Monday, January 21, 2019

Prediction Cards And Monday Question Day

The die is cast, the teams have been selected and in 2 weeks we will see who will become the NFL Champion at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3rd. The boxes for Sports Card Super Bowl IX are in my hand and I am ready to let the sports cards do the talking.

This year I went with three mega boxes; 2018 Panini Playoff, 2018 Panini Prizm and 2018 Panini Absolute. 19 packs, 140 cards (including 3 autos and 3 relics) will predict if the Patriots will add a sixth title or if the Rams will win their second. Find out 2/3/19 to see what the cards predict

Since it is Monday Question Day, I will add a random question.

Does anyone know the odds for both MLB and NFL having a Boston/LA matchup playing for the Championship? Will we see Celtics/Lakers and Bruins/Kings championship series in NBA and NHL?

I don't know, I am honestly wondering if anyone crunched the numbers.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

First Card Of The Year


The first card of the year for me is this 2010 Topps UFC Main Event The Ultimate Fighter Ryan Bader #TT-38 card. It is the Diamond parallel Topps Vault version. The Diamond parallel is a #1/1 so this is a #1/1 Topps Vault version of a #1/1 card, so odd. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Too Many Variations


I know I am late to the game on this one, but I have talked about my distaste for variations. Did Topps really need to release a variation in the 2013 Chrome set of Prince Fielder’s hair? Sadly, this isn’t even the first time I have talked Topps’s decision to focus on hair on a baseball card, that distinction goes to 2017 Topps Now Bryce Harper Epic Hair Flip BS.

This isn’t a rant about hair, but un-needed variations, the hair/DNA cards are actually pretty cool.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Question Day- Ripped Off?


Today is question day:

Have you ever been burned on a purchase?

I have never had any major situations where I was scammed, partially because I am a skinflint and keep my purchases reasonable, but I have had two cases that cost me about $20 between them.

Many years ago I purchased a 1989 Score Troy Aikman rookie card. I couple of years later I purchased a 1989 Score Deion Sanders rookie card and when I compared the two the Aikman was an obvious counterfeit. Now you are probably wondering why someone would fake a $5-8 card, it is because at one time this was a card that would regularly sell over $50 and so I am guessing this card had been floating around since the days of those higher values. 

The second would be a 1933 Sport Kings Duke Kahanamoku. It was part of a collection of vintage cards that I picked up as one lot. The card got packed away because I was getting ready to move and by the time I got a closer look and realized it was a bad counterfeit many months had passed, and I was well past the time to get a refund. Since it was part of a larger lot I don’t feel like I got ripped off, just a lesson learned. I had talked about this one back in 2016 after I realized the card was fake. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Art Gallery- 2005 Breygent John Wayne


This month’s Art Gallery display is from Chris Henderson, who has an amazing talent with realistic images using just a pencil. He does work in color too but there are certain sets where every sketch is done in pencil and they are done well. Henderson has done a lot of work for Breygent, and those are usually the sketch card sets done almost all in pencil with minimal color. I believe this is because he is the only sketch card artist for those sets so he has a lot of cards to do in a limited time and pencil line sketches are easier to produce but don’t take that as they are not quality art.

The card is from Breygent’s 2005 John Wayne set and features the Duke in cowboy gear. When it came to John Wayne it was almost always a cowboy flick or a military flick so all of the sketch cards that I have seen fit in those two genres.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Would You Like A Sticker With Your Stickergraph?


Nobody likes sticker autographs, not when on-card autographs are available. But Panini decided to double down and add sticker autographs to stickers.

In the 2018-19 Panini Treble Soccer, a product that has a $225 SRP, includes hits that are Panini World Cup Stickers (from previous sticker releases) embedded in to a card with a sticker autograph. Not all the sticker/cards have stickergraphs, some of the biggest names did sign on-sticker/card but that doesn’t excuse using sticker autographs on any cards in a product like this.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Question Day- School Pride?


Today is question day:

Do you collect players from your school(s)?

I went to an art college, no sports teams, but I spent my youth in Tucson, so I collect University of Arizona players in their college uniform. I have begun to add some players from my high school to my collection, quite a few went on to a college / semi-pro / professional career. I had done a post this past November for John Beck, the first of my mini-PC of former Mountain View Toros.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Deadpool Is Traveling Again

Last year Deadpool traveled around America in the 2017 Fleer Ultra Marvel Spider-Man release, he sent me post cards form Seattle and the Grand Canyon. This year he traveled around the world in the 2018 Fleer Ultra X-Men release. Being the considerate guy that he is, he sent me postcards from his time in Japan and China.




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Goal? Well Sorta


Happy New Year! 

I’ve struggled with collecting modern cards, I am not going to rehash the complaints collectors have with the newer sets but just know that I am feeling the same way. It makes me sad that these thoughts have even crossed my mind.  

I wouldn’t say it is necessary to “re-ignite” my feelings, just a re-direction. When I was a kid, I loved ripping packs of Star Wars cards. I would go through my collection, add the missing cards and trade dupes. I would then wrap a rubber band around the set and place them in a shoe box. I want those feelings again, so I decided that vintage Star Wars is where I am going to focus. As I typed out the set lists, I started to feel better.

Nothing modern, no parallels and for now, no inserts or stickers.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 18 Of 2018



The countdown has begun, 2019 will be here shortly so it is time for me to look back on 2018 and select my Top 18 cards of the year. In previous years I focused on my top Griffey pickups of the year, but this year I am taking everything in to account.

This was a difficult list to create because I had to look at everything that I added to my collection this year compared to just the Griffey cards. I decided that the determining factor would be the cards that gave me the most satisfaction or joy that I felt when holding the card.

The list is in release year numerical order
1910 T51 Murad Colgate Raiders
1966 Topps Green Hornet Kato sticker

1978 Topps Big G Star Wars 18-card set 
-I picked up this set along with the wallet, which were normally damaged or destroyed due to wear.


1980 Greek Star Wars cards (17 total)  
-The set has a 200-card checklist, but if I do decide to chase the set this will be very slow going.

1989 BYN Puerto Rico Winter League Update Edgar Martinez #56
-Edgar has 3 cards in the set, but this League Leader is my favorite because of the illustration.


1996 Topps Draft Redemption Allen Iverson #DP1


1997-98 Upper Deck Diamond Vision Gary Payton #25


1999 UD Choice Mini Bobbing Head Ken Griffey Jr #27
-I am having a hard time not popping out the parts and putting this together. Maybe I’ll add another one so I can have one complete and one as a mini bobbing head.


2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes WWI Soldier’s Leggings #AH-WWI5
-This was a huge pickup for me this year because the card is so rare, this card also finishes my WWI relics from the set.


2011 Topps Finest UFC Jumbo Fight Mate Relics Autograph Ryan Bader #AMR-RB
-Another big one because until I saw the card, I never knew about it. That’s right, I am a Bader super collector and I didn’t know this card existed. It isn’t listed on any checklists and this includes Topps’ own checklist. Now if Topps could just get around to releasing Bader’s 2012 Fight Sponsor Patch Auto, I would be in heaven.


2013 Topps Finest UFC Grill Gear Gray Maynard #GG-GM


2013-14 Panini Gold Standard- Metal Gary Payton #38
-They may not scan the best, but I love metal cards.



2016-17 Panini Absolute Glass Steve Nash #22
-Glass cards scan even worse than metal cards, but damn they are cool.


2017 Topps Fire Ken Griffey Jr #83


2017 Topps Gold Label Ken Griffey Jr Class 1 #79



2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Groot’s Roots wood card #GR-7




2017 Upper Deck Premier Classic Art Shadowbox Spider-Man “Starry Nights” #CA-9


2018 Hits Memorabilia Fully Loaded Ken Griffey Jr #B-11