Today I purchased a small card that's a huge accomplishment in the grand scheme of my collection. This 1986 Sportflics #69 depicts three players: Cal Ripken Jr, Rod Carew, and Pete Rose, trust me, there are three players on this card. This is my 500th unique Pete Rose card in my collection. I was hoping to have the complete run of Rose cards from 1970 to 1993 before the end of the year, but chances of that happening are diminishing with each passing day. I've also decided to start scanning my Pete Rose cards to include front and back card images to include on my blog under my Pete Rose PC page. Hopefully I can start on that in the coming weeks. On another note, tomorrow marks the 5 year anniversary of this blog. Thanks to everyone who takes time out of their busy schedule to read what I have to say as I share my collection with you.
It's never easy seeing your former ace play for another team. It was tough last year seeing Cueto go to Kansas City but at least he was able to get a ring for the few months he was there. When he joined the ranks of the American League it was a little easier to digest. However, now that he's wearing orange and black it's just too much to bear. I guess it could be worse. Better that he's a Giant instead of a Cardinal or Cub. Anyway, just a bit of history on this bobblehead I picked up this past week. There were 25,000 of these given away on August 4, 2012 when the Reds were facing the Pirates. Cincinnati won the game 5-4 with Aroldis Chapman getting the save. I still need to grab a Chapman bobblehead and the prices have come down a bit on his now that he's a Yankee. I'm glad things didn't pan out for Chapman going to the Dodgers. Seeing Cueto and Chapman on the west coast in the National League would have been too much for me to handle psychologically.
I mentioned before that I decided to collect the 2015 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives set. In fact, since December I'm just 5 cards short of completing it. After I took some time to really look at the cards I just felt as though the set was lacking. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great set but it was missing a lot of the characters I had admired in the "original" trilogy. I noticed that Topps released a 2014 Chrome Star Wars Perspectives set that had many of the characters that weren't present in the 2015 release (IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, Admiral Ackbar, R2-D2, and C-3PO). I found a listing on eBay and for $14.99 delivered I was able to add the 2014 Chrome Perspectives set to my collection. I still need to purchase the insert sets (50 cards), but that shouldn't break the bank. I do know that once both of these sets are complete I'll consider my Star Wars portion of my collection completed.
I pulled the trigger on one of the last few remaining 1986-87 Fleer basketball cards I needed. With Olajuwon's rookie card I'm down to only 1 card and 1 sticker I need for the set. Unfortunately they're both Michael Jordan. I could take some time and save up to try and get the sticker sometime this year, but I'm not sure I want to do that. I would like to try and complete at least my 1950 and 1951 Bowman Reds team sets and if I chase after the Jordan sticker I can forget about completing those two team sets. Anyway, I'm glad this card is now part of my collection.
Just a reminder that my May 4th Star Wars card giveaway ends today at midnight. Leave a comment on the contest post and I'll be sure to enter you in the randomizer. The drawing will held Monday. Thanks again!
I realize I'm a day late getting this out, but better late then never. I'm in the process of completing my 2015 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives set and I have a duplicate subset to give out to one lucky reader. There are 10 cards total in this set (as you can see in the picture on the left). This set was actually sent to me by mistake from an eBay seller when I purchased another insert set. The seller was gracious enough to let me keep the cards so I've decided to pass these on to someone who'll appreciate them. Just comment below and on Monday May 9th I'll randomize the entries. Feel free to share the contest on your blog for an additional chance to win. Thanks and good luck!