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Fun Cards: 2005 Topps Paul Molitor

Molitor 2005 Topps Mariners

I threw this one together for a fellow custom card aficionado on Facebook. Paul Molitor served as hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2004 before returning to the Twins organization in 2005. The 2004 design is a bit beyond my skill level, so I opted for the “yearbook approach” of documenting the previous year’s roster.

Fun Cards: 2005 Topps Radio Cult (Bambi Lynn, Ricky Zero, and Jay Jay)

Bambi Lynn

I have been a Radio Cult fan for almost two years now, ever since discovering a KISS tribute album featuring female singers released by Genterine Records. It just so happens that Genterine Records is run by Radio Cult’s bass player, so in addition to reviewing the KISS tribute, I reviewed Radio Cult and a couple of other Genterine releases as well. One of the things that really draws me to this band is the love for horror, as demonstrated in this song (sung by Ricky):

Speaking of Ricky Zero, he gets a card too:

Ricky Zero

Ricky and I exchange several e-mails a month, talking about music, Star Wars, and other random topics. We have a lot in common and I have little doubt that if we lived closer together, we would be pretty good friends off-line.

No band is complete without a drummer, and Radio Cult’s Jay Jay gets his very own “fun card” as well:

Jay Jay

Radio Cult plays a lot of shows in Georgia and South Carolina, so if you’re in that area check their calendar and try to attend one of their shows.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Chad Jones (2013 Draft Pick)

Chad Jones drafted in ninth round by Cincinnati Reds 2013 MLB Draft

In the ninth round, the Cincinnati Reds took former LSU two-sport star Chad Jones, who actually was a third round pick in 2010 for the NFL’s New York Giants as a safety, but a car accident took away his foot speed and his chance at gridiron greatness. He turned his attention to baseball, and is convinced that he can play at the major league level.

Click here to see in 2010 Topps rookie card for the Giants.

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for the “fun card.”

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Scott Brattvet (2013 Draft Pick)

Scott Brattvet drafted by Cincinnati Reds 2013 MLB Draft

No info on Brattvet on the Draft Tracker site, so let’s turn to

2012 (JUNIOR): Tied for the team lead in victories with Jeff McKenzie and Taylor Aikenhead (6)…was 6-5 with a 4.75 ERA…posted three complete games in 14 starts…struck out 66 in 91 innings.

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Led Santa Ana College in appearances (26)…posted a 1-1 mark with two saves…struck out 24 in 28.2 innings.

2010 (FRESHMAN): Made 23 appearances last season for a total of 26 innings at Santa Ana College…went 3-0 record and two saves with a 4.85 ERA while holding batters to a .298 batting average…Had 24 strikeouts…named second team All-Conference.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Mission Viejo HIgh School…coach was Chris Ashbach…earned second team All-South Coast League as a junior and as a senior.

PERSONAL: Born July 21, 1991…son of Tom and Kriste Brattvet…a kinesology major.

Thanks again to TWJ contributor Patrick for this “fun card.”

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Tyler Mahle (2013 Draft Pick)

Tyler Mahle drafted by Cincinnati Reds 2013 MLB draft

Teams love projectable lefties and Mahle definitely fits this description. Right now his fastball will sit in the high 80s but he should see an uptick in velocity as he fills out. His curveball and changeup need a lot of work at the next level but both have the chance to be average or better. He has very smooth mechanics and a repeatable delivery, leading many to believe that he will have good command in the future. Mahle also has a great feel for pitching and is very aggressive on the mound. He is committed to play at UCSB where his brother Tyler plays.

“His curveball and changeup…both have the chance to be average or better.” That doesn’t sound like the most glowing report, does it? And he has a brother named Tyler? But I thought his name was Tyler??? Is he from a rural town in Vermont? (Obviously a simple editorial oversight, happens all the time, no big deal. A quick skimming of UCSB’s baseball roster shows a Greg Mahle who pitches and plays first base.)

“Fun card” supplied by TWJ contributor Patrick.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Zach Weiss (2013 Draft Pick)

Zack Weiss drafted by the Cincinnati Reds 2013 MLB draft

Two versions of sixth round pick Zach Weiss from UCLA. Strangely, there is no write-up on Weiss on the MLB Draft Tracker.

Zack Weiss is not the son of Walt Weiss

I did a little research to find out if there was any relation between the Bruins pitcher and the former A’s shortstop and 1988 American League Rookie of the Year Walt Weiss. Zach is not Walt’s son, but past that I could find nothing.

Both “fun cards” by TWJ contributor Patrick.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Cory Thompson (2013 Draft Pick)

Cory Thompson drafted by Cincinnati Reds 2013 MLB draft

Thompson, a legitimate two-way prospect, has presented scouts with a challenge this spring. There is still a split opinion about what position he will play as a professional. On the mound, Thompson throws in the low-90s with a good curveball and changeup. But at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Thompson is undersized for a right-hander. Thompson is an excellent athlete, which helps him on the mound and as a shortstop. Thompson has good hands at shortstop and a good arm. Offensively, he makes consistent contact and has good speed. Thompson is committed to South Carolina, where he would continue as a two-way player.

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for the “fun card.”

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Ben Lively (2013 Draft Pick)

Ben Lively drafted by Reds in fourth round

Lively has never wowed scouts with his raw stuff, but he has quietly put together a solid college career. He isn’t afraid to attack hitters with his four-pitch arsenal even though he doesn’t feature a plus pitch. Lively’s fastball sits in the low-90s and his slider is his best secondary offering. Listed at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds and out of Central Florida, Lively has ideal size for a right-hander. He commands all four of his pitches well and his delivery creates some deception. Lively has performed well in a few high-profile matchups this season, beating Jacksonville’s Chris Anderson and Marshall’s Aaron Blair.

“Fun card” by TWJ contributor Patrick.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Cory Hahn (2013 Draft Pick)

Cory Hahn drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks 2013 MLB Draft

In 2010, Cory Hahn was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round. Sure he would be drafted again in a few years, the ballplayer decided to hone his skills on the Arizona State University diamond rather than in low-level rookie ball.

In his third game at Arizona State in 2011, Cory Hahn was paralyzed from the chest down while sliding into second base.

The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to give Hahn a chance in baseball anyway, drafting the player who wore #34 in the 34th round a few days ago. No, Hahn will never be able to play baseball again, but he has a baseball mind and the Diamondbacks want him to use that mind for their organization. While we do not know the specifics at this time, they plan to offer him a full-time job with the team in some capacity.

This is a great story, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the coming months and years. Congrats Cory!

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for the “fun card.”

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Mark Armstrong (2013 Draft Pick)

Mark Armstrong Drafted by Cincinnati Reds 2013

Another great “fun card” from TWJ contributor Patrick. I love the mash-up of 2008 Topps and 2005 Topps…it looks great! Here’s the report on Mark Armstrong, the third round pick for the Reds:

Armstrong is a strong, athletic right-hander from just outside Buffalo. While his present stuff is good, it isn’t as enticing as his upside of having three at least Major League-average offerings. Armstrong’s fastball sits around 90 mph and he mixes in a hard, downer curveball and changeup. Scouts think he has the potential to improve thanks to clean mechanics and his 6-fooot-3, 200-pound frame. Despite playing football and hockey in addition to baseball and not having as much game experience as his Southern counterparts, Armstrong already earns high marks for his pitchability. He is committed to Pittsburgh.

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