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.