One of your favorite cards from the 1980s.
The 1980s are an important decade in my life. For starters, it is the decade that I was born in. Second, it's the decade that I started actively collecting baseball cards (or at least, collecting the cards that my father bought me). And third, the 80s were the lead-in to the 1990 wire-to-wire World Champion Reds...the only time my team has won the World Series in my lifetime (and I was barely old enough to remember any of it).
However, today's favorite card isn't a card that looks forward to the Reds' team of 1990. No, instead it is a card that actively looks back at one of the all-time best teams ever (not just best Reds team, but any team). That would be, of course, the Big Red Machine.
This is a 1982 Fleer card - and it celebrates the Big Red Machine of 1981...the team that had the best won-lost percentage in 1981 but wasn't allowed in the playoffs because of the strike (and the silly rules that were put into place because of said strike). I don't think the '81 team can compare to the Reds of the mid-70s (the "real" Big Red Machine) but still, Foster, Concepcion, and Driessen isn't a bad combination to build a team around.
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