2020 Topps flagship officially dropped today. I already pre-ordered a Reds team set and am waiting on my usual card site to upload all the inserts available. I probably won’t pick up any of the SP or SSP photo variations because the prices are so inflated (especially right out of the gate), but I love looking at the pictures. Ryan at Beckett always does a great job of cataloging all the variations. You can see everything he has found so far here. My favorite non-Reds that have popped up are Max Scherzer with the Expos, Ozzie Smith, and Ronald Acuna Jr. wearing his glove like a hat. Some of them look ridiculous (especially those stupid all-white Players Weekend uniforms).
Here is one SSSP that Ryan missed, though…
And a brand new SSSSP…
It’s Alice Cooper‘s birthday! By far the best concert experience, he always knows how to put on a show. What are your favorite Alice Cooper songs?
Congratulations to Larry Walker, who was named on 76.6% of the BBWAA ballots for the Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Yankees legend Derek Jeter, who was named on 99.7% of the BBWAA ballots for the Hall of Fame.
Curt Schilling failed to receive the requisite 75% for the Hall of Fame. He has two years remaining on the ballot, so induction seems inevitable…just not this year.
There aren’t a lot of early photos of the Doobies out there. These pictures are actually from 1973, and I’m not even positive the top image is Tom Johnston.
I am not surprised Nine Inch Nails will be honored by the Rock Hall. The impact Trent Reznor had on the music world in the 1990s is undeniable. I am not personally a fan of their music overall, but there are a few songs that I like.
Whitney Houston had a string of seven straight #1 singles from 1985 through 1988, and four more non-consecutive chart-toppers in the 1990s. She is likely best known for her cover of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You,” which appeared on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard. She is one of five posthumous inductees in 2020 (Notorious B.I.G. and three members of T. Rex [Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, and Mickey Finn] are the others).
The band was initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, but after four releases it was shortened to T. Rex in 1970. I couldn’t fit the entire word on the 1968 format without it looking really goofy, so I rewrote history a little bit with these Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took cards. Bolan was killed in an automobile accident in 1977.
Took appeared on the first three Tyrannosaurus Rex albums; he is not listed among the members of T. Rex to be inducted to the Rock Hall this year. He died in 1980 of “asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry.” Why are so many rock ‘n’ rollers so reckless?