Monday, August 3, 2015

New Project

I've recently learned to embrace my doubles. So much, in fact, that I deeply regret having given most of them away. I sold a box of 3000 junk era doubles a couple years ago. I gave away a bunch in contests. I had shear hatred for them. Now I wish I had my larger pile back to play with.

I'm constructing an Opening Day album. Simple enough. Each page will feature the nine starters on Opening Day every year back to as far as I can go back to. Card doesn't have to be from that particular year. For now. And I've decided this is the ideal layout:

LF CF RF
SS SP 2B
3B  C  1B

Sifting through all my doubles, I've only completed 7 pages. This can be easily amended by tearing up a dime box next time I'm at a show. But for now, here are my 6 junk era pages and one modern page.
1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1995

2013


Go Reds.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Vote in the NTNBRVT Group 3, Ya Filthy Animals

Group 2 wraps up with 1911 T205 sweeping the vote. 1948 Leaf, 1933 Goudey, and 1962 Post made a nice showing, but went up against a juggernaut. Again, we're just determining seeding for now, so all cards will be seen again.

Here's a refresher on the rules:

1) No Topps. No Bowman. I realize a lot of these were probably produced by Topps in some capacity and I just don't realize it. Such is life.
2) One card per set per year may enter. Card must be of a Red (duh).
3) There will be 6 seeding rounds, each with 9 random cards. You vote for your favorite 5. These results will be used to seed the cards into a bracket.
4) All cards will be seeded into a double-elimination bracket.
5) We will all revel in our stupid little hobby and wonder why someone would do heroin when he could collect cards instead.

Group  3 can be voted on in the sidebar. Voting will close Thursday at noon. Vote for your favorite 5.
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SEEDING ROUND - Group 3

1970 Kellogg's #10 Jim Maloney

1948 R346 Blue Tint #46 Johnny Vander Meer

1939 Play Ball #65 Harry Craft

1961 Post #190 Billy Martin

1968 Atlantic Oil #10 Milt Pappas

1973 Kellogg's #34 Joe Morgan

1963 Fleer #34 Vada Pinson

1953 Red Man #6 Ted Kluszewski

1976 Hostess #128 Dave Concepcion
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Go Reds.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

RNR

In remembrance of Johnny Cueto's and Mike Leake's Reds tenures, let's run through some more Reds Not Reds cards I picked up from last week's show. A nice mix of vintage and modern guys. I'm sitting at 380 for this project plus another 110 on the way. There have been about 1900 Reds of which about 1575 had suited up for another team as well. I got miles to go, brother.

Clint Hurdle is a nice surprise. 19 games for the Reds in 1982.

Vada Pinson in a classic tilted-background Topps release. I avoided Frank Robinson in an Orioles uniform, because that trade sucked.

Whoops. That Fred Toney is actually a Red uniform. No matter. I'm sure there's thousands of cards of a guys who played in 1917, right?

Frank Viola is a sneaky Red. 3 games in 1995. Same with HOFer Lloyd Waner. 55 games in 1941.


Go Reds. And RIP Roddy Piper. Making heaven a little more rowdy.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Screw Your National Show. I'm Still Posting Cards From My Local Show

Go vote in Group 2, kids. Do it.
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First up are these Looney Tunes cards I should've posted the other day in the oddball post.
Upper Deck Comic Ball. Two Griffey Seniors (with Jim Abbot and some other guy) and a Dave Martinez. Sure.

Speaking of that other guy, found a bunch of set needs featuring The Kid and a few inserts. For those two Leaf cards, one has 'Passing Through Time' written on it. The back of the card is a reprint of his '93 Leaf card. Not a parallel. Each are part of the base set. Interesting filler stuff, right there.

Two more. The UD Play Ball is a 1941 style parallel. There are more faces on the back of the checklist, but I forget who they are.


Ok, you eagle-eyed readers can surely spot the Griffey on these cards. I'm going to need a ruling. Are these actual Griffeys that count toward the collection, or no? I wagered 40 total cents on these that the answer will be 'yes'. On another not, boy that's a lot of steroids to share a card with.


Handful of Larkins to add to collection. I've now crossed the 700 mark. Sweet. That Pacific is a blue parallel that doesn't quite read on the scan. Hey look, More Griffey.


A pile of fresh Dunns. Mmmmm. The Topps Gallery is a thick and shiny Artist Proof parallel. And my goodness. More Griffey cameos. The man is everywhere.

Still more Donkeys. Good stuff.

Hope all you wealthy bastards are whoopin it up at the National. Go Reds.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Some More Card Show Things! Things From a Card Show! Look at the Things!

First, of course, is to go vote in Group 2 of the NTNBRVT. I've already got a superb idea for my next tourney, though we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. My tournament cockles are rejuvenated.
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Maybe I'm overselling this post with the exclamation-riddled title, but I don't care. Roll em out.

A pile of inserts I didn't have. Nice. For the curious:

1995 Pinnacle Upstarts Willie Greene
1997 Metal Mining for Gold Curt Lyons
1995 Topps League Leaders Kevin Mitchell
2000 UD Black Diamond Diamonation Sean Casey (Is that supposed to be a play on 'Diamond Nation' or 'Domination'? Maybe both.
1994 Score Rookie/Traded Changing Places Deion Sanders
1997 Donruss Rated Rookies Steve Gibralter
2010 Topps Opening Day Mascots Gapper (I hate the Gapper so much. So much.)
2010 Upper Deck Portraits Brandon Phillips

What's that? More inserts? The sideways kind?

1996 Leaf All Star Game MVP contenders Reggie Sanders
2002 Fleer Tradition Lumber Company Sean Casey
2005 Fleer Ultra RBI Kings Sean Casey

2010 Bowman Draft Chris Heisey signed (?). Now, I'm aware this may not be a legit signature from Mr. Heisey. I'm also aware that even if it is, it's very quickly washing away. BUT. It was in a nickel box. I am willing to bet five cents on this card. Mainly because I didn't have a Heisey IP.

One dime box dude had a ton of Ultra Gold Medallions from various years. He clearly busted a ton of the stuff. How's that ROI working, buddy?

Hey, even more Ultra Gold. And some Fleer Tiffany. And a UD Minors Future Stock parallel. And a Pacific Gold. And a Pacific Blue. And a Bowman Gold. These poor babies have been jumping from box to box and show to show for way too long, I'm sure. They are home now.

Bazooka Mini, Topps Mini, Topps 206 Mini. 10 cents, 10 cents, 10 cents.

A few 'tough' chromies. I never see '97 Chromes. And what's the deal with the print run on 2002 Topps Traded? I'm still missing a ton.

2003 Topps Gallery Artist's Proofs Austin Kearns/Sean Casey. These are extra shiny and wicked thick. Never seen these before. Dude had about 100 of em, but only two Redlegs.

Tons more show stuff to roll out over the next few days. Go Reds.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Non-Topps Non-Bowman Reds Vintage Tournament - Group 2

Group 1 wraps up with 1952 Red Man and 1960 Kahn's on top, followed closely by 1954 Exhibits and 1972 Kellogg's. Again, we're just determining seeding for now, so all cards will be seen again.

Here's a refresher on the rules:


1) No Topps. No Bowman. I realize a lot of these were probably produced by Topps in some capacity and I just don't realize it. Such is life.
2) One card per set per year may enter. Card must be of a Red (duh).
3) There will be 6 seeding rounds, each with 9 random cards. You vote for your favorite 5. These results will be used to seed the cards into a bracket.
4) All cards will be seeded into a double-elimination bracket.
5) We will all revel in our stupid little hobby and wonder why someone would do heroin when he could collect cards instead.

Group 2 can be voted on in the sidebar. I'll close the voting in 4 days instead of 5 this time. So voting will close Sunday at noon. Vote for your favorite 5 in the sidebar.
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SEEDING ROUND - Group 2

1933 Goudey (High Series) #213 Earl Adams

1948 Leaf #42 Kent Peterson

1979 Kellogg's #26 Dan Driessen

1919 W514 #73 Ira Wingo

1960 Leaf #36 Brooks Lawrence

1974 Kellogg's #28 Johnny Bench

1940 Play Ball #75 Buck McCormick

1911 T205 Gold Border #58 Dick Egan

1962 Post #122 Frank Robinson

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Go Reds.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oddball Show Shenanigans

Here's a big ol' handful of nonsense from this past weekend's card show.

2001 Grandstand Dayton Dragons team issue. It's apparently a 30 card release, of which I dug 27 out of some nickel boxes. A few major leaguers in the set: Stephen Smitherman (1 season, 21 games), Ryan Snare (1 game), Josh Hall (1 season, 6 games), Dustin Moseley (7 seasons, 101 games), Randy Ruiz (3 seasons, 68 games), Donnie Scott (4 seasons, 173 games). I'm missing Wily Mo Pena, certainly the biggest name in the set.

These are from the 1993 Kahn's set. I thought I had all of em, but thumbing through the box, I realized I had never seen that particular Schottzie/Marge Schott card. So I panicked and bought all 20 from the set he had (again, for a nickel apiece). Turns out, I was missing 4. No longer. Sweet.

1991 Collect-A-Books Jose Rijo
1988 Broder Chris Sabo
1989 Star Joe Turek
19?? Broder Chris Sabo
1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes Eric Davis
1989 Panini Stickers Bo Diaz

1993 Stadium Club Toys R Us Tim Costo
1993 Stadium Club Toys R Us Willie Grene
1987 Toys R Us Kal Daniels
2000 Starting Lineup Scott Williamson
2000 MLB Showdown 1st Edition Brett Tomko
2002 MLB Showdown Sean Casey
2008 Playoff Contenders Brandon Waring
1996 Topps Bazooka Ron Gant
1992 Topps Magazine Reggie Sanders.

High quality silliness.

A handful of playing cards from various years. Some are from MLB sets, some are from Reds-only sets. All will be gladly placed in my oddities binder.

2015 Allen & Ginter Box Topper Joey Votto. Two bucks. These used to be more expensive, but now that there've been ten years worth of em, the market is diluted I suppose. Fine by me.

Go Reds.