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Showing posts with label 1989 Topps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1989 Topps. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Joy of a Completed Team Set - 1989 Topps

Who needs those newfangled die-cuts with the oddly colored borders? Let's have some of the real thing. Key card: LEMMER ROOOOOOOOKIE

Gotta figure out something to fill all those empty pockets...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Building a set: 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 - Pack 5

I've been busy this week and I'm gonna be REALLY busy next week so I better get a pack post up while I can. If you like this 'build a set' nonsense let me know because I found another box that would be good for this. Gotta finish this one first though and as you can see my luck finally ran out.

As you can see, I pulled the first double from the packs. As you can also see, the gum does a real number on the backs of these cards. So this is the back of the cards. Yep, that dumb Peace Ghost logo takes up 2/3rds of the real estate on the back.

Double #2. Text on the backs have the card title, a brief synopsis of the action followed by ellipses... and then CONTINUED ON NEXT EXCITING CARD! It still amuses me greatly how Janine really really wants to get clueless Louis in the sack.

card #9

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DAMN KIDS IN THIS MOVIE. AND WHY ARE THEY ALL BORED. This is early on in the film when everyone's broke and useless. Winston's in it just to make a buck but Ray looks like he really digs this gig.

card #45
This is kind of a lame shot to earn a SFX card but whatever. If I remember the gag c orrectly it went something like: Snooty clerk: "Can you get are really expensive crystal down please?" Egon: "Sure, no problem" (presses button) (crash)

sticker #10
Dana sneaks into the group shot. At least that damn baby isn't there. Oscar better not get a sticker.

card #73
You seriously had to be there to understand how cool the Statue of Liberty was in the late '80s. But 'Libby'? Seriously?

Card #3
The card title is a mistprint. It should say Dan Akroyd is Adorable. Don'tcha wanna just pinch those cheeks.

card #79
Stantz gets high on Mood Slime. I'm not sure what the big deal is here though. Since unless you drown in it the worst slime can do to you is make you cranky there's not much to survive there. It's not like he got zorched by a proton pack.

card #82
Ok, rant time.

I'm on record as saying I like this movie but admit it's very flawed. There's a lot to like about the film such as Janosz being sleazy and Louis suddenly becoming an alpha male and the few times where ghosts are actually busted, but when it goes wrong, boy does it go wrong. So by the end of the flick I was somewhat conflicted about the whole thing. Yeah there was a LOT of cheese and some flat out stupidity but the busters saved the day and zapped Vigo and Janosz hrew out one of my favorite lines in film history and I was feeling ok about everything and then... this thing happened.

Dear God, this is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of dumb things.

One minute there's Vigo's horcrux painting with Viggs looking all menacing and badass and one slime later we have half naked Ghostbusters painted by the guy who does the murals at O'Charlie's all looking stupid as they huddle around that damnable baby. ARGH. I hate this scene. This scene makes me cringe. And since it's one of the last things in the movie, this is the image that remains in your mind after watching. This right here is the jump the shark moment for this film, the point in which Ghostbusters 2 went from "ok that was stupid but pretty good" to "ok that was stupid". Such a shame too seeing how Ghostbusters 3 vanished into the ether.

Set completion: 38/88 43.1%
Sticker set completion: 4/11 36.4%
Doubles: 2
Sticker doubles: 1
Cards needed in the pack: 7
Number of cards needed for the set: 50
Number of cards left in the packs: 80

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Building a set: 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 - Pack 4

People have opinions on this movie so I better get a move on in ripping these packs.

card #44
HOLY CRAP GHOSTBUSTERS 2 IS A CHRISTMAS MOVIE. I shall add it to Santa Claus Conquors The Martians and Die Hard for my annual Christmas Eve Wrap ALL The Things film festival tradition. Plus scotch. LOTS of scotch on Xmas eve.

card #24
Ooooooh! Scary! At least until you see a still photo and realize how cheesy it looks.

card #69 dude
Ok, this card is ACTUALLY scary because for some reason the pink slime looks blood red. The slime on the subway tunnel card was neon pink so I'm not sure how the colors got jacked up to look red here. Slimy psycho-reactive blood-food dripping from the walls, guys! You know, for kids!

Zombie ghost nipples! I told ya that Topps got some milage out of the art cards in this set. The artist doesn't seem to be credited anywhere so I'm not sure who is responsible for this. I'd like to think he/she's a fan of The Cramps because Ghost Scoleri reminds me a bit of Lux Interior.

sticker #1

card #65
Yeah, the old lady being eaten by her coat got two cards for some reason. I've already used up my allotment of PETA jokes for the year so let's just move on.

card #60
The mucas patrol barge in and ruin Venkman's date. Oscar realizes he needs to step up his cockblocking game and decides to go take a walk on the ledge. NO ONE upstages Oscar.

card #61
Vigo's master plan is to make this museum look FABULOUS. Unfortunately Janosz bought the cheap dollar store candles instead of the nice scented ones. Dangit Janosz, possesing the body of an infant is very stressful! VIGO DEMANDS ROSEWOOD AROMATHERAPY.

card #25
Scoleri brothers hot pack! Here we have the two Scoleri ghosts and the ghosts of the electric chairs that fried 'em. I think the ghost on the right murdered a bunch of people and the one on the left ate the evidence. Man, that's a big ol' ghost. I really liked in the film how the mean angry hanging judge suddenly changed his tune re: capital punishment once the guys he sent to the chair came back looking for him. Obligatory Judge Smails because reasons:

Set completion: 32/88 36.4%
Sticker set completion: 3/11 27.3%
Doubles: 0
Sticker doubles: 1
Cards needed in the pack: 9
Number of cards needed for the set: 56
Number of cards left in the packs: 88

Monday, July 15, 2013

Building a set: 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 - Pack 3

Let's do another pack of this schtuff while I'm ignoring the Home Star Derby.

card #57
In a fim featuring Nickelodeon game show levels of pink slime you knew a card where everyone is all gooped up was going to happen sooner or later. The guys all lubed up and ready for action is nice and all but I prefer Brooklyn-style free-range organic artisanal hate.

card #88
Last card in the set. If you would have told me in 1989 that in 2013 we would still be waiting for next time I probably would have given up right then and there.

card #39
The original logo was so dang iconic and then they went and cheesed it all up. The ghost practically has a prototype version of the DreamWorks face for Pete's sake.

card #56

First official double hits in pack three and it's a sticker. Can't really afford too many sticker doubles if I wanna finish this thing although @Project1962 included a few stickers in his box of goodies. I scanned the back to show off the puzzle but this particular piece is Winston's feet.

card #19

SFX shot of extreeeeeeeeeeeeeme pink! Topps slathered the press with extra Magenta for this beast. Ray is being lowered into the subway station full of glop, but the back of the card doesn't say a whole lot about the special effects. Is this real slime? CGI slime? Stop motion Ray Harryhausen slime? Did The Blob make an uncredited cameo? Give us some facts Topps!

card #58
MOAR SLIME! It's a snots hot pack! After indulging in some Manhattan style hate, Ray figures out that the mood mucus is harshing everyone's buzz. Did Bill Murray remain relatively slime free in this movie? He had the classic "he slimed me" moment in the first film and I don't recall him getting too messy ever again after that. That's star power right there.

card #53
Well speak of the devil! Here's ol' Slimer now. I have no idea what the heck is going on in this FX shot but it's Slimer so who cares. You coulda used the cartoon Slimer in the movie and the kids still woulda loved it.

card #11
HERE'S DA MAN! Oh Janosz, teach me your secrets... show me how to be an evil little doooosche. This card is fantastic. Does Peter MacNicol do TTM autographs? Maybe I can get Vigo to sign it. Seriously, this card is epic. Janosz with the DreamWorks face while Vigo does Kubrick face. SO MANY FACES.

Set completion: 24/88 27.2%
Sticker set completion: 2/11 18.1%
Doubles: 0
Sticker doubles: 1
Cards needed in the pack: 8
Number of cards needed for the set: 64
Number of cards left in the packs: 96

Friday, July 12, 2013

Building a set: 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 - Pack 2

Time for pack 2. Gonna space these out with an actual bayzbawl card post inbetween all of them because Ghostbusters 2 is not a good enough movie to completely take over the blog. If you'd like to make your guesses on how short I come up on this set, feel free to do so.

card #35
Another curveball from Topps with the TV screen border and cartoon captions for the low-budget commercial scene from the movie. This might be my favorite card from the set. Not sure if it's because of the goofy scene, the cartoony card or the fact that I like the idea of Louis and Janine having sexytimes entirely too much. Nerd Love! The gum attacked the back of this card especially harshly so when I get a double I hope it's this card

card #29
Aaaaaaaarrrrggghhhh! The mean ol' prosecutor gets flipped over by the eeeeevil ghosts and... wait...is she wearing garters? And are those leather panties?? This movie is sleazier than I thought.

card #32
Dr. Ray Stantz being a Bad Ass. This man busts ghosts in tweed and makes it look good.

card #17
Wooooo! It's a Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide screen shot! Or basically a picture that's as wide as all the other ones just without the squiggly lightning border. While I have and will crap all over this movie, terribles movies can always be saved by a great villain. And this movie has a great villian. Sure, Vigo is real mean looking and Eastern European and is more or less inspired by Vlad the Impaler except with less Vampire and more Body Snatcher tendancies, but Peter MacNicol is friggin AWESOME as Janosz. He's such a nasty creepy little shit, I love him to death. He's Igor to Vigo's Dr. Frankenstein. He's Renfield to Vigo's Dracula. Wait, those movies are actually kinda good. He's Torgo to Vigo's Manos.

sticker #6
Sticker action with another one of those illustrations of the court ghosts. I forgot to rotate this one so whatevs.

card #20
Peter MacNicol being creeeeeeeeepy again. The back of the card even specifically states that Janosz is being creepier than usual. While Janosz is supposed to be lit by a red emergency bulb in this scene the card makes it look like he's the bouncer at the entrance to hell. This card reminds me of The Residents song Sinister Exaggerator so I'm going to link it.

card #31
EGON 'BOUT TO BUST A CAP IN YO ECTOPLASM. How fortunate the proton packs were just sitting out in the courtroom so the Ghostbusters could conveniently save the day. Actually it's even more fortunate that the ghosts showed up in the first place and sexually harrassed the prosecutor so the Ghostbusters could save the day. Actually it's really really fortunate that the baliffs and police at the proceedings didn't blow the Ghostbusters' heads off when accused criminals went to grab their dangerous weapons when there was a distraction in the courtroom.

card #66
So the snooty rich bitch wearing the gigantic fur coat gets splashed with the slime and the ghosts of all the poor little minks that died for the coat become zombies and attempt to gobble her up. Was the anti-fur crowd around in 1989? Probably. I liked this scene better when it was done in the cheezy schlock-horror comedy Saturday the 14th. Wait, Jeffrey Tambor was in that movie??

card #80

Set completion: 16/88 18.2%
Sticker set completion: 2/11 18.2%
Doubles: 0
Sticker doubles: 0
Cards needed in the pack: 9
Number of cards needed for the set: 72
Number of cards left in the packs: 104

Monday, July 8, 2013

Building a set: 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 - Pack 1

I've done this on the Twitters a few times so I thought I'd try it out here. @Project1962 sent me 15 packs of 1989 Topps Ghostbusters 2 cards in exchange for a half a box worth of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves cards. There are 88 cards and 11 stickers in the set. There are 120 cards and 15 stickers in the packs. Can I complete the set out of the packs???

Probably not. Collation is not a virtue in these old non-sport packs. But I'll make a valiant effort and you can play along. Leave a guess on how many cards you think I'll be short in the comments. I'mma say I complete this bish because inveterate optimist.

If you want a set dedicated to Ghostbusters this is it unless Rittenhouse did something in the past decade I don't know about. The original Ghostbusters actually have a few cards in 1988's Fright Flicks set, but it's not the same. (even though I'd LOVE to find some packs of that stuff) Ghostbusters 2 made the cut since it was a SMASH MOVIE! as the wrapper helpfully reminds us. The only real smash was the sound the movie made when it completely failed to live up to its predecessor in just about every way. Not to say it's a bad movie... well, yeah it is pretty awful. But I really like awful movies and it's the Friggin GHOSTBUSTERS so it holds a special place in my heart. A really stupid place but a special stupid place.

The original Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a perfect combination of comedy, sci-fi and horror and features some of the funniest people on the planet. Ghostbusters 2 has everything the original Ghostbusters has so why doesn't it work? I think the tone is just off a bit. OG Ghostbusters had a gritty, rebellious feel to it. It even got sleazy at times what with Venkman trying to schtupp his students and Stantz getting a boo job. Ghostbusters 2 seemed like the producers saw dollar signs and tried to lure in more families and kids by cutesying it up. Obviously by the time this came out there was a Ghostbusters cartoon, which was fine, but they cartooned the movie up a little too much as far as I'm concerned. Slimer fanservice, pink happy slime, Statue of Liberty wandering around and that damn baby. Ugh, baby everywhere. There's a whole lot more mugging for the camera and cringeworthy moments too. Of course, it's a sequel. Actors knew it wass just a money grab back then so why not mug it up a bit. It's a bad movie but it's an entertaining bad movie and that's what it's all about now, isn't it?

I'll rip on the movie in detail as we look at each card. First, have some gum.

Whole gum is somewhat rare in these old packs. Maybe I should start a grading service for vintage gum. First card:

card #1

... is appropriately enough the first card. Gotta love a title card. I hope you like that goofy-ass ghost logo flashing the peace sign because you're going to see it a couple hundred more times. Also hope you like that baby blue border as much as I do. This card got the gum treatment so the back is slightly horrible. Most of the cards in these packs are slightly warped as well, resuling in some wonky scans when they decided to rotate when I set the lid down on the scanner. Think about that the next time someone advertises "pack fresh" cards.

card #83
 So here's the card design. Baby blue borders with a hand-drawn yellow zap design surrounding the picture, Peace Ghost in the bottom left corner and the card title in white along the bottom. I've seen worse. Deviating from the normal plot summary you see in vintage Topps non-sport sets this card shows a 'behind the scenes' shot of admittedly one of the coolest things about this film. Faceless Lady Liberty is kinda creepy though.

card #62
 And here's that friggin baby. It irks me how much oxygen this baby sucks out of the room every time he's in the shot. I want to see Bill Murray acting childish, not an actual child. Of course the entire plot revolves around the kid so what are ya gonna do. This scene particularly irritates me since it ruins the make-out session between Louis and Janine. Nerds don't get enough action as it is, they don't need a damn wandering baby cock-blocking them.

card #51
 YEAAAAAH SLIMER FANSERVICE. Lookit that Slimer actin' all craaaazy! He's eatin hotdogs and don't even give an single ufck! Yeah I know. Slimer is popular. He's basically the mascot of the cartoon if not the entire franchise. That's what I mean about tone though. It's like Ghostbusters is Kermit the Frog, playing it cool, being the straight man while still getting chances to be extremely silly and throw out some good jokes. Ghostbusters 2 is Fozzie. Waka waka waka! Lookit the craaaaAAAAAZY Ghost!

card #12
Harold Ramis plays a great Vulcan. I wonder if there is any slash fiction out there between Egon Spengler and Spock. Actually, wait, no. Why do I think of such things. Dammit brain, why do you do this to me. Egon Spengler and Sheldon Cooper slashfic would be much better.Anyway, here's Egon doing Science. Yay science.

sticker #7
So here's the sticker. Basic sticker setup, 11 stickers with images mostly ganked from the main set and a puzzle on the back. This here is an artist's rendition of one of the ghost brothers that menaces the boys in the court scene. Topps got a lot of milage out of the illustrations as I've seen them on several stickers and at least one card so far.

card #15
 quit upstaging me ya little brat, and go watch the Real Ghostbusters cartoon while I bang your mom

card #42
If there wasn't a tie-in deal with this movie and Pizza Hut to sell Ghost Catcher Supreme pizzas with a free order of slime dipping sauce then someone really dropped the ball. Akroyd will always be my favorite Ghostbuster and I love the pic of him tracking down ghosts while chomping on a big ol' stogie.

card #23
The pack finishes up with the court scene. Here Ray's slime starts acting up because everyone's yelling at each other. Every set has at least one card were there's a wide shot that looks cool on the screen but doesn't work well on a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 piece of cardboard. I tried holding the card up an inch in front of my face to reproduce the theater experience but my eyes are too old and feeble for that crap anymore.

After one pack, here's the stats:

Set completion: 8/88 9.1%
Sticker set completion: 1/11 9.1%
Doubles: 0
Sticker doubles: 0
Cards needed in the pack: 9
Number of cards left for the base set: 80
Number of cards left in the packs: 112

I've got three of these posts queued, let's see how long it takes for me to finish this off.