Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ticket to a Coronation!

In addition to collecting cards, I always like to add pieces of Cincinnati Reds history to my collection. Whether it's a piece of astroturf or stadium seats from Riverfront Stadium, or even World Series tickets from a championship year, it's always great to memorabilia of significant importance as it relates to the Reds. I've been searching for quite some time for a ticket from a game held at Riverfront on September 11, 1985 but didn't have much luck in locating one in my price range. After a lot of patience one finally appeared on eBay for a price that I thought was reasonable. I'm extremely excited that this ticket is now in my collection. So, what was special about September 11, 1985 you ask? It's the night that Pete Rose recorded hit 4,192 to surpass Ty Cobb as the leader of all-time hits in major league baseball to be crowned the "Hit King". I think this will complement my Pete Rose PC nicely.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

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

Aroldis Chapman Bobblehead

I recently purchased this bobblehead of former Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. This makes the 35th bobblehead in my collection and my first Coca-Cola sponsored nodder. There were 25,000 of these nodders that were distributed to fans on June 4, 2014 when the Reds hosted the Giants. For those interested, Cincinnati lost to San Francisco 3-2.

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

A Pair of Rookies for the Book

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

1993 Reds Team Signed Baseball

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

And Campbell Makes 10!

This card has been on my 10 Most Wanted list for over a year and I finally found one in a decent price range to purchase. It's also fitting that this is the 10th T206 card of my collection. This is one of my favorite cards because of the background. It's so much nicer than the stark yellow that's used on many of the cards in this set. I also like that it's an "action shot" of Billy Campbell instead of just a portrait shot. Even though the card isn't in excellent condition, with tobacco cards I don't mind the rounded corners or stains because it adds character to a card that's more than 100 years old.

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

The Circle Is Now Complete!

Today I was able to purchase the last six cards I needed for the 2014 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives set. I received a pack of 2015 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives cards this past Christmas and I just had to put together that set as well as it's 2014 counterpart. I'm glad I was able to complete both sets before the end of the year and I've decided that these will be the only non-sports card sets added to my collection.

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.