Thursday, April 24, 2014

Completely Red: 1981 Fleer Star Stickers

In 1981, as we all know, the Topps monopoly was stricken asunder, thus birthing Fleer as a major card producer. Joining their lackluster 1981 base set were these much cooler Star Sticker cards, which were sold in packs of five. Of the 128 cards in the checklist, the Reds got 6 of em, a full card better than the average per team. And all six in the set are fantastic, each being a member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

For the curious, the backs are identical to the base set, save for using blue ink instead of yellow.

STATS:

Cards - 6

RC's - 0

All Stars - 5 (Bench, Foster, Seaver, Griffey, Concepcion)

Hall of Famers - 2 (Bench, Seaver)

Reds Hall of Famers - 6 (Driessen, Bench, Foster, Seaver, Griffey, Concepcion)

Peelage - 0%

Blur - 100%


Checklist:

22 Dan Driessen
37 Johnny Bench
41 George Foster
49 Tom Seaver
60 Ken Griffey
101 Dave Concepcion

Go Reds

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TTM Goodness - Don Gullett, Pat Corrales, Clay Carroll

Frist up, be sure to vote in the Ugstravaganza. Now, on to the autos.

Don Gullett was a first round draft choice by the Reds in 1969 and would quickly jump to the bigs at the start of the 1970 season. In seven years with Cincy, he would pitch in four World Series, totaling 39.2 innings and a 2.72 ERA with 2 wins. He would sign with the Yankees in 1977 and pitch in two more Series before shoulder problems forced his retirement in 1978. Gullett rejoined the Reds as a pitching coach in 1993, a position he would hold for over a decade. He was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 2002. Signed is a 1974 Topps #385.

Pat Corrales was signed by the Phillies as an amateur in 1959 and debuted for them in 1964. After a stop in St. Louis, he would begin his 5 year career with the Reds in 1968, logging over 130 games as a catcher. After two years in San Diego, he would retire to pursue a managerial career. He would spend 9 years total as the manager of the Rangers, Phillies, and Indians, notching 572 wins between 1978 and 1987. Signed is a 1970 Topps #293.


Clay Carroll was signed as an amateur by the Braves in 1961 and would debut for them in 1964. He would spend five years with the Braves before starting his eight year stint with the Reds in 1968. In 486 games for Cincy, mostly in relief, Carroll would go 71-43 with a 2.73 ERA. He would lead the league in saves in 1972, a then-NL-record 37, and maintained a 1.33 ERA in three World Series for the Reds. After brief stints for the White Sox, Cardinals, and Pirates, Carroll would retire in 1978. Two years later, he was elected into the Reds Hall of Fame. Signed is a 1970 Topps #133.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Card Dump

Enjoy a lazy pile of scans on this wonderful Tuesday. Also, have a vote in the Ugstravaganza. All cards are recently acquired by various means. Go Reds.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Vote in Group 6 of the Ugstravaganza

The Ugly Brackets are half full, and ho-ly crap are they hideous. Let's kick off the back half with some more mirror-shattering badness, shall we?

As usual, vote for your ugliest 5. Voting closes Friday at noon eastern.

Card #1 - 1989 Donruss Diamond Kings Chris Sabo

Card #2 - 1989 Swell Baseball Greats Johnny Vander Meer

Card #3 - 1997 Pinnacle Inside Barry Larkin

Card #4 - 2000 Upper Deck Victoy Big Play Makers Sean Casey

Card #5 - 2002 Topps 206 Juan Encarnacion

Card #6 - 1992 Score Rookies Mo Sanford

Card #7 - 2003 Upper Deck Reflections Relics Adam Dunn

Card #8 - 2001 Upper Deck Vintage Rookies Clark/Riedling/Bell

Card #9 - 1992 Bowman Willie Greene

Card #10 - 2010 Topps Opening Day Topps Town Stars Jay Bruce

Go Reds.

Ugly Group 5 Results

Here be the 6 cards from Group 5 moving on to the brackets, in decreasing ugliness. Group 6 will be up later today. Go Reds.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Completely Red: 2009 Choice Dayton Dragons

Printed as a custom issue for the Reds Low-A affiliate Dayton Dragons by Choice Sports Cards in 2009, this 10 card set was made in the Dragons' 10th year to honor some of the greats that have passed through town wearing the Dragon green. A little bit on the Dragons: they started in Rockford Illinois in 1988, affiliated with Expos. Later they would be affiliated with the Royals, Cubs, and finally Reds, who moved them to Dayton in 2000. They would later set the professional sports record for consecutive sellouts with 815. It's currently up to an insane 991 (I believe) and should pass 1,000 in May.

I picked this set up from an old couple at a show who had TONS of oddball Reds goodies, but the pricing on all their stuff was completely insane, in one direction or the other. This set was like a buck fifty, so it was an easy decision.

STATS:

Cards - 10

MLB All Stars - 4 (Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion)

2014 Money Tied Up in these Guys - $65 million


Checklist:

01 Jay Bruce
02 Wily Mo Pena
03 Austin Kearns
04 Adam Dunn
05 Paul Janish
06 Johnny Cueto
07 Homer Bailey
08 Chris Dickerson
09 Edwin Encarnacion
10 Joey Votto

Go Reds.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vote in Group 5 of the Ugstravaganza!

Group 5 of the Ugstravaganza is up. As always, vote for your 'top' 5 uggos. Poll closes Monday at noon eastern.

Card #1 - 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads Century Stars Austin Kearns

Card #2 - 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack Glow Stars Barry Larkin

Card #3 - 1989 Fleer Superstars Chris Sabo
Card #4 - 2006 Topps Co-Signers Adam Dunn

Card #5 - 2004 Bowman Futures Game Gear Jersey Relics Stephen Smitherman

Card #6 - 1997 Topps Stars Barry Larkin

Card #7 - 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Pete Rose

Card #8 - 2005 Fleer Tradition Paul Wilson

Card #9 - 2002 Fleer Platinum Cornerstones Tony Perez/Ted Kluszewski

Card #10 - 1999 Metal Universe Building Blocks Mike Frank

Go Reds.