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Fun Cards: 1987 Donruss Axl Rose

Axl Rose Guns N Roses 1987

Finally, we get to the man who caused this blizzard of music “fun cards” today, the birthday boy Axl Rose. He was born William Bruce Rose Jr. and raised as William Bruce “Bill” Bailey in 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana…a long way from Hollywood. He has appeared on non-Guns N’ Roses songs with Don Henley, Gilby Clarke, and Sebastian Bach, and fronted AC/DC in 2016 when Brian Johnson faced health issues. Perhaps the coolest thing that Axl Rose has ever done, though, happened just a few years ago when he was animated and appeared on New Looney Tunes, performing a new song called “Rock the Rock” with Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig in the episode “Armageddon Outta Here.”

Happy birthday Axl!

Fun Cards: 1987 Donruss Slash

Slash Guns N Roses 1987

I often cite Slash* as the reason for getting a guitar when I was 16 years old. I’ve sadly never been able to learn how to play quite as well as the Guns N’ Roses axe-slinger. His recent collaborations with Myles Kennedy are very good, but nothing stands as tall as his work with Axl Rose and the boys.

* Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry also gets some credit. I was crazy for the 1970s output of Boston’s finest.

Fun Cards: 1987 Donruss Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan Guns N Roses 1987

Duff McKagan was at one time the most underrated member of Guns N’ Roses, but he has proven himself as a musician and writer over time and is now getting the recognition he deserves. In addition to GNR, McKagan released a solo album Tenderness last year and has been a member of Neurotic Outsiders, 10 Minute Warning, Velvet Revolver, and Loaded, and has performed with Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, and Hollywood Vampires. He had dropped out of high school in the 1980s but has since completed his education and founded a wealth management business. Duff is also the author of It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) and How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions). He rejoined Guns N’ Roses in 2016.

I didn’t know until just now that yesterday was actually Duff’s birthday…56 years young! Happy belated birthday Mr. McKagan!

Fun Cards: 1987 Donruss Izzy Stradlin

Izzy Stradlin Guns N Roses 1987

Guns N’ Roses was the biggest band in the world when guitarist Izzy Stradlin walked away. After recording four albums with the group, he decided the spotlight was too much and opted to pursue a solo career with less pressure. His first post-Guns album, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, featured some great songs, and he continues to put out solid music under his own name. Corporate rock radio, however, has all but ignored his excellent output.

Fun Cards: 1987 Donruss Steven Adler

Steven Adler Guns N Roses 1987

Exactly how bad does your drug problem have to be for Guns N’ Roses to cite that as a reason for your firing? The group struggled with substance abuse for much of their early career, but Steven Adler‘s problems were so bad even his bandmates were worried about him. He has appeared on two seasons of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and one season of Sober House, both reality shows documenting the troubles of addiction in the spotlight. Adler has joined his former bandmates on stage a few times during the “Not In This Lifetime” tour a few years ago.

TTM Success: Terry McGriff

I sent Terry McGriff some cards to sign about three years ago, and they came back a month and a half later autographed. I had three more to send, but I’m a grand procrastinator. Finally, in January this year, I sent the rest and in just three weeks received them back with his signature.

1987 Donruss

1988 Kahns

1989 Topps

Excluding glossy and Tiffany versions, McGriff only has seven different Reds cards…and I have them all signed.

The latest “Shopped Card” on Traded Sets

This one is a doozy. Andy posted this little snippet:

And we have to figure out which card it is from that? Wow.

I recognized the baseball right away and knew it was 1987 Donruss. Then I asked if it was a part of the regular 660-card set, as opposed to Rookies, Highlights, Opening Day, etc. The answer was “no.”

So it is 1987 Donruss, but not from the regular set.

So what is it? If you have a question, head over to Traded Sets and post it! It has to be a “yes” or “no” question…let’s figure this thing out!

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