Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards II

When I saw the 2016 Leaf Greatest Moments set I was hooked and I cannot even tell you why, it is a rather basic design and there are no logos or even city names. There are only 12 athletes in the limited set with each card having 9 different parallels in addition to the Silver Prismatic base cards.

In June I posted the first four Griffey cards that I had picked up. At the time I had the base Silver Prismatic #/106 (But not numbered), Blue Prismatic #/25, Purple Prismatic #/15 and Pink Prismatic #/10. To complete the rainbow, I still needed the Black Prismatic #/7, Green Prismatic #/5, Red Prismatic #/3 and the Gold, Super Prismatic and Printing Plates #1/1 cards. I am another step to completing this rainbow with the pickup of the Black Prismatic card.

I know that the odds are against me with the three different #1/1 cards (Gold, Super and Printing Plates) but I will try my hardest to pick up the Green Prismatic and Red Prismatic when I am ready to start picking up cards again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another Cavalcade of Griffey Cards I

Closing out 2016 I made two posts about my favorite card pickups and my favorite Griffey card pickups. It was difficult to cut down to just a Top 10 Griffey cards, especially when you consider that I added 703 unique cards so I decided to cover the best of the rest of 2016. None of these were expensive, I think I only paid over $20 for one of these cards ($22 plus shipping) so they are not “S1CK!…M0JO HITS!!!!” by any means but they are notable, at least to me.

Like many collectors I love the odd card, the odder it is the better it is and if it glows or is acetate you have my full and undivided attention.

1991 Topps and 1991 Bowman glow backs
These are cards that Topps used a UV type of ink on the back that glows under a black light. They are difficult to tell apart, without a black light, from the regular back with the only difference I have noticed being that the Topps 40 Years of Baseball logo being a bit bolder.

1998 Pinnacle Epix Emerald Play and Game parallels
This set was kind of wonky and would have fit perfectly in today’s releases. The set was released in many different Pinnacle products. They were inserts in 1998 Score, 1998 Score/Traded, 1998 Pinnacle, 1998 Pinnacle Plus and 1998 Zenith and they were announced to be included in the 1998 Pinnacle Certified but were not.

Each of those sets had certain sets of the Epix cards and they were broken down in to Play, Game, Season and Moment with All-Star Epix as a sort of insert. They were further broken down in to 70% Orange, 20 % Purple and 10% Emerald parallels. The most common card being the Orange Play card and the rarest being the Emerald Moment card, which Pinnacle announced that they are not numbered but there are only 30 copies of each Emerald Moments cards.

I picked up these two Emerald cards within a week of each other. I am still on the hunt for the Emerald Season and Emerald Moments Griffey cards but those are a now a very low priority.

1998 Premier 300th Homerun 3D 5x7 card

2000 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects Minor League used game bat

2005 Topps Hot Button Baseball
I have never played the game but it is an acetate card with Ken Griffey Jr

2005 Topps Pack War
Another TCG that I don’t play but with my blog named Pack War what kind of collector would I be if I didn’t have a Griffey card from a set named Pack Wars?

2009 Disabled American Veterans SGA

2009 Topps Attax
Back to the TCG type cards but any time I can find a White Sox card of Griffey I am happy to pick it up.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ryan Bader To Bellator MMA

Yesterday Ryan Bader announced that he has signed with Bellator MMA after not being able to come to a deal with the UFC. Bader is 15-5 and has gone 7-1 over his last 8 fights but he was not being considered for a title fight so he went elsewhere.

His contract with Bellator is for 6 fights over two years and it is expected that his first fight may well be at Bellator’s next PPV in June for a title shot against Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Phil Davis.

As a fan this means I will get to watch him fight more often because Bellator does not normally do PPV, this one in June is only their second pay per view fight. As a collector this means he will no longer have any cards with 2017 Topps UFC Fire possibly being his last official cards unless he is included in 2017 Topps UFC Chrome which comes out later this year.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Sports Card Outing That Ended Without Sports Cards

Last week my son was on Spring Break and it has been warming up so the local flea market opened for the first time this past Friday so my son and I went to look around. After seeing some of the nice finds by other bloggers I had some hope to find anything reasonable.

We started at the open-air flea market but because it was the first time opening this year there were only a handful of vendors and none were selling cards. What added to the miserable offerings was that it was windy and the market has dirt roads so the dust was everywhere and we felt gritty afterwards. After that we hit a thrift store, nothing card-wise, and then an indoor flea market, a couple of way over priced “vintage” cards.

There is only one sports card shop listed in town so we hit that next, I had some hope that I would finally have an LCS. We got there and calling it a card shop was being overly ambitious. It was an antique store with a corner allocated to cards. There was a 4-ft glass cabinet with some older cards, a couple of shelves with junk wax era boxes and a couple of recent flagship Topps factory sets and finish with some team themed boxes behind the counter. A huge disappointment.

I will probably go to the flea market from time to time because you never know what you will find but there are no other options in town besides Walmart and Target and I don’t feel like wasting money on blasters.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Growing up in an Irish family has always been fun, outside of the corn beef and cabbage, and I still remember my grandfather's brogue as he told me about his youth and some day I hope to take a trip to Ireland to meet my extended family. Today the world is Irish and in honor of the Irish Republic and St. Patrick's Day here is a selection of cards designed with the Irish in mind.

One of the first thoughts about Ireland is of Leprechauns. I do not own the 2014 Goodwin 3D Monsters Leprechaun card on the left, not yet anyway, and the 2015 A&G is in my COMC account.

In 2015 and 2016 Panini included St. Patrick's Day relic cards in National Treasures. The cards contain relics that were worn by the player's during St Patrick's Day spring training games. There are no Mariners in the set so I have not paid any attention to the cards, even though they do look cool I do not own any of the cards.

This will probably surprise a lot of people but there are actually three Irish born wrestlers in WWE and they are all stars. Sheamus, Becky Lynch and Fergal Devitt (who wrestles as Finn Balor) have all held a major WWE Championship at one point during the past year. These cards are from Topps WWE Slam app, I haven't logged on to any of the Topps or Panini apps in months. I lose interest pretty quick.

Robbie Keane is one of the greatest footballers to have come out of the Emerald Isles. He began his professional career in 1997 and has been on the Irish National Team since 1998. This card is from Panini's 2016 Prizm UEFA Euro release.

This card, which is the only card I actually have in hand, is a prop card from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fabric is from the Irish flag seen during the Quidditch World Cup scenes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Art Gallery: 2015 ACEO Daredevil And Batman

This month’s Art Gallery displays comes from William Kunkle a freelance illustrator who has sketch cards in sets from 5Finity and Island Dreams. I picked up two art sketch cards from him for $2 shipped. He really is a talented artist too; he has a great career ahead. These cards would be considered ACEO cards because they are not tied to an official release.

I picked up two cards with the first being Daredevil from Netflix’s exclusive show Daredevil. I will admit that I have not watched the show yet but it is on my list, I am just trying to catch up on some other shows and so Daredevil is on hold for now but I just love this card so I just had to get it. I wrote this post in 2015 after I bought the cards and I still have not got to watching Daredevil, I don't watch a lot of television.

The second card is Batman and no matter what Batman is always bad ass. This was the first card that got me interested in Kunkle’s work which brought me to the Daredevil card.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Oh Manny

Manny Ramirez is back fans, this time in Japan with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs, an independent league team, and as expected he is just Manny being Manny. I am not certain of his complete contract but the details that have been released:

His #99 jersey contains just his first name
He has use of a Mercedes Benz and chauffeur
Practices are optional
He gets his own hotel suite during road games
Unlimited sushi  

Who knows how long he will play this out, his last official at-bat was in 2011 and the last time he played any organized baseball was when he was a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs in 2014 but with perks like this I wouldn't complainl.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wallet Card #2

Kind of an odd Wallet Card but it comes with a story. This morning the alarm on my truck went off so my son came in to my room and grabbed my keys to go turn it off. When he got outside there was dove sitting on the ground stunned. The neighbor across the street was out in his front yard and when he saw my son he came over to tell him what he witnessed.

A hawk was hunting the dove and chased it right in to the side of my door. When the alarm went off the hawk flew away. The dove did eventually settle down and took off so it appeared that it was not hurt.

Griffey was interested in the impression that the dove left on the door. There were actually feathers stuck to the door that I removed right before I took the picture.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Expired Redemptions For The Win

I came across a couple of redemptions that are pretty cool. Panini is quite lenient when it comes to expired redemption cards, I wonder if Obak will redeem these coupons? They are just a bit outside of the 1915 expiration date.

They actually would make a nice addition to anyone who is working on a 1910 T212 baseball set, a couple of unused redemption coupons would just complete the collection. I am not sure if the pricing is appropriate with the smaller coupon with a $25 BIN and the larger one with a $28 BIN. I guess if you were working on a set from 1910 spending $25-30 wouldn’t be too far out of their league.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1939 Churchman's Cigarettes Boxing Personalities Gene Tunney

This month’s VCoM is a boxing card from 1938 Churchman’s Cigarettes. Churchman’s Tobacco is an English company go back to the 1700s and in 1898 they began inserting cards in to their packs with football players (soccer) being the first subjects. They continued to include cards in their tobacco products until around 1940 or 1941, ceasing due to the war. Over the 40 year period the cards included footballers, cricket players, golfers, tennis players, boxers and even got Babe Ruth in to a 1929 set.

My brother was in the Navy and in the mid-90s he was stationed in England and he found a card shop in the town he was living in that he enjoyed visiting. The owner wanted Michael Jordan cards and I was just beginning my vintage collection so my brother and I worked a deal where I would ship him Jordan cards and the owner of the shop would ship me tobacco era cards. In one of those shipments he sent a nice selection of the 1938 Churchman’s Boxing cards, which this Tunney card was included.

Gene Tunney was a fighter bewtween 1915 and 1928 and in that 13 career he fought 85 fights going 65-1-1-1 with 48 KOs, the other 17 fights were Newspaper Decisions (A no decision bout by record but a decision is made by a newspaper) and do not count for or against his record. During his time he was the American Light Heavyweight Champion between 1922-23 and World Heavyweight Champion between 1926-28.

If you are wondering, yes now I regret sending all of the Michael Jordan cards. Every Jordan card that I pulled for a 2-3 year period were shipped to my brother, so figure probably 100 or so cards that I would have loved to have in my collection. Now had I received the 1929 Babe Ruth card I would have been fine but alas no luck.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Some 3D Supernatural Beings

For the last couple of years Upper Deck has included 3D lenticular cards in their Goodwin Champions releases, in 2016 it was Supernatural beings. The Supernatural checklist includes gods, goddesses, prophets and mythical creatures and is broken up in to 6 different tiers based on region. With Tier 1 (Americas/Pacific) being the easiest pull at 1:84 packs and Tier 6 (Ancient Greece) being the most difficult pull at 1:2,901 packs.
I am a Buddhist and was excited to see that Buddha was included in Tier 3 (Asia) along with Buddhist goddess, Benzaiten, as well as Sun WuKong, the Monkey King, who is a mythical creature included in various parts of Asia, including in Buddhism. I picked up the Buddha and Benzaiten cards late last year and when I am able to afford cards again I will eventually be watching for the Sun WuKong card at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Can Hit Roberto Duran, Can't Hit A Sticker

On Friday I wrote about the bleeding Leaf cards and while doing research for the post I came across this 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes Tommy The Hitman Hearns printing plate with a sticker auto that does not contain his entire signature. I looked in to his other Leaf autograph cards and half of the currently listed cards are as bad and those that aren’t as bad still have part of his signature missing.
I consider this a damaged product because the signature is not complete. It effects the appearance of the card and we already lost most on-card autographs should we be forced to accept sticker autographs with part of the signature missing?

I read a couple of blogs that cover Japanese cards and I have noticed that many of the sets that include autographs are signed on oversized stickers to accommodate Kanji characters. I would rather have a complete signature on a larger sticker than a cut off autograph on a small sticker, well I would rather have an on-card autograph but that is a given. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Do Or Do Not, There Is Not Try, Babe Ruth Immortals?

This month Leaf will be releasing 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection set but unlike last year’s Leaf Babe Ruth Collection this set is a high-end product that will include 6 cards per box; 2 Babe Ruth bat relics (one NY and one Boston), 2 Yankee Stadium Seat relics and 2 base cards. Additionally, there is a chance of pulling a bat barrel, bat knob or cut signature card too. There are only 175 cases released (10 boxes per case) and the boxes will run $160 each and are due out the end of this month. 

I, well my wife (now ex), pulled a Babe Ruth bat card out of 2001 SP Legendary Cuts so even if I had the $160 to spend I don't think I would buy a box since I already have a Ruth bat card. Sadly I think this is just going to flood the Ruth bat relic market and cards from this set will be significantly cheaper than Ruth bats from other sets.

On the BO Forum people have been going back and forth about the product with it being pretty much 50-50 with people supporting the product versus people against the product. The biggest argument being that those who are against the release of the product don’t like the idea of Babe Ruth bats being cut up.

Where do you stand?