Monday, June 10, 2019

So You Dont Have To Experiment #7- Sticker Autographs

Just because I am not posting does not mean that I have things rattling around in my head that are post worthy. I had put together a “So You Don’t Have To” video and uploaded it to YouTube and I meant to post it last week but didn’t get around to it.

In this episode of SYDHT, I removed a Herb Dean sticker autograph from a 2010 Upper Deck World of Sports Athletes of the World card and placed it on to a 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 Herb Dean card. The reason I decided to try this is because 2010 UD World of Sports release was a sticker dump and there were no images on the card, so a boring card, while the 2009 Topps card is a nice-looking card of Dean.

I chose Herb Dean because I already had both cards in my MMA collection plus I didn’t think anyone would get upset about me doing this. I will note, this card will remain in my collection and never be sold.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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

Today is my 47th birthday, which means the So You Don’t Have To Experiment #1b is complete.

This year’s experiment donor cards were a 2013 Topps Chrome Richard Sherman and a 2017 Panini Prizm Eddie Lacy. The Prizm/Lacy card was buried 3 inches down and the Topps Chrome/Sherman was buried 6 inches down. In the past 365 days we hit temperatures up to 104 degrees and lows down to 6 degrees. We had close to 3 feet of snow over a one-month period and last July we had something like 20 days of rain, so there were times that my back yard was flooded.

Let’s get to the cards. I expected the cards to fair better than last year’s junk wax, and they did. The front of the cards, besides some scratches, scuffs and a crease here and there, came out still identifiable. The backs are where the damage was most visible.  In additional to staining, the adhesive on the back of both cards started to give away. Both backs did fall off when I cleaned the cards up. 

OK, not exactly a gradable card with most companies, but easily a GAI 9.5 or PRO 10.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Thank You

It is with a heavy heart that I am posting this, but after 10 years I have decided to stop blogging.

Mainly because my health is deteriorating, and I am having difficulties keeping up with posts. For years I had the time and ability to sit down and write a post daily, then after the pain gradually got worse, I would sit down every couple of days and write 4 or 5 posts. In the past 6 months my pain and depression has intensified, and good days are less frequent so writing multiple posts and saving as drafts has become a godsend for me. There are 40 posts in my Draft folder right now.

In addition to my health, I have become disillusioned with collecting. I no longer feel the excitement that I once did, and it has become more of a chore. Get a card, scan the card, write a blog post, add it to the TCDB database, put away in to collection… repeat.

I honestly do not know what this means for me. I do not read the forums or hobby news, I have not been on TCDB for days and my card purchases are few and far between. My one enjoyment is reading other people’s blogs, it is my nightly routine. 

I will still answer emails, I will still respond on people’s blogs and I will still be on Twitter. I may even post from time to time. Who knows, I may feel different in a couple of months.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Vintage Card Of The Month- 1910 T51 Murad Colgate

This month’s Vintage Card of the Month is the Colgate Raiders football team from the 1910 T51 Murad College Series. This is my 4th card from the set, and 3rd football card, and is a wonderful action illustration. I prefer the action shots over the portrait illustrations that are used in the set. 

It surprises me how well the colors and illustrations have held up for over a century, sure there is a crease in the upper right corner and the back has adhesive stickers, but will a 1991 Topps card look as good in 2091?

If I add other T51 Murad cards I am shooting for a baseball action illustration, basketball and hockey cards.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

When An RC Is Not An RC

The 2019 NFL Draft is not for a couple of weeks, but during the NFL Combine (1/26-3/4/2019) Panini took a bunch of photos of the potential rookies to release as Panini Instant Football cards. Seems like a logical financial choice, make some quick cash of players prior to the draft. But then, they went and Paninied it up and added the RC logo. 

Here is the actual NFL description of when a card should include an RC logo: "A NFL player is designated a rookie at the time they declare their eligibility for the official NFL Draft and are pictured in their NFL uniform. Thus any football rookie cards that are produced prior to this point, including cards which depict the player in their NCAA uniforms, are not considered official rookie cards."

Yes Murray has declared for the draft, part I, but he is not in a NFL uniform (or any NFL logos or team names), part II. Thus, this is not considered an official rookie card.

The checklist is only 8 players, and they will all most likely go in the First Round of the NFL Draft, but (as Devil’s advocate) what if one of them didn’t get drafted and ended up going to the AAF or XFL? They now have an official NFL RC even though they never spent a day in the league. 

Hey Panini, when can I expect my NFL rookie card?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Toro Pride- Scott Lydy

Another Mountain View Toro I’ve added to my collection is Scott Lydy. He graduated a year before I moved to Mesa, but I did go to school with D.J., his younger brother. Scott got called up to the A’s in May 1993, but he only spent the season in the majors. He was back in AAA in 1994 and spent the rest of his career in the minors. 
I picked up this 1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection for pocket change. I really liked Pinnacle’s Dufex treatment, these are sharp cards. What is sad is that by the time this card was released in 1994 Scott was already back in AAA.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Suns Autotastic

A trifecta of Phoenix Suns autographs was part of my COMC order. Believe it or not, I do not have a lot of Suns autographs, so I looked to rectify that with a group of my favorite Suns players, all on-card autos too. 

2013-14 Panini Preferred Cedric Ceballos

2014-15 Panini Gala Larry Nance

2014-15 Panini Luxe Xavier McDaniel. The X-Man played for both the Suns and the Sonics during his career, so I am the lucky collector that has his cards with my two favorite teams.  

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday Question Day- Count 'Em Up?

Today is question day:

How do you track your wants?

I have a master Wants List Word document that lists every card that I want to add to my collection, currently sitting at 1,459 cards. I have it broken up by sport and non-sport and then my PC collection is listed individually under the respective sport. Here are my current counts.

Griffey- 1,236 cards on my wants list
Ryan Bader- 81 cards on my wants list not counting #1/1 (188 with #1/1)
Allen Iverson- 45 cards on my wants list
Buhner- 41 cards on my wants list
Gary Payton- 17 cards on my wants list
Steve Largent- 5 cards on my wants list
Edgar Martinez- 4 cards on my wants list

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Art Gallery- 2015 Island Dreams Prohibition Pretties Flapper

This month’s Art Gallery display is from j(ay), also known as 10th-letter,who is one of my favorite sketch card artists out there. He has cards in many major lines including Topps, Upper Deck, Breygent and Cult Stuff, but in the last few years has cut down to doing work mainly for Unstoppable Cards and 5finity. 

The card is from the 2015 Island Dreams Prohibition Pretties release, a set based on the 1920s with lots of gangsters and flappers. This card depicts a flapper from the era in j(ay)’s typical style. The filigree is a bit smeared in the background which I am guessing is the reason the card was cheaper than most of his sketch cards.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Would You Buy This Card?

As a vintage collector there is so much damage that I am willing to overlook, creases and paper tears add a story to the card. Then there are cards like this 1895 May Cut Plug N300 card. The 1895 May Cut Plug cards are some of the earliest baseball cards and are highly collectible with even the lowest grades selling for a couple hundred.

This seller has posted a number of these cards over the past year, and the cards are in probably the worst condition that a card can be and still be considered a card. They look like they have had either water or fire damage and the seller has submitted the cards but they each have been returned due to the fragility of the card.

Would you buy this card for $65?

EDIT: I made a mistake and said that they were football cards, the 1895 May Cut Plug cards were college baseball not football. The 1894 May Cut Plug are football cards.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Question Day- I HATE That Year?

Today is question day:

Most collectors have a year they hate collecting for their PC, what year bothers you?

Mine is 2011 for Ryan Bader. There are 128 individual cards over 3 sets, of which 61 are #1/1 cards/printing plates. For comparison, Bader only has 334 total cards so the 128 from 2011 are over 1/3 of all his cards.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Sellers Schilling Sales Sucks

I have been looking to pick up a 2008 UD Piece of History Superman Cape for quite a few years. It is a piece of the cape that Christopher Reeve wore during the filming of Superman III. Usually the cards go for $25-30 range and every time I have bid, I always end up losing by $1 or 2 in the last seconds

This auction showed up 2 weeks ago with a reserve. I bid, but my $26 bid didn’t top the reserve, so the card was reposted. The second auction ended at $25 and change, again, didn’t hit the reserve so it was put up a third time. Suddenly today, someone with 0 feedback bids enough to top the reserve. Of course, the bidder with 0 feedback has 100% bidding with this seller so there is no question about shilling. I called him out, he responded claiming innocence and saying I shouldn’t accuse him without proof.

What are the chances this card shows up for auction in 2 weeks by either this same seller (oh… the buyer fell through) or from the 0 feedback buyer?

The guy is a new seller, but he jumped right in to shitty selling tactics.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mariners' Prospecting

This past offseason the Mariners made some major changes and with a rather light minor league system it can be difficult prospecting but over 2018 I slowly added a couple of cards of young players to my COMC order. I have made a number of poor prospecting choices over the past 25 years, so I keep my pickups inexpensive.

Here are a couple prospects that I added to my collection:
Braden Bishop- 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Asia Black Refractor

Evan White- 2017 Bowman’s Best “Best of 2017” Autograph Refractor

Kyle Lewis- 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Sky Blue refractor

Dan Vogelbach- 2017 Topps Gold Label Framed Autograph

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

King Of The Monsters

During the 90s hologram cards were the inserts to get when busting a non-sports box. I remember sitting with my best friend one day after work, we had both purchased boxes of 1994 Marvel Universe and I pulled a Wolverine and War Machine hologram card, they may have been the first holograms I ever pulled and they are still in my collection.

So, when I can find a cool hologram of a subject that I like, it makes me happy. I was searching some King Kong cards and by pure luck came across a listing for a 1995 Toho Godzilla hologram for a couple of bucks. I wish they were more common because I would love to add more to my collection.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday Question Day- Boob Tube Cards?

We got over a foot of snow this past Thursday and Friday so there was plenty of time to catch up on the shows on my DVR, which leads to today's question.

Is there a television show that you watch and would like to see a trading card set built on?

The shows that come to mind are both animated shows, Futurama and Bob’s Burgers. There is a Bob’s Burgers Target exclusive 6-card set that was included in a DVD release and I did pick up that set, but I would like to see a full set with sketch cards and autographs.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Toro Pride- Dan Divjak

I added a new former Mountain View Toro to my collection, and this one is a friend. I not only went to school with Dan, but we played football together and he was the team's starting QB during our senior year. After we graduated he headed down to Tucson to not play football, but hockey for the University of Arizona. Hockey was always his first love, so this wasn’t surprise. 

I didn’t even know he had cards until I came across them on TCDB so it is neat to add his cards to my collection. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Would You Buy This Card?

Last week this 2007 SP Sign of the Times Griffey/Dunn dual autograph sold for $36, which is a deal with a Griffey autograph. But if you look, both Griffey’s and Dunn’s autographs are faded.

Would you buy this card knowing that in a few years that the signatures will be illegible?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Art Gallery- 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs Neanderthal

This month’s Art Gallery display is from Sharon Gauthier, a freelance artist from Quebec. She is a talented artist who can work in multiple styles. She is a cartoonist so she has a very cutsie style but she also has a pseudo-realistic style, like this card. Not photo realism but accurate.

This sketch card is from the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaur release, and this is my second sketch card from the set. This one depicting a Neanderthal following a successful hunt carrying an animal leg. I have no attachments to the card, I just liked the subject and colors.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Griffey Printer Scrap

I picked up a Griffey card that was being sold as an error, but it really isn’t an error. The card is a test card that was a printer’s scrap. The card began life as a 1995 Stadium Club Super Skills #SS11 but ended up being used by Topps to practice die-cuts that would later be used in both 1996 Laser Baseball and 1996 Laser Football.

While I am not certain who the football player is, I believe it to be Troy Aikman because it looks like a star on the helmet. I also think the image on the back of the Griffey card is the "front" of the Aikman card.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Vintage Card Of The Month- 1916 John Players & Sons Wonders Of The World Potala Palace

This month’s Vintage Card of the Month is the Potala Palace, located in Tibet, and this is from the 1916 John Player & Sons Wonders of the World. The set includes wonderful destinations from around the world like the Acropolis and the Grand Canyon. 

A set like this would be an amazing journey for a child in 1916. Imagine knowing nothing about Victoria Falls in Africa and then seeing these colorful illustrations and a short write up on the back. This card is the Potala Palace, which was the home and sanctuary of the Dalai Lama until the Chinese invaded.

The card is your typical tobacco sized card and is in nice condition, only a small crease in one corner. The card was reprinted 10 years later by the Wills Tobacco company. I have that card too.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Clemens, Did I Make The Team?

In 2013 I got the idea to put together a set based on the Simpsons episode Homer at the Bat. The episode aired in February 1992, so I decided to use the 1992 Topps set. A nice clean design that was easy to work with. I finally finished the illustrations last year, but I do have further plans.
Why did it take me so long? Besides my procrastination, I drew every illustration by hand. I went through the episode on my computer and stopped the video at the exact point I wanted the shot to be so I could get a screen grab. I then used the player’s 1992 card as a template, so the base was already set. Then using the screen grab as the starting point, I drew the entire scene using Photoshop and my trusty Wacom tablet. Over 5 years I put in over 100 hours, some days I would work on a card for 6-8 hours alone. This was why I was so upset when I accidently deleted the files. 
I’ll use the Scioscia card to show you from start to finish. I did take some artistic liberties, but I tried to remain as true to the original.