My recent pickup is this autographed 8x10 photo of Reds Outfielder Chris Heisey. I feel this is one of the best photos of a ballplayer sliding that I've ever seen. The dirt spraying toward the camera, batting gloves flapping from the back pants pocket, tongue sticking out in utter determination...this photo has it all! This is the third autographed photo I've added to my collection and I would like to grab a few more for my (in process) fan cave. I've pretty much given up on the 2014 season as August comes to a close and the Reds are 10 games out. I didn't have high hopes for the season this year with this being Price's first year of managing and the injury bug plaguing the team the entire season. Here's hoping that next year will be better for the Reds than this season.
Here's my latest addition to my Reds collection, a 1961 Scorecard! I had to do some research for this since there was no date listed on the card. I found out this scorecard was used on May 21, 1961 when the Reds faced the Milwaukee Braves. There are a couple of Hall of Famers listed on this card - four to be precise (Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, and Frank Robinson). The Reds won the game 7-6. This is fourth entry into my collection which leaves me with just two more to add. I still plan on grabbing one more scorecard from the 1960s and I would like to add a scorecard from Great American Ballpark. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get those before the end of the year considering I'm lagging behind on my collecting goals. I have decided however to eliminate yearly goals because it's sucking the fun out of my collecting experience.
The one item I had searched for the entire day at the National last Saturday was a set produced by Topps in 1985 commemorating the Hit King, Pete Rose. The 120 card set comes in a little red box that's decorated with a large facsimile autograph of Pete. To say that I was a little bummed that I couldn't even find one set at the nation's largest sports card and memorabilia show would be an understatement. Earlier this year I started a PC collection of Pete Rose and had hoped to add another 120 cards to it, but it just wasn't meant to be. After I arrived back home from the show I decided to hit eBay to see if they had any reasonably priced sets ($10 or less). I found one with a starting price of $9.99 that had a low shipping price and put my bid in. Sunday night I received an email informing me that I had won the set with my sole bid. I received the set today in the mail and I'm very happy that it's now part of my collection. Sure, that National may have a lot of amazing cards and memorabilia that are astronomically priced, but for this collector I'm content with the affordable cardboard. To me, this will always be a hobby - and the only investment I have is my time in enjoying this wonderful hobby.
Ok, so the National ended on Sunday and it's already Wednesday. Better late then never for a review. I spend about four hours at the I-X center this past Saturday with two other friends and I will say that I was very overwhelmed by the whole experience. What struck me most was the amount of autographed memorabilia and high prices that the vendors were charging. I went with one goal in mind...to pick up a 1985 Topps Pete Rose Commemorative Set. Unfortunately, I came up empty on that but I did find a few finds to add to my collection. The first was a Pete Rose comic that I spent $2 on. It's a nice oddball that I had never seen before and it looks nice on my display case. The second item I found was a Reds pennant. The vendor had a large table of pennants with some historical but a huge selection of modern pennants. I was able to grab this Reds pennant for $3. I also found a vendor that was selling a package of 10 1991 Stadium Club baseball packs for $3. Finally I nabbed 5 ultra pro 8 x 10 toploaders to hold my autographed pictures. All in all, I spent $13 for everything. I was a little bummed that I couldn't spend time in the dealers dime and quarter boxes, but that was probably for the best as that would have completely blown my budget. It was nice to see some historical artifacts there at the show, but I don't think I would attend another National. Just waaaaaaay too crowded for my liking.