Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hats Off to Me for Hitting 575!

I've written over the past few months how much I enjoy Panini's Playoff Prime Cuts brand. It's one of the few non-licensed products out there that I like to collect. Most of their designs remind me of the American Carmel cards of the 1920s. The American Carmel cards are fantastic and just scream out the extravagance and luxury that defined that decade. Flappers, Lindbergh and Gatsby...great times! I would like to eventually own an American Caramel depicting a Reds player (preferably Edd Roush) but they're so expensive that I don't look for one to be entering my collection anytime soon. Regardless, this 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Hats Off Pete Rose card appeared on eBay a few days ago for less than $10 and I knew I had to add this to my Rose PC. Numbered 46/99, I'm assuming this is a piece of a hat from the Hit King. If that is in fact the case then it must be part of inside sweat band of the hat since the Reds didn't wear white hats when Rose was on the team, with the exception of the early 1960s when he was just starting out with the club. While I'm not a fan of the pic Panini used with the logo less hat, I can overlook that small detail. I also would have liked them to use 1869 instead of 1882 as the date of the club's establishment. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

1974 Reds Team Signed Baseball

I decided to save the best for last when it comes to the autograph baseballs in my collection. Although the 1985 autographed baseball holds a special place in my heart because of Pete Rose passing Ty Cobb's mark of 4,191 hits on September 11, 1985, this baseball features many prominent members of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine. While the 74 Reds didn't make it to the Fall Classic, the fact that this ball is autographed during the Big Red Machine era puts it as the pinnacle of my autographed baseball collection. There are a total of 23 autographs on this baseball and the signatures I can discern are: Sparky Anderson, George Scherger, Johnny Bench, Fred Norman, Cesar Geronimo, Bill Plummer, Darrel Chaney, Phil Gagliano, Alex Grammas, Don Gullett, Denis Menke, Joe Morgan, Ross Grimsley, Ted Kluszewski, Pedro Borbon, Pete Rose, Andy Kosco, Tony Perez







Thursday, January 12, 2017

Time for another Rose!

Here's the latest addition to my Pete Rose PC, and it's a beauty! Out of all the non-licensed cards that are currently being produced, Playoff Prime Cuts is probably my most favorite. Last year I had the intentions of purchasing this card on COMC. While the price was a little bit high, I decided to wait to see if the seller would put the card on sale. That didn't happen and the card eventually sold before I had the opportunity to grab it. Luckily a listing popped up on eBay a few days ago for this card. I made an offer and for just a bit more than the price of a blaster I was able to add this card to my collection. Numbered 16/25, this is the 574th unique Pete Rose card to enter my collection. I'm just curious, are there any instances where you were going to purchase a card, it sold, but then you were able to acquire it for a better price shortly afterwards?

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Few More eTopps for the Collection

I spent a good portion of last year piecing together the 2008 eTopps set. (You can check it out here). As 2017 begins I've started acquiring a few additional 2005 eTopps cards to add to my collection. While I'm not chasing all 112 cards that make up the set, there are a dozen cards that I would like to acquire. Here's what I recently picked up:

Baggy

Rocket

Jeter

Chipper

Pudge

Ichiro

These six along with my 2005 eTopps Griffey leave just five more to go.