Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Err Ball - Part 1

This begins a series of posts on Reds error cards (limited, of course, to cards I actually have).

Today we're looking at cards that were actually corrected mid-print run, of which I have six pair.

1988 Score #297 Terry Francona. I suppose 'Franconia' sounds a little more natural rolling off the tongue once you're in Italian over-pronunciation mode. And Terry wasn't quite as well known as he is now, being mostly a back-up for a few teams in the 80's.

1989 Score #552 Jose Rijo. Try to spot the error. ... Jersey number under his name should be 27, but was originally listed as 24. Damn you, numeric keypad with the 7 right above the 4.

1990 Score #338 Ken Griffey. I'm beginning to see a theme. Score screws up, but at least they have the wherewithal to fix it. This is another jersey number mistake, though more forgivable. Griffey wore 30 when he started with the Reds from 1975 to 1981. Then, when he came back to the Reds in 1988, he took number 25, but switched back to 30 the following year.

1974 Topps #608 Bob Apodaca, Dick Baney, John D'Acquisto, Mike Wallace. A nice vintage correction, though not regarding Red Dick Baney. 'Bob Apodaca' was misspelled as 'Bob Apodaco'. It's spelled correctly on the back for both.

1987 Donruss #22 Eric Davis DK. You could read the blurb all day and not find any errors. The 'error' is in the design. That banner up top is supposed to be filled with yellow. The Davis was originally put out without the yellow. Good thing they fixed that, man.

1991 Topps #780 Randy Myers. I'll save you from jumping back and forth between gridded numbers and tell you to look at the career loss totals. 6 + 3 + 4 + 6 = 19, I'm pretty sure. Not 15.

Part 2 tomorrow. Go Reds.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White Trash

Plain White Envelope + Junior Junkie = White Junk = White Trash.

Ok, that's a pitiful stretch of logic there for a title, but whatever. You're gonna have to deal with it.

Also, it wasn't even a PWE. It was a bubble mailer. But I already typed the title in. Man, I'm bad at this.

Among the stacks of some 2014 goodness that will have to be paid forward were these three niceties.

2002 Upper Deck 40-Man Looming Large Jerseys #LSC Sean Casey /250. I'll gladly accept any relic card of The Mayor. Now, why would Upper Deck slice the player's face right down the middle? Unsettling.

2014 Topps Archives Gold #166 David Holmberg /199. My second gold from this set (Chapman). Holmberg is definitely improving lately. Hopefully next year he'll figure out this big-league pitching thing.

2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Mini Lady Luck Back #165 Pete Browning. Browning played in the 1800's, mostly for Louisville in the American Association, but spent two years with the Reds in 1891-1892. So this definitely counts. Well done, Junkie. Browning has a lifetime .341 batting average and is regarded as one of the better overlooked players for the Hall of Fame. As far as the back...'s one of dem special ones. Smoke them cigs, kiddies.

Thanks, Junior. Go Reds.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vote in The Heinous Eight

The Red Cardboard Ugstravaganza has long since rid itself of anything even elite adjacent. We are down to The Heinous Eight. Of note, I suppose, is that each of the four match-ups consists of one card that should be here (top eight, based on the prelims) versus one card that had to do a little upsettin'.

Also of note, my 'favorite' ugly card is still here. I won't say which it is, but I truly hate it.

Vote for the ugliest. Voting closes Saturday at noon eastern.

Go Reds.

Match-Up BA: #1 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Pete Rose vs. #9 2006 Allen & Ginter Dick Perez Sketches Ken Griffey Jr.

Match-Up BB: #4 2010 Topps 206 Joey Votto vs. #12 1988 Classic Blue Eric Davis

Match-Up BC: #15 2013 Triple Play Jay Bruce vs. #7 1984 Donruss Dave Concepcion DK

Match-Up BD: #3 1992 Rembrandt Ultra Pro Hal Morris vs. #22 2001 Kahn's Mr. Red

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baseball Cards

Hey! I purchased some baseball cards! Oh wow! Here they are! Exclamation point!

1972 Topps #752 Joe Morgan. This is one of the tougher cards to get from the good ol' '72 set. High number + Hall of Famer + first Reds card + hilariously awesome 'TRADED' stamp yields a pretty expensive card. Unless, of course, it's so grossly miscut that we see the border of not only the card above it on the sheet, but the card next to it as well. Does this bother me? No, because now I can check this off. Ballin.

1972 Topps #719 Cesar Geronimo. Another beaut from the '72 High Numbers. Geronimo was the starting center fielder for The Big Red Machine, so his Reds cards are slightly above 'common' status. No All Star appearances, but 4 Gold Gloves and election into the Reds Hall of Fame highlight his career. Just one card away from completing the 1972 Topps set. Sweet.

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Franchise Future Autographs Chad Rogers /350. Rogers was drafted by the Reds in 2011 and has steadily progressed through the farm, playing for AAA Louisville this year. He has transitioned from starter to reliever, so, given the Reds current middle-relief dearth, we may see him soon.
2010 Topps Xfractor Johnny Cueto. I love Cueto. And I hate stupid Kershaw for being all good and stuff and not allowing Johnny a Cy Young Award.

Go Reds.

Friday, September 12, 2014

1960 Kahn's Reds #3 Gus Bell

Another vintage wiener pickup for yours truly, my 4th such card. These are oversized at about 3 in x 4 in and were stuffed in packages of hot dogs in the 50's and 60's in the 3 or 4 states Kahn's sold to. And it features my all-time favorite phrase on a baseball card, "The Wiener the World Awaited." Because I'm an immature man-child.

As for Gus Bell, he's a 4-time All Star, a Reds Hall of Famer, father to former Red Buddy Bell, and grandfather to former Red Mike Bell and 12-year veteran David Bell.

As for the back, a few things: 1) When exactly did fielding percentage fall out of favor as a go-to stat? 2) It's interesting that the player's ancestry and marital status are included. I can't decide if this is merely quaint or a remnant of when we were still wary of someone's heritage. 3) Nice All Star Game home run in '54 to break up a potential line of zeroes.

Go Reds.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Hey, I don't know. How about some scans from my Sportlots folder? Yeah, why not.

2014 Panini Hometown Heroes. I like this set. Throw some Reds logos on it, and it'd be one of my favorites. Even though it's kinda hideous.

1994 Topps Traded Deion Sanders/Roberto Kelly. This has been the only Topps base card I needed from the entire decade of the 90's (yes, I consider Traded/Update sets as part of the base set). I never even knew what it looked like, I just knew I needed it. And now I am at ease.

Some 2013/2014 Goodwin Champions strangeness. Man, credit to Upper Deck for sticking to this brand. I guess we're buying it up, ain't we. Griffey and O'Neill are looking dapper. Pete Rose is looking, well, like Pete Rose.

A couple minis. Gypsy Queen Cueto, Goodwin O'Neill. Maybe these have special backs. I forget.

Bunch of nonsense. Pacific Online, TriStar Obak, Panini USA, Playoff Contenders, Upper Deck Retro, Upper Deck Victory. There are so, so many cards out there. I can't decide if that's good or bad. Probably good.

Couple of sweet Larkins. 1994 UD Denny's Holograms. 1996 Leaf Preferred Steel, which is made out of metal and weighs a ton. I had the Reggie Sanders. Now it has a partner.

Brandon Phillips insert, Joe Oliver Hologram, Chris Sabo playing card. Yep, yep, and yep.

And we'll close out with some parallels. Topps Archives Day Glow Johnny Cueto, Upper Deck Special F/X Eddie Taubensee, Upper Deck MVP Silver Script Dante Bichette. Sweet.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Completely Red: 1964 Topps

Oooooh, what a fine, fine set. I'm partial to '64 Topps, most surely, due to a 1964 Topps Mickey Mantle my grandpa landed for me as a kid. He traded four used tires for it at a flea market. That is awesome. So the '64 design has been imprinted in my mind as being associated with awesomeness. And it is pretty good. Big, gaudy purple emblazoned up top. Easy-to-read nameplate. Really slick rookie duos. Solid offering.

The obvious star of the set is the Pete Rose All Star Rookie, which I picked up not too long ago. He sits alongside seventeen other All Stars. Dang. We also get a sweet pitching leaders card with three Hall of Famers...and Jim Maloney. But hey, I say. Maloney is in the Reds Hall of Fame. So there. FOUR Hall of Famers. The strikeout leader card is the same story. It's nice seeing Jim Maloney alongside Koufax, Spahn, Drysdale, and Marichal.

You'll also notice a handful of these have the player's numbers written on the card in ink. These were my first '64 Reds purchased right as I was getting back into the hobby. The local card shop let em go for a song. I like 'em.


Cards - 29

RC's - 4 (Mel Queen, Bill McCool, Jim Dickson, Bobby Klaus)

All Stars - 18 (Sammy Ellis, Bill Henry, Chico Cardenas, Vada Pinson, Joe Nuxhall, Dick Sisler, Pete Rose, Jim O'Toole, Fred Hutchinson, Frank Robinson, Tommy Harper, Joey Jay, Bill McCool, Bob Skinner, Jim Maloney, Charlie Neal, Bob Purkey, John Edwards)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Frank Robinson)

Reds Hall of Famers - 9 (Fred Hutchinson, Joe Nuxhall, Jim O'Toole, Gordy Coleman, Jim Maloney, Bob Purkey, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, Chico Cardenas)

Non-Rookie-Card Rookie Cards - 2 (Sammy Ellis, Chico Ruiz)


3 NL Pitching Leaders (Koufax, Marich, Spahn, Maloney)
5 NL Strikeout Leaders (Drysdale, Koufax, Maloney)
33 Reds Rookies (Ellis, Queen)
49 Bill Henry
72 Chico Cardenas
80 Vada Pinson
106 Joe Nuxhall
125 Pete Rose
144 Al Worthington 
162 Hitting Area (Pinson, Sisler)
166 Marty Keough
185 Jim O'Toole
207 Fred Hutchinson
233 Hal Smith
260 Frank Robinson
275 John Tsitouris
303 Jim Campbell
330 Tommy Harper
346 Joe Jay
356 Reds Rookies (McCool, Ruiz)
377 Bob Skinner
403 Reds Team
420 Jim Maloney
436 Charlie Neal
449 Deron Johnson
480 Bob Purkey
507 John Edwards
524 Reds Rookies (Dickson, Klaus)
577 Gordy Coleman

Go Reds.