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Before Leon Sandcastle, there was Johnny Kilroy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leon Sandcastle is not the first fictional character to appear on a card.

In 1993, Michael Jordan abruptly retired from basketball, but the man wasn’t done playing – at least that was the message Nike put out with its own commercial that featured Johnny Kilroy, Jordan disguised as a different basketball player.

Steve Martin was featured in a commercial in a television news tabloid format and followed rumors of mysterious basketball players who popped up around the country under different names. These players were the best every single time.

Finally, a fan had evidence in the “popcorn tape” of Johnny Kilroy. He dunked right over Alonzo Mourning. Conclusion: It had to be Jordan.

Upper Deck made a card of Kilroy in its 1993-94 set. The card isn’t worth much and could be picked up on eBay for a few dollars.

Collectors are recalling the card as they see mock Sandcastle cards pop up.

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Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

8 Comments

Kevin

oh man, i forgot about that, too funny.

Posted May 4, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

And in between Kilroy and Sandcastle there was Kazuo Uzuki.

Posted May 4, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink
Nick Mikulicich

Don’t forget Topps’s Kaz Uzuki prank baseball card.

Posted May 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
kris

2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded # 659 Taro Tsujimoto Short Print SP RC. the fictional japanesse selection of the buffalo sabers I think we deserve a prize suz because these cards were not meantioned in the article.

Posted May 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
kris

2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded # 659 Taro Tsujimoto Short Print SP RC don’t forget this fictional card

Posted May 5, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink
kris

what about the taro prank buffalo saber draft pick in panani score traded

Posted May 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
John

The thing with Tsujimoto is that while fictional, he was actually drafted! If you look in NHL records, the 1974 draft, round 11 goes pick #182 Randy Montgomery then #184 Jacques Locas, only because it was removed later on, after Clarence Campbell found out he wasn’t real.

Posted May 6, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink
Card Opionator

I wish Sid Finch had a card.

Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

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