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Just in time for Opening Day (part 1)

Mr Red

Happy Reds Opening Day! As I type this, my Redlegs trail the Washington Nationals 1-0 while waiting to bat against Brandon Kintzler, who replaces future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer in the bottom of the 7th. The Reds still have nine outs to cross the plate a couple of times and pull out a victory in their first official game of 2018. Fingers crossed!

cjbosu2000

For the second time in less than a month, @cjbosu2000 hits a home run with a package full of Reds cards. Inside were Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr...

Bench

Griffey

Prospects Tyler Stephenson and Jesse Winker (who got the start today)…

Stephenson

Winker

Speedster Billy Hamilton

AG Hamilton

1987 Hamilton

And my first 2018 Gypsy Queen cards, Scooter Gennett and Adam Duvall

Scooter

Duvall

Again, thank you for the cards Chuck! Good luck to the Tribe this year…maybe we will see a World Series featuring two Ohio teams this year!

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Useful or dupes?

My wife and I spent a few days in the Smoky Mountains last week. For the past two years, we have participated in the Great Smoky Mountains Marriage Retreat, sponsored by the Jacksonville church of Christ. It is a fantastic getaway, and refreshing to just turn everything off for a few days. I would highly recommend this retreat to any married couple, no matter how long you have been together. We were blessed to hear great lessons from God’s Word presented by Dan Winkler, B.J. Clarke, and Melvin Otey.

Cincinnati Reds

Of course, even when I’m not home, life goes on. The mail still runs. Packages still arrive. I was ecstatic when I got home Saturday night to find a package from the legendary Night Owl. The note inside read, “Useful? Dupes? You decide —N.O.”

First off, no Reds card is ever useless. Even dupes can be used—for trades, for TTM requests, for art projects that I will probably never ever tackle.

The package contained a handful of 1981 Fleer, all doubles. The only 1981 Fleer Reds card I am missing is Bill Bonham, “small hand on back” variation. I’m not really concerned about obtaining that variation which looks more like a printing error to my eyes.

Then there was a 2017 Joey Votto “League Leaders” card. Double. But far from useless. I’m always happy to have an extra Votto card.

Then we get to the non-dupes. Several 2017 Topps Update Series cards, including the future ace of the Reds staff, Luis Castillo, and the short-printed red jersey Jesse Winker. Moving along, there is a 2017 Topps Bunt Anthony DeSclafani and a 2017 Topps Gallery Winker. I had no cards from either set already, so it’s great to get started toward the team set in each.

Spring training is underway. Regulation baseball is right around the corner. The Reds have a young, promising team. 2018 will be full of growing pains with young players learning the ropes, and .500 looks to be a longshot. But you never know. You just never know.

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