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Commemorative Patches

I don’t get these things. Am I supposed to feel special about pulling a card featuring a patch which “was created exclusively form 2010 Topps Baseball Series 1”? I don’t.

Chase Utley is a fine player for a fine team. But I don’t collect Utley cards, nor do I collect Phillies. I noticed on the side of the box that Johnny Bench is also featured on one of these “Commemorative Patch” cards. There may be other Reds as well, but I didn’t read the list closely. So here’s the deal…

If you have the Bench (or another Red) and you want this Utley, send me an e-mail to jasontcarter at gmail. Or if you have something else that you think I might like (I collect Reds, Griffey Jr., Kurt Stillwell, and Shawon Dunston)…make me an offer.

Oh, and there are a ton more cards available for trade listed here (2010 Topps) and here (2010 Upper Deck). I’ve received a few Reds so far, no doubles yet, but won’t turn down doubles either (I’ve got two junior Reds fans here too).

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Will they play baseball in Zombieland?

First, if you haven’t seen Zombieland yet, DO IT. I had very low expectations because of all the hype, but it is a riot. Possibly my favorite horror comedy movie ever. Shaun of the Dead doesn’t even come close.

I wonder if baseball will survive when the zombie apocalypse comes? Stadiums will have to start serving brainburgers and intestines on hot dog buns, and new meaning will be given to the phrase “threw his arm out” when a pitcher throws a little too hard…his arm traveling to the plate with the baseball.

Using zombify-yourself.net, you can see what some of your favorite ballplayers might look like in Zombieland. Here is one of my all-time favorites, Chris Sabo…

And with the World Series gearing up, how about a couple of the best players on the field? Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley…

And Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter…

So who is going to win the Series? And would the answer change if they were all zombies?

While you’re mulling that over, check out the Zombie Bobbleheads over at OMGreds.com!

Adventures in Card Show Shopping

My son and I took a little trip north after church today for a card show at a Holiday Inn. It was free to get in, and by the time we got there several of the dealers had already packed up and left. It is NFL Sunday after all. But there were still a few around, and we got some pretty good stuff (in my opinion).

First, a few cards to knock off my set want lists…

And quite a few Cincinnati Reds cards for 5-10 cents (only a handful pictured)…

A cool little set featuring “The Big Red Machine” players…

A Kurt Stillwell card I had never seen before…

An Eric Davis “Collectible Plaque” (display easel included)…

(Trying to decide whether I should free this thing from the beat up packaging or not.)

And a box of 1990 Pro Set Series I…

The box is already busted. Took us less than 10 minutes to rip open all the packs. I’ll be honest, I was looking for the Jeff George draft pick card. I never got it as a kid, and it would have be sweet to pull it out of this box (even though it’s worthless). Alas, it was not to be found. Not in the box, anyway. I found it on eBay and overpaid for it, along with the Jeff George Falcons, Jeff George Patriots, and Keith McCants Falcons cards. We did get the whole Super Bowl subset out of the packs, but we’re missing a few of the base cards. I’ll be posting a wantlist as soon as I have them sorted for the Pro Set cards we’re missing from both Series I and II (I already had some of those in the closet).

After doing some Googling, I was surprised to see how many variations are in the set. There are probably even more than are listed there (for instance, there are two versions of Super Bowl card #22, one with a 1988 date and the other with a 1989 date…and we pulled both from this box).

Maybe this is why Pro Set disappeared after only a few years. I loved the cards, but there were so many errors and variations…it can be very disheartening for someone who wants to complete a master set. I haven’t decided yet whether we’re going to try to get all the errors and corrections or just one for each card number. What would you do?

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