Monday, November 23, 2015

Three More Rookies for the Book

This past weekend I was able to once again sell some of my "digital" star wars cards for a decent price. In turn, I was able to add the three cards below to my collection for free! I now have twelve of the forty cards for my rookie book project.

1972 Topps Carlton Fisk

1983 Topps Ryne Sandberg

1985 Topps Kirby Puckett

Friday, November 20, 2015

1986 Texas Gold Reds Set

27 cards total: Pete Rose, Pete Rose, Pete Rose, Reds Coaches (Scherger, Kimm, DeMars, Helms, Breeden, Lett), Eddie Milner, Tom Browning, Tony Perez, Bill Gullickson, Ron Robinson, John Franco, Eric Davis, Kal Daniels, Tracy Jones, Joe Price, Mario Soto, Dave Parker, John Denny, Ted Power, Chris Welsh, Kurt Stillwell, Bo Diaz, Ron Oester, Buddy Bell, Max Venable, Sal Butera, Dave Concepcion, Nick Esasky

Before Kahn's started sponsoring the Reds baseball card sets, Texas Gold made its first and only entry by sponsoring the 1986 Reds set. Kahn's would go on to sponsor the Reds baseball card sets from 1987-2010 with a brief interruption in 2011 when Thompson Plumbing would sponsor the set that year. Kahn's would again sponsor the Reds baseball card sets from 2012 to present.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

1987 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Set

26 cards total: Pete Rose, Reds Coaches (Breeden, DeMars, Helms, Kimm, Lett, Perez), Eric Davis, Terry Francona, Frank Williams, Bo Diaz, Ron Oester, Barry Larkin, Paul O'Neill, Bill Landrum, Ron Robinson, Ted Power, Dave Parker, Kal Daniels, John Franco, Buddy Bell, Kurt Stillwell,  Lloyd McClendon, Guy Hoffman, Tom Browning, Bill Gullickson, Pat Pacillo, Tracy Jones, Dave Concepcion, Nick Esasky, Rob Murphy

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turning the Imaginary into Reality!

That's UNPOSSIBLE right? Well, thanks to the Topps Star Wars card trader app I was able to sell my white Hoth cards I acquired for free over time for the below cards that are the latest entries into my Rookie Book project. I can't spend money on digital cards, but if someone is willing to pay for my imaginary cards I'll be more than happy to take the cash and purchase actual cards for my collection.

1974 Topps Dave Winfield

1978 Topps Eddie Murray

1985 Topps Roger Clemens

1988 Fleer Tom Glavine

1988 Topps Traded Roberto Alomar

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

1998 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Set

34 cards total: Schottzie, Pokey Reese, Reds Coaches (Griffey, Hume, Oester, Gullett, Menke, Dunlap), Mike Frank, Pete Harnisch, Paul Konerko, Stever Parris, Eduardo Perez, Reggie Sanders, Chris Stynes, Scott Winchester, Dmitri Young, Gabe White, Todd Williams, Pat Watkins, Brett Tomko, Eddie Taubensee, Scott Sullivan, Mike Remlinger, Jon Nunnaly, Melvin Nieves, Barry Larkin, Rick Krivda, Damian Jackson, John Hudek, Willie Greene, Danny Graves, Brook Fordyce, Steve Cooke, Sean Casey, Bret Boone, Aaron Boone, Stan Belinda, Jack McKeon

Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set

35 cards total in the base set and update

15 Joey Votto
42 Todd Frazier
61 Johnny Cueto
85 Johnny Cueto
182 Devin Mesoraco
209 Daniel Corcino
264 Tony Cingrani
266 Brandon Phillips
268 Aroldis Chapman
277 Cincinnati Reds Team Card
301 Zack Cozart
333 Billy Hamilton
344 Manny Parra

353 Mike Leake
362 Jason Bourgeois
375 Johnny Cueto
375SP Johnny Cueto
427 Raisel Iglesias
498 Anthony Desclafani
512 Jay Bruce
520 Bryan Pena
541 Homer Bailey
547 Kristopher Negron
567 Brennan Boesch
633 Skip Schumaker
641 Yorman Rodriguez
US38 Micheal Lorenzen
US65 Todd Frazier
US101 Jumbo Diaz
US122 Marlon Byrd
US269 Burke Badenhop
US274 Tucker Barnhart
US342 Todd Frazier
US354 Brandon Finnegan
US368 Aroldis Chapman

Friday, November 13, 2015

2000 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Set

32 cards total: Jack McKeon, Reds Coaches (Griffey, Oester, Menke, Collins), Reds Coaches (Gullett, Hume, Dunlop, Berry), Manny Aybar, Rob Bell, Dante Bichette, Aaron Boone, Sean Casey, Juan Castro, Elmer Dessens, Osvaldo Fernandez, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr., Pete Harnisch, Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Denny Neagle, Alex Ochoa, Steve Parris, Pokey Reese, Denny Reyes, Benito Santiago, Chris Stynes, Scott Sullivan, Eddie Taubensee, Michael Tucker, Ron Villone, Scott Williamson, Dmitri Young, Marty Brennaman/Joe Nuxhall, Mr. Red, Kahnlee

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2011 Thompson Plumbing Cincinnati Reds Set

29 cards total: Dusty Baker, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Jay Bruce, Jared Burton, Miguel Cairo, Aroldis Chapman, Francisco Cordero, Johnny Cueto, Juan Francisco, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan, Chris Heisey, Ramon Hernandez, Paul Janish, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Fred Lewis, Matt Maloney, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Brandon Phillips, Edgar Renteria, Scott Rolen, Drew Stubbs, Edinson Volquez, Joey Votto, Travis Wood

This was the first time since 1986 that the Reds baseball card set stadium giveaway was produced by a company other than Kahn's.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Just What I Always Wanted!

Call me crazy, but I'm starting a new project. This one leans more towards the side of nostalgia more than anything. I remember when I first got into the hobby back in the mid 80s the lure of the rookie card. Granted you still have prospectors out there today that snatch up bowman in hopes of turning a profit somewhere down the road. That idea never crossed my mind. For me, it was about owning an iconic rookie card from a hall of famer or a star that you knew would make it to Cooperstown one day. While I've made a sizable dent in my wantlist over the past few years, it's always bothered me that I never chose to pursue that. Last week while browsing sportlots I came across a group of rookie cards that I had always wanted at a price that was too good to refuse. So I bought them and hence the start of a new project...a rookie book. Now before this project gets out of control, I've decided to set some parameters for this: no card older than 1960 (the cards from the 50s and prior are just too expensive...sorry 1952 Topps Mantle), no card made after 1993 (I left the hobby in 1994 so I want to keep this as a strictly nostalgic project), only one rookie card of a particular player, and 40 cards total for this project. With that, here's the first four entries into my rookie book project:

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson

1983 Topps Wade Boggs

1985 Topps Mark McGwire

1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds

Monday, November 2, 2015

My Second Tobacco Card of the Year!

I was able to purchase this t206 Dick Hoblitzell on eBay a few weeks back for just over $30 shipped. Not a bad price for a piece of cardboard that's over 100 years old. Last night marked the end of baseball for 2015. While many of us our glad to put that miserable season behind us, I think we're all a bit sad knowing that we have to wait until spring to see our teams take the field once more. Anyway, I'm not waiting until spring to collect baseball cards. In fact, it's the one thing that helps me sooth the pain and pass the winter months without baseball. It's especially helpful when you can stare at cards such as these and know that in the grand scheme of things Opening Day is not that far away.