Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beer and Baseball...It's a Beautiful Thing!

I picked up two more cards for my Album of Amazing project and they both involve beer, Budweiser to be more specific. The first is the classic 1981 Donruss Joe Charboneau "This Bud's for You" and the second is the 1984 Fleer Jay Johnstone sporting the Bud hat. While hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jack are the food of choice for any baseball fan, you'll still need a nice cold beer to wash it down on a hot summer day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sliding Makes for a Great Picture

My recent pickup is this autographed 8x10 photo of Reds Outfielder Chris Heisey. I feel this is one of the best photos of a ballplayer sliding that I've ever seen. The dirt spraying toward the camera, batting gloves flapping from the back pants pocket, tongue sticking out in utter determination...this photo has it all! This is the third autographed photo I've added to my collection and I would like to grab a few more for my (in process) fan cave. I've pretty much given up on the 2014 season as August comes to a close and the Reds are 10 games out. I didn't have high hopes for the season this year with this being Price's first year of managing and the injury bug plaguing the team the entire season. Here's hoping that next year will be better for the Reds than this season.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bip is Awesome!

I was always a Bip Roberts fan, especially during his tenure with the Reds. Recently I found a card of Bip that I had to have for my Album of Amazing project. Behold......Sombrero Bip!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

1961 Cincinnati Reds Scorecard

Here's my latest addition to my Reds collection, a 1961 Scorecard! I had to do some research for this since there was no date listed on the card. I found out this scorecard was used on May 21, 1961 when the Reds faced the Milwaukee Braves. There are a couple of Hall of Famers listed on this card - four to be precise (Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, and Frank Robinson). The Reds won the game 7-6. This is fourth entry into my collection which leaves me with just two more to add. I still plan on grabbing one more scorecard from the 1960s and I would like to add a scorecard from Great American Ballpark. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get those before the end of the year considering I'm lagging behind on my collecting goals. I have decided however to eliminate yearly goals because it's sucking the fun out of my collecting experience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another Entry into the Album of Amazing!

If Steve Lake had been in a Pirates uniform and had that been a parrot on his shoulder, then the resulting baseball card would be epic. That's OK though because this Studio card is simply amazing!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TTM: Scott Terry

Did you know that Scott Terry attended Southwestern University? I have no idea where that's at, but my guess is in the Southwest portion of the United States somewhere.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My National Experience

Ok, so the National ended on Sunday and it's already Wednesday. Better late then never for a review. I spend about four hours at the I-X center this past Saturday with two other friends and I will say that I was very overwhelmed by the whole experience. What struck me most was the amount of autographed memorabilia and high prices that the vendors were charging. I went with one goal in pick up a 1985 Topps Pete Rose Commemorative Set. Unfortunately, I came up empty on that but I did find a few finds to add to my collection. The first was a Pete Rose comic that I spent $2 on. It's a nice oddball that I had never seen before and it looks nice on my display case. The second item I found was a Reds pennant. The vendor had a large table of pennants with some historical but a huge selection of modern pennants. I was able to grab this Reds pennant for $3. I also found a vendor that was selling a package of 10 1991 Stadium Club baseball packs for $3. Finally I nabbed 5 ultra pro 8 x 10 toploaders to hold my autographed pictures. All in all, I spent $13 for everything. I was a little bummed that I couldn't spend time in the dealers dime and quarter boxes, but that was probably for the best as that would have completely blown my budget. It was nice to see some historical artifacts there at the show, but I don't think I would attend another National. Just waaaaaaay too crowded for my liking.

Friday, August 1, 2014

TTM: Bill Plummer

Did you know that Bill Plummer once hit two home runs off hall of fame pitcher Steve Carlton in a single game? The game was played on June 8, 1974 at Philadelphia.