Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Awesomeness Of Sketch Cards

There are cool sketch cards and then there are amazingly awesome sketch cards. I came across some Jeff Chandler sketch cards from the 2015 Star Wars Masterwork release that put all other sketch cards to shame. Currently there are three of Chandler’s Masterwork sketch cards up for auction, the cheapest is at $113 after 10 bids, and I think any Star Wars fan would be willing to take on a Wampa to own one of these cards.
What I love about these cards is the comic book styling that he uses, the style separates his cards from other sketch cards in the set. Along with his various work with Topps he also has cards in Breygent and Rittenhouse sets.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is It Up To The Buyer Or Seller?

About two weeks ago I purchased a Griffey card from a dealer on eBay. He messaged me to let me know he was going to be putting up additional Griffey cards and asked if I would like first crack before they get listed. Interested I ask for a list, which he sends and I find a couple of cards that I needed and we worked out a nice deal. I paid through Paypal and he sent all of the cards together with my eBay order so I didn’t have to pay an additional shipping fee.

Everything was good until I got the cards and realized one of the cards was not what he had listed, but was actually a similar but different card which I already had. Now I am not angry, I don’t think he intended to rip me off because the price we agreed on was very fair I just think that he was mistaken when he listed the card.

The cards in question are the 1992 Classic Best Griffey card. There are three versions not counting the Atlanta NSCC or autographed versions which are based on the base card; the base version (Left), the Red Foil version (Center) and the Blue Foil version (Right). I have since picked up the Red Foil, Blue Foil and Atlanta NSCC versions so my collection 4/5 done, I just need the autographed version.
The seller listed “Red version” which led me to believe it was the Red Foil but the card I received was the base card. These cards are similar except the base has a white border and white back while the Foil versions are grey. Here are the backs, as you can see the Red Foil and Blue Foil backs are the same (#2 and #3 below)


This led me to wonder, if a deal is worked out is it the seller’s responsibility if they are mistaken or is it the buyers responsibility for verifying the card?

I didn’t think to ask for an image so I take responsibility for not getting the details in this case but I was wondering how others feel about a similar situation.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Flat Stanley Griffey Style

I have been wanting to pick up a Crazyworks Ken Griffey Jr. Sports Warrior action figure lately. When they were in stores I wasn’t big on them so I never picked one up but over the past 15 years they have grown on my and I now want one.

I didn’t pick one up but instead ordered a 1999 Topps Action Flats figure for a couple of bucks. The figure, which is about 3 inches tall, comes in a box with a special edition 1999 Topps card.

I initially planned on displaying the figure out of the box but I didn’t realize how flat it really is, Topps wasn’t kidding when they decided on the name "Action Flats".

EDIT- I forgot to include images of the card, here it is


Friday, February 27, 2015

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

This morning I was saddened to see that Leonard Nimoy had passed away at the age of 83 years old due to complications from COPD. He had been admitted to the hospital a few days ago because of chest pains and I had a bad feeling, especially at his age.

Like most people he will always be remembered as Mr. Spock from the Star Trek series and multiple movies though he was so much more than that. In total he appeared as Spock in 15 different Star Trek incarnations, including television, movies and video games plus a handful of short videos, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory. With his most recent appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness where he worked with Zachary Quinto, who has taken on the role of Spock in the new movies.

Initially he tried to separate his true self from the character, his first memoir was even titled “I Am Not Spock” which he followed up 20 years later with a second book “I Am Spock” where he had come to terms with the way people remember him. He does have quite a bit of range though, often appearing in detective shows and westerns early in his career along with some of the best cult shows around like Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

He truly will be missed.

Nimoy collectors do not have a shortage when it comes to collecting his cards, which are mostly Star Trek related, but he does appear in various Donruss releases. Rittenhouse has plenty of Nimoy autographs and relic cards in their sets but you can expect to spend quite a bit for his cards. Even before his death his autographs were running the price of a car payment and now that will probably double.

One of my favorite recent cards of his is the Star Trek Shadowbox card, I picked up the Scotty shadowbox card when they were released and was hoping to add a Spock card at a reasonable price but that will have to wait now for the eBay Toads to pass.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Redemption Card Waiting Game...

It is that time of year to update everyone on my redemption status of the 2012 Topps Strata Bernard Pierce Auto Relic Rookie card that I redeemed on 2/26/13.

Well, I am still waiting 2 years and counting.

I could call and request a replacement but I am not a fan of getting something that Topps considers “Comparative in value”, I like the Clear Cut Auto Relic rookie cards and that is what I want. I would be ecstatic if they were to replace it with a Russell Wilson or Nick Foles version but I don’t see that happening. I would even be happy with Robert Turbin or Michael Floyd but with my luck I would end up with Isaiah Pead.

Pierce got in to 13 games and rushed for 366 yards so he had plenty of time to sign some autographs. He did sign some of the lower serial # cards but I am still sitting card-less.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When Is A Change Not A Change?

The Cleveland Browns unveiled their new "logo" recently, way to think outside the box but push right up against the sides. The difference is a deeper saturated orange and a brown facemask, not really a paradigm shift in thinking for the team management.

I know that the Browns are the unique team with no logo on their helmet but I would actually like to see their new Dawg Pound logo on the helmets.

Even the old Dawg Pound logo would be cool

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Am Seeing Double

Sometimes you wonder when exactly a designer gave up on building a set. In my recent JustCommons order I had picked two 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions Griffey cards (#29 & #41) and I knew the cards were similar but forget similar, the cards are exactly the same. The only difference is the card number on the back.
Why would a company do this? There are plenty of Griffey images available from the 2006 World Baseball Classic. There are other players who have two cards in the base set and they have two different images for their cards. This is just lazy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Pain Of A Failed Prospect

I just endured a beating (in price) that has taught me a serious lesson on prospecting. Fortunately I did not purchase the card I had pulled it from a box but in this case I ended up missing out on a lot of money when I walked away from an insane offer.

In 2006 I pulled a 2006 Bowman Chrome Matt Leinart Rookie Autograph blue refractor #41/75 while I was busting a box in a friend’s card shop. At the time every one was seeking Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and even LenDale White and their cards were shooting up in price every day. There was a Leinart collector who frequented the store and word was passed on that I pulled the card, he made an offer of $275. I turned him down and decided to sit on the card because Leinart was slated to be the future of the Arizona Cardinals organization and I figured I would be able to cash in big time after he proved his potential.

He started 11 games in 2006 and while he didn’t burn up the field he was ok for a rookie. Even then I held on to the card hoping for a better sophomore season. Needless to say he played in only 21 more games over the next 6 seasons and ended his career in 2012 with a total of 4,065 yards, 15 TDs and 21 INTs and a 70.2% QB rating.

For a number of years now I have been trying to sell the card hoping to find that diehard USC fan, I finally found a buyer. The final selling price… $3.50

I left $271.50 on the table and I am now done with prospecting, anything I pull that is hot and I don’t collect gets put up for sale.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

What If? A Yankees Interference

Today is the day that Seattle Mariners pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. It is also the day that the Yankees pitchers and catchers report so today is an ideal day for a What If? card based on a significant play involving recently retired Yankee great Derek Jeter.

It is Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, the Orioles are up 4-3 over the Yankees in the 8th inning and Yankee Captain Derek Jeter is up to bat. Orioles reliever Armando Benitez winds up and the pitch… Jeter smacks the ball deep to right field. Right Fielder Tony Tarasco backs up to wall and lines up beneath it to make the easy catch but a 12-year old boy, Jeffrey Maier, reaches over the wall and grabs the ball mere inches above Tarasco’s glove.

Right Field umpire Rich Garcia rules the play a homerun instead of the correct ruling of fan interference. This tied up the game and in the 11th inning Bernie Williams knocks a walk-off homer to win the game, the Yankees go on to win the series 4-1 games. Garcia later admitted that he made the wrong call but it didn’t matter.

To Orioles fans this is a deep open wound to their heart so what better way than to add to the pain with a What If? triple relic card. The pieces are Jeter’s bat, Tarasco’s glove and the ball caught by Maier.

Don't worry Cubs fans, I didn't forget your missed interference call but you will have to wait until another day for that What If? card.

Friday, February 20, 2015

It May Be Late But It Will Finally Happen

The fight for the ages is finally set, Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

After years of blaming each other and coming up with reasons not to fight the talk is finally done, the time and place is set and we will see who unifies the Welterweight world titles (Mayweather- WBA & WBC and Pacquiao WBO). Most will agree that this fight is probably 5 years to late but it will still be entertaining to see how it all goes down.

Mayweather collectors are very limited in their options with a handful of cards in various Brown’s Boxing, Ringside and Sportkings releases. Pacquiao collectors on the other hand have more options with Pacman appearing in a number of Topps releases over the past 4 years, which include official autographs.