Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Delivery Time - Part II from Kevin

A couple of days ago, I highlighted the first part of a massive box of Cincinnati Reds cards sent to me by blog reader Kevin. The box that Kevin sent me contained well over 500 Reds cards, many of which I didn't already own (especially since I didn't buy a single pack of '09 Upper Deck)!

While sorting the giant stacks of cards, I came across the following 5 cards that are all awesome for some reason or another to me.

2009 Upper Deck
#102
Joey Votto

Votto is one of the few bright spots on the Reds' roster. Despite his trips to the disabled list, Votto still managed to be one of the Reds leaders in just about every statistical categories for 2009. Of course, with so-called players like Willy Taveras playing everyday for most of the year it's not hard to see how Votto could manage that feat despite missing quite a bit of playing time.

1990 Upper Deck
714
Glenn Braggs

This card was one of the cards that as soon as I saw it I said "I remember that one." I don't know what it is about the card, but for some reason this particular card has remained in the deep recesses of my brain all these years only to be awoken when I glanced through the stack of '90 Upper Deck cards. Maybe it's the slightly out of focus bat. Maybe it's the determinationon Braggs face. Maybe it's Braggs keeping his "eye on the ball" like my Little League coach would have told me in 1990. I don't know, but I do know that I like this card. A lot.

1993 Upper Deck
4
Willie Greene

What - you were expecting a '93 UD Jeter instead? Heck no.

1993 Upper Deck
469
Reggie Sanders

This card, coupled with the team checklists and other subsets (like the Star Rookies above) made the 1993 set a favorite among many people. I'm not a huge fan of the set, but I still can appreciate certain parts of it...especially the Peter Gammons "Inside the Numbers" subset. In 1993 Peter Gammons was THE go-to guy for baseball knowledge and rumors. It always seemed like Gammons had the biggest scoops first - and you knew whatever he was about to say was going to be insightful and worth listening to.

And finally:

2009 Upper Deck
456
Reds Team Leaders

I saw some of these cards on other people's blogs throughout the year and always thought they were nifty...and now I own the only one I care about, woo! The only downside to this particular card is the showing of Edinson wearing those camo jerseys...ugh.

Many, many thanks Kevin for the box of awesome cards! As always, if anyone else would like to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

2 comments:

night owl said...

Gammons was THE MAN several years ago. It almost hurts me when I hear people rip him now. If they only knew how much respect the guy had throughout baseball and the media, especially 15-20 years ago.

lonestarr said...

I still respect the man, and don't understand why anyone would hate on him. Is it trickle-down hate from general dislike of the ESPN family of networks? In any case, he's forgotten more about baseball than you, me, and night owl will likely ever know, and surely we are no slouches.

Somewhere in my head, the formula for earned run average still resides, figured out through a few hours of trial and error in the middle of one night when I was 12 or 13 I'd guess, using scrap paper, a calculator, and the stats on the backs of baseball cards. It still may be one of my best crowning moments of awesome. Oh yes, there are no slouches on this particular post.

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