Tuesday, January 28, 2014

COMC/JustCommons/Sportlots 2013 roundup part 2: The Reds

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I've been sitting on a bunch of purchases from late 2013 that needed to be recorded, scanned, and posted, and I'm finally getting around to those.  In many cases I may just mash up purchases by player instead of online store to make things easier.  We'll see just how many posts I get out of this series, which I'm going to abbreviate COMC-JC-SL 2013.

Last time the theme was "Done," but today we'll move on to a new four letter word:  "Reds."  As I made clear in this TMV post, the Reds have been one of the more Wolverine-friendly teams, possibly due to their close proximity to Ann Arbor.  In any event, here's all my COMC/JC/SL pickups of Cincinnati's finest:

Ryan LaMarre 2010 Donruss EEE Aspirations (#070/200)
Ryan LaMarre 2010 Donruss EEE Status Gold (#10/10)
LaMarre's cards are getting a bit tougher for me to find (at least at prices that make sense), but I did nab a pair of his 2010 EEE parallels, including the pretty rare Status Gold.  Of the 10 LaMarres I'm still chasing, just three are from that product.

New total:  23

Barry Larkin 1995 Leaf Great Gloves
Barry Larkin 1999 Topps Stars 'N Steel
Barry Larkin 2000 Fleer Tradition Glossy
Barry Larkin 2005 Diamond Kings Red Frame
Larkin and the rest of the players you'll see today aren't full-on supercollections, but I still enjoy picking things up for their PCs when it makes sense.  Thanks to this project's sellers, I nabbed three fun inserts and a unique base card.  I'd say the Great Gloves wins best photo, the Stars 'N Steel most interesting, the Fleer Glossy the most nostalgia-inducing, and the Diamond Kings the best design.  And now I want more Larkins.  More, you hear me?  MORE!

New total:  206

Hal Morris 1992 Donruss Diamond Kings
Hal Morris 1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection
Hal Morris 1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection
Hal Morris 1996 Finest Bronze Refractor
Hal Morris 1996 Fleer Tiffany
Hal Morris 1996 Pinnacle Starburst
Hal Morris 1997 Bowman Chrome Refractor
Hal Morris 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor
Hal Morris 1998 Topps Stars (#3749/9799)
Hal Morris 1998 Topps Stars Bronze (#2103/9799)
Hal Morris 1999 Topps Chrome Refractor
With apologies to the rest of the guys, Morris easily wins the day.  He has almost as many cards as everyone else combined (11 vs. 12), and all but one are inserts (with the lone "base" being numbered).  Furthermore, he gets a DK, three sweet Pinnacle parallels (love that Dufex!), and FOUR new Refractors!  That reminds me--at some point I'll probably peel the '96 version and re-scan it.  Anyway, it's fun looking at this group to see how inserts and gimmicks evolved, especially the massive upgrade in design between the '94 and '95 Museum inserts.  And really, there's not a loser in the bunch!

New total:  51

Chris Sabo 1988 Topps Traded XRC
Chris Sabo 1993 Topps Finest
Chris Sabo 1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection
Chris Sabo 1994 Sportflics Rookie Traded
Chris Sabo 1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection
Chris Sabo 1996 Fleer Tiffany
And we finish off today's group with a six-pack of Spuds.  Oddly enough, only half of his haul today features him in a Reds uni, but that's because some of his better inserts were only available after he left Ohio.  Again, I managed to land both his '94 and '95 Museum Collection inserts, showing off the big improvement.  The '93 Finest (what an iconic set) was a fun addition, and I actually managed to pick up some of his teammates from the set as well.  I added the '88 Topps Traded XRC for something different, and then went really outside of the box with the '94 Sportflics Rookie/Traded, which was actually a pretty cool set in its own right.  Finally, the '96 Tiffany insert caught my eye because of my love for that design.

New total:  37

Well this was most definitely a productive post for my favorite Reds not named Griffey!  Stay tuned for more eventually.

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