Monday, July 21, 2014

1964 Kahn's Wieners #26 - Bob Purkey

Kahn's, for those of you who aren't aware, is a meat processing company in Cincinnati, known mostly for their hot dogs. They began inserting rather large cards in with their hot dogs in 1957 and continued into the 1960's. The cards were limited to the Reds, Pirates, and Indians, as these regions were about the extent of their market. After some time off of the card game, they began making Reds team sets in the 1980's, and for a few years, Mets team sets as they made their way into Shea stadium. They're still putting out Reds sets, as they've been ubiquitous at the Reds ballparks for forever.

1964 was the first year the cards were full color, and they look pretty great. This is my first card from the set.

Nice and mangled. But, hey. Let's see how well YOU look after being shipped shrink-wrapped with a bunch of hot dogs. Here's the rear, with my all-time favorite slogan to grace a baseball card.

Go Reds.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Show Country for Old Men - Part 3/3

Part 1, here.
Part 2, here.
Wrapping up the show haul today. Aw yiss. How to start? Let's see...

Boom. Griffey inserts. 2001 UD Vintage Glory Days, 2001 Topps Gallery Star Gallery, 2001 Fleer Tradition Grass Roots, 2000 Skybox Technique. Nice.

2000 Topps Gold Label Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. I assume there's an increasing rarity among Classes. I don't really know. This set is like Tek-lite, I suppose.

2012 Bowman's Best Devin Mesoraco, 2014 Topps Archives 1983 All Stars Johnny Bench, 2000 Skybox E-Ticket Sean Casey.

1999 Fleer Mystique Barry Larkin, Sean Casey, 2002 Fleer Platinum Kearns/Broussard, Pena/Claussen. Yep.

Not a card, but it was 10 cents. A Pro Athletics Outreach booklet of Frank Pastore. PAO is a Christian leadership organization for professional athletes that Patore was involed in. Worth the dime.

2000 Bowman Autographs Scott Williamson. In the $1 bin and I had no autos of the 1999 ROY. Easy decision.

Random inserts. 1999 UD Textbook Excellence Greg Vaughn, 1999 UD SPX Power Explosion Greg Vaughn, 1996 Sportflix ProMotion Reggie Sanders, 2000 Skybox Preeminence Sean Casey. I didn't even know Sportflix had inserts until now.

And we'll close out with MORE GRIFFEY INSERTS WOOOOOOO. Ahem. Pardon. 2001 Fleer Tradition Lumber Company, 2000 Upper Deck Legends Reflections in Time w/Hank Aaron, 2001 Fleer Tradition Diamond Tributes, 2000 Skybox E-Ticket. Righteous.

Go Reds.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Show Country for Old Men - Part 2/3

Part 1, here.
Let's keep the show snags a-comin, eh? Today we've got some brand new stuff and some older stuff.

2014 Panini Prizm. Same song, third verse for this set. These are a little slicker than the previous years, I suppose.

2014 Allen & Ginter. Been beaten to death on the blogs, and I have nothing original to add. This is probably my favorite design, I will say.

Some slick 2014 inserts. Two of the three Billy Hamilton 2014 Topps The Future is Now (A Victorious FEET! GET IT??!!? Ugh). 2014 Bowman Platinum Diamond in the Rough Ismael Guillon. 2014 Bowman Chrome Top 100 Prospects Phil Ervin.

2001 (I think) Donruss Collections Deion Sanders, Barry Larkin. Chrome-ish reprints of "classic" Donruss releases. And we have some 2014 Panini Golden Age Pete Rose and Vada Pinson, properly beheaded.

Some randomenss: 1987 Sportflices Legends Joe Morgan, 2013 Panini Elite Michael Lorenzen, 2013 Panini Prizm Blue Henry Rodriguez (very good looking in hand), and 1988 Starting Lineup Eric Davis.

Some miniature pieces of cardboard: 2014 Gypsy Queen Mini Frank Robinson, 2012 Topps Mini Miguel Cairo, 2013 Gypsy Queen Mini Jay Bruce.

1983 Reds Yearbook Dave Concepcion, Russ Nixon. These came out of a team-issue magazine. Nice.

1968 Fleer World Series Yankees/Reds. Yeah, the Reds lost, but that Reds logo on the card makes this viable for the ol' collection. And we have a 1978 SSPC George Foster. I didn't even know SSPC put out cards in '78. Yet another team set I need to hunt down. Someday.

Closing up the show tomorrow, nerds. Go Reds.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Show Country for Old Men - Part 1/3

First up, I finally got to the post office and got all the contest packages mailed (except Erik Eckstein - contact me, brozilla). So rejoice, contest winners. The fate of your cards is in the hands of the government.

There was a mini-show last weekend on the south side of Columbus. There's a huge show at the end of the month, so I should have saved up and not gone to this one. But I am weak. Luckily, this show featured my favorite type of dealer, and the namesake of these posts: The jaded old guy who has turned completely bitter and lost all semblance of caring. The one who just wants to move his merchandise. He keeps buying large lots, barely knows what's in em, and just wants someone to take em all. He can't escape the circle of buying 10,000, selling 3,000, buying another 10,000 with the profits, selling 3,000, repeat, repeat, repeat, until the end of time. He wants to stop. He just can't. Lucky for me, and those like me, when I can spend an hour digging through his stuff, come up with a big ol' stack, and inform him that after all this time, I've got fifteen dollars worth of stuff from the 5/$1 boxes. Sorry buddy. This is your fate.

Let's check out Part 1, which is a parallel bonanza.

Some 2013 Gypsy Queen White Frames. Noice.

Refractor goodness. That LaRue is my first refractor from 2001 Topps. Apparently they have a non-glossed back and are referred to as 'retrofractors'. Alrighty then.

More refraction. The Platinum Purple Buckley is wicked shiny, yo. 

Hmmm... somebody tore up their local Wal-Mart card aisle in 2011.

And then again in 2012.

Okay, seriously. There were so many blue Topps parallels in this guy's boxes. He clearly cleaned out every Wal-Mart in his county. I wonder how many shows these poor Topps cards have been to before being rescued by yours truly.

1999 UD Black Diamond Double Paul Konerko #'d/3000 and 1997 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century Chad Mottola #'d/3000. Oh man! ONLY 3000 copies exist of these! Cha-ching!

2012 Bowman International Scott Rolen
2012 Bowman Silver Ice Aroldis Chapman
2014 Topps Blue Jay Bruce
2009 Topps Black Brandon Phillips
All good lookin'.

The madness continues for two more parts, kiddies. Go Reds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Completely Red: 1995 Score Summit

I find this 200 card set to be quite nice. The design is solid, the stock is good, and there's just the right amount of foil. The design for the rookie cards is kind of goofy, though, but the regular base cards more than make up for it. I think Score was dying around this time, even though they were throwing out a bunch of 'high-end' sets. Too many years of cheapness, I guess. That's too bad, because this set shows me they were capable of being good, but were too entrenched in the low-end market.

As far as the Reds in the set, we have 8 cards, including 3 non-RC rookies (Belk and Sullivan both had cards in 1994 and Mottola had cards in 1993). The Reds team wasn't exactly stacked around this time, so it's a pretty weak talent showing overall. To most, that is. Not me. I love everybody.


Cards - 8

RC's - 0

All Stars - 2 (Barry Larkin, Bret Boone)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Non-Rookie ROOKIES - 3

Circumcised Bats - 4


10        Barry Larkin
36        Deion Sanders
39        Willie Greene
51        Hal Morris
59        Bret Boone
144      Chad Mottola
167      Tim Belk
171      Scott Sullivan

Go Reds.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sportlots Keeps Taking My Money - Part 2

Oh hey, so, I apparently scheduled this post incorrectly prior to going out of town. I know you all have been staying up all night in an insomniatic haze, staring blankly at your computer screens waiting for the second part to my previous Sportlots post, so my apologies are as voluminous as Devin Mesoraco's stat sheet.

Let's wrap this up.

1986 Topps Rose. Hey, remember when Topps was allowed to put Petey's face on a card? They even put out a 150 card set in honor of his record-breaking hit. And even though we have a Phillies uni, an Expos uni, and a SOFTBALL uni, I'm still choosing to count all of these as Reds cards.

And here's six more. That sliding painting is pretty great. And the bottom middle card, I think, may involve some Nachos Enhancing Drugs, IF YA KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

Picked up about half of the 1988 Fleer Glossy team set. They actually changed the color on the backs to blue, making these much easier to identify than their 1987 counterparts.

Finished off the 2001 UD Victory team set. Not a terribly exciting set, but it's nice to finish. Nice Angels jersey, Seth Etherton.

Also finished off the 2003 UD 40-Man set. The New Releases rookie subset is pretty slick, I say. Overall, considering this was a 'cheap' set, it's pretty high quality. Come back, Upper Deck. I can't quit you.

Sneaky parallels here. 1996 Stadium Club Silver. The base set had gold foil. These rarer parallels have silver foil. That seems backwards. The silver works better.

Then the TSC subset features silver and blue for the base, but silver and gold for the silver parallel. Um, yeah. 
And we'll close with a surprisingly tough group to find: 1992 Fleer Update. This was the first time I'd seen anything from this set since I started back up. I have no idea why these are so hard to find, but I no longer have to care. Excellent. Warning: Be wary of Bippage.

Go Reds.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sportlots Keeps Taking My Money

...and all they send me in return are small pictures of dudes wearing odd outfits and galavanting around a park, often wielding sticks.

I dropped a few more bucks on a Sportlots tear, not too long after my previous one. Free shipping at the 150-card mark from this dealer was enticing. Luckily, he somehow had 150 Reds that I didn't. This will be a 2-day venture. Roll it.

Ahhhh, fresh Larkins. Good for the soul. The top row are from 2001 Topps Fusion, a set I was aware of, but had no knowledge of. Apparently Topps smashed together five of their sets into one release. This was back when they used new photos every time, so I approve. Especially because of the added Larkins. The middle is a 1993 Sausage Fest. The bottom row is from 1995 Stadium Club's World Series parallel. Those foil stamps mean everything. Speaking of...


AND MORE!!!! I'm only missing the Barry Larkin base from the team set. The three above are all subsets. I don't know the circumstances behind this particular release, and my 15 seconds of research was inconclusive. No matter. They're mine now.

What can I say about random Pacific cards? Yeah.

Here's a category-less smattering. Those '87s are Tiffany. I'm now only missing the Pete Rose non-manager card and the Larkin RC. Those are both 'spensive, so my hopes are low. Very nice to add these two to the binders, though.

1990 ProCards Cedar Rapids Reds. Includes a sweet checklist card right up front. This team finished a stellar 88-46 in 1990. And you know what? These cards ain't half bad. Espcially for minor league issues, which have a propensity for awfulness.

And we'll close out today with 80's Topps sticker goodness. Rose, Parker, Seaver. I think the two-sticker split on Rose there was a nod to his eventual playing time in Canada. 

Part 2 tomorrow, kiddies. Go Reds.