Monday, August 22, 2016

A Back Burner Job Completed

I finally got around to updating my trade list, it only took two months since I moved to actually sit down and take a couple of days to update things.

The above links are now completely accurate, everything listed is currently sitting in a box waiting for a new home. I do have other cards but I wanted to stick to cards that would be considered a hit like rookie cards, limited cards, autographs and relics. You can also take a look at my Zistle trade list but I did not update those lists. Additionally, if you are a specific player or team collector feel free to ask, I have plenty of base and inserts for nearly every team in baseball, football and basketball.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Ghost Adventurer Super Pull

There is a show on the Travel Channel called Ghost Adventures. It is a paranormal investigation show created by Zak Bagans and Nick Groff originally as a documentary in 2004 when they investigated the activity in Virginia City, Nevada. The documentary was shown in 2007 on Syfy Channel and the following year Travel Channel picked it up as a regular show and they are about to enter their 13th season next month (They sometimes release more than one season in a year.).

I really enjoy the show and in 2013 I designed a Ghost Adventures set for my annual Halloween cards. Aaron Goodwin, who began as the groups cameraman before becoming an investigator, is my favorite. He just has a way about him that makes him an “every man” type of guy.

I follow him on Instagram and I know he is a Star Wars fan but I never knew he is a collector too. Two days ago he posted up this picture of his recent pickup, which appears to be about three cases of 2016 Topps Star Wars Chrome The Force Awakens.

He follows that up by posting this last night. He pulled what is easily the best card of the set, the Harrison Ford Superfractor #1/1 autograph. Which he immediately put up for auction and sold it within an hour.
He didn’t say how much he sold it for only that he plans on buying more Star Wars cards with the money, in true collector form. I checked recent sales and found his card, he sold it for $4,500. Insane.


Question, would you have sold this card?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1950 Topps Felt Back Charles Hall

This month’s VCoM comes from the 1950 Topps Felt Back series. I have been wanting to pick up a Felt Back since I returned to collecting in 1992 but I always ended up skipped buying a Felt Back to purchase another card but with my commitment to buying only what I want to collect I made it a priority to get one this year.

The top card in the set is the Joe Paterno card, which can demand up to $2,000-2,500, but I was focused on the Charles Hall card because he is University of Arizona alumni. This is a beautiful addition to my U of A collection.

The 1950 Topps Felt Backs are quite cool, the cards are college cards and they were made in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green depending on the school’s colors. The front of the card contained a close up shot of the player and was on typical cardboard while the back of the cards was felt (hence the “Felt Backs” name) and contained the schools pendent. The player’s position also included an adjective to describe the player, players who were team captains or co-captains stated that but other players had interesting sayings. Hall’s card says “Crack Fullback”, Bill Gregus’ says “Galloping Halfback” and Bernie Kreuger’s says “Brilliant Quarterback”.

The downside with these cards are that they are very condition sensitive. Many cards were cut seriously off-center plus the backs can shed the felt. These cards are small, very small. We are talking stamp sized. Here is a picture of the Charles Hall card next to a Gypsy Queen mini for comparison.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Art Gallery: 2010 Sadlittles Damsels & Dinosaurs Sam Elliott Type Of Dude

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from the artist Lance Sawyer, who has worked with both major and minor card companies. He sketch cards have been included on checklists from Topps, Upper Deck, Sadlittles, Cult-Stuff and 5Finity.

This card is from the 2010 Sadlittles Damsels & Dinosaurs release, a set that is made up of damsels and dinosaurs (I know, unexpected twist). This card caught my attention because the guy reminds me of Sam Elliott, who is one bad ass dude (outside of his role on Parks & Rec) and he is chill even though a Tyrannosaurus Rex is standing behind him.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Redemption Win

Last Saturday (August 6th) I put in a request to replace a redemption card that had been 18 months since I submitted the code. The card was 2013 Prizm Football Jarvis Jones Rookie Autograph and when I checked Jarvis Jones has signed very few cards and they were all in 2013 sets so I felt like I was never going to see the card.

When I submitted the request I put that I was a Seahawks fan, though I have seen posts where people say not to include a favorite team so you can get the best player for equal value but I estimated the Jarvis Jones card to be at max a $5 card I wasn’t worried.

Panini responded quickly and sent me a 2016 Prestige Tyler Lockett Veteran Signature #97. I am very satisfied with what they selected for me.

Monday, August 15, 2016

R.I.P. Kenny Baker

I know this probably didn’t show up on a lot of people’s radar but last Saturday the actor Kenny Baker passed away at the age of 81-years old. He passed away in his sleep and no official reason has been announced but his nephew, who was his caretaker, did state that his lung problems were getting worse and he believed that was a contributing factor.

His most popular role has been as R2-D2, appearing in the first 6 Star Wars movies and working as a consultant on Episode VII- The Force Awakens, he had roles in some of the best movies of the 1980s (not always the best roles); Flash Gordon, The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Amadeus, Labyrinth and Willow. Knowing that he will no longer be connected to the Star Wars franchise will be saddening but knowing that he brought so many smiles to multiple generations will always leave me with a good feeling in my heart.

Topps released an In Memoriam card through the Star Wars Trader, I wish they would have done it using the Topps Now outlet. I have the digital card but I would much rather have a card in hand.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The List Is Complete For Bader Nation

The other day when I had posted about some recent Ryan Bader pickups I brought up that I did not have a complete checklist of all of his cards. I suspected 300-400 total cards in his checklist. The last couple of days while I had free time I started to comb Topps checklists, Beckett, COMC, The Cardboard Connection, The Trading Card Database and Zistle and put together what I believe to be that complete Ryan Bader checklist and posted it here.

I was incorrect about his total cards, through the most recent Topps UFC release, he appears in 20 total sets, has a total of 248 cards (including parallels but not including Topps Vault parallels) and 70 unique cards. I have 80 Ryan Bader cards so that puts me 1/3 of the way but I don’t ever expect to have all of his cards because there are a number of #1/1 cards but I will collect what I can get my hands on.

The checklist is accessible at the top of the page.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's Gotta Be The Shoes

The shoes Griffey wore to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. You have to admit, the man has style from top to bottom.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Prince Fielder Is Calling It A Career

Another big name is being added to the “Retiring” list in baseball. Prince Fielder, who had neck surgery in July and apparently will not be cleared by doctors to play again for the rest of the season. It appears that Fielder will call it a career at the age of 32-years old.

It is interesting when you compare him to his father, he was a better hitter but they both ended with 319 homeruns and were only 20 RBIs apart.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Recent Ryan Bader Pickups

Some of the cooler Ryan Bader cards that I have picked up lately. I am currently at 80 unique Ryan Bader cards, I will soon need to go through and try to put together an all-encompassing Bader checklist so I know where I stand. His first cards appeared in 2009 so I don’t expect the checklist to be larger than 400 or 500 cards total including parallels and inserts.
I picked up a number of base cards through COMC and was able to get some nice deals on eBay on the more limited cards like the printing plate and the Topps Vaults. His cards are usually pretty fair in price so building a Ryan Bader pc is easy on the wallet.
Bader is scheduled to fight early next month at UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany against Ilir Latifi.