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Redsfest megapost!

My oldest son and I braved the winter storm to attend Redsfest Friday night, and loaded up on autographs! I was able to obtain four players that I did not previously have, and got three more cards signed for my 1984 Topps Reds team set autograph project!

If you want to see the scans of the autographs and some photos from the event, click on through…

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Former Reds player in plane crash?

According to the online edition of The Morning Sentinel, a man by the name of Paul Householder was a passenger in a small plane that went down Kennebec River Tuesday afternoon. Both Householder and the pilot Ray Ayer were uninjured in the crash.

Is this the same Paul Householder that played for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1980s?

1984 Topps Paul  Householder

The article uses two different first names for Householder, first Paul in the title, and later Peter in the body of the article. I believe the second name to be in error. The writer identifies Householder as 54 years old from Delray Beach, Florida. The former ballplayer is 54, and according to Sports Card Forum he lived in Delray Beach in early 2007. Thus, I do believe this is the former Reds outfielder.

I am glad that he was unhurt and hope there are no future health repercussions from this accident.

Fun Cards: 1984 Topps Mark St. John

Mark St John guitarist for KISS

After Vinnie Vincent left KISS, Mark St. John took over lead guitar duties. He is featured on Animalize and appears in the video for “Heaven’s On Fire,” but only performed two full shows before he had to step down due to Reiter’s Syndrome. He then joined forces with David Donato, a former Black Sabbath singer, creating the band White Tiger. That group released one self-titled album in 1986.

St. John passed away on April 5, 2007, of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Purchase the self-titled White Tiger album.

Purchase KISS – Animalize.

Fun Cards Submissions: 1984 O-Pee-Chee Joey Votto All-Star (corrected) and 1984 Nestle Joey Votto

1984 étoile

TWJ contributor Patrick inadvertently forgot the French on his Joey Votto All-Star/étoile “fun card” yesterday, and quickly corrected it. He also included the “Nestle” version of the Topps card, sans French.

Nestle Votto

According to Wikipedia (and when has Wikipedia ever been wrong?) the Nestle cards were available as a send away premium from the confectioners, and were cut down to size in the aftermarket. Does anyone have trustworthy verification on that? I have a handful of Nestle cards, and they don’t look hand-cut to me.

Fun Cards Submissions: 1984 O-Pee-Chee Joey Votto + All-Star!

1984 OPEECHEE Votto

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.

1984 OPEECHEE Votto AllStar

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!

Fun Cards: 1984 Topps Tony Cingrani

1984 Topps Cingrani

Is this guy getting any attention around the league? In 28 innings, Tony Cingrani has struck out 37 batters and boasts a 2-0 record with a 2.89 ERA. Not bad for a rookie, huh?

As I was searching for images to use on the card, I came across a couple of other very nicely done customs at the RedsZone forums. A user with the screenname “fordman” posted a 1987 Topps with an All-Star Rookie trophy and a 1981 Topps Prospects card with Billy Hamilton and Derrick Robinson. He has created several other awesome “replica” custom cards…you just have to search through the RedsZone forum to find them!

Fun Cards: 1984 Topps Josh Reddick

Reddick 1984 Topps

Requested by Coco Crisp’s Afro, here’s Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick in the 1984 Topps style.

Fun Cards: 1984 Topps Shin-Soo Choo

1984 Choo

My youngest son has been after me for a few days to make a Shin-Soo Choo card for him, so I used some of my spare time this weekend and slapped the centerfielder on a 1984 Topps design, one of my favorites from the 1980s.

Fun Cards Submission: 1984 Topps Eric Davis

Patrick has been supplying me with a lot of great “fun cards,” and I’m going to keep posting them as long as he keeps sending them. I had mentioned to him that I wanted to make a 1984 Topps Eric Davis card, but was having trouble finding photos that would match the earliest part of his career. Not one to disappoint, Patrick sent over a couple of renditions in just a few days.

Eric  Davis 1984 Topps

Eric  Davis 1984 Topps Traded

Both of these cards look fantastic, and I’m tempted to print them out and put them in my Reds binder with the rest of the 1984 Topps cards.

Stay tuned for more great “fun cards” from Patrick…

TTM Success: Kelly Paris

1984 Topps Reds Paris

In my never-ending quest to obtain an autograph on every 1984 Topps Reds card, Kelly Paris got me one step closer today. This request was sent out at the end of October 2012, and was returned to me today with both cards signed. This is now the thirteenth card out of thirty-three (including the traded series) that I have obtained with an autograph. There are a couple that I know will be near-impossible, and I am resigned to the fact that I will likely never have the entire set signed, but it’s a fun project nonetheless.

1984 Fleer Reds Paris

I am not trying to get all of my 1984 Fleer cards signed, but they are nice-looking, aren’t they? This is the second 1984 Fleer autograph I have obtained (Charlie Puleo was the first).

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