Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bader Wins The Bellator Light-Heavyweight Championiship

Last Saturday night Ryan Bader had his first fight in Bellator MMA against Light-Heavyweight Champion Phil Davis for the belt, something that Bader never had the opportunity to do in the UFC. The fight went the full 5 rounds and went to the judges and in a split decision Ryan Bader became the new Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion. It was a nail bitter until the end, it could have gone either way and I really thought Davis did enough to appear more active, though all of his takedown attempts were stuffed by Bader, and win over the judges but when the announcer said "And new champion..." I jumped out of my seat.
I have not picked up many Bader cards lately but I did grab this 2017 Topps Knockout Auto-Relic about a week ago. This is my 129th Ryan Bader card (Not counting three Topps Vault cards) which puts my collection at 38.8% of all Bader cards.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Question Day- Throwback Unis?

Today is question day:

Would you be interested in a set built completely on alternative or throwback uniforms?

Baseball obviously would be the best option because they do throwback games often each season so there would be many opportunities for photographing the players. Football and basketball do a number of throwback or alternative uniform games (NFL color rush and NBA Cinco de Mayo come to mind) but not as often as baseball.

Currently there are the occasional throwback or alternative jersey that shows up on cards, usually as a SP, but I would love to see a base set built only on throwbacks and/or alternative uniforms. Maybe toss in a couple of autographs (sticker autos would probably be necessary) and have an insert based on decades for example uniforms of the Dodgers in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, etc. and that would be it.

This 2015 Topps Update Bryant Throwback variant, I do not own this card, is a perfect example of what I am talking about. I would love a set built around throwbacks and alternative uniforms like this.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Simpsons Mr. Burns Update

I have completed the Mr. Burns card and will eventually get to the backs, I am just going to make up stats for Homer and just create a bio for Mr. Burns. I am not going to work on the backs just yet but instead I have turned my attention to a couple of custom cards that have been rattling around my brain for awhile.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So You Don't Have To Experiment #2- Get That Paper Outta Here

This month I decided to skin some chrome cards to see what is hidden beneath that shiny surface. I did skin a Bowman Chrome and a Topps Chrome about a month ago in response to a thread on Blowout Forums where someone posted images of a prototype card that they had that was based on the 2014 Bowman Chrome Daniel McGrath card only acetate and instead of listing his specific position (Pitcher) it just said “Position”.

A couple of people were claiming it was a manipulated Bowman Chrome card so I decided to try to see if I came up with the same thing as far as being clear. As you can see with this experiment that is not the case, the card backs are mirrored and not clear so obviously the card the OP posted about was not a manipulated Bowman Chrome card. The OP did contact Topps, got an “I don’t know answer” and they did submit it to BGS for grading. As of May16th there has not been an update as to the cards origins. I am guessing it was an early prototype.
I did the same procedure as before with placing two cards face back down in to water. The donor cards this time are a 2013 Bowman Chrome Brandon Maurer and a 2013 Panini Prizm Percy Harvin. I left the cards in the water for 16 hours, dried them off and removed the backs as best I could.
Since the paper attached to the adhesive is a bit difficult I placed the cards back in to the water, again backs down. After 4 hours I removed the cards, dried them off and then removed the paper I could get off. I did place the cards back in to the water overnight to separate the remaining paper, removed them from the water, dried them off and completed the experiment.
After soaking in the water for 16 hours first, then 4 hours and finally 12 hours I could completely remove all of the paper from the Bowman Chrome but the adhesive on the Panini Prizm card did not dissolve enough and I could not remove any additional paper from the back. Either Panini uses a different adhesive or the way they apply it makes it stick better to the card. I did accidently bend the Bowman Chrome while drying it off, that is why it appears to have a black smudge across the top half of the card in the final photo. That is my monitor reflecting off of the card when I took the picture, that black mark is not on the card.

If you have any more ideas of things I can do so you don't have to I would love to hear them. Check out my initial post that includes the list of things I will be doing and feel free to leave a comment if you have something else you would like added.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Simpsons Griffey Update

Just a quick update, I re-arrange the kids on the Griffey card and I feel better about the proportions of the card now. Next it is back to the Mr. Burns card and then finally working on the back of the Homer and Mr. Burns cards before putting the set together.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday Question Day (On Tuesday Again)- Prospect Much?

 Today is question day:

Are you a prospector in the sports you collect?

I have a horrible track record prospecting so I do not chase those cards. Baseball is probably the biggest prospecting sport because it can be months or years before the player makes it to the big leagues so you have to be ready to make decisions and sit on those cards.

My first attempt at prospecting was in 1993 when everyone in the LCS was picking up cards of a kid named Derek Jeter I was instead interested in Tim Salmon cards because he went to college locally at Grand Canyon University. Salmon did go on to be AL ROY in 1993 and he was part of the 2002 Angels team that won the World Series but apparently, that Jeter kid went on to something special… yes, my choice of Salmon over Jeter still burns me 24 years later.

Now I just pick up what I like but only for Seattle teams and don’t worry about future value.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Bummer Of A Sketch Card

This sketch card showed up in my suggestions feed recently and I feel bad for whoever pulled the card. Something ran down the card, it appears like a uniform scuff so I am going to guess that it was some sort of machinery that slid down the card during or after pack out.

The card began with a .99 cent starting bid and currently has one bid at that price. I mean the gun looks pretty good but it is a simple pencil sketch and it is altered/damaged so I am surprised that there is a bid on it. This is the kind of sketch card I would toss in to a bundle/lot of cards that I would sell but it is going to sell so I guess someone wants it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Homer At The Bat And Some Cards That Took Me Too Long To Finish

On May 27th, Homer Jay Simpson was inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on the 25th Anniversary of one of the best Simpsons episodes ever Homer At The Bat. His Hall of Fame honor also includes his stint as the mascot of the Springfield Isotopes and the Capital City baseball team.

Seeing Homer inducted in to the Hall of Fame got me to finally complete a project that I began nearly 3 years ago, a Simpsons set from the Homer at the Bat episode designed using the 1992 Topps design. I have seen people put some cards together but there has never been a complete set using the same design and in my typical form I had to have the set how I wanted it to be, a set based on the players in action.

The reason it took me so long is that, well besides the procrastinating, I illustrated each one by hand before inking and coloring it in Photoshop. I kind of went all out on this set and I am happy with how it is coming along.  Everything is the same throughout the set, every uniform, grass, tree, dirt, sky and clouds are the exact same color as all of the other cards. The only difference is Steve Sax’s card because I used an evening image and Mr. Burns uniform is different because he wears a Zephyrs’ uniform not a Springfield Nuclear Plant uniform. 

It may not be perfect if you were to compare the image versus the scene in the episode but it is my set and I am proud of it. I am not done yet I plan on making these digital files in to tangible cards using the player’s real 1992 Topps baseball card but I will need to make Homer and Burns’ card backs.

Looking at the cards I see I still need to do a couple of touchups. I need to capitalize Mr. Burns' name and I want to remove the chain link fence from behind him completely and I want to raise up the children on the Griffey card so the left hand side of the card isn't so empty.

 Mattingly! I thought I told you to trim those sideburns! GO HOME!!! YOU'RE OFF THE TEAM, FOR GOOD!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards VI

My son has taken an interest in hitting up swap meets, flea markets and thrift shops because his friends have come up with some insane deals on clothing and it drew him in and occasionally on the weekends I will go with him. This past weekend I had to do some errands and we stopped by a local thrift shop and I came across a kid’s board game from 2000 that included a Ken Griffey Jr game piece.
The box was sealed so I took a chance that the Griffey piece wasn’t in there but at $2 it wasn’t really a big risk of losing out if anything was missing. When I got home and ripped the plastic wrap off it turned out that everything was included plus one of the player cards is a Griffey card in addition to the game piece. The game is called APBA Superstars Baseball and there is a kids version of football as well as ones for adults where the cards are just information so no pictures.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1889 N222 Kinney Brother's Leaders Martha Washington

This month’s VCoM is of the first First Lady Martha Washington and comes from 1889 and is part of the 1889 N222 Kinney Brothers Leaders set, which was included in packs of Kinney Brothers cigarette packs like their brand Sweet Caporal.

These cards are just amazingly beautiful, just something you wouldn’t see in anything released in the modern era. I think tobacco and candy cards are generally the most amazing cards illustration-wise. When you consider that this card is 128 years old it has held up amazingly well. The colors are fading but still vibrant, the filigree on the back is still completely visible but there is some paper wear and staining. I got a kick out of the “These cards can be retained” on the bottom of the card, something that does not need to be included these days. The cards are also thick, especially for a tobacco era card, about 35-pt and this one is still solid.  

This card will be difficult to top.