Friday, July 18, 2014

1991-92 Stadium Club Hockey

Baseball season resumes tonight and I'm hoping the second half of the season is just as exciting as the first. My Reds are only a game and a half back so I'm hoping the club can avoid the injury bug that ran rampant on the roster in the first half of the season. This is my last post of sports cards I collect that aren't baseball related. I've only recently started to follow hockey, and while I'll probably never be a hard core collector of the sport, it is fun to watch (though confusing to understand all the rules). Again, due to my admiration of Stadium Club, I decided to chase this set because of the photos on the card, the mini rookie cards on the back, and the hockey rink that was used as the background on the back of the cards. If there's one gripe I have with this set, it's the use of portraits instead of all action shots. You would think Topps could have gotten a picture of Gretzky on the ice instead of in front of a microphone. Either than that, it's a very clean and beautiful set.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

1991 Topps Stadium Club Football

When Topps released their Stadium Club sets back in 1991 I was smitten by just how fantastic the cards looked. Full bleed photography, high gloss, amazing photography and little pictures of the players rookie cards on the back...pure genius! I knew that I wanted to collect not only the baseball set, but also the football and hockey sets (although I didn't follow football or hockey at the time). For Christmas in 1991 my parents bought my brother and I boxes of 1991 Stadium Club football. I still remember in detail sitting by the Christmas tree opening my box and thinking to myself "I bet this guy has trouble with people making fun of his last name. Brett Favre (favor), that's funny!" Of course I had no room to talk since my last name is Luck...and no I'm not related to Andrew Luck. Anyway, when I got out of the hobby back in the mid 90s I got rid of this set along with my other sets at that time. Within the past year though I was able to pickup a complete set off ebay for a steal. Again, I'm not really into following football but there are so many memories associated with this set that I had to include once more in my card collection.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1989-90 NBA Hoops

Here's the other basketball card set that I have in my collection. I remember vividly of collecting this set back in the day strictly for this one particular card. The Admiral's rookie card commanded a lot of money back then (around $30 if I remember correctly) as well as the Piston Championship card. I love the simple design of this set. The white border and photography  are complemented with the player portrait photo on the back of the card. The all-star game cards are a nice addition to the set as well. With a set size of 354 cards, it was definitely one of the larger basketball sets to put together at the time.

Monday, July 14, 2014

1986-87 Fleer Basketball

With this week being the All-Star break, I've decided to take a break from blogging about my Reds collection and focus on the non-baseball aspect of my collection. I'm starting with the once remaining set I'm in the process of completing. I was a huge basketball fan back in the early 90s during, what I believe to be, the golden era of basketball. Growing up in the Cincinnati area, there wasn't a hometown team to cheer for. My uncle had always been a Cincinnati Royals fan and would tell me stories of the "good old days" when the Queen City had a hoops team. I decided at the time to ally myself with the Chicago Bulls since all the cool kids in school sported air jordans and I could never talk my mom and dad into shelling out over $100 for a pair of sneakers at that time. I came to the conclusion that the next best thing I could do would be to get my hands on some of MJ's cards. Eventually, one saturday afternoon I caught my first glimpse of Michael Jordan's 1986-87 Fleer rookie card at the card shop. I was in awe. After that I promised myself that if I could not only acquire that card but the entire 1986-87 Fleer basketball set I would.
The past few years I've slowly been working on completing that goal. When my uncle passed away a few years ago I decided I would start on this set. Today I'm only five cards shy of completing both the base set and the sticker set. I'm still missing both the Jordan base and sticker cards, but I think by the end of the year I'll be able to get the Magic Johnson, Hakeen Olajuwon and Charles Barkley cards. I'm not much of a basketball fan these days, but it's nice knowing that I'm close to completing a set that thought I would never come close to completing over twenty years ago.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Tobacco Card for the Collection

This past week I was able to pickup my sixth T206 card on eBay. The seller was offering a 30% off sale and eBay was offering a $5 coupon if I installed their app on my smartphone. In total I saved more than $10 on this card and it was an offer too good to pass up. I still need to find two ultra pro 15 pocket pages for my binder to house my tobacco cards (even though I'm still 17 cards short of completing the team set).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

1960 Cincinnati Reds Scorecard

My latest round of buying on eBay netted me this amazing 1960 scorecard. It's been neatly scored detailing the match up between the Reds and Pirates on August 21 of that year.  I have always been enamored in the 50s and 60s when players such as Clemente, Snider, Mays, and Aaron played the game and this scorecard provides a snippet into those days of old. Although the Reds won this game, I like the fact that Clemente did hit a home run in the game. On a side note, I've found that these scorecards make a nice backdrop on the bookshelf that holds my Reds bobbleheads. There are five more scorecards that I would like to get from the 50s and 60s to add to my collection and once I have those I'll make sure to share a pic. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

TTM: Harry Perkowski

Did you know that Harry Perkowski joined the amphibious force during WWII, helping escort troops and tanks into hot spots on landing craft tanks. He served 19 months in the Atlantic and 11 months in the Pacific including four invasions during the war in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy.