Friday, April 17, 2015

All Set!

Have you ever told yourself that you're going to stick to a certain set of rules regarding your collection, only to break those rules later on. I've done just that with my recent pickup. I promised myself back in 2002 when I started collecting again that I would only have one set from a given year. Well, I just broke that rule. During the early 1990s I had always wanted some of the premium sets that were released at that time: Upper Deck's original 1989 release, 1990 Leaf, 1991 Stadium Club, 1992 Bowman, and 1993 Flair. I've been able to complete those sets the past few years but recently I decided to complete one Topps base set from each decade from 1951 through the present. Out of those decades I chose 1956, 1965, 1971, 1986, 1990, 2002, and 2011. The 2013 set is an exception because it's a mini set and is exempt from the standard base set. 1990 was the peak of my collecting days. It was also the last time Cincinnati won the World Series. I don't remember how many packs of 1990 Topps I busted back in those days, but I know it was a lot and I was able to hand collate a set without having to make any trades. Many collectors I know don't care much for the design, but I do. I love the various border colors as well as many of the photos used. There are a lot of things Topps included in this set that you don't see anymore: the record breakers, turn back the clock, and checklists to name a few. I also appreciate the subset Topps included for Nolan Ryan. Granted, the 1990 set is not on par with the 1991 set, but that's ok. This set is sentimental to me and that's why I chose to include it in my collection. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Magnificent Seven

Last week I made another purchase for my 2013 Topps Votto rainbow project and the card finally arrived in my mailbox yesterday. It's not as flashy as my previous pickups. In fact, you could say that it's a little dull. Regardless, it was still a card I needed and it's one less card to chase. This is the 29th card in my Votto rainbow project and while it appears to be your standard 2013 Topps base card, it's not. This is the 2013 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Votto card that was distributed with the Factory Teams sets that Topps distributed. The only difference with this card and the standard base card is the numbering on the back. This Votto is numbered CIN-1 as compared to 19. With this addition, I'm seven short of completing the rainbow. Those magnificent seven are: a 2013 Topps Factory Orange Votto /230, a 2013 Topps Silver Slate parallel /10, a 2013 Topps Opening Day Toys R Us parallel, a 2013 Topps Chrome Camo /15, a 2013 Topps Chrome Atomic /10, a 2013 Topps Chrome Pink /5, and a 2013 Topps Mini Black /5. I have a feeling it's going to take some time to find them.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Who Knew Golf and Baseball Went So Well Together!

I like golf. I like to play it whenever I get the opportunity to do so. On average I normally play 18 holes once or twice a year. I never said that I play golf on a regular basis because I just don't have the time to do it. Am I great, no...am I terrible, probably. But that's ok with me because as long as I'm enjoying myself that's all that matters. In my quest to complete my album of amazing project this year, I knew if there was a baseball card out there that depicted golf in some way, shape, or form that I needed to acquire it. So here's the latest addition to the album, a 1988 Topps Tommy Lasorda. I've always liked Tommy and seeing him in this photo of him relaxing in a golf cart is classic. I'm very surprised at some of the photography gems that are part of the junk wax era of the hobby.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stop the Presses!

Last week I was able to add another card to my Votto rainbow. While technically not a card, this cyan printing plate was still used in the production of the 2013 Topps Votto chrome cards and so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to acquire it. I had to pay a little more than I was expecting since I had to win the auction on eBay. With this printing plate now part of my collection, I'm just 8 cards short of completing this project.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pain in the glavin!

I try not to include Reds cards in my album of amazing project since I'm content with the Reds cards I have and this project is strictly for branching out into other realms of the hobby that I haven't explored. However, when I saw this 1992 Score Jeff Reed I had to make an exception. Granted it's never funny when a player gets hurt in the game but it isn't everyday that you see someone grimace on a ball card. I think the only way this card could be better is if Score had not rotated the image and zoomed back just a little to give us a complete view of the play at the plate.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who's the cat in the hat?

Joey Hamilton, that's who. Here's my latest addition to my album of amazing project a 1997 Fleer Ultra Joey Hamilton. I like the whimsy of this card and knew that when I saw it I had to add it to the album. I think this is the first time I've ever used the term "whimsy" in a post. Regardless, it's a very nice card and I'm glad I now own it.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mat Latos Bobblehead

One of the nice things about a player leaving the team is that if that player has a bobblehead, it instantly becomes more reasonable to purchase. Last week I purchased my first bobblehead in over a year. Mat apparently didn't have any kind words for the organization when he was shipped to Miami in the off-season and I'm a little bummed that he won't be sporting a Cincinnati uniform since he was a decent pitcher for the Reds. With the impending loss of Cueto and Chapman at the end of the year, I shudder to think what might become of the Reds starting rotation and bullpen. The Reds had 30,000 of these bobbleheads to pass out on June 5, 2013 against the Rockies (although not that many fans showed up for the game). This is my first bobblehead where the sponsor is Toyota. I am excited for a few of the bobblehead releases the Reds have scheduled for this year...my favorite being the Nasty Boys bobblehead featuring Dibble, Myers and Charlton