Friday, February 23, 2018

The Boz

Brian Bosworth was one my favorite Seahawks but I never seriously collected, there never seemed to be much reason to because I only wanted the cards when he was with the Seahawks and he was in the league only two years before retiring with an injury. After he was drafted by the Seahawks I actually changed my jersey number to 55 in high school where I was a linebacker too. 
He had only four official cards from his playing days with the Seahawks; 1988 Topps (RC), 1989 Topps, 1989 Pro Set and 1989 Score. I have his ‘88 Topps rookie card and the 1989 cards are kind of gray whales where I will pick up eventually, but I did come across a 1989 Topps UK Bosworth that I added to my collection. It is nearly the same as the US version, but the back uses brighter blue and yellow and the card is number 13 on the checklist. At the same time, I found this 2016 Absolute Absolutely Ink autograph #/55 and I grabbed it. This is my first Boz autograph.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Note: Fossils Are Not To Be Eaten

I was going through some of my cards yesterday while dusting and I have a couple of fossil cards, one from the 2008-09 Upper Deck Champs Hockey release and the other from the 2009-10 Upper Deck Champs Hockey release and I noticed that there was an addition of a warning to the 2009-10 fossil card that was not on the previous year’s card.
Look at the area that I highlighted, Upper Deck added a sentence stating this artifact is not intended for human consumption. There must be an interesting story behind this specific addition of something that really should be common sense. This has me wondering if it was a child that got a hold of a card from a prior year’s set or an adult in a “Should I Lick It?” moment?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

37! My Girlfriend Sucked 37...

A couple of autographs from the 2017 Upper Deck Clerks set that I’ve picked up. Both lead female characters Marilyn Ghigliotti, Veronica, and Lisa Spoonauer, Caitlin Bree. Sadly Lisa Spoonauer, who had been fighting cancer, lung disease and other ailments, died of an accidental overdose shortly after the set was released in May 2017.
I decided to add the Grace Smith and Virginia Smith autographs to my Black Friday COMC order. They may have played small roles in the movie, but they are Kevin Smith’s mother (Grace) and sister (Virginia) and since I already have a Kevin Smith IP autograph I figured they would make a nice collection together.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Get Grading While The Grading Is Gotten

As far as respectable grading companies go GMA (Grading & Authenticating) is an absolute dumpster fire but I guess you get what you pay for when you pay only $3 per card. I have made jokes before saying that GMA labels come pre-printed with Gem Mt 10. Imagine my surprise when I found a custom card graded by GMA, to add to the surprise, it isn’t a Gem Mt 10 but a MN-MT+ 8.5.

But, if you want a custom LeBron James 1989 Upper Deck design and you are willing to pay $12.99 then I have the auction for you.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Question Day- Challenges?

Today is question day:

Do you like blog bat arounds or challenges?

What blog bat around would you like to see?

I like the idea with the things like the on-going Gint-A-Cuffs and the recent 30-day Baseball Card Challenge but I have never taken part of any of them except Gavin’s Wallet Card challenge and I have not been very good about that one.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1910 T51 Murad College Series Kentucky Baseball

This month’s VCoM comes from packs of Murad Cigarettes and is cataloged as 1910 T51 Murad College Series. It was a multi-sport set, though some are not really sports, and contains 150 cards with an additional 75 variations for a total set of 225 if you are looking to complete the entire set as released. You’ll find baseball, football and basketball but you will also come across camping and snowshoeing, so the checklist is quite an eclectic grouping and as expected there are colleges and sports that will run a premium.

I picked up a couple of cards from the set and I will start with this baseball card of State University of Kentucky, now known as the University of Kentucky. I guess carrying around a banner saying you suck (SUK) can make the name change a rather easy decision.

In 1910 the State University of Kentucky organized their first athletic teams, so if you think about it this is a SUK RC.

Compared to other baseball cards from the set this one was rather cheap because of the back checklist being marked up. Apparently, the original owner had 16 cards from the 25 cards on the checklist. I don’t mind because as I have said before with vintage cards these types of marks add character. Maybe some day I will do a mini-PC based on the marked off cards, that would be quite the peculiar mini-PC.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Well That's Just Odd

I came across the most unique issue the other day while scanning in cards to add to TCDB, my 2011 ITG Griffey memorabilia card would not scan properly. It is the strangest thing, but when the card scans one of the bottom corners comes out disproportionately no matter where on my scanner bed the card sat.

The card is a standard relic card, so it isn’t thicker or shaped any differently than other relic cards, and I have scanned at least one hundred cards over the last few days and this is the only one that has this result. I added the red stroke so you can see where the card edges should be located.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2009 Topps SpongeBob SquarePants

This month’s Art Gallery display is from Paul Tibbitt and was part of the 2009 Topps SpongeBob SquarePants Premier Edition release. Paul Tibbitt is one of the original animators, writers and storyboard artists of the SpongeBob show but moved up the line and is now an Executive Producer of the show, additionally he was the director of the second SpongeBob movie and is currently the director of the third SpongeBob movie that will be out in 2019. He has announced that after he completed the third movie he will be retiring from the SpongeBob SquarePants series.

I will admit that I enjoy the show and have been watching it with my kids for probably a good 14 years. Even now I will watch the show if the kids have it on and recently watched the second movie.

The sketch cards were 1:151 packs and are extremely rare, near impossible really, since the release I have seen maybe 6-8 sketch cards when I picked this one up in 2016. The cards are basic but when you see one, it doesn’t matter the subject, and you want one you, just pick it up.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Question Day- Autographing A Card?

Today is question day:

Is adding a sticker autograph to a PC card that will remain in your collection acceptable?

What about getting a PC card signed IP or TTM? Is this the same as adding a sticker auto?

I am sure this question will get some very spirited answers because people look at altering cards in different ways. There is trimming a card to get a better grade and then there is getting a card autographed for your collection, what is considered crossing the line?

I think the sticking point here, excuse the sticker pun, will be the difference between an IP/TTM autograph and a sticker autograph. Most people can tell the difference between a card that is hard signed and packed out versus getting your favorite athlete to sign at batting practice. But, with the sticker autograph it become muddy, the sticker is official but the card that it is re-attached to isn't supposed to have a sticker autograph. I feel with the sticker autographs it is easier to deceive buyers when it is being sold, we have all seen cases where an unscrupulous seller claims the card is unreleased or missing the serial number trying to lead someone to believe it is more rare.