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Redsfest megapost!

My oldest son and I braved the winter storm to attend Redsfest Friday night, and loaded up on autographs! I was able to obtain four players that I did not previously have, and got three more cards signed for my 1984 Topps Reds team set autograph project!

If you want to see the scans of the autographs and some photos from the event, click on through…

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Fun Cards Submission: 2005 Topps Phil Ervin (2013 Draft Pick)

Phil Ervin 2013 Draft Pick Cincinnati Reds

Always on the ball, TWJ contributor Patrick sent over a handful of Draft Pick cards last night. The Reds selected centerfielder Phillip Ervin from Samford University in Alabama with the 27th overall pick in the draft. The scouting report on Ervin reads:

Performing well in the Cape Cod League is always a plus for college hitters, and Ervin set himself up extremely well this summer, winning the Cape MVP award while reaching double-digits in home runs and steals. Ervin’s a good pure hitter with some pop, and he has plus speed to go along with it. That speed allows him to play a good center field. The only knocks against him might be that he’s not the biggest guy in the world and he doesn’t play for a huge college power in Samford. He continued to perform like he did in the Cape during his junior season, keeping many teams very interested. After a very strong sophomore season on both sides of the ball, Gonzales kept it going for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team over the summer. He carried it over to his junior season, pitching and hitting well for the ‘Zags. Clearly a very good athlete who can handle the bat, it’s his left arm that could have him drafted in the first round in June.

And in this age of the internet, videos abound of the young ballplayer…

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