Reds from Johngy’s Beat
A few weeks ago, I made a “fun card” of Mike Squires for Johngy’s Beat. He told me he had some Reds for me in return, and I thought, “Cool, maybe he’ll hit some of my blank spots from the junk wax era.” I mean, I don’t have every 1987-1991 Reds card. Then he said he had some 1970s Reds for me. I thought, “Cool, I could always use a couple more 1978 or 1979 cards.”
A package arrived today. There were no junk wax Reds. There were no 1978 or 1979 Reds. Inside that package, there were twelve 1972 cards, ten 1974 cards, and twenty-two 1975 cards. Yes, twenty-two 1975 cards! An amazing package, and every single card was one that I needed. Here are a few of my favorites…
I always loved the Topps All-Star Rookies. 1971 was not a great year for ASRs – no Hall of Famers on that list.
McRae is always overlooked because he was traded away before the mid-70s powerhouse Machine.
A rare action shot from the 1974 set. Most of the cards in this set were posed photos.
Look at that smile on Nolan’s face. It’s like he knew the Reds were going to dominate in ’75.
2010 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee.
Johnny Bench led the NL in RBI three times: 1970, 1972, and 1974. He came in 4th in MVP voting in 1974. Ahead of him were a couple of blue boys (Garvey and Marshall) and a speedy bird (Brock). Burroughs won the AL MVP in 1974, the only time he led the AL in RBI.
Thanks to Johngy for these awesome cards! You certainly made my day better today!
Posted on November 17, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged Cincinnati Reds, Gary Nolan, Hal McRae, Jack Billingham, Jeff Burroughs, Johnny Bench, Pedro Borbon, Ross Grimsley. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.