Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Half Full or Half Empty?

Today I was able to purchase 63 more 1971 Topps cards which officially put me at the halfway mark of completing the 1971 set. Granted I still have a ways to go, especially since a lot of the cards I'm missing are either high number, hall of famers, or rookie cards. It doesn't help that I'm being very picky on what cards I add to this set since I'm trying to make sure the cards are in excellent condition (or better). I would like to hit the 500 mark by the end of this year, but since I've been neglecting my 1940s and 50s Bowman Reds sets I may have to shelve that until I complete some of my vintage Reds team sets. Regardless, I can celebrate today that I've reached the midpoint of this set. The question remains however, does this mean my glass is half full or half empty in regards to chasing this set?

Friday, January 22, 2016

1963 Cincinnati Reds Scorecard

This past week I purchased one final scorecard for my collection, a 1963 scorecard depicting a match up between the Reds and Cardinals. I'm not sure what specific game this is from, but I have it narrowed down to a series that occurred July 30th to August 1st of that year. The scorecard is in excellent shape for being more than 50 years old. My favorite is always the old advertisements that are in these scorecards. My primary purpose for picking up this particular scorecard was that it's from Pete Rose's rookie season with the Reds. It's icing on the cake that it included Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Stan Musial! I'm definitely happy to have this in my collection!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

TTM: Eddie Kasko

Did you know that Eddie Kasko led the Reds with seven hits (all singles), scored one run, and batted .319 during the 1961 World Series?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TTM: Pat Pacillo

Did you know that Pat Pacillo replaced Pete Rose on the Reds' 40-man roster after the 1986 season? Rose removed himself from the roster in order to make room for Pacillo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Three More Rookies for the Book!

I don't think I've had to spend a single dime on any of the cards to comprise my Rookie Book project. I've been fortunate enough to sell my digital Star Wars cards on eBay that I've accumulated on the Star Wars card trader app. This past weekend I was able to sell another batch of cards and pickup the following three rookies: a 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux rookie, a 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr rookie, and a 1990 Score Frank Thomas rookie. While I had originally wanted a 1989 Upper Deck Griffey and 1990 Leaf Thomas, I decided to chase the 1989 Topps Traded Griffey and 1990 Score Thomas cards because I had already acquired the Upper Deck Griffey and Leaf Thomas rookies a few years back to complete both of those sets. No sense having duplicates of those cards since I had always wanted the Topps Traded and Score cards when I was younger. So with that purchase, I've obtained 15 of the 40 cards for this project by selling imaginary cards and not spending a cent of my initial card budget. Not too shabby :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

TTM: Howie Judson

Did you know that Howie Judson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II? Howie never posted a winning record as a pitcher during his stint in the majors.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

TTM: Champ Summers

Did you know that Champ Summers ended his career playing for the Padres in the 1984 World Series against his former skipper, Sparky Anderson, and his former Detroit Tigers teammates. He struck out in his only at bat of the series.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

TTM: Eddie Taubensee

Did you know that Eddie Taubensee made his first and last MLB appearances with the Cleveland Indians? He made his major league debut on May 18, 1991, and played his final game on October 7, 2001.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Giving in to the Dark Side!

I've tried for the longest time not to collect anything other than baseball cards (with the exception of the few sets I have that are basketball, football, and hockey). I just knew that if I started down a non-sports card rabbit hole I could find myself focusing opening another collecting door that would take my time and resources away from my primary hobby pursuit. I've done a great job thus far until I received a pack of cards from my daughter this past Christmas. She knows I'm a huge Star Wars fan and she decided to buy me a pack of 2015 Topps Chrome Star Wars Perspectives. I had always been a fan of the Star Wars Widevision sets but I didn't want to pursue six different sets with the possibility of three additional sets with episodes VII to IX. The perspectives cards, on the other hand, are more manageable. The 2015 set has 150 cards (100 base cards and 50 inserts). That should only take up one binder in my collection - nothing too out of control. I like the look of the cards in that you can never go wrong with chrome (especially with anything that has a space theme). I also like that each character has two cards in the set with a different write up on the back of the card based on a different "perspective". 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

TTM: Kent Tekulve

Did you know that Kent Tekulve saved three games during the 1979 World Series? He was also a member of the Phillies broadcast team from 1991-1997.