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Rusty - July 22, 2007

When I was a pre-teen my whole life was consumed with football and football cards. My evenings were spent reading the backs of each card learning all the statistics and necessary information of each and every player. I could tell you the rookie year of almost any player, the teams they played for and the college they attended. My knowledge was immense.

One day my sister lamented that they didn’t have cards for all the apostles and prophets in order for kids to learn their vital statistics and histories. Little did she know that not only were there cards of all the apostles and prophets but all famous Mormons. The following scans are of my favorites of my Mormon card collection.

It’s only natural to start with the Mormon sporting figures. These are my Steve Young, Dale Murphey and Danny Ainge rookie cards.

The following three are last year’s cards of the First Presidency.

I don’t have a Hinckley or Faust rookie, but in high school at a garage sale I came upon a rare “Tommy” Monson rookie. It’s in rough condition but it’s one of my favorites.

This is the 1978 Bruce R. McConkie card, 2nd printing. It’s pretty common, but the pre-OD2 printing run is extremely rare being that it was released to stores the day of the announcement. If anyone knows where I can get my hands on one please let me know, I’ll pay top dollar.

This David O. McKay and Fawn Brodie pair is a nice combination to have but it makes me sad.

It was reading the book Ender’s Game that I discovered my love for reading. This is why I have this Orson Scott Card rookie (1985).

Of course no collection of Mormon cards is complete without a Steve Martin rookie.

These are hot off the presses and depending on how things go next year this Mitt Romney card could be worth a ton.

And of course there are these bloggernacle cards from a couple years ago (and if Steve would actually blog about something interesting the card might actually be worth something).


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  2. Oooh. Where can I get some? I especially like the blogger cards. I’ve got some extra space in my storage box next to my Lord of the Rings trading cards…

    Comment by Seth R. — July 23, 2007 @ 5:21 am

  3. You graphic artists are soooooo clever!

    Comment by lamonte — July 23, 2007 @ 6:16 am

  4. You still have your old football cards? I sold mine to buy a skateboard at 13. The Fawn Brodie card slays me.

    Comment by cj dougalss — July 23, 2007 @ 6:35 am

  5. Rusty:

    Come on. Really. How much for your entire collection? Name your price. This is so cool!! I could be such a hit w/ the AP in the ward.

    No wait. Can you guarantee M. Hoffman hasn’t been anywhere near these?

    Oh, just forget about it. Thanks anyway. Have a nice day.

    Comment by Mondo Cool — July 23, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  6. you do know, don’t you, that steve martin is NOT a mormon — and never has been.

    Comment by sj — July 23, 2007 @ 7:28 am

  7. sj,
    That’s the joke.

    Comment by Tom — July 23, 2007 @ 7:35 am

  8. I bet you could sell a lot of those Mitt Romney cards.

    Comment by Susan M — July 23, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  9. Of course, starting now, I’m gonna wanna be collectin’ a new card every week … where’s Lionel?

    Comment by Chino Blanco — July 23, 2007 @ 8:01 am

  10. Very very nice work Rusty. Hilarious.

    I don’t see anything for the chupacabra, but I guess team mascots never show up on the cards.

    Comment by danithew — July 23, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  11. steve martin is too a mormon…he just doesn’t look like that guy.

    Comment by garry — July 23, 2007 @ 8:10 am

  12. Will future Bloggernacle Hall of Famer Steve Evans have an asterisk next to his name?

    Comment by danithew — July 23, 2007 @ 8:25 am

  13. Rusty, you rock.

    Comment by J. Stapley — July 23, 2007 @ 9:19 am

  14. Why doesn’t the Tommy Monson rookie card depict him carrying a widow to safety with raging floodwaters/fire/disaster in the background?

    Comment by a random John — July 23, 2007 @ 9:26 am

  15. Hilarious!

    Comment by Cheryl — July 23, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  16. If you’re gonna throw Steve Martin in the mix, you’ve gotta have Alice Cooper and George Lucas.

    Comment by cj dougalss — July 23, 2007 @ 11:05 am

  17. The sad part is, that I was totally sucked in and gullibly thinking “Man, they do weird stuff in Utah” up until the Fawn Brodie card.

    Comment by Matt W. — July 23, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  18. I used to collect the sports cards of Mormon athletes. I still have about 200 Orel Hershiser cards contamenating my collection.

    Comment by KyleM — July 23, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  19. Great post! You need to add the Osmonds to your collection!

    Comment by Apollo — July 23, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  20. How about Sonja Johnson and her 12 Apostates?

    Comment by Floyd the Wonderdog — July 23, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  21. I’ll trade you The September Six for a rookie John D. Lee.

    Comment by jose — July 23, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  22. I’ve been scouring eBay and Craig’slist for months looking for that rare, Cain/Bigfoot card. I’ve give my Mark Hoffman rookie for it!

    Comment by Bret — July 23, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  23. Heeeeey. Wait a second. How did my Jon Heder get mixed in with my Harry Potter cards?

    *shuffle shuffle shuffle*

    Comment by Paradox — July 23, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  24. Rusty, you build them, I’ll market them. Just think of all those “Utah” Mormons who would love to have a set.

    Your mother did a sketch of Harold B. Lee that sold 100s at the BYU bookstore, and Roland my roommate did Joseph Fielding Smith…I think he sold more than Mom!

    I need another business!

    Comment by don — July 23, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  25. Subtle Rusty subtle, was I the only one who noticed that Harry Reid is the “Satanic Party Leader”? Cute!

    Comment by Don Clifton — July 24, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  26. Oh, and McConkie was good too!

    Comment by Don Clifton — July 24, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  27. If you can get a profile shot of Thomas S. Monson, it would probably be worth quite a bit more since he rarely allows himself to be photographed or filmed from the side.

    Comment by Seth R. — July 24, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  28. Rusty –

    I’m a reporter at the Associated Press that covers the LDS church. I’d like to do a story about the trading cards. Please contact me.


    Thanks and have a great day.


    Comment by Jennifer Dobner — July 25, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  29. Jennifer,
    I tried to email you but it bounced back so I’ll respond here. These cards are actually just a silly joke with a lot of Mormon inside jokes (many of the people’s titles, the informational banners, the pictures, etc.). The only real cards of the bunch are the first three sports cards, otherwise they are all fake (I’m a graphic designer by profession so I have the design and Photoshop skills to make it all look real).

    I’m sorry to have mislead you.

    Comment by Rusty — July 25, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  30. There’s a period that shouldn’t be there following .org

    Try to re-send, Jennifer does have stories with AP in her byline.

    Comment by Chino Blanco — July 25, 2007 @ 10:31 am

  31. If that doesn’t work, try jdobner@desnews.com

    I wanna see you guys in print … bunch of New Yorkers and naturalists deserve some fame ..

    Comment by Chino Blanco — July 25, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  32. Look, I’m scanning in a $1,000 bucks for you as I type this and you can download the JPEGs of the bills from my website if you’ll just follow this up …

    Comment by Chino Blanco — July 25, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  33. Oh my, you so need a life

    Comment by Charlie — July 26, 2007 @ 6:52 am

  34. It reminds me of the old joke…

    Q: Hey, did you hear that they caught Mark Hoffman forging again?

    A: Yeah, he was making Paul H Dunn baseball cards!

    Comment by Mark Hansen — July 26, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

  35. #33: I know, Charlie, it’s sad really, but then again, even when I fail, there’s always guys like #34 around to come up with something truly funny, so that helps me get through.

    Comment by Chino Blanco — July 27, 2007 @ 5:46 am

  36. Rusty, great post — thanks for the great laughs. You always hit a home-run with your trading cards. You need to do a whole Bloggernacle set, at least. The Monson rookie card was great — as were the others.

    Comment by john f. — July 28, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  37. I really hope that Orson Scott Card is cuter than that.

    Comment by annegb — July 29, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

  38. I can think of a lot of words I’ve both heard and read to describe Orson Card, but “cute” is honestly not one of them.


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  40. I found your site because I was searching for any LDS version of Yu-gi-oh cards. My boys realy like them and I thought it wouldn’t be hard to make up a set of similar cards (with powers, points, talents, etc.) of scripture heroes. Are you aware of any such thing already in existence?

    Comment by Lesa Ribar — February 6, 2008 @ 9:17 am

  41. If I can just get a Ken Jennings and Glenn Beck, my collection will be complete. I’ve got about a thousand Osmonds I’ll trade anybody for. Man, there’s like ten Osmonds in every pack of cards…

    Comment by Nick — July 9, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

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    Oh well.

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