Friday, October 21, 2016

OK, Maybe Not The Best Trend

I am just going to toss this out there, but this is a tradition I might be able to get behind. In years past occasionally the World Series Champions would wear some sort of jersey the following season reminding everyone about the fact.
Here are the 1906 New York Giants in their finest after beating the A’s in the 1905 World Series.
Here are the 1921 Cleveland Indians in their grammatically errored jersey after beating the Brooklyn Robins in the 1920 World Series. Imagine how the trend can be gloriously brought back from the dead if the 2016 version of the Cleveland Indians can beat the 2016 version of the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1920 W516-1-2 Larry Doyle Strip Card

I came across the most interesting card for this month’s VCoM edition. I believe the card comes from a 1920 W516-1-2 strip cards sheet. This specific set includes 30 cards and these cards are the reverse negative image of the 1920 W516-1 strip cards.
Larry Doyle spent most of his 13-year career with the New York Giants, with a two-year stint with the Cubs in-between. He went to three straight World Series (losing all three) in 1911, 1912 and 1913 but he did win the 1912 NL MVP and he was the 1915 NL Batting Champ. He ended up retiring the year before the Giants went on to win two straight World Series titles but those are the breaks.
Back to the card. It is a mystery of sorts but it cost about $5 shipped and I am willing to take a chance on it. It appears to be a 1920 W516-1-2 because it is a reverse image and is missing the additional information of the 1920 W516-1 cards. The card is the proper size, roughly the size of a tobacco era card and thickness. Because the cards were sold in strips at candy stores they are usually trimmed but this one was not only trimmed but somebody removed the background and 3 borders leaving just Larry Doyle’s smiling face. To add to the excessive trimming, the card has been altered too. The lips were colored in red with crayon, at least I think it is crayon, and the hat was marked with vertical strips of the Giants home uniform.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sure, I Know Earl The Hacker

I have hit my max of political talk even though I will probably watch the final debate tonight but I will do one political post before the election.
To explain the card, during the first debate in September there was a discussion between Trump and Clinton about who hacked the Democratic National Committee and released emails about Clinton’s campaign in which Trump responded that it could have been anyone from the Russians, Chinese or it could have been a person sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds. Not to miss out on a great opportunity Topps jumped on their design google machines and came up with this cool GPK card and like the fool that I am I bought the card, I am fine with that though, and seems fitting that it was delivered from Topps today in time for the debate.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Who You Gonna Call? Part II

Earlier this summer I picked up a couple of Slimmer cards from the awesome 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters release. There are plenty of cards that I still want to get from the set, namely the various slime cards, autographs and sketch/cel cards depicting Ecto-1. I did scratch one card off of that list, a slime card.
There are six different slime cards from basic up to Class 7 Ectoplasmic Discharge. Mine is one of the Standard Ectoplasmic Discharge (S1), which is the basic green card, but there is different colored slime like pink, white and I think a black. Now that I have the card in hand I thought the slime inside the slide was supposed to be some sort of liquid or gel but mine isn’t fluid at all. I am not sure if this is normal or I got one that dried up, not that will stop me from buying other slime cards for the right price.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Help Support An Artist

Tonight I want to talk about a fellow artist who I have talked about before here, Mike James. A couple of years ago I had done an interview with him and he donated a John Wall sketch card so I could give it away on my blog.
Now he is working on his first independent set, something close to his heart, called “Welcome to the Show”. I did not know this but Mike was a sideshow performer for years and that is what the theme of his set is built upon. To reach his goal of releasing the set he has set up a campaign using Indiegogo to bring the set to reality.
I have backed the campaign (I did the two pack perk) and while I do not have a personal connection to Mike James I do love his work and completely support him on this endeavor and I am posting this in hopes that others feel the same way about supporting him.

If you are interested in supporting him take a look at his Indiegogo campaign page.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Art Gallery: 2010 Chicagoland Collector's Expo Batman

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from comic book artist Russell Lissau. The Batman sketch card is from the 10th Anniversary Chicagoland Expo in 2010 where Lissau was there as a guest artist.
Lissau has worked on a number comic books and is currently attached to the indie publisher Pop! Goes The Icon out of Las Vegas where he works on the Omega Comics Presents anthology and the new series Old Wounds. Some of his past work includes Batman Allies, Origins, Shrek and Strawberry Shortcake.
This card was created using a blank card, the info piece is a separate insert so the sketch card has a blank back. I love that Batman is in stealth mode where you only see his eyes instilling fear in to the criminal. The card was initially set at $4.95 but the seller dropped it to $0.99 and I jumped on the opportunity. The seller also had a very cool Al Capone sketch card by Jay Shimko but someone outbid me in the last second by a stinking $0.25.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What I Did At Space Camp

I used to be a set builder but a couple of years ago I stopped. I still work on the occasional subset or insert but it is rare and I still do have a couple of sets that I began but that is even rarer. But if it is a set that I am interested in I will put some focus on building it, but with less urgency.
One of those sets is 2002 Futera Red Dwarf. I love this show and can watch it over and over again. For a show that is basically just four characters hurdling through space it is quite humorous. The base set is only 64 cards plus a Chrome subset and three base inserts plus some very rare memorabilia cards and autographs. There are also small sets (Most are 4-6 cards) that were included with each season’s DVD release though these are not part of the base set.

I am currently 12 cards short of completing the base set (8, 13, 20, 29, 30, 36, 45, 52, 57, 59, 62, 63). On the positive side I do have one memorabilia card from the set plus two autographs of the cast that were released in other products.

The Chrome insert is a 32-card checklist that is made up of a variety of cards including the ships, characters and monsters from the series. I only have a couple of these.

The other three inserts are Chole Annett Photoshoot, she was named on of FHM's Top 100 sexiest women of 2002 so yea, I guess that makes total sense to create an entire insert set based on her when she only appeared in 15 episodes.
There is the Sylain Despretz Artwork 6-card set. Despretz is an artist who worked a bit on the show in various capacities.
The next set is SMEG, which is used in place of swear words. The 6 cards in this insert set really seem to be random.
 The set does have autographs and relics but they really were pretty limited. I only have one memorabilia card from the set, one of the more common relics, Holly's Poloneck. To explain a bit, Holly is short for Hologram, the ships control computer.  This relic is from the Norman Lovett Holly though there were two different regular Hollys and then there is Queeg, an alternate version of Holly.

I do not have any autographs from the set but I do have autographs from two of the characters. The first is Hattie Hayridge who played the second version of Holly. This card is from a promotional set that also included a couple of very bad ass Jeremy Bulloch autographs (First and Second) that I would love to some day add to my Star Wars collection.
Anyway, back to Red Dwarf. This is the silver ink version of Hattie's autograph, there is a gold ink version too.
The other autograph is Chris Barrie who played Arnold Rimmer, one of the main characters. This card is from the Tomb Raider sets where he played Hillary. I would love to have one of his Red Dwarf autographs I found it easier to pay a couple bucks delivered for his Tomb Raider card versus $200+ for a Red Dwarf autograph.

To build on yesterday's post, I am bummed because I was the set expert and spent a number of hours updating the Red Dwarf set on Zistle earlier this summer. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

And Another Good One...

About a month and a half ago I had written a post about Zistle. I have been part of the Zistle community since January 2014 and in that time I have added well over 3,000 cards including images. I have remained rather active on the site using it to catalog my growing Griffey collection as well as a good portion of my collection and I went through spurts of activity on the forum.
Earlier this year Beckett filed a lawsuit against Zistle claiming copyright infringement in regards to the checklists that were being used and at that time the owners of the site went quiet, which was expected due to the lawsuit. There have been no updates and Josh and Ashley were not even posting on the forum or updating new sets. I tried contacting them to no avail. I was going to begin transferring my Griffey collection over to Excel in case Zistle went down but a recent find has come to light and we finally have an answer.
No information has been announced but Zistle has been bought out by Beckett.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sometimes Yes And Sometimes No

Have you ever skipped picking up a card of a favorite player because there is something or someone else you don’t like also on the card?
I have had a couple of players I would prefer to not have in my collection for various reasons; like I dislike the team for whatever reason. You will not find an Oklahoma City Thunder card in my collection because they were the stolen Sonics, I also will not have any Pittsburgh Steelers because I am still sore about Super Bowl XL (I still think the refs stole the game from the Seahawks).
Specific athletes will also not be included in my personal collection. Mike Vick and Barry Bonds are two guys I just cannot get behind but the biggest villain of all is Alex Rodriguez. He has so many strikes against him I view him as the human version of the number 13, a number I dislike with a passion. That he wears the #13 is just a coincidence.
There are only a few cases that I will include a team or player in my collection and that is a direct cause from my OCD and completest issues. I broke from the norm recently when I ordered the Topps Now #474 card, a card that includes both Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Correa. The reason I ordered the card is because of my need to own every 2016 Topps Now card depicting the Mariners and there he is… A-Rod in a Mariners uniform of course this was before Topps issued an error card and Rodriguez isn’t even on the card front.

Friday, October 7, 2016

OK Wait For It...

Leaf Live was introduced to the world not long ago with the release of a memorial card for Gene Wilder with very mixed reviews. I did give in and purchased one against better judgement and have not gone back, not that I have a problem with the service I just haven’t seen any of the cards that have been released so far as cards I want to add to my collection.

This week Leaf goes for another memorial card with the release of a Harambe card… go ahead, I’ll wait while you face palm.

Those who do not remember Harambe was a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo who was killed on May 28th by officials after a monther was an irresponsible parent and expected everyone else at the zoo to keep an eye on her 3-year old because her attention was elsewhere for 10 minutes while her son climbed in to the gorilla’s enclosure.

Now why would they decide to make a card 4 months later, well it appears that someone at Leaf felt that internet memes somehow equate popularity. DOFH does not mean there is a sudden fever pitch and this card should not have seen the light of day.