Monday, November 16, 2009

Delivery Time! Long Overdue thanks to blog reader Kevin

While I'd like to think that I'm organized and efficient with trade posts, occasionally a package arrives that proves that I'm neither completely organized nor overly efficient. In fact, in the case of awesome package from Kevin v. me I am guilty of both.

Luckily, any admissions I make in my blog cannot be held against me in a court of late than never, yeah.

So, without further ado (and with plenty of apologies on my slow response), here is part I (that's right...this is only part of what Kevin sent)!

1989 Upper Deck Reds:

I'm going to list out all the 1989 Reds that Kevin sent mainly because I don't own many '89 Upper Deck cards at all! Looking back, it's easy to see why people became so enamored with Upper Deck...especially comparing Upper Deck's baseball card offering to Topps, Donruss, and Fleer in '89.

23. Van Snider
29. Randy St. Claire
160. Kal Daniels
169. Bo Diaz

This is an awesome photo. The '89 Reds were one year away from winning their only World Series in my lifetime (a sad, sad fact)...and they will probably forever be remembered as a scrappy type team. One look at the determination on Bo's face staring down a runner at second while simultaneously getting hit by an incoming runner is plenty of evidence of the Reds "grit."

180. Chris Sabo
The only player that I actively collect from my lifetime is Barry Larkin, but had Sabo had a few more healthy years with the Reds he would definitely be my second choice (third choice would be Ken Griffey Jr if you are interested).

187. Ron Robinson
196. Dave Concepcion
257. Jack Armstrong
270. Barry Larkin

Woo, I didn't have this one - it'll get its own Larkin Collection post at some point.

276. Jeff Reed
Sometimes a picture is so awesome it begs to be scanned and saved for all of eternity (or at least until this particular blog becomes defunct). This particular photo of Reed rockin' the coke bottle glasses (while sporting my last name - and his of course on his jersey) makes this card an instant classic in my book.

287. Ron Oester
299. Nick Esasky
351. Dave Collins
354. Leon Durham
372. Rob Murphy
375. Rob Dibble
393. Jeff Treadway
407. John Franco
410. Eric Davis
428. Paul O'Neil
446. Lloyd McClendon

I'm not sure I ever knew McClendon was a Red!

449. Frank Williams
617. Tom Browning
619. Jose Rijo
636. Herm Willingham
638. Tim Birtsas
640. Danny Jackson
663. Chris Sabo - Rookie of the Year Award

688. Eric Davis - Reds Checklist
Looking back, the team checklists that Upper Deck used to do were probably one of the coolest things of their sets. Topps usually had a card full of names and numbers, but only Upper Deck sorted the players by team (in alphabetical order) and commissioned a full piece of corresponding team artwork for each checklist. If Upper Deck wants me to buy their non-licensed set next year I'd love to see checklists hearkening back to the late '80s / early '90s.

760. Rick Mahler
781. Lenny Harris
783. Norm Charlton
785. Todd Benzinger

Phew! Thanks a lot Kevin - and the next part of the trade will be posted shortly...the '89 Upper Deck cards deserved their own time to shine though before I delve into the rest of the box. And, as always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade please check out my want list and make an offer!


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Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhhh... so that's your last name. I couldn't tell from the package you sent. Now that I know, I can send your stuff. Sorry for the delay. :D

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