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Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 19

Nothing but pitchers today…Win Kellum, Jim Maloney, and Jose Rijo.

Kellum

Maloney

Rijo

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 18

Highlights for the day include one-and-done Rufus Meadows, a grand slam from a very young Vada Pinson, a career milestone for Tom Seaver, and a uniform controversy for Rob Dibble.

Meadows

Pinson

Seaver

Dibble

Jack McKeon didn’t like that Dibble cut his uniform sleeve and complained to the umpires. The umps agreed, and Dibble changed into Stan Williams‘ #35 for the rest of the game, shutting out McKeon’s Padres for 2 1/3 innings. I couldn’t find a picture of Dibs wearing #35, but this photo does show how he altered his uniform.

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 17

A bit later today. I had some computer frustrations last night and gave up as I was preparing to schedule a post for this morning. Five cards today featuring Ivy/Ivey Wingo, Elmer and Johnny Riddle, Chuck Harmon, Frank Robinson, and one of my all-time favorites, Kurt Stillwell.

The Riddle card got me to Googling “battery brothers,” and I found this link. There were more pitcher/catcher combos on the same team than I would have guessed! The Riddles weren’t even the first for the Reds!

Wingo

Riddle brothers

Harmon

Robinson

Stillwell

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 16

Today’s highlights come from George “White Wings” Tebeau, Curt Walker, Ed Bailey, Marge Schott, and a double-shot of Hal Morris.

White Wings Tebeau

Walker

Bailey

Morris

Schott

Morris

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 15

Today’s Reds highlights are brought to you by Frank McCormick, Ewell Blackwell, Gary Nolan, Cesar Geronimo, Sal Butera, Dave Concepcion, and Eric Davis.

Take special note of Concepcion’s highlight. I really wish I could have found a photo of the actual event.

McCormick

Blackwell

Nolan

Geronimo

Butera

Concepcion

Davis

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 14

Another day of Reds highlights…featuring Cy Seymour, Edd Roush, Pete Donohue, Dave Collins, and Deion Sanders!

Seymour

Roush

Donohue

Collins

Neon Deion

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 13

Four cards today, but not a lot of time to write. Sammy Bohne, Jim Greengrass, Tony Perez, and Charlie Leibrandt are our highlighted players. Enjoy!

Bohne

Greengrass

Perez

Leibrandt

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 12

Three straight days of posts? Um…quarantine much?

Toney

What’s a shutout? This was the first of Fred Toney‘s seven shutouts in 1917.

Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez enjoyed some minor success for the Phillies in the 1960s, but he started his career with the Reds.

Rettenmund

Another day, another grand slam; this one came off the bat of Merv Rettenmund.

Concepcion

Dave Concepcion is our first repeated player as he walked off against the Mad Hungarian Al Hrabosky in 1980.

Boone

Bret Boone rounds out our highlights today with a grand slam against the Rockies in 1998.

Happy Easter friends! Just remember to stay six feet away from that wascally wabbit!

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 11

Yesterday was all about the homer, with five of the six cards featuring a home run highlight. Today we get to see some more pitching prowess from the Reds of the past. First though, we’ll start off with a home run…

Klu

Ted Kluszewski launched a home run that represented the Reds’ sole run in a loss to the Cubs. Not really noteworthy, but it’s Big Klu.

O'Toole

Jim O’Toole is one of the best pitchers in Reds history. In 1961 he held the Cubs to four hits on Opening Day.

Concepcion

For a light-hitting shortstop, Dave Concepcion had some pretty big hits, including a grand slam against the Braves in 1979.

Price

Yesterday’s obscure player from the ’80s was Nick Esasky…today it’s Joe Price. I had a ton of Price cards growing up. He was one of those guys that seemed to be in almost every pack.

Rijo

We will end the post with one of the most underrated pitchers in the 1990s, Jose Rijo.

Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 10

I had my doubts about Topps Now “Turn Back the Clock” cards when they were first announced. But honestly, I loved them as soon as I saw the first one. Not enough to buy them (unless there is a really cool Reds card), but the basic concept and design are better than I expected. Hopefully, Topps will go deeper than your standard Hall of Famers (such as Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson) and super popular players (like Dwight Gooden and Bryce Harper). But if they don’t, there are always custom card makers.

I created SIX different Topps Now TBTC cards for today…all Reds, of course. It was difficult to find era-accurate photos for some, but I did change up the team logo on each card to represent the proper era.

Post Dodger Stadium home run

Did you know that Wally Post hit the first-ever home run in the first-ever game at Dodger Stadium? It happened April 10, 1962, in the seventh inning; the Reds won the game 6-3.

Pinson home run

Would this have been a Topps Now card, if Topps Now cards existed in 1967? Probably not, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a “fun card” of the underrated Vada Pinson.

Gullett debut

Another one that probably would not have been on the Topps Now radar at the time, but in hindsight, it was an easy decision to include Don Gullett‘s debut in this virtual run-down of important events in Reds history.

Perez

Another Opening Day home run? Of course! This one comes from Tony Perez in 1968. Tommy Helms also homered that day.

Esasky

Now we’re talking. When is the last time you saw a new Nick Esasky card in a Topps product? A grand slam and a triple in 1984 may have made the cut for a Topps Now card.

Griffey 400 home runs

If I were a betting man (which I’m not), I’d say this would be Topps’ choice for a TBTC card today. I don’t know for sure, especially since Ken Griffey Jr. already has a card in the series, but this seems like a safe bet.

I don’t know if I will create cards for each day of the year. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now, and this is just a hobby. But I had fun coming up with these six cards for April 10!

Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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