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Happy Reds birthday, Mike Stanton!


June 2, 1967

Not to be confused with the Mike Stanton who pitched from 1975 through 1985, or the Don’t-Call-Me-Mike-My-Name-Is-Giancarlo Stanton who looks to be on his way to Cooperstown, this Mike Stanton got his start in Atlanta in 1989 and pitched for 19 years in the major leagues, wrapping up his long career in Cincinnati in 2007.

What a game!!!

It was Joey Votto bobblehead night at GABP, and I took the whole family down to the game. We ended up with standing-room only tickets, purchased Thursday. My wife and I went to the park on Monday to try to buy $5 or $8 seats, but the cheapest they had left at that time were $34 each. I like Reds games, but that’s just ridiculous money in my mind. We checked StubHub several times, but finally decided on the SRO tickets.

The Reds played the Marlins, and here is your Marlins star, Mike Stanton

Edinson Volquez started on the mound for Cincinnati. I don’t know how I’ve been (un)lucky enough to see Volq pitch twice already this season…I’ve only gone to three games! Amazingly, he only gave up 1 run.

Here’s a cool shot of the park from left-center.

Jay Bruce hauling one in.

CHAPMANIA! This was the first time I got to see Aroldis Chapman live…and I wasn’t the only one snapping like crazy. The flashbulbs were going off all over the place! I took 179 photos total tonight…44 of them were of Chapman. Yeah, I got the fever.

Even Snoop came out to see the Cuban Missile pitch!

The game attendance is sponsored by Topps. I wonder if that’s what Jonny Gomes card will look like in series 2?

In the 8th inning, the Reds tied up the game, and we were reminded to “Make Some Noise” by the scoreboard graphics…

When the 10th inning rolled around, Edgar Renteria pinch hit for Francisco Cordero and drove in Gomes for the winning run.

Finally, it was time to come home. What a great game, and I even got a Votto bobblehead! He is already in his spot at home, along with Bruce, Chris Sabo, and various other bobbleheads and collectibles.

Trade with the Cardboard Junkie

I received two packages from other bloggers in the mail today, but I need to deal with the stuffed envelope that came from Cardboard Junkie on Saturday first. I had a Heyward manupatch, he wanted it. He also wanted my shinies. And I wanted to get rid of a ton of other Braves. So I packed up a box of cards and shipped them off last week, and he did the same…loaded with Reds and other goodies.

A few days ago I posted that I was going to collect the All-Star Rookies from the 2011 set, and I’ve already got Series 1’s ASRs wrapped up. In theory I did…but now in reality I do. I pulled the Strasburg and Walker out of a blaster, and dayf was kind enough to send over the other three from Series 1: Buster Posey, Gaby Sanchez, and Mike Stanton

He also loaded me up on 2011 Redlegs. The only white-border Reds cards I am missing now (again, this includes the cards that are in the mail, not yet in hand) are Johnny Bench and Edinson Volquez. Here’s the 2011 Topps Reds haul:

I still love how Topps used a photo from the highlight of the Reds season…Jay Bruce‘s division-clinching home run. It was a fantastic moment to watch, and I will be reminded of that magical game every time I look at Bruce’s card.

But of course there was more than 2011’s to be had. There were a ton of vintage goodies, including some Johnny Bench and Hal McRae and Pete Rose

And then there was this beauty. 2009 Allen & Ginter Jay Bruce framed game-used jersey card. I’ve never held one of these in my hands before, but I can now say that I see what all the fuss is about.

Thanks, dayf!

Topps All-Star Rookies

I’ve decided to go after the Topps All-Star Rookie subset in 2011. It’s a throwback to my formative years in collecting…I collected the ASRs every year from 1987 through at least 1990…maybe 1991 too. I can’t remember. That was a long time ago.

According to bdj610’s Topps Baseball Card Blog (an excellent resource), the 2011 team is:

1B: Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins
2B: Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
3B: Danny Valencia, Minnesota Twins
SS: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
OF: Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
OF: Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins
OF: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
LHP: Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
RP: Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers

It seems that Topps is giving each of these players two cards in the 2011 set. I have the Strasburg ASR, but have seen other bloggers post scans of a cupless Stephen. In the blaster I opened last week, I pulled a Neil Walker ASR. Tonight in a loosie, I pulled a cupless Pirate. I also got a cupless Gaby Sanchez tonight.

I only want the gold cups. Here is the list of the cups that I’ve been able to locate so far. Only five of them. Am I missing any from Series 1? If this is all there is…I already got ’em all (either in-hand or in the mail). That wasn’t very difficult, now was it?

24 Neil Walker
59 Gaby Sanchez
135 Mike Stanton
183 Stephen Strasburg
198 Buster Posey

When is Series 2 scheduled for release?

Also, I’ve updated my trade list with the cards (and inserts) from the loose packs I picked up tonight.

2010 Rookie Sensations: Heyward, Leake, Strasburg, Stanton

I know I’ll never own “the” Strasburg rookie card (which is a farce anyway), so I made my own…with added value in the former of should-be All-Star Heyward, should-be Rookie of the Year Leake, and a guy I had never heard of but Yahoo featured him in an article and every “Rookie Stars” card needs at least one no-name.

Heyward is having a fantastic season so far, which is no surprise to dayf. What is a surprise, at least to me, is Leake’s hot start. I heard on the radio (and everything you hear on the radio is correct </sarcasm>) that he is the first pitcher in major league history to start his first 10 career games without a loss. Any bbref’ers care to figure out if that is actually a correct assertation? 5-0 already, with 6 unfortunate no-decisions, and a fantastic 2.68 ERA…Strasburg has some catching up to do. Yeah, Stephen had a great first game (albeit against the hapless Pirates), and may do great tomorrow (against the just-as-bad-as-the-Pirates Indians; we’ll see how he does when he faces an actual major league team, though), but to start your career in the fashion Leake has is pretty awesome. Out of his 11 starts, 4 have ended in a Reds loss (thanks, bullpen!) and only 1 of those was by more than 1 run.

So which of these players will go on to Cooperstown, and which one will be the most recent Brien Taylor?

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