Fun Cards Submissions: 1984 O-Pee-Chee Joey Votto + All-Star!
Were you beginning to wonder where TWJ contributor Patrick had gone? Computer issues had kept him from submitting anything recently, but I was very glad to open my e-mail today and see a message from him. He attached a couple of 1984 O-Pee-Chee “fun cards” of Canadian Joey Votto for our enjoyment, as well as another Red from long ago that will be posted later this week.
Above we have the 1984 O-Pee Chee regular design, which looks exactly like Topps with the exception of the brand name in the upper right hand corner. Of course, the back would include all sorts of French words that I can’t pronounce.
Below is the All-Star card for Cincinnati’s favorite first baseman since Pete Rose. (Apologies to Sean Casey and Hal Morris.) Some years, the front would include a French translation of All-Star (étoile) and the position (premier-but). I just tried to say those words out loud and I’m sure a Canadian would have laughed hysterically at me.
This is not the first time Votto has appeared on a 1984-style baseball card. In 2003, the Dayton Dragons styled their team set after the iconic Topps design. Check out Votto’s card from that set at the Ohio Cards blog.
Last year, Topps Archives included several modern players on classic designs, including 1984. Votto was in that set, but he appeared on a 1971-style card. The Reds in that set that showed up on the 1984 design were Johnny Cueto and Jay Bruce.
Thanks for another great submission, Patrick! We look forward to more!