Tuesday, September 1, 2015

3 Coins in a Fountain

More oddball items to add to my collection. These three coins were made by Kahn's /Hillshire Farms but I'm not entirely sure if they were stadium promotions. Out of the three (Bench, Morgan, and Rose) I would say that Pete's my favorite. The Bench and Rose feel as though they're made from brass while the Morgan almost feels like a cheap imitation metal of some kind. Nevertheless, I'm glad they're part of my collection.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chipping Away

I haven't made much progress tracking down vintage bowman cards to wrap up my 1948-51 Reds team sets. I was hoping to complete at least two of these sets this year but the chances of that happening are quickly diminishing. I still have four months, so it's still a possibility. We'll just have to wait and see. I have been making progress on another goal that I began this year. I'm currently up to 164 2014 Billy Hamilton rookie cards. Although it will be impossible for me to complete this goal before the end of 2015, if I can hit the 200 card milestone and have 25% of this project complete I'll consider it a great accomplishment.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Odds and Ends

Recently I picked up a few more cards for my Album of Amazing project. I'm slowing approaching my goal of 90 cards and will probably have this project wrapped up by the end of the year. I have one (possibly two) additional projects that I would like to start at the beginning of next year but I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should pursue them considering that I still have a mess of vintage needs left to address with the Topps sets I'm chasing as well as some pre-war Reds cards I would like to acquire in the near future. Here's the latest additions to my Album of Amazing.

1966 Topps Don Mossi
Love the ears (and the old Kansas City Athletics cap)

1970 Topps Tony Taylor
Love the shot with all the lumber

1984 Fleer Rudy Law
Don't mess with him, that's all I have to say

1992 Studio Jose Lind
What's a pirate without a sword?

1994 Score Kevin Brown
Talk about sporting retro

1996 Score Charlie Hays
Whatever it was that was on your chin, I think you got it.

2009 Topps 206 Tommy Hanson
Was he taught to pitch like that? Just curious.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Nasty Bobblehead!

It's been more than two weeks since my last post. I apologize because I've been extremely busy  with work (traveling to San Antonio for training) as well as trying to find a balance with my new responsibilities at work. I do have packages that I will get out in the mail this evening to Nick and Charles for their recent generosity. I would have had them postmarked sooner but, as I stated before, I've was messing with Texas. My latest purchase for my collection is the Nasty Boys bobblehead the Reds handed out to their fans this year. 25,000 of these nodders were handed out to fans on April 25, 2015 when the Reds faced the Cubs. Needless to say, the game was rained out. I do like the fact that this is the first triple bobblehead the Reds have given out and it celebrates the Reds wire-to-wire championship season of 1990. Norm Charlton, Randy Myers and Rob Dibble were a force to be reckoned with that year and when Lou Piniella went to his bullpen you knew the game was pretty much over. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

More Pins!

My apologies for not posting sooner. I've been out of town visiting family in California and I had a great time spending a week on the central coast in Arroyo Grande with my sister and her family. Vacation is always a blast, but the first day back to work after a week off is always painful. It's also painful when one of your favorite players is traded. I knew it was coming but I also know that in the grand scheme of things it's better for the Reds to get something for him before he departs for greener pastures when free agency hits. Enough with the sorrow - onward to my latest pickup. In my previous post I mentioned buying some pins from 1993. I decided to follow that up by purchasing the 1994 and 1995 Coca-Cola pin sets as well. The 1994 set consists of 5 pins that detail the Reds World Championship years (1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990) and the 1995 set, also consisting of 5 pins, showcases the evolving logo of the Reds from 1869 to 1995 (1869, 1907, 1911, 1939, 1995). So far I have a total of 19 different pins. I would still like to find pins commemorating the 1938, 1953 and 1970 All-Star games held in Cincinnati and I have my sights set on a pin commemorating the first interleague game the Reds played (against the Chicago White Sox back in June of 1997). Hopefully in the near future I can have the pins mounted in a display and post a pic.

Friday, July 17, 2015


I've never been a pin collector. I never understood the appeal of sporting a hat with a bunch of pins covering it or, worse yet, wearing pins on my shirt. However, a few weeks back I came across a collector that collected pins and had them displayed nicely in a shadowbox on a wall. The pins were arranged nicely in rows and were not just clustered together in some hodge podge fashion. So that got me thinking about picking up some pins for my collection. I wouldn't go crazy in trying to obtain as many pins as possible, but rather keep it simple and only collect commemorative pins about the Reds and their ballparks. With the All-Star game this past week in Cincinnati, I knew I had to gave one of those pins, as well as a pin from the 1988 All-Star game at Riverfront. While looking on eBay for other pins to purchase I came across a set of pins given out at Riverfront in 1993. The set consists of seven pins detailing MLB 1st that the Reds were a part of (1st team in baseball, 1st night game, 1st televised game, 1st ladies night, 1st team to fly, 1st National League team to go wire to wire). The 7th pin in the series is a 125 year anniversary of the founding of the ball club. There are a few more pins that I'm on the hunt for including any World Series pins (1919, 1940, 1975, 1976 and 1990) as well as the first interleague game (watching one on eBay right now that I'll probably purchase in a few weeks). I'm even toying around with the idea of getting press pins from the All-Star games and World Series. Unfortunately those sell for $100+ and I can buy a lot of vintage cards for the price of one of those pins. Anyway, I think they'll look great when I get them displayed in the man cave.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2014 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

29 cards total in the set: Bryan Price, Homer Bailey, Jonathan Broxton, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Nick Christiani, Tony Cingrani, Zack Cozart, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Jack Hannahan, Chris Heisey, J.J. Hoover, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Ryan Ludwick, Sean Marshall, Devin Mesoraco, Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra, Bryan Pena, Brandon Phillips, Ramon Santiago, Skip Schumaker, Alfredo Simon, Neftali Soto, Joey Votto