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2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – SET COMPLETE!!!!

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – SET COMPLETE!!!!

What can I say?  Collecting this set was a great trip down memory lane for me.

Putting this 10-card set together really invigorated and motivated me to continue my pursuit of paying tribute to one of baseball’s greatest dynasties – ‘The Big Red Machine’.

It started with collecting the 1975 Topps Reds team set.  And from there I went after this subset from the 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set.  I am very excited to see where this journey may take me next!!!

Here is the set.  And while there is one glaring and obvious omission from this group of Reds legends – I LOVE IT!!!

Enjoy.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Frank Robinson

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Frank Robinson

Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players.

2 of the more notable feats are his 2,943 career hits and 586 home runs.

In baseball, the measurement of an excellent hitter is the 3,000s hit plateau.  Robinson fell just 57 hits short of that mark.  And the measure of a supreme power hitter is the 500 HR threshold.  Robinson crushed 586 and fell just 14 dingers short of the rare 600 HR club.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tony Perez

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tony Perez

Perez enjoyed a long, 23-year career in the big leagues.  A solid player that put up impressive numbers annually, Perez was a strong contributor and was one of the reasons that his teams played in 5 World Series match-ups.  Perez is a winner – and the teams he played for benefited from his talents.  From 1970-76, Tony’s team played for the World Series title 4 times.  And although they only captured 2 titles in those 4 chances, Tony Perez and ‘The Big Red Machine’ are still talked about today as one of the greatest dynasties in baseball history. 

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tom Seaver

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tom Seaver

Seaver was a Rookie of the Year winner, a 3-time Cy Young award winner, and a member of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets. 

His Hall of Fame resume includes 311 wins, a career 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and being a 12-time All-star. 

Seaver was one of the most dominant pitchers in the 1970’s – and he deservedly earned the nickname ‘Tom Terrific’!

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr.

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Barry Larkin

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Barry Larkin

Known around the baseball world as one of the classiest players from his rookie year through retirement, Barry Larkin should also be remembered as one hell of a ball player!!

Larkin was the anchor of the Cincinnati Reds offense and defense for 19 amazing seasons.  His solid play and leadership helped lead the team to several winning seasons and eventually to a World Series title.  Individually, Larkin put up some amazing numbers and he was rewarded for his successes often.

With a career batting average of .295, along with 2,340 hits, Larkin often found himself as the catalyst for the Reds’ offense.  Couple that with his 379 stolen bases and 1,329 runs scored and you begin to see how dynamic Larkin was on the base paths.  Never known for his power at the plate, Barry Larkin bashed 198 home runs in his career and also drove in 960 RBI. 

With 3 consecutive Gold Glove winning years at short-stop from 1994-96, Larkin developed his game into a well-rounded one.  A winner of 9 Silver Slugger trophies and a 12-time All-Star, Larkin’s all-around abilities were often recognized as some of the greatest in the sport.

Barry Larkin won the MVP award in 1995.  His amazing season was capped off by a .319 batting average.  In addition to his solid hitting, Larkin stole 51 bases and scored 98 runs that year.  He also won the Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove while also making the All-star team.

Larkin’s greatest team success came in 1990 when his Reds swept the mighty Oakland A’s in the World Series.  In the 4-game match-up, Larkin hit .353 as he collected 6 hits in 17 at-bats while also scoring 3 runs for the Reds en route to their World Series championship. 

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Johnny Bench

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Johnny Bench

Often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, Johnny Bench displayed all of the traits of being a dominant baseball player and ultimate competitor.

Bench was : A 2-time MVP Award winner, A Rookie of the Year winner, A 10-time Gold Glove winner, A 14-time All-star, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” that won back-to-back championships in 1975 & 76.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Dave Concepcion

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons.  And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history.  For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits.  Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases.  Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times.  He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Eric Davis

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Eric Davis

Eric Davis had the tools every scout dreams of finding in a recruit.  Davis’ amazing athletic ability transferred to the baseball diamond and made him an incredible offensive and defensive threat.

In his 17-season career in the major leagues, Davis never did reach his full potential.  Often labeled as ‘Willie Mays – Reincarnated’, Davis’ injuries kept him from playing more than 135 games in any season.  And as the years passed by, one had to wonder as to how good ‘Eric The Red’ could be if he could remain injury free.

Over the course of his career, Davis amassed 282 home runs and collected 349 stolen bases.  A player that was able to hit for power and be a threat on the base paths was rare in the 1980’s and Davis became in instant hit with the Cincinnati Reds’ team and it’s fans.  From 1986-1990, Davis finished in the Top 13 for the MVP award.  His all-around play was being noticed by the baseball world and Davis became one of baseball’s most popular players of that era. 

Defensively, Eric Davis was a dominant outfielder that was skilled enough to play all 3 positions.  His incredible speed and arm strength made him stand out and he won 3 Gold Glove awards honoring him as one of baseball’s best defensive outfielders.

Eric Davis made it to one World Series match-up in 1990 with the Reds.  The Reds shocked the world as they swept the mighty Oakland A’s and won the World Series title.  In that series, Davis batted .286 while collecting 5 RBI.