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Fun cards: 1987 Topps “AFC Champions” Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, and Joe Burrow

I have not watched football in years, but I did tune in to the end of the Bengals/Chiefs game. I was a huge fan of the 1988 team, so it was really cool to see Cincinnati win again. I got this idea a few days ago but did not want to put a lot of work into it until the game was over.

Bengals quarterbacks Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Joe Burrow AFC Champions

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Legends, and a Post-Game Concert

The rockingest pitcher the Reds ever employed, Bronson Arroyo; Barry Larkin admiring Barry Larkin; and Zedd, who I have never heard of before, and will probably never hear of again.

Arroyo

Larkin

Zedd

And that’s all of the “fun cards” I have from the 2019 Reds season. If I’m missing any that you are desparate to see, let me know and I’ll throw it together!

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Manager and His Coaches

I absolutely love David Bell‘s fire, and I hope that he is able to turn around the team’s won/loss record next year. This group features one of my favorite “fun cards,” the last one of the bunch, showing a Father’s Day embrace between first base coach Delino DeShields and his Texas Ranger son, Delino DeShields.

Also in this post: Nate Irving, the recently unemployed Turner Ward, Freddie Benavides, and J.R. House.

Bell and Senzel

Bell arguing with another ump

Discussing post-game dinner plans

Irving

Ward

Benavides

House

House

DeShields

DeShields and DeShields

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Outfielders

Had the Reds been a better team this season, I might have posted more about Yasiel Puig. Certainly one of the most entertaining players, pre-trade deadline. But the overall season was just so ho-hum, so was my blogging desire.

Also in this post: rookie Brian O’Grady, Philip Ervin, Michael Lorenzen, Scott Schebler, Graeter’s Ice Cream fan Derek Dietrich.

Puig

Puig and the Snake

OGrady

Ervin

Mikey Biceps

Schebler

Dietrich ice cream

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Infielders

One bright spot for the offense this year was Eugenio Suarez. He broke Andres Galarraga‘s record for most homers by a Venezuelan player, slugging 49 homers. He is only the fifth Reds player to hit more than 40 blasts in a season during Marty Brennaman’s career as a Reds announcer. The others were George Foster, Ken Griffey Jr., Greg Vaughn, and Adam Dunn.

I’ve got two Suarez “fun cards” to post. The only other infielders I have that were not previously posted are Jose Iglesias and Scooter Gennett, who was traded to the Giants at the deadline and then released less than a month later. I hope he lands somewhere.

Suarez

Suarez throwback

Iglesias

Gennett

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Catchers

The search for the next Johnny Bench continues. Not on the shortlist: Tucker Barnhart, Curt Casali, and Ryan Lavarnway.

Barnhart

Casali

Lavarnway

2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: The Pitchers

I started making these early in the season, then took a several-month break because the team was so frustrating. I tried to start back up after the All-Star break, but it was really hard to get motivated to do the full roster.

I’m not going to make an individual post for each card like I usually do. It was not a fun season, and I have no interest in re-living it. Instead, I will post by position, starting with pitchers. I think I got all the big names, but if I’m missing any let me know and I’ll throw it together.

In this post: Amir Garrett, Luis Castillo, Raisel Iglesias, Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, David Hernandez, Lucas Sims, Michael Lorenzen, Kevin Gausman, Matt Bowman, Trevor Bauer.

Garrett

Castillo

Iglesias

Roark

Wood

Hernandez

Sims

Mikey Biceps

Gausman

Bowman

Bauer

Fun Cards: 2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: Jeff Pickler

Pickler

Jeff Pickler was the guy in charge the night of the Pirates-Reds rumble back in July. David Bell had already been ejected while arguing balls and strikes. Freddie Benavides was then tossed when Jared Hughes “accidentally” hit a Pirates batter after both teams had received warnings. It was during Pickler’s mound visit to an agitated Amir Garrett that both benches (and clubhouses) cleared. Reviewing the video, it almost appears that Pickler encouraged Garrett to take on the entire Pittsburgh squad by himself.

Fun Cards: 2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: Jesse Winker

Winker

I can’t wrap my head around Jesse Winker. He has hot streaks, then he has really cold streaks. His defense is not great. Does his hitting make up for that? I really don’t know. I wouldn’t hate it if the Reds moved him during the offseason.

Fun Cards: 2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: Robert Stephenson

Stephenson

Robert Stephenson was the Reds’ first-round draft pick in 2011. His stats do not reflect that first-round status. While 2019 has been better than previous seasons, I would hesitate to call it “good.” Oh well, not all first-rounders can be future Hall of Famers.

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