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2019 Reds, 1987 Topps style: The Catchers

The search for the next Johnny Bench continues. Not on the shortlist: Tucker Barnhart, Curt Casali, and Ryan Lavarnway.




A one in a million trader

I don’t post the cards I receive in the mail very often anymore on here. I usually post them to Twitter then put them in the stack to be sorted. I think I will change that, because this blog needs some lovin’. So here is a trade recently completely with Beau of the One Million Cubs Project, who I met via Twitter (@onemillioncubs). I sent him a handful of Cubbies recently, and he loaded me up with Reds and Reggies.

Reggie Jackson is one of the non-Reds players that I collect, and Beau hit a few holes in my collection here. I don’t have an official wantlist, but I believe there are at least four cards in this lot that I didn’t previously have.


Then there were the Reds. From Eric Davis to Tucker Barnhart to Pete Rose to Mario Soto, Beau scattered the selections throughout several eras of Cincinnati baseball.


And he sent over a few 2014 Allen & Ginters, which I don’t even have on my wantlists yet! I need to change that soon. I got a Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, and a mini Billy Hamilton rooooooookie card…


And it’s always cool to get an autograph, even if you’ve never heard of the guy. Tanner Rainey was a second round draft pick in 2015 and split last year between Dayton and Pensacola, so he’s not a washout yet. Hope this guy can get to the bigs and help out the Reds…they sure need it on the mound.


Eric Davis is another guy I collect everything of, whether Reds or not. It’s hard to find a Reds card of Davis I don’t have (though there are a handful), but when you send me Dodgers and Tigers and Orioles and Cardinals cards…there’s a good chance I don’t have it yet. Like Reggie, I don’t have a wantlist up yet, but maybe I’ll be able to change that this summer? (HAHA yeah right)


But what is this? Yes, it IS a Reds card of #44 I didn’t already have! From Baseball Cards Magazine…


Beau posted this and several more Reds from Baseball Cards Magazine, and I knew I had to ask if they could be included in the trade. Fortunately no one else had spoken up yet. If you need any of the non-Reds from the panels, let me know and they are yours (except for Darryl Strawberry, he’s already spoken for). The other Reds besides Davis were Barry Larkin, Randy Myers, Scott Scudder, Rosario Rodriguez, and Joe Oliver (sharing a card with John Wetteland of the Dodgers)…





All of those came on uncut panels with other players, but they will be freed and bindered at some point.

Thanks Beau for an awesome trade!

Happy Reds birthday, Tucker Barnhart!


January 7, 1991

Tucker Barnhart signed with the Reds out of high school as a 10th round draft pick in 2009 and broke into the bigs in 2014. With Devin Mesoraco‘s chronic injuries, Barhart has been the go-to guy behind the plate the past two years.

2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: Tucker Barnhart

Tucker Barnhart

The injury to Devin Mesoraco was a devastating blow to the Cincinnati Reds, but rookie Tucker Barnhart has taken advantage of the opportunity to play the role of second-string catcher to Brayan Pena. Barnhart has appeared in more than fifty games this season, batting .257 with three home runs. Mesoraco’s job is safe when he comes back, but it’s nice to see this kid stepping up to the plate when called upon.

2011 Reds (’92 Style): Tucker Barnhart (@tucker_barnhart)

This guy isn’t even listed as a non-roster invitee on, but he’s in camp with the team and even banged out a hit last week in a spring game. His name is Tucker Barnhart, and he was a 10th round draft pick in 2009. He was born the year before the card design below was used by Topps. So this is almost like Steve’s WSC Birth Year Cards. Almost.

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