I started making these early in the season, then took a several-month break because the team was so frustrating. I tried to start back up after the All-Star break, but it was really hard to get motivated to do the full roster.
I’m not going to make an individual post for each card like I usually do. It was not a fun season, and I have no interest in re-living it. Instead, I will post by position, starting with pitchers. I think I got all the big names, but if I’m missing any let me know and I’ll throw it together.
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!
The Reds have only posted pictures of a couple of players on their Twitter feed so far, so I took them and turned them into baseball cards…
I will update this later if I find additional photos.
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.
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.