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:

jb rookie

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.


1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr……Autographed!

Back in 1988, Ken Griffey Jr was the hottest rookie in baseball. Donruss, Upper Deck & Fleer made cards of him in their regular issue ’89 sets. Topps & Score added him their sets but not until the ’89 traded/update sets came out (late November of ’89)


I pulled this from a pack sometime during that summer. Moeller High School has an anuual sports card show and since Griffey Jr hadnt reached superstar status yet, he was there to sign autographs, cheap at $15 each.

I got a ball and a card signed. At the time, a lot of collectors told me not to have a card signed as it hurts the value of the card. Today, collectors have any card they can get signed.

I also had this ball signed as well!

Ken Griffey Jr Ball


2012 National Treasures Joey Votto

2012 National Treasures Joey Votto

My favorite player is Jay Bruce but I like Joey Votto as well. Here ia a 2012 Pannini National Treasures Joey Votto patch booklet card. The National Treasures set is different from most patch/memorabilia cards, they don’t have team logos. Panini doesn’t have an MLB license to produce cards with logos but they do have a license from the MLBPA (Players Union) to use pics and names of the players.

I have seen at least 15 in the series of 25 and on the patch it has to be the bottom half of the first T in Votto.