Friday, November 27, 2015

Turkey Day Recap

Yesterday was a day of thanks and a day of football with two blowouts and nail bitter.

The Detroit Lions blew out the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 in what will most definitely be the nail in the coffin of Chip Kelly’s career as an NFL coach. Owners tend not to like losing three straight with the last two loses by a combined 90-31 score.

The afternoon game showcased the Panthers putting their undefeated record on the line against Dallas and walked out a 33-14 winner. To add insult to injury, literally, Tony Romo is done for the season breaking his collarbone.

I want to point out that the Panthers Luke Kuechly had two interceptions tying him with Dez Bryant’s total receptions plus Kuechly returned the interceptions for 48 yards and a touchdown where Bryant only had 26 yards on his two passes.

The night game was a Welcome Home event for Brett Favre as the Bears headed in to Green Bay where Jay Cutler has never won… until last night. In a rain soaked game it came down to a last minute goal line stand by the visiting Chicago Bears to eek out a 17-13 win.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1933 Goudey Indian Gum Geronimo

This month’s VCoM comes from the 1933 Goudey Indian Gum release. This 1933 Indian release is made up of 216 cards depicting famous Native Americans, tribes, events, cowboys and adventurers like Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, George Custer and Four Bears.

The set was skip numbered and cards were released in packs of Goudey gum in 1933 as an incentive. If things were not difficult enough to catalog the release add in different backs. This set has various ink colors as well as “Series of …” backs (48, 96 and 192) plus a slight change in the wording too. This card is officially listed as #25c with a “Series of ninety-six” back.

The Geronimo card is in horrible condition with a hole dead-top center (you know some kid has this tacked to the wall), rounded corners, creases upon creases and based upon the giant stamp on the back the card the original owner apparently wanted everyone to know it was his card. The card is basically a filler card until I can get a better copy for my collection and it only cost $4 shipped so the condition is not a major factor.

This post comes with a little story, though at this point and time it appears to be a dead end. I have been collecting for roughly 25 years and while I have seen cards with names and all kinds of marks over the years but I have never come across a card where a kid stamped not just a name but an address too.

I decided to play Encyclopedia Brown and went on a search using the address and I was able to come up with Andrew listed in the 1940 census with his birthdate as 1924, meaning that he would have been 9 years old when he owned this card. I was unable to find an address for Andrew but the census listed his siblings and I was able to find a PO Box for his younger sister Martha still in Rome, New York.

I wrote a letter to Martha explaining that I was trying to get in contact with Andrew or anyone in his family who would like the card. I was hoping to return a treasured card to the Schuster family knowing that I would love to have any cards that were owned by my father or grandfather when they were kids.

It has now been a year and I have not had any responses from Martha or the family so I am figuring that this is a story that will remain unfinished.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Leaf Adds Some Costner

When it comes to Brian Grey and Leaf you never know what to expect and when 2015 Leaf Trinity Baseball hits shelves next month there will be special artistic Kevin Costner autograph cards inserted randomly. The cards are based on Costner’s three baseball movies Bull Durham, Field OF Dreams and For The Love Of The Game. So far only the Crash Davis and Ray Kinsella card have been previews on Leaf’s Twitter page.

My favorite of the three is Bull Durham, who doesn't love the character Crash Davis? I would love the Crash Davis version but I expect these cards to be well outside of my price range. Also, if you haven't seen For The Love Of The Game and you are a baseball nut there is an easter egg at the end where you take a quiz and when you get the answers all correct there is an old unseen video clip of Babe Ruth from the 1920s or 30s that is well worth watching the movie. I watched the movie when it came out on DVD solely to see the Babe Ruth clip.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Open Or Do Not Open...There Is No Try!

I finally got a package today that I have been waiting for well over a month, a long distance package from Japan. The envelope contained two packs of Star Wars Bikkuriman chocolate wafers with each pack containing a sticker.

I had seen the Star Wars Bikkuriman stickers on someone’s blog a couple of months ago, Ryan from This Card Is Cool, and I started watching the stickers on eBay. Usually stickers sold for $3-4 each plus sometimes a shipping charge on top of that so when I came across a dealer out of Japan selling two sealed packages for $0.99 plus $3 shipping I jumped on it. There are stickers from Episodes IV-V-VI and stickers from Episodes I-II-III, the packages are marked accordingly. My two are from Episodes IV-V-VI. You can tell by the characters on the packaging plus on the lower right is the label which movies the stickers are from. I pulled a Yoda and Admiral Ackbar.

The downside is that the seller did not send them off right away, almost a month after I purchased them I finally got an email saying they were shipped. Since they were from Japan I figured they would be awhile so I didn’t mind. I got them today and opened them with my daughter, she was more interested in the wafer cookie.

Here is the unwrapping and the wafer cookie is pretty good.


While I was waiting for this package I came across a new dealer from Japan that was selling individual stickers for $0.99 with free shipping so I bought a Yoda (so I have two now) and then the next day I bought a Princess Leia and Chewbacca. The seller had them to me within a week of my purchase and on top of the stickers he also included two origami storks and two packs of green tea. This guy went above and beyond as a seller.


Friday, November 20, 2015

One Stinking Word

Don’t you hate when a small error or variation is made somewhere along the line of a cards design and you feel compelled to hunt down the error and corrected card variations for your collection?

Case in point the 1991 Fleer baseball release, there are 8 variations/errors including Ken Griffey Jr.’s card. The error? Card #450A says “Bat  .300” where the corrected #450B says “Bat around .300” in the bio on the back of the card, I have highlighted the addition of a single word that made me crazy enough to purchase both versions.
I also noticed that the version with the word "Around" also has the bio paragraph closer to the stats but that appears to just be a placement during printing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Art Gallery: 2008 Topps Indiana Jones Masterpieces Henry Jones

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from the 2008 Topps Indiana Jones Masterpiece release. The artist is Jeff Booth, I am unable to find any information about the artist though. This is my second Indiana Jones Masterpiece sketch and like my other card from the release it depicts a stern Indy. This card was also $4 cheaper than my other Indy card and I think this one is much cooler because there is more detail.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Charlie Sheen's Announcement

Yesterday morning Charlie Sheen appeared on the Today Show to make an announcement that he is HIV positive, the announcement while unexpected was not startling considering his poor decisions with drugs and prostitutes. Now as Magic Johnson has shown being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence that it once was and with proper treatment and safety he can continue to live his life in peace.
For collectors of Charlie’s cards there are plenty of options going back to the 1980s with Pacific’s 1988 Eight Men Out set. Since then he has made appearances in sets like 1993 Skybox Three Musketeers, a co-star appearance with Michael Jordan in 1995, Donruss’ 2004 Playoff Fans of the Game (plus an autograph version) and more recently in some Leaf and Topps sets. I do not own any of these cards, the images were pulled from eBay.

His cards have always had a premium, at least his sports cards, so I would expect prices to possibly increase with this announcement but over the long run prices should balance out as long as his health does not get any worse.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

La Flama Blanca

Last month I picked up the 2009 Eastbound & Down set from HBO and I had discussed a card of Kenny “F-ing” Powers in his Charro’s uniform that I initially thought was some sort of promo after seeing the back but Gavin pointed out that he believes it to be a custom card instead. That changed my mind on hunting the card down considering that some of these can run over $10, there are currently two available on eBay at $6.99 and $18.95 BIN prices.

But I couldn't argue when I found one under $5 and I ended up picking one up this one for $4.59 shipped. The card is a custom card but it is a nicely done custom. It looks and feels like the cards you would pull from a pack in the 1990s, nothing special but a solid card. I now consider my Kenny Powers collection complete.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Champion Falls

There are always surprises in the UFC and it seems like nobody, even champions, are immune. Some of the top fighters have disappeared but one always seemed “Unbeatable” but the last of the Greatest Of All Time fighters fell Saturday in a thriller between Rhonda Rousey and Holly Holm.

Going in to Saturdays fight Rousey was 12-0, if you take her amateur fights in to account she was 15-0 and didn’t seem to be slowing down. There was actually talk over if/when Rousey retired would she go undefeated but Holly Holm seemed to disagree. Going in to the fight she was 9-0 but still the underdog. When former UFC Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans picked Holm as an upset during the preliminary fight introductions he was mocked for his selection.

Even though Rousey lost she is still a big star and UFC collectors are not like collectors in other sports, UFC collectors are fiercely loyal to their fighters. So just because she lost it does not mean much of a dip in her prices, sure some collectors who were in to her cards as investment may bail most collectors will continue as before. With her appearing in action films, even starring in the upcoming Road House, she may even pick up some collectors from the entertainment world.

Her autographs continue to demand hundreds and sometimes thousands and even her relic cards are remaining stable with some of the most basic relic mat cards selling in the $25+ range.