My poor, pitiful Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a supposed rebuilding year. I say supposed because from what I can tell they aren't really building anything...more like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic (Alfredo Simon anyone?).
Anyhow, for as rough as this MLB season is shaping up to be as a fan, it's also shaping up to be a tough one as a baseball card collector. Many of my loyal readers probably know that I'm a set collector first, a Barry Larkin collector second, and then a Reds' collector a distant third...or at least that's always how I describe myself.
Did you know, however, that I actually have a healthy sampling of cards for a variety of other players? For instance, I don't consider myself a Ken Griffey Jr. collector at all...and yet I still have a rather large stack of Griffey cards set aside. The same goes for Adam Dunn, Joey Votto, and quite a few others.
One of those "others" was Todd Frazier. In fact, I had this small stack all set aside for a slowly growing Frazier collection...
...and then Reds ended up trading him to the White Sox for (virtually) nothing.
So the question remains: What does a guy do when a player you collect gets traded? I really have no interest in acquiring Frazier-as-a-White-Sox cards...and so I guess I'll now throw these cards in with the rest of my random Reds cards.
What do you do in such a scenario? Do you keep up with your players when they switch teams? Am I just lucky that my actual favorite player of all-time (Larkin) spent his entire career wearing the Cincinnati jersey?
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