Saturday, December 18, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
I recently picked up this Topps National Chicle Drew Stubbs autograph to add to my Reds autograph binder. Did you know that Drew Stubbs hit a game-winning triple for Team USA in the gold medal game against Japan at the 2004 FISU II World University Baseball Championship. He also had 110 stolen bases for his four seasons with the Reds.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Last week I was able to track down two more cards I needed for my Votto Rookie Album project. Those two cards are the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary standard issue and gold parallel. There are 10 each of the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary cards in each version that depict Votto on the front of the card for a total of 20 cards but I only wanted one copy of each. I also wanted the card to be the same card number AND mention Votto in the short write-up on the back of the card. Luckily I was able to identify a card in the set to chase and it was icing on the cake that the Reds also won the game the card mentions. Now I just need 9 more cards to finish up this project.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
I found out today that Topps will no longer have an MLB license at the end of the 2025 season. While some collectors might be happy about this news, I think I'm on the other side of the fence on this one. I haven't been much of a fan of Topps flagship products the past few years but I've always collected the Reds sets with due diligence. It's just something I've done since I started collecting in 1986 and pursued once more after my hiatus from the hobby from 1995 to 2001. This is the end of an era for Topps and I wonder if it's the final nail in the coffin for the company in general. I'm also wondering how this is going to play out for our hobby in general. With Fanatics being the sole proprietor of MLB cards and the fact that they have no experience in the production of trading cards could this be the beginning of the end for our hobby as it relates to future cards? I guess only time will tell. Maybe I'll stop purchasing product at the end of the 2025 season if I don't like where things are going with this new direction. After all, it all comes down to money and I feel that the only reason Fanatics threw their hat in the ring is to cash in on the hype that's engulfed our hobby once more. If they decide to cater strictly to the high tier enthusiasts of our hobby and not create a great product at an affordable price, then I'm out. I'll be content with tracking down vintage product. If you're interest in reading the article that's posted on ESPN, here's the link:https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32052284/fanatics-strikes-deal-become-exclusive-licensee-mlb-cards
Monday, June 21, 2021
For the past 18 years I've been working on completing a set that has been a thorn in my side. The company is no longer around and it's taken me what seems like forever just to pick up a card that I need. That changed this past weekend when I acquired not one but two of the four cards I needed to complete the 2003 Fleer Authentix set. Comc.com had a listing for a Bobby Doerr card that I had only seen once (as in only once in the 18 years I've been working on this set). I couldn't buy that card fast enough. It was less than $2 and the last time I ever saw the card listed years ago the seller was asking for $20. In addition to picking up the Doerr, I decided to bite the bullet and get the last autograph I needed from the set. This Jeter completes the trifecta of autographs that Fleer put out in this set back in 2003. I already had the Barry Bonds and Nolan Ryan so adding this card was a nice addition even though the price was steep. As I said, with those two cards acquired I'm down to only needing two more cards: Chin-Feng Chen in the base set update and a Hometown Heroes Johnny Damon.