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2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Manager and His Coaches

I absolutely love David Bell‘s fire, and I hope that he is able to turn around the team’s won/loss record next year. This group features one of my favorite “fun cards,” the last one of the bunch, showing a Father’s Day embrace between first base coach Delino DeShields and his Texas Ranger son, Delino DeShields.

Also in this post: Nate Irving, the recently unemployed Turner Ward, Freddie Benavides, and J.R. House.

Bell and Senzel

Bell arguing with another ump

Discussing post-game dinner plans

Irving

Ward

Benavides

House

House

DeShields

DeShields and DeShields

This totally just made my day (@DelinoSr)

Go to Delino DeShieldsTwitter profile. Recognize the background?

I made that “fun card” in August, 2010. Here’s the original. Not much wordage on that post…but it still makes me feel old.

DeShields is currently the manager for the Dayton Dragons, the Reds’ Class A affiliate that regularly sells out games. I haven’t visited Dayton for a game yet, but I would like to change that this season if the budget allows.

DeShields, Jr., played for the Astros’ Class A affiliate Lexington Legends last year. Had I known that, I would have tried to go down for a game. Travel time to Dayton is about the same as Lexington, just in different directions.

Fun Cards: 1985 Topps “Father/Son” Delino Deshields

Does this make anyone else feel old?

Mailbox mania

This was a good week for the mailbox. A few days ago I received a pack of soccer cards from the Bad Wax Forums for being one of the first 10 people to post five times on the board. I actually didn’t even know about the contest until after I started posting. It’s a great place to talk about baseball (and other sports) cards, sets you are working on, trades, great pulls, etc. There is also a forum for the Fun Cards set which is in progress. If you are a collector, come on over and start discussing your collection with others.

Today, I opened my mail to find some O-Pee-Chee and other cards from the 88 Topps blog. Andrew is giving away cards left and right, and he even threw in a couple bonus cards in my prize. I got the Delino DeShields draft card (which was not in the regular Topps set), John Franco, Dave Parker (Cobra for the HOF!), Tracy Jones (who now has a talk show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati), Shawon Dunston (one of my all-time favorites), and Tom Henke. He also threw in a couple of Topps’ “Fan Favorites” cards, Fergie Jenkins and Ken Griffey Sr. A great surprise, and much appreciated.

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