Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2005 Inkworks Family Guy Season Two Chris Griffin Imagine





This month’s Art Gallery Display comes from the artist John Czop, or just Czop as he is known to many fans. For about 6-8 years Czop was probably the most famous of sketch card artists. You go back to the sets that when sketch cards first making an appearance in Topps, Fleer and Rittenhouse sets and his cards have always been the top sellers. He has not appeared in any recent sets, I think he has mainly turned towards working on comic books.

The card is from the 2005 Inkworks Family Guy Season Two release and is one of the earlier sketch cards sets. The card depicts Chris using John Lennon’s style and I love it. It is one of my more simplistic card but this one was done intentionally so there is added appeal.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Why Oh Why? Butl 1 /50


I picked up my first laundry tag off a seller on eBay the other day for a reasonable $8.99 plus shipping and received it yesterday. The card is a 2009 Panini National Treasures Rookie Colossal Prime Materials Laundry Tags Deon Butler card. I am super stoked. 

When I get a card, I inspect it for damage and sadly found some on this card and while I am bummed and considered returning it but, in the end, I decided to keep the card because the damage is only visible at an angle. 

A bungling dealer decided to write out a tag on top of the card leaving an impression on the card face. I have seen this happen quite a few times and it still surprises me that there are sellers out there that don’t think. Remember, top loaders and one-touch mags save card lives.
I highlighted the letters and number that was written across the card face. Yes Butler's name and the serial number are written upside down from each other which means the seller rotated the card to do more damage.

I won’t get in to the fact that Panini states “Game-Used” on the front, but on the back, it says the jersey was from the Rookie Premier and that it was “Event-Used”. I posted about it on Twitter and tagged Panini. I know with this card being 9-years old I am sure this discussion has been brought up before, but I am late to the game.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Question Day- Outside Of Sports?


Today is question day:

Have you ever wanted, or purchased, a card of a player because of something they did outside of their specific sport?

With me it is Bob Uecker, I got a kick out of him on Mr. Belvedere and then his character on Major League is one of the best in the movie. I have always wanted his 1962 Topps RC. When I first got back in to the hobby I wanted to pick one up but never did. I find it hard to pay the price his RCs go for because I keep quoting him from Major League so I will probably just pick up his 1963 Topps, which to me is more appealing plus I can find a decent copy of his ‘63 for under $10 shipped.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lets Face It




If there is a unique memorabilia card, I want it. The stranger it is, the more I have to have it and it doesn’t matter what sport. Most sports I will try to find one of a player or team that I like but in cases like NASCAR I will take anyone if the relic is cool.

Last year I picked up two face mask cards, both from 2003. The Koren Robinson is from the 2003 Donruss Elite Masks of Steel insert and the Marcus Trufant is from the 2003 Leaf Rookies & Stars Masks release. 

These pieces are from the Rookie Premier, so they aren’t game used, but I don’t have a problem with that. There are several Leaf face mask sets between 2001-2007 and most are rookies with the pieces coming from the premier and those that are game used, like John Elway, are significantly higher in price.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1960 Fleer Sam Salerno


This month’s VCoM is from the 1960 Fleer Football release, but there is more too it besides being vintage. Let me introduce you to one of the most error filled cards that I have ever seen, this 1960 Fleer Sam Salerno. The comedy of errors:

Miscut- Top to bottom
Miscut- Left to right
Miscut- Diamond cut
Yellow color bomb on the front
Missing the black printing plate on the front
Wrong back

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Question Day- The Next Musical Release?


If Panini does another music related set, who would you want to see?

For me it would be a very easy decision, I would love to see a Red Hot Chili Peppers set. There have been four bands in my life that I influenced me in one way or another; Nirvana, Sublime, Linkin Park and RHCP and I would love to see them all immortalized on cardboard but I think that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would have the most appeal with non-sports collectors.


Friday, October 5, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2013 Cryptozoic Archer Seasons 1-4 Sterling Belcher







This month’s Art Gallery Display comes from the artist Jason Durden, thank you for the correction Greg. 

The card is from the 2013 Cryptozoic Archer Seasons 1-4 release and depicts Sterling Archer with a twist. In season 4 of Archer, Sterling has amnesia and ends up working in Bob’s Burgers restaurant with the joke being that both Archer and Bob are voiced by H. Jon Benjamin. This card shows Archer with his mustache appearing like Bob Belcher. If you haven’t seen Archer or Bob’s Burgers, you are missing two great shows.














I was able to pick up this beauty not long ago to add to the collection. The man himself, H. Jon Benjamin. The autograph is from this year's Allen & Ginter release.













Tuesday, October 2, 2018

So You Don't Have To Experiment #6- Flooded Cards


This month, so you don’t have to, I placed graded cards under water to see how they would fair. I placed 8 graded cards in a pail and held the cards down with rocks and left them there for a week. I cracked the cases for each card and recorded it all.

There were 2 Beckett (BGS), 5 PSA and an SGC. In the end 6 of the 8 cases protected the cards from the water while the other two, a PSA and the SGC, failed. After I finished the video I cracked the final two PSA cases and neither had water damage.






Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Question Day- Sports Movies On Cards?


What sports movie would you like to see a trading company highlight in a set? 

We have seen Bull Durham done by STAR, Bad News Bears by Panini, Space Jam by Upper Deck and both Major League and The Sandlot by Topps over the years among others but what movie really deserves the cardboard treatment?

There are so many options and there are plenty that can carry an insert set but to keep my list limited I am going with The Longest Yard (1974), Caddyshack, Talladega Nights and Whip It!