Saturday, December 20, 2014

Completely Red: 1989 Fleer/Fleer Traded

The main thing I remember about this set, for some reason, is that it was featured in the movie Home Alone. Kevin's older brother Buzz had some in his room and they spilled out of a tin during some sort of wacky tarantula escapade or something. I don't know why I know that. Such is the life.

As for the set, what do we have here? A lot of gray. Meh. The players overlapping the top border is nice, I suppose. There are a heavy amount of errors and inconsistencies in the set, mostly in the write-ups on the backs. Ah well. Got a couple nice rookies (Sabo and Dibble), a Dave Concepcion farewell card, and a card honoring Tom Browning's perfect game. Sweet.


Cards - 35

RC's - 4 (Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, Chris Sabo, Scott Scudder)

All Stars - 12 (Tom Browning, Norm Charlton, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Bo Diaz, Rob Dibble, John Franco, Danny Jackson, Barry Larkin, Paul O'Neill, Chris Sabo, Ken Griffey)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 7 (Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey, Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)


152 - Tim Birtsas
153 - Tom Browning
154 - Keith Brown
155 - Norm Charlton RC
156 - Dave Concepcion
157 - Kal Daniels
158 - Eric Davis
159 - Bo Diaz
160 - Rob Dibble RC
161 - Nick Esasky
162 - John Franco
163 - Danny Jackson
164 - Barry Larkin
165 - Rob Murphy
166 - Paul O'Neill
167 - Jeff Reed
168 - Jose Rijo
169 - Ron Robinson
170 - Chris Sabo RC
171 - Candy Sierra
172 - Van Snider
173 - Jeff Treadway
174 - Frank Williams
175 - Herm Winningham
629 - Pitcher perfect - Tom Browning
636 - NL Pitching Power Danny Jackson - David Cone
637 - Cannon Arms Chris Sabo - Bobby Bonilla
639 - Power Center Kirby Puckett - Eric Davis
645 - Lenny Harris - Marty Brown
655 - CL: Twins/Tigers/Reds/Brewers
83U - Todd Benzinger
84U - Ken Griffey Sr.
85U - Rick Mahler
86U - Rolando Roomes
87U - Scott Scudder RC

Go Reds.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cards. That I bought. You, know. For my binders.

Nice little Just Commons order full of Redsy goodness. A few team sets completed. A few more knockin' at the door. Let's roll 'em.

2002 Donruss Timeless Treasures Barry Larkin #'d/900. For no other reason than I haven't snagged a new Larkin in a long while.

1991 Classic I/III (I think). Gettin' closer to finishing every Classic set, thank goodness.

1992 Classic.1993 Classic Game. Both of these sets are done now. Nice.

1991/1992 Classic Best. One away from each of these sets. It's weird that I know all these minor league guys from the early 90's. I miss you, Classic Best.

2014 Stadium Club. You've been inundated with these, but here's more. Love the BP.

1996 Fleer Circa. Set done. Sweet.

1995 Score Gold Rush. So much foil. Only need two more.

1984 O-Pee-Chee. One card away.

And we'll close it up with five cards toward my Hall of Fame collection: Jack Chesbro, Cristobal Torriente, Harry Wright, Old Hoss Radbourn, Jesse Burkett. I'd prefer not to have these discs in the binder instead of full cards, but I'm so desperate to find some of these guys that I snapped and picked these up, just for filler. They'll be replaced at some point. That's the first card I've ever seen of Torriente, by the way.

Go Reds.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

TTM Goodness: Leary, Crabbe, Roper

Tim Leary was drafted by the Mets as the second overall pick in 1979 and would get his big league debut for them in 1981. He would play for 7 teams in his 13-year career (Mets, Brewers, Dodgers, Reds, Yankees, Mariners, Rangers) which included 14 starts for the Reds in 1989. He won a rare pircher's Silver Slugger award in 1988 and homered off Steve Carlton. Signed is a 1989 Score Traded #52T.

Tim Crabbe was drafted by the Reds in 2009. He's been working his way through our farm system and spent 2014 in AAA Louisville, starting 12 games and appearing in 30. He also suited up for Italy in the WBC in 2013. Signed is a 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP42.

John Roper was drafted by the Reds in 1990 and debuted for them in 1993. He would start 30 games for Cincy in '93 and '94, going 8-7. Then, after two starts in 1995, he was shipped to the Giants where he would get one more inning of work before calling it a career. Signed is a 1994 Stadium Club #476.

Go Reds.

Friday, December 12, 2014

1919-21 W514 Strip Cards Ivey Wingo

Cheapie eBay pickup. These were some of the first strip cards made. Kind of weird lookin, and beat to hell, but dangit, I love me some super vintage. As for Ivey Wingo, he spent 17 years in the majors, 13 with Cincy. He was the catcher for the 1919 World Series winning squad (yeah, we forget, with all the Black Sox hubbub, somebody actually won that Series) and at one point held the NL record for games caught. I can't find any other source showing his name was Ira, which is odd. Ivey Brown Wingo, often misspelled as Ivy, seems to be his birth name. ERROR CARD!

Go Reds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Red Friday - Part 3

Final part of the COMC Black Friday Goodness. Vintage Topps and Bowman abound.

1951 Bowman Grady Hatton. Five to go in this set. Someday...

1952 Bowman Herman Wehmeier. Sweet.

1952 Bowman Harry Perkowski. Three to go for '52.

1955 Bowman Dick Bartel, Jim Greengrass, Howie Judson. Finished off this set. Posted the Completely Red a few days ago.

1963 Topps Hank Foiles. Not quite the most valuable Red from this set.

1965 Topps Chico Ruiz. Poor bookkeeping on my part. I already had this one. Ah well.

1959 Topps Tom Acker (Gray Back). The '59 set has been complete for awhile, save for the variations. 'Tis silly to chase them, yet here I am.


 O-PEE-CHEE!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

And the closer is a 1952 Topps Ken Raffensberger. Aw yiss.

Go Reds.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Red Friday - Part 2

Part 2 of the COMC Black Friday goodness. Three vintage oddballs for your eyeballs.

1936 Goudey Wide Pen Premiums Alex Kampouris. I knew nothing about this set, but I will happily pick up cheap 30's cards. I expected this to be 1951 Bowman size, but I was wrong. It's about 3 in x 5.5 in. And very thin. They were apparently handed out in retail stores to promote Goudey gum, instead of sold in packs. As for Kampouris, he had a 9 year career, mostly with Cincy and is credited as the first Greek-American to play in the majors.

1962 Post Ed Kasko. Judging by the times berween my finding any Post cards I need, I can only assume there are some rarity issues. Perhaps some were printed on crappy cereal no one bought. I don't know. But hey, this one's nice. Sweet specs.

1963 Kahn's Gene Freese. My fifth vintage wiener card. Being packaged with hot dogs is apparently very damaging, as evidenced by the Kahn's cards I have. These cards are huge, by the way, so that certainly aided in the creases. I still like them. At the rate of acquiring two per year, as I have, I'll have all 196 cards issued from 1955-1969 in the year 2110. Sweet.

Go Reds.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Red Friday - Part 1

So you all know the drill by now re: COMC Black Friday. I am no different. Cards were purchased. Sets were completed. Here we go.

Seven autos were acquired. There's a good chance you've heard of none of them. Fine by me. People you've heard of are too expensive.

1997 Best Autographs Tim Belk. Seven game career, all in 1996 with the Reds.

2000 Team Best Rookies Authentic Autographs Ty Howington. Five-season minor league career, all with the Reds organization.

2013 Bowman Prospect Autographs Jeff Gelalich. Drafted by Cincy in 2012. Spent 2014 with our A+ affiliate.

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Autographs #'d/820 Cole Green. Drafted in 2011 by the Reds. Spent two years in the farm system and is currently playing in an independent league.

2011 Playoff Contenders Draft Ticket Signatures James Allen. Drafted by the Reds in 2011. Spent 2014 with our A+ affiliate.

2008 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs Alex Buchholz. Drafted by the Reds in 2008. Stayed in our farm system through 2011. Played 2014 for the Rangers' AAA affiliate.

2011 Leaf Valiant Autographs Juan Duran. Signed by the Reds in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic. Spent 2014 with our AA affiliate.

Part 2 tomorrow, kiddies. Go Reds.