Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Gotta Be The Glasses

I posted a single card this week and that was part of Monday’s question so today I will make my complete focus on my Ken Griffey Jr. Gargoyles card.

In 1995 Griffey signed a one-year contract with Gargoyles sunglasses, he was included in magazine and in-store advertisements and if you purchased a pair of his signature sunglasses there was a card included in the box. There were base cards that are #/5000 and there were also autographed versions but those cards are not numbered.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The More You Know

I was walking my dog and came across this, a neighbor put an outgoing package next to the mail boxes and flipped the flag up on their mail box. It is bad enough that we have the old-school mail boxes in our neighborhood and they are easy for someone to pull up and grab mail out of without being noticed, this person is just making it easier for a thief to grab it. Whenever I sell cards I bring them to the Post Office even if it is a .99 cent card because I don’t want to take a chance sending it out in my mailbox.

So the next time a card I bought doesn’t show up and the seller says it must have been stolen, this is what I will picture.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tommorow Marshawn Lynch Will Be A Raider

It is official, the Seahawks have agreed to trade Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders for a trade of late round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Lynch, who is expected to take a physical in Oakland today, will sign a one-year contact for $3 million but will also include bonuses based on his stats and can end up hitting a max of $8.5 million.

With the Raiders in the AFC I am good with this trade because Lynch gets to play for his hometown team and one last “Hoorah” and the Seahawks show their complete respect for him by working with what Lynch wanted.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

From The Captain To The Owner

If the rumors are true than a group that includes Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor/ Presidential candidate Jeb Bush have won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins. The information comes from someone with specific knowledge of the deal who spoke to Scott Soshnick who writes for Bloomberg. The Miami Herald has gotten in on the rumors too saying that an unnamed source says the price came out to $1.3 billion and the sale is waiting upon approval from the MLB.

If the $1.3 billion is the actual price than this makes the Marlins sale the second highest selling point for any American sports team after the 2012 sale of the LA Dodgers, which sold for $2 billion. This doesn’t mean the Marlins are the second most valuable team, just that the Jeter group was willing to pay the insane price Loria thinks the team is worth. The most recent Forbes list of sports franchise value that I have found is from 2015 and the Miami Marlins are not even listed in the Top 50 list of American most valuable sports teams.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Question Day

Today is question day:

Is there a type of card you will not pick up for your collection?

I have a couple of things that I do not like to include in my collection for assorted reasons. I do not like modern day mini cards or over-sized cards, too much of a pain to display or organize because of size compared to other cards in the set. I do not like medallions, commemorative coins/tokens, stamps or most manufactured relics either. These are just an attempt to add value to a release, which they don’t really, and they are usually significantly larger than a standard card so they don’t fit in binders. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Moose On The Loose

I have been dealing with writers block lately, I am just unable to be creative right now and it is frustrating. Most of the drafts that I had saved I have now posted because this block has been on-going for awhile now. I will just go with a simple one-card post today about a card I just picked up for the price of a stamp, 2017 Topps Opening Day Mariners Moose #M-14. This is my 31st Mariners Moose card, counting the 5x7 Topps online specials and sketch cards there are 34 total Mariners Moose cards.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Congratulations To One Of The Best Pure Hitters Ever

Last night in Seattle former Seattle Mariner and future Hall of Famer Ichiro came to bat in the 9th inning and knocked a home run in what is most likely his final at-bat at SafeCo Field. It was his first homer of the season and 3,033 US career hit (4,311 counting his NPB career) and to top it all off it was Ichiro Bobble head Night. The giveaway was a double Ichiro bobble head with one statue representing his 2004 record 262 hits in one season as a Seattle Mariner and one statue representing his 3,000 career hit last year as a Miami Marlin.

I plan on picking up the Topps Now card eventually but I am not a bobble head collector so I have no intent on getting one even if the prices were reasonable, even though it is a very cool piece. I just don't have the room to display them and they are huge dust collectors.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rocks And Bones... Cool

I think that Topps has done an amazing job with the various Mars Attacks releases. After 2015 Mars Attacks Occupation came out I was on the hunt for the Woodcut Art cards because of how distinct they are compared to other inserts from the set.

What makes these Woodcut Art cards different is how they are printed and the ink that is used to print them. Instead of a modern day printing press they use a Heidelberg Windmill Platen press which literally presses the paper against the printing plates so only a couple of cards can be printed at a time instead of an entire sheet. Second the Mars Attacks cards are printed using ink that is made up of fragments from the Martian Shergotty meteorite that struck Earth in 1865, Topps misspelled the name on the back of the card. The Dinosaur Attack cards are printed using ink that is made up of fragments from a T-Rex fossil.

The insert set uses image from the base set and was made up 8 cards in the Mars Attacks woodcut cards, which are all red, and 4 Dinosaur Attack woodcut cards, which are all green. When I purchased the cards in 2015 they were about $10 each.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards IV

One of my final Ken Griffey Jr. cards of 2016 was from a unique three card set that was connected to MTV’s 3rd Annual Rock N’ Jock” Softball Challenge in 1992. The set was just three cards and I am not even certain how they were handed out, I would think they were given out at the event. The other two cards in the set are MC Hammer and Frank Thomas.

For those who may not remember, the MTV Rock N’ Jock challenges were an annual sporting events put on by MTV beginning in 1990 and teams with names like Bricklayers, Violators, Homeboys and Awayboys were made up of athletes, actors, comedians and musicians. Over the next 11 years MTV rotated the sports with basketball and softball both being played each year but they did toss in football twice, baseball twice and bowling once.

The card is on my Top 10 Want List and even though I picked it up in 2016 I am listing it as a 2017 pickup. I don't think I will be picking up many cards from my list this year so this may be my only chance to add to the 2017 added list. The card's spot on the Want List will be replaced a Jay Buhner card: 1997 Columbus Clippers 20th Anniversary Team Issue #5

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Art Gallery: 2010 Breygent Comic Con Heckle & Jeckle

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from the 2010 Breygent Comic Con packs. The artist is Maz Adams, an illustrator out of New Jersey. As far as being a sketch artist his work has only been included in Breygent’s releases but he is a talented artist. I recently viewed some of his artwork and he has some amazing silhouette pieces that really stand out.

I had been watching this card for a month, maybe even a bit longer, and I was going back and forth on it before finally hitting the “Buy It Now” button. I loved Heckle & Jeckle as a kid, two mischievous magpies so I finally gave in for sentimental value alone.

I grew up watching Heckle & Jeckle and some of my fondest memories were watching them while my mom shopped. Anyone remember being left in a Kiderama Cartoon Booth while your parents shopped? I think the biggest prize was sticking your head in to an empty booth and see a cartoon still running.