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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It Came From The Oddball Box - part 6: Alienated

The reason there was no oddball card yesterday is because I scanned the cards, but didn't have time to post the images. I am full blown into The Week That Will Likely Kill Me Dead, so you may not get anymore oddballs after this. I'll do my best not to leave off the oddballs on this note.

Alf! I freaking loved Alf when it was on the air. How could you not like an obnoxious alien who ate cats. Or threatened to eat cats anyway, I don't think he ever got his mitts on one on the show. My mom was a fan too, she got a talking Alf doll at one point. I watched an episode on TV Land many years later and it didn't hold up. Sigh. So many awesome things from the '80s never held up.

I liked the show but the cards, not so much. A joke that works on a tv show often bombs on a card. Especially when it's even more obvious the joke is being told by a puppet.

I bought one lone pack of Alf cards and quickly forgot about them. part of the reason is the strange Bouillabaseball cards that were inserted into each pack. They were cartoons of other Alfs playing some weird sloppy game with slime and fish that critters with thick shaggy hair would not be caught dead playing. The name was incomprehensible to a kid of however old I was when the cards were released. I got the baseball part but Bouilla? What the hell is a Bouilla? Bobby Bouilla? Some couple decades later I learned from Food Network that bouillabaisse is a Frenchy fishy soup. How the heck is a tween card collector supposed to figure out that pun?

There were plenty more puns in the set though, often deliciously crude. Ha, ha. Pulling a hat out of a rabbit. I see what you did there, you switched the two things around and turned it into something different. I mean, how could you possible pull a hat out of a rab... uh... EEEEWWWW! Now that's a mental image a 12 year old can truly appreciate!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Worst. Show. Ever.

I mean this made the Star Wars Holiday Special Emmy worthy by comparison.

bailorg said...

Remember ALF? He's back . . . in card form!

--David said...

Hmm, I used to have a bunch of ALF cards... They seem to have gone the way of Sandy Alomar Jr cards...

DeadHorse said...

Really? I just found some of these also. I put them up on my refrigerator. My son likes them. I disagree, this show is still funny. I like your Blog. Its funny too.

That's Mr. Brough To You said...

If my memory is correct, there were two different ALF sets: the ones you posted about and then a series of ALF in all 50 states. I remember buying MANY packs of each and completing the tv series set (I loved the baseball set within the set) but was one state card short of completing that set.

Motherscratcher said...

Cat thing aside, I always thought that Alf had assimilated remarkably well.

wildbill said...

I actually have the Gordon Shumway (Alf) Bouliabaseball card somewhere

Mr P said...

You can't imagine how many childhood memories you've brought flooding back! Good times :)