Thursday, November 15, 2018

Come See The Prince Of Crime, Just 25-Cents!


In August I received some cards that the sender creates packaging with just box tape and bubble wrap. I posted about it the day I received the cards, but I forgot to follow up with the actual cards. 

The cards are the Carnival of Criminals posters insert set, an 8-card insert from the 2013 Cryptozoic Batman: The Legend set. I am a bit disappointed that Cryptozoic didn’t make it a 9-card set and include Catwoman, my favorite Batman villain. 

The cards are a cool foil board set with each villain appearing on a poster that is reminiscent of the old side-show posters that were hung at carnivals in the late 1800s-early 1900s era. The backs have a write up about the character.






















Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Junk Wax 2.0 Has It's Advantages





I had posted this on Twitter when I got the card a few weeks ago, so if this seems familiar you aren’t experiencing déjà vu. 



I picked up this 2018 Panini National VIP Allen Iverson relic at the end of October and I paid less for the card ($3.58) than I did for shipping ($3.75). Ten years ago, you wouldn’t think that picking up a two-color patch of a Hall of Famer that is #/25 for under $4 would have ever been a reality, yet here we are. 

It is player worn, but it is a nice addition to my Iverson PC and at 180-pt I think it is the thickest card I have. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Somber Rememberance


It was 11:11 on 11/11/1918 that the armistice was signed that put an end to The Great War, World War I. Entire towns were wiped off the map and weapons so destructive were used that the war was known as The War To End All Wars because people felt that mankind would never want to fight another war after seeing such brutality. 



In remembrance of the armistice that ended that war, I would like to share my World War I gray whale. From the 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes set, the World War I Soldier’s Leggings. This card sat on my Wants List since day 1 but I removed it because I had not seen one show up in a number of years and replaced it with a card I figured I would have a better chance of finding. I was fortunate enough for it to show up two weeks ago, a bit high but I had eBay Bucks that were expiring and didn't want the card to slip through my fingers once again. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2015 Island Dreams Prohibition Pretties


This month’s Art Gallery display is from Pierre Beauchemin, who also does work under the name “Niceroad”. He is a freelance artist that does portrait work usually, but for this set he went with an action shot. 

The card is from the 2015 Island Dreams Prohibition Pretties release, a set based on the 1920s with lots of gangsters and flappers. Who doesn’t love a running gun battle between cops and some bootleggers? I watched this card for awhile and went back and forth on it but the gangsters won me over.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Illegal Motion... Eddie Jones... Failure To Return To His Original Position



Last month after I did the “So You Don’t Have To” segment where I plunged graded cards under water for a week and then cracked the cases, I tossed the cards in to my card drawer with the intent of putting them in to the proper storage boxes when I had the time. Well, the cards are still in the drawer, but Eddie Jones is a but curvier then he had been. Now, I love curves on a girl but curves on a card are a different subject. 

I figure that the water that got in to the case is what caused the bending. I know Finest, Chrome and Prizm tend to get a bit of a bend over time if stored improperly but I have never seen anything this extreme. It was graded a SGC 96, what do you think it would come back as now? 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Question Day- Who Deserved It?


Today is question day:

Who do you feel is the best athlete to never win a championship?

I did have some problems with limiting the list, but here is my final decision:
Baseball- Ken Griffey Jr., Ted Williams, Ty Cobb & Tony Gwynn

Basketball- Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson & Malone / Stockton

Football- Jim Kelly

Hockey- Pavel Bure and Henrik / Daniel Sedin

Friday, November 2, 2018

Former Toros


I know that there are people that collect cards of athletes from their alma mater but I went to an art school so there were no sports teams. I spent my early years in Tucson, home of the University of Arizona, so I have been a Wildcat fan since I was 7 years old. But some collectors, like Defgav, have extended their collection to include their high school too. 

I don’t see this as a regular segment for me, I don’t really want to add any more PCs to my collection until I close some off, but from time to time I will pick up cards from former Mesa Mountain View Toros who went on to successful college / semi-pro /professional careers. I plan on picking up relics and autographs with the occasional RC.

I will begin with John Beck. He went to Mountain View in the late 90s, going 25-2 over his two years as a starter and winning the 5A State Football Championship his senior year. He still holds the Arizona high school record for the best TD-INT ratio, throwing 42 TDs to only 4 INT in a season. After his Mormon mission he went to BYU before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent 5 years in the league, and another 2 in the CFL.  

First up is a helmet sticker from 2007 SAGE Aspire School Pride release. The stickers are the ones that were awarded to players for good plays. The sticker on the card is not from his helmet, but an unissued sticker.


The second is from the 2007 Leaf Rookies & Stars release, two bars from his facemask what was used at the 2007 Rookie Premier. This is my third facemask relic, I always thought these were pretty neat so a nice addition to my collection.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Killer Collection On Cardboard



This year for Halloween I am focusing on a collection of art cards that I found on eBay earlier this year. I don’t remember the name of the artist who made them, and it isn’t listed on the cards, but the description said that the set was designed to look like something you would find on sale at Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madman gift shop. 

The six-card set covers real four killers and two fictional killers.


S. Quentin Quail (AKA Dr. Satan)



Albert Fish


Ed Gein

Lizzie Borden


Texas Chainsaw Murders- The character Leatherface in the movie is based on the real Ed Gein



Jack the Ripper

Monday, October 29, 2018

What's The Matter Kid, Don't You Like Clowns?





A little Halloween love today with a metal Captain Spaulding card from the artist Chris Thorne. This is the second metal card I have from Thorne, I posted earlier this year about the Darth Maul card that he included as a freebie when I purchased this card.



The card is signed on the back with silver paint ink and he did a little skull doodle in the upper right corner with the silver paint.