Yeah, I'm not sure that pun works. But I typed it in, and there's absolutely no way to delete it. I'm pretty sure. So deal with it.
The quarterly rrrrrrreally big show moved venues this time around. The new place has free parking and is 3 minutes closer to my home, so this is indeed joyous news. However, this one and the next one aren't in the big space of the venue, so the usual 100 tables was parsed down to 60. And the room was probably only big enough for 40. So it was crowded. Damn crowded. This made me sad. But I found some nice cardboard, and this made me happy. (Good job, Red Cardboard. We have an economy of language from which to pull, and you go with 'happy' and 'sad'. Bravo. Clear some space on that card shelf for your Pulitzer.)
Ok, never mind the bollocks. Here's some show loot.
1911 t205 Gold Border Mike Mitchell. This card already got its own post, but here it is again. Because I like it.
1948 Bowman Ewell Blackwell. My second from Bowman's first release. Nice and ragged, the way Red Cardboard likes it. Blackwell was a 6-time All Star, threw a no-hitter and came within an inning of doing it twice in a row, was nicknamed The Whip due to his nasty sidearm delivery, was generally feared by hitters during his time in Cincy, and was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame. Sweet.
1951 Bowman Bob Usher. Not much to say about Mr. Usher (1200 PA in 6 seasons), but this is one of those short printed cards from the set, so it needed snagged. Creases, a tear, and some mold make this even better.
1951 Bowman Virgil Stallcup. Less rare, but still tough. Stallcup spent 6 years in Cincy then closed out his career in St. Louis.
1950 Bowman Herman Wehmeier. Herm spent 9 of his 13 big league years with Cincy. I'm dangerously close to finishing this set. One to go, actually. Aw yiss.
1961 Fleer Fred Toney. Toney threw a no-hitter in the majors, threw a 17-inning no-hitter in the minors, and pitched back-to-back three-hitters on the same day. Yeesh.
2014 Topps Finest Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce. Hamilton cards are very hard to come by in Ohio. This one was hiding in a 50 cent box. It's hideous, but I snagged it anyway.
Part 2 tomorrow. Go Reds.