Thursday, June 13, 2024

2001 Fleer Legacy Sean Casey Autographed Hat

When I found out years ago that Fleer released a product in 2001 called  Fleer Legacy that came with an autographed fitted hat, I knew I had to track down one of these for my collection. There are two Reds players that are included in the checklist: Johnny Bench and Sean Casey. I already have a lot of Bench autographs in my collection so I decided to chase after the Mayor. I was finally able to track one down this week for a decent price and now I'm just waiting for it to arrive in the mail. I like the black hats the team used in the late 90s and I do wish the club would wear them every now and then. I think it'll complement my autographed Tony Perez hat nicely.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Making Progress of a Pre-War Set

I haven't spent much time the past few years trying to complete some of my older Reds team sets, mainly due to the price of the cards. I still prefer vintage over modern cards but when you're talking about shelling out a hundred dollars or more on a card that's not a hall of famer then it becomes a hard pill to swallow. I haven't been able to find a copy of a 1941 Play Ball Johnny Vander Meer for less than $100. Perhaps it's due to the fact that it's a high number card in a pre-war set or that it's his rookie card. I knew that out of the four Reds cards that comprise this set, Vander Meer would be the toughest to track down. Last week I stumbled across a listing on eBay for this copy that, I feel, is in decent shape for its age. No creasing on this card and it was for $50. I finally pulled the trigger and bought it today so now I just have to wait for it to show up within the next week to place it in the binder. I'm glad to finally have a card of the only player in major league history to throw back-to-back no hitters. I'm hopeful that by the end of the year I'll be able to add the Derringer and McCormick to my collection.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Autographed "Doggie" Hat

I picked up this autographed Cooperstown Collection hat of Tony Perez for, what I think, is a decent price. While I have a lot of autograph baseballs, bats, mini batting helmets, baseball cards, mini home plate and even an autographed glove, I did not have an autographed ball cap in my collection. I love the look of this 1960s style cap and I think it'll look nice next to my other autographed memorabilia on my bookshelf. 

Monday, April 22, 2024

A Perfect Addition To My Collection!

It's been a while since I've posted to the blog. Things here have been crazy with moving back to the Cincinnati area after being in Northern Ohio for more than 20 years. It's nice to be close to family again. I'm also hoping that I can make it to a game or two at Great American Ballpark this year. Anyway, I've been looking for some time to add a ticket stub from the only perfect game thrown by a Reds player. Tom Browning accomplished the feat on September 16, 1988 against the Dodgers in a 1-0 victory for the Reds. Most of the tickets I've seen come up on eBay have been for unused tickets selling in the range of $150 or more. While it would have been nice to have one, I couldn't justify the cost. This ticket was listed last week and I was happy that I was the only bidder for this ticket AND I picked it up for a fraction of the cost of others I had seen. I'm looking forward to having this arrive shortly in the mail. Now if I can only complete one of my vintage Reds team sets before the end of the year. 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Closer to the End of the Rainbow

Last week I received a notice on one of my eBay saved searches that I card I had never seen available for purchase in almost 10 years was finally listed. Unfortunately, it was listed as an auction and the card was graded a PSA 10. While I normally don't chase after graded cards, I knew I had to try and snag this copy since I had no idea if I would ever see one again. These 2013 Topps Orange cards are numbered out of 230 and are exclusives that were included as a pack of five cards in sealed factory sets. I'm not sure how many collectors have opened their sets but I'm sure there's a lot of people out there that choose to keep them sealed. I was fortunate enough to be the high bidder on the card and the card arrived safely this past Saturday. With this addition I now have 37 different 2013 Topps Joey Votto cards in my rainbow. Of the three cards I'm still chasing for this project, two I've never seen for sale (the 2013 Topps Opening Day Purple Toys R Us and the 2013 Topps Silver Slate Framed that's numbered out of 10) and the 2013 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor that's numbered out of 5 has only appeared once. As it stands, I've probably reached the end of this project since the remaining cards I'm chasing will more than likely never surface. But I'll still keep an eye out just in case one of those white whales were to ever surface.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Coming Soon To A Mailbox Near Me!

With the release of 2024 Topps right around the corner I went ahead and did the same thing I've done year-after-year for the past ten years or so. I headed over to eBay to find sellers that had this coming year's team set available for purchase. Normally Reds team sets don't go for that much but I had a feeling that this year would be different with Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand having their rookie cards in this release. $16 shipped is what I paid for the 12 cards in series 1. Now I just have to wait until around the end of the month before they arrive. I'm still on the fence about the design of this year's flagship set. Not sure if I like it or loathe it. I'll make up my mind when I actually have the cards in hand. Regardless, I'm glad that baseball season is right around the corner.

Monday, December 11, 2023

1941 Play Ball

Anytime I can purchase a pre-war card for less than $20 is a win in my book. It's been over a year since I've acquired a vintage card for my collection but I think it was worth the wait. Out of all the Play Ball sets, this is my favorite. I think the colors on these cards are fantastic. I'm not a fan of the 1939 or 1940 sets since they're just black and white photos so I won't be chasing those cards. This is the first 1941 Play Ball card to enter my collection. Luckily there are only four cards that make up the Reds team set for this release. With this Bucky Walters now in hand I already have 25% of the set complete. Maybe sometime next year I'll be able to track down the other three cards at a reasonable price and mark this set as complete.