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Fun Cards Submission: 1987 Topps Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino

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).


Fun Cards Submissions: 1975 Topps Aquino, VanMeter, Castillo, and Garrett

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!

Fun Cards: 2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: Anthony DeSclafani

I fell behind on these pretty quickly this year. I had huge expectations for my Reds this year, but when they started the season so poorly I focused on other things. Call me a bandwagon fan, but I’m not going to stand by and root for a terrible team. I’m happy when they win, and love seeing guys like Aristides Aquino excel, but as a whole the Reds have been an enormous disappointment in 2019.

Anthony DeSclafani, while not the ace of the staff, has been a solid back-of-the-rotation starter. His 8-7 record and 4.40 ERA are about what I would expect for a 4th or 5th starter, and his 1.6 WAR isn’t terrible. He’ll never be mistaken for an All-Star, but as long as he can avoid injury I expect “Disco” to have a nice long career on the mound.

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!

Fun Cards: 2015 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.

2015 Topps Griffey

Here it is…the last missing Ken Griffey Jr.! 2015 Topps is not the easiest design to manipulate, and the fonts are not an exact match, but it’s close enough for me to be satisfied.

I’m also in a Facebook group called “Custom Baseball Cards,” and I put out a call last week for help finishing up the list. Beny Levy accepted the challenge and made a Mariners card for Griffey on the 2015 design…and it looks a lot better than mine! If you’re a Facebooker, join the fun!

But wait…there’s more! That’s right, tomorrow I have one more Griffey “fun card” post. Don’t miss it!

Surprise mailday!

Morgan 1973 Kellogg

I opened my mail today. It actually arrived yesterday, or maybe Friday…I kind of lose track of time when I’m working. Bill…bill…junk mail…city newsletter…PWE with a strange Ohio address…wait, what? I didn’t recognize the return address or the sender, so I knew it wasn’t an eBay purchase. But a friend on Twitter asked for my address not long ago…I wonder?

I ripped the envelope open and the Joe Morgan card pictured above fell out. I shot a message off to @jklongwith, and sure enough he arranged for the card’s arrival. Jason and I have been friends on Twitter for a while, we are brothers in Christ, and I even got to meet him in person about a month ago at a youth rally in Lexington. He truly is one of the good guys in the hobby. I know, there are a lot of good guys, because this is a great hobby!

This is my first 1973 Kellogg’s card and a great early Reds card for “The Little General.” I’m glad to have it in my Reds collection. Thank you, Jason, for thinking of me!

Fun Cards: 1984 Fleer Yasiel Puig

Puig snake 1984 Fleer Cincinnati Reds

Earlier this year, while he was still employed by the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig visited the Cincinnati Zoo and spent some time with the reptiles. Snakes and baseball…where have we seen that before? Let’s go back 35 years…

Hubbard snake 1984 Fleer

Glenn Hubbard‘s 1984 Fleer card showed him holding a ginormous snake while the Phillie Phanatic loomed in the background (I’ve actually never noticed the Phanatic there before now). And wait…isn’t that Barney Rubble on the left-hand side of the card? Wild!

I’m getting off-track. Back to the snake.

It wasn’t difficult to connect the dots. Puig needed a 1984 “fun card” holding the Cincinnati Zoo snake, too.

Unfortunately, the idea didn’t come to me when I first saw the photo several months ago. By the time I got around to creating this card, Puig had been traded to the mistake-by-the-lake Indians for Trevor Bauer. No problem. 1984 Fleer is pretty easy to manipulate…

Puig snake 1984 Fleer Cleveland Indians

Something has to be done with that Cleveland logo. It’s so boring. I really wish they would use the angular C from the 1970s. Or change the team name to the Spiders and come up with something new.

Now back to Barney Rubble. How wild is that???

Fun Cards: 2019 Reds, 1987 Topps football style: Aristides Aquino


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.

Fun Cards Submission: 1981 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. by Lanny Ribes!

1981 Topps Griffey

1981…the year the Reds had the best record in baseball but were excluded from the playoffs. I’m sure Bud Selig had something to do with that. Ken Griffey Jr. was still in middle school I think at this point.

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