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Goodbye, Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver Cincinnati Reds 2020 Topps

Tom Seaver, nicknamed “Tom Terrific” for his immense talent on the baseball diamond, passed away August 31, 2020, at the age of 75. He was ushered into the Hall of Fame in 1992 with only five out of 430 voters declining to check his name. He was a tremendous pitcher for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox, and is a member of the Mets and Reds team Halls of Fame.

Who’s ready for baseball? #2020Topps

2020 Topps flagship officially dropped today. I already pre-ordered a Reds team set and am waiting on my usual card site to upload all the inserts available. I probably won’t pick up any of the SP or SSP photo variations because the prices are so inflated (especially right out of the gate), but I love looking at the pictures. Ryan at Beckett always does a great job of cataloging all the variations. You can see everything he has found so far here. My favorite non-Reds that have popped up are Max Scherzer with the Expos, Ozzie Smith, and Ronald Acuna Jr. wearing his glove like a hat. Some of them look ridiculous (especially those stupid all-white Players Weekend uniforms).

Here is one SSSP that Ryan missed, though…

Judge plus POTUS

And a brand new SSSSP…

Judge plus POTUS plus Pelosi

Fun Cards: 2020 Topps Shogo Akiyama

Shogo

We are three weeks away from the official release of 2020 Topps Series 1! A few images have been posted on Topps’ Twitter page, and I’m liking it more and more (even sans borders).

I thought I would take a crack at creating a card for the newest Cincinnatian, Shogo Akiyama. He was a five-time All-Star in Japan and has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons for the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League. Reds Country is excited to see him patrol the outfield at Riverfront Great American Ballpark!

One interesting dilemma I faced was the placement of the “RC” logo. Topps has not previewed any rookie cards for the new design yet. Will the “RC” be in the gray area, as I chose? Will it be incorporated elsewhere in the design portion on the left side? Or will it intrude upon the photo? I tried it in a few different areas, and I like what I settled on the best. Thus it is quite unlikely I placed it correctly.

Where do you think it should appear? (No, “not at all” is not an option…though that would be my first choice!)

Fun Cards: 2020 Topps Ken Griffey Sr.

Griffey 2020 Topps

Before The Kid, there was The Dad. Ken Griffey actually doesn’t have a nickname, but “The Dad” would fit, right? Since I already had the template made, I figured I would go ahead and travel back in time to the original George Kenneth Griffey.

The more I look at the 2020 Topps design, the less I hate it. But still, it’s not a flagship design. Plus, releasing it before Update is even out is just preposterous. Come on Topps, make us wait until at least Thanksgiving to see this stuff.

Fun Cards: 2020 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.

2020 Topps Griffey

Looking into my crystal ball, and what do I see? A brand new Topps card of Ken Griffey, Jr.!

I really hope he gets another Reds card at some time, even though everyone loves him as a Mariner. Maybe, perhaps we might even see a special card showing him at the presser announcing the trade…

2020 Topps Griffey

I can’t wait to see what the Reds cards actually look like, even though I’m not crazy about the 2020 Topps design. I suspect the secondary color will be black rather than blue, but I don’t think the blue looks terrible.

That wraps up the Griffeypalooza. Check out the original post for the list of every Topps design featuring The Kid!

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