Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Billy Bobble for the Bookshelf!

I purchased another bobblehead for my collection this past week, Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton. These were given away last year to the first 25,000 fans on July 12th when the Reds faced the Pirates. For those interested, Cincinnati lost the game 6-5 thanks to a home run in the 11th by Andrew McCutchen. This is probably my first player bobblehead that depicts someone running instead of batting or fielding. A very nice bobblehead that I'm happy to now own.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2013 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Set

Here's another addition to my Kahn's Reds set. 30 cards in this issue: Dusty Baker, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Jonathan Broxton, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Shin-Soo Choo, Tony Cingrani, Zack Cozart, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Ryan Hanigan, Jack Hannahan, Chris Heisey, JJ Hoover, Cesar Izturis, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Ryan Ludwick, Sean Marshall, Devin Mesoraco, Corky Miller, Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra, Xavier Paul, Brandon Phillips, Derrick Robinson, Alfredo Simon, Joey Votto





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Votto Trifecta!

This past weekend the last card I needed for my Joey Votto trifecta arrived. As I mentioned earlier, this is my fifth and final trifecta that I've completed. The three cards that make up this trifecta are: a 2008 eTopps Joey Votto rookie card, a 2014 Topps finest black printing plate, and a 2008 Upper Deck Premier Rookies Signature card. This trifecta took over a year to complete since a majority of Votto's printing plates and autographs were $50 or more a piece. Needless to say, I didn't want to spend that much for those so I took my time and picked the plate and autograph up for less than $35 each. Not too bad considering that Joey seems to be returning to form this year.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

It's On the Way!

I recently won a certified Joey Votto autograph card on eBay, and it's a beauty. Numbered 63/75 this is a 2008 Upper Deck Premier Rookies Signature parallel . I was surprised that I landed this card for $36 shipped considering that the non-parallel version of this card, with a print run of 299 cards is selling for between $60 and $135. This card, when in hand, will complete my fifth (and final) trifecta. Once I get the cards placed in an ultra pro 3 card screw down I'll snap a picture and write up a post. On a side note, I missed the Reds/Pirates game last night but heard that Votto was ejected. My guess is he'll probably be suspended a game or two for bumping the ump.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Surf's Up!

I believe this is the first time I've ever seen a ballplayer carrying a surf board on a card. Therefore, this 1997 Collectors Choice Jason Thompson deserves a spot in my album of amazing project.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Disbelief

I still can't believe that in less than two months I will have been blogging for four years. Who would have thought it would have lasted that long. I'll admit, I'm not a great writer. In fact I'm not a writer period. However, I have enjoyed sharing my collection of Reds cards and memorabilia with all of you during these past four years. Will I be blogging four years from now? Probably not. Eventually I will have shared all that I have with my fellow collectors and, like my favorite Star Trek series finale, all good things must come to an end. I'm not sure when that may happen, but I'll know when the time comes. For now, here's another entry into my album of amazing project, a 2006 Upper Deck Doug Mientkiewioz. I'm grateful I don't have a last name like that. Must have been brutal for him as a kid trying to spell that.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Couple of Cracked Bats

I picked up a few more cards for my album of amazing a few weeks back that featured a couple of cracked bats. The 1983 Fleer Duane Kuiper in a nice posed photo with Duane holding the barrel of the bat while the handle swings precarious over his shoulder. The second is a 1992 Studio Randy Johnson with the Big Unit staring menacingly at the photographer with three destroyed pieces of lumber in his hands. I think it would be great if Topps released a card showing the exploding bird from Johnson's pitch on March 24, 2001. That would make for an amazing card!