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Happy Father’s Day!!!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

If you’re a dad or a son or a daughter, take some time today to sit back and relax.  If you’re able to spend a little more quality time with your dad today then let him know just how valued of a man he is in your life.

And if you get the chance, take in a ballgame with him too.

Kind of like these guys did…

father and son

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built. My Cards Are Organized. It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built.  My Cards Are Organized.  It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

In case you missed it, a little less than two weeks ago I announced the next round of players that I was going to build player collections for.  If you wanted to re-visit that post, click here.

Well, I have finally gotten organized.  The checklists have been built.  The cards have been sorted and accounted for.

And now, there is just one thing left to do – SHOP!!!!

Oh, and if you happen to have any cards on my new ‘Player Collection’ checklist that I need for these new sets please let me know.

I am sure that we can work something out.

Thanks for reading.

Finally, I Am Ready To Announce The Next Round Of Player Collections I Will Be Building!!!

Finally, I Am Ready To Announce The Next Round Of Player Collections I Will Be Building!!!

I have wrapped up quite a few player collections over the last few months.  And while, I still have a pretty good stack of collections I am working on to complete, I thought it was a good time to add a few more players to my roster.

And as you would expect, each of these guys has left some kind of impression on me.  You can consider each of them to be ’30-YOC favorites’.

And let’s get down to it…

1 – Alan Trammell – All major brand cards from 1978-1990

2 – Eric Davis – Just the Reds

3 – Mike Schmidt – All major brand cards from playing days

4 – Ken Griffey, Sr. – Just the Reds

5 – Dave Parker – Just the Pirates

6 – Rollie Fingers – All major brand cards from playing days

7 – Lou Brock – All major brand cards from playing days

Not a bad squad right there, huh?

I am really excited about collecting these guys.  Hopefully I am able to do well with my pursuit.

You better believe that I will share each and every step of this process with you!!

Stay tuned.

1990 Headline: Griffey Jr & Sr – First Father/Son Tandem To Go Back-To-Back!!!

1990 Headline: Griffey Jr & Sr – First Father/Son Tandem To Go Back-To-Back!!!

I recall watching the highlights of this event on SportCenter 19 years ago and thinking about how cool of an accomplishment this was.  And today, almost two decades later, the feelings still remain.   

For me, this was one of the most enjoyable baseball records I have been able to witness in my lifetime.  And more than anything else, I remember the joy shared by this father and son as they shared a special moment between each other.  Luckily, millions of us got to enjoy it too…

And for the 34,000 fans that attended the game in Anaheim, they got to witness it live!!!

In the top of the first inning, each of the Griffeys belted home runs to left/center field.  These back-to-back homers put the Mariners out to an early 3-0 lead and made the duo the first ever father/son tandem to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats!!!

Congratulations to Junior & Senior!!!

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.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #128– Ken Griffey

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #128– Ken Griffey

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.

My BIG, Red Balls!!!

My BIG, Red Balls!!!

This is just too funny of a headline – I had to go with it…

Anyway, I was checking out my autographed baseball collection this morning as I prepare to make room for what should be a new arrival in my collection any day now.

And while the balls were never organized in a specific manner, besides my Dawsons of course, I thought I would take a stab at grouping them while not effecting the overall ‘wall’ that I am building.

So now, as part of that wall, I have a wing dedicated to my favorite baseball dynasty – ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Check it out:

Very cool, huh?

The top row features Johnny Bench and Pete Rose, while the bottom is George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., and Tony Perez.

I really wish that I went after getting a signed ball by Sparky Anderson when I had the chance.  But there is no use crying over spilled milk at this point…

Anyway, if my Big, Red balls grow any more I will be sure to keep you updated.

Enjoy.

Signing Results: Ken Griffey

Signing Results:  Ken Griffey

I have had ‘The Big Red Machine’ on my brain for most of 2010.  And while doing so, I have learned quite a bit about the squad while also picking up some great cards and autographs of the team.

This time around, I was able to participate in a signing in which Ken Griffey was going to be attending.  One of the members of the autograph website that I am a member of was kind enough to offer his help as he was going to be at the show.  I quickly reacted to that invitation, and now I have one more great autograph for my collection.

Here it is, baseball number 43 of the ’30-YOC’ collection:

Pretty nice huh??  I was a bit hesitant when it came to chosing an inscription for Mr. Griffey.  While wildly successful as a major league player, he didn’t quite get the individual notoriety that his peers obtained.  Nonetheless, I am thrilled with how the ball turned out!

And I scored a pretty nice inscription too, huh…

Ken Griffey 1978 Topps

Ken Griffey 1978 Topps

There’s the man!!  And look at that million-dollar smile!!!!

This card, and Ken Griffey’s style screams 1970’s.  From the afro hiding under his Reds cap to those wonderful pork-chop sideburns…

Griffey was a stud.  And in 1978, he was quite a source of offense for the Reds.  Collecting 177 hits including 33 doubles, 8 triples, and 10 home runs, Griffey had the talent to provide a solid on-base percentage coupled with the knack for hitting the ball very hard.  During that ’78 season, he also drove in 63 runs while scoring 90.  And for good measure, Griffey also stole 23 bases.

A truly undervalued player – Griffey provided quite a spark to the Reds’ offensive machine!!!

1990 Headline: Griffey Jr & Sr – First Father/Son Tandem To Go Back-To-Back!!!

I recall watching the highlights of this event on SportCenter 19 years ago and thinking about how cool of an accomplishment this was.  And today, almost two decades later, the feelings still remain.   

For me, this was one of the most enjoyable baseball records I have been able to witness in my lifetime.  And more than anything else, I remember the joy shared by this father and son as they shared a special moment between each other.  Luckily, millions of us got to enjoy it too…

And for the 34,000 fans that attended the game in Anaheim, they got to witness it live!!!

In the top of the first inning, each of the Griffeys belted home runs to left/center field.  These back-to-back homers put the Mariners out to an early 3-0 lead and made the duo the first ever father/son tandem to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats!!!

Congratulations to Junior & Senior!!!