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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.