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Happy Reds birthday, Todd Benzinger!


February 11, 1963

Todd Benzinger came to the Reds along with Jeff Sellers via a trade with the Red Sox for Nick Esasky and Rob Murphy. He is best remembered in Cincinnati for catching the final out in the 1990 World Series.

Baseball cards from Orlando


I have been sitting on this post for absolutely no reason other than laziness. I bought a handful of fifty-cent packs when I was in Orlando at the beginning of the month, and scanned a handful of them, even uploaded the scans, but just haven’t been motivated to post them. I have nothing else planned for today, so let’s see what I got…


First up is Eric Davis from the 1987 Fleer Star Stickers set. These cards are very similar to the 1986 set, but with a green border instead of maroon. Either way, the border clashes with the red jersey.


The 1988 Fleer Star Stickers went with a gray border sprinkled with colorful stars. This Don Mattingly is the best card I pulled from that pack.

Davis mini

Franco mini

Back to 1987, and a pair of Reds in a pack: the best centerfielder and the best relief pitcher of the second half of the decade. John Franco is criminally underrated.





I bought a couple of packs of 1990 Donruss. Don’t look at me like that. I did not have any Grand Slammers cards, and I wanted a couple. I pulled the Todd Benzinger from one pack, and Will Clark from another. If I had found another pack with Bo Jackson on top, I would have bought that one too.

Big Hurt

I did not know the 1992 Fleer “The Performer” cards came in packs of their own. I assumed they were inserts. In a five-card pack, I pulled Nolan Ryan and Frank Thomas. And probably some ‘roiders, I can’t remember now.

Griffey All-Star


Art cards will always be my weakness. I’m not sure why I picked up a pack of 1992 Score, but I was happy to pull these bad boys.



Also from the same 1992 Score pack.


There it is. I knew there had to be something cool showing on the top of a 1992 Score pack for me to buy it, even at only fifty cents. Jim Thome is the man.


Kirby Puckett from 1996 Pinnacle Denny’s. Not sure why I bought this one-card pack. Oh well, at least it’s a Hall of Famer.

Double Headers

Double Header

I have always wanted some Double Headers, but have never seen them in person. Vince Coleman is from 1990, while Wade Boggs and Andre Dawson are from 1989.



Think this candy is still good from 1991?


Finally, a couple of 1990 Baseball Buttons. I already have several of these, so I probably shouldn’t have bought them, but it was only fifty cents.

Reds Winter Caravan

Every year, representatives from the Reds visit several cities in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia as a part of the Reds Winter Caravan. Players, broadcasters, coaches, and team officials answer the fans’ questions and sign autographs. On Saturday, my sons and I traveled to Dayton to meet Jay Bruce.

The event just happened to be held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, so in addition to meeting the players, we got to see some pretty cool airplanes and stuff. We were greeted at the door by Icarus himself…

We didn’t even attempt to get Bruce’s autograph at the Redsfest because of the insanely long line, but figured we had a better chance at the Winter Caravan. And we did…just barely. We were the very last ones let in through the line. Before the ink was even dry, the sports celebs were standing up getting ready to leave.

In addition to Jay Bruce, we also met Phil Castellini (Reds COO), Thom Brennaman (broadcaster), Walt Jocketty (general manager), Todd Frazier (one of the team’s top prospects), and Todd Benzinger (former player, current manager for the Dayton Dragons).

We each got baseball cards signed by Jay Bruce…

(my card)

(Derek’s card)

(Joshua’s card)

…and Todd Benzinger…

(my card)

(Derek’s card)

(Joshua’s card)

…and we each got a 2010 Reds pocket schedule signed by Todd Frazier…

The Reds also had some Winter Caravan autograph booklets in case you didn’t have cards, so we had Castellini, Jocketty, and Brennaman sign those for the boys (I didn’t get one for myself).

And yes…before anyone asks…the boys get to keep the cards they got signed. (Even though I really really really want Joshua’s Bruce card. The lucky dog pulled it from a pack.)

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