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TTM Success: Kelly Paris

1984 Topps Reds Paris

In my never-ending quest to obtain an autograph on every 1984 Topps Reds card, Kelly Paris got me one step closer today. This request was sent out at the end of October 2012, and was returned to me today with both cards signed. This is now the thirteenth card out of thirty-three (including the traded series) that I have obtained with an autograph. There are a couple that I know will be near-impossible, and I am resigned to the fact that I will likely never have the entire set signed, but it’s a fun project nonetheless.

1984 Fleer Reds Paris

I am not trying to get all of my 1984 Fleer cards signed, but they are nice-looking, aren’t they? This is the second 1984 Fleer autograph I have obtained (Charlie Puleo was the first).

Trip to the card shop…and the antique mall

I’m slowly getting my Reds cards organized and slipping the cards into binders. I was dangerously low on Ultra Pro pages, so I decided to take a trip to a new card shop today. Saw a lot of cool stuff there…some crazily overpriced, but some very good prices as well. I was going to add the micro sets from 1991-1993 to my purchase, but by the time I finished browsing I forgot them. I ended up getting a box of pages and the 1997 Reds Kahn’s stadium giveaway set. I never knew that Mike Morgan played for the Reds.

After the card shop, I still had some time to kill, so I hopped over to the Florence Antique Mall. My friends, if you have never experienced the wonder of an antique mall, I urge you to do so at your earliest opportunity. I could spend an eternity there just looking at all the cool stuff. And if your antique mall happens to have a baseball card dealer, you just might stumble on some gold. I was able to pick up six different 1960s cards for a quarter each. I decided to display Don Nottebart because of the uniform…look closely at the “C” both on the hat and the jersey…there is no “point.” It’s just a round “C.” The Reds wore these uniforms for several years, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that I discovered them. I just don’t pay close attention to things like that.

I also picked up the final 1984 Fleer Reds card that I was missing…the one and only Kelly Paris.

Oddballs are a passion of mine as well. I found a ton of oddballs, but limited myself to just a few, including this 1989 Fleer box bottom Danny Jackson.

I’m also a bit nostalgic for the 1988 Bengals, the team that went to the Super Bowl and lost to the 49ers for the second time. My favorite player on the team was Ickey Woods, and anytime I see an inexpensive Ickey I’ll grab it. I almost passed on this 1991 Pro Set card until I noticed the writing…what team does he play for???

Yes, the Spanish edition of 1991 Pro Set! I never owned any cards from “La Tarjeta Oficial De La NFL” before today.

All in all, very happy with my purchases at the antique mall, and I will be returning to the card shop (maybe this weekend?) to grab those micro sets.

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