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Fun Cards: 1984 Topps Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora

Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut album was released in 1984 and contained the single “Runaway.” It was named the eleventh-best rock album of 1984 by Kerrang! magazine, beating Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Couldn’t Stand the Weather. Van Halen’s 1984 was the obvious winner.

Richie Sambora

The album also contains a song called “Shot Through The Heart.” Wait a minute, wait a minute…stop singing “You Give Love a Bad Name.” It’s a different song altogether.

Not quite as catchy as the hit song from Slippery When Wet, is it?

Top 50 Hair Metal Songs: #6 – Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead Or Alive”

On two albums, Bon Jovi had eight top ten songs. Four of those went all the way to #1, but our selection for the sixth best hair metal song only made it to #7 in 1987. The cowboy motif proved to be a little too prophetic, as the band is now making watered-down commercial country music, but in the 1980s when hair metal ruled, it was tough to beat Bon Jovi. Only five bands beat them on our countdown…and you can probably name them by now. If not, come back tomorrow to find out who #5 is.

Other songs considered: “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Bad Medicine,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I’ll Be There For You”

Purchase Bon Jovi music.

Thanks Mark!!!

In the second blind trade, only half-completed so far, I received a box of Reds from Mark at Stats on the Back. He’s cleaning out his non-Mets, much like I’m cleaning out my non-Reds…keeping a few other favorites and collections, but for the most part cleaning house. He had posted a little teaser about what was in the box, and I must say while I was looking forward to it based on that post, it far exceeded my expectations! There were several cards of Sabo and Dibble, and even a few Soto that I didn’t already have. I will be scanning those at some point in the future and posting them on my “Players I Collect” pages, but again I wanted to post a few of my favorites now…

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In addition to those awesome cards, I got a card of Bubbles Hargrave. He played for the Reds in the 1920s and was included in the 1991 Sporting News Conlon Collection set. I’ve never heard of a baseball player named Bubbles before. How cool is that?

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And finally, two cards that Mark received in his Trick or Treat package from Indians Baseball Cards, Bon Jovi and Vixen!

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I’m tempted to post a Vixen song here, because I’m assuming most of you don’t remember the band. But Mark wrote on the note enclosed, “Consider some Bob Dylan to cleanse the metal palette. Bob can rock too.” Yes, Bob can rock too. The first compact disc I ever bought was Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Volume II. But one of my favorite Bob Dylan recordings was the Nashville Skyline album, and specifically the song, “Girl From The North Country” with Johnny Cash.

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