Sunday, November 4, 2018

Post #119 - ATOBTM: 1990 Pacific Baseball Legends

I've said it time and time again, but it bears repeating: I draw a lot of inspiration from other bloggers. Ask any teacher I ever had in high school or college - I am not a creative person. I'm very cut and dry, here's what you asked for, enjoy. So to spice things up online a bit, I utilize ideas other bloggers have made staples and twist it to fit my own agenda.

For example, take a look at this new segment I'm rolling out. I stole the idea from Marc at Remember the Astrodome. When Marc completes an Astros team set, he highlights it in a segment that he calls "All About The Astros" (or something similar; no pressure Bru, but I think it's been a while since I've seen one of those posts, so my name memory may not be exactly perfect!).

To use this idea to my advantage, I'll call my completed Reds team sets "ATOBTM", or, "And This One Belongs to Me." Doesn't make any sense?

In 1974, after calling his second Cincinnati Reds game ever, Marty Brennaman came up with one of the most iconic victory calls ever (yes, I'm totally, 100% biased). While it may not be heard as much anymore, "And this one belongs to the Reds" gives me chills everytime. Social media has taken to putting a hashtag in front of the abbreviation, making it #ATOBTTR. So now you can at least see my connection. I told you I wasn't creative.

Anyway, despite my Reds collection possibly being even more disorganized than it was six months ago (despite my best efforts, I promise) I flipped through a small 800 count box of random baseball cards tonight, and completed a team set. Seriously. And as you can probably guess from the title of this post, it's the 1990 Pacific Legends baseball set.

I've done enough of an introduction, so let's jump into this three card team set and see what it entails, shall we?

Card #55 - Lee May

I'm actually a fan of the front of this design. The silver border makes for a nice frame, and most of the images are reminiscent of days gone by.

The yellow backs, however, evoke memories of 1991 Fleer, which may carry it's own charm but still makes me cringe just a tad. "The Big Bopper," as May was known, put together a nice career with the Reds from 1965-71, and made the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

Card #72: George Foster

Needing even less of an introduction, Foster is perhaps the most well-remembered Red of the three in this set. He played with the Reds from 1971-1981 and cracked 244 of his 347 careers homers in Cincinnati.

While Foster was before my time, I was always surprised growing up to find out that he never was elected to Cooperstown. However, he did make the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003.

Card #74 - Buddy Bell

Hoo boy, anyone else miss those largely striped waistband pants? This card is an interesting inclusion as a Red here, as Bell wasn't exactly spectacular from 1985-1988 in Cincinnati. However, it is more interesting to note his connection to the franchise that still exists today.

You see, Buddy's son David was just recently hired as the new Reds manager, a move that many felt was mainly due to his father's standing in the front office. Regardless of how that works out, I will always feel like this card knew of Buddy's attachment to the Cincinnati organization well before he did.

Well, there you have it. A completed Reds team set. I guess I'll put this back into a Reds box for now until I get around to paging my Reds cards. Regardless, I hope that as I begin to piece together team sets, I can show off more and more here with a new segment.

Hopefully everyone has had a restful weekend and is ready to take on a new week starting tomorrow. As always, thanks for reading!


1 comment:

  1. I like this set. Have an unopened box waiting to be busted one day. It's interesting though that Pacific went with Bell, Foster, and May as their three legends when their franchise has a solid group of legends to choose from.