Reds from Tennessee
I suppose one might say that folks in Tennessee are lucky. Since they have no MLB team, they are free agents when it comes to fandom. As such, the Tigers are the fortunate beneficiaries of @robbyt86‘s fandom. And I am the beneficiary of his non-fandom of Reds, as evidenced by our recent trade. I will only hit a few highlights here because it would take probably a month full of posts to show off everything Robert sent my way.
Let’s start with the cards everyone loves to hate…Donruss.
I know I’m an odd duck, but I prefer Donruss to Topps over the past few years. I think the 2018 product looks great, and can’t wait to get it in-hand. Topps has been getting further and further away from what drew me to collecting in the first place, and Donruss just piles on the nostalgia more and more each year.
Then there are the cards that I hate to love…parallels.
I do not put parallels on my wantlists, but I love it when they show up in my mailbox. I normally just add a note to my list in parenthesis, then hit it with the
strike-through. Robert packed the package full of colorful borders, including a strangely appealing purple-bordered Bronson Arroyo. Why do those Toys R Us parallels look so fantastic?
Also in the envelope was the complete team set of 2003 Shoebox Collection.
Reprints of rookie cards of several Reds legends, except for Ken Griffey. Topps reprinted Senior’s 1981 card, instead of his 1974 RC. Strange.
Robert also helped me finish off my 2015 Topps Reds set.
The only base Reds card I was missing from 2015, Kristopher Negron, has now joined his comrades. Hmmm…Reds, Comrades? Maybe I should rethink that wording.
What a great trade full of legends like Johnny Bench…
Legends in the making like Joey Votto…
And legends of the future like Tyler Stephenson…
Man, I can’t wait for Opening Day!
Thanks for the fantastic trade, Robert! (And thanks for getting those Tigers out of my house!)