Thursday, January 18, 2018


So everybody is in love with Nick Senzel. Drafted in 2016 out of the University of Tennessee, he's been quickly inching his way up the farm system. He played 10 games for the Rookie League Billings Mustangs, then got promoted mid-year, playing 58 games for the Single-A Dayton Dragons. He got promoted again, starting 2017 with a 57-game stint with the A+ Daytona Tortugas, again getting promoted mid-year and playing 62 games with the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos. I'd like to pause to appreciate the always excellent minor league team names.

Senzel has a nice average of .315 and a nice OPS of .908 over 187 minor league games, including a sexy .340/.413/.560 in his recent AA stint. Rumor is he will make the major league roster in 2018 at some point, thus making the Reds' youngest roster in the majors even younger (he's 22).

Despite not being a "prospector", just someone who plucks any cheap card, prospect or not, I've decided not to turn down any Senzel I find. Which means Senzel has joined the exclusive club of players for whom I keep doubles. This club consists of Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, and now Senzel. I know. I'm out of control.

Here is everything.

I will start strong. The top 6 are all from a box break of 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft (or Draft Picks and Prospects, or Prospects, or Bowman Draft, or who the hell knows) that turned out fantastic. Four chrome base, one chrome refractor out of 499, and one purple shimmer thing. I also pulled down three non-Senzel autos and a bunch of non-Senzel parallels. The '1st Bowman Cards' were from earlier in the year and I think they came from a 50-cent box at a show.

I think I overpaid for the non-chrome version of his 1st Bowman card on COMC just so I could have one. I'd also like to point out that Bowman released a box topper of Senzel in 2016, which makes this his 2nd card. This upsets me.

These 2017 Bowman Platinums are definitely from COMC during some seller's "I'm sick of this shit" sale so they were too cheap. That is to say, right in my wheelhouse.

All three of these gentleman are cause for minor excitement. Amir Garrett has already made the bigs, and Senzel and Tyler Mahle are right behind him.

These 2017 Topps Pro Debuts were in a quarter box. If there were more, they would all have been taken home.

This entire page of 2017 Heritage Minors was less than a dollar. You know those dudes who bust dozens of boxes of everything for the autos and mojo and can barely be bothered with the base and inserts? Those are my dudes. Dime, dime, dime, all day long.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Frankenpages - Page 2

For those who missed yesterday, The Frankenpages are a portion of a Frankenset consisting of Reds doubles in my possession for which an entire page is dedicated to each card number. At least for numbers 1-99, anyway.

Here's Page 2:

1988 Donruss Bonus MVPs #BC-2 Eric Davis Autographed
2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters #2 Barry Larkin
1986 Topps #2 Pete Rose Special
1992 Kellogg's #2 Tony Perez
2017 Bowman Chrome #2 Jesse Winker
2005 Bowman's Best Emerald #2 Adam Dunn 889/899
2001 Fleer Showcase #2 Barry Larkin
1992 Donruss The Rookies #2 Troy Afenir
1991 Fleer All Stars #2 Barry Larkin

Larkin-heavy page. Not surprising. How did I end up with two signed copies of a 1988 Donruss MVPs Eric Davis? I don't know. The serialed Adam Dunn is thanks to COMC. I'm sure I bought it twice form them. I'd love if somehow they could link to TCDB and hide cards I already have. Or at least cards I've purchased from them before. One can dream.

Somehow my favorite card here is the Troy Afenir. I collected the hell out of the big, blue 1992 Donruss base set, so the green is pleasantly jarring.

Go Reds.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Frankenpages - Page 1

One bit of silliness I've been working on is a Reds Frankenset. Except I only use doubles. Luckily, I have thousands of doubles, coming from a combination of buying big lots, not keeping good records when I'm COMC hunting, people shipping me trade packages, and me buying cards I know I have but they're in a dime box and should be fifty cents or a dollar so I buy them for no reason. This has lead to a cartoonish amount of doubles. So my cartoonish Frankenset is set up as follows:

One full page of each number 1-99 (THE FRANKENPAGES)

Three cards each of numbers 100-198

One card each of numbers 199-801.

I've got some gaps, but it's pretty good-lookin. I replace as needed to create the best page possible, based on absolute nonsense criteria. Here's Frankenpage number 1:

2008 Allen & Ginter Framed Relics #AGR-AD1 Adam Dunn
1985 Topps #1 Pete Rose
1990 Fleer League Standouts #1 Barry Larkin
2012 Leaf The Living Legend #1 Pete Rose
2006 Fleer Ultra RBI Kings #RBI1 Ken Griffey Jr.
2005 Donruss Leather and Lumber #1 Adam Dunn
2005 Donruss Team Colors #TC-1 Adam Dunn 142/800
2005 Donruss Leather and Lumber Great Gloves #GG-1 Austin Kearns 1273/2000
1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #1 Reggie Sanders/Ryan Klesko

Go Reds,

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oh What the Heck, I'm Back... with Super Vintage

Hitting 20,000 Reds cards made me want to start scanning them and posting them here again, along with snide things and general nonsense. In the hiatus I've plucked through thousands of dime boxes, tore up COMC, sneaked some eBay sneakiness, and most importantly, I've finally figured out why in the hell I collect, catalog, organize, re-organize, and re-shuffle all these silly little cards:

It is my zen garden.

So to those of you who hadn't gotten around yet to deleting me from your blogrolls these past 15 months or so, enjoy some sweet vintage pickups.

1935 Goudey 4-in-1 Tony Piet, Adam Comorosky, Jim Bottomley, Sparky Adams.

I've wanted one of these for a long time. So I overpaid. Luckily, I forget how much, so it must not have been too much. I love this card, plus there's some Hall of Fame action, so I declare it was worth it. Quick rundown of the players:

Tony Piet spent 112 games with the Reds over two seasons amid an 8 year career with the Pirates, Reds, White Sox, Tigers from 1931-1938. 717 hits, .277 lifetime average.

Adam Comorosky spent 8 years with the Pirates then two with the Reds 1926-1935. 795 hits, .285 lifetime average.

Jim Bottomley had a HALL OF FAME career with the Cardinals, then spent some time with the Reds and Browns from 1922-1937. 2,313 hits. Lifetime .310 average. NL MVP 1928.

Sparky Adams went Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals, Reds over 13 years, 1922-1934. 1,588 hits, .286 average, MVP votes in 1931


1913 Tom Barker Game WG6 #19 Dick Hoblitzell 

I scanned the back as well, because I like the back. This is from a 100 year old table game. I would love to go back in time and play this game in the dugout of a sandlot. My copy has some pencil marks on it. Good. That means someone was playing the game with it, and was so serious about it, they were taking some notes.

Dick Hoblitzell spent the first 7 years of his career with Cincy and the last 5 with the Red Sox, amassing 1,300 hits and nearly 20 WAR from 1908-1918.

1910-1912 Sweet Caporal Pins Art Fromme

Not a card, but allowable nonetheless. These are very tiny. Like 7/8 of an inch in diameter tiny. So I'm sure I now possess the DNA of some child due to clumsy fingers and the oddly thick stabber on the back.

Art Fromme spent 1906-1915 in the bigs for the Cardinals, Reds, and Giants, winning 80 games with a lifetime 2.90 ERA.

1909-11 The American Tobacco Bob Ewing 

This is one of two versions Bob Ewing has in the set. I am in need of the other. The green, purple, pink, yellow background is heavenly. These ghosts of players seem to be playing ball in another dimension. This is easily one of my favorite cards in my home.

Bob Ewing played for the Reds, Phillies, and Cardinals 1902-1912, racking up 124 wins with a lifetime 2.49 ERA.

Go Reds.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I felt the need to post to my dead blog today, because I hit a serious milestone.

20,000 unique Red cards.

That is too many.

Here's the card that rolled the dials up to 20k:

2003 Topps Gallery #40a Adam Dunn Red Helmet/Sleeves Variation.

I'm glad it was my PC guy. I'm glad it was a short print. I'm glad I have so many Reds cards to flip through. Good stuff all around.

Here's a screenshot of the TCDB page:

A few things:

1) That dollar value is completely meaningless. Half the cards don't have a value listed, including many vintage cards. And the cards that do have a value are submitted by users, so who knows the criteria each person uses while entering values. But we ain't in this for the money, are we, kids?

2) The one basketball card upsets me. It's a promo card of Jack Armstrong from the 1991 Foot Locker Slam Fest, a charity basketball game that they sponsored. So yeah, technically a basketball card, but of a baseball player doing a charity gig. And honestly, it's worth way more than 5 cents. Like 20 cents. Geez.

3) Some Goodwin Champions sets are listed as multi-sport, some aren't. Bothersome.

4) The 12 Non-Sport cards are from the Pacific Eight Men Out set. It features cards with photos from the movie, photos from the original 1919 White (Black) Sox, and photos from the team that beat them in that World Series, which is often overlooked: my Reds. Their first WS title, in fact.

5) Top three individual players: Barry Larkin (887), Adam Dunn (745), Ken Griffey Jr. (579)

6) Top three years: 2002 (815), 2013 (783), 1994 (707)

7) Years that feature only one card in the collection: 1913, 1922, 1935

8) 175 are Dayton Dragons, my favorite minor league Reds affiliate

9) Top three non-Reds teams that sneaked onto a Reds card: Phillies (74), Yankees (58), Braves (58)

10) A paltry 31 are of my favorite player, Corky Miller

11) I technically hit 20,000 a bit ago, as there are a few dozen cards in my collection that don't have entries in the TCDB. But we can overlook that for now.

Onward and Upward.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2012 Topps Chrome/Refractor/X-Fractor/Purple/Orange

I haven't been posting in a long while, and I don't really plan on returning, but I felt the need to post this.

Complete Reds team set of:

1) 2012 Topps Chrome
2) 2012 Topps Chrome Refractors
3) 2012 Topps Chrome X-Fractors
4) 2012 Topps Chrome Purple Refractors
5) 2012 Topps Chrome Orange Refractors

Why do I like this set so much? Firstly, it's a 9-card set. I don't need to explain why that is ideal. Seven of the nine have been an All Star. One player is an MVP. One player can throw a baseball 105 miles per hour. Also, 2012 is the year I reconnected with my childhood hobby. Good stuff.

On to the cards and their dusty goodness.

2012 Topps Chrome

2012 Topps Chrome Refractors

2012 Topps Chrome X-Fractors

2012 Topps Chrome Purple Refractors

2012 Topps Chrome Orange Refractors

Bonus: Blue Refractors /199, Cozy Base Auto

Go Reds.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Not Dead, Not Back, Still Collecting, in Desperate Need of HOFers

As per the title, I am not dead, I am not blogging again (though I've been reading all y'all's), and I'm still collecting my beloved Reds.

I have been trying to complete a Hall of Fame binder. It's been oddly difficult. I am down to 13 needs. If any of you have a card of any of these guys, PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME. I never have a lot of trade bait, but I'll do my best to send ya some vintage or some minis or something.

Why is it so hard to find cards of HALL OF FAMERS??? Bah. Help a brother out.

mattmccurry AT gmail DOT com

Ray Brown
Andy Cooper
Barney Dreyfuss
Bill Foster
Frank Grant
Pete Hill
Alex Pompez
Cumberland Posey
John Schuerholz
Frank Selee
Hilton Smith
Ben Taylor
J.L. Wilkinson

I could also use a non-horizontal Happy Chandler. I prefer all these to be the same orientation.