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2013 TWJ Cards: Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball

2013 Strawberry

I love the All-Star Game for many reasons. One of which is the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game, bringing past stars of the diamond such as Darryl Strawberry back into the spotlight for a short time. For the past couple of years I have created cards to commemorate the exhibition and posted them here on the blog. This year, I’m moving them to the TWJ Cards tumblr. Every hour today until 11:00 eastern tonight, you will see a new “Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball” card pop up on the tumblr, from Dwight Gooden to Fred Lynn to Jennie Finch to Mallory Hagan to Frank Thomas, etc. There are 22 cards in all. Check them out each hour on the hour at TWJ Cards on tumblr.

Congratulations All-Stars!

The Reds will be well represented in the midsummer classic with starters Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips and reliever Aroldis Chapman. I was also happy to see former Red Travis Wood on the roster.

Cubs pitcher Wood National League All Star

How many All-Star games has Sean Marshall been invited to since joining the Reds?

Be sure to check out the 2013 series of TWJ Cards on tumblr, updated daily and taking requests.

TWJ Cards keeps rolling on tumblr…

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Recently featured by TWJ Cards on tumblrEvan Gattis, Brandon Beachy, Glenn Davis, Cory Hahn, Tony Cingrani, and Chris Sale. Coming soon: Buster Posey, Ryan Zimmerman, Bo Jackson, Wil Myers, Mike Moustakas, and Dave Winfield. Are you following yet?

TWJ on Tumblr…lots of stuff you won’t see here!

I started the TWJ Cards Tumblr to showcase my original design “fun cards” last year, and over the past couple of months have been posting daily updates in the 2013 style. The focus has been exclusively baseball thus far, featuring stars such as Brandon Phillips and Stephen Strasburg, lesser-known big leaguers like Jayson Nix and Eric Sogard, “Phenomenal Future” rookies like Dylan Bundy and Jackie Bradley, managers and mascots.

Another “subset” in the 2013 TWJ style is “Old Schoolers.” Some Hall of Famers like George Brett and Reggie Jackson, others who never quite achieved that pinnacle like Darryl Strawberry and Shawon Dunston, and some guys who should have been inducted long ago, like shortstop Bill Dahlen (pictured below). While modern players like Alan Trammell, Tim Raines, and Dale Murphy are lamented on the blogs because they have been snubbed, players such as Dahlen receive little support or attention.

Dahlen for the Hall of Fame

Dahlen was not only a star in his day, he was a star for the ages and should be remembered as such in the hallowed Halls of Cooperstown. How about it, VC?

If you’re not already following TWJ Cards Tumblr, get over there and do it now, and let me know what players you would like to see included in this year’s set.

TWJ Cards on tumblr

2012 Rookie of the Year

Are you following TWJ Cards on tumblr? We are almost sixty cards deep into the 2013 edition featuring stars, prospects, and “commons,” with new cards being posted daily.

There are several custom card makers around the web, several featuring their own designs. Check out some of the best:

Let me know if you are aware of any others using their own designs!

Coach Piazza

Piazza coaching for Italy
Since his retirement, future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza has been involved in coach for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. I don’t know enough about the former catcher to form an opinion about his abilities on the sidelines, so I’m asking you…do you think Mike Piazza would be a good major league manager or coach?

The card above is from the 2013 TWJ series that is being posted daily on tumblr. This past week has been a mixture of cards from the WBC (including Brandon Phillips, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera) and players in spring training (including Troy Tulowitzki and Gavin Floyd). There is even a special WBC card immortalizing the Canada/Mexico feud. Feel free to follow (I almost always follow back) and let me know if you have any requests for future TWJ subjects!

2013 TWJ cards…updated daily (so far)

Mauer Minnesota Twins

Are you following TWJ Cards on tumblr? A new card is being posted daily (at least so far). We have seen Chris Heisey, Yonder Alonso, Fernando Rodney, Joe Mauer (pictured above), and Adam Lind so far, with Justin Upton, Prince Fielder, and prospect Jurickson Profar coming up soon!

Have any players you would like to see featured on a 2013 TWJ card? Drop me a line via the comments below, e-mail me, or leave me a message on tumblr!

The new 2013 TWJ cards went live today!

I’m going to try to post one new TWJ card each day at TWJ Cards on tumblr, so be sure to follow and let me know of any players you would like to see in the new 2013 TWJ style!

Card #1 is Chris Heisey of the Cincinnati Reds…


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