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I didn’t buy a box of Allen & Ginter. I didn’t even ask if they had any. I don’t have that kind of mad cash burning a hole in my pocket.

I really spent more than I should have, and my total was less than $8. But it’s really difficult to leave a card shop empty-handed. Here is what I grabbed…

1994 Collector’s Choice Ken Griffey Jr. Checklist…x3. Yes, I bought three of them. One for myself (and I might even already have it), and one for each of my boys. We’re all Griffey fans in this house, and nothing short of steroids is going to change that.

2003 Play Ball Tom Seaver. I just love the retro-type sets, and being a former Red is a bonus. For a quarter, I couldn’t pass it up.

2003 Topps Gallery Sparky Anderson. Another former Red, and maybe one of the most beloved by Cincinnatians still today. Plus, it’s an art card…I LOVE BASEBALL ART.

2004 Topps Jim Palmer. Someone help me out on this one. Is this one of those short-prints from the regular set, or did Topps put out a retired stars set in 2004? In any case, he’s a Hall of Famer, and he was inducted the same year as the best second baseman in Reds’ history (no offense to you, BP).

I also picked up the team set that was given away at the ballpark a few weeks ago. This is one of the games that I try to never miss, but it seems that it was held earlier this year than normal and I just missed it completely. $6 isn’t a terrible price for it, though, and the designs are usually nifty. I was disappointed that Heisey was omitted, but Leake is in there so I can’t complain (too loudly).

2009 Topps Sparky Anderson

Sparky Anderson was the skipper of the Big Red Machine, the man who kept the team running smoothly. Nicknamed “Captain Hook” for his reputation of pulling a pitcher as soon as he got in trouble, Sparky only played one season in the bigs himself. As a manager, he twice won the Manager of the Year award, in 1984 and 1987, both with the Tigers. Had the award existed in the 1970s, there is no doubt he would have won at least once in that decade with the Reds.

In 1979, Sparky guest starred in an episode during the the second season of WKRP In Cincinnati, one of the greatest sitcoms of all-time. Carlson hired Sparky to do a sports talk show, but the staff at the radio station soon discovered Sparky was a terrible on-air personality. Carlson ends up firing Sparky, to which Anderson replies, “I must be crazy. Every time I come to (Cincinnati) I get fired!”

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