Friday, January 30, 2015

A Return to Innocence

Do you ever find yourself stumbling upon cards that you had growing up, that you completely forgot about because they were no longer in your collection but when you happen across it again by chance you think to yourself "Why the hell did I get rid of that in the first place?" I was browsing eBay a few weeks ago looking for nothing in particular when I came upon a listing for a 1993 Pinnacle Home Run Club set. I distinctly remember when I first came across this set back in 1993 at my local card shop. Everything about it screamed BUY ME! From the beautifully lined black box, the 48 individual dufex cards, to the certificate of authenticity stating that this is one of only 200,000 sets ever produced! I couldn't get my money out of my wallet fast enough for this set. At home I would spend hours looking at these cards and reading the blurbs on the backs of each one. For example, the back of Ken Griffey Jr's card states, "Ken got an early jump on piling up impressive home run totals as he became the fourth youngest player in history to reach 75 in '92. At the rate he is going, he could easily top 500 home runs before he is through. A disciplined hitter with exceptional hand/eye coordination, Ken can make adjustments at the plate quickly. His talent is awesome." What's not to like about that? This set was awesome! While this set doesn't have any Reds whatsoever, it does have a nice collection of players that made the game great back in the 90s: Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Ryne Sandberg, Ken Griffey Jr, Frank Thomas, Will Clark, Cal Ripken Jr, and Mike Piazza to name a few. Looking at this set today it struck me that I admired a lot of these players for their power at the plate. Unfortunately many of them would be tainted by the steroid era and their prospects for the Hall of Fame appear dim. Regardless, I still love this set because it takes me back to a time prior to leaving, and subsequently rejoining, the hobby. A time before the strike of 1994 when everything seemed right with baseball and when everything had a sense of innocence.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Pot of Gold for my Rainbow

Numbered 15/50 this is my latest acquisition for my Votto Rainbow. This is the 2013 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor and I must say it is a nice looking card. I'm still trying to track down the pink and camo refractors as well as the base black and orange factory parallels but not having any success. Maybe before the end of the year I can add one or two of these to my collection.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Here's Your Sign

This weekend I was able to get something new for the man cave, this 6" x 36" steel sign. It's an extremely nice piece and very heavy. I was able to find this on ebay for less than $30 shipped. I'm still having difficulty finding frames for my newspapers, as well as my panoramic prints. Once I get those framed then the cave will be finished. And for you Bill Engvall fans, here's one of my favorite clips!

Friday, January 23, 2015

2006 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

28 total cards in the set: Jerry Narron, Cincinnati Reds Coaches (Berry, Chambliss, Dent, Hatcher, Hume, Tunnell), Bronson Arroyo, Rich Aurilia, Bill Bray, Juan Castro, Brandon Claussen, Royce Clayton, Todd Coffey, Rheal Cormier, Chris Denorfia, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Freel, Ken Griffey Jr, Eddie Guardado, Aaron Harang, Scott Hatteberg, Jason LaRue, Kyle Lohse, Gary Majewski, Kent Mercker, Eric Milton, Brandon Phillips, Elizardo Ramirez, David Ross, Javier Valentin, David Weathers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Sapphire Votto for the Rainbow

My latest addition to my 2013 Votto Rainbow is the sweet sapphire parallel numbered 3 of 25! I wasn't sure when I would be able to purchase another Votto for my rainbow since it has been slim pickings and the remainder of the cards I need are VERY LOW SERIAL NUMBERED! This is my 24th card for my Votto Rainbow (still need to post my NL All-Star parallel). That leaves me with 12 cards I would like to acquire for this project.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Here's another pickup for my "Album of Amazing" project, a 1999 Topps Brian Hunter. I love the subject matter of this card! I'm not sure why, but every time I look at this card I think of Wes over at Jaybarkerfan's Junk. Must be the mask.

Friday, January 16, 2015

McFarlane Joe Morgan

My second, and most likely last, McFarlane figure is this Joe Morgan that I picked up somewhat cheaply on eBay this week. When I grabbed the Bench figure last year I knew I needed to grab the Morgan as it was the only other Big Red Machine member that was produced and it would complement the Bench figure nicely. While it's not as great as the Bench, I do like the fielding pose of this figure. Both figures look great together. I'm very happy to add this to my collection.