I had my doubts about Topps Now “Turn Back the Clock” cards when they were first announced. But honestly, I loved them as soon as I saw the first one. Not enough to buy them (unless there is a really cool Reds card), but the basic concept and design are better than I expected. Hopefully, Topps will go deeper than your standard Hall of Famers (such as Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson) and super popular players (like Dwight Gooden and Bryce Harper). But if they don’t, there are always custom card makers.
I created SIX different Topps Now TBTC cards for today…all Reds, of course. It was difficult to find era-accurate photos for some, but I did change up the team logo on each card to represent the proper era.
Did you know that Wally Post hit the first-ever home run in the first-ever game at Dodger Stadium? It happened April 10, 1962, in the seventh inning; the Reds won the game 6-3.
Would this have been a Topps Now card, if Topps Now cards existed in 1967? Probably not, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a “fun card” of the underrated Vada Pinson.
Another one that probably would not have been on the Topps Now radar at the time, but in hindsight, it was an easy decision to include Don Gullett‘s debut in this virtual run-down of important events in Reds history.
Now we’re talking. When is the last time you saw a new Nick Esasky card in a Topps product? A grand slam and a triple in 1984 may have made the cut for a Topps Now card.
If I were a betting man (which I’m not), I’d say this would be Topps’ choice for a TBTC card today. I don’t know for sure, especially since Ken Griffey Jr. already has a card in the series, but this seems like a safe bet.
I don’t know if I will create cards for each day of the year. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now, and this is just a hobby. But I had fun coming up with these six cards for April 10!
Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to wash your hands!
TWJ contributor Patrick followed the recent Ken Griffey Jr.-palooza, writing, “It seemed everything was represented. I wondered about all the odd ball stuff; stickers, oversized, coins mini posters, stamps, 80s box sets, and so on; does that count?”
Does that count? OF COURSE. I love oddball cards, and love the 1969 Deckle Edge custom Patrick sent in. “One set that I always liked were the deckle edge. So I decided to create a 1969 deckle edge. Since I didn’t recall seeing him in a Moeller uniform I opted for that.”
Patrick always does high-quality stuff and I’m glad to share them with readers. If anyone has some oddball Griffey customs but nowhere to share, send them along and we’ll post them up here!
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…
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!
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!
Steve Gierman of the awesome White Sox Cards blog does a great job with “Birth Year Cards.” I didn’t even think to check to see if he had a Ken Griffey Jr. BYC, but he sent this to me last week. The card originally appeared on his blog in 2010. It looks great! Junior has appeared on the 1969 design before; Baseball Cards Magazine made a card for him in 1990, and Topps included him in the 4-in-1 Stickers insert in 2013 Archives. Steve’s is the first 1969 card showing him with the Southsiders.
Topps loves the 1987 design so much they used it in 1962! The woodgrain borders are a little darker on the precursor to one of the most overproduced sets in history, and I actually prefer the 1962 version a little better. Lanny Ribes used a fantastic photo of Ken Griffey Jr. in this recreation. Griffey previously appeared on a “Babe Ruth Special” style a few years ago in Topps TBT, but I have never seen a base card version of The Kid on this design.
We are getting very close to seeing Griffey on every Topps design! Thank you Lanny for all the contributions so far!
Am I alone in my continued dislike of borderless cards? I didn’t like these the first time I saw them. I didn’t like 2017 or 2018 either. I do like the look of 2019, but the early previews of 2020 are barf-tastic. The 2016 set may have been a little better if Ken Griffey Jr. had a card in the set, and our good friend Lanny Ribes (@DOCBZ17) does his best to set things right with Griffey sporting White Sox duds.
Tomorrow will be our last Lanny Ribes submission this round. I will continue to search the depths of the internet looking for more historical Topps designs with Griffey, but in the meantime feel free to fire up Paint and fill in the blanks!
Lanny comes through again with a fantastic Ken Griffey Jr. “fun card” on the 1978 design. I love the 1978 Topps design. It’s simple and clean but at the same time not the easiest to replicate. I’ve used the ’78 design at times for non-baseball cards, and it can be difficult getting the right letters for the team name. I have no idea what font is actually being used there.
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.