Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone with the blink of an eye. As I've done the past few years I decided to once again reflect on how my collection has changed over the past twelve months. Below is a quick recap of my collecting milestones for 2016:
  1. Reached the halfway mark on my 1971 Topps Set
  2. Added more than 75 new cards to my Pete Rose PC
  3. Completed my 1991 Topps Desert Shield Cincinnati Reds team set
  4. Completed my 2008 eTopps Set
  5. Purchased a 1963 Cincinnati Reds Scorecard 
  6. Completed my 2014 and 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives sets
  7. Added 8 new cards to my Rookie Book project (Maddux, Griffey, Thomas, Gwynn, Jackson, Mattingly, Canseco, Smoltz)
  8. Added a black mini to my 2013 Topps Votto Rainbow project
  9. Purchased a ticket stub to the September 11, 1985 Reds game where Pete Rose recorded his 4,192 hit surpassing Ty Cobb as the Hit King
  10. Added another T206 to my collection (Billy Campbell)
  11. Added 6 bobbleheads to my collection (Cueto, Chapman, Mesoraco, Cozart, Rolen, Frazier)
  12. Completed my 2016 Topps Cincinnati Reds team set
  13. Purchased a 2016 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds team set
  14. Purchases a 1955 Topps replica tin sign for the man cave
  15. Add 66 2014 Bowman Billy Hamilton rookies to my Bowman Billy Binder project
I had hoped to wrap up my man cave and post pictures to the blog this past year, but that was one project where I failed miserably. I'm hopeful however that by this coming spring I'll have it finished and pictures to post. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and here's to another year of collecting in 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Todd Frazier Bobblehead

This marks my 39th bobblehead to enter my collection. 30,000 of these nodders were given to fans on July 3, 2013 when the Reds faced the Giants. Cincinnati won the game by a score of 3-2. While Frazier was runner up for the Rookie of the Year award in 2012, he's best remembered by Reds fans for his performance in the 2015 All-Star Game Home Run Derby contest. You can watch the final round of that Home Run Derby below. Sadly, Todd now calls the Windy City home playing for the White Sox.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

That's odd!

I snagged these four cards on eBay this past week to add to my growing collection of Pete Rose cards. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to turn up any information on the web about where they come from or what year they were produced. The only clue I have is that on the back of each card stamped on the bottom it states "Charlie Hustle Issue #1 of 4". Of course each color is a different number so I have all four cards that make up the set. I didn't spend a lot on these and since I've always been a fan of the 1965 Topps set I couldn't pass up the opportunity to add these to the Rose PC. With these four cards I'm now up to 563 unique Pete Rose cards. Not too shabby.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Last week my co-workers were gracious enough to give me a $25 gift card to Amazon for Christmas. Although Amazon is sparse when it comes to card options, there are other items the online retailer offers that I've always wanted but didn't want to spend my card dollars on. This is one of them. It's a modern metal sign that's made to look old. Since I've always been a Topps fan, the sign made logical sense to add to my man cave. There were a variety of Topps signs to choose from but this one depicting the batter, catcher and umpire is by far my favorite.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Scott Rolen Bobblehead

This is the 38th bobblehead to make its way into my collection. A total of 30,000 bobbleheads were distributed to fans on June 12, 2010 when the Reds faced the Royals in interleague play. For those interested, Cincinnati defeated Kansas City by a score of 11-5. I've never seen Rolen as a true Reds player, probably due to the fact that he spent so many seasons with the Phillies and Cardinals. I will admit that his veteran presence in the clubhouse during the 2010 season was a factor in the Reds winning the National League Central division that year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thinning the Herd

I've run into this problem before. I get sidetracked with purchasing cards that I didn't intend on adding to my collection...those cards pile up...and then I'm stuck with a mess of cardboard that just takes up space and that I could care less about. For the past six months I had been on the fence on what to keep and what to let go. While I chased down some sets that I had as a kid that weren't baseball related there was one set in particular I wrestled with whether or not to keep, the 1986-87 Fleer basketball set. I spent more than six years working on this set and a few months back I purchased two additional cards that put me two short of completing both the main set and the sticker set. Unfortunately, both of those cards were the Michael Jordons. I knew I would probably never own those cards just because I'm not a true die hard basketball fan. Sure, I dabbled with them back in the late 80s and early 90s but they didn't capture my heart as much as baseball cards. A few days ago I was able to sell my mostly completed fleer basketball set for a decent amount and while I'm not disappointed with the decision I've made, I've started to re-evaluate my collection and goals. I've reached a point where it's time to purge. I still plan on keeping my Reds cards but I've decided to rid my collection of a few Topps sets that I could care less about owning (1990 and 2002) and I've also pared down my wantlist to only include Reds cards and a few sets I'm still chasing (sorry 1956 and 1965 Topps). I think I'm to the point where it's ok if I only acquire the latest Topps Flagship Reds set and the Reds card set stadium giveaway. I'm to the point in my collecting that I need to enjoy what I have instead of acquiring cards just for the heck of it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Devin Mesoraco Bobblehead

This is the second catcher bobblehead to make it into my collection (the first being Johnny Bench). 25,000 fans received one of these when the Reds hosted the Pirates on August 1, 2015. For those interested, Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 4-3. This marks the 37th bobblehead to enter my collection. While I admit that I like the design (much better than the standard batting bobblehead) I wish they would have included the catcher's mask on Mesoraco's helmet. That would have really been icing on the cake. I'm down to needing just three more bobbleheads for my collection, an Eric Davis bobblehead that was sponsored by Dr. Pepper and given out to fans in 2002, a Scott Rolen bobblehead sponsored by Kroger that was distributed on June 12, 2010, and a Todd Frazier bobblehead sponsored by the Ohio Lottery that was given out on July 3, 2013.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Zack Cozart Bobblehead

25,000 of these nodders were given out to fans on July 16, 2016 when the Reds hosted the Brewers. For those interested, Cincinnati was pummeled by Milwaukee 9-1. The Reds lone run was an RBI by Adam Duvall. Cozart just wrapped up his sixth season as the Reds shortstop. This is the 36th bobblehead to enter my collection. While not my favorite, I do appreciate that they decided to use a fielding pose instead of a batting pose for Cozart. I'll probably call it quits on the bobbleheads once I hit 40 since I'm starting to run out of room storing them.