One of my very favorite baseball card blogs, which I have been following for close to a decade now, is Night Owl Cards. Night Owl and I have sent many packages to each other over the years; he gets a good chunk of my spare Dodgers, and I am the beneficiary of his overflow of Reds. Occasionally, something other than Reds or Dodgers makes its way into our trade pacakges.
N.O. recently decided to chase the 1991 Pro Set Super Star Musicards set. He doesn’t have a wantlist yet, but I’m preparing a package to send to him that will be primarily cards from this set. I mentioned that I am only a handful of cards away from completing series one myself, and he hooked me up with two of the four cards I still needed: the Muddy Waters concert poster (above), and Perfect Gentlemen (below). I am now only two cards away: #8 The Doors (Legends) and #187 Billy Idol. I recently decided to plunge into series two, and am about halfway there, but I do not have a wantlist prepared yet.
Of course, no package from N.O. would be complete without some sweet Reds goodies. As the team is in the middle of a “rebuilding” phase, sometimes called a “youth movement,” I thought this was an appropriate conclusion:
I will admit that I was not following the Reds (or any baseball, for that matter) when Brett Tomko was a part of the Reds’ youth movement. There was a good 10-15 years that baseball was not on my radar at all. I just didn’t care. I have heard the name, but really couldn’t tell you much about Tomko.
N.O. also sent a handful of other Reds goodies, including Jay Bruce (a part of the youth movement about a decade ago), Billy Hamilton (a part of the current youth movement), and Nick Howard (who could be a part of the next youth movement).
Thanks for the cards, Night Owl! You can expect to see something soon!
April 7, 1973
Brett Tomko’s best season, according to WAR, was his rookie campaign of 1997. The pitcher recorded 11 wins with a 3.43 ERA, striking out 95 batters in 126 innings and pitching to a 126 ERA+. He was sent to Seattle in 2000 along with Mike Cameron in exchange for native Cincinnatian Ken Griffey, Jr.
Here’s a fun one. Will he or won’t he get a card this year?
A 14-year veteran who won 11 games as a rookie for the Reds in 1997, Brett Tomko has had plenty of ups and downs during his career. He only appeared in 8 games last year for the Rangers, after missing the entire 2010 season (ok, he did pitch in the minors, but that doesn’t count for a 14-year vet). He has pitched for 10 different big league clubs. Will he be able to hang on for one more season?