Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Griffey Procession III

Girffey’s cards with low serial numbers are quite costly but I have found the perfect option, go with a modern Leaf card. Over the last few years Leaf has put out some pretty amazing cards but many times people by-pass them because they are unlicensed. I am not too caught up in unlicensed cards, as long as I like the card’s design and that is the case with this 2017 Leaf History of Baseball 1991 Acetate Throwback. 

There are 5 cards; a base and four parallels. The base is charcoal and unnumbered with the four parallels being Blue (#/35), Purple (#/25), Green (#/10) and Red (#/5). This one is the red and mine is #1/5. I also have the base, Purple and Green which I thought I had posted in one of my previous Griffey Cavalcades but I can not find now.  

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Question Day- Sports Dynasties?

Which sports dynasty were you happy to see happen?

Mine was the NY Islanders. The Islanders were the first sports team I followed, I was born on Long Island in the same year the Islanders were an expansion team, and my dad used to take me and my brothers to games at the Nassau Coliseum. They won four Stanley Cups between 1979-1983 and it was exciting as a kid to see that happen.

Additional question: Which sports dynasty were you unhappy to see happen?

The Dallas Cowboys after Jerry Jones took over, current New England Patriots and anything connected to the New York Yankees with Alex Rodriguez on the roster.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2013 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Series 2 Jawa

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from an interesting artist, he does his work under the name Little House but his real name is Edgar Pasten and is a Jawa from the 2013 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Series 2. Pasten uses a very cool cartoonish style with his cards and that works so well in the Mars Attacks and Star Wars sets in which his sketches are included. What makes him interesting is that he uses a very unique color theory with his sketches, his work is almost always in one color per card. In this case he worked in blues but I have seen reds, pinks, purples and greens in others.

I like the Jawas and Sandpeople, I don’t think I have any specific reason why I like them, maybe because they are the first alien creatures we see in Star Wars and that made an impression on a young Corky when I saw the movie in theaters, not sure. But I do love the cartoonish look and the blue works so well here so this makes a wonderful addition to my Star Wars collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Griffey Procession II

A one card Griffey post, a 1996 Bowman’s Best Preview Atomic Refractor that I picked up last August. I was never lucky enough to pull any type of Griffey refractor, let alone an Atomic refractor and normally I don’t check prices on the mid-90s refractors because they are usually outside of my price range but this was just a case of checking at the right time and I got a great deal.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Question Day- Bankruptcy Cards?

How do you feel about cards that made it to the streets as part of a company bankruptcy?

I want to make it clear that I am talking about cards that were legally sold as part of a bankruptcy/buy-out and not cards walking out the back door. 

 I picked up this 2003-04 Fleer Mystique Allen Iverson gold parallel on eBay not long ago that was part of Fleer’s bankruptcy vault clearance. The card is the same as the packed-out versions except for missing the serial numbering on the back (#/150). 

I think it is a cool addition to my Iverson collection, so I am happy to have it, I see it as a bit of an error of sorts, but I know that there are people out there who are against this type of card being sold.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What The?

Can anyone explain to me what is going on in this 1930s Japanese Menko card? That is one angry snowman LOL
Here is the link for the auction, it shows the back.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Look Marvelous

I have had this 2008 TriStar PROjects Billy Crystal #400 on my wants list for awhile I have been holding out for one of the official autographed copies to show up but when they do they end up going for a high price so I made the decision to grab this card, which is a Green Refractor parallel andd is #32/50. The card has been sitting on eBay for months, lowering in price every so often until it was finally in my price range.

Billy Crystal is accommodating when signing and is a huge Yankees’ fan, so he signs baseballs all the time, maybe I will pick up one of the signed baseballs for my collection.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Cool Find While Organizing

Last night turned out to be productive for me. I made it about 1/3 of the way through my non-sports collection and that includes organizing three sets and listing my needs to complete the sets. I was able to get themes together (Simpsons, Star Wars, etc.) in one box and separated so when I collate those sets it is all together instead of me having to go through a bunch of different boxes and binders.

The best thing to happen was when I was collating the 1994 Cardz The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cards. I bought the box a couple of years ago, ripped the pack and then put all the cards back in to the box. Last night as I was separating the cards I found out I had pulled a Douglas Adams autograph and didn’t even notice it because he signed the back of the cards, not the fronts. I posted about it on Twitter last night, this is easily one of my favorite found treasures ever.

The downside is that I was 4 cards short of a complete set and as insane as it is, one of the cards I am missing is #42 which is just a large 42 on the front. The card should have been a box topper in each box. In the book, and later movie, the number 42 is the answer to the meaning of life. It took the supercomputer Deep Thought 7.5 million years to determine that answer and this card should never be missing from a box. It is like opening a box of 2017 Upper Deck Clerks and not finding card #37, it just shouldn't happen. LOL

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Always Re-Organizing

I get my second round of cortisone injections in my hips tomorrow so today I figured I would get in some time working organizing my non-sports collection. First up for sorting? A box of 1994 Cardz Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Griffey Procession I

Another of Griffey’s 1989 Upper Deck error cards makes its way in to my collection. This time it is a blank front and triple print error with a twist. The back of the card is the Griffey #1 back and the Don Baylor #601 back, which is the most common double print back. The third misprint is the addition of Alan Trammell #290 front and the twist is a misfire of the Magenta Trammell front adding the pinkish color and this is the first time I’ve seen this much of a color bomb with a 1989 Upper Deck error.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment #1b- Worm Food II

Last year I buried junk wax era cards and it got me wondering what modern chrome style cards would look like after one year underground. I am following the same exact experiment with the hole in the same location (southeast wall) with one card at 3-inches down and one card at 6-inches down. 

For this experiment I am using a 2017 Panini Prizm Eddie Lacy and a 2013 Topps Chrome Richard Sherman. I was not too worried about using the same cards this time because the Chrome and Prizm cards use the same technology even with a couple of years difference. I just wanted to use each company to see how their technology would do underground. 
The Prizm Eddie Lacy is at 3-inches down and the Topps Chrome Richard Sherman is 6-inches down. This is the last view of the guys until my 47th birthday next year, May 30, 2019.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment #1- Worm Food Follow Up

Last year I came up with the idea of doing a segment called “So You Don’t Have To” experiments with the intention of doing various things with my collection to show what would happen. My first experiment was suggested by Fuji, bury junk wax era cards in dirt to see how they would fair.

I buried three 1990 Bowman Mike Boddicker card in my yard on my 45th birthday last year and left them underground for one year. Over the past 365 days the temperatures hit a low of 14 degrees and a high of 104 degrees, we had rain (the backyard did get flooded at times), snow, hail and plenty of sunshine. There were three major brush fires during that time and smoke and ash was around, not that I would think that would do anything additional to the cards.
Today is my 46th birthday, so like Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s vault, I went digging to see what treasure would be awaiting me. 

The cards were placed at 3 inches deep and 6 inches deep, so I slowly removed the dirt, stopping to take a picture when I saw the first bit of cardboard gold, a small piece of blue as I closed in on the 3-inch part of the hole (Inside the red square in the image below).
What I found (or lack of what I found) was a complete surprise. In the end I found less than 10 small pieces of the card with the largest being about 1.5 inches long. This was in the 3-inch deep portion of the hole, I found nothing of the other two cards that were buried 6-inches down.

Turn in tomorrow for a continuation of this experiment.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Some Unique AI Pickups

A couple of unusual additions to my Allen Iverson collection. A 2000 Stadion Cards from the Czech Republic and a pair of 2003 Upper Deck Lego cards. 

The Stadion cards were part of a multi-national/multi-sport set out of the Czech Republic and was made up mostly of soccer (football) and hockey stars but they got in a couple of NBA players like Shaq, Kobe and Iverson. There are also cards from tennis, racing and cycling, an interesting idea for a set.

The Lego cards came from Upper Deck and I do not know exactly how they were distributed, I would expect as part of a promotion with Lego. The set is made up of 24 base cards as well as a 24 card Gold parallel, which have different images than the base set. 


Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day, A Day To Honor True Heroes

Today we honor all of the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country. Since 1775 over 1.34 million U.S. soldiers have died during war and another 1.5 million were wounded. They have given all to ensure that the rest of us have our freedom, for this we thank you and your families.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sorry R2

I really hope this doesn’t become a regular type of post, but this is one of those instant regret purchases. 

I got caught up in a sentimental Star Wars moment and ended up bidding on this 2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary Buyback card, winning with a bid of $3.25. Not a break the bank type of purchase but as soon as I bid I had that little voice in the back of my mind question it but I have never retracted a bid, and if I did it would only be if I typed in a wrong amount. I also didn’t cancel the sale because I made the bid so I made the payment, my second guessing shouldn't affect a seller. At least the card does fit in my collection so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

It Will Get There On Time, It Will Get There Safe But It Will Smell Like Soap

I have had mail days where the packages came boxed up like Fort Knox and not long ago I saw someone post about getting a mail day where it was a card wrapped in the order printout from eBay and that was it, probably one of the worst shipping ideas I have ever heard of before.

Today was a mail day where I am pretty sure the sender walked through their kitchen for packaging material ideas. A brown paper bag, a box from a bar of soap, a bit of bubble wrap and a Ziploc bag plus a copious amount of eBay box tape. I can’t complain, outside of the soap smell, because the cards were safely secured, just some unique options.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1950s Parkhurst Wrestling Togo Brothers

This month’s VCoM are two cards from the 1954-55 & 1955-56 Parkhurst Wrestling sets and both cards are two of the three Togo Brothers.

The first card is the 1954-55 Parkie and it shows Ko Togo (L) and Tosh Togo (R) from a promotional shot. This card has a “Lucky Premium” back instead of the regular 1954-55 back. These backs were instant win cards of sorts and offered mail-away offers where you had to send in the card plus the cost (I am guessing for shipping and handling) and you got the item on the card back. My card is for the Cinderella watch but some of the other items were a flash camera with a 50mm lens ($3.75), a high powered giant field glass ($2.00) and a Hopalong Cassidy boy’s wrist watch ($5.95). When the cards were redeemed for the item they were kept by the company so cards with the Lucky Premium back are not as common as the regular cards.

The second card is the 1955-56 Parkie and shows Tosh Togo (L w/ hammer) and Ko Togo (R w/block). This was a time when wrestling was real but the three were more than wrestlers. Previously I had talked about Tosh Togo (The Great Togo, aka Harold Sakata) being a weightlifter but the other two were master martial artists so they often did other events where they showed off their skills, and I am figuring that this cinder block break was at one of those events.

There were three Togo brothers though none of them were actually related. There was Tosh Togo (Toshiyuki/Harold Sakata), Ko Togo (Kokichi Endo) and Mas Togo (Mas Oyama). Ko Togo and Mas Togo do not have their own cards in either set and I haven’t been able to find any cards featuring Mas at all.

I did come across a picture of the three “brothers” together.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Question Day- Are We Missing Out?

Do you feel like you are missing out on collecting if you are a fan of a newer team?

In my lifetime expansion in sports has been a regular occurrence and with expansion comes a whole new group of fans. These are fans that get to be there from the start, but vintage collecting is out the window. There are baseball teams over a century old, hockey teams too, football has teams going back to the 20s and basketball from the 1950s but the teams I collect are newer in comparison.

I think I have compensated by picking up vintage cards of players I like but I still feel like I am limited.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2009 ACEO Lois As Princess Leia

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from an artist that has done so many prominent sets and is considered one of the top artists in the sketch card world, Brian Kong. The card is of Lois from Family Guy as Princess Leia and is a PSC (Personal Sketch Card) from 2009, probably a commission since it is on Brian’s personal sketch card blank.

If you haven’t guessed I am a Family Guy fan, it is one show that my son and I enjoy watching together and we probably have more inside jokes based on Family Guy references then a father and son should have. My favorite episodes were the three based on the original Star Wars Trilogy; Blue Harvest, Something…Something…Something Dark Side and It’s a Trap!. There are official sketches based on those episodes that were packed out in the 2011 Leaf Family Guy release but they are quite expensive so I look for other options and this is my second ACEO Family Guy Star Wars sketch card, the first being Stewie as Darth Vader from Nicole Falk that I picked up in 2015.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Mariners Loose Cano For Half The Season

The tweet from Rosenthal says it all, Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for testing positive to a diuretic, Furosemide, prior to the season.

Cano admitted that he took the diuretic because it was prescribed by a licensed doctor while he was at his home in the Dominican Republic during the off season. The problem is that Furosemide is used as a masking agent for steroids and the MLB drug policy requires the MLB to prove that is was being used with the intended use of steroids, so this doesn’t look good. Cano has agreed to the punishment and will not appeal the suspension, which will cost him $11.85 million in lost salary as well as being ineligible for the All-Star game and any post season playoff games.

Damn it! damn it! damn it!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Question Day- Could You Change Your Main PC Player?

Today is question day:

Have you ever considered selling off your main PC and focus on a minor PC?

I am sure that most of us have had this question crossed our mind but has anyone seriously considered it or do you know of anyone who has done it? I would imagine it would be a very difficult undertaking no matter the reason and you must consider selling it piece by piece or as one complete collection.

It has crossed my mind but I would never sell off my Griffey PC unless it was absolutely necessary due to a catastrophic event though I have thought about the logistics and numbers involved. I figured that if I were to sell my Griffey collection, if I didn’t need the money for other things, I could purchase every Buhner and Bader card ever made and have a couple bucks left over.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

RIP Coach Knox

This morning, long time Seahawk’s coach Chuck Knox passed away at the age of 86 years old after a lengthy battle with dementia. He wasn’t the first Seahawk’s coach, but he spent 9 years in Seattle and was who I remember leading the team when I first became a Seahawks fan.

Coaches don’t get much cardboard love but during the heyday of the Pro Set and Pro Line years coaches made appearances each year, so Knox has a couple of cards between 1989-1992 including a couple of official autograph cards.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hit Em Where It Counts

Can you really have too many cards of Captain American punching out Hitler? I actually have two copies of this 2010 Rittenhouse Marvel 70th Anniversary card so I guess the answer would be "No, you can not have too many."

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from Denver Brubaker, a cartoonist from Michigan, who has a very comical Sunday morning comic strip style that we all loved as kids. His style is a lot of goofy looks, large eyes and smiles as well as gangly limbs so you can see most of that in this sketch.

The card is from the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs release, which was the beginning of a dinosaur revival in 2015-2016, and easily the best of the multiple dinosaur releases. What caught my attention with the card was the fun of it where most artists went a realistic route with their sketch cards Denver stuck to his style and I love it. I cannot even tell you what kind of dinosaur this is but he is enjoying his life no matter. Adding to the happiness is the vivid colored and strong lines, just a great card in my eyes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Major Pickup For My Sue bird Mini-PC

Two weeks ago I served jury duty and with the per diem and mileage I ended up with a check just over $35, so some extra spending cash for the month. The hobby gods were watching out for me and a HUGE card that I felt is missing from my collection showed up for auction starting with a $15 opening bid, a 2002 Fleer Authentix Sue Bird RC (plus a Swin Cash RC).

I put in a bid for $35.09 and held my breath, the auction ended at $31.00 plus $3.49 shipping. This is amazing, just two months ago I had posted about this Sue Bird rookie card in one of my Monday Question Day posts.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May The Fo(rce)urth Be With You VIII

It is Star Wars Day and I am going with a neat piece I received as a throw in from the seller, who also happen to be the artist who did the art work for this Faerie Metal San Diego Comic Con give away.

The artist is Chris Thorne, who has done sketch cards for Breygent, Cryptozoic, Cult Stuff, Upper Deck and Topps, and he was selling some of his SDCC metal cards. I ended up on his eBay store looking for a metal Captain Spaulding (Devil’s Rejects) card that he had up for auction and saw this Darth Maul metal card too, but I decided to stick to my budget and only bid on one card and I chose the Captain Spaulding card. When I received the package, Thorne had included the Darth Maul card too.. 

I wouldn't say everything is coming up Millhouse but this was really cool of him to include both cards.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ichiro's Future In The Mariners' Front Office

There was an odd turn of events when the Mariners announced this morning that Ichiro was being released. He is batting .205 with nine hits in 44 at bats, so he has shown signs of slowing down a bit and I think that people were expecting him to announce his retirement some time this season, but this was kind of unexpected. But the Mariners also announced that Ichiro will be taking on a position in the Mariners’ front office, so he will be remaining with the organization.

Some reporters pointed out that nowhere in the announcement does it say that Ichiro is retiring so this doesn’t mean that he is done playing so we will have to wait and see.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Its Gotta Be The Shoes

A one card post today, but a cool one. I picked up this Gary Payton 2014-15 Panini National Treasure Sneaker Swatches shoe card late last year. I’ve always thought that shoe relics are some of the neater and more unique relics.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday Question Day- Your PC?

Today is question day:

Who is your primary player collection? And if there is a story behind it, why do you collect this person?

My main PC player is Ken Griffey Jr. At the time, I had liked the Seattle Seahawks and seeing a young guy coming up for the Mariners who seemed liked he loved the game and not just for the wins made it easy to enjoy watching him play. I didn’t return to collecting until late 1992 so I didn’t start collecting Griffey until early 1993 but he was my favorite player and has been since.

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Topps Star Wars Archives Signature Series, Does It Interest You?

Topps announced a couple of Star Wars releases this year; including Finest, Galaxy and a buyback product. I am looking forward to the Star Wars Finest release in October, I just love the original Finest set from 1996.

The first product of coming out will be the buyback set, 2018 Topps Star Wars Archives Signature Series. It is a 1 card per box product and is pre-selling for around $60 from dealers. The set is built with buybacks that Topps had the actors sign and they are serial numbered and while no autograph list has been announced, Topps has said the actors signing will include all three trilogies, animated shows and spin-off films.

The price isn’t too bad when you consider some of the similar products Topps has released as online exclusives but the checklist is going to make or break the product.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Will He Still Be Booed?

When the NFL Draft begins in a couple of hours in Dallas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be joined on stage by Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Jason Witten. Some reporters have called the inclusion of former Cowboys “boo insurance” I think it is funny, because he gets booed so often and being in Dallas this year he is pretty much hated by everyone in town that he feels he needs some friendly faces on stage.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Care Packages Part Two

I decided to split off the rest of the Mariners cards because there are so many I want to highlight and even this list is cut down from the original 15 card that I had pulled out to post about.

2001 Stadium Club Rickey Henderson (Rickey in a Mariners uni is always a win)
2009 Topps Heritage Ichiro

2012 Bowman Platinum Ruby Hisashi Iwakuma (I love this card)
2016 Topps Walmart/Marketside Robinson Cano
2017 Topps Holiday Robinson Cano
2017 Topps Chrome Reverse Negative Kyle Seager

This was a fun one that Jon included in his package. A 1992 Topps Mike Jackson with a message from Mike himself telling me to turn over his card. Sure Mike, I’ll oblige.
Flip the card… it’s a 1992 Topps Blank Back woohoo!