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  • SPAM, Willie, and Mr. Clark

    I'm going to kill three birds with one post.

    #1: I apologize for the inconvenience, but I had to turn the "word verification" function on to help filter the insane amount of SPAMcomments I've recently encountered. On average, I might receive five to seven SPAM comments a day. However over the past two days, I've received close to fifty. Thankfully Blogger blocks most of them out, but it's literally flooding my mailbox and is totally annoying.


    #2: 85% of this post will be music related. Yet most of you who take the time to read my posts are probably sports fans.

    That's why I'm going to quickly show off my newly acquired 1971 Kellogg's #10 Willie Mays:


    I know it's full of cracks, but for the price it was hard for me to pass it up. Last weekend, I ran into a vendor who had stacks of random cards scattered on his table among a bunch of video games. He had this card priced at two bucks. Plus he had a box under his table with dime cards.

    I ended up pulling out 46 cards and the Mays. He told me I could have them all and a box of 1993 Collect-A-Card American Bandstandcards for $6... which I immediately accepted.


    #3: Okay music lovers... it's your turn. For over forty years, American Bandstand brought music to teenagers' ears across the country. That's why it isn't surprising to hear that a trading card set was produced for it back in the 90's, when there seemed to be cards produced for just about anything out there.




    Each box contained thirty-six packs and each pack contained eight cards.



    Gold foil autographs of Dick Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Smokey Robinson were randomly inserted into packs, but unfortunately I failed to pull one.


    On the flip side, I was able to build two complete 100 card sets, plus have one pack leftover for my unopened non-sport wax pack collection.

    The set is composed of several Dick Clark cards, various artists who have performed on the show, a few cards featuring some of the show's popular segments.



    Clark was one of those people who always looked good for his age. Unfortunately the "ageless wonder" died of heart attack back in 2012. Thankfully the legacy he left behind in the entertainment industry will live on forever.

    Here are a few of the groups and performers who appeared on American Bandstand over the years:





















    What music show would be complete without a Beatlestribute?







    And how about a little Shadow Dancing...





    Finally... I wrap up this post with a few of Clark'sregular segments on American Bandstand:



    I know these cards aren't for everyone, but honestly it's a perfect example of how much I love trading cards. American Bandstand was never one of my favorite shows. In fact, I'm not even sure I've ever watched an episode in its entirety. But I enjoyed flipping through the cards, reading the backs, and learning a little something about America'spop culture.

    Happy Sunday and sayonara!

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