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Fun Cards 1974 Topps, 1974 Kellogg’s, and 1975 Topps Rush

What’s your favorite Rush album?

1974 Topps Geddy Lee

To be honest, I don’t have one. I’m not a huge fan. Never have been. I remember one of my guitar teachers in high school was a huge Rush fan, and tried to teach me a couple of songs, but they just never clicked with me.

1974 Topps Alex Lifeson

The original drummer for Rush was John Rutsey. He played on the band’s debut 1974 album, which included the songs “What You’re Doing” and “Working Man.” It is more of a hard rock album in the vein of Led Zeppelin than the progressive sound they became famous for.

1974 Topps John Rutsey

It’s a good bet that Geddy Lee would have been the band member to be featured in Kellogg’s “3-D Super Stars” set back in the day, if they focused on rockers instead of ballers.

1974 Kelloggs Geddy Lee

The impetus for this post, however, is Neil Peart. Peart, one of the greatest drummers in rock history and the primary lyricist for the band after joining in mid-1974 (his first studio record with the group was 1975’s Fly By Night), passed away January 7 from glioblastoma.

1975 Topps Neil Peart

I’ve listened to some Rush over the past couple of days, and they’re starting to grow on me. I’ll never be as big a fan as my guitar teacher, but I won’t automatically change the radio station when their songs come on either.

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

Goodbye, Ric Ocasek

(March 23, 1949 – September 15, 2019)

Ric Ocasek

The Cars frontman and producer extraordinaire Ric Ocasek was found unresponsive in his Manhatten townhouse today. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not been released.

Goodbye, Eddie Money

(March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019)

Eddie Money 1977 Topps

Eddie Money passed away this morning from complications from a recent heart valve replacement. He was 70 years old. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney, the singer’s double platinum debut album in 1977 contained one of his most enduring hits, “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Other hits include “Baby Hold On,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “I Wanna Go Back.”

Goodbye, Jared Lorenzen

(February 14, 1981 – July 3, 2019)

Lorenzen

Former University of Kentucky and New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away today from an acute infection complicated by heart and kidney problems. He was 38. He was also a graduate of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, a few years after me. The card above was created by TWJ contributor Patrick several years ago.

Goodbye, Tyler Skaggs

(July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019)

Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs passed away in his hotel room in Texas this morning. Police are investigating but report that foul play is not suspected. Skaggs began his major league career with the Diamondbacks before joining the Angels after the 2013 season via the Dan Haren trade.

Several teams and players have posted condolences and memories on Twitter.

Goodbye, Peter Mayhew

(May 19, 1944 – April 30, 2019)

Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca Star Wars

Words escape me. He didn’t speak English, but Chewbacca was certainly one of the more entertaining Star Wars characters. The actor underneath all the fur, Peter Mayhew, passed from this life April 30.

The actor’s family shared the news via his official Twitter account:

The official Star Wars account and several other people involved with the franchise shared memories and photos on Twitter, as did fans of the lovable fuzzball…

Goodbye, Chuck Harmon

(April 23, 1924 – March 19, 2019)

Harmon

For several years, my oldest son and I would attend the Redsfest event held in December. We met a lot of cool people, got tons of signatures, and always had a good time. I think the highlight of all the Redsfests we have attended occurred in 2010 when we met Chuck Harmon for the first time.

Chuck Harmon became the first African American to appear in a game for the Reds when he pinch hit for Corky Valentine on April 17, 1954. In the same game, Nino Escalera also debuted for the Reds; Esccalera was also black, but was Puerto Rican, not African American. Harmon was an excellent athlete, and also tried out for the Boston Celtics when the NBA was integrated for the 1950-51 season. After failing to make the Celtics, Harmon finished the season as a player-coach for Utica of the American Basketball League. According to Wikipedia, that made him one of the first (and possibly the first) African Americans to coach an integrated professional basketball team.

At the 2010 Redsfest, Harmon was one of the players in the backstage/lounge area reserved for those who purchased Hall of Fame Memberships. He was confined to a wheelchair, and he had someone there with him (I’m assuming it was his son) to carry his things and push the chair. He talked to Joshua and I for several minutes, talking about Jackie Robinson and how Jackie was “a pretty good ballplayer.” As we were getting ready to leave, he told his son to get some cards out of his bag, then asked for a pen to sign one that he had not yet autographed. His son said, “You’re not supposed to do that back here.” Harmon took the cards and pen, looked straight at one of the workers, and said, “Let them sue me!”

Chuck Harmon autograph

He then signed the cards and handed them to my son and I. A truly nice man, and an experience that neither of us will soon forget! On his now-defunct website, Harmon said, “Most importantly, I would most like to be remembered simply as a good person.” There is no doubt that he will be remembered as such by those who met him.

We saw him again the next year, and had him sign a special custom card that I had made from the photo taken in 2010. He was signing copies of his book, but you didn’t have to buy one to get his autograph. Amazingly, there was no one in line to meet him. I still regret not purchasing the book and getting it signed as well.

Harmon passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. I will forever treasure the memory of meeting him.

Goodbye, Luke Perry

(October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019)

Luke Perry 1966-2019

Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke last Thursday, and today succumbed from complications from that stroke. His most famous role was that of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210. More recently he could be seen as Archie’s father on Riverdale. He was only 52 years old.

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Goodbye, Wayne Krenchicki

(September 17, 1954 – October 16, 2018)

Krenchicki

Former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki passed away Tuesday at the age of 64. He also played for the Orioles, Tigers, and Expos, as well as the Senior Professional Baseball League, and went on to manage in the minor leagues.

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