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Fun Cards: 1985 Topps All-Star Zack Cozart

Ladies and gentlemen, your starting shortstop for the National League All-Stars, Zack Cozart



Happy Reds birthday, Bob Owchinko!

Owchinko 1985 Topps
January 1, 1955

Former Padres first-round draft pick Bob Owchinko spent one season with the Reds. In 1984, he appeared in 49 games for Cincinnati, posting a 3-5 record and 4.12 ERA with two saves. During his baseball career, Owchinko also pitched for the Padres, Indians, A’s, Pirates, and Expos. He currently works as an account representative for DataSpan in Arizona.

Goodbye, Ron Stillwell

(December 3, 1939 – January 25, 2016)


Former Washington Senators infielder and father of one of my favorite baseball players, Ron Stillwell passed away from cancer on Monday. He played 14 games over two seasons, 1961-1962, collecting eight hits in 38 at-bats. His son, Kurt Stillwell, played nine years in the big leagues.

The future is now.

Back to the Future 1985 Topps

I originally posted this “fun card” just over five years ago, when the Total Film hoax happened. Now that the day has actually arrived, I decided it was time to post it again.

So many people are having fun with this, from the Michigan State Police to Doc Brown himself. It’s great to see the iconic movie has truly survived the test of time.

How are you celebrating “Future Day”?

Purchase Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures (includes all three films and the animated series).

Horror Fun Cards: 1985 Topps Herbert West

1985 Topps Custom Card HP Lovecraft Re-Animator Herbert West

Purchase H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator starring Jeffrey Combs!

He broke his leg, now he is breaking our hearts

1985 Topps Lorenzen

Jared Lorenzen, injured quarterback for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, has announced that he is finished playing indoor football. The “Hefty Lefty” said the decision was due in part to his broken leg, but added, “I’m tired of being burned by ownership.” Fort Thomas Matters has the full story.

Lorenzen goes down

Fort Thomas Matters broke the news that Jared Lorenzen broke his leg a few days ago, and even has video of the fateful play. This could be a devastating blow to the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, at least publicity-wise, as Lorenzen was the biggest name on the team.

TWJ contributor Patrick quickly sent over a couple of “fun cards” of this season lowlight, using the 1978 and 1979 Fleer football templates for inspiration.

1978 Fleer football Lorenzen fun card

1979 Fleer football Lorenzen fun card

I decided to get in on the action too, pulling from the 1985 Topps football set, one of my favorite card designs of all time regardless of sport.

1985 Topps football Lorenzen fun card

Another former Highlands High School quarterback, Kyle James, took over for Lorenzen. I still hope to catch a NKRM game this season, but it won’t be the same without the Hefty Lefty on the field.

Fun Cards: 1985 Topps Bruce Kulick

1985 Topps Bruce Kulick

He made his debut on 1984’s Animalize playing lead guitar on two tracks, but it was 1985’s Asylum that saw Bruce Kulick take over lead guitar duties full time for KISS. After five studio albums, a handful of compilations, and two live albums, Kulick exited the band to make room for original guitarist Ace Frehley to return in the mid-1990s.

My favorite KISS track featuring Bruce Kulick is “Jungle” from Carnival of Souls, which was not released until he was out of the band.

TTM Success: Joe Price

1984 Topps Price

Former Reds pitcher Joe Price signed and returned all three cards I sent to him. The cards were mailed to Price on Monday, and they came back today…wow! What a fantastic turnaround time! Four days!

1985 Donruss Price

I love the look of signatures on these cards…Donruss photos can be a little dark, but the design is iconic to me.

1985 Topps Price

Fun Cards: 1985 Topps USFL “The Outlaws”

One of the greatest albums ever released was 1976’s Wanted! The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. It reached #1 on the country charts and peaked at #10 on the pop charts. The two hit singles were “Suspicious Minds” and “Good Hearted Woman,” but I preferred “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” and “Put Another Log On The Fire.” That’s not to say the other songs are bad; in fact, there’s not a single track that I skip over when I listen to it.

A few days ago, I created a “fun card” of Waylon Jennings using the 1985 Topps USFL design and used that for the 1985 Topps “Father-Son” card I made of him and Shooter. Here is the full-size version of that Waylon card:

Waylon Jennings USFL

But I didn’t stop with Waylon. I made a card for each of the “Outlaws.”

Willie Neslon USFL

Tompall Glaser USFL

Jessi Colter USFL

All fans of country music should own this album in some form…vinyl, CD, MP3…whatever. It is one of the greatest albums ever, regardless of genre, and is near the top of my all-time favorites.

Purchase Wanted! The Outlaws.

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