Here is the final submission from Jere Chandler, a pair of 1989 Upper Deck “fun cards” featuring rookies Aristides Aquino and Nick Senzel. I love the 1989 Upper Deck set, even though I couldn’t afford them when they were first released. It was only a few years ago I finally took the plunge and picked up the Ken Griffey Jr. rookie.
These rookies look spectacular on the 1989 design, and I love the Reds logo that Jere used. It looks perfect.
Thanks again for sharing Jere! From now on, readers can check out Jere’s customs on his brand new blog: Alternate Reds! Be sure to add his new site to your blogroll and check it for awesome new content!
Here is part 2 of Jere Chandler’s “fun cards” that he shared with me yesterday.
Nick Senzel is the one who got all the love earlier this year, but Aristides Aquino has put up the numbers. Will either one actually receive a little trophy on his card next year? I haven’t followed the rookies league-wide much this year except for the Blue Jays dudes, so I can’t say for sure. Who do you think should be All-Star Rookies?
No offense to Jere, but I’m tired of 1987 Topps baseball. It’s an all-time classic design, no doubt, but Topps has shoved it in our faces so much over the past few years I’m just ready to never see it again (or at least until 2036 when it is used for Heritage, assuming I did my math correctly, which is a dangerous assumption).
I received an email earlier today from a blog reader. Jere Chandler wrote, “I recently stumbled across your custom Reds cards and really enjoyed looking through them. I’m a huge Reds fan. I saw my first game at Riverfront back in ’75, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Your ‘fun cards’ even inspired me to make a few of my own.”
I asked if I could share his creations here, and he consented. I will break it into three posts over the next few days, starting with some 1975 Topps customs of a couple of rookies (Aristides Aquino and Josh VanMeter) and a couple of pitchers (Luis Castillo and Amir Garrett) today.
I love the look that Jere used here with the red and gray border. Of course, that’s not faithful to the original set, and Night Owl would probably have a conniption fit if Topps released anything like this. But I think they look nice and clean and I would happily slide these into nine-pocket pages if they were real. Thanks for sharing Jere!
Alternate blogpost title: Yasiel Who?
Reds fans are still up in arms about the team sending Yasiel Puig to Cleveland, but rookie Aristides Aquino is helping to ease that pain by causing massive pain to opposing pitchers. He actually debuted for the Reds last August, striking out in his lone plate appearance.
2019 is going a little bit better. He crushed his first big league homer last Saturday. He hit his fourth homer in the second inning tonight, the third straight game he has sent one into the stands. The power is not a huge surprise, though, as he launched 28 longballs in Louisville this season before the Reds called him up.
Super Rookie? More like Super Duper Rookie.