Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swing Hard, Swing Often: A Donkey of a Collection - Part 5

Five random Adam Dunn Cards. Series explanation can be found in Part 1. Roll 'em.
Card #21 - 2006 Fleer Ultra Home Run Kings #HRK9
Standard insertion stuff here. This was in the middle of five consecutive years of 40+ home runs, the last four of which were exactly 40. Noice.

Card #22 - 2003 Fleer Double Header #195-196
Most cards from this set are undersized. Then, for the high numbers, we have these things that unfold, exposing a second player. Of note is that the fold is such that they share a pair of legs:
It's strange. But this was Fleer's 80th set this year, so they had to get a little "creative" with a few of em.

Card #23 - 2004 Donruss Studio #56
Roebling Suspension Bridge, Carew Tower, Scripps Center. Lookin' good.

Card #24 - 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #50
Sneaky Crimson Griffey is watching you. Also, that dude in the background is totally crowding the plate.

Card #25 - 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Jersey Black /125 #48
I love 2008 UD BH. I wish I had more. If memory serves, there are red, green, brown, blue, light blue, and beige parallels. At least.

Go Reds.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 37 - Sean Marshall

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... Sean Marshall

Born: August 30, 1982, Richmond, Virginia
Drafted: 2003, by the Cubs
Debut: 2006, with the Cubs
Reds Debut: 2012, acquired via trade
Reds Stats: 3 seasons at RP, 104 games, 85.1 IP, 98 K's, 3.27 ERA, 5-6 record
Final Major League Season: 2014, with the Reds (currently on the DL)

His 9 season career was spent with the Cubs from 2006-2011 and with the Reds from 2012 to 2014.
Attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
Has a twin brother, Brian, also drafted in 2003.
Pitched 4 perfect innings for the Reds in the 2012 NLDS.
Ernie Banks performed his wedding ceremony. 

Number of cards: 351
Number of cards as a Red: 83
Number of cards in my collection: 13 (16%)

Go Reds.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Completely Red: 1987 Fleer/Fleer Update

It's blue. What more is there to say? Blue, blue, and blue. Some action shots. Mostly posed. But I'm too distracted by the blueness to pay any attention to that. The two redeeming cards are the Pete Rose 1B/MGR and of course the Larkin RC. Is it just me, or would it be nice if modern sets went alphabetically by team and numbered consecutively like was done here? I dig it.


Cards - 35

RC's - 2 (Barry Larkin, Lloyd McClendon)

All Stars - 13 (Buddy Bell, Tom Browning, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Bo Diaz, John Franco, Barry Larkin, Dave Parker, Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Mario Soto, Kurt Stillwell, Paul O'Neill)

Hall of Famers - 2 (Barry Larkin, Tony Perez)

Reds Hall of Famers - 8 (Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Mario Soto, Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Dave Parker, Ron Oester)


193 Buddy Bell
194 Tom Browning
195 Sal Butera
196 Dave Concepcion
197 Kal Daniels
198 Eric Davis
199 John Denny
200 Bo Diaz
201 Nick Esasky
202 John Franco
203 Bill Gullickson
204 Barry Larkin
205 Eddie Milner
206 Rob Murphy
207 Ron Oester
208 Dave Parker
209 Tony Perez
210 Ted Power
211 Joe Price
212 Ron Robinson
213 Pete Rose
214 Mario Soto
215 Kurt Stillwell
216 Max Venable
217 Chris Welsh
218 Carl Willis
631 Fernando Valenzuela/John Franco
639 Dave Parker/Ryne Sandberg
651 Tracy Jones/Marvin Freeman
656 Checklist Reds/Blue Jays/Indians/Giants
45U Guy Hoffman
55U Tracy Jones
74U Lloyd McClendon
94U Paul O'Neill
127U Frank Williams

Go Reds.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Old Yeller

Feelin' the need for some yellow?


Oh yeeeeeeeeeahhhhh.....



This is a key addition in my latest casual quest for all the sets I had huge stacks of when I started collecting. Junk wax nostalgia is a real thing. It's a strong pull on my heartstrings. And all that yellow from '91 Fleer is as if the summer sun is washing over my body as I frolic through a flower patch. So good.

Also acquired recently....

1991 Score, 1992 Donruss, 1991 Donruss. I struggled to complete these sets as a kid. Now, as an adult, it was as simple as forking over 10 bucks to the eBay gods. Such is life. Sometime soon I will knock 1990 Donruss, 1993 Topps, and 1987 Topps off the Junk Want List. And hopefully someday I can bring myself to buy pages and binder up these bad boys.

Oh, and if any of you net denizens are stumbling onto this blog curious about the value of your 90's baseball cards you've been patiently storing lo these many years, these were bought for around $10-$12 each, with free shipping. Considering shipping sets this heavy is anywhere from $9-$11, you can figure out the math yourself.

Go Reds.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Random Newness

Again with the eBay shenanigans and my quarter bids. Here's a few collecting dust in the ol' scan folder.

1997 Bowman Chrome International Refractor Aaron Boone RC. It's nice to find "old" refractors. Most are collecting dust in dealer's garages, I assume.

2007 Topps Moments and Milestones Adam Dunn 17HR and 38 HR. Both serial numbered out of 150, so that's nice. A bit of artificial scarcity though, with only the home run total changing. Forty home runs times 150 each is 6000 cards. Any Dunn is good Dunn, though.

2007 Topps Moments and Milestones Black Adam Dunn 14HR. Serial numbered out of 29, so a touch better at 1160 copies. The three of these combines cost a stamp plus eleven cents.

2014 Topps Blue Bronson Arroyo. Retail only, baby.

2013 Bowman Chrome Refractors Theo Bowe, 2014 Bowman Chrome Refractors Ben Lively. Maybe these guys will be stars in the pros. Maybe not. But they can rest easy knowing they have shiny pictures of themselves tucked away in my binders.

Go Reds.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Swing Hard, Swing Often: A Donkey of a Collection - Part 4

Five random Adam Dunn Cards. Series explanation can be found in Part 1. Roll 'em.
Card #16 - 2007 UD Masterpieces Captured on Canvas #CC-AD
Who here doesn't like UD Masterpieces? It's impossible not to. It's all fancy and sh*t.

Card #17 - 2003 Fleer Box Score #8
That glove looks like it's about to fall off.

Card #18 - 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #23
I suppose this design is supposed to make us think of the future. In the future we'll have fonts that look vaguely like sci-fi tv show alien script, obviously.

Card #19 - 2008 SP Authentic #25
Celebratory forearm bump incoming. Boom.

Card #20 - 2004 Bowman Gold #121
Remember when Bowman made their gold parallels super thick? But they made them badly so they chip all over the place? I do. Well I don't, really, I wasn't collecting then. But after they bounced around in dime boxes for a decade they definitely started to chip. Oh, and way to slice up the American flag, Bowman.

Go Reds.

Friday, June 19, 2015

1941 Double Play #5 Linus Frey

This blank-back set was issued by Gum Products in 1941 as a 150-player set of 75 cards (each card featured two teammates). Frey here was teamed with Johnny Vander Meer, but some kid nearly 70 years ago decided to free the two from each other. Made this one more affordable for yours truly.

As for the player, "Lonny" Frey spent 14 years in the majors (1933-1943, 1946-1948), half of which were played in Cincy the other half split among the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees. All three of his All Star appearances came as a Red and he received MVP votes three time as well. He led the NL in stolen bases once, double plays twice, and dWAR once. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1961. With all that praise, I feel it's ok to mention that in 21 World Series plate appearances, Frey went 0 for 20 with a walk including 0-17 in the 1939 Series alone. Yeesh. No matter. Another curious tidbit, he was the last major leaguer alive to play for all three classic New York teams.

Go Reds.