Fun Cards: 1990 Topps All-Stars – Bill Murray, Don Zimmer, Roger Craig, Cecil Fielder, Rob Dibble, and MVP Julio Franco
I made a bunch of “fun cards” last night. I don’t devote much time to the hobby much anymore, but every once in a while I get on a roll.
I think I miss the All-Star Game more than anything else about baseball. The brightest stars, the unexpected breakout sensations, the hometown favorites. It’s a special time in the sport that was taken from us this year. The season itself simply isn’t that interesting to me, and has made me reevaluate my interest in the hobby. There is a good chance I will be getting rid of a lot of baseball cards once we get moved and start unpacking. But I still love the history of the game, and I look back on the 1980s and the 1990 season fondly.
Here is a bunch of “fun cards” commemorating the 1990 MLB All-Star Game. I present to you Cubs superfan Bill Murray, coach Don Zimmer, NL manager Roger Craig, 1990 breakout star Cecil Fielder, Reds “Nasty Boy” Rob Dibble, and 1990 All-Star Game MVP Julio Franco.
Jack McKeon didn’t like that Dibble cut his uniform sleeve and complained to the umpires. The umps agreed, and Dibble changed into Stan Williams‘ #35 for the rest of the game, shutting out McKeon’s Padres for 2 1/3 innings. I couldn’t find a picture of Dibs wearing #35, but this photo does show how he altered his uniform.
Rob Dibble received the call to join the Reds in June 1988 and made a big impact in 37 games throughout the second half of the season. He struck out 59 batters in 59 1/3 innings, and Fleer and Score included the Nasty Boy in their year-end update sets. Topps, however, ignored the flamethrowing reliever since he didn’t play for the Yankees.
January 24, 1964
Known as much for his temper tantrums as his pitching prowess, Rob Dibble was a hard-throwing righty, part of Cincinnati’s “Nasty Boys” bullpen. Dibble was a two-time All-Star for the Reds in 1990 and 1991, and was named the 1990 NLCS MVP as he struck out ten Pittsburgh batters in four games. He allowed his temper to get the best of him too often though, and even got into a fistfight with manager Lou Piniella in the Reds clubhouse. He threw at batters and runners during games, and he has occasionally gotten into hot water in his second career as a broadcaster because of off-the-cuff comments.
A stack of random Reds arrived in my mailbox today from the Night Owl…a perfect way to start the season. Well, a win plus baseball cards would be the perfect way. Night Owl and the Reds just worked together and made my day today.
Opening Day is a holiday in Cincinnati. I didn’t have to work today, but didn’t feel like going down to the park for the game. I’ve been watching a few innings here and there of some out-of-market games, and have listened to some of the Reds-Phillies broadcast, and I’m enjoying it all in my comfortable recliner.
I also enjoyed going through some of the cards that Greg sent. In addition to the Brandon Phillips, Mariano Duncan, Ted Power, and Chris Sabo cards above, Greg delivered Joey Votto, Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce, Rob Dibble, and more.
Thank you for the cards Greg! And now, if I could just find some time to update my wantlists…
I picked up a nine-pocket page of baseball cards at the Antique Mall yesterday. At least six of those cards (pictured above) I did not already have in my collection. Two of them (the Pete Rose cards) I have never even seen before. The Johnny Bench card comes from the 1976 SSPC set, while the Redsfest cards are variations on cards I already owned. In 2008, baseball cards were given away at Redsfest at various booths, but they did not have the sponosrs’ logos on the cards like these do. I’m not sure if there are variations for all nine cards, or just Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Joey Votto. In any case, I was happy to add the cards to my collection.
My wife also spied a couple of Starting Lineup figures for me—one of my favorite players, Chris Sabo, and Nasty Boy Rob Dibble—and the price was right to add them to my collection as well. I will be breaking them free of their packaging as soon as I get my mancave cleaned up a little bit, and put them on display with the rest of my SLU collection.
Antique Malls are awesome for finding deals on baseball cards and memorabilia.
There is a lot of hoopla surrounding the duo of Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman in the Reds’ bullpen, but they are not as exciting as the 1990 “Nasty Boys” bullpen featuring Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers. When the Reds traded John Franco in December ’89, I thought all was lost. But Myers’ personality was a better fit for the Cincinnati bullpen, and Lou Piniella was able to get the best out of his famous trio as the Reds went wire-to-wire and swept the Oakland A’s in the 1990 World Series.
It’s Monday…woo-hoo! I’m actually off work today, so Monday is no big deal for me this week. With my work schedule, my off days one week are exactly the opposite of the next, unless I’m working overtime. That’s probably the worst thing about being a relief pitcher…you never really know when you’ll be “working.”
That was a really bad segue. I’m sorry. Enjoy Rob Dibble.
When Night Owl speaks, I tend to listen.
He says do it, I do it.
My wantlists are in an awful, unorganized, unupdated, unmaintained mess, so it only makes sense.
These are the cards I want the most (at the time of making this list, after being awake for 17 hours and just over an hour until I have the opportunity to shut my eyes, so it’s a partially sleep-deprived list)…
* 2005 Topps Rookie Cup Chris Sabo 66
* 1985 Donruss Mario Soto DK 19
* 1987 Fleer Sticker Cards Eric Davis 30
* 1992 Dodgers Police Eric Davis 33
* 1988 Royals Smokey Kurt Stillwell 23
* 1988 Royals Team Issue Kurt Stillwell 31
* 1983 Quad City Cubs TCMA Shawon Dunston 20
* 1985 Cedar Rapids Reds TCMA Rob Dibble 6
* 1986 Vermont Reds ProCards Rob Dibble 7
* 1974 O-Pee-Chee Ken Griffey Sr. 598
I don’t have much to offer in return, but if you make an offer I will listen and will do my best to fulfill your request. I don’t know how difficult these cards are to obtain, as I have not really actively sought most of them, nor do I know what their “book value” is as I don’t really pay attention to “the book.” So just let me know what you’re looking for, or what you want in return, and we’ll see if we can work something out.
I’m going to try to stay awake now for another hour.