Sunday, November 20, 2022

Celebrity Jersey Cards #611: Mascot Week Edition Bailey & Geoffrey

Mascot Week starts with a special edition of Celebrity Jersey Cards. Celebrity Jersey Cards is a weekly series in which I create virtual trading cards for celebrities wearing sports jerseys. With Mascot Week featuring fun furry creatures, this edition has those beloved creatures wearing jerseys (not associated with their usual team).

Bailey was introduced as the Los Angeles Kings mascot in 2007. Wearing No. 72, because it's always 72 degrees in LA, Bailey was named after Garnet "Ace" Bailey, the team's Director of Pro Scouting who was aboard Flight 175 on 9/11. Garnet Bailey also played 10 seasons in the NHL and one final season in the WHA. Bailey appeared at an LA Lakers game to suport his home town NBA team.

Toys 'R' Us mascot Geoffrey was originally called Dr. G. Raffe, during the time the store was Bargain Town. In 1965 with a rebranding to Toys 'R' Us, Geoffrey was designed by the same artist who created Dr. G. Raffe. Geoffrey made his commercial debut in 1973.Geoffrey was joined by Toronto Blue Jays mascot Ace, for a Toys 'R' Us in-store event.

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