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Fun Cards: 1988 Donruss Mike Leake

1988 Donruss Leake

Throughout the offseason, trade rumors ran rampant in Reds country. Brandon Phillips, Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman, and Mike Leake were the names most often mentioned, but all four have survived. Leake had a hot start in his rookie season, but then became inconsistent. When he’s on, he is nearly unbeatable. Unfortunately, he’s not always on.

I chose the 1988 Donruss design for this “fun card,” turning up the green tint on the border to coincide with the Reds’ St. Patricks Day uniforms worn on Monday. I couldn’t find a good match for the name font…Donruss used some funky letters back in the day.

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Fun Cards Submission: 1978 Topps Tom Seaver (St. Patrick’s Day edition)

Green Seaver

It was 35 years ago today that the Reds first took the field in green uniforms to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. While the fans loved it, not all the players were excited. Dave Concepcion allegedly mocked the uniform, saying, “I’m not wearing that. I’m Venezuelan, not Irish.” Phil Hecken has a good write-up of the tradition over at Uni Watch.

TWJ reader contributor Patrick sent the above “fun card” of Tom Seaver, and of course it had to be posted today. I made a small tweak (below), and would have gone further to change the team name to “Greens” if I knew the font and had it installed on my computer.

Green Seaver

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Hope you didn’t get pinched too hard today!

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