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Odd Rods was a group of non-sports trading card/sticker series created by the Donruss company beginning in 1969. The original series, entitled Odd Rods, introduced the theme of the series in 44 stickers: Monsters in cars. Done by cartoonist/illustrator/writer B.K. Taylor in a style clearly influenced by the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth[1], the series proved very popular with schoolchildren of the time, resulting in a string of sequel series:

  • Odder Odd Rods (1970 - 66 stickers)
  • Oddest Odd Rods (1970 - 66 stickers, numbered 67-132)
  • Odd Rod All Stars (1971 - 66 stickers reprinted from the previous 3 series)
  • Fabulous Odd Rods (1973 - a reprint of Odder Odd Rods)
  • Fantastic Odd Rods series 1 (1973 - a reprint of Oddest Odd Rods, retaining the 67-132 numbering)
  • Fantastic Odd Rods series 2 (66 new stickers numbered 1-66).

A related sticker series put out by Donruss in this era was Silly Cycles (66 stickers) with monsters on motorcycles. Another series was Fiends and Machines (66 stickers) which had a mix-and-match theme: 33 cards with monsters on top, and 33 with cars on the bottom, allowing the collector to put the 33 monsters on any of the 33 cars.

In 1980, Topps made a series similar to Odd Rods titled Weird Wheels.

In 2006, the Odd Rods trademark and artwork was acquired and the mark registered with the US Trademark Office. The official Odd Rods website is now active.

Odd Rods (first, 1969 series) sticker titles[edit]

  • #1 Big Daddy
  • #2 Mistua Mustang
  • #3 Gee-Tee-O
  • #4 Powered By Junk
  • #5 Bad Start
  • #6 Blower Bracket
  • #7 Mad Dragger
  • #8 Hemi Sprint
  • #9 Hill Climber
  • #10 Super Stuff
  • #11 Imported Animal
  • #12 Big Fink
  • #13 Gas Eater
  • #14 Chrome Coffin
  • #15 Ram Charger
  • #16 Let's Drag Hog
  • #17 Rocker Racer
  • #18 Draggin Machine
  • #19 Share Cropper
  • #20 Mad Shifter
  • #21 H20 Go
  • #22 Super Shift
  • #23 So What
  • #24 Volks Rule
  • #25 Fords Breakfast of Chevys
  • #26 Mini-Quick
  • #27 Beach Bunny
  • #28 Plumbers Delight
  • #29 Mini-Quick
  • #30 Chevy Killer
  • #31 Dragon Lady
  • #32 Wild Angle
  • #33 Ford Killer
  • #34 Bug Repellent
  • #35 Happiness Is a Low E.T.
  • #36 Mister Lifter
  • #37 O.L.T. (Out To Lunch)
  • #38 Weekend Warrior
  • #39 The Shaker
  • #40 Road Runner
  • #41 Bonzai Bomb
  • #42 Panic Mouse
  • #43 Mad Hatcher
  • #44 King Cougar

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:48:45 -0700

The automobiles looked something out of Odd Rods as everything looked downright menacing as well as cartoonish. Nothing here would be presented in the actual world in any way but looking at it onscreen, you wish you had one as your own to terrify other ...
Hot Rod Network
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:14:23 -0700

Their creations are purely Odd Rods, which live on the distant fringe of the Show Rod world. Their inherent rawness causes viewers stop and gaze in wonderment both on an art and rodding level. Where do they fit in, nobody knows, but there's plenty of ...
Hot Rod Network
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Cartersville, GA—The South Eastern Crate Series has made a rule change for 2015 no longer permitting a co-sanction between two series, it and NeSmith. Last season, three racetracks in Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama ran races sanctioned by ...

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The Cardboard Connection
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:18:45 -0800

They're over-the-top and bring the likes of Rat Fink to mind. This isn't the first time such cards were made. Donruss did something very similar a full decade earlier with its Odd Rods line that spanned multiple series. 1980 Topps Weird Wheels features ...

Hot Rod Magazine

Hot Rod Magazine
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:35:54 -0700

Day 4 of Drag Week 2013 at Memphis International Raceway just wrapped up and, like the others, it was a tire-smoking blast. And how could it not be? Memphis is one of the crowned jewels of the South but you wouldn't know it because town folk ran for ...
Consequence of Sound
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:07:54 -0800

And while the song's a hyperactive blast of ghoulish organs like Odd Rods trading cards come to life, the band had to accept the fact that putting it out may or may not have been a success. That's a given for all acts, but Tinder and Phipps are very ...
Cedar Valley Daily Times
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:24:48 -0700

HAZLETON — It's that time of year for small-town weekend celebrations throughout northeast Iowa. Always the first one of the “Days weekends” is the Hazleton Days Flea Market, a popular way to kick off summer activities. The 26th annual Hazleton ...
Hot Rod Magazine
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0700

Chevrolet will have a new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013: Camaro, the top-selling sports car in America, will make its series debut next February at Daytona International Speedway. "Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR ...

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