Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 18 Of 2018

The countdown has begun, 2019 will be here shortly so it is time for me to look back on 2018 and select my Top 18 cards of the year. In previous years I focused on my top Griffey pickups of the year, but this year I am taking everything in to account.

This was a difficult list to create because I had to look at everything that I added to my collection this year compared to just the Griffey cards. I decided that the determining factor would be the cards that gave me the most satisfaction or joy that I felt when holding the card.

The list is in release year numerical order
1910 T51 Murad Colgate Raiders
1966 Topps Green Hornet Kato sticker

1978 Topps Big G Star Wars 18-card set 
-I picked up this set along with the wallet, which were normally damaged or destroyed due to wear.

1980 Greek Star Wars cards (17 total)  
-The set has a 200-card checklist, but if I do decide to chase the set this will be very slow going.

1989 BYN Puerto Rico Winter League Update Edgar Martinez #56
-Edgar has 3 cards in the set, but this League Leader is my favorite because of the illustration.

1996 Topps Draft Redemption Allen Iverson #DP1

1997-98 Upper Deck Diamond Vision Gary Payton #25

1999 UD Choice Mini Bobbing Head Ken Griffey Jr #27
-I am having a hard time not popping out the parts and putting this together. Maybe I’ll add another one so I can have one complete and one as a mini bobbing head.

2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes WWI Soldier’s Leggings #AH-WWI5
-This was a huge pickup for me this year because the card is so rare, this card also finishes my WWI relics from the set.

2011 Topps Finest UFC Jumbo Fight Mate Relics Autograph Ryan Bader #AMR-RB
-Another big one because until I saw the card, I never knew about it. That’s right, I am a Bader super collector and I didn’t know this card existed. It isn’t listed on any checklists and this includes Topps’ own checklist. Now if Topps could just get around to releasing Bader’s 2012 Fight Sponsor Patch Auto, I would be in heaven.

2013 Topps Finest UFC Grill Gear Gray Maynard #GG-GM

2013-14 Panini Gold Standard- Metal Gary Payton #38
-They may not scan the best, but I love metal cards.

2016-17 Panini Absolute Glass Steve Nash #22
-Glass cards scan even worse than metal cards, but damn they are cool.

2017 Topps Fire Ken Griffey Jr #83

2017 Topps Gold Label Ken Griffey Jr Class 1 #79

2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Groot’s Roots wood card #GR-7

2017 Upper Deck Premier Classic Art Shadowbox Spider-Man “Starry Nights” #CA-9

2018 Hits Memorabilia Fully Loaded Ken Griffey Jr #B-11

Friday, December 28, 2018

What If? Nolan Ryans Bloody Jersey

This What It? card has been sitting in a folder for a long time, I figure it is time for the card to see the light of day.

It was September 8, 1990. The Rangers and Royals were playing an unimportant late season game when in the 2nd inning, Bo Jackson knocked a one-hopper towards Nolan Ryan who tried to field it but the ball went off of his glove and caught him in the face. The Rangers won 2-1 and Nolan Ryan ended with 6 stitches in his lip.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

What Santa Brought Me

I don’t normally receive much for Christmas, I will get some candy and a $50 check from my parents. For me, it is all about my children, but that doesn’t mean I don’t spoil myself occasionally. This year, with the help of a Mastercard discount and eBay coupon codes, I picked up a 2013 Finest UFC Grill Gear Gray Maynard fight used mouth guard. 

This is the thickest standard sized card I have ever seen, I would guess well over 600 pt. thickness because it fits the entire mouth guard. It is solid Lucite too, probably weighing about 6 oz.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas To All

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Here Comes Santa Claus

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

Except it is Christmas Eve in Brooklyn (Wizard Magazine promo) and Santa looks like he is going to stuff your goodies down your throat while his elf calls you a hump (WTF is a hump?).

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Countdown 'til Christmas With A Blue Flame Yule Log

I saw this pop up on eBay the other day and I had to get it. A 2017 Topps UFC Fire Ryan Bader Blue Flame Foil #12/25

My first Ryan Bader Christmas card

Friday, December 21, 2018

Countdown 'til Christmas Krampus Style II

Today I am finishing up the cards I received as part of the 2018 Attic Cards Inked Nightmares Krampus Kickstarter bundle. The metal are really cool but my scanner does not scan these types of cards well, none the less, they look great in hand. The first card is dark but Krampus appears like a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal, kind of bird like with a menacing beak.

The sketch card I received is from Jason Montoya, an illustrator who has worked on some major sets from UD and Cryptozoic. I love this card, easily one of my favorites from the sketch cards that I have seen. 

If you were wondering, here are the promo cards. Two are a puzzle set and the third is art from a Montoya sketch card.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Countdown 'til Christmas Krampus Style

I took part in a Kickstarter campaign for the release of the 2018 Attic Cards Inked Nightmares Krampus set and just got the cards, perfect timing. 

If you aren’t up on your European folklore, Krampus is punisher of bad children. He travels around punishing bad children by some severe measures like spanking, chaining them up, eating them or tossing them in a sack. In some tales he travels with good ole Saint Nick during the Feast of St. Nicholas. Unlike Santa and his cold milk, Krampus is offered Schnapps so he has that going for him.

The set from Attic Cards is made up of 9 base cards, 3 metal cards and sketch cards. There are also printing plates and progressive proofs for parallels and 3 promo cards. I went with one of the lower end donations, so I got the base set, 3 metal cards and a sketch card but they tossed in the 3 promo cards and 2 progression proofs so that was a nice add in bonus.

The cards have a UV coating and are highly detailed with the full sized image on a red background, it appears like a burlap sack texture but it is smooth, and the backs are a snow globe type appearance with the front image repeated in the center but a closeup.

Base cards:


Progression Proofs: