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Short Prints

1985 Topps – Bob Gibson

One of the most feared pitchers of the ’60’s was Bob Gibson. If you notice I didn’t even get too close to his statue. He even intimidates in bronze. He was a really great pitcher in an era dominated by great pitchers. That is saying something when you say that he is one of the greats. (more…)

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1985 Topps – Ken Griffey Sr.

Before ‘the Kid’ was a household name his father was helping the Big Red Machine win World Series titles. While those are great stories my favorite story of Ken is the back to back homers he hit with his son while playing in Seattle. Ken Sr. came up and hit a dinger. Just following your father in the lineup has to be a thrill. His son then probably at his peak jacked one. A historic moment, but I am sure one that every father and son wishes that they had. (more…)


1985 Topps – Joe Morgan

I was leary about putting Joe in the set because then he would say that he didn’t belong in the same set as Ryne Sandberg. I do respect how Joe played the game so I decided to take my chances and put him in. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ted Kluszewski

The Big Klu makes the set. This is the last of the statues from Crosley Terrace that made the set in the ‘short print’ capacity. I had a card with Frank Robinson on it, but it was a picture of the actual man that I had taken on the same day. (more…)


1985 Topps – Joe Nuxhall

This is another statue that can be found in the Crosley Terrace section outside of the Great American Ballpark. I love this picture because of the Civil Rights Game signage in the background. I did not grow up around Cincinnati so I never was able to hear Joe on the Reds broadcast. I did learn of him at an early age when they had a feature on him in one of the baseball card magazines I used to read. (more…)


1985 Topps – Ernie Lombardi

I think one of the coolest facts about Ernie is that he caught back to back no-hitters. As rare as the gem is I am sure that the number of catchers that have caught them have to be just as rare. Johnny Vander Meer threw no-hitters in back to back games, and Ernie caught both of them. (more…)


1985 Topps – Harry Wright

This is a first for this set…and blog for that matter. Harry died ninety years before the 1985 Topps set came out. I became intrigued about this player after reading a book by Darryl Brock called “If I Never Get Back.” The book was about a man who goes back in time, and ends up playing for the first professional team in Cincinnati. The book has a sequel which is not as good, but they are both solid reads. (more…)