Monday, May 29, 2017

A Day To Honor Our Heroes

Today we honor all of the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country. Since 1775 over 1.34 million U.S. soldiers have died during war and another 1.5 million were wounded. They have given all to ensure that the rest of us have our freedom, for this we thank you and your families

Friday, May 26, 2017

Possible Bad News For One NBA Player

Sometimes professional sports have a juicy soap opera storyline that doesn’t involve a Twitter argument, though there are Twitter posts involved here, and this one has gone pretty far to even hit on the international level.

NBA player Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey, was detained in a Romanian airport last week after Turkey invalidated his passport. Kanter has made it known that he is not a fan of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and while detained Kanter made a video that he posted on Twitter where he compares the Turkish President with Adolf Hitler which you figure didn’t go over well.

In response, the Turkish government has issued an arrest warrant for Kanter claiming that he is being sought as a member of a terror group. The government has even applied for an Interpol red notice, which if approved will mean that Enes Kanter is seen as a terrorist and will be arrested on sight by any supporting nations which means the US could arrest him and he can be extradited back to Turkey.

Even though this is an obvious attempt by a repressive government attempting to silence an outspoken citizen it should be taken as a grave issue. This could go extremely badly for Kanter if the red notice is approved and it doesn’t help that he did turn to Twitter with a negative response saying “You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don’t waste your energy. I am already going to come to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”

Now isn’t this a better storyline than anything LaVar Ball spouts out to any news outlet that will listen to him?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Batman's Dark Victories

In 2008 Rittenhouse released the Batman Archives set which highlighted the history of Batman going back to his origination in 1939. The base set was all of the comic book covers going back to the first issue but there were three insert sets along with sketch cards with the 9 Dark Victory cards grabbing my attention. I have wanted these cards since the release because they are black light cards, some sellers list them as Glow-In-The-Dark but they are not. Individual card prices have remained stable for the past near decade and you could expect to pay $5-8 a card and with there being 9 cards in the set I wasn’t ready to pay that price.

Last year I found a seller who had the complete insert set for a little more than it would have cost to purchase two individual cards so I hit the BIN immediately. I did hit the buy button rather quick without even really looking through the cards, it was more a “Win” in my mind and I wasn’t too worried about the cards condition. In the end the set came in and was in great shape with no chipped edges or scratches, I could not have been happier.

The card's surface are a matte black with the images created using a reverse negative effect printed in a two-step neon ink with each character being one color and some white on the cards with a reflective Batman logo in one of the corners.

The set is made up of:
DV1 The Riddler
DV2 Scarecrow
DV3 Catwoman

DV4 Penguin
DV5 Batman
DV6 Joker

DV7 Mr. Freeze
DV8 Poison Ivy
DV9 Two-Face

The entire collection:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards V

This card is my second Griffey card of 2017, and it is from the 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions set and was a background variation of the base card. Griffey’s base card in the set has the same pose but the background is a sunrise (or sunset not sure) while this is the Moonlight Variation with a cloudy evening with a full moon behind him.
There were 15 cards with the Moonlight background and in addition to Griffey there was Ryne Sandberg, Grady Sizemore, Barrak Obama, Ozzie Smith, Tiger Woods, Ichiro, Gerry Lopez, Andy Pettitte, Cal Ripken Jr, Ryan Howard, Smarty Jones, Troy Tulowitzki, Chien-Ming Wang and Gordy Howe.
Had this card not been on my want list since 2009 I would not have bought it but it is one of those “I don’t know when I will see one again” type of cards.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Have Sadness In My Heart Today

This morning I was saddened to see that Roger Moore passed away at the age of 89 after battling cancer and with his passing was a bit of my childhood. He was the first James Bond that I ever saw and sent me down the road of Ian Fleming’s dashing tales of England’s best spy. I first saw For Your Eyes Only in theater when I was 9-years old, Octopussy when I was 11-years old and by the time I saw A View To A Kill at 13-years old I was hooked. In all Moore appeared as Bond in 7 films and added a bit of humor to the role during a time when campy movies were a thing.

A couple of hours later I found out that former Seattle Seahawk Cortez Kennedy also passed away this morning at the age of 48 of unknown causes. The Orlando Police Department stated that Kennedy was alone when he passed away and that nothing appears suspicious. I am not certain when an autopsy will be performed but most states have laws that when someone dies unaccompanied by medical staff an autopsy is required.
Kennedy spent his entire 11-year career in Seattle and was inducted in to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2012 and today “12s” worldwide are mourning his passing.

I tend to steer clear of political and religious discussions here so I will just end my post with my heart goes out to all of those who were affected by the suicide bombing in Manchester last night.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Why Does An Error Have To Become A Huge Issue?

My parents gave me an early birthday present, a couple of eBay gift cards for $50 total, so I decided to order something that I have wanted for a long time some Star Wars Samurai figures. There are quite a few people selling these around the same price so I picked a company that had both a Boba Fett and Stormtrooper Samurai figure and it came out to just under $40 shipped for both figures so I ordered them and for some reason, they shipped the figures separately even though they were on the same order.

I tracked the items and they were delivered, one to an address in Crestview, Florida on May 17th and one to an address in San Diego, California on May 18th.  A little bit off considering I live in Arizona and so I waited another day to see if it was just an error and on Friday I filed a case on eBay saying I did not receive the items and that I still wanted them. Someone from the company responded right away saying they will look in to it and would get back to me.

Sunday I got two emails saying that items I was watching are no longer available and the listings have been deleted. It was the two items I had purchased so the listings disappeared out of my Purchase list and removed the tracking numbers from eBay (I still had the tracking numbers in Paypal and email). OK, no concern yet and eBay had set the escalation date as May 25th so I was just going to wait and let the company respond and figured I would at least get my money back if nothing happened by the 25th. I also filed a lost mail claim with the USPS to see if they could track down my order.

A little over an hour ago I got two emails stating that the company had filed claims against me and wanted eBay to rule in their favor. That made me angry so I called eBay, the company claimed I received the figures and that I was trying to scam them to get my money back but when eBay requested the tracking information showing my address was on the packages when it originated in China they refused to give that info to eBay and whoever was in contact with eBay from the company was demanding that eBay make the decision today. Well, the company got their wish…eBay decided in the case today, for me, and my money will be refunded. I just checked and all the company’s auctions have been deleted and the company is no longer a registered user.

All I wanted was two action figures that I paid for, nothing more, and the company screwed up and probably just had the wrong address on the labels. Not a huge issue, they could have made things right easily but had to try to make this about them being scammed instead of an error. I mean, how much do these figures cost them? Maybe a couple of bucks apiece.

OK, my rant is over.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A New Job On A New Frontier?

Recently Pete Carrol said that the Seahawks may have some interest in RG3 and Colin Kaepernick because currently the Seahawks only have Trevone Boykin as backup QB and having an additional backup who can run the offense like Russell Wilson is a bonus. But yesterday the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League announced that they have acquired the rights to both RG3 and Kaepernick as well as Johnny Manziel.

Because the players are all still considered NFL free agents any NFL team has first shot at the players but if for some reason one of them decides to head to Canada then Hamilton has the rights to sign them before any other team can sign them. At this point none of the three players have even mentioned any plans for their future.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Too Good To Be True? Yup

Have you ever wanted an autograph signed by a 12-year old LeBron James? How about an 8-year old Kevin Durant? Well now you can according to one scammer he has a collection of 1996-97 Skybox Autographics that some how includes players who were not even out of middle school at the time.  To cover his ass the scammer is saying the cards came from a bulk storage but that they appear genuine.

A seller named pmitch_82, who somehow has over 6000 feedback with 100% positive feedback, is selling cards that he is claiming came from the 1996-97 Skybox Autographics set. Other players he is selling as part of the set, Carmelo Anthony (12-years old in 1996), Chris Paul (12-years in 1996), Dwayne Wade (14 years-old in 1996) and Derrick Rose (8-years old in 1996).

The cards are all signed with the same blue ink, except Allen Iverson, and some people on the Blowout Forums are saying that it appears that the autographs are not real but may really be facsimiles. What is even scarier is that every one of the cards have bids with the LeBron James card currently sitting at $112 and Charles Barkley at $100 even.

For the record, none of the players he is selling even appeared on the 1996-97 Skybox Autographics checklist and this includes the players who were active at the time like Barkley and Shaq. For comparison my 1996-97 Skybox Autographics Steve Kerr autograph is below.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The NBA Draft Lottery Ends Up Being About #2

If you listened closely last night you would have probably heard LaVar Ball popping the cork off of his champagne bottle after the LA Lakers got the #2 pick in the Lottery Draft.

LaVar has said some crazy shit about his amazing (fictional) athletic prowess and how his son Lonzo is the greatest blah blah blah. One of the things he has said is "My boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I'm going to speak it into existence" and if you believe some of the talk this is what may have happened. The rumors of the NBA fixing the lottery so the Lakers get the #2 pick have already started swirling.

The discussion has been going back and forth about who would be taken in the #1 spot, either Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball but now that the order of the draft has been determined we can expect the Celtics to take Fultz and the Lakers take Ball. Did LaVar just talk the NBA in to setting up his kid in LA? I know there have been conspiracy theories with the draft and while this draw may have been completely coincidental it gives people more evidence to stoke their theories.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Another Cavalcade Of Griffey Cards V

I have not been spending much money on cards this year and because I am catching up with medical bills I have decided to make a couple of cheap purchases to add to my Griffey collection. These two set me back just around $1 shipped and are just the second and third Griffey cards that I purchased this year.

Both cards are from 2017 Topps and the first card is the Topps Rediscovered promo card

The second card is the Topps 30th Anniversary card