Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving, a time for thanks. I am thankful for my family and friends and I am thankful for the readers of the blog. Writing posts are therapeutic for me, it helps me settle my mind and focus.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday Poll

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the deals and sales will be showing up everywhere. A quick question to buyers;

Do you look forward to box sales from the card companies, Blowout, Dave & Adams, etc.?
Do you look forward to individual card sales from eBay, COMC, etc.?  

I don’t open boxes so I look forward to the individual card sales and the specials from COMC, not to mention their free shipping. They offer free promotions for sellers too over three days, I just set up my promotions for Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Three Signatures Up

Topps’ newest wrestling release, 2017 Topps Legends of WWE, contains one of the more original triple autographs. The triple auto card is of Mick Foley’s three personalities of Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind and it is neat that Foley signed each personality differently. Yes, please!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Question Day- Auction Bidding?

Today is question day:

When it comes to auctions, how do you bid?

I prefer to wait until the last minute unless I am unavailable to make that bid in which I make my max bid and let things fall as they may. I know some people use snipping software, which I haven't gotten in to for no specific reason. I guess since I have been doing it this way since I started on eBay 17 years ago I will just keep doing it this way.

One thing that I try not to do is get caught up in a bidding war, I check recent sales as well as COMC and I set a price in my mind and stick to it. I read stories about shill bidding and I get all cautious but I have gotten caught up before on some of the more rare Griffey and Bader cards but when it happens I usually become gun shy and don't do it for awhile. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Goldust Kiss Cards? Yes Please!

Yesterday Dustin Rhodes (AKA Goldust) posted a picture of himself doing kiss/autograph cards for a future Topps wrestling release. How freaking cool is this?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards XV

I already had a double printed back error 1989 Upper Deck Griffey #1, I love error cards, but this one adds in the error of a mostly blank front. The front has an impression of a back on it along the left border, but the rest of the card front is blank.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1910 L21 Leather College Pennants

 This month’s VCoM is a trilogy of 1910 L21 Leather College Pennants. The three pendants are for United States Military Academy (West Point/Army), United States Naval Academy (Annapolis/Navy) and the University of Washington.

Similar to the other tobacco cards of the era, these were inserted in to packs of American Tobacco Company packs as an incentive. I am not sure how many Universities were included but there were some interesting choices included; Reserve University, DePauw University and Mount Union University. Even though the University of Arizona was founded in 1885, 25 years before the release of this set, I am unable to find any mention of the school being included in the set which is a bummer.

I picked these three up because of how clean they are, they are in amazing condition with bright colors and no damage. It is fascinating how well the cards from this set have really held up over the years. Some of the cards are condition sensitive with the pennants where white ink was inlaid in the impressions/cuts on the leather have flaked off but the colored pennants do not seem to have the same problems. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Gift Of Giving, And Receiving, Griffey Cards

October was a “No purchase” month for me but that didn’t mean I didn’t get new cards. I was the recipient of the Great Giving Griffey box, a traveling box of roughly 500 Griffey cards that pass from Griffey collector to Griffey collector. You receive the box, pull out what you want/need for your collection, replace the cards in the box and pass it on to another collector of The Kid. I am very appreciative that Daniel from It’s Like Having My Own Card Shop thought of me when he was ready to send the box on, thank you.

I pulled aside around 50 cards and set the stack on my desk for later while I focused on building a website for a friend. I added around 60 cards to the box, plus some customs, and sent the box on, but I didn’t get around to going through my Griffey Want List and The Beast Jr. and updating until a couple of days ago. 

Most of the cards I pulled were base cards or base inserts, gray whales, that have been sitting on my wants list for a while, so it was nice to be able to knock a bunch of those off the list. A couple cards of note are the 1991 Stadium Club membership card. I had totally forgotten about this oddity, so I couldn’t pass on adding it to my collection.

I was excited to see some of Gavin’s custom cards too, I am very glad that he made several of them to put in the box. I have one of his glow-in-the-dark custom Griffey cards that he sent me a couple of years ago but these two are new to me.

TJ, from The Junior Junkie, started the Great Giving Griffey box in 2015 using dups from his collection and it really shows how close the community can be when it comes to giving. I am sure that all those who have received the box and all those who will be receiving it are so grateful that this project was begun and still traveling.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Veteran's Day

Today we celebrate all of those who have served our country proudly. Thank you for your sacrifices to ensure the freedom of our country.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Griffey Is Immortalized On My Display Shelf

The newest edition to my Ken Griffey Jr. SGA collection is the replica of the bronze statue of Griffey that is located outside of SafeCo Field. The replica statues were given out at the April 14, 2017 game and are about 6 inches tall and are made out of resin so there is some weight to it.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Panini Player Of The Day Pack Contest Winning

Near the end of October I won one of Sports Card Collectors contests for 10 packs of Panini’s NFL Player of the Day. I just received the packs, so time to rip.

The base set is made up of 30 players plus four different parallels, the Rookies set consists of 10 players plus the same four parallels and there are 50 memorabilia cards. There are also autographs but they are only available as grand prizes in shops, a national sweepstake and through Panini’s Twitter contests.

I’ll start with my Seahawks pull of Russell Wilson, who was the POD for the Week 10 2016 win over the Patriots.

For the Cardinals, I pulled David Johnson (POD Week 7 of 2016) as well as the player who replaced him when Johnson went down with an injury earlier this season, Adrian Peterson (Intro to Saints).

The Rookies backs have their highlights from college since they don't have a NFL POD 2016 game.

I would like to thank SCC and Panini for the packs.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More Ball Family Drama, But Serious This Time

Yesterday UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball was arrested in Shanghai, China for shoplifting. Also arrested were two other UCLA freshman, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. The team is in China to play their season opening game against Georgia Tech when the three players were arrested for stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel.

This is a situation that LaVar Ball is not going to be able to “Talk in to happening” when it comes to working with the Chinese legal system. What many people do not seem to understand, at least it seems that on Twitter, is that just because the three are American citizens it does not mean they will be charged under American laws. This happened in China, they broke Chinese laws and will be charged and perhaps tried under those laws. I have seen more than a dozen comments along the lines of “why are people making a big deal? It’s just a misdemeanor” or “he will just get a wrist slap and sent home”. Nope, no misdemeanor and no wrist slap.

According to Amnesty International attorney William Nee the students can be detained without bail for a month, some have been held even longer, and if there is absolute proof that any of the three players did in fact shoplift they may be looking at 3-10 years in a Chinese prison.

Let’s face it, LiAngelo was going to get drafted by an NBA team just on the hopes he can play but a single bad decision in a foreign country may have derailed those plans or possibly destroyed those plans all together. He is 18 now, if he does get imprisoned, even for 3 years, is going to affect him greatly. Those are going to be 3 very tough years on him and who knows what it will do to his mind and his body.

I dislike LaVar Ball with a passion but no matter how I feel about the father, I feel bad for LiAngelo. Unfortunately, when poor decisions are made there are consequences to be paid and he is finding out that some nations make you pay different consequences than a misdemeanor and fine.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Trade Completed V- Boom...Boom...GASP!

A couple weeks back I sent a pair of 1933 Goudey baseball cards to Matt of Bob Walk The Plank. I felt that the two Pirates cards, Ray Kremer and Adam Comorosky, belong in the collection of a true Pittsburgh Pirates fan. I didn’t trade for anything specific, it was a blind trade, but he came strong with what he sent me.

Two cards from my Top 10 Wanted List:
A 2007 Donruss Madden Shaun Alexander game card.
This doesn’t seem like much but this card has been sitting on my Most Wanted List the longest, in fact, it is one of the original Top 10 cards. BOOM!
A 2011 Topps UFC Title Shot Contenders Autograph Ryan Bader.
This card has been on my list the second longest and was actually the first card to replace a card that I picked up. BOOM!

The third card is a 2014 Topps Five Star Silver Signature Edgar Martinez autograph.
In August Jon from A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts sent me my first Edgar relic card and now Matt hooked me up with my first Edgar autograph, and a killer card too. I love the black card and silver autograph, it looks amazing. GASP!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Question Day- Oddities?

Today is question day:

What are the oddest cards in your collection? If you collect sports and non-sports what are the oddest cards in each collection?

This is one of those questions that gets the mind grinding. What is considered odd must be determined so this may be a bit more difficult. For myself I decided to limit my own selection to modern era official releases. There are so many oddball and Broder cards that many of them can seem extremely weird in comparison to an official card.

On the sports side, I would say my 2011 Topps Chrome Geoffrey the Giraffe #TRU card.

I worked at Toys R Us for over a decade working my way up from stocking shelves to Store Director. When I left I always promised I would never go back and wanted nothing to do with the company, retail at any company is horrible. But by the time this card came around in 2011 I was feeling a bit nostalgic and picked it up.

On the non-sports side, I went with my 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Goudey Sid Meier Premium Floppy Disc relic. There are not many floppy disc relic cards out there, I only know of this one and Steve Wozniak has two different floppy disc relic cards in the 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions release.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just A Rant

How does Lane Kiffen keep getting jobs?

Kiffen has been a bonehead his entire career and he has made poor choices left and right but last night with his team. Florida Atlantic University, up over Marshall 30-23 with 14 seconds left in the game and FAU with the ball on 4th down and on their own 24-yard line and punting.

In what should have been a deep low punt down the center, forcing Marshall’s punt returner to waste time running to the sideline, instead Kiffen orders his punter to run out the back of the end zone giving up a safety and only taking 4 seconds off of the clock. Kiffen’s explanation was that he didn’t want Marshall to block the punt. OK, could be sound logic but it isn’t.

First- In Marshall’s first 8 games this year they have no blocked punts

Second- The play only took 4 seconds and Marshall got the ball back

Third- Most important and the “WTF?” moment

FAU was a 6.5-point favorite over Marshall so by giving up the safety FAU came in under the spread in what could appear as a point shaving decision.

Kiffen, after the game, took to Twitter about the score and it messing with the point spread but later claimed he didn't know about the spread until a friend texted him after the game. A FAU representative said that Kiffen was just joking with his Tweet and an NCAA spokeswoman said they are aware of the situation but said that the school is in the best position to provide comment.

I am not saying that Kiffen is in a point shaving scandal but no matter what he said coaches know the spread and for some reason decided to mess with it. He is not a good person, he has shown bad judgement through his career and he is a complete jerk and likes to throw shade at prior employers. If it turns out this was a conscious decision by him with the intent to affect the final score in a negative way I hope he gets the punishment he deserves (fired and banned from NCAA & NFL).

Friday, November 3, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards XIV

It was April 13, 1998, in a game against the Cleveland Indians in Seattle, Ken Griffey Jr. launched a long ball in to the right field seats to become the second youngest player to hit 300 homeruns.

Upper Deck released this 3x5 acetate card to celebrate the feat, which includes clips of the sweet swing that sent that ball (and another in the game) over the wall. The card is serial numbered #228/10,000, remember when 10k was a limited card?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

So You Don't Have To Follow Up

I completed the month of October without making any card purchases and I kept a list of the cards that I would have bought/bid on had it been a normal month. This year I have been on a tight budget, so I based this experiment on how I would have shopped in 2016 when I was not on a similar budget. 

The only card that I considered breaking the rules for the month and actually bidding on was the 2012 Topps Under Armour Trey Griffey autograph but I would have topped no more than $15 and the price on the card went up so fast I didn't even bid.

Here is the list of cards that would have been in my collection and the cards final costs. The only card that really hurt was the 1996-97 Allen Iverson rookie, I have wanted one for years and that price was a steal.

10/1- 1996-97 Topps Chrome Allen Iverson #171 BGS 8.5 $17.66
10/5- American Horror Story Set of 4 Optispex $39.99
10/7- 1987 Rosem Night of the Living Dead 50 Card Set $7.95
10/12- 1988 Donruss book (hand cut) NY Yankees Jay Buhner $7.95
10/15- 2015 NECA Marvel Rocket Raccoon Hubsnaps $0.99
10/20- Ben Simmons lot $2.29

I ended up saving $76.83, not counting shipping, by not purchasing any cards. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Great Pumpkin Sketches On Cardboard

It’s Halloween again so that means some custom holiday cards. Last year I went with the Shadow Nightmares sketch cards and I decided to continue with some sketch cards this year, but I did a 180 degree turn going from scary to fun characters. This year I am going with the greatest Halloween special ever, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  

I only did two cards this year: 

Do you have to ask? Of course the moon glows.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Question Day- Just Be Perfect!!!

Today is question day:

What rookie card, that you want/own, that is nearly impossible to find in Gem Mint 10 condition? 

For me it is the 1978-79 Topps Mike Bossy #115 rookie card, so many are off center or miscut. There are some decent centered cards but even raw copies can still run $50 and up and a graded PSA or BGS is closing in on the $100 mark.

I have this BCCG 7 in my collection but the front is significantly off center but the top-bottom and back centering is nice, still I would like to replace it with a better copy eventually.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wallet Card #8- Local Geography

Thousands of years ago there was a lot of water in what is now Northern Arizona and it has affected the landscape in odd and wonderful ways with the most popular being the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon but in my immediate area there is an area of small canyons that have the most unique features created by running water. 

I don’t think there is an actual name for the area but it is west of my town between where I live and northern Prescott. The cool thing is that the early settlers to the area didn’t alter the area at all, the town was built south of the canyons and now that there are neighborhoods in the vicinity they are designed around the cliffs so the natural beauty was not changed.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards XIII

In the early 90s Taco Time and the Mariners joined forces and Taco Time released several promotional cards and sets in conjunction with Alrak Enterprises. The Sonics also had a deal with Taco Time and there were Sonics promotional sets released too around the same time.

These two gold foil cards were from 1994 and are both post card size. The team card has a standard post card back while the Griffey diving card has two images of Griffey, one at bat and one close up, which is a pretty common image from those Alrak sets.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Girl's Best Friend

A couple of months ago I downloaded the Batman Arkham games series (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins & Arkham Knight) on my computer and played through all the games. I really liked Catwoman, which you get to play as her in certain areas of the games, she is just the perfect anti-hero.

I ended up picking up a couple of Catwoman cards that are based on the New 52 version, which is the version in the games. The coolest pickup being this Totally Fabricated Catwoman relic from the 2013 Cryptozoic DC Women of Legend release. The Totally Fabricated relics are manufactured relics by Cryptozoic but because they are for comics/cartoons I am ok with them.

Monday, October 23, 2017

It Made An Appearance

A 2012 Topps Under Armour Trey Griffey autograph finally showed up for auction, ending yesterday at a unbelievable $51.01, especially when you consider that he was undrafted and is on the Dolphins practice squad. Jameis Winston and Dante Fowler Jr are both in the same 2012 set with the Fowler autograph selling around $25 and the Winston autograph around $70 so we know that Griffey’s selling price is not based on potential, but on his father’s legacy.

I was expecting the card to end around the $15 range, with about $10 of that being based on his father, but this final selling price has made me sad. I really was hoping to add this card to my University of Arizona collection, but I will not pay anything near $50 for the card.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards XII

Awhile back someone, sorry I don’t remember which blog, posted about picking up some cards that had gum stains on them. When I was a kid in the early 1980s a gum stain on a card was a mark of death, it was destined for the spokes of your bike or to be drawn on and defaced, nobody wanted them. 

Now Topps makes it a variant of the base card in their Heritage releases, like we need more parallels, but in collectors who collected when the gum stain was a bad thing now sees it in a different light. It now transports us back to flipping cards against the wall in elementary school and leaves us wondering how many 1980 Rickey Henderson and 1981 Joe Montana rookie cards were tossed in the trash over a stain.

I caved, I had to find a Griffey gum stain for my collection, which is kind of difficult because by the time his cards began showing up gum in packs was quickly becoming a thing of the past but I did find a 1989 Bowman rookie card with that mark. I have picked up a couple of Griffey damaged and error cards over the years, things like this make each card unique.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More Injections In My Spine But With Bruce Lee This Time

Because of a delay with my insurance company my second spinal injection, which should have been two weeks after the previous one on September 14th, got pushed back until today (5 weeks). I had the second round of injections this morning, three shots, and hopefully there is no delay for the third round.

I am in tremendous pain so I am posting a post that I had previously partially written.

Because the back of the card is blank and the seller had no information about the sticker I have no idea what set it comes from. The image is from the movie Game of Death, which was halted when Bruce Lee died during the filming of the movie, but was eventually released in 1978. If you have a keen eye you will notice that the man he is fighting in this scene is extremely tall, 7'2" to be exact, and is none other than NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

A little six-degrees (five degrees actually) of separation I have with Bruce Lee. Beginning in 1964 Bruce Lee trained with Ed Parker, the founder of American Kenpo. Ed Parker trained Bruce Denton in American Kempo in the 1980s. Bruce Denton then took on Loren Holmberg as his student in the early 1990s and in 1998 Loren Holmberg took me on as his student.

Here I am, a much younger and healthier Corky in my Kenpo gi, when my kids were younger they liked it when I wore it around Halloween. My son went as a ninja for 3 years in a row because he wanted to be like his "ninja" dad (as he put it). On a side note, I would be the worst ninja ever even challenging Chris Farley.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jay Buhner con los Lobos de Arecibo

My Jay Buhner PC has been a rather easy collection to build because of the availability of his cards. There are a couple of limited cards but a majority of my collection has been picked up on COMC for under 1 dollar. It helps that his career checklist is pretty much limited to official release base cards and Mariners’ SGA sets, because most collectors consider him a semi-star (To me, most Mariners fans and Frank Costanza he is a super-star) he just doesn’t show up outside of base cards too often.

But every so often an oddball shows up that I had no knowledge of and I go in to full finder mode, not often but it happens. Last year I found out about a card out of Puerto Rico, 1988-89 Blanco Y Negro (BYN) Jay Buhner #A-22 and at the time I could not find any for sale and even worse, I couldn’t find an image so I didn’t know what I was chasing.

Eventually I found a seller out of Puerto Rico who was selling different BYN sets, including the 1988-89 BYN Lobos set with Buhner, but the site was questionable at best and my emails to them were bounced back as undeliverable but when I found out they sold on eBay under a different name I was excited.

Jay doesn’t seem to be very happy to be part of the Lobos de Arecibo organization but when you consider he only batted .189 over 30 games you can understand why he looks frustrated.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Art Gallery- 2007 Topps Heroes Sylar

This month’s Art Gallery Display comes from an artist that I am unable to identify. I have checked through lists that I can find, even comparing styles, and I have had no luck. The set is 2007 Topps Heroes and is of the main bad guy Sylar.

Sylar was the ultimate bad guy, he was able to steal the abilities of other characters but he had to tear their head open to do it. He was one of my favorite characters but after the third season I was not able to continue watching because NBC had destroyed the show well beyond repair and I lost complete interest, even the attempted reboot Heroes Reborn in 2015 couldn’t bring fans back.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Question Day- Is Bigger Always Better?

Today is question day:

Would you rather have a larger collection of common base/inserts or a smaller collection but with more rare base/inserts?

I used to collect everything, if there was a card or product I bought it, but my collection got overwhelming and difficult to organize because something went in this collection but I needed this card for a team set and so on. Over the years I started to cut down what I collected, first it was to stop collecting certain sports and then it went a step further and I stopped collecting sets. Now I focus on just a couple of PC collections with some cards from outside my PC that I enjoy. 

I would say I prefer a smaller collection with more rare base and insert cards. I am building my Griffey collection one card at a time so there are plenty of base cards in my collection but it is the more rare and special cards that I display.

Friday, October 13, 2017

One Card Post- Mick Foley Autograph

Mick Foley has been one of the most entertaining wrestler over the past two decades so adding his autograph to my wrestling autograph collection is a no brainer. I think part of what made him so entertaining was that he had multiple personas besides Mick Foley. I was a fan of Mankind and Cactus Jack was ok but I was never big on Dude Love.

This card is from the 2014 Leaf Originals Wrestling release. Leaf has done a number of Originals releases over the last few years and I am happy to see that wrestling is getting the attention not to mention reasonably priced autographs.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

When The Signer Says "Fake" It Is Fake

Last night I came across a tweet regarding a Damian Lilliard autographed photo on eBay, here is the auction link. What made this an interesting tweet is that it was being retweeted by Damian Lillard who said that, even though it was verified authentic by Beckett, the signature is a fake signature. When compared to other authenticated Lillard autographs it is very obvious that the one up for auction is not real.