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Fun Cards: 1972 Topps Joe Walsh (Barnstorm)

1972 Topps Joe Walsh Barnstorm

Joe Walsh recorded two albums with Barnstorm, 1972’s Barnstorm and 1973’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, the later containing the classic “Rocky Mountain Way.” Many fans have forgotten that these were Barnstorm albums and not Joe Walsh solo records, and that’s how the record company promoted them. Walsh said, “I wanted to be a band, not a solo artist. Vitale, especially, should’ve gotten more credit ’cause it wasn’t all me….It was in every aspect a collaborative effort.” The group also served as a backing band for Michael Stanley’s 1973 Friends & Legends record.

Fun Cards: 1972 Topps Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner (The Eagles)

Glenn Frey

The debut Eagles album was released in June, 1972, and contained such classic songs as “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” and “Take It Easy.” The band featured Glenn Frey on guitar, Don Henley on drums, Bernie Leadon on guitar, and Randy Meisner on bass. The four members shared vocal duties.

Don Henley

Continuing the series of musician “rookie” cards, I made some tweaks to the 1972 Topps design. The font is not an exact match, and there was more work than I’m accustomed to, but I’m happy with the result.

Bernie Leadon

Perhaps down the road I will finish up with a 1974 Don Felder, 1976 Joe Walsh, and 1979 Timothy B. Schmit to mark their recording debuts with the group. But for now, the original four Eagles deserve their own post.

Randy Meisner

Fun Cards Submission: 1972 Topps Traded Mike Leake @MikeLeake44

LEAKE 1972 traded

Mike Leake went six and a third innings in his San Francisco debut yesterday, allowing only two runs, but ended up on the losing side as the Rangers’ Martin Perez held the Giants to only one run. Leake now wears uniform number 13 for the Giants, but has not yet updated his Twitter handle to reflect the uniform number change.

TWJ contributor Patrick went with the 1972 style for this Traded card. I love the 1972 set, and used it a few years ago to make cards for most of the Reds team. This is another great submission, though I hate seeing Leake wearing a different uniform.

Farewell, Chris Heisey and Logan Ondrusek

The Reds traded outfielder Chris Heisey to the Dodgers last night for pitcher Matt Magill, and non-tendered pitchers Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch. I always liked Heisey and Ondrusek, and hope they find success elsewhere in the majors. Below are some of the “fun cards” I created for them over the years.







Horror Fun Cards: 1972 Topps Blacula

Blacula In Action 1972 Topps

Purchase Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream!

Happy birthday Rusty Staub! (with a few “fun card” submissions)

1972 Topps Staub

Today is April 1st, but I don’t have a joke to tell you. It is also Rusty Staub‘s birthday, and thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick, I have a few “fun cards” to share.

1972 Topps Traded Staub

In 1972 and 1973, Staub did not appear in any Topps products due to some sort of disagreement. No base cards, no Traded card to mark his move from Montreal to Queens, nothing. Thanks to the internet and customized baseball cards, fans have plenty of options to print out and slide into their 1972 and 1973 binders. And now, they have three more options.

1973 Topps Staub

I’m a bit biased, but I like the cards here a bit more than what is already out there. Thanks for the submission, Patrick, and happy birthday, Rusty Staub!

Cards from GCRL

I recently sent GCRL a few Dodgers and double play cards, and he sent back a few Reds cards. Three I needed, and one I could never have enough off. The latter first…

Davis 1987

1987 Topps Eric Davis. A classic card, a card every kid in Cincinnati owned and wanted more of. Of course, since 1987 Topps was so abundant, it wasn’t difficult to stock up on these puppies. I can just imagine Kal Daniels standing next to Eric the Red, with #44 explaining, “This is a baseball, Kalvoski. If you hit it, they pay you lots of money and the people love you. If you go into a slump, Cincinnati will hate you and demand that you be traded.”

We go next to 1970, and another card crossed off my wantlist…

Jackson 1970

1970 Topps Al Jackson. The famous (infamous?) 1970 set with all the hatless and black-hatted dudes and hideous gray borders. Seriously, who thought this was a nice design? Jackson didn’t play in 1970; his career ended in 1969 after appearing in 33 games for the Redlegs. He also played for the Pirates, Mets, and Cardinals.

The third card looks like 1972, but is actually 2003…

1972 Morgan 2003

2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Joe Morgan. These things are getting more and more difficult to keep up with. You can’t just look at the last year of stats on the back anymore; now you have to get out your magnifying glass and find the copyright date. I love retro cards, but maybe Heritage is enough? I don’t know.

Finally, speaking of retro…

Latos 1990

2013 Topps Archives Mat Latos (1990 style). I’m a 1990 Topps apologist. I think it is the best looking set of that year (not that the competitors were very good). Sure, it could have been better (check out Uncle Doc’s Redefine the Design post), but I liked it back then and I still like it today. I like the color coordination on Latos’ card with the red border. That was probably the thing that bugged me the most. Chris Sabo shouldn’t be on a purple-bordered card. He just shouldn’t.

All in all great selection of cards. Thanks Jim!

Fun Cards Submission: 1972 Topps Devin Mesoraco “Boyhood Photos of the Stars”

Mesoraco Boyhood Photos

Young Cincinnati backstop Devin Mesoraco was a first-round draft pick out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania in 2007 and made a fairly quick ascension to the major leagues. He had a brief setback last season, and is still not hitting as well as fans would like, but at age 25 he has time to develop into a fine young ballplayer. Hopefully, with veteran Ryan Hanigan showing him the ropes, Mesoraco will learn to shore up his game on both defense and offense and grow into a superstar behind the plate.

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for this “fun card” showing Mesoraco on the 1972 Topps “Boyhood Photos of the Stars” design.

Fun Cards Submission: 1972 Topps Jay Bruce “Boyhood Photos of the Stars”

Boyhood Bruce 1972 Topps

In 1972 and 1973, Topps produced a subset called Boyhood Photos of the Stars. TWJ contributor Patrick decided to pay tribute to those cards with a few modern Reds players. First up is Jay Bruce, who is currently #15 among National League outfielders in All-Star voting. Bruce is currently tied with three other players for most doubles in the NL, and has more at-bats than anyone else in the Senior Circuit. His power numbers are not terrible, 9 home runs and 38 RBI, but they are lower than Reds fans would like them to be. What really hurts is his strikeouts…71 K’s, one less than Atlanta’s Dan Uggla.

Should Bruce make the All-Star team this year? Probably not. There are better outfielders in the National League, and even one on his own team.

Fun Cards Submission: 1972 & 1973 Topps Richie Scheinblum

1972 Topps Scheinblum

Journeyman Richie Scheinblum played for six different teams in his 8-year career, including a brief stint in 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds. Scheinblum had been named to the All-Star team in 1972 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, but was never again invited to the midsummer classic. In that ’72 season, he connected for eight home runs and drove in 66 runners, finishing with a .300 batting average. The Royals capitalized on his stats by trading him to the Reds along with Roger Nelson for Hal McRae and Wayne Simpson.

1973 Topps Scheinblum

In 29 games for the Reds in 1973, Scheinblum batted .222 and hit only one home run with eight RBI. The Reds decided to trade him in June that year, sending him to the California Angels for players to be named later. Four days later, those players were named: Terry Wilshusen and Thor Skogan. Neither played a game for the Reds.

Scheinblum’s actual 1972 and 1973 cards show him as a member of the Royals; his 1974 issue pictures him wearing the Halos uniform. A quick Google search did not yield any results for any other Richie Scheinblum Reds custom cards, though there is another Reds connection: his 1968 “Rookie Stars” card pairs him with future Reds manager Lou Piniella.

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for his fine “fun cards.” I enjoy learning about these lesser-known players as I research them for these posts.

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