Who’s ready for baseball? #2020Topps

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…

Judge plus POTUS

And a brand new SSSSP…

Judge plus POTUS plus Pelosi

Fun Cards: 1969 Topps Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper 1969 Topps

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?

Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Larry Walker (Expos and Rockies variations)

Walker Expos

Congratulations to Larry Walker, who was named on 76.6% of the BBWAA ballots for the Hall of Fame.

Walker Rockies

Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Derek Jeter

Jeter Baseball Immortals Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Yankees legend Derek Jeter, who was named on 99.7% of the BBWAA ballots for the Hall of Fame.

Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Curt Schilling ***SNUBBED***

Schilling Snubbed

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.

Fun Cards: 1971 Topps Doobie Brothers (Tom Johnston and John Hartman)

Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers Rock Hall 1971 Topps

The Doobie Brothers’ debut album was released in 1971. Looking at the track list, I don’t recognize a single song. The follow-up, Toulouse Street features a few titles that I know, though.

John Hartman Doobie Brothers Rock Hall 1971 Topps

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.

Fun Cards: 1981 Topps Dave Gahan, Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher, and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode)

Dave Gahan 1981 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Depeche Mode

I don’t really know much about Depeche Mode. Their debut album Speak & Spell was released in 1981. They had a few singles hit #1 on the US Alternative charts in the 1990s.

Vince Clarke 1981 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Depeche Mode

Andy Fletcher 1981 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Depeche Mode

Martin Gore 1981 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Depeche Mode

In addition to the original four members, Alan Wilder will also be inducted. He joined the group in 1983.

Alan Wilder 1983 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Depeche Mode

Fun Cards: 1989 Upper Deck Trent Reznor

1989 Upper Deck Trent Reznor Nine Inch Nails NIN Rock Hall

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.

Fun Cards: 1985 Donruss Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston 1985 Donruss Rock Hall of Fame

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).

A cutout of Whitney appeared on a 1988 ProCards Steve Lubratich minor league card; she herself appeared on a 1991 Pro Set NFL Newsreel card after performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Fun Cards: 1968 Topps Marc Bolan & Steve Peregrin Took (T. Rex)

Marc Bolan 1968 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame T Rex

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.

Steve Peregrin Took T Rex 1968 Topps 2020 Rock Hall of Fame

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?

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