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    Most prized Reds possessions?

    I guess it's a bit hokey but I'm currious as to what are peoples favorite Reds stuff they have collected over the years (and the stories behind them if they are interesting). Since there are people here who have been around a bit I figured there might be some really neat stories about collecting autographs, HR balls, cool reds give aways or whatever.

    BTW, while not linked to any superstars, I have three foul balls I acquired while a youngster attending ball games with my father at Riverfront. See my signiture for more details.
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    Ticket stubs and programs from 1975, 76 NLCS and World Series (given to me by my dad) and 1990 NLCS and World Series. Throw in all the front pages from the newspapers from those times also.
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    I have Ken Griffey Seniors autograph.

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    I used to love Bret Boone when he was with the Reds. I was probably around 13 at the time and got to buy one of his broken bats from the gift shop at the Westin. I know his image is a bit tainted these days, but I still love it!

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    My uncle was a freelance photographer for the Dayton Daily News in the 1970's. He took field level photos during the 1976 season, many of which showed up in the book "Royal Reds". Knowing what a huge fan I was at the age of 12, he gave to me for Christmas a photoboard (aka poster) of all of the players, coaches, and even Marty & Joe with each picture about 2"x2". It took me 15 years, but I got every photo autographed, had the board professionally laminated and framed, and it hangs in my office to this day.

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    My Wily Mo bobblehead. Being a poor college student, I can't afford any of the expensive stuff, and my dad never used to take me to games. That bobblehead night last year was something else though. I remember driving home on 75 sticking the bobblehead out the window and yeling "Wily MO" to any car that looked like it was coming from the park, and they;d yell Wily Mo right back. Awesome feeling.
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    I have no real souveinirs, so I'd just say my 1965 Topps Pete Rose card and my 1957 Topps Ted Kluszewski card with the awesome looking sleveless jersey.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    I have some cards from the 70s and 80s, a few bobbleheads, an unopened Wheaties box with Johnny Bench on the cover and a few foul balls. I used to have a Perez home run ball, but that was lost in a house fire when I was in high school.

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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    I'd say my favorite possessions would be the items in my autograph collection. I probably have about 500 or so different players' autographs that I've gotten during my life (I'm 20 now). I also have a bunch of baseball cards, a lot of them autographed, that I would never sell and intend to keep for my kids/grandkids eventually. My big plan is take all of my autographed balls/posters/memoribilia and create a Reds room in a few more years when I get my first house.

    My favorite is probably the sign I stole from Riverfront at the end of the last game. I ripped off one of the stadium alcohol policy signs up in the red seats and used a couple shirts to wrap it up and get it out past security. I then took it to a few games the next year as well as Redsfest and got several players from that 2002 team to sign it. The autographs on it are Larkin, Casey, Kearns, Dunn, and Boone. The best part of it was the players reactions when I told them how I got it. At Redsfest Dunn just burst out laughing and called security over to report me... Just the stories behind getting it out (with two parents who were flipping out) and getting all the autographs make that my favorite of collection. The only other items that are up there are probably the 5 or 6 balls I've caught during games including one from Casey that I got autographed.

    Edit: I just read through this and realized I totally forgot about the bobbleheads. I have just about everyone of them except for Gapper, Harnisch, and Graves. Those, no matter how stupid they are, are fun collectibles.

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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    Classic Bobblehead I picked up at my first Reds game, June 28, 1975. Reds beat the Padres on a 10th inning home run by Foster. Sitting in the Red seats in right field, I pretty much trusted that the ants playing ball down below were who the PA announcer said they were.
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    When I was around 15 I answered a question on Reds Hot Stove League that was actually picked for the week's drawing...the win netted me a dozen Cincinnati Reds Pizzas (frozen - sold at Cincinnati stores - and hard to bring home to Tennessee but I did it) and a signed baseball. I was very excited because I had gotten to hear my name mentioned on the radio and had won the pizzas. I thought the ball was one of those stamp jobs but when it came in it was signed by all the Reds and it was their real signatures. The really cool thing about it and also odd was that in the sweet spot was Pete's autograph (his first year as manager) but the ball also had Tom Lawless' signature on it even though he was traded for Pete... I always that that was strange.

    The answer to the quiz that netted me the win was something to do with Dave Parker and he was on that show that night and I got to speak to him which was also a lot of fun...
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    I have a very unique video taken with my home camcorder of the game on 4/9/2000.

    I was sitting in Aisle 426 Row 2.

    I had the camera rolling when George Kenneth Griffey, Junior, hit his first home run as a Red (career home run 399). For a split second, the ball looks as if it is coming straight at the camera. I didn't catch the landing of the ball on video, as it was directly below me in The Green. As the crowd roared, I followed Junior around the bases and to the dugout and then onto the steps for a curtain call.
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    It took me a while to get it but I have 8 signed baseballs by the entire bigred machine starting lineup. I also have Gullet and Marty B autographs on seperate baseballs as well. I have them in a display case shaped like homeplate. They hag in my sons room ( first pick 2022 baseball amateur draft...refer to photo upper left) along with framed posters of Bench, Rose, and 1976 team poster. He has the bedroom I always wanted as a child.

    If my house was on fire, I would grab my children and that display case...but not necessarly in that order
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    I have been a huge Reds collector and have autos from Rose, Bench, Concepcion, Griffey, Jr, Kearns, Dunn, etc. Even have Claussen. All of these are on authentic baseball cards except the Rose which is a ball. But my biggest Reds collectable is a framed tribute to the final season in Riverfront. It containes all unripped ticket stubs, turf, sweat pictures and cards including the entire topps set with Relic pieces of seats. That set is worth over 250 bucks last time I booked out and they are very hard to find now. I'm also collecting all team sets from the beginning of time and have some really nice old cards of guys I don't even know, but the framed picture is my favorite.
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    Re: Most prized Reds possessions?

    Oh my gosh, I have so many autographs, plus other cool Reds stuff... I love the pictures that I have of me with various Reds players, but I have to say my absolute favorite possession is my game used, autographed bat of Barry Larkin's. I am so proud of it... I keep it out on display in my room at all times, but I never let anyone else even touch it. My dad tried to pick it up to move it back home after I graduated, and I practically bit his head off. : Whenever I was stressed about anything throughout college, I would pick it up and swing it for a little bit... Always makes me feel better.

    I also love all the bobbleheads I have, plus the baseball that I got signed by Sean Casey, Felipe Lopez, Paul Wilson, and Danny Graves. Who am I kidding, I love it all!!
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