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Fun Cards Submissions: Topps Now Pete Rose


A lot of people made a big deal of Ichiro Suzuki “passing” Pete Rose with his 4257nd hit earlier this month. They combined Ichiro’s professional Japanese League numbers with his big league totals, but ignored the fact that Rose had another 427 hits in the minor leagues, which is also professional. The Lifetime Topps Project did an interesting breakdown of players with more than 4000 professional hits, including not only regular season play in the majors and minors, but also postseason and All-Star appearances. One name stood out more than Rose, Ichiro, Ty Cobb, and Derek Jeter to me: Jigger Statz. Sounds like a guy that The Infinite Baseball Card Set should profile.

I am not denying that Ichiro’s accomplishment is a big deal. It is! But he is not the professional hit king. Pete Rose is, and probably always will be. Unless Ichiro sticks around for a few more years, which I highly doubt, he will not pass Rose’s professional regular-season mark of 4683.


TWJ contributor Patrick sent over a couple of great “fun cards” to remind us all that Pete Rose is still the Hit King, and with the Reds Hall of Fame induction happening this weekend, there is no more appropriate time to post them here. I see Ron Robinson, Tony Perez, Dave Parker, and Max Venable in that shot. Can you identify anyone else?

Ichiro’s achievement was commemorated by The Shlabotnik Report recently.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Baseball Scoops Jake Arrieta


Not really a “fun card” when you’re on the losing side, but Jake Arrieta was absolutely dominant last night as the Reds got beat down 16-0 in the pitcher’s second career no-hitter. The 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner is already making a case for himself this year, starting off 4-0 with a minuscule 0.87 ERA in 31 innings. TWJ contributor Patrick captured the 2016 highlight on a 1961-style card, and even though I’m a bigger Reds fan than Cubs fan, I do like Arrieta and hope he does well this year.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Robert Stephenson


TWJ contributor Patrick sent this “fun card” over last week, but I was tied up with traveling and other projects. I appreciate Patrick’s efforts, and I apologize for being so late in posting.

Robert Stephenson was the Reds’ 1st round pick in 2011; I featured him on a 1992-style “Draft Pick” card way back then. In his four minor league seasons, Stephenson has compiled a 25-32 record with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 488 batters in 449 2/3 innings. He is back at Louisville now, but will likely be up and down for the Reds several times this year.

After sweeping the Phillies, the Reds won two against the Pirates in a three-game series. The last time the Reds started the season 5-1 was in 2011; they finished in 3rd place that year.

The team is traveling to Chicago tonight to face off against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, where Gary Cieradkowski’s fantastic work will be on display by the Cubs.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008 (2016) Upper Deck Documentary Scott Schebler (Game 2)

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I need to begin this post with an apology for mentioning the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary set, both to those who had forgotten about it, and to those who, were up until my post yesterday, unaware of its existence. It was a ridiculous 4954-card set that never should have been produced. The concept was great, but the execution was dreadful.

TWJ contributor Patrick decided to pile on and create a “fun card” for the Reds’ Opening Night walk-off victory. Rookie Scott Schebler, acquired from the Dodgers in the Todd Frazier trade in December, delivered a ninth-inning double that drove in two runs to win the game. What an unexpected start to the 2016 season. Could this be magic?

Fun Cards Submissions: 2016 Topps “Now” Tyler Holt and Billy Hamilton


Topps introduced a new type of baseball card this year, commemorating on-the-field achievements as they happened and making the cards available for purchase for just 24 hours on their website. The concept is called “Topps Now,” and the cards appear to cost $9.99 each. So far, David Ortiz, Bryce Harper, Trevor Story, Francisco Liriano, and the Kansas City Royals/2015 World Series trophy have been featured. Only the Ortiz is currently available for purchase.

I like the concept, but not the execution. This is the way the Upper Deck Documentary set should have been done a few years ago. A short write-up of daily events, with a photo from the actual game. But $10 per card? Not in this lifetime. I suppose I should be glad the Reds are not expected to perform well this year; that just means there are fewer Reds cards I will never add to my collection.


“Fun cards,” however, are another story. TWJ contributor Patrick saw fit to commemorate Tyler Holt and Billy Hamilton‘s spectacular ninth-inning defensive plays Monday afternoon that saved the Reds from an embarrassing start to what is expected to be an embarrassing season. Look at how fast Hamilton was moving when he dove for that ball! It’s like the Flash, so difficult to get a clear photograph because of his lightning speed!

Thanks for the great “fun cards,” Patrick!

Congratulations, Thomas More Saints women’s basketball team

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The Thomas More Saints women’s basketball team has been undefeated for two seasons, repeating as NCAA Division III Champions! TWJ contributor Patrick is an alumnus of Thomas More College, and delivered with a great original “fun card” to commemorate the girls’ wire-to-wire season.

Fun Cards Submission: 1949 Bowman & 1953 Topps Bernie Stowe


TWJ contributor Patrick sent these over a few days ago, but I hadn’t had a chance to post until today. Bernie Stowe was a beloved part of the Cincinnati Reds club, though he never got a hit nor scored a run for the team.

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Just how much did Stowe mean to the players? Here are some quotes lifted from Twitter…

Tom Hume (@THume47): “Bernie Stowe was my second father. I’ve been around him since 1975. His wife Pricilla and family r the best. Our prayers r with them.”

Doug Flynn (@BLFishing): “Lost a dear friend and Reds Icon Bernie Stowe. Lovely man who took a many young snotty nose kid under his care and protection. Loved him.”

Eddie Taubensee (@EddieTaubensee): “Every @Reds player for the past 50 years know that Bernie was what Reds represented. Praying for the Stowe family.”

Danny Graves (@dgravy32): “Bernie Stowe was the Ultimate Cincinnati Red! To me, he was bigger than the Big Red Machine! He will be missed! ”

Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5): “Deeply saddened to hear about Mr. Stowe’s passing. At least he’s now in better hands than mine. I’ll miss you Bernie”

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Wonderful tributes to a man who meant more to the organization than outsiders will ever understand.

Fun Cards Submissions: 2016 Topps Pete Rose

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With the announcement that the Reds were inducting Pete Rose into the team’s Hall of Fame this summer, I suggested to TWJ contributor Patrick that he create a 2016 Topps version of Charlie Hustle to commemorate the event. He not only came through; Patrick went above and beyond the call of duty and made two 2016 Topps style cards for the Hit King.

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Rose was and still is an icon in the Queen City, beloved by the majority of Reds fans. I realize not everyone outside of Cincinnati feels the same way about him; I just think they’re jealous that they’ve never had such a competitor on their favorite team.

Only one man has donned uniform #14 since Rose retired, and that was his son in 1997. The Reds are officially retiring the number this year, and it will never be regularly worn by another player.

Thanks for the quick turnaround on the suggestion, Patrick, and for sharing them with TWJ readers!

Goodbye, Meadowlark Lemon

(April 25, 1932 – December 27, 2015)


The “Clown Prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters, Meadlowlark Lemon passed away on December 27. TWJ contributor Patrick created a couple of “fun cards” to commemorate the hoops legend’s life. The Fleer card includes his uniform number and life span in the PSA information, which I thought was an especially nice touch.


Fun Cards Submission: 2016 Topps Brandon Phillips (Washington Nationals)

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Another fine submission from TWJ contributor Patrick of a player who appeared to be heading out of Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips nixed a deal with the Washington Nationals. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Phillips, but it seems that a player who is in the last part of his playing career would want to play for a contender. Add Dusty Baker into the mix as manager, and it looked like a perfect move for the second baseman who has fallen out of favor with a portion of the Reds fanbase.

Phillips considered waiving his no-trade clause, but the Reds were not willing to meet his demands. So he’ll play the next two years in the Queen City out of spite. Reds management has been fed up with him for a while, and more and more fans are turning against the former All-Star and Gold Glove infielder. Shame on the Reds for giving him that contract in the first place, and shame on them for not trading him a few years ago before he reached 10-and-5 status.

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