Friday, March 16, 2018

Tatum O'Neal Is My Celebrity Crush

My first celebrity crush was Tatum O’Neal. The Bad News Bears came out in 1976, but I didn’t see it until I was around 7 or 8 years old (1979-80) but from that moment on I was sweet on her.

When Panini did the Bad News Bears cards for the 2013 Golden Age release I was hoping to come across one of her autographs but those are the most expensive of the Bad News Bears autographs. I started to look at other options, Panini included her autographs in their 2014 Golden Age and Leaf included her autographs in their 2015 Pop Century release and these run cheaper than the Bad News Bears auto so I picked up her 2015 Pop Century Star Power Metal Blue autograph last year.

I still hope to pick up her Bad News Bears autograph someday but I am very happy for now. It would have been cool if Panini did a variation for those cards where the actors signed as their characters, I think it would be neat to have an Amanda Whurlitzer autograph in my collection. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2005 Breygent Three Stooges

This month’s Art Gallery display is from Chris Henderson and is from the 2005 Breygent Three Stooges release. I really enjoy Breygent’s sets, they had the licensing from a number of popular shows/movies and they always put out an amazing product. Breygent seems to have fallen off of the map so I would expect we will not see any future products from them. 

Ever since I was a kid I loved slapstick comedy and the Three Stooges were masters of their art. What really drove me to adding this card to my collection is that this is a classic scene from the I Can Hardly Wait short and includes the original Stooges. Not that I have anything against Shemp, Joe Besser or Joe DeRita but Curly is the man.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Question Day Followup

I have not done a follow up to any previous Monday Question Day posts, but yesterday’s post got a nice collection (no pun intended) of responses.

We are card collectors but there is so much more out there and plenty of us enjoy the chase and I think through some of these we have a deep connection with our younger selves. If you think about it, most of us grew up with toys that we loved, and that idea carried on to our adult years.

I really enjoyed reading through everyone’s response and as I did I nodded my head in agreement with most of the collections because at some point in my life I had some of these nostalgic items. I may not have collected something like matchbooks but there were times that I had a small collection of them. Not a major focus, but I did acquire them with the intent of keeping them for memories. The same could be said for most of the lists.

I appreciate everyone’s responses, I like to hear what is shared from like minding people.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Question Day- What Else?

Today is question day:

Do you collect other items besides cards?

I used to collect action figures and die cast cars in addition to cards but the space required to store action figures is insanely space consuming. I had three 70-qt storage bins just for my action figures and two medium sized moving boxes filled with die cast cars. I let my son have most of the figures and cars and sold some but I still have a couple of figures/bobble heads. I now collect cards and some autograph photos in addition to a couple of autographed Griffey memorabilia (jersey, bat, ball, etc.)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Where To Go?

Currently the Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting in the #3 spot with 18 games left for them, so they will make the playoffs and should be facing the 76ers in the first round (based off of the current standings). But bigger news is the state of the Cavs, they are no longer cohesive like they once were. Gone is Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love has opened up about his mental health (anxiety) and soon LeBron James may be up for The Decision II.

It is rumored that LeBron has whittled his selection down to four teams, Cavs, Lakers, 76ers and Rockets. There is no question that any team he is on becomes significantly better and they become an automatic contender for the Finals, but which team makes the best sense? Personally, I feel that if he does leave the Cavs I would love to see him play in Philadelphia, the “Trust the process” has seemed to work and adding LeBron would put them over the top.

Remember, you saw it here first, my prediction is he heads to Philly.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Not All Boxes Are Created Equal

As part of my organization process I am trying to move my mini-PCs in to one box together instead of keeping them in larger storage boxes and separated. This way I can them all in a single 1500-ct box and everything is there. So I grabbed a empty box I had sitting in my closet and have been using that and hadn’t noticed I had writing on the side. Apparently I have had this box for 25 years, back in the early 90s I was a set builder this was my 1993-94 Skybox & UD basketball box. Surprisingly after 25 years and 9 moves this box is still in great shape.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1954-55 Parkhurst Wrestling The Great Togo

This month’s VCoM comes from the 1954-55 Parkhurst Wrestling set and is the prequel of the Great Togo card I posted in last December’s VCoM. This set is a little smaller than the follow up 1955-56 Parkhurst Wrestling set, this one is 75 cards.

This card is The Great Togo’s, aka Harold Sakata, aka Tosh Togo, rookie card and as you may have noticed, it is the exact same card as his 1955-56 Parkie card but without the rising sun background. Really the 1954-55 & 1955-56 are nearly identical on the front. The backs were different but the same, if that makes any sense. The 1954-55 backs are vertical with black ink and a small comic while the 1955-56 backs were horizontal, green ink and no comic.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ichiro Is Back (Not Official Yet)

Early reports out of Seattle is that the Mariners and Ichiro are close to completing a one year deal and with the injury of Mariners' outfielder Ben Gamel the deal makes sense. I am excited about this and cant wait to see him prowling around the outfield in the Pacific Northwest where he belongs.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dude Gonna Do Time In Federal Pound Him In The Ass Prison

There is a story in the Sports Card Daily that is a perfect example of a scammer ripping off a naïve collector. The scammer has been grabbed and is awaiting trial, but as I re-read the story something additional caught my attention.

What happened is Thomas Martin Beatty Jr. from Omaha, Nebraska was selling four cards; a 1952 Topps Mantle, a 1957 Topps Mantle, a 1957-58 Topps Bill Russell and a 1965 Topps Joe Namath, on eBay last year and eventually made a deal with a buyer out of Massachusetts last August for $117,500 for all four cards. The buyer paid through wire transfer and Beatty sent the cards through the USPS. This is information that is all fact. Now on to the troubling part.

In the end it turned out that all four cards were reprints and Beatty was knowingly selling them as original and graded cards. The US Attorney’s office got involved and an investigation was done and during the investigation the authorities found that Beatty had more than $2,000 in counterfeit bills in his home. He has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, two counts of money laundering and possession of counterfeit money. I do not know how the US Attorney's office got involved.

I have two questions; first, how as it that the buyer purchased original and graded cards without knowing?  Unless the grading company was a fly by night (looking at you GMA) who couldn’t tell the difference or the flips from a PSA or BGS was fake. If I were spending $117k on four graded cards you can be certain I am going to verify each cert # to make sure it is listed, and it is the same card that PSA or BGS has in their registry.

Second, how long do you think he will get? I looked in to it and this guy is going to do serious time all for selling reprint cards as original cards.

Mail fraud is up to $1 million in fines and/or 30 years in prison
Wire fraud is up to $250k fines and/or 20 years in prison
Possessing counterfeit money is up to $250k fines and/or 20 years in prison
Money laundering is up to $500k fine and/or 20 years in prison

+1 if you got the Office Space reference in the title.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Day Sesame Street Got A New Doctor

In Sesame Street history there has never been anyone cooler than Dr. J hanging out in a trash can with Oscar the Grouch 37 years ago.