Thursday, August 21, 2014

Completely Red: 2007 Topps/Topps Update Base and Red Back

The flagship's 2015 design has been released, and they delightfully dropped the all-white border. We need to go all the way back to 2007 for the last time that happened, thus the impetus for today's post.

Now I like these, but I'm partial to the red/black combo. The quartet of quartets of squares is odd, but whatever. I can ignore em. As for the 'red back' parallel, these were seeded into hobby boxes. I don't know why. I also don't know why I've collected them, but lo, here we are. I fortunately have found them all, so I can close that minor chapter of the Red Cardboard Collector Diary. I don't actually have a diary, by the way. Oh wait. I guess I do. And you're reading it. Weirdo.

Of note is this set contains one of my favorite cards of all-time, Scott Hatteberg.


Cards - 28

RC's - 5 (Jared Burton, Homer Bailey, Jon Coulangus, Marcus McBeth, Brad Salmon)

All Stars - 8 (Bronson Arroyo, Edwin Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez, Brandon Phillips, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Eric Milton, Josh Hamilton)

Reds Hall of Famers - 1 (Ken Griffey Jr.)

Arroyo Crotch Shot - Affirmative


   30 Bronson Arroyo 
   58 Todd Coffey 
   84 Elizardo Ramirez 
   112 Jeff Conine 
   117 David Ross 
   194 Edwin Encarnacion 
   222 Scott Hatteberg 
   237 Cincinnati Reds 
   254 Jerry Narron MG 
   353 Kyle Lohse
   384 Alex Gonzalez
   414 Brandon Phillips
   450 Ken Griffey Jr.
   476 Aaron Harang
   520 Adam Dunn
   539 Eric Milton
   554 Elizardo Ramirez
   566 Ryan Freel
   571 Norris Hopper
   625 Josh Hamilton 
         644 Jared Burton          U58 David Weathers
         U149 Homer Bailey (RC)
         U170 Jon Coutlangus (RC)
         U195 Marcus McBeth (RC)
         U200 Brad Salmon RC
         U230 Ken Griffey Jr.
         U323 Jorge Cantu

Go Reds.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1964 Topps #125 Pete Rose

Oh man, what a big get for ol' Red Cardboard. This was part of a COMC package that came yesterday, but I needed to get this bad boy posted.

Four perfectly arced corners. A couple creases on the bottom, but none across the photo. Some surface scratching. Off-center. But wonderfully acceptable. And the price was wicked low.

Petey certainly earned that All-Star Rookie trophy. Played in 157 games, got 170 hits, bat .273, and won the NL ROY.

Most importantly, this card wraps up my 1964 team set, so a Completely Red is forthcoming. Sweet.

Go Reds.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vote Ugly

Hey there. The Ugstravaganza rolls onward. Here's another quarter of the bracket voting, followed by the most recent winners. Voting ends Friday at noon eastern.

Match-Up O: #31 1990 Donruss Scott Scudder vs. #34 1999 UD Ionix Sean Casey

Match-Up P: #15 2013 Triple Play Jay Bruce vs. #50 1990 Donruss John Franco DK

Match-Up Q: #18 1990 ProCards A/AA Reggie Sanders vs. #47 2002 Topps 206 Juan Encarnacion

Match-Up R: #7 1984 Donruss Dave Concepcion DK vs. #58 1999 Metal Universe Mike Frank BB

Match-Up S: #26 2006 Topps Co-Signers Adam Dunn vs. #39 2000 Pacific Prism Gold Gookie Dawkins

Match-Up T: #10 1989 Donruss Chris Sabo DK vs. #55 1996 Topps Finest Barry Larkin

Match-Up U: #23 2009 Topps National Chicle Edinson Volquez vs. #42 1995 Fleer John Courtright

And here be the winner from the last chunk:
Go Reds.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Completely Red: 2012 Leaf Pete Rose The Living Legend

This set was clearly released as a big eff you to Topps and their exclusive players' license, seeing as Pete Rose has been banned from the players' union as well. It's all a huge shame, because this set is pretty sweet, but the airbrushed logos really, really detract.

We have a 50 card set, mostly from Pete's time with the Reds, but a healthy dose of Phillies and Expos as well. And of course, some goofy candid shots, a few of which are so unashamedly 70's that I question the sanity of anyone who was an adult around this time.

All but one of these were picked up from dime boxes. I couldn't find card number 5 for some reason, so I bit down and paid $0.18 + $0.63 shipping from Sportlots because I was annoyed having 49/50. So $5.71 spent, all told. Acceptable.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TTM Goodness - Dan Wilson, Jeff Russell, Scott Carroll

Be sure to vote in the Ugstravaganza, kids.
Dan Wilson was drafted by the Reds in 1990 then quickly made his debut for them in 1992. He would only play 48 games for the Reds in '92-'93 before being shipped to Seattle, where he would play for 12 years, with an All Star nod in 1995. Wilson holds the AL record for fielding percentage for a catcher with 0.995, which is pretty incredible. He became a member of the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012. Signed is a 1993 Donruss #6.

Jeff Russell was drafted by the Reds in 1979 and would debut for them in 1983. After 40 starts over two years, Russell was sent to the Rangers, where he would begin his transition to closer. He led the league in saves in 1989 and became a 2-time All-Star in '88 and '89 with Texas. After 8 years with the team, he had brief stints with Oakland, Boston, and Cleveland, before finishing his career back with the Rangers in 1995-1996. He is currently the pitching coach for the independent Grand Prairie AirHogs. Signed is a 1984 Topps #270.

Scott Carroll was drafted by the Reds in 2007 and spent five and a half years in our farm system before being released and signed by the White Sox. He made his major league debut this year, and is currently 4-7 with a 4.81 ERA for Chicago. Signed is a 2007 Bowman Draft Draft Picks #BDPP31.

Go Reds.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Ugstravaganza Returns! Have a Vote Ovah Heeeyah

Since Blogger futzed up their polls widget sometime ago, The Red Cardboard Ugly Card Ugstravaganza Tournament was forced into hiatus. For a long time. So long, in fact, that I kind of forgot about it. Then I saw a working poll on somebody's blog. SO NOW WE'RE BACK. AND UGLIER THAN EVER. You may recall (probably not, though) that the seeding rounds have ended. We've parsed 100 ugly card down to 60 and we're moving through the brackets. Seven hideous match-ups today for you kids to vote on. Let's ride.

Voting closes Friday at noon eastern.

Match-Up H: #29 2011 UD Goodwin Champions Johnny Bench vs. #36 1996 Metal Universe Reggie Sanders

Match-Up I: #13 1987 Fleer Game Winners Ron Robinson vs. #52 2001 UD Vintage Reds Team Lineup

Match-Up J: #20 2014 Topps Heritage Mat Latos vs. vs. #45 1986 Fleer All Stars Dave Parker

Match-Up K: #5 2009 TriStar Prospects Plus Bradley Boxberger vs. #60 1989 Fleer Superstars Chris Sabo

Match-Up L: #28 2000 UD Victory Sean Casey vs. #37 2001 UD Decade 70's Disco Dandies Johnny Bench

Match-Up M: #12 1988 Classic Blue Eric Davis vs. #53 2001 Just Gems Gookie Dawkins

Match-Up N: #21 2006 Bowman Heritage Scott Hatteberg vs. #34 1992 Stadium Club Dome Calvin Reese

Go Reds.