Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 2: Cereal Killing

Yeah, that pun has never been used before by anyone ever. 

VOW continues with some cards fought over at the breakfast table many decades ago, only to fall into my lap in the past couple years. Post and Kellogg's. One of each will suffice. And I'm breaking my vintage classification at the end, as the Kellogg's run went into the 80's.

In terms of set completion, for the 1961-1963 Post run, I'm sitting at 24/39 (not counting Canadian versions). For the 1970-1983 Kellogg's run, I'm sitting at 29/57, though sadly none from the 1971 set.

1961 Post Billy Martin.

1962 Post Frank Robinson.

1962 Post Canadian Vada Pinson. C'est magnifique.

1963 Post Jim O'Toole.

1970 Kellogg's Jim Maloney.
1972 Kellogg's Lee May.

1973 Kellogg's Joe Morgan.

1974 Kellogg's Johnny Bench.

1975 Kellogg's Cesar Geronimo.

1976 Kellogg's Clay Carroll.

1977 Kellogg's George Foster.

1978 Kellogg's George Foster.

1979 Kellogg's Dan Driessen.

1980 Kellogg's Johnny Bench.

1981 Kellogg's Johnny Bench
1982 Kellogg's Dave Concepcion.

1983 Kellogg's Dave Concepcion.

Go Reds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Oddball Week, Part 1: Nicotine and Nitrates

Vintage = clickbait. Oddballs = clickbait. Vintage oddballs = holy shite so much clickbait!!!!!

Yeah that's right. I'm being shameless all week by showcasing everyone's favorite subcategory. I will clarify that vintage, to me and most, is 1979 and earlier. I will also note that I don't consider anything before 1950 an oddball since everything before 1950 is pretty odd, and if we're all special, unique snowflakes then none of us are, ya dig?

Today we're going big. As in oversized. 1950's Red Man Tobacco and 1960's Kahn's Wieners.

1952 Red Man Ewell Blackwell. Awesomely bright colors. Cool background. Reds Hall of Famer.

1953 Red Man Bobby Adams. They abandoned the background in favor of highlighter yellow and a faint aura around the player. Shame.

1953 Red Man Ted Kluszewski. Is that crease noticeable? I don't think it is.

1955 Red Man Gus Bell. Ah, they brought back the grandstands. So much better. I love these cards. I have 4 of 8 Reds printed over the four year run. If it wasn't against my rules to set specific goals, completing this set would be high on the list.

1960 Kahn's Gus Bell. Some wiener leakage caused this card to stick to the packaging, I presume. Did I just win the 'First Card Blogger to Mention Wiener Leakage' award? I think so.

1963 Kahn's Don Blasingame. These cards seem way older than 1960's, don't they?

1963 Kahn's Gordy Coleman. This wiener has a bend in it.

1964 Kahn's Bob Purkey. Oh man. Full color wiener. So much more lovely!

Part 2 tomorrow, kiddies. Go Reds.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Completely Red: 1993 Leaf

I can't believe I haven't posted this set yet. It's incredible. It was one of my favorite sets as a kid and remains near the top of the list. Full bleed photography, sweet faux-marble, a touch of foil, city-themed backs. Looks like a design that would fly today. I don't even have a lot else to say. It stands on its own.


Cards - 19

RC's - 1 (Tim Pugh)

All Stars - 10 (Rob Dibble, Roberto Kelly, Barry Larkin, Kevin Mitchell, Tom Browning, Jeff Reardon, Bip Roberts, Chris Sabo, Reggie Sanders, John Smiley)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 4 (Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Bipped? - Bipped


  243 Tim Belcher 
  257 Hal Morris 
  263 Joe Oliver 
  280 Rob Dibble 
  289 Roberto Kelly 
  311 Barry Larkin 
  321 Kevin Mitchell 
  331 Tim Pugh RC 
  359 Tom Browning 
  389 Jeff Reardon 
  411 Jose Rijo 
  414 Bip Roberts 
  418 Chris Sabo 
  428 Reggie Sanders 
  433 John Smiley 
  456 Willie Greene 
  481 Jeff Branson 
  513 Randy Milligan 
  529 Tim Costo

Go Reds.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Official Member of the Royals Bandwagon

Small market lovin', baby.

A quick note on this 'card'. I plucked it from Sportlots, listed as 1992 Ted Williams Reds/Royals POG, or whatever. At no time did I actually think it would be POGs. I assumed it stood for 'Play of the Game' or 'Players of a Generation' or something of the ilk. Nope. Friggin' punch-out POGs.

Go Royals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Show Bleeds the Money - Part 3

Last round of show goodness today. Let's roll.

Where better to begin than with 1975 Topps Miniatures? Nowhere. That's where. I'm down to needing 9 of these, mostly the stars. I'll be kind of sad when I'm done with this set, as the appeal of finding cheap minis will be gone.

1970's Hostess Joe Morgan, George Foster. Yeah, I forget which years these are, and I'm too lazy to do a 10-second Google search. But suffice to say, these were printed on some junk food boxes sometime in the 1970's, cut out poorly, covered in filth, somehow not thrown away, then slowly worked their way into my binders after being owned by probably 20 other people. Weird.

1970-something Kellogg's Cesar Geronimo. Same deal as above, with 'inside a box of cereal' being the definitive phrase.

1967 Fleer Laughlin World Series Yankees vs. Reds 1961. The Reds got whooped in this series. Still counts toward The Collection, though.

1968 Topps Jimmie Schaffer. This is a fairly boring card, but I sent a copy out for a TTM (successfully) and it needed replaced. Done.

1967 Topps Tommy Helms ASR. This is one of them high-number, high-falutin' short prints. And in tremendous shape, surprisingly.

1967 Topps Tony Perez. Another short print, but of a Hall of Famer. Tough card. A little beat up, but perfectly acceptable, and certainly above average based on the rest of my 60's Topps. Friggin sweet card.

Go Reds. And aw hell, why not? Go Royals.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Show Bleeds the Money - Part 2

More show goodies for your eyeballs today. There's an autograph dealer who's usually a surly ass and I don't buy from him out of principle. But as pointed out yesterday, it was so crowded that I wasn't really able to spend a lot of time searching for stuff. Combine with the reduced number of dealers and I just had nowhere else to turn. So here are 18 fresh autos added to the binders.

Go Reds.