and distributed on July 20th.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Join the Club!

For the past few months I've been working on trying to complete my 1991 Topps Stadium club set. I'm not talking about the standard set of 600 cards. Rather, what I'm talking about is the 50 card Pre-Production set the company produced prior to launching the actual 1991 Stadium Club set. A "promo" set essentially.








While the front of these cards look just like your standard 1991 Stadium Club cards, the backs of these cards are all the same. They show a Jose Canseco rookie card with a Pre-Production sample blurb.

According to baseballcardpedia, "Not much is known about these cards. It is believed that Topps distributed these cards to their sales team and to major distributors. The set consists of 50 cards and it's believed that 300-600 copies of each card was produced." I think these cards complement my 1991 Stadium Club set nicely. Now that I have this set completed maybe I can get back to wrapping up my 2011 Gypsy Queen set.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hey Now, You're an All-Star!

The 2018 All-Star game is right around the corner and I figured it would be a great time to show off my latest project that I just wrapped up a few weeks ago. I've been working on completing the 60 card 2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitch set for a little over a year and I'm glad to say that it's finally finished. The Trout and Bryant cards were the two cards that set me back the most. I love the design of these cards with the old time depiction of the Palace of the Fans in the background as well as the logo placement on the bottom corner of the card. I also like that there are only two color swatches available on these (red or black). If you're interested to see all the cards that make up this set just click the link over on the right side of the page.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Little Late to the Party

Ok, most of you have already talked about this year's series 2 release of Topps. For better or for worse, I'm just now getting around to it. This past Sunday my wife surprised me with an eBay gift card for Father's Day. Needless to say, within a few hours of receiving it I had already spent it. I was able to purchase a complete set of 2018 Topps Series 2 Reds cards and three short prints. Out of the three short prints this Bench card is my favorite. There's still one more series 2 Reds card I don't have...a super short print Joey Votto card and it will probably never enter my collection. Starting bids on eBay are $50....way too steep for a modern variation card. I'd rather spend that money on a couple of vintage Goudey or T206 Reds cards.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Still In the Hobby

It's been a while since I've posted on the blog. Things have been crazy at work and I really haven't had much time to devote to the blog. I have wrapped up a huge project I've been working on for a year and started another one, but those will have to wait for another time to discuss. Unfortunately, one area of my collection that I've been ignoring lately has been my Pete Rose PC. A few weeks ago I finally added another card to that collection for $7, a 2015 Panini Elite Throwback Threads of the Hit King.






It's a very nice card and the way that Pete is positioned on the card with the old school Reds uniform the lack of a logo isn't such a big deal on this card. Much of my funds haven't been going to cards lately. In fact, I sold off a project I had been working on the past few years because I knew I would probably never complete it (the 2011 Gypsy Queen autograph set and memorabilia set). The Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax cards were just too expensive to justify trying to complete this monumental task. So, with the funds I got from selling those cards I bought this...


This is the third guitar I've purchased, a 2017 Fender Duo Sonic Lake Placid blue with maple fingerboard. This guitar is great for reproducing a lot of the grunge music of the 90s for bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, etc. I like the fact that it's a short scale guitar (24 inches instead of 25.5 that you find on Fender's stratocasters and telecasters). The icing on the cake is that the humbucker can be coil tapped with a pull of the tone nob. Sorry for getting off into the weeds by talking about my latest guitar on my card blog. Anyway, I hope that life can slow down shortly so that I can spend more time reading blog posts and writing more about the latest acquisitions to my card collection.


Monday, April 16, 2018

1989-90 NBA Hoops

Ok, so this will be the last time (probably) that I mention basketball cards on a baseball card blog. This set is like a bad penny. It just keeps turning up in my collection. I remember in 1989 when this set was all the rage due to the David Robinson rookie cards. I wanted to purchase packs of this stuff but when the card stores where charging anywhere from $1-$3 dollars a pack, I just couldn't bite. As time went on thought, and these cards became MUCH more affordable I had to add this set to my collection. This is probably the third time I've had this set in my collection after getting rid of it twice because I felt like it just didn't belong. This time it's here to stay for good. Coupled with the fact that I was able to track down the special promotional binder that was released with these cards in 1989, I'm glad to have this bad penny turn up once more.