RJ Reynolds – 1990 Topps

March 3, 2011

Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

You knew that was coming, didn’t ya.

Reynolds, the outfielder, was always vaguely disappointing to me. He had some speed, but not a lot of power. He had decent batting averages but didn’t walk a lot. He was an OK outfielder but not good enough to play center on a regular basis.

I think the reason he’s memorable is his name. Of course, it’s the same as the maker of Camel and other brands of the finest cancer delivery products known to man.

It’s funny that RJ Reynolds has a prominent values link on their corporate website. From what I’ve read and remember in the 80’s and 90’s the tobacco companies were stamping their feet and yelling on how their product was perfectly safe and it was a sheer coincidence about lung cancer and emphysema rates among smokers. There was one shill who was always featured in the USA Today editorial pages as a corporate toady. Of course, John Boehner has his elbows deep in the tobacco lobby – I wonder if his orange skin is related to his packs a day habit.

Like Kramer…



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