Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Salma Hayek

The newest addition to the ongoing 1991 Score Dream Team inspired Dream Girl set is none other than Salma Hayek.  

There was a a good long time that Salma topped my celebrity crush list.  I'm pretty sure it started with her snake dancing scene in from Dusk till Dawn.   At 54 Salma looks better than most whom are half her age.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2Pac, 1991

Tupac had a rather meteoric rise to superstardom before his untimely murder, but in 1991 when ProSet released their Yo! MTV Raps rapper trading card set, Tupac was still a relative new-comer to most of the established artists in the set.  This card has a little fun imagining "what if" Tupac had made it into that card set.

In 1991 Tupac --then going by the stage name 2Pac-- was a roadie/back-up dancer in the rap group Digital Underground.  He had a cameo with the group in the movie Nothing But Trouble performing the song "Same Song", which also was featured on the film's soundtrack.  Later that year Tupac released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Uncle Rico II



"Back in '82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile."

I've been wanting to do a second Uncle Rico card for a little while now.  My first Uncle Rico card is pretty special as it was the first card I did that sold out all 50 copies.  Napoleon Dynamite is such an offbeat cult favorite.  I personally love it.  Part of what makes that movie so unforgettable is Jon Gries' Uncle Rico character.  For me he did such a great job of playing this unique (30 something?) character that nearly peaked in high school, but he didn't even get that because the coach didn't put him in in the big game.  Rico is a could-have-been.   Even as a stuck in the past smarmy door-to-door hustler I wanted Rico to finally get his win, which thankfully the bonus footage leads you to believe he just might as he catches the eye of a attractive young lady.

Another motivating factor in making an additional Rico Dynamite card was knowing how appreciative Jon Gries is of his fans, so I'm sure there be some copies of this card that get signed.

I've kept my eye out for good ideas for a Rico card and recently an idea I loved hit me.  Starting in 1986 (I think) Topps had a 1,000 Yard Club insert set highlighting players who had amassed 1,000 yard either rushing or receiving.  Well, I wanted to spin that and make a "Quarter Mile Club" for which Rico was the charter and only member of via his claim to be able to be able to throw a football that far back in 1982.  For reference, the world record for a football throw is a little better than 54 yards, a quarter mile is 440 yards.

I chose the 1000 Yard template from 1986 just because it's the one I liked the best.  Rico was straight money and I wanted this card to reflect that.