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(May 30, 1958 – December 9, 2019)
Singer and songwriter Marie Fredriksson, best known for her work with the 1980s pop duo Roxette, died yesterday in Sweden from complications from a brain tumor. She was 61 years old.
Roxette’s debut album, Pearls of Passion, was released in 1986, but it was 1988’s Look Sharp! that put the group in the spotlight, selling 9 million copies across the globe. The follow-up, Joyride, was released in 1991 and sold 11 million worldwide. They scored four #1 hits in the US: “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “It Must Have Been Love,” and “Joyride.” One of my personal favorites, however, failed to reach the top spot…
Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/CTegAUGrXG
— Per Gessle (@PartyPleaser) December 10, 2019
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) December 10, 2019
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) December 11, 2019
I was excited about the “Modern Era” ballot. So many fantastic players, and I was looking forward to seeing some of these larger-than-life personalities get their just due in Cooperstown.
Then Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller were selected.
Both are solid choices, sure, but neither is particularly exciting. I’m still against the practice of putting non-players on the same ballot anyway, so I was opposed to Miller’s very inclusion on the ballot. Why should he (or any other non-playing person) take votes away from the guys on the field?
In the meantime, here are a couple of “Baseball Immortals” cards for the newest Hall of Famers…
The Mandalorian is awesome, and Baby Yoda (or “The Child”) has stolen the hearts of everyone who has laid eyes on him. Of course, there is no shortage of Baby Yoda merch available or on the horizon.
Currently, it is mostly shirts (and a lot of those are pretty awesome), but there are a few other things floating around…
- Music Box
- Decal Vinyl Sticker
- Another Vinyl Sticker
- Wooden Ornament
- PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
- Magic Color Morphing Ceramic Coffee Mug
- “Mine Your Love Is” Coffee Mug
- “All I Need in My Life is a Baby Yoda” Coffee Mug
- “A Hug Give Me” Coffee Mug
- “Coffee I Like” Coffee Mug
There are also several “Baby Yoda” items coming after Christmas (check the release dates before ordering!)
And if you like the other characters and accessories from The Mandalorian (again, check those release dates)…
Redfest is quickly approaching. I won’t be going this year (for the third or fourth year in a row). I’m more interested in getting alumni autographs than current players, and while there are a couple of names on the list that have not been at the past 20 events, there aren’t enough to make me want to go. Besides that, I’ll be out of town that weekend.
Back in 2008, I attended one of my first Redsfests. And I experienced one of my biggest baseball card-related regrets. I even documented it on the blog…
That Joey Votto card that I didn’t buy for $3 is difficult to come by these days. Last time I searched for it, I couldn’t even find it on eBay. There are a couple listed right now; the cheapest is $23.99 plus shipping, and that’s more than I generally pay for single cards.
I could have had the Votto for $3.
The Johnny Cueto? A couple bucks plus shipping on COMC.
Insert sad face emoji.
Funko popped up on my radar several years ago with their “Pop” vinyl collectibles. Over the past couple of years, they have added other styles to their repertoire, and I really love the DC “Primal Age” figures and Thundercats and horror icon “Savage World” collections. While I have seen some negative reviews on these MOTU-style figures, we did purchase some last year and did not have any issues with them. Read the reviews and proceed at your own risk.
DC “Primal Age”
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Green Lantern
- Batcave Playset
- Krypto the Superdog
- Ace the Bat Hound
- Joker Beast
- Lex Luthor
- Mr. Freeze
- Black Manta
- King Shark
Thundercats “Savage World”
- Tygra (pre-order)
- Cheetara (pre-order)
- Jackalman (pre-order)
- Monkian (pre-order)
Horror Icons “Savage World”
Doctor Who is a global phenomenon. Both the classic and the current series are immensely popular, and as such there are tons of things you can purchase to give fans of the British sci-fi franchise.
- The Complete Eleventh Series Blu-ray
- The Complete David Tennant Collection Blu-ray
- Tom Baker Complete Season One Blu-ray
- TARDIS Type Forty Instruction Manual by Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker
- Doctor Who Meets Scratchman by Tom Baker
- A Brief History of Time Lords by Steve Tribe
- The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes by Joanna Farrow
- 2020 desk calendar
- 2020 wall calendar
- Doctor Who: Fluxx card game
- Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks board game
- TARDIS mug
- Doctor Who Funko Pop figures
Those who know me know how much I love God. I love to study His Word, and I love to study the writings of men who have a good grasp of the truth revealed in the Bible. Here are some books that will benefit students of God’s Word.
- Defending the Faith Study Bible from Apologetics Press (if you purchase only one item on this list, purchase this!)
- His Life devotional book from the Jenkins Institute
- Shall We Know One Another in Heaven by Guy N. Woods
- Biblical Backgrounds of the Troubled Middle East by Guy N. Woods
- A Godsend to His People: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Marshall Keeble by Edward J. Robinson
- Forgiven, Forgiving, & Free by Dan Winkler
- Grace: Simply Incredible, Incredibly Simple by Dan Winkler
- Balance by Ira North
- The Anvil Rings: Answers to Alleged Bible Discrepancies by Eric Lyons
- The Sage of Jasper: Gus Nichols – A Biography by Scott Harp (not a Bible study, but a new biography of an influential 20th century preacher that is on my to-read list)
Are there people who don’t think Halloween should be a year-long holiday?
Universal Classic Monsters
- Complete 30-film collection
- Dracula Funko Pop
- Frankenstein Funko Pop
- Funko Mysteri Minis
- Creature from the Black Lagoon Model
- Frankenstein & Bride Salt & Pepper Shakers
- Wolf Man T-shirt
- Coffee Mug
1970s and 1980s Slasher Era
- A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection
- Halloween: The Complete Collection
- Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection
- Friday the 13th: The Complete TV Series
- Child’s Play: Complete 7-Movie Collection
- Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees Funko Pops
- Leatherface Funko Savage World
- Chucky NECA Action Figure
- Freddy vs. Jason Horrorclix
- Michael Myers socks
It’s that time of year. Get your shopping done early and don’t wait until the last minute to wrap them. Here’s the first installment of TWJ’s “Christmas gift ideas” 2019.
I love baseball history more than I like modern baseball. The Houston Astros will always be a National League team to me. Hank Aaron will always be the all-time home run king. And baseball card sets should have either 660 or 792 cards, released in one series, with an update set at the end of the year. I miss subsets and despise insert sets, just like Night Owl. I’m living in the past and I know it. And I’m perfectly fine with that.
Here are some ideas for baseball fans in your life that are older than forty, that long for the purity of the pre-steroid era.
Books. Some of these books are old and some are new, so check your friend’s bookshelf before placing an order.
- Baseball Revolutionaries: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Rocked the Country and Made Baseball Famous by Greg Rhodes, John Erardi, and Greg Gajus
- Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress by Peter Devereaux
- The Cooperstown Casebook by Jay Jaffe
- Electric October by Kevin Cook
- The Year of the Pitcher by Sridhar Pappu
Apparel. You can’t go wrong with a good baseball cap or jersey.
- New Era Replica Core Classic Twill 9TWENTY Adjustable Hat (use the drop-down box to change teams)
- Amazon has several different jerseys available
- T-shirts are less expensive than jerseys
Baseball Cards. Did you know Amazon sells baseball cards?
Reggie White should never have worn any uniform other than a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.