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Another day of Reds highlights…featuring Cy Seymour, Edd Roush, Pete Donohue, Dave Collins, and Deion Sanders!





Neon Deion

Gypsy Queen – Deion Sanders

The first of the requested Gypsy Queen customs is Deion Sanders…and the second…and the third…and the fourth!

Neon Deion started his baseball career with the New York Yankees, playing 71 games over 2 seasons before being released after the 1990 season (and a .158 batting average). Then he took a turn with the Braves…

Prime Time came into his own in Atlanta, finally finding his stroke and raising his batting average to .304 in 1992 after two straight sub-.200 seasons. But he was much more famous for what he was doing on another field

I only remember Deion as a Falcon. He spent more time in Dallas, but I have blocked that out of my memory. He was also a 49er for a few games, and a Redskin, and a Raven?!?!? Nope…Deion was a Falcon on the gridiron, and that was it.

Of course, he also spent some time with another baseball team…

I made a small purchase today

Small as in tiny. Not mini. Micro. I bought the 1991-1993 Topps Micro sets.

I didn’t realize Topps put out complete sets in this form from 1991-1993. I have seen a few singles at times, but I always assumed they were Cracker Jack prizes.

These things are insanely small. I’ve only been through the 1993 set so far. It was opened, and I didn’t realize that until I got home, and it was missing the “Prism” cards that were supposed to be included. That kinda stinks because Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the “Prism” cards. But all the Reds were present, as well as Griffey, Eric Davis, Bo Jackson, and some other non-Reds that I enjoy collecting.

2009 Topps Deion Sanders

Two-sport megastar Neon Deion Sanders played for the Reds in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2001. It’s kinda funny to look at the transaction history on

    May 29, 1994: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Cincinnati Reds for Roger Etheridge (minors) and Roberto Kelly.

    July 21, 1995: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds with David McCarty, Ricky Pickett, John Roper and Scott Service to the San Francisco Giants for Dave Burba, Darren Lewis and Mark Portugal.

    December 20, 1995: Granted Free Agency.

    February 17, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

    November 5, 1997: Granted Free Agency.

    February 3, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

    December 21, 1999: Granted Free Agency.

    January 20, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

    November 10, 2000: Granted Free Agency.

    January 24, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

    January 26, 2001: Free agent signing by the Cincinnati Reds voided.

    February 19, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

    June 22, 2001: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.

Why did the Reds keep him around for so long? I didn’t follow baseball closely during this time period, so I don’t remember this evident soap opera affair between Prime Time and the Redlegs.

From the Motherland…

John of The Pursuit of 80’s(ness) recently sent over a package for my boys and I, full of goodies that I’m sure the kids will love to tear into. First, of course, there were several Reds cards, many of which were missing from the collection, including…

A two-sport megastar…

A 2010 Hall of Famer (fingers crossed)…

A shoo-in Hall of Famer five years after his retirement (no finger crossing needed)…

A low-key superstar overshadowed by his Cardinals counterpart…

Also included in the package were several packs of “English” stickers and cards. I’m interested to see these, but I am waiting for the boys to get home to let them tear into them. It might make for an interesting episode of “Derek America.” Among the packs were…

The boys have really gotten into playing soccer this past year, so opening those should be a blast for them. Even though we don’t watch soccer on the tele (as the British might say, or might not, I don’t know), I’m sure they’ll like seeing what their future might hold if they stick with the sport. Although I will have to explain the difference between English football and American football.

But of course, being kids, they also love cartoons. And one of their favorites is “Ben 10.” I’ll admit it, I’ve watched a few dozen episodes (probably every single one made), and it’s a good show. So I’m sure the boys will absolutely love this pack…

Thanks John, and your cards will be on their way shortly.

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