Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hop To It

April is National Frog Month, I bet you didn’t know that, nor did I until Microsoft Bing reminded me. Thank you, Bing, for your eternal vigilance. While doing a post everyday about frogs might be have been interesting to research, it wouldn’t be too fun to read. Instead I decided to do a single post mid-month and include all types of frog related cards from around the world.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Art Gallery- 2009 Breygent Movie Posters Stan Laurel

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from one of the best sketch artist to have their work immortalized on cardboard, Brian Kong. His work has appeared on base card designs like the 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter’s release, various Topps National Chicle releases and in a couple of In The Game hockey sets and this is in addition to his sketch cards.

This card is Stan Laurel from the 2009 Breygent Movie Posters release. When I was growing up I was interested in old-school slapstick comedy, I went searching for everything about The Little Rascals, Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy and Abbott and Costello. Probably not the standard shows a kid growing up in the late 70s-early 80s would watch but I loved everything about those black and white comedies.

There is not a large collecting base for cards of these comedians, besides The Three Stooges, so I was excited to come across this Laurel sketch card for an amazing price. I am not certain but I would guess that Brian also did a Oliver Hardy sketch to go with this one and if he did I would be happy to add it to my collection too.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Put Phil Coyne On A Card

Topps missed the boat not producing a Topps Now card of Mariners’ pitcher James Paxton with a bald eagle on his shoulder, hopefully they don’t screw up by not giving Pittsburgh Pirate’s usher Phil Coyne his own card.

Coyne is 99 years old and retired after being an usher for the Pirates since 1936, this guy worked for the Pirates organization for 81 years, only missing time when he was deployed during WWII. The team has worked with the Pittsburgh City Council to designate August 29th, 2017 as Phil Coyne name (that was his last day of work) and the team is throwing a party for Coyne when he turns 100 at the end of this month.

Please Topps, make this happen #PhilCoyneToppsNow

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

When 10,000 Isn't Really 10,000

Yesterday’s Chicago White Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game had an announced attendance of 10,069 people yet some believe that may be a bit outside on that number (sarcasm). The Tampa Bay Times estimated the real number was 974 people. The photos below were taken during the game, so unless there were 9,000 people in the bathroom I am more apt to believe the Tampa Bay Times.

I know that teams base their “attendance” on actual ticket sales but also tickets that were given away, no-shows, sponsor packages and friends and families in to that attendance number even if they weren’t actually in the stadium.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Goldust Kissed A Card And He Liked It

The Goldust kiss cards from 2018 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania are selling for quite a bit more than I was expecting. Since the sets release in January there have been 9 completed sales, there is one with a $149 BIN and another up for auction.

Since they first hit eBay in January almost every card has topped $100 except for one that sold at $66.37 on January 31st. I am a bit disappointed, the black used on his lips did not come out as well as the pink/red colors that are used for female kiss cards. With that being said, I would be overjoyed if I pulled one from a pack.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Question Day- Sketch Cards?

Today is question day:

Sketch card collectors, do you collect only official releases or do you include ACEO (Art cards editions and originals)/PSC (Personal sketch card)/Commissioned Cards in your collection?

My sketch card collection has now hit 100 cards, not counting my own sketch cards, and I have a nice variety. Most of my cards come from official releases with Night of the Living Dead leading the way (12 total sketch cards) but I have 11 ACEO/PSC sketch cards and 4 that were done at various conventions. In my eyes, if a sketch looks good and fits in my collection I am happy to add it no matter where it came from because they all go in to the same binder.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Forget The CPR, This Card Is Dead

I have a small Rashard Lewis collection and I am hoping to eventually complete a trilogy and add an autograph and I keep an eye out COMC and found this 2012-13 Panini Brilliance Marks of Brilliance autograph card. 

I am going to go out on a limb and say this card will never be fulfilled. This August it will be 5 years since the card was redeemed by COMC so I am willing to bet that Panini has just given up on ever producing the card. What is baffling being that 99% of the set is sticker autographs so I don’t know what the problem is here considering that Panini has include Lewis’ sticker-graphs in sets that have been released since 2012.

When purchasing a card being redeemed by COMC you are not sent the redemption card, they hold on to it. Only when they receive the redeemed card do they send it to you.  So basically, this redemption is in card limbo. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Hall Of Fame Will Be Bathed In Sun Light

At least we, Suns fans, can say greatness is part of franchise even though this year is another "Trust the process" rebuilding season.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Tale About A Jersey

Controversy hit the Tennessee Titans when someone leaked a photo of the Titans’ new jerseys, which were not supposed to be unveiled until a party tomorrow night in Nashville. It may not seem like a huge issue, but the NFL is investigating, and someone will be fired. ESPN was told that the NFL thinks that the photo came from an apparel employee, so I don’t know it they mean Nike or another manufacture involved in the new design and creation of the uniform.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Question Day- Rainbow Collection?

Today is question day:

Do you consider your rainbow complete without variations, printing plates or low numbered cards (#/5, #/3 or 1/1)?

I think that collecting parallels for a card has become so difficult with everyone fighting over the low serial numbered cards. I am only working on two rainbows and they are the 2013 Topps Chrome Marshawn Lynch and the 2015 Topps Chrome Richard Sherman. I went in to it with the intention that I would not be hunting the Superfractor or the printing plates and when I find the final parallels that I am missing I will be satisfied and call them complete.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Simple Comment To A Person Who Will Not Leave Me Alone

A certain sketch “artist” has for some reason become interested in my post about his questionable talent and has posted 4 comments on that post, which I have deleted all of them and have now set my comments to be moderated because of this.

I don’t understand why he feels the need to continue with his antics and bothering me, even recording himself posting comments on my blog and then adding the videos to his Facebook page. I am not going to lower myself to his level with his comments and calling me “Porky Corky”.

Hepner, I don’t know you nor do I care to know you if this is how you act towards criticism. All you had to do was contact me and we could have easily talked but instead you turn to childish actions.

This is not an April Fool's Joke, he has just become fascinated with my post.  I removed the post hoping he will just move on. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ichiro Is Back

A day late, but I received it today. Welcome back Ichiro, the Mariners’ fans are happy you are back where you belong.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Panini Redemption Excitement

Last October I submitted a redemption for a 2015-16 Gala Cinematic Signatures Crimson Steve Kerr autograph, the card was live at the time, so I figured it would be a quick turnaround but I was wrong. Two weeks ago, I contacted a Panini CSR and was told that the card was being updated and would ship out within a month.

I finally got the email saying my redemption request was updated and that my item was shipping. I just checked, and the card was shipped two days ago, got in to Phoenix yesterday and then left Phoenix this morning, so I should get it tomorrow. I am excited, this is a great looking card and will be a key card in my Kerr PC.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Not A Sustainable Selling Model

Last week I won the auction for this 2010-11 SI for Kids Cariss Moore card, the final price was .30 cents with free shipping, the seller lost .19 cents on this auction. I have never won an auction like this but I have seen people win them before and I just can not wrap my head around why sellers do this time and time again where they loose money on these types of auctions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Question Day- Who Is Your Choice?

Today is question day:

Let’s say you have a $100 card budget to pick up one RC of a unique favorite player, not a PC or minor PC, who would it be?

For me it would be one of two cards; 2002 Fleer Ultra Sue Bird #101 or 2002 Fleer Authentix Sue Bird #101. I would lean more towards the Ultra card because I prefer the design and green background. They each run around $50-75 for raw copies with graded copies running significantly higher.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Deadpool Sent Me Some Post Cards

These cards are part of my COMC Black Friday order, I figured it would be nice to post cards over the year from that order. These two cards are part of the Deadpool Across America insert that was included in the 20017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man release.

There are 10 cards in the set and show Deadpool in famous locations around the country and since I spent half my life in Seattle and half my life in Arizona I wanted the Seattle Space Needle and Grand Canyon cards for my collection.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Heavy Metal Star Wars

A one card post today. I came across this metal card and I really liked the style that the artist, Beth Sotelo, used with Darth Vader so I picked it up. The card was a SDCC exclusive and was created by Faerie Metal, who is well known for their very cool metal cards.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Question Day- Playing Favorites?

Today is question day:

I am going to put you out on a limb and ask which is your favorite card?

When you have a collection that is large, I know some people that have well over 1 million cards, it is like asking which is your favorite kid. I have around 20,000 cards with just under 3,000 being Griffey cards and it is difficult so I can just imagine what it is like for those with huge collections.

After some thoughtful consideration, and without my White Whale no longer in the running, I am selecting my 2000 Ovation Japanese Ken Griffey Jr #S-KG. I bought this card in either 2001 or 2002 and I paid $25 for it and this is one of those cards that just does not show up any more. There is a Game Ball relic and a Game Ball & Show dual relic also. 

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

One Card Post- Steve Kerr Vs. Gary Payton

This Steve Kerr-Gary Payton 2009-10 Upper Deck Dual Materials relic card has been a gray whale of mine for a number of years that I finally picked up. The card has two of my favorite guards to ever play the game and both Kerr and Payton are mini-PCs for me so a double win.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Get Better Soon Silent Bob

Last night Kevin Smith was scheduled to do two shows in LA for his “Kevin Smith Live” special but after the first show he suffered a massive heart attack. Not realizing he had a heart attack he decided to cancel the second show and go to the hospital. He tweeted about it this morning from his hospital bed (below) and seems to be in good spirits. I am stunned but relieved he is doing better.

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.