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.

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment #1b- Worm Food II

Last year I buried junk wax era cards and it got me wondering what modern chrome style cards would look like after one year underground. I am following the same exact experiment with the hole in the same location (southeast wall) with one card at 3-inches down and one card at 6-inches down. 

For this experiment I am using a 2017 Panini Prizm Eddie Lacy and a 2013 Topps Chrome Richard Sherman. I was not too worried about using the same cards this time because the Chrome and Prizm cards use the same technology even with a couple of years difference. I just wanted to use each company to see how their technology would do underground. 
The Prizm Eddie Lacy is at 3-inches down and the Topps Chrome Richard Sherman is 6-inches down. This is the last view of the guys until my 47th birthday next year, May 30, 2019.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment #1- Worm Food Follow Up

Last year I came up with the idea of doing a segment called “So You Don’t Have To” experiments with the intention of doing various things with my collection to show what would happen. My first experiment was suggested by Fuji, bury junk wax era cards in dirt to see how they would fair.

I buried three 1990 Bowman Mike Boddicker card in my yard on my 45th birthday last year and left them underground for one year. Over the past 365 days the temperatures hit a low of 14 degrees and a high of 104 degrees, we had rain (the backyard did get flooded at times), snow, hail and plenty of sunshine. There were three major brush fires during that time and smoke and ash was around, not that I would think that would do anything additional to the cards.
Today is my 46th birthday, so like Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s vault, I went digging to see what treasure would be awaiting me. 

The cards were placed at 3 inches deep and 6 inches deep, so I slowly removed the dirt, stopping to take a picture when I saw the first bit of cardboard gold, a small piece of blue as I closed in on the 3-inch part of the hole (Inside the red square in the image below).
What I found (or lack of what I found) was a complete surprise. In the end I found less than 10 small pieces of the card with the largest being about 1.5 inches long. This was in the 3-inch deep portion of the hole, I found nothing of the other two cards that were buried 6-inches down.

Turn in tomorrow for a continuation of this experiment.