That will teach me to rely on my faulty memory. I posted this earlier, attributing the awesome assortmant of Reds cards to @vossbrink, who is a pretty awesome person. He quickly pointed out that the cards did not come from him, so I checked my messages again. The cards actually came from another awesome person, @ShaneKatz73! Sorry about the confusion. What follows is the original post, slightly edited.
New friend @ShaneKatz73, who blogs at Off The Wall, impressed me with a box of Reds he recently sent my way. There was a little bit of everything in this package from the 1960s all the way to today. As a fan of oddball cards, I was not at all surprised to find several non-standard cards in the box. Here are a few of my favorites…
From 1967, a Topps poster insert. This puppy measures 5×7 and is a great addition to my collection. I’m a big fan of Leo Cardenas, and he’s a big fan of baseball fans. My oldest son and I ran into him once at the Reds Hall of Fame…not a scheduled event, he was just there hanging out. He took the time to shake our hands and gave my son, who was a soccer player at the time, a little advice: “Always eat your breakfast!”
A beat-up 1979 Kellogg’s Bill Bonham, without its lenitcularness.
A 1982 Drake’s Big Hitters Johnny Bench. I have had the 1981 Drake’s set since I was a little kid, and was aware of other Drake’s sets, but don’t think I’ve ever seen one until recently. Shane sent over several different Drake’s samples for me.
A 1989 Topps BIG Manny Trillo…Manny Trillo played for the Reds? Sure enough, Trillo finished his big league career with 17 games in Cincinnati in 1989.
A 2012 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Aroldis Chapman game-used jersey card. I’m not a relic or autograph chaser, to the point that I don’t even put them on my checklists. But I’m always happy to see them show up in blind trade packages.
A 2018 Topps sticker Scooter Gennett. I love Topps stickers, and for the past three or four years I have liked the sticker designs better than the base card designs.
Shane also threw in a slew of Allen & Ginter and 1980s Fleer minis…
…and some Topps Heritage Minors and Topps Pro Debut, including three Billy Hamilton cards!
Overall, this was just a fantastic package and really fun to go through.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Shane also dove into some of my not-yet-official-non-Reds-player-collections…
A 1987? 1988? 1989? 1990 even? Bo Jackson unlicensed Broder-type card. I love these things, but they are so difficult to nail down exactly what they are or where they came from.
A 1978 O-Pee-Chee Buddy Bell. I don’t think I even have the Topps version of this card yet, that’s how far behind I am on organizing these.
A 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Dave Parker! A rare celestial Cobra from late in his storied career.
…and a big stack of Reggie Jackson cards!
I really have to get some wantlists started for these non-Reds collections.
Thank you for the cards Shane, and sorry again for my earlier confusion! If anyone wants to dispose of any Red Sox cards, contact @ShaneKatz73 on Twitter!
February 28, 1988
Aroldis Chapman was arrested in May, 2012, on traffic charges. He was driving 93 MPH on I-71 northbound in Grove City, Ohio. My car starts shaking violently around 80 MPH…it would probably fall apart above 90.
Don’t you just love it when old friends come home?
On July 31, 2015, Jim (better known as GCRL to many in the baseball card blogging community) made his final post on the Garvey Cey Russell Lopes blog. He had been an active blogger since September, 2008, and was a great trading partner. He continued trading after his blog went silent, but his wit has certainly been missed.
But not for much longer…
Mr. GCRL is returning in May with a brand new blog called FrankenDodger. I’m no Dodger fan, but I am a GCRL fan, so I will be following the new blog, and I can’t wait for the first official post.
To hold me over, Jim sent some Reds cards my way. A brand new card of the dearly departed Todd Frazier…
A 19-year old card of Jeff Brantley, one of the Reds’ current announcers that I can’t stand to hear…
Now, some of you young whipper snappers may not think getting a 19-year old card is all that special. But consider this: I started collecting in 1985. To get a 19-year old card then—a 1966 card—would have been something pretty spectacular. To get a 27-year old card would have been nearly unthinkable. I mean, 1958? That’s what dreams were made of…
Jim helped make my dreams come true, many years later. That’s not just a 27-year old card, man. That’s a 58-year old card, man! This Johnny Temple All-Star is my very first 1958 Topps Reds card. It’s not the oldest card in my collection, but it’s older than me!
I’m very happy to have these cards (and stickers) in my collection. I still haven’t had time to update the wantlists, but I will soon. Thanks Jim!
I recently sent some Dale Murphy and Atlanta Braves cards to Steve of The Card Chop, and he responded with a package of Reds cards. Always happy to receive an envelope full of Reds, especially when I need every single one…
Let’s start with this Joey Votto/Brandon Phillips “Back to Back” card from the new 2016 Topps flagship. I like this card. A lot of people are hating on this particular insert set, and while it’s not the most fantastic card ever, I still like it. Plus, Topps was smart by using two players that were pretty much guaranteed to still be on the Reds roster when the season opens. As opposed to this guy…
…who will be sitting out the first thirty games serving a domestic violence suspension. I’m not sure how much the Reds will actually miss Aroldis Chapman this year, since he is a closer and expected to save games. The Reds probably won’t have very many games to save.
And then there is this guy, who was almost a Blue Jay last week. Jay Bruce has been the subject of trade rumors since the All-Star break last year, and I still would not be surprised to see him in another city for opening day. He has a big contract that Cincinnati would love to get rid of, despite being one of the league leaders in homers and RBI just a few years ago…
Speaking of league leaders…
…when is Billy Hamilton going to get on base enough to lead the league in stolen bases?
Keeping with the league leaders theme…
…Aaron Harang had the most strikeouts in 2006. That kinda blows my mind. He’s still looking for a job this spring, after finishing the 2015 season in Philadelphia. Another former Reds pitcher…
Steve sent over a slew of 2006 Topps Reds that I didn’t have yet.
Brandon Phillips is the only player from the 2006 Reds team that is still in Cincinnati in 2016. 2006 was before Votto and before Bruce. One of the players on that roster is now deceased. It seems like an eternity ago, when Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn still roamed the outfield at Great American Ballpark.
Steve sent several other 2006 Topps Reds, but I don’t remember half of them. I did want to show one other card in the package, going way back to 1995…
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, punched out of a Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine. I loved the 90s.
TWJ contributor Patrick started working on a “traded” card for Aroldis Chapman in the style of 1974 Topps soon after the deal to the Dodgers was announced. Then off-the-field problems came to light and caused the Dodgers to have second thoughts, and the trade fell through. So Chapman is still a Red for the time being, and we have a virtual “fun card” error. Sort of bring to mind the whole “Washington Nat’l League” fiasco of the 1974 base set, doesn’t it?
I hope Chapman is able to work out whatever issues he has, and that the Reds can find an acceptable deal for the closer. While I said a few days ago that we would miss him in Cincinnati—and we certainly will miss his talent—the team doesn’t need a personality like that in the clubhouse negatively influencing the younger players.
The Reds have reportedly traded “The Cuban Missile” Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects, pending a physical exam. We’ll miss the Missile in Cincinnati.
Todd Frazier got the start at third base for the National League squad in the 2015 All-Star Game. He was 0-for-3 at the plate, grounding out to third base each time he came to the plate. The Cincinnati crowd cheered him on though, and he made us proud by hustling each time he came to the plate. This was Frazier’s second All-Star Game.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning for the National Leaguers, striking out the side. Twelve of his fourteen pitches were 100 mph or faster. Chapman has been selected to four consecutive All-Star Games.
One of the most dominant closers in the majors is fireballer Aroldis Chapman. He has been an All-Star for three straight seasons, with 113 career saves through five seasons. If the Reds’ starters can give him some save opportunities this year, he could reach the 150 mark. The Reds have two more seasons with the Cuban Missile before he is eligible for free agency, but I’d be willing to bet that he will be wearing another uniform before the 2016 season is over.
TWJ contributor Patrick sent these “fun cards” of the 2014 Reds All-Stars over last night, styled after the 1970 Topps All-Stars. It’s great to see Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, and Devin Mesoraco honored by the coaches and players by being selected to the team this year. And it’s great to see them on a classic design like the 1970 Topps All-Stars. Thanks Patrick!
Pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, third baseman Todd Frazier, and catcher Devin Mesoraco have all been selected to the 2014 All-Star Team! This is Chapman’s third straight All-Star berth, while the others will be representing the Reds for the first time in their careers. Frazier and Mesoraco have been especially important to the Reds this year, providing the offense as the high-paid superstars have floundered. Congratulations, and have fun in Minnesota!