Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dual Autos (No, Not Those Kind) - Part 2/2

As I mentioned in the last post, this ain't about super-sick mojo hitz with two autos on one card. I don't actually have any of those. This is about comparing in-person autos to 'official' autos. I suppose that over many years one gets tired of signing his name and just scribbles whatever he pleases. There are 17 players in my collection represented by both an in-person and an 'official' auto. They should be the same, right? Right? Well, not so much. Let's roll.


George Foster. Similarity Grade: A- (since this is a Kmart reprint of a '77 Topps that included a facsimile signature, is it a facsimile facsimile?)


Corky Miller. Similarity Grade: D+


Paul Bako. Similarity Grade: D (extra credit given to the fact that these signatures were 19 years apart - the Old Judge is a 1995 release and the Heritage was a TTM from 2014)


Gookie Dawkins. Similarity Grade: A


Chris Dickerson. Similarity  Grade: C (Points deduced for smudging. Towel off before signing, bro)


Devin Lohman. Similarity Grade: A-


Chris Piersoll. Similarity Grade F 


Pokey Reese. Similarity Score: B (squashed A)

Go Reds.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dual Autos (No, Not Those Kind) - Part 1/2

Yeah, this ain't about super-sick mojo hitz with two autos on one card. I don't actually have any of those. This is about comparing in-person autos to 'official' autos. I suppose that over many years one gets tired of signing his name and just scribbles whatever he pleases. There are 17 players in my collection represented by both an in-person and an 'official' auto. They should be the same, right? Right? Well, not so much. Let's roll.

Kyle Lotzkar. Similarity Grade: A

Brett Tomko. Similarity Grade: C- (you even had a facsimile to reference, Brett!)

Sean Watson. Similarity Grade: A

Aaron Boone. Similarity Grade: D (points deducted for smudging)

Bill Bray. Similarity Grade: C+ (side note - these two cards together make me feel weird)

Jeff Shaw: Similarity Grade: A deducted to C (due to using lipstick)

Juan Carlos Sulbaran. Similarity Grade: D+

B.J. Szymanski. Similarity Grade: D

Ryan Wagner. Similarity Grade: C (bonus for signing a card of yourself signing a hat)

Part 2 tomorrow. Go Reds.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 11 - Tom Lawless

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Tom Lawless




Born: December 19, 1956, Erie, PA
Drafted: 1978 by the Reds
Debut: 1982 with the Reds
Reds Stats: 2 season at OF, 92 games, 265 PA, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .224/.275/.269
Last Major League Season: 1990 with the Blue Jays


Hit a game-winning home run in the 1987 World Series
Was traded to the Expos for Pete Rose.

Played in the majors for the Reds, Expos, Cardinals, and Blue Jays.
After his playing career he managed in the minor leagues for the Angels, Cardinals, Padres, Orioles, and Astros organizations.
Was named interim manager for the Houston Astros in 2014 for 24 games.
 

Number of cards: 49
Number of cards as a Red: 7
Number of cards in my collection: 2 (28%)


Go Reds.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Completely Red: 1980 Topps

Topps' last set without competition. And it's a nice set. The banner theme is good lookin. I only wish the color scheme for the Reds wasn't fuchsia and blue. They could have went with, oh, I don't know... RED. And there are too many posed shots. This ain't the 60's anymore, Topps. Let's see some movement. 

We've got a lot of the Big Red Machine lineup still plugging away. Bench, Foster, Concepcion, Griffey, Geronimo, and Morgan were still around. Rose and Perez were gone, but both would come back in a few years. In their stead was an OK pitcher named Tom Seaver. Decent. 

STATS:

Cards - 26

RC's - 2 (Art DeFreites, Frank Pastore)

All Stars - 11 (Johnny Bench, Tom Hume, Ray Knight, Mike LaCoss, Dave Concepcion, Paul Blair, George Foster, Tom Seaver, Ken Griffey, Mario Soto, Joe Morgan)

Hall of Fame - 3 (Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Joe Morgan)

Reds Hall of Famers - 9 (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Mario Soto, George Foster, Ken Griffey, Tom Seaver, Cesar Geronimo, Dan Driessen)

Checklist:

 21 Manny Sarmiento 
 47 Bill Bonham 
 73 Dave Collins 
 100 Johnny Bench 
 126 Dave Tomlin 
 149 Tom Hume 
 174 Ray Knight 
 199 Mike LaCoss 
 220 Dave Concepcion 
 258 Paul Moskau 
 281 Paul Blair 
 325 Dan Driessen 
 354 Rick Auerbach 
 377 Junior Kennedy 
 400 George Foster 
 419 Vic Correll 
 449 Doug Bair 
 475 Cesar Geronimo 
 500 Tom Seaver 
 516 Hector Cruz 
 550 Ken Griffey 
 606 John McNamara MGR 
 622 Mario Soto 
 650 Joe Morgan 
 677 Future Stars - Art DeFreites, Frank Pastore & Harry Spillman
 714 Fred Norman 

Go Reds.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 10 - John Powers

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... John Powers


 

Born: July 8, 1929, Birmingham, Alabama
Signed: 1949 by the Red Sox
Debut: 1955 with the Pirates
Reds Debut: 1959,  acquired via trade
Reds Stats: 1 season at OF, 43 games, 47 PA, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .256/.319/.488
Last Major League Season: 1960 with the Indians


Hit 298 minor league home runs.
Played in the majors for the Pirates, Reds, Orioles, and Indians.
Also played in the minors for the Red Sox, Mets, and Giants.
Card lists him as 'First Base-Outfield' though he never played first base in his 6-year career.

Number of cards: 10
Number of cards as a Red: 3
Number of cards in my collection: 1 (33%)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dibs


"Hey, Griffey. You may be cool, but you'll never be Rob Dibble cool."

"..."

"Fuggin' deal with it."

Go Reds.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 9 - Josias Manzanillo

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Josias Manzanillo



Born: October 16, 1967, San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic
Signed: 1983 by the Red Sox
Debut: 1991 with the Red Sox
Reds Debut: 2003,  acquired via free agency
Reds Stats: 1 season at RP, 9 games, 10.2 IP, 12 K, 12.56 ERA, 0-2 record
Last Major League Season: 2004 with the Marlins


Signed first MLB contract at age 16.
Played for the Red Sox, Brewers, Mets, Yankees, Mariners, Pirates, Reds, and Marlins.
Also played minor league ball for the Royals, Astros, and Devil Rays, as well as in Taiwan and Mexico.
Manny Ramirez ruptured his testicles.

Number of cards: 45
Number of cards as a Red: 3
Number of cards in my collection: 1 (33%)