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Fun Cards Submissions: First pitches (part 1)

TWJ contributor Patrick asked if I considered making “fun cards” out of the ceremonial first pitch photos I had posted the past couple of weeks. I told him it had crossed my mind, but if he wanted to tackle that project, go for it! He didn’t disappoint, using some of the photos I posted and finding a few others, like Sandy Koufax below.

Koufax

Today and tomorrow I will post those that I had already shown you, and on Wednesday I will show you some that he dug up that I hadn’t seen yet in my searches. Hit the jump to see the first few.

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Fun Card Submission: 1972 Topps Joe Morgan “In Action”

Morgan In Action 1972 Topps

The 1972 Topps set had a great subset called “In Action.” One of the young stars missing from that set was Joe Morgan, who had been traded after the 1971 season from Houston to Cincinnati (a deal that also brought key Big Red Machine members Jack Billingham and Cesar Geronimo to the Reds). TWJ contributor Patrick decided to give the Hall of Famer his due with a custom “In Action” card that never appeared in the original 1972 set.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Mike Leake (@MikeLeake44) “chase card”

After a spectacular start to the season (5-0!), Leake cooled off shortly before the All-Star break. Despite the cooling off, his early success was very important to the team.

Red looks much better on him than baby blue does.

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) “chase card”

Work it, Sammy!

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Yonder Alonso “chase card”

Joey Votto is your daddy.

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Chris Valaika “chase card”

It’s so good to have young guys like Valaika on the team. He really stepped up when Phillips needed a break and got it done at the plate. Not only that, he gave Matt Maloney’s wife some fantastic fashion tips last week. (No, those heels do not go with that dress!)

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Chris Heisey “chase card”

This guy really impressed me this year. Until I saw these photos.

I keed. I keed.

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Aroldis Chapman “chase card”

Somehow Chapman seemed to escape the sexy Halloween costume portion of the rookie hazing a few weeks ago, but he still had to carry the Disney Princess backpack. Or is it Dora the Explorer? I can’t tell from the side view.

This is the “chase card” variation; you can see the real fake card here.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Willie Bloomquist

Acquired too late to be included on the Reds’ postseason roster, Bloomquist was picked up for a PTBNL or cash because of injuries in the outfield. I had never heard of him before last month, and still don’t really know anything about him.

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Philippe Valiquette

Left-handed Canadian Philippe Valiquette is on the Reds’ 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, but has not yet had a cup of coffee. In six minor league seasons, he has an 18-19 record and 4.50 ERA, but has a decent 7.2 k/9 innings. As loaded as the Reds are on the mound right now, Valiquette may be waiting a bit longer to see GABP.

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