Friday, February 27, 2015

2004 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

29 cards total: Dave Miley, Coaches (Berry, Chambliss, Gullett, Hume), Coaches (Narron, Whisler, Stefanski, Mann), Jose Acevedo, Sean Casey, Juan Castro, Brandon Claussen, Jacob Cruz, Adam Dunn, Ryan Freel, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr, Aaron  Harang, Tim Hummel, D'Angelo Jimenez, Austin Kearns, Barry Larkin, Brandon Larson, Jason LaRue, Cory Lidle, Phil Norton, Wily Mo Pena, John Riedling, Javier Valentin, John Vander Wal, Todd Van Poppel, Ryan Wagner, Gabe White, Paul Wilson





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Signing Some Balls

Another great card to add to my Album of Amazing. This 1983 Fleer card depicts Rick Mahler signing some balls. Of all the memorabilia I have in my collection, autographed baseballs have been and always will be my favorite. I think it's great to finally have a card depicting a player partaking in the time honored tradition of signing some balls.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Busting Some Packs

I love the quirkiness of this card. A ballplayer, Pete Falcone, opening up packs of baseball cards, and showing us a copy of his card he pulled from a pack. When I saw this 1982 Fleer card I knew I had to add it to my Album of Amazing.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dilemma

Do you ever experience a dilemma when you're collecting sports cards? Ever come to a fork in the road and not sure if you should turn left or right? Recently I was struggling with a problem when it came to collecting the 2013 Topps set. I have always been a huge fan of the set because of the design and photos and I knew that I wanted to add the set to my collection, but I wasn't sure how to do it. Should I buy a factory set that had the 5 orange factory cards in hopes that one of those five would be a Votto that I need for my rainbow? I didn't like the odds of that, nor the price of around $50. I had always wanted a mini set and Topps did release wax boxes of their 2013 cards that are at a reasonable $30 on eBay. The problem with that is that there are 24 packs to a box with 10 cards to a pack. That's 240 cards to a box. With inserts, parallels, and possible printing plates and autographs that would leave me around 220-230 base cards a box, if I didn't pull any dupes. I would then need at least 3 wax boxes to try and collate the 660 card mini set which would set me back about $90...way to steep for me. While I'm sure I might have been able to pull something nice to recoup some of my costs, it was too much of a gamble for me. I've never been a pack gambler and never will be. This past week, while I was browsing eBay I noticed a listing for a complete set of 2013 Topps minis with an option to submit a best offer. Needless to say, I decided to submit an offer and was surprised to find out the seller accepted. For $34.99 shipped I was able to get my first Topps mini set and a set that I think is one of the ten best they've ever produced. What do you think? Did I make the right decision? How about you? Ever experience a dilemma is your collecting endeavors?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2010 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

27 cards total: Dusty Baker, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Cairo, Francisco Cordero, Johnny Cueto, Chris Dickerson, Carlos Fisher, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan, Aaron Harang, Ramon Hernandez, Daniel Ray Herrera, Paul Janish, Mike Leake, Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset, Laynce Nix, Micah Owings, Brandon Phillips, Arthur Rhodes, Scott Rolen, Drew Stubbs, Edinson Volquez, Joey Votto




Friday, February 13, 2015

Mama Said Knock You Out

I first saw this card over on Dime Boxes. Nick has a tendency of finding some great cardboard and I knew I had to add this 1995 SP Rod Beck card to my Album of Amazing. I don't think there's another baseball card out there with a ballplayer sporting some boxing gloves. I wonder who would have won in a fight between Rod Beck and Nolan Ryan.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

There's No Crying in Baseball!

Here's my latest Album of Amazing entrant, a 2004 Just Rookies Argenis Reyes. This is the first card I've ever seen that depicts a batter being hit by a pitch. Once I saw it I knew I needed to add it to the album. While it looks like Mr Reyes is in pain, I bet he didn't cry because as we all know, there's no crying in baseball.