A while ago I had the idea of featuring cards which correspond to each character’s name on The Brady Bunch. Don’t ask about where this idea came from… Sometimes these things just fall together.
To be honest it was quite a while between inspiration and execution, because some of these were much harder than I’d expected… especially – and not surprisingly – for the “very lovely girls”. Some of these are quite a stretch to fit into the theme, but that adds to the fun (I hope).
As an extra-groovy feature, I’ve added a few athletes who played themselves on The Brady Bunch.
And so, here’s the story…
1975 Topps Mike Schmidt
Without really thinking, I went looking for images of 1975 Topps sheets to figure out which card the blue at the top of my card came from. I say “Without really thinking” because the way 1975 cards show up on the sheet, a card with a green top should have a card with a green bottom above it on the sheet. I came to find out that Schmidt is at the top of the sheet, so aren’t any cards above Schmidt. I found another card online that has similar blue at the top, so I guess it’s a “printing thing”.
…And I found that looking at images of uncut sheets of 1975 Topps is kinda mesmerizing… So many colors…
2000 Pacific Greg Maddux (Portrait)
I’ll bet many of you don’t realize that Pacific was doing variations 16 years ago. In the 1999 and 2000 Pacific sets, a number of the bigger names and hyped rookies came as either a portrait or an action shot, and there wasn’t anything to distinguish the two other than the photo. I remember being very perturbed when I found this out…
…and then mom gave me a Snickers bar and I felt better.
1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Pete Peeters
The 1982-83 hockey season was the first season in nearly 20 years that Topps had not issued a hockey set. I was still an active hockey collector at the time, so I bought a hand-collated set of that year’s O-Pee-Chee. It’s not a classic set, but for us Americans any O-Pee-Chee set that isn’t based on Topps becomes a classic oddball set.
1974-75 O-Pee-Chee WHA Bobby Hull
Also in the early 1980’s I made one of my favorite hockey purchases of all time. At a show I saw this cool-looking oddball hockey set featuring players from the recently-deceased WHA. The complete 66 card set was just $10. I jumped on that set and never looked back.
Ever since I started this blog 4+ years ago, I’ve been thinking that I need to feature cards from this fun oddball hockey set. I really need to sit down and scan a bunch of these.
1981-82 O-Pee-Chee Carol Vadnais
It’s the story of a lovely… um… Vadnais…
I didn’t mean to have three straight O-Pee-Chee hockey cards, but that’s just the way it happened.
And matching Carol Brady with Carol Vadnais? Trust me, it gets worse from here.
1976 Topps Welcome Back Kotter #37
I had trouble with finding an athlete named Marcia who appeared on a card, so I went with a 1976 Topps “Welcome Back, Kotter” card which features actress Marcia Strassman (who played Julie Kotter) holding a basketball. Her name is Marcia, and she’s pretending to be athletic, so that’s close enough for government work.
1975 Topps Football Jan Stenerud
Jan Stenerud was born in Norway and was the first Football Hall Of Famer to have been solely a kicker (as opposed to guys like George Blanda who was a kicker and a quarterback). The Chiefs have retired his #3.
1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Cindy Brown
1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA #87 – Cindy Brown – Courtesy of COMC.com
I had to go searching far and wide to find a “Cindy” for inclusion in these all-stars. There just aren’t that many athletes named Cindy.
This Cindy is quite the impressive athlete. As a senior at Long Beach State, she set NCAA records for most points in a season (974, since broken) and in a game (60, still a record). She also played for the Olympic Gold Medal-winning basketball team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Speaking of Olympians…
2014 Topps U.S. Olympic/Paralympic Alice McKennis
2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls #61 – Alice McKennis – Courtesy of COMC.com
What I said about “Cindy” also applies to “Alice”.
In a set of “Olympians And Hopefuls”, Alpine Skier Alice McKennis fell into the category of “Hopeful” because a severe leg injury caused her to miss the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She was the 2015 World Champion in Super-G (Super Giant Slalom).
While researching her, I was thrown a bit because the first images I found of Alice McKennis didn’t look that much like the image on the card. As it turns out the dramatic lighting used for the card does her no favors.
Sam, the Butcher
1987 Buffalo Bisons team set BUTCHer
Donald “BUTCHer” Palmer was a batboy for the AAA Buffalo Bisons and seems to have been a fan favorite. In researching him I saw references to his “trademark antics”, which implies that his appeal went well beyond “Heh heh, lookit the huge batboy”.
1994 Pacific Crown Collection Joe Oliver
1994 Crown Collection is an odd set. It’s mostly full-bleed, has foil and a faux marble background on the bottom, but that widely-kerned font just makes it look really amateurish. I can only guess that it looked better in pre-production.
Special Guest Stars and the episodes in which they appeared:
1970 Topps Football Joe Namath
“Mail Order Hero” – In which Bobby lies about knowing Joe Namath. Hilarity ensues.
1974 Topps Football Deacon Jones
“The Drummer Boy” – Peter is teased by his football teammates for being involved in glee club and being late for a special football clinic with Deacon Jones. Hilarity ensues.
1990 Topps All-Star Glossy Don Drysdale
“The Dropout” – Mike invites Don Drysdale, one of his clients, to the house. Drysdale compliments Greg’s pitching, Greg gets a swelled head and hilarity ensues.
(I was surprised to find that this is the only Don Drysdale card I own.)
1972 Topps Wes Parker
“The Undergraduate” – Greg develops a crush on his math teacher, but the teacher is already engaged… to the Dodgers’ Wes Parker. Hilarity ensues.
‘Til the one day when Shlabotnik had a brainstorm
And he knew that it was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a blog post
That’s the way they all became The Brady Bunch… All-Stars…