Thursday, February 27, 2014

TTM: Al Worthington

Did you know that after his career in the majors, Al Worthington accepted the head coaching position at Liberty University?

Monday, February 24, 2014

What a Catch!

It's been a while since I've picked up anything for my Cincinnati Reds man cave and although I do like adding some vintage cardboard to my collection, I'm always on the lookout for some great pieces that I would like to display in the cave. Last week I came across a listing on eBay for a vintage Wilson Smoky Burgess signature series catcher's mitt. I wasn't sure I would be able to land this since the listing price was right at the ceiling I set for what I was willing to spend on it. Needless to say, I was the only bidder so now it's part of my collection. I love old catchers mitts and I've been wanting to grab one for the longest time, unfortunately I had a long list of criteria for such a glove. I wanted to make sure it was vintage, it had to be in great condition, and if it was a signature series the player must have spent time with the Reds. I love the patina on this mitt and the piping is all original. I'm still on the lookout for a vintage Wilson Ball Hawk glove that will complement this mitt nicely!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TTM: Woody Woodward

Did you know that Woody Woodward hit his only major league home run in 2,423 plate appearances on July 10, 1970 against Ron Reed of the Atlanta Braves?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Crime Doesn't Pay....Especially When Baseball Cards are Involved!

Just thought my fellow collectors would like to read about this recent arrest of two men here in the Cleveland area that were busted for selling fake Ruth and Mantle cards. How dumb can you get?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An Offer Too Good To Refuse!

I've always had collecting goals when it comes to this hobby for as long as I can remember. Back in 2011 when I started this blog I had set some goals that, for the life of me, I can't remember! Guess the mind is the first thing to go. Anyway, I have goals to keep me on track so that I don't wander all over the collecting universe and can feel like I can accomplish something which, in turn, allows me to not get burned out of the hobby. This past week, however, I got a little sidetracked. I've been on the fence for a long time about whether or not I should collect the Kahn's Cincinnati Reds team sets. Fellow Reds collector Red Cardboard did a weeks worth of Kahn's post last year and that got me thinking. Each year Kahn's distributes these at the ballpark to the first somethin thousand in attendance. I had always liked the sets for their simplicity and being an "oddball" type of set. I mean come on, who doesn't like weiners? Besides, Kahn's Big Red Smokeys where always a staple at my family reunions. Where was I? Oh yeah, so a few days back I came across a listing for thirteen different Kahn's Cincinnati Reds team sets 1988-1997, 2002-2003. I decided to put a bid in since that starting price was equal to a blaster of cards and to my surprise I was the only bidder for the lot. I couldn't be happier to add over 300 new Kahn's cards to my collection. I'm not quite sure yet if that makes me a winner...or a weiner.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Topps

OK, so I'm a little late to the party. That's alright with me since I gave up busting packs years ago and instead seek out my cards through sportlots and comc. I nabbed the 14 Reds cards that Topps has released and my favorite of the bunch would have to be the Reds top prospect coming into this year...Billy Hamilton. I'm not a fan of this year's design. Essentially all the reviews that I've read this year are spot on, in my opinion. It just feels way too Bowman to me. I'm not sure what Topps was trying to accomplish this year, but I'm not impressed. 2013 was great, as was 2011, but this year's design is just a whole lot of bad. The only thing going for this set is that the wave action is a nice complement to the 2012 surfboard design. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if Topps decided to go the Stadium Club route with their future flagship releases and use full bleed photography and ax the borders. I'm sure that will never happen though.

Friday, February 7, 2014

2012 Leaf Pete Rose The Living Legend

This is the first addition to my Pete Rose PC. While I have all of Pete's regular issued Topps base cards from 1963-89 when he was with the Reds, those are strictly for my Reds team sets and I'm starting from scratch. I was able to pick up this 50 card set for 11cents a card! I thought about getting an unopened wax box that came with 60 cards and an auto, but I didn't want to run the risk of coming up short on the set and getting an autograph I didn't like. While there aren't any stats on the back of the cards and the uniforms have had their logos airbrushed out, I do like that there is a story on the back of each card detailing what was taking place in the card photo. I only wish that Leaf would have used a photo of Pete sliding head first wearing a Reds uniform instead of the Phillies.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Starting a Player Collection

For the past few years I've been mulling over the idea of starting a player collection. I dabbled with the idea of starting a Barry Larkin PC, but decided against that since there seems to be a lot of collectors out there (Nachos Grande) and I didn't want to compete with them. I then started to contemplate putting together a Joey Votto PC since he's currently my favorite player on the Reds. That too was dismissed for the simple fact that I don't want to chase the hundreds of parallel cards that Topps puts out every year. That would be too much work and this is a hobby, not a job. So, I've finally decided on a player to pursue and it's brought me full circle in this hobby. I'm going to go after the very first player who's cardboard I chased when I was busting wax packs of Topps back in 1986...Pete Rose.

I know there are a lot of you out there that hate Pete with a passion, and I respect your opinion. I, on the other hand, have a different opinion when it comes to Charlie Hustle. I look at the man and his accomplishments and admire his accomplishments on the field. He didn't blast tape measure home runs nor did he steal an insane amount of bases. He was a ballplayer who did what was asked of him to help his team and not himself. Playing five different positions on the diamond is not something you see everyday. Pete played with a passion that you don't really see in players today. From his head first slides to his all-star game collision with Ray Fosse, Rose was a man that played the game with heart. Do I agree with everything Pete has done during his life, of course not. I was devastated when he was banned from baseball in 1989 and I was disappointed when he confessed that he bet on baseball when he managed the Reds.

While we like to place our favorite players on a pedestal, we never expect to see them fall from that lofty perch. Most of the time when they fall, they fall pretty far. Will my opinions of Pete change your view towards him, probably not. I will say, however, that Pete will always be my favorite player, flaws and all, because he reminds me of one thing...he's human. We all make mistakes, even baseball's "Hit King". But I'm not going to let those mistakes change my perception of a man who enjoyed playing the game. A man who once said "I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball".