These two legendary Reds were both playing in the first major league game I ever attended. Unfortunately, Seaver was pitching for the Mets that day, and the Reds lost. The Reds went on to win the World Series, though, so it all worked out.
Morgan has always been one of my favorite players from those Big Red Machine days. He was an on-base monster – for a guy whose average was .271, his OBP was .392. That’s a LOT of walks.
These cards are a bit different from anything else I’ve designed. I’m trying to push myself in different directions and do a wider variety of designs. I don’t really like the font used for the last names, but it seems to work in this design. I might keep trying some different ones, though.
Pete freakin’ Rose. What more could I say about the guy than what thousands of others have already said? For me, Rose was my first hero. He was the hardest working player on the field – a guy who took his talent and became a superstar through the sheer force of will.
When I was in first grade, I even got our school to host a “Pete Rose Day.” People wore their Reds hats and t-shirts…and not much else happened.
Years later, Pete Rose managed to add the dreaded asterisk next to all of his accomplishments on the field.
My baseball fandom will always be tied to Pete Rose in some form, though. He was the star of the team that first introduced me to the game. And no matter what has happened over the years, I’ll always have a bit of fondness for the guy. So, when I started making these cards, I knew I had to make some with Pete.
I decided to use my favorite card template (the 1977 Topps design) for these alternate Pete Rose cards.
I was 5 years old in 1975, and my family lived in Lexington, KY. It was a short drive to Cincinnati, and one day my dad bought us tickets to see the Reds play the Mets at Riverfront Stadium. That was all it took to turn me into a fan.
The Reds went on to win the World Series that year.
And the next.
I’ve been rooting for the Reds ever since. I’ve taken a few breaks from my Reds fandom over the years (and even had a brief, heartbreaking fling with the Detroit Tigers), but the Reds are my team.
I work as a professional graphic designer/UX specialist now, and I’ve recently started combining my love of baseball with my love of graphic design.
This blog is intended to be a showcase for some of the alternate baseball card designs I’ve created. I stopped collecting baseball cards back in college, and I haven’t bought a single card since the early ’90s. For me, these “alternate” cards are a mix of nostalgia, graphic design practice, baseball fandom, and tribute to the players on the field.
I hope you enjoy looking at these card designs as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.