Johnny Bench Rookie

One of the cards that I always wanted was a Johnny Bench rookie. I haven’t never found one that was affordable and in decent shape. Then, while browsing ebay, I came across this:

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Johnny Bench was/is one of my favorite players growing up. He played the position like no other catcher (ok….maybe Yogi Berra). This card was less than $85 in this shape and it’s actually graded 8 (I cropped out the grading slab in the pic) by PSA. I cant ask for a better card for the price. Glad I bought it.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

BRUCE ALMIGHTY!

Jay Bruce is my #1 guy on the Reds team. When I had the chance to snatch this up on ebay, I had to do it:

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These are 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic Baseball – By the Letter Signatures numbered to 38 cards each. Each card is autographed by Jay Bruce as well:

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An over head shot. I wish I would’ve taken pics before I put them into the cases with team set bags to protect the case. My 3 yr old was next to me when I was trying to do this and he wasn’t co-operating to let me take better pics.

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Probably the best set in my player collection right now.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

1994 Fleer All Star Inserts – Jay Bruce

This past Friday, I bought a box of 1994 Fleer baseball cards from Fun Time Sports Cards in Sharonville, OH. Inside the box was 36 packs of 12 cards per pack plus an insert card. One of the insert cards was the All Star series and they look sharp.

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I made this Jay Bruce custom to give an idea of what they look like. Sharp cards and patriotic as well.

I stopped collecting after 1993 because of finances and other parts of my life where in a tail spin. Now, I’m playing catch up. The 1994 Fleer set was a big set up from the two previous years of silver cards.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

2004 Fleer Ultra Insert Jay Bruce

I didn’t buy baseball cards from 1997 to 2010. Didn’t interest me anymore. But Im collecting again but with just a few players in mind rather than collect everything produced by every company. One design I came across that I really liked was the 2004 Fleer Ultra Diamond Producers insert set.

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I first saw this design and thought, Wow! Classy and style. Gotta have one of Jay Bruce like that.

I may even use this design for my son’s team next year!

NOTE TO SELF: Quit being like Topps and using the same image for cards!

I made some revisions but not sure I like the diamonds for the bases:

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The revision is more like the original but the diamonds on the original work a whole lot better than the ones I’ve added.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

1960 Bazooka of my favorite 80’s Stars

My baseball card/watching/playing hey-days were in the 80’s. I loved to watch This Week in Baseball with Mel Allen, The Baseball Bunch with Johnny Bench just before the NBC Game of the Week came on TV. Usually it was the Reds vs Dodgers or an American League game. I got to watch some great stars perform in the 80’s and the three I loved are in the card below:

1960 Bazooka 2

Using the 1960 Bazooka style allowed me to showcase all three players in one card. The Bazooka cards were printed on the back of Bazooka Gum boxes. They measure 2 3/4″ in height and 5″ in width. They had cut along lines to cut them out to share with your friends.

I loved to watch Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken Jr and Kirby Puckett play. All three are all stars and all have great fan followings even to this day. Great hitting and great fielding put these three on the map to stardom. They had heart and loved the game that nothing else mattered to them.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

1959 Bazooka Bubble Gum Custom Jay Bruce

Seems like the whole baseball card blogging world is hung up on the early Bazooka Bubble Gum cards, so here is one I made up of Jay Bruce.

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The original cards were printed on the back of the box of Bazooka bubble gum boxes. they were 2 3/4″ wide by 5″ height. Much larger than standard baseball cards. 1960 saw Bazooka putting three pictures on the back with cutting lines.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)

1979 Topps Jay Bruce replica.

1979 marked the end of the 70’s and the end of the Reds dominating the N.L. as the team of the decade.
Jay Bruce was snubbed by the 2013 All Star selection committee and he deserved to be on that team.

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1979 was a decent year for me baseball card wise. I was looking for pop bottles everywhere to cash in to buy more cards. Also, 1979 was the first year that Pete Rose was traded to the Phillies. I couldn’t watch him play in another uniform, it just wasn’t right! Ok, I know, it was only a business decision and one Pete really didnt want to make. I’m glad he won a World Series in Philly too as I was a fan of his, no matter what team.

JayBruceFan
(Mick)