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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Anymore Ideas Of What I Can Do So You Don't Have To?

The list that I have put together for my “So you don’t have to” posts is up to 14 items, including the three from this past weekend. I am excited about this because there are things I have wanted to do to cards and now I have a reason to do them. I am setting parameters for each experiment because I want them to be easily replicated if anyone else wants to give it a try.

Most will take minutes or maybe a day to accomplish but there is one that will take time, that is Fuji’s suggestion about finding out if junk wax can be turned in to worm compost. I have begun the process setting up this experiment, I plan to make this a one year project which I will be starting next week.

If anyone has any more suggestions just let me know, I would love to add more items to the list. The list may be altered a bit here and there, some are nearly the same so I may just include them in one experiment. Here is what I have so far:

Create sketch card
Create a collage
Create a custom card
Create multi-layer card/3D
Place a card in bike spokes
Place a card out in the environment for 1 year
Remove auto sticker
Place removed sticker
Remove a card from graded case
Remove a manufactured patch from a card
Remove a medallion from a card
Separate a jersey card
Separate a patch card
Skin a chrome card
Skin a Prizm

Friday, May 12, 2017

What Can I Do So You Don't Have To?

The other day I did something to a card I had never considered before just to see what would happen, more on this in a future post, and it got me wondering if there was anything else that I could do that I had never considered doing before.

I have come up with a short list of things I plan on doing so you don’t have to do it but I would like some input to add to the list. A couple of things on the list include skinning certain types of cards and removing an autograph sticker. 

Question: What is something you would like to see done to a card but have never done?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wallet Card #3

Time for a wallet card adventure. One thing that I like about small towns is that you tend to see some wonderful murals by local artists. There is a small town halfway between where I live and Phoenix called Black Canyon City and this mural is on the side of gas station in the area.

I am not sure if it was painted as one mural with the cars in the foreground and the horses in the background or if they were painted as two different murals at two different times. Next time I am there I should take a closer look to see if I can see separate complete levels.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vintage Card Of The Month: 2005 UD Origins Satchel Paige

This month’s Vintage Card of the Month is not officially a vintage card but the subject began his career in 1926 so I am including this in the vintage series. The card is from the 2005 Upper Deck Origins release and is a 5x7 tin box topper of Satchel Paige.

In 2005 I opened a tin of UD Origins, the box contained 20 cards, one was a relic, plus one box topper. My relic was Randy Johnson so I was cool with that but nothing else was special besides the box topper of Satchel Paige. Like the box that it came in the 5x7 cards are also tin with blank backs and really reminds me of an advertising sign. I am currently not displaying the card and it is packed away but when I did have a man cave it was included in my displays.

This image is one of those that has been sitting in my scan folder just waiting for me to include in a post and now that I am not buying anything new it makes it appearance as a Vintage Card of the Month post.

Paige began his career in the Negro Leagues with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in 1926 and his career lasted 40 years and spanned 5 different decades. His last official game was 1965 when he played in a single game for the Kansas City Athletics but his last regular appearance was in 1953 with the St Louis Browns. After the 1965 game, he did play minor league baseball in 1966 and 1967 and even worked in some time with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Unfortunately, the stats from his playing days are incomplete so it is difficult to tell how overwhelming he really was in his career. From the records that were kept from the Negro Leagues and MLB he went 128-81 with a 3.29 ERA and includes 7 All-Star appearances. He has two World Series Titles, one with the KC Monarchs in 1942 and one with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, and in 1971 he was inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Another Case Of An Athlete Not Signing Their Own Autographs

Another case of someone else signing for an athlete, this time it is Takkarist McKinley’s autographs in 2017 Panini Contenders Draft and 2017 Panini Elite Draft. Panini is offering replacements to anyone pulling a McKinley auto from either of those products but it should be noted that they have not stated what they intend to replace his autographs with or when.

I am not sure how they figured it out because he just signs “Takk” and they all look the same. He did recently have surgery on his dominant arm so I can understand why he wouldn’t want to sign the cards but he should have just waited instead of having someone else do it. These people are being paid to sign autographs and if they accept a contract to sign they should treat this as a job and do their damn work they agreed to do. He signed for both SAGE and Leaf but that was before his surgery and both companies have come out since Panini’s announcement and said their McKinley autograph cards are authentic.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dustin Clay Of DnT Sports Breaks Caught Stealing Live On-Air

Last week a worst-case scenario happened that many people who buy in to breaks worry about. The breaker, in this case Dustin Clay of DnT Sports, stole a major hit and while he was called out on it and did own up to it the card he is claiming he attempted to steal is not the card that was stolen.

Here is the video with a narration to point out how it happened:

00:20 seconds He opens the box, notices the huge hit, closes the lid to hide it and slides it out so nobody can see.

00:25 seconds He sets the major hit on the edge of the table

00:30 seconds Opens the pack, keeps talking about the Mister Brandon Cooks #/99 card

00:49 seconds Slides the box bottom to the left, you can hear the major hit card fall

1:00 You hear him fiddling through encased cards while he searches for a card to replace the major hit

1:09 Moves the bottom of the box over the screen

1:22 Removes the box bottom and you can see that there are two cards stacked up differently than they were originally

1:25 Claims he was answering an email to explain him not paying attention

1:34 Shows the Kerry Collins autograph, which is the card he uses to replace the major hit

1:45 The viewer, who was recording the break on his phone, switches to the comments section where people watching also figured out the switch and stolen card

Now that this was caught and went viral Dustin Clay came out on a FB group and admitted what he did and claims the card he stole was an Ezekiel Elliot Autographed Honors card. Here is his post:

People have gone to Sherlock Holmes extent to figure out what card he actually stole using one of the few images of the card. It is obvious that the card is not the EZE auto card because those cards are all white along the top edge while this card has a white border down one side and darker (blue?) along the rest of the card. Currently the three cards that keep coming up as the card potentially stolen is

1998 Playoff Contenders Tickets Peyton Manning

2000 Playoff Contenders Ticket Tom Brady

2012 Playoff Contenders Ticket Andrew Luck

Here is the 2016 Autographed Honors EZE card for comparison to show it is not the card he claims the card was that he took. 

Dustin Clay has since shut down his social media accounts and deleted videos but some people have done some diligent work and came up with quite a bit of his personal information, but I won’t include that, but I will include his eBay account because I am sure many people will be watching to see if a high dollar card shows up.

Somebody has already done a DnT scam spoof video, short but funny

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Art Gallery: 2014 Historia Sketches Of History Buddha

This month’s Art Gallery display comes from the comic artist Lee Bradley, a British illustrator who has worked on comic books like Spider-man, Transformers, TMNT, Star Wars and Mars Attacks and is currently doing some side work for Marvel on their “Avengers: Age of Ultron” card set.

The set is the 2014 Historia Sketches of History, a complete sketch card set that includes sketches of famous people like Mark Twain, King Henry VIII and various Presidents. The company has seemed to have disappeared and their web site is parked (meaning it is paid up but shut down by the company). I wrote this post in 2015, yes some posts have been waiting patiently for a long time for me to post, but the company is definitely gone now and their web site is no where to be found and I can only find one sketch card that sold this year and that was in February.

I love the color and detail that Bradley used creating the Buddha card with the Dharma wheel on his hand, third eye and even the manji on his chest adds to the overall beauty. The seller had post two dozen cards sketch cards from the 2014 Historia Sketches of History set and 23 of them sold. This cost me $5.75 shipped, which was about the middle of the price range of all of the cards that sold.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May The Fo(rce)urth Be With You VII

Another May 4th and another unofficial National Star Wars Day. This will be my 7th year in a row that I post something about Star Wars so this year I am posting some of my own sketch cards. 

2016 Yoda w/ green glow in the dark light saber

2017 Jedi Temple Guard w/ yellow glow in the dark light saber

2017 Darth Maul w/ dark light saber also called the black saber

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What If? Rollie Fingers Stache

I need to work on some more of my What If? cards, I am down to just one card waiting all lonely in my What If? folder after today's post. But, what if Rollie Fingers was willing to let go of his iconic handlebar mustache? Besides being painful to Rollie, one fan would have the most unique one-of-one player worn relic card.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Getting Shunned Before Even Turning Pro

Lonzo Ball has talent, he proved that this year at UCLA and is projected to one of the top 3 picks in June’s NBA Draft. The problem is his father LaVar, a mouth piece that has no filter and he has created his own world so he can re-live his life through his kids.

Things LaVar has said or suggested:

-Lonzo is better than Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James

-In his day he could have beaten Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game, please note that LaVar played basketball at Washington State for one season in 1986-87 and averaged 2.2 points/game while Michael Jordan, in his third year with the Bulls that season, average 37.1 points/game and won the first of his ten scoring titles.

-He claimed the Washington State football coach begged him to play Tight End but he didn’t make the team because he didn’t want to block and wanted the ball thrown to him twice every four downs.

-His three sons would only sign a shoe contract worth $1 billion. A billion dollars, it has to be there," Ball said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”

-"My boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I'm going to speak it into existence"

-Most recently the coach of Chino Hills High School, where LaVar’s two younger sons play basketball, was fired from his job after going 30-3. Who the F**K gets fried after a season like that? Oh, the guy who LaVar Ball openly stated he did not like the coach, didn’t respect him and said the coach didn’t know how to handle the team.

So with statements like this where does that get you?

Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all announced that they are no longer interested in signing Lonzo Ball to a contract. This of course results in another stupid response from his father who says he will just go to a Chinese shoe brand instead. I do realize that China is a huge basketball market and there are some star NBA players who have brands there including Dwayne Wade, Tony Parker, George Hill and Kevin Garnett so I do realize it is a possibility but I can not see any major show company in the US or worldwide who would sign a $1 billion contract for a lottery pick and two high school kids with LaVar acting as their agent.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Another Professional Griffey

Trey Griffey signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts yesterday becoming the third generation of the Griffey family to turn pro. Given Ken and Ken Jr. played baseball while Trey is playing football but that is neat to see another Griffey on the field.

Trey played at the University of Arizona so I have seen him play for the last couple of years. Last year he had 23 receptions for 382 yards and 2 touchdowns so at best he will be a third receiver and at worst he will be on the practice squad. I had hoped the Seahawks would select him with their 7th Round pick but I am happy to see him with the Colts.

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.