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Goodbye, Marie Fredriksson

(May 30, 1958 – December 9, 2019)

Marie Fredriksson Roxette

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.

Marie Fredriksson Roxette

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…

Per Gessle Roxette

Per Gessle Roxette

Fun Cards: 2020 Baseball Immortals Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller

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?

Oh well. Maybe Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, and Lou Whitaker will receive the support they deserve next time.

In the meantime, here are a couple of “Baseball Immortals” cards for the newest Hall of Famers…

Simmons

Miller

Christmas gift ideas for people who think Baby Yoda is adorbs (which is EVERYONE)

Baby Yoda the Mandalorian The Child Star Wars Disney Plus Christmas Gift Ideas

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…

Baby Yoda Funko Pop The Child The Mandalorian Star Wars Disney Plus Christmas Gift Ideas

There are also several “Baby Yoda” items coming after Christmas (check the release dates before ordering!)

AT ST Raider Klatooinian Raider The Mandalorian Star Wars Disney Plus Christmas Gift Ideas

And if you like the other characters and accessories from The Mandalorian (again, check those release dates)…

Regrets…I’ve had a few

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…

Cueto no Votto

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.

Christmas gift ideas for action figure lovers

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.

Superman

DC “Primal Age”

Tygra Thundercats

Thundercats “Savage World”

Jason Friday the 13th

Horror Icons “Savage World”

Christmas gift ideas for the Whovian in your life

Doctor Who Funko Pop

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.

Christmas gift ideas for your theologically-minded friends

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.

Apologetics Press Defending the Faith Study Bible

Christmas gift ideas for the person who thinks Halloween should be celebrated 365 days a year

Are there people who don’t think Halloween should be a year-long holiday?

Universal Classic MonstersCreature from the Black Lagoon

1970s and 1980s Slasher Era

Christmas gift ideas for the baseball historians in your life

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.

Cincinnati Red StockingsI 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.

Apparel. You can’t go wrong with a good baseball cap or jersey.

Larkin
Baseball Cards. Did you know Amazon sells baseball cards?

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Reggie White (NFL, baseball-style)

Reggie Knows Football Cards

Reggie White should never have worn any uniform other than a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.

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