Wine at the Trading Card table

Growing up a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan, I always wanted to play shortstop like Barry Larkin. So I naturally sought after his baseball cards. Including Barry's hologram card, his rookie card and every other special/limited edition card I could find. Baseball cards were just a part of growing up for me and I would say most boys had some sort of sports/game card collection in hand.

I still have my most valuable cards, from Griffey to Pete Rose, the Diamond Kings and Nolan Ryan's 500 strikeout cards. I am still amazed by the novelty of the Chris Sabo Diamond King card.

Chris Sabo:

Barry Larkin:

Anyway, what does this have to do with racing?

What if all the graded stakes winners had a collector's card made for them? It is true our sport is rough when it comes to marketing its self. Here is a new idea that I think is a great idea. I don't need to write much on it, because the blog I will point to says more than I need to say.

Thoroughbred trading cards by Upper Deck are here. "Big Deal" you ask, BUT, and a BIG BUT; they contain a few strands of the horses' hair.

Here is Kevin Carlin's, brother to Chris Carlin (Hobby Marketing Manager
Upper Deck), blog post on the new cards.



I enjoy a nice glass of wine with a good meal or in celebration. So when I heard Mike Smith is in the wine business, I just had to investigate.

Fans of the Jockeys show on Animal Planet know that Mike enjoys a glass of wine with company at dinner. Mike's wine is named Jinetes. Jinetes is Spanish for horseman.

Mike also mentions his wine briefly in our new podcast if you wish to hear what he says about his new line, how the idea arose and how excited he is about Jinetes.


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Hmmmm.....I hold the copyright for Horse Racing trading cards. I have it in my hand. I've had it since 1996.

23 Nov 2009 12:24 PM
Brian Appleton

I want one of CURLIN!!

23 Nov 2009 2:06 PM

Larkin was good, but Concepcion was brilliant.  (says the apparently significantly older Cincinnati Reds fan)

23 Nov 2009 2:26 PM
D Smith

I have a deck of Holy Bull trading cards that were issued by DRF when Holy Bull was Horse of the Year.  

23 Nov 2009 2:56 PM

Adam: GREAT idea, long overdue! Love the mock-up.

Peggy: What in God's green earth are you waiting for?

23 Nov 2009 3:14 PM

how do you get the cards?

23 Nov 2009 3:49 PM

Adam,since you are a Reds fan,I will forgive your lack of confidence in MTB. Did you ever hear the speech that Chris Sabo gave down on Fountain Square after the last World Series win? Classic!

23 Nov 2009 4:07 PM
Greg J.


   Where can I buy these? Thanks, Also, Hindsight is 20/20, Growing up, I put all my old cards on the spokes of my bicycle, How stupid do I feel now, UGH...

23 Nov 2009 4:16 PM

I had the hardest time trying to find out how to order the cards. I will give you the link to Upper Deck's customer service. I would call them.

There were a few on Ebay, but they were expensive.

I usually used playing cards in my bike, but there are plenty of guys with .100 average to use on a bike.

23 Nov 2009 4:55 PM

now that we're weighing in on former Reds, I'll take Eric Davis. pre-lacerated kidney Eric Davis of course.

As for horse trading cards, can't they make one commemorating the harness horse @ Hoosier Downs who once helped me score a ten thousand to one superfecta score? then, could we revisit that score and place my bet for a dollar, not for a dime.

25 Nov 2009 1:51 PM


Great news...I started cleaning out some old sports cards and would gladly reinvest in horse racing cards.

01 Dec 2009 2:48 AM

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