Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Griffey Procession III





Girffey’s cards with low serial numbers are quite costly but I have found the perfect option, go with a modern Leaf card. Over the last few years Leaf has put out some pretty amazing cards but many times people by-pass them because they are unlicensed. I am not too caught up in unlicensed cards, as long as I like the card’s design and that is the case with this 2017 Leaf History of Baseball 1991 Acetate Throwback. 

There are 5 cards; a base and four parallels. The base is charcoal and unnumbered with the four parallels being Blue (#/35), Purple (#/25), Green (#/10) and Red (#/5). This one is the red and mine is #1/5. I also have the base, Purple and Green which I thought I had posted in one of my previous Griffey Cavalcades but I can not find now.  

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Question Day- Sports Dynasties?


Which sports dynasty were you happy to see happen?

Mine was the NY Islanders. The Islanders were the first sports team I followed, I was born on Long Island in the same year the Islanders were an expansion team, and my dad used to take me and my brothers to games at the Nassau Coliseum. They won four Stanley Cups between 1979-1983 and it was exciting as a kid to see that happen.

Additional question: Which sports dynasty were you unhappy to see happen?

The Dallas Cowboys after Jerry Jones took over, current New England Patriots and anything connected to the New York Yankees with Alex Rodriguez on the roster.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2013 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Series 2 Jawa


This month’s Art Gallery display comes from an interesting artist, he does his work under the name Little House but his real name is Edgar Pasten and is a Jawa from the 2013 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Series 2. Pasten uses a very cool cartoonish style with his cards and that works so well in the Mars Attacks and Star Wars sets in which his sketches are included. What makes him interesting is that he uses a very unique color theory with his sketches, his work is almost always in one color per card. In this case he worked in blues but I have seen reds, pinks, purples and greens in others.

I like the Jawas and Sandpeople, I don’t think I have any specific reason why I like them, maybe because they are the first alien creatures we see in Star Wars and that made an impression on a young Corky when I saw the movie in theaters, not sure. But I do love the cartoonish look and the blue works so well here so this makes a wonderful addition to my Star Wars collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Griffey Procession II



A one card Griffey post, a 1996 Bowman’s Best Preview Atomic Refractor that I picked up last August. I was never lucky enough to pull any type of Griffey refractor, let alone an Atomic refractor and normally I don’t check prices on the mid-90s refractors because they are usually outside of my price range but this was just a case of checking at the right time and I got a great deal.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Question Day- Bankruptcy Cards?

How do you feel about cards that made it to the streets as part of a company bankruptcy?

I want to make it clear that I am talking about cards that were legally sold as part of a bankruptcy/buy-out and not cards walking out the back door. 



 I picked up this 2003-04 Fleer Mystique Allen Iverson gold parallel on eBay not long ago that was part of Fleer’s bankruptcy vault clearance. The card is the same as the packed-out versions except for missing the serial numbering on the back (#/150). 

I think it is a cool addition to my Iverson collection, so I am happy to have it, I see it as a bit of an error of sorts, but I know that there are people out there who are against this type of card being sold.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What The?

Can anyone explain to me what is going on in this 1930s Japanese Menko card? That is one angry snowman LOL
Here is the link for the auction, it shows the back.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-Vintage-Japanese-Mini-Menko-Card-China-Japan-WAR-2-5-cm-X-4-0cm/163080633580?hash=item25f85cfcec:g:0vkAAOSwVK9bFSkv

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Look Marvelous





I have had this 2008 TriStar PROjects Billy Crystal #400 on my wants list for awhile I have been holding out for one of the official autographed copies to show up but when they do they end up going for a high price so I made the decision to grab this card, which is a Green Refractor parallel andd is #32/50. The card has been sitting on eBay for months, lowering in price every so often until it was finally in my price range.

Billy Crystal is accommodating when signing and is a huge Yankees’ fan, so he signs baseballs all the time, maybe I will pick up one of the signed baseballs for my collection.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Cool Find While Organizing



Last night turned out to be productive for me. I made it about 1/3 of the way through my non-sports collection and that includes organizing three sets and listing my needs to complete the sets. I was able to get themes together (Simpsons, Star Wars, etc.) in one box and separated so when I collate those sets it is all together instead of me having to go through a bunch of different boxes and binders.

The best thing to happen was when I was collating the 1994 Cardz The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cards. I bought the box a couple of years ago, ripped the pack and then put all the cards back in to the box. Last night as I was separating the cards I found out I had pulled a Douglas Adams autograph and didn’t even notice it because he signed the back of the cards, not the fronts. I posted about it on Twitter last night, this is easily one of my favorite found treasures ever.

The downside is that I was 4 cards short of a complete set and as insane as it is, one of the cards I am missing is #42 which is just a large 42 on the front. The card should have been a box topper in each box. In the book, and later movie, the number 42 is the answer to the meaning of life. It took the supercomputer Deep Thought 7.5 million years to determine that answer and this card should never be missing from a box. It is like opening a box of 2017 Upper Deck Clerks and not finding card #37, it just shouldn't happen. LOL

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Always Re-Organizing

I get my second round of cortisone injections in my hips tomorrow so today I figured I would get in some time working organizing my non-sports collection. First up for sorting? A box of 1994 Cardz Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Griffey Procession I



Another of Griffey’s 1989 Upper Deck error cards makes its way in to my collection. This time it is a blank front and triple print error with a twist. The back of the card is the Griffey #1 back and the Don Baylor #601 back, which is the most common double print back. The third misprint is the addition of Alan Trammell #290 front and the twist is a misfire of the Magenta Trammell front adding the pinkish color and this is the first time I’ve seen this much of a color bomb with a 1989 Upper Deck error.