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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Baseball Card Cover Songs Part 3

Topps has always dabbled in pop culture and non-sport cards.  Some of their more recent customer direct products have borrowed designs from these sets.  Obviously, I was a baseball only collector the majority of my life.  No chance that I bought any packs of this product......





The 1985 Cyndi Lauper set. 

I am not even really a fan of her music outside of that song from the movie Goonies.  That was a decent track. 





The design of the cards are everything you'd imagine them to be.  I didn't have one in my collection, so I had to borrow a picture from COMC.  





Would I buy a card because it borrowed the design from a Cyndi Lauper set?  

No.  

Would I buy a card of a player I really liked even if it borrowed the design from a Cyndi Lauper set?  

Yes.  

Like all Throwback Thursday cards, this was sold with a small set of cards on the Topps website.  I did not really care about most of the players on the checklist, so I just picked up a single card of Rays infielder Brandon Lowe.  He was one of the better Durham Bulls players over the last five years.  

This is the card.  



Very true to the design of the original card.  




The back of the card.  

Lowe actually has a second Throwback Thursday card that borrows from the 1984-1985 NHL Hockey card set.  I picked up this card too.  I do not have many hockey cards, and certainly not any from the 1984-1985 set.  A friend helped with a scan of a Bernie Federko card.  



Nice looking design.  

Here is the Lowe card that borrows this design.  




Good looking card.  

Between the two new Brandon Lowe cards, I like the NHL borrowed design much better.  Feels and looks like a 1980s baseball card.  I like the small portrait photo in the corner with the larger action photo above.  Feels like it fits in well with the 1983 and 1984 Topps designs.  

The back was not quite what I expected it to be.....



I sat and looked at this for a few minutes.  I think that I am just used to the landscape set up on the back of the Topps baseball cards, and that is what I was expecting here.  I guess there are a few less stats on the back of a hockey card.  

Here is the original card back.  



I like how they switched out the hockey stick for a baseball bat.  Would have been a cool touch to include the biographical information on the remake card, but that's a small thing.  

10 comments:

  1. Really cool B-Lowe cards! He was definitely a favorite of mine during his short time in Durham.

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    1. Definitely. He's going to be a really good player, kind of happy he's still flying under the radar.

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  2. I read that there is a Hulk Hogan rookie card in that Cyndi Lauper set...

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    1. I believe that there is a Hulk Hogan card, but I am not sure if it is a rookie. I do not know much about wrestling cards. It would be pretty awesome if true.

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  3. This is a cool idea for a set. Do they do any of the Star Wars designs? These look like Gavin customs.

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    1. Yes, there have been a few designs borrowed from Star Wars. I cannot tell you the Star Wars sets, but they are pretty easy to search out on Ebay.

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  4. I'd much rather have the Cyndi Lauper cards!

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    1. There are a bunch on COMC and Ebay. I have never done much with pop culture sets, but they look interesting. I wasn't sure how you could make a set about a musician, but I get it now.

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  5. Never would have bought the Cyndi Lauper cards back in the 80's... but if I found a box at the flea market for the price of a blaster, I'd grab it. I really enjoy her music.

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    1. I have no doubt that one of these boxes will turn up on one of your flea market posts in the future.

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