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FINALLY!!!! My 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

FINALLY!!!!  My 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

After close to eight months, I am proud to announce that I have finally pieced together the full 1976 Topps team set of the Cincinnati Reds.

It took a bit longer than I expected, and I paid a little more for some cards than what I would have liked, but I am very happy to have completed this tribute to the 1976 team.

The set, consisting of 32 cards, looks great and is a perfect partner for the 1975 team set that I put together last year.

Here is a peek at the complete set:


1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #104 – Team Card w/Sparky Anderson

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #104 – Team Card w/Sparky Anderson

Man, I just love these old team cards from the 70s – they make me smile.

And while it is kind of hard to make out some of the players due to the size of them in the card’s photo, there is no mistaking my favorite baseball manager in the lower-right corner.

Hi Sparky.  Rest in peace, my friend!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

Simple and Clear!

This card from the 1976 Topps baseball card set celebrates the Cincinnati Reds 1975 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox.  One of the most talked about championship match-ups of all-time, the Series featured some of the most dramatic and memorable scenes from the Fall Classic.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #461 – NL & AL Championships

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #461 – NL & AL Championships

This cards celebrates the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The series win gave the Reds a chance to compete for the World Series championship.

The card’s picture has captured Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, and Tony Perez after another win!!

Great Stuff!!!

The Checklist Is Built. Let’s Do It!!!

The Checklist Is Built.  Let’s Do It!!!

Yessir, I am ready. 

It took very little time to build and now I am ready to move on to my favorite phase – collecting.

I am going to go after the full 1976 Topps team set of the Cincinnati Reds.  And while this team set has substantially fewer cards than the ’75 set, the challenge to complete it while not spending a ton of money remains.

The Reds’ roster was loaded with offensive superstars, and there are several cards in this set that will be heavily over-priced.  Lucky for me, I am a disciplined shopper…

I cannot wait to get this going.

Here is the checklist I will be looking to conquer:

Card # Player
24 Geronimo, Cesar
48 Concepcion, Dave
77 Borbon, Pedro
104 Anderson, Sparky
128 Griffey, Ken
155 Billingham, Jack
179 Foster, George
211 Carroll, Clay
240 Rose, Pete
259 Chaney, Darrel
283 Rettenmund, Merv
300 Bench, Johnny
325 Perez, Tony
362 McEnaney, Will
390 Gullett, Don
420 Morgan, Joe
444 Nolan, Gary
461 Bench, Johnny
462 Rose, Perez, Morgan
469 Eastwick, Rawley
491 Crowley, Terry
514 Driessen, Dan
518 Flynn, Doug
538 Darcy, Pat
561 Carroll, Tom
579 Kirby, Clay
599 Zachry, Pat
609 Norman, Fred
627 Plummer, Bill
652 Armbrister, Ed
208T Lum, Mike
338T Bailey, Bob


Don’t worry, I’ll post each and every card from this set as I obtain them.

Wish me luck!!!

My Next Tribute To ‘The Big Red Machine’….

My Next Tribute To ‘The Big Red Machine’….

OK, so I think that I have done a pretty good job of paying tribute to the championship Reds teams from the mid-70s that I have grown to appreciate even more over the last year.

Between the team sets and subsets that I have put together, my Cincinnati Reds collection has taken a step closer towards being a very solid tribute to that legendary ball club.

With one exception…

And that will be corrected.


You see, the Reds won the World Series in both 1975 and 1976.  And since I have already put together the team set from the 1975 Topps issue, it just makes sense to go after their 1976 team set too.

So, that is what I will be doing.

I’ve got checklists to build.  I’ve got cards to organize.  And I’ve got Ebay searching to do.

And I will share that entire process with you until my next and possibly final tribute to ‘The Big Red Machine’ is complete!!!

Stay tuned.

Still Obsessed With “The Big Red Machine”, I Want More!!!!

Still Obsessed With “The Big Red Machine”, I Want More!!!!

You would think that after working on and finally completing my 34-card team set of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds that I would be ready to pick up and move on.  In case you missed it, you can view that completed set of baseball cards here.

But now that the set is complete, I can honestly say that I want more – A LOT MORE!!!

Sure, I can fast forward a year and dive into the 1976 Topps team set, and I am pretty sure that I will end up doing that…

But first I am going to make a little pit-stop.

A few hints:

Hint #1 – The old Reds logo. 

Any guesses yet?  Ok, how about another hint???

Hint #2 – This one may give it away…

Pretty nice, huh??  Still puzzled??  OK, 1 final hint!!

Hint #3 – Ok, now I am really helping you out…

My next Cincinnati Reds themed quest will be the 2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ Reds team set. 

This set is a small 10-card set, but I have always been a huge fan of the design of these cards.  About  year ago, I completed the Cubs’ set from the same issue and I thought that the Reds’ set would make a sweet addition to my collection too!!!

I’m off to build the checklist!!!

My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

What a thrill – I have finally put together all of the pieces of this set.  And I can proudly say that this task was the most rewarding set I have put together since getting back into the hobby of baseball card collecting almost two years ago.

Personally I find the Reds team of the mid-1970s to be one of the most dominating and interesting dynasties in all of baseball.  A roster that was packed full of offensive superstars, ‘The Big Red Machine’ fired on all cylinders in 1975 en route to winning their first of 2 consecutive World Series titles.

In total the set contains 34 cards – each of them proudly boasting the Reds’ uniform and team colors.

Without further ado, here it is – My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set:

Progress – COMPLETE!!!

Amazing TTM Success: Hall of Fame Manager, Sparky Anderson!!!

In just under two weeks time, Hall of Fame baseball manager, Mr. Sparky Anderson, returned my copy of ‘The Machine’ to me.  And you know what, he instantly added a great treasure to my autograph collection.

Here’s the book:

And here is Sparky’s signature as well as his message to me:

“To Brian:  Thank you for being such a great fan of the Reds,  Sparky Anderson”

Truly a class act – I am not quite sure that it gets any better than this.  A personal note from one of the greatest baseball managers of all-time.

But, I do know one way to make this even more special…

I know that it would be virtually impossible to get the entire ‘Big Red Machine’ to sign this book for me, but I should be able to add a few more autographs.  There are 3 more blank pages at the very beginning of the book – maybe they’re there for a reason.  I am starting to believe so…

Let me see what I can do with this.  I know that guys like Bench, Griffey, Rose, and Morgan may be tough but the team had more than 4 players on its roster!!!

Thank you Mr. Anderson!!  This is very special for me, and I cannot wait to sit down and read this story about one of my favorite teams of all-time.  But first I have a few more autographs to hunt for.  🙂

The Official 30-YOC ‘1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Checklist’

The Official 30-YOC ‘1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Checklist’

It’s official now!!!  After asking for and receiving some help last week, I have completed my checklist for the 1975 Topps Reds team set I will be collecting.

My original goal was to get the 25-card team set featuring just the base cards, but it has now evolved into securing each and every card featuring the Cincinnati Reds logo.  25 became 34 very quickly as I have added multi-player rookie cards, league leader cards, and other parts of the ’75 Topps set featuring a Reds player.

Here is a look at the checklist:

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set
“The Big Red Machine”  
Card # Player Own it? Notes
531 Anderson, Sparky    
622 Armbrister, Ed   Multi-Player rookie
208 Bench, Johnny   1970 MVP
210 Bench, Johnny   1972 MVP
260 Bench, Johnny    
308 Bench, Johnny   1974 RBI Leaders
235 Billingham, Jack    
157 Borbon, Pedro    
345 Carroll, Clay    
507 Carroll, Tom    
581 Chaney, Darrel    
17 Concepcion, Dave    
447 Crowley, Terry    
615 Darcy, Pat   Multi-Player rookie
133 Driessen, Dan    
621 Eastwick, Rawly   Multi-Player rookie
87 Foster, George    
41 Geronimo, Cesar    
284 Griffey, Ken    
65 Gullett, Don    
108 Hall, Tom    
423 Kirby, Clay    
481 McEnaney, Will    
180 Morgan, Joe    
562 Nolan, Gary    
396 Norman, Fred    
560 Perez, Tony    
656 Plummer, Bill    
369 Rettenmund, Merv    
199 Robinson, Frank   1961 MVP
204 Robinson, Frank   1966 MVP
211 Rose, Pete   1973 MVP
320 Rose, Pete    
602 Vukovich, John    

A special thanks goes out to every one of the readers that helped guide me to this final list of cards to go after!!!

I am so eager to get going on this one – I can hardly wait!!!  And no mini’s for me.  I have very little love for them and I had to draw the line somewhere!!

Stay tuned as I will present each and every I card I pick up for this set as I secure them.  If all goes well, this should be a challenging but gratifying quest!!!