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.

Ugly Group 4 Results

Six more pieces of ugly moving on to the brackets. Presented in order of descending ugliness. Group 5 will be up soon. Go Reds.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TTM Goodness: Four from the 90's

Last day to vote in Group 4 of the Ugstravaganza.
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Let's clear some space in the ol' TTM folder, eh?

Mike Cameron was drafted by the White Sox in 1991 and debuted for them in 1995. After a four year stint, he came to the Reds for a single year, in 1999. He would spend the rest of his 17 year career with the Mariners, Mets, Padres, Brewers, Red Sox, and Marlins, earning 3 Gold Gloves and an All Star nod. In 2001 he hit 4 home runs in one games. He would later found the Cam4Kids Foundation and author "It Takes a Team". Signed is a 1999 Topps Traded #T94.

Rick Wrona was drafted by the Cubs in 1985 and would debut for them in 1988, playing for them for three years before coming to the Reds in 1992 for a 1 year stint. He would spend a year each with the White Sox and Brewers before heading back to minors and eventually retiring in 1998. Signed is a 1993 Stadium Club #64.

Pete Smith was drafted by the Phillies in 1984 and would debut for the Braves in 1987. He would spend 7 years with the Braves, which included 3 shutout innings in the 1992 World Series. He followed that with short stints with the Mets, Reds, Padres, and Orioles, before retiring in 1998. Signed is a 1995 Fleer #382.

Todd Benzinger was drafted by the Red Sox in 1981 and would debut for them in 1987. After two years in Boston he would start his three year stint in Cincinnati that included the 1990 World Series victory, in which he'd appear in all 4 games, starting two, and making the final out in the Series clinching Game 4. He would spend time with the Royals, Dodgers, and Giants before retiring in 1995. Signed is a 1991 Fleer #56.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Junk

Everyone's favorite Louisianan, The Junior Junkie, recently threw a jam-packed PWE at me. In it was a note along the lines of "Needed to get rid of this junk", or "Take this junk off my hands", or something. I don't recall exactly. WELL THEN. If a stack of sweet, sweet Reds cards is just a pile of junk to a non-Ohioan/Kentuckian, then I guess I'll just have to treat it as such in order to appease the beleaguered masses of fans of those other 29 teams. Let's get to it.

2011 Topps Lineage Giant Box Loader Joey Votto. What is this garbage? This card is too big to even store nicely. Come one Topps. Keep things 2x3. What a piece of junk.

2012 Bowman Prosepect Autographs Sean Buckley. Psh. Buckley isn't even in the Majors. He's on some single-A team in Dayton. This is certified junk.

1991 Upper Deck Mike Sciocia ft. Barry Larkin. Oh, what? A cameo of Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is supposed to make me think this isn't junk? NOPE. Early 90's = junk. Nice try.

I'm not even going to type the names of these. They're not even on the current Reds roster. Ju-Ju-Ju-Junk.

Nice golf outfit, Junky Junkerson.

2007 Upper Deck Goudey Heads Up Johnny Bench. Hey, Upper Deck. You can't fool me. That's not even Johnny Bench's real body. Nice try. What a piece of junk.

Ivan Rodriguez and Ted Williams aren't even Reds! And that's a Chattanooga Lookouts jersey on the Pokester! Junk, junk, and junk.

1957 Topps Johnny Temple. Come on. This card is so old. No gloss. No foil. No serial number. And what the hell is a Redleg? Vintage junk is still junk.

Thanks for the cards, TJ the JJ. They will be cherished always.

Go Reds.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Completely Red: 2008 Allen & Ginter

Why? Because I like em. I'm glad this brand exists. All the white space works. Also awesome is that it's a 9-card team set. Perfect for the ol' binders. It's very fortunate that no Reds fell into the short print section, so this was a smooth set to nab, even with the three excellent rookies (Votto, Cueto, Bruce) and the last Griffey card in a Reds uni. The only thing sullying the page is the one horizontal card. I like it on its own, but I wish all nine were oriented the same way. I know. Tough life, right?

STATS:

Cards - 9

RC's - 3 - (Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce)

All Stars - 7 (Adam Dunn, Joey Votto, Francisco Cordero, Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Ken Griffey Jr.)

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

Pastel Fart Clouds - 9


Checklist:

61 Adam Dunn
129 Joey Votto
191 Francisco Cordero
193 Edwin Encarnacion
215 Aaron Harang
224 Johnny Cueto
273 Jay Bruce
285 Brandon Phillips
290 Ken Griffey Jr.

Go Reds.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vote in Group 4 of The Ugstravaganza

As always, vote for the ugliest 5 cards. Voting ends Thursday at noon eastern.

Card #1 - 1996 Score Numbers Game Reggie Sanders

Card #2 - 1992 Rembrandt Ultra Pro Promos Hal Morris
Card #3 - 2004 Fleer National Pastime History in the Making Jersey Austin Kearns

Card #4 -1999 UD Ionix Sean Casey

Card #5 - 1998 Pacific Online Scott Winchester

Card #6 - 2002 Topps Pristine In the Gap Jersey Adam Dunn

Card #7 - 1989 Fleer Baseball MVP's Danny Jackson

Card #8 - 1995 Fleer John Courtright

Card #9 - 2000 Pacific Prism Rapture Gold Travis Dawkins

Card #10 - 1974 Topps Sparky Anderson/Coaches

Go Reds.