Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blog Bat Around: Pick Only 5

Last week Daniel from It’s Like Having My Own Card Shop blogged about what would his collection be like if he whittled it down to collecting only five players, sets or collections. A couple of people have followed suit in posting similar collection ideas and it got me thinking.

For me it seems a bit easier because I have begun to limit my collection already to keep it more focused and more interesting to me. As a collector it can be too easy to become overwhelmed, I have been there myself, so now I feel limited is what I want and what I need. Here is my selection of the five “focuses” I would keep if given a limit.

1.      Ken Griffey Jr
2.      Jay Buhner
3.      Star Wars related
4.      Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron) / WWI related
5.      Sketch cards

While it was easier because my collection is smaller that doesn’t mean it wasn’t difficult. Gone would be my Ryan Bader collection, Steve Largent, Gary Payton and Allen Iverson. So long Edgar Martinez, Sue Bird and all my Seattle team cards. Phoenix Suns, Steve Kerr and the other University of Arizona athletes, happy trails in to the Arizona sunset. Family Guy and The Simpsons would be cancelled, and Mars Attacks would return to Mars. It was a difficult choice, but I feel good about it.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Question Day- Uniform Changes?

How do you feel about major uniform changes?

There have not been many major uniform changes in the four main professional leagues lately, the most recent being the Seahawks in 2012. Many of the recent changes have fans even asking if there was really a change outside of a slight color change or different font. 

When it comes to changes I am rather conservative, but I am willing to come around to some drastic changes like the Seahawks. I am a change it all or change nothing type of guy.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Topps Big League A Money Grab? Tell Me It Cant Be True!!!

When I saw Topps Big League before it was released, I thought it was a neat idea. Sure it is another set released in an already crowded release schedule, but it was a different design than the flagship and there is a really cool Ichiro base card in the set that I want to add to my Mariners collection. 

That was before I knew about the error variation SSPPPPPSSPSPSPSP cards. WTF? There are errors that happen every year, I understand that. There have been sets that were more error than correct (looking at you Pro Set) and from time to time it is ok to have cards like reverse negative to add to the chase, which is also included in the Big League set's error list, but Topps went WAY OVERBOARD with Big League to the point of moronic variations that are neither error nor collectible to most people but intentional changes to get people to buy more product to complete the set.

Bryce Harper. The error is a different colored arm band. How the fuck is that an error? Errors are unintentional mistakes, not a designer going in and changing the color of an arm band. Anyone remember the "Sparkle" BS variations? I guess at least Topps didn't say the sparkles were errors.

Rosario and Lindor. Upside down? OK, I bet it happens but when it does the whole sheet is upside down and the image is not cropped to fit. 

Mike Trout: The people in the dugout disappeared in the error card. Really? Another stupid choice. I didn't realize that changes made in Photoshop constituted an error. But we have to consider that Topps also added George Bush and Mickey Mantle to a Derek Jeter card in 2007 so add, remove, same thing right?

Giancarlo Stanton: Pictures from two different games. How is this an error? Variation, sure…why not… Topps has turned variations in to a nightmare for a collector but not an error?

Thank you Topps, may I have another?


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment- Restoring A Sketch Card

 Last night I played Devil’s Advocate and so you don’t have to, I retouched a damaged sketch card. The card is one of my favorite Star Wars characters Salacious Crumb, I really like a lot of the alien creatures in the series, and it was drawn by the artist Amy Pronovost.

I chose this card to retouch for two reasons, a character I like, and it was damaged. I saw a similar card last year and that is what got me thinking about doing this from my So You Don’t Have To serial. Obviously, some sort of roller went across the surface, I am guessing during sorting or pack out since it is almost the same type of smudging I saw on the other card so it has happened more than once. 

So you don’t have to, I went through and attempted to clean up the damage and reline where possible. I did not add or remove any lines, I followed (as best as possible) Amy’s original line work and only wanted to make it presentable again. In my eyes, the card has been altered (by machinery and me) and I will not let this card leave my collection. 

I will not be restoring any of Vincent van Gogh's paintings soon but the finalized card, below, is presentable as the original artist intended it to be. More work could be done on minute details, like the text at the top, but I was beginning to remove some of the original background color on the card so I stopped. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Question Day- Collecting In Cycles?

Do you ever collect your PC players in a cycle?

I work on a player or two at a time. For example, I will work on picking up Jay Buhner cards and when I whittled down my Buhner wants I will move on to Allen Iverson and then on to another player and so on.

Friday, July 6, 2018

One Ichiro!

The first year of Topps Now I picked up all of the Mariners’ cards but last year and the current season I have not added any addition on-demand cards to my collection. When I saw the Topps Living Set Ichiro card I made the decision to pick it up, and it is a great card.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July to all and I hope that you have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Light It Up!

I believe it was this past March that I saw the Fat Pack guys highlighting an unannounced insert from the 2017-18 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey release called Color Shift. The cards change to a green-blue hue when under sunlight, otherwise the background and border are an off-white. Now I have only seen two cards change color and they were both the green-blue hue but I am not sure if all of the cards are the same color. It would be neat if they change to team colors.

I was excited to see the Islanders’ captain, John Tavares (Who is now dead to me after spurning the Islanders for Toronto), was included on the list and I was able to find one at a little over $12 shipped.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Question Day- Serial Numbering Changes?

Does it bother you when a company changes up their parallel colors and serial numbering?

It drives me crazy when one year there is a color, let’s say black for this argument, that is #/25 and red is #1/1 and then a year or two later black is now #1/1 and red is #/149. I recently was adding a Pop Century set in to TCDB where most of the set had red as #/10 and gold #1/1 but in one of the inserts (in the same set) gold was #/25 and red was #1/1.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Black Bender Base (Plate)

I picked up this 2016-17 Panini Noir Dragan Bender printing plate for my Suns collection and I was expecting a standard printing plate but it turns out that Panini used the same thickness as the base cards, roughly about 100 pt.

I am confused as to why these printing plates were packed out in boxes of 2017-18 Panini National Treasure Basketball. I didn’t know this until I went looking in to why the Noir checklist didn’t include printing plates.