Friday, February 15, 2019

Vintage Card Of The Month- 1916 John Players & Sons Wonders Of The World Potala Palace

This month’s Vintage Card of the Month is the Potala Palace, located in Tibet, and this is from the 1916 John Player & Sons Wonders of the World. The set includes wonderful destinations from around the world like the Acropolis and the Grand Canyon. 

A set like this would be an amazing journey for a child in 1916. Imagine knowing nothing about Victoria Falls in Africa and then seeing these colorful illustrations and a short write up on the back. This card is the Potala Palace, which was the home and sanctuary of the Dalai Lama until the Chinese invaded.

The card is your typical tobacco sized card and is in nice condition, only a small crease in one corner. The card was reprinted 10 years later by the Wills Tobacco company. I have that card too.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Clemens, Did I Make The Team?

In 2013 I got the idea to put together a set based on the Simpsons episode Homer at the Bat. The episode aired in February 1992, so I decided to use the 1992 Topps set. A nice clean design that was easy to work with. I finally finished the illustrations last year, but I do have further plans.
Why did it take me so long? Besides my procrastination, I drew every illustration by hand. I went through the episode on my computer and stopped the video at the exact point I wanted the shot to be so I could get a screen grab. I then used the player’s 1992 card as a template, so the base was already set. Then using the screen grab as the starting point, I drew the entire scene using Photoshop and my trusty Wacom tablet. Over 5 years I put in over 100 hours, some days I would work on a card for 6-8 hours alone. This was why I was so upset when I accidently deleted the files. 
I’ll use the Scioscia card to show you from start to finish. I did take some artistic liberties, but I tried to remain as true to the original.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


When I was growing up I loved surfing. Surprisingly there were some options in Arizona, there used to be a water park outside of Tucson (for the life of me I cannot remember the name and I am not sure if it is still around) that offered surfing times, so I got in practice. As I hit my teens, I would spend spring breaks and summers in southern California hitting places like Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. 

Those days are long gone but it is still nice to reminisce and while surfing cards are not common anymore, Upper Deck makes sure to get some surfers in their annual Goodwin Champions set, finding an old gem is nice.

This Matt Archbold hologram from the 1992 Beach Sports set was a nice find. It kind of re-invigorated me and I picked up a couple of surfers autographs and relics in my recent COMC order that puts me on the road of a mini-PC. I am not sure how I want to organize it yet and I haven’t made a wants list, but I have plenty of time for that.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday Question Day- Was It Made?

Today is question day:

Do you ever wonder if a company issued a redemption but never made the card?

I’ve wondered if this was a possibility with how often redemptions go unfulfilled. There is a Ryan Bader card, 2012 Topps UFC Finest Fight Sponsor Auto, that has left me almost certain that the card has never been made. The card is a manufactured relic with a Tapout logo that the fighters were to sign. It is a 10-card checklist, but I have only seen 4 different fighters show up over the past 6 years. I’ve seen the redemption cards, but not the live signed cards.

Ryan Bader has been a regular signer for Topps and has signed stickers, on-card and on mat autographs. He left for Bellator in 2017 so Topps removed him from the 2017 Topps UFC Knockout release, but he even signed and returned those cards and Topps packed them out as an unannounced addition. I find it hard to believe Ryan Bader never signed the Fight Sponsor cards. And if there was an issue, Topps has never been shy about tossing a sticker autograph on a manufactured relic before no matter how crappy it looks. I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think the entire Fight Sponsor checklist was made.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Well Damn It! Part 2... The Good News

I have been frustrated since last Saturday when I lost my files in an operator error mistake. I hadn’t thought of using data recovery software, for some reason I didn’t think it worked on an external drive. But, after I saw that Vrooomed suggested that I give it a try, it worked. I was able to recover about 90% of my files last night, including the most important 2 Excel sheets, 2 Word Docs and nearly all .psd files. The digital art files were the ones I was most upset about. Some of the files were dated, not the more recent files I lost, but getting them back helps.
I have been working on The Simpsons Homer at the Bat cards since 2013 and it devastated me loosing them. I’ve been keeping them secret because I’ve had a plan for them, but I think it is time to post them. I’ll put them up some time next week after I go through them and ensure they are what I completed.
Thank you to all for your support and thank you to Vrooomed for your suggestion.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Well Damn It!

Last Saturday I did the unthinkable and deleted my entire blog folder. Everything related to my blog, and collection, was gone in one click. I was copying over my files to my external hard drive to archive them and I thought I had just made a shortcut on my external hard drive, so I deleted the icon, turns out I had moved the entire file over. It was no longer on my PC and when I deleted it off the hard drive it was deleted permanently.

I went on a frantic search to see if I could find any portion of the files on my PC, no luck. I loaded up a restore from last week and the files weren’t there, restore points do not save Excel, Word or .psd files. 

My entire Griffey PC Excel sheet, over 1600 cards carefully listed, gone. My Mini-PC Excel sheet with my Ryan Bader, Jay Buhner, Allen Iverson, Steve Largent, Edgar Martinez and Gary Payton collections, gone. My Wants List Word doc with nearly 2000 cards, gone. All my custom cards, gone. Blog image files, gone. I had dozens of custom cards that I had planned to send as TTM including my entire The Simpsons Homer at the Bat set I spent well over 100 hours meticulously hand illustrating 11 cards in Photoshop just poof. In all honesty, The Simpsons and a Terry Crews Autograpics design hurt the most.  

At that minute I considered quitting blogging and collecting. The last few days I have been going through my Griffey cards and TCDB to re-build The Beast Jr. When that is done, my Mini-PC collection will be re-built and then on to my Wants List. 

I am so overwhelmed.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Merc With Bats And Hats And Other Things Of That Nature

The rest of the 2019 Upper Deck Deadpool Sport Ball insert set has been posted. I was hoping that one of the 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards would have been Griffey’s RC but I am very happy with Upper Deck’s selection. I may have to even hunt down each card.

SB1 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan #145
SB2 1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy Reverse Negative #357
SB3 1992-93 Upper Deck Shaq #1
SB4 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken #616
SB5 1987 Fleer Barry Bonds #604
SB6 1990-91 Upper Deck Jaromir Jagr #356
SB7 1991-92 Upper Deck Pavel Bure #54
SB8 1989 Upper Deck Mark McGwire #300
SB9 1994 Collector’s Choice Jose Canseco #560
SB10 1986 Fleer Mickey Hatcher #396

SB11 1988 Fleer Tim Flannery #582
SB12 1984 Fleer Jay Johnstone #495

Monday, February 4, 2019

All That Is Left IX

The Sports Cards Super Bowl prediction was wrong, now 6-3 overall over the past 9 years. Now it is time to share All That Is Left IX.

The Prizm box included a pink Premier Jerseys Jaleel Scott relic and 250 Panini Rewards points. There were no Seahawks and the best card was probably a Joshua Jackson pink parallel.

The Absolute box was a bit better. Still no Seahawks, but some nice inserts with Brett Favre and Odell Beckham Jr. 

Three Blue Sparkle parallels

Rookie Force Kalen Ballage relic 

Signature Standouts DeMarcus Walker auto

The Playoff was another decent box. I pulled 4 Seahawks, 2 base (Wagner & Marshall), a Wilson Playoff Heroes and Chancellor Hidden Gems.

The inserts were pretty cool. In addition to the Playoff Heroes and Hidden Gems I pulled a Thunder & Lightning and the Stafford Air Command.

Rookie Stallions Dante Pettis relic

Red Zone parallel Jordan Lasley autograph.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sports Cards Super Bowl IX

It is Super Bowl Sunday and once again the cards are going to make their prediction. Surprisingly the cards are 6-2 predicting the winner of the last 8 Super Bowls, 75% isn’t bad as a win ration based on cardboard.

Normally I would pick up some blaster boxes from my local Walmart, but they recently remodeled and added a bunch of self-checkouts and the boxes are now stacked next to one of those checkouts and there are always people in the way. I turned to eBay and initially was looking for a cheap hobby box of 2018 Classic but settled on three mega boxes; 2018 Playoff, 2018 Prizm & 2018 Absolute.

Like before, if a player is in a Patriots or Rams uniform the card is still considered a score even if that player has been traded or cut. 

This year I have decided to break down the packs instead of boxes for quarters. With 18 packs, it will be 5 packs Playoff for the 1st Quarter, 4 packs Absolute for the 2nd Quarter, 5 packs Playoff for the 3rd Quarter and 5 packs Prizm for the 4th Quarter. This year the scoring is:

Field Goal (3 pt.) For random cards that could be a sign or superstitious

Touchdown (7 pts.) For any player from the Patriots or Rams 

TD w/ 2pt Conversion (8 puts.) For any Patriots or Rams hits

Quarter 1: Panini Playoff packs
Patriots- 0 pts

Rams- 0 pts

Quarter 2: Panini Absolute packs
Patriots– 14 pts
#67 James White
#OTP-TR Tom Brady / Rob Gronkowski

Rams- 7 pts
#54 Aaron Donald

Patriots 14
Rams 7

Quarter 3: Panini Playoff packs
Patriots- 0 pts

Rams- 10 pts
#5 Kurt Warner (3 points for being a sign)

#8 Todd Gurley II

Quarter 4: Panini Prizm packs
Patriots- 7 pts
#287 Braxton Berrios

Rams- 7 pts
#95 Cooper Kupp

Patriots 21
Rams 24

I don’t know if we can call it an upset, but the Rams will take the win a close one in Atlanta and send the Patriots home with a lose for the second year in a row.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Science Guy Signature

Sometimes you never know what you are going to come across online. I never knew Bill Nye had an autograph card in the 2009 Rittenhouse Stargate release, but now the Science Guy is in my collection.

This is my second autograph from the 2009 Stargate set, the other one is Danny Trejo, which I posted about a couple of years ago.