Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
29 cards total: Bryan Price, Homer Bailey, Tucker Barnhart, Jay Bruce, Ramon Cabrera, Tony Cingrani, Caleb Cotham, Zack Cozart, Ivan DeJusus Jr., Anthony DeSclafani, Adam Duvall, Brandon Finnegan, Billy Hamilton, Tyler Holt, J.J. Hoover, Raisel Iglesias, John Lamb, Michael Lorenzen, Devin Mesoraco, Ross Ohlendorf, Jose Peraza, Brandon Phillips, Cody Reed, Alfredo Simon, Robert Stephenson, Dan Straily, Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto, Blake Wood
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
I'll admit that it's tough seeing the "Cuban Missile" in blue pinstripes. Every time I saw Chapman pitch for the Reds I was enthralled with the speed of each pitch and the radar gun registering triple digits. When the club dealt Chapman to the Yankees last off season it was a tough pill to swallow, especially since it appeared then didn't get much for him. But I learned to live with it since he was in the American League and my Reds didn't have to face him on a regular basis. You can imagine my disappointment when it was announced in the middle of the season when it was announced that the Cubs had acquired him from New York. It's not that I dislike Chapman, it's that I dislike the idea of having the Reds face their former flamethrower. Now that the regular season has wrapped up and the post season begins tonight I will be rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. Going more than 100 years without a championship is rough for any team. Once the post season is over, I'll be hoping that Chapman finds his way back to the American League where he won't pitch against Cincinnati as much.
Friday, September 30, 2016
One of my projects that I started strong with last year that unfortunately has fallen by the wayside is my Rookie Book. In case you're not familiar with it, I've created a list of rookie cards that were released between 1960 and 1993 that I've always wanted to include in my collection. As of January I haven't purchased any additional cards for this project. Today, however, that changed. Here are the two latest additions for my Rookie Book: a 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn and and 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
There aren't a lot of signatures on this baseball, but I like having this as part of my collection due to the fact that Perez was managing the Reds when this ball was signed. He only lasted a portion of the 93 season with the team going 20-24 before being fired. Not sure why you would fire a manager after 44 games with a win/loss record just below .500 but what do I know. As for the signatures on the ball, there are a total of 12 and I can make out 11 of them: Tony Perez, Tim Costo, Jeff Branson, Tom Browning, Steve Foster, Ty Griffin, Ricky Stone, Dan Wilson, Chris Hammond, Brian Dorsett, Scott Ruskin
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This is my first Sweet Caporal card to enter my collection as the other T206 cards I have are all Piedmonts. I would like to eventually add as many different variety backs (Polar Bear, Old Mill, Sovereign, Hindu, etc) but I know that certain backs carry a premium due to their rarity so while it's not a priority it would be a nice bonus to my T206 team set.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
I've always had a love for Star Wars in my heart since I was a kid and although Empire Strikes Back scared me as a child (especially when Han used Luke's lightsaber to cut open the Taun Taun's stomach or when Vader cut off Luke's hand in Cloud City) it's still my favorite movie in the franchise. Speaking of Star Wars, the Reds have been releasing Star Wars themed bobbleheads the past couple of years and I've been debating whether or not I should pick one up for my collection. There are three to choose from: Yoda, R2-D2, and Mr. Redlegs flying an X-Wing. If I do decide to pick one up I think I'll go the affordable route and purchase the Mr. Redlegs X-Wing because Yoda and R2 are selling for upwards of $70 each.