Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More Colors for the Rainbow

I've been extremely busy the past few weeks and haven't been able to post as much as I would have liked. Check Out My Cards has been running their challenge and I have been taking full advantage of that by nabbing a few printing plates for my trifectas, 80 unique Pete Rose cards, an eTopps Homer Bailey rookie, a few odds and ends cards for a new project that I'm starting, and 8 additional 2013 Topps Vottos for my Votto Rainbow. Not a bad haul if I do say so myself. With the addition of these eight, I now have just over half of the rainbow complete. While I'm happy with the progress, I'm a little discourage that I fear from here on out it's not going to be smooth sailing. There are a few cards that I can still pick up that won't be much of an issue, but there's probably about 10 cards that I haven't been able to find anywhere. I guess I'll just have to enjoy the thrill of the hunt...even if it does take me years to complete.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Coming Full Circle

Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've hot him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

That's what's been playing in my mind since I've been looking through my recent completion of the year...the 1986 Topps set. These cards were the first that I collected when I got into the hobby, and I won't bore you with the details, but it's always held a sentimental place in my heart. I, like many of you, liquidated my collection in the mid 90s and so it's been quite some time since I've gazed on all of these cards. Sure, I've got the 1986 Topps Reds team set, but it just wasn't the same. Hopefully I can get these in a binder sometime soon so that I can flip through them at my leisure. For your listening pleasure, the complete Welcome Back Kotter theme song is below.


Friday, April 18, 2014

2009 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

27 cards total: Bronson Arroyo, Dusty Baker, Jay Bruce, Jared Burton, Francisco Cordero, Johnny Cueto, Chris Dickerson, Edwin Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston Jr, Ryan Hanigan, Aaron Harang, Ramon Hernandez, Daniel Ray Herrara, Paul Janish, Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset, Darnell McDonald, Lance Nix, Micah Owings, Brandon Phillips, Arthur Rhodes, Adam Rosales, Willy Taveras, Edinson Volquez, Joey Votto, David Weathers




Thursday, April 17, 2014

2008 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

27 cards total: Jeremy Affeldt, Dusty Baker, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Paul Bako, Bill Bray, Jay Bruce, Jared Burton, Jolbert Cabrera, Francisco Cordero, Johnny Cueto, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Fogg, Ryan Freel, Jerry Hairston Jr, Aaron Harang, Jeff Keppinger, Mike Lincoln, Gary Majewski, Kent Mercker, Corey Patterson, Andy Phillips, Brandon Phillips, Javier Valentin, Edinsol Volquez, Joey Votto, David Weathers




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2007 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

28 cards total: Bronson Arroyo, Matt Belisle, Jared Burton, Juan Castro, Todd Coffey, Jeff Conine, John Coutlangus, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Freel, Alex Gonzalez, Mike Gosling, Ken Griffey Jr, Eddie Guardado, Josh Hamilton, Aaron Harang, Scott Hatteberg, Norris Hopper, Jeff Keppinger, Bobby Livingston, Pete Mackanin, Brandon Phillips, David Ross, Victor Santos, Mike Stanton, Javier Valentin, David Weathers, Coaches (Mark Berry, Billy Hatcher, Tom Hume, Brooke Jacoby, Pat Kelly, Dick Pole)





Monday, April 14, 2014

2005 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

28 cards total: Rich Aurilia, Matt Belisle, Sean Casey, Brandon Claussen, Todd Coffey, Jacob Cruz, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Freel, Ken Griffey Jr, Aaron Harang, Luke Hudson, Austin Kearns, Randy Keisler, Jason LaRue, Felipe Lopez, Kent Merker, Eric Milton, Jerry Narron, Ramon Ortiz, Wily Mo Pena, Joe Randa, Javier Valentin, Ryan Wagner, David Weathers, Ben Weber, Paul Wilson, Coaches (Mark Berry, Chris Chambliss, Tom Hume, John Moses, Vern Ruhle, Randy Whisler)





Friday, April 11, 2014

Chasing a Rainbow

Just a quick break from wrapping up my Kahn's Cincinnati Reds team set postings. I'll have my 2007, 2008 and 2009 Kahn's postings next week to wrap that up. One thing about this hobby that I've been on the fence about lately is the fact that there are so many parallels of each card released every year. The amount of colors are endless and it's due to that fact that I decided not to have a player collection of any recent Reds players. However, I had always thought it would be cool if I could complete a rainbow of a player just to say I had done so. Not only that but I think if I were to put the entire run of cards in some ultra pro multi card screw downs and display it in my man cave that it would be a definite show stopper next to my framed jerseys, newspapers, etc. So, I decided that I was going to chase a rainbow of my favorite current Red, Joey Votto. I decided the set I wanted to nab my rainbow from was 2013 Topps since I love the design and I like Votto's photo that Topps used since it appears that he's watching a ball he's just hit. I know it'll take me some time to put this together (I've counted over 30 different parallels between Topps base, chrome, and the minis) but I think once it's done and displayed it'll be one of the crown jewels in my collection. You can follow my progress by hitting the Votto Rainbow link that I've added on the nav bar. Now if I could only stay on track and try to finish some of my original 2014 goals.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2003 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

28 cards total: Aaron Boone, Bob Boone, Russell Branyan, Sean Casey, Juan Castro, Ryan Dempster, Adam Dunn, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr, Jose Guillen Jimmy Haynes, Felix Heredia, Austin Kearns, Barry Larkin, Jason LaRue, Kent Mercker, Wily Mo Pena, Brian Reith, Chris Reitsma, John Riedling, Kelly Stinnett, Scott Sullivan, Reggie Taylor, Gabe White, Scott Williamson, Paul Wilson, Coaches (Tom Robson, Tim Foli, Ray Knight, Jose Cardenal), Coaches (Don Gullett, Tom Hume, Mark Berry)





Monday, April 7, 2014

2002 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

35 cards total: Aaron Boone, Bob Boone, Russell Branyan, Sean Casey, Juan Castro, Bruce Chen, Ryan Dempster, Elmer Dessens, Adam Dunn, Jared Fernandez, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr, Joey Hamilton, Jimmy Haynes, Austin Kearns, Barry Larkin, Jason LaRue, Corky Miller, Luis Pineda, Chris Reitsma, John Riedling, Jose Rijo, Jose Silva, Kelly Stinnett, Scott Sullivan, Reggie Taylor, Todd Walker, Gabe White, Scott Sullivan, Coaches (Don Gullett, Tom Hume, Mark Berry), Coaches (Jim Lefebvre / Tim Foli / Ray Knight / Jose Cardenal), Joe Nuxhall & Marty Brennaman, Cinergy Field





Friday, April 4, 2014

1997 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

34 cards total: Stan Bolinda, Aaron Boone, Brett Boone, Jeff Branson, Jeff Brantley, Dave Burba, Brook Fordyce, Steve Gibralter, Curtis Goodwin, Willie Greene, Lenny Harris, Mike Kelly, Ray Knight, Barry Larkin, Kent Mercker, Mike Morgan, Hal Morris, Joe Oliver, Terry Pendleton, Eduardo Perez, Pokey Reese, Mike Remlinger, Jose Rijo, Felix Rodriguez, Deion Sanders, Reggie Sanders, Pete Schourek, Jeff Shaw, John Smiley, Scott Sullivan, Eddie Taubensee, Brett Tomko, Coaches (Ken Griffey, Don Gullett, Tom Hume, Denis Menke, Ron Oester, Joel Youngblood), Schottzie





Thursday, April 3, 2014

1996 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

34 cards total: Eric Anthony, Tim Belk, Brett Boone, Jeff Branson, Jeff Brantley, Dave Burba, Hector Carrasco, Eric Davis, Curtis Goodwin, Willie Greene, Lenny Harris, Thomas Howard, Kevin Jarvis, Mike Kelly, Ray Knight, Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Joe Oliver, Eric Owens, Eduardo Perez, Mark Portugal, Jose Rijo, Johnny Ruffin Chris Sabo, Roger Salkeld, Reggie Sanders, Pete Schourek, Scott Service, Jeff Shaw, John Smiley, Bernie Stowe, Eddie Taubensee, Coaches (Marc Bombard, Don Gullett, Jim Lett, Hal McRae, Joel Youngblood, Tom Hume), Schottzie





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1995 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

34 cards total: Eric Anthony, Damon Berryhill, Brett Boone, Jeff Branson, Jeff Brantley, Hector Carrasco, Ron Gant, Willie Greene, Lenny Harris, Xavier Hernandez, Thomas Howard, Brian Hunter, Mike Jackson, Kevin Jarvis, Davey Johnson, Barry Larkin, Mark Lewis, Chuck McElroy, Hal Morris, C.J. Nitkowski, Brad Pennington, Tim Pugh, Jose Rijo, John Roper, Johnny Ruffin, Deion Sanders, Reggie Sanders, Benito Santiago, Pete Schourek, John Smiley, Eddie Taubensee, Jerome Walton, Coaches (Ray Knight, Don Gullett, Grant Jackson, Hal McRae, Joel Youngblood), Schottzie