Monday, January 15, 2018

R.I.P. Dolores O'Riordan


This morning while listening the radio there was a break and the DJ announced that Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, died suddenly and unexpectedly this morning in London. She was 46 years old and no cause has been announced.

I am absolutely stunned, and this really brought me down. The 1990s were very turbulent for me and one of the few stabilities that I had was music and the Cranberries were part of that stability for me.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1937 Churchman Howlers Napoleon



This month’s VCoM comes from Howlers Tobacco and were issued in packs of Churchman Cigarettes in 1937, it is the standard tobacco era card size and depicts the Little General watching a battle in the background.

The Napoleon card is #10 and there are 40 cards on the checklist that would make sets like Goodwin Champions and Allen & Ginter’s proud. The set is made up of an odd collection of leaders (Napoleon, William the Conqueror, Julius Cesar, etc.), hobbies (gardening, music, etc.), careers (politician, doctor, etc.) and oddities like gravity, fish, stocks & bonds.

I have decided to cut back on non-sports vintage cards unless it is a subject that interests me, like the Red Baron, but a vintage Napoleon card with a great colorful illustration for a low price was difficult to pass up.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Couple Of Wrestling Errors


In the early 1980s, when I first really started to watch wrestling, the Junkyard Dog was one of my favorite wrestlers. At the time there were virtually no wrestling cards besides the 1985 Topps WWF set so picking up any JYD cards during his wrestling days is very limited. I do have a number of his 1985 Topps cards and his 1987 Hostess but this was the first time I came across his 1986 Monty Gum Super Wrestling Stars card. I guess not including “Juneyard” in my search kept this beauty from showing up.

After I came across the JYD Monty Gum card by accident I looked to see who else was on the checklist and I found this amazing Hulk Hogan & Muhammed Ali card. I remember Thunder Lips fighting the ultimate meatball in Rocky III, not Ali. Maybe I am remembering the movie wrong.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Art Gallery- Jason Adams Commision Of Baby Groot


This month’s Art Gallery Display comes from the artist Jason Adams who has a very unique style, he uses stencils and spray paint for his sketch cards, and I really dig his style.

This card is very important to me because it is a commission I had done for my daughter for Christmas. We have a couple of movies that are “our movies” that we will watch together whenever they are on and Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those films. Her favorite character being baby Groot, for the record mine is Rocket Racoon, so when the opportunity was available to have one of my favorite artists do a card for my daughter of one of her favorite characters I took it.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Can't Finish A PC Rainbow? Hey, Start Another Rainbow


 When you are working on a PC rainbow and you are down to the final two cards and you can not find them, what do you do? If you said start another rainbow of another player we are thinking the same thing and it is driving me crazy that I even considered it.

In 2016 I decided to chase the 14 parallels of Marshawn Lynch’s 2013 Topps Chrome #6 card and to keep from going totally mad I decided to not chase down the #1/1 Superfractor or the four printing plates. I hit 11 cards and was halted and last June I considered selling off the cards I have and wash my hands to that rainbow, but I ended up finding the Blue #/199 that I needed and it kind of renewed my search. I am currently sitting at 12 of the 14 cards, missing the Gold #/50 and Red #/25, and I am at a standstill again.

STOP! … Don’t go down that rabbit hole” said the logical part of my brain. I have a whole Wants List I could have worked off but the evil voice in the back of my mind suggested “Hey, how about the 2015 Topps Chrome Richard Sherman #9 card you considered before? You’ll want that rainbow” I gave in to the evil voice and started another rainbow. Big sigh…

I began the chase shortly after I picked up the last Lynch card in June and I was able to find the base card and 13 of the parallels for way less than I have invested in the Marhawn Lynch rainbow. I decided to stick with ignoring the Superfractor and printing plates so there is the base, 14 parallels and a photo variation, so 16 cards overall.

I am feeling pretty good with this chase because I was able to knock off so many of the cards pretty quick. I am missing the Purple and photo variation #9.2 w/ turkey and what has given me a laugh is that the Purple is un-numbered, but I can’t find it anywhere, I can only find the purple mini version and I am collecting the regular cards not the minis. The photo variation is readily available, I just haven't picked it up yet.

Who would have thought that the final card that I will need to complete a rainbow would be an un-numbered Purple parallel?

Base

Refractor

X-Fractor

Hot Box Blue Diamond

Green

Blue Wave

Pulsar

Camo #/499

BCA Pink #/399

Black #/299

Blue #/199

Sepia #/99

Gold #/50

Red #/25

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Question Day- Brands?


Today is question day:

Do you have a favorite brand?

Do you have a favorite set?

It can be from any company at any point in time or any set no matter when it was released. I have always been partial to Upper Deck products. It is difficult to pick a specific set but I like the early Stadium Club releases too.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Final 2017 Trade


Near the end of the year I had made one final trade with Chris of The Collector. I had done a couple of custom cards for him and he sent some Griffey and Mariners cards. Here are some of the highlights:

2015 Topps Hot Streak Randy Johnson
2016 Topps Chasing 3K Ichiro
Could you imagine Ichiro as the leadoff hitter in the Mariners batting order since 1992? Ichiro at #1 and then Griffey, Buhner and Edgar at #3, #4 and #5. The Mariners would have won the 1995 World Series not to mention Ichiro would be the current MLB all-time hits leader.
1997 Topps Finest Jay Buhner
2013 Topps Museum Collection Green parallel Ken Griffey Jr.
2007 Ultra Faces of the Game relic Ken Griffey Jr.

Thank you, Chris, you nailed it with your selection of cards that you sent.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ack! Ack! Ack!



I kind of splurged a bit around my birthday last year and completed the autograph checklist from the 2013 Topps Mars Attacks! release. I was missing just the Frank Welker autograph, he did the voice for all of the Martians in the movie, really he just said “Ack Ack”.

The Welker signature has been united with the other movie autographs of Willie Garson, Brian Haley, O-Lan Jones and Pam Grier in a 9-card pocket page plus my two woodcut cards from the Mars Attacks! Occupation release.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A COMC Splurge


Like many people who purchase cards through COMC, I purchase some cards throughout the year and then wait until the Black Friday sale with free shipping to request their order. I ended up having 79 cards in my most recent order with most being Griffey and Buhner and the rest being a mixture of other PC/mini-PC collections, Star Wars and some oddballs. 

Most of the cards where under $2 but I did splurge on a card that I have wanted for almost 2 decades, a card that I missed out on this past October when I didn’t purchase any cards for my So You Don’t Have To piece.

I finally added a 1996-97 Topps Chrome Allen Iverson #171 rookie card. It was on sale over the Black Friday weekend for $18 and I didn’t want to miss out again so I picked it up.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Yes, LaVar Is At It Again


If you are ready to have a good laugh, LaVar Ball announced that he is starting his own basketball league for kids coming out of high school who don’t want to go to college.

This is not a joke, this is serious. The league will be called Junior Basketball Association and will be supported by Big Baller Brand. According to Lonzo, his father has been seriously working on the idea of the league for months. Because we all know that a few weeks prep time is all that is needed to set up, organize and run a professional sports league.

Needless to say, he plans on 10 teams and wants to play the games in the NBA arenas in LA, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta. Does anyone actually believe that the NBA and/or NBA team owners will allow a competing league to rent out their arenas? I am honestly asking because this league is basically competing with the NBA's G-League. He anticipates 80 players and they will be paid $3,000-10,000 a month, which should be another concern for LaVar because he could be looking at paying out $400,000-500,000 in salary to the players alone each month.

I held on to this story for a couple of weeks because I promised not to do any more Ball family stories through the end of the year so by now he probably has the uniforms designed, the high school gyms rented, and the league rules written out on a napkin. He already has the league logo designed and to nobody’s surprise it is Lonzo’s silhouette.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Let The Year Begin


A couple of years ago I started setting goals for both my collection and the blog, they were straight forward and obtainable, but I realized that the goals I was setting were not something that I needed to set because those were already my plans. A resolution should be something new, a big change, not a continuation of my routine. That was when I stopped setting the goals but that isn’t saying I will never state a resolution for my collection or blog.

For 2018 there are things I would like to do more often, specifically more trades. I enjoy helping someone with their collection and my favorite card of 2017 came to me in a trade with Matt from Bob Walk The Plank

I have also decided to once again do a bit of trimming of my PC collection, not getting rid of any cards but instead focusing more on one part. In years past I have adjusted and focused more on specific athletes and going in to 2017 I was down to just four PC players; Griffey Jr, Jay Buhner, Ryan Bader and Steve Largent. This year I am going to cut it down to two; Griffey and Buhner.

Bader and Largent will now be considered secondary-PC collections. With Bader moving to Bellator MMA he will not be included in any new Topps UFC sets so I can now take the time to hunt down his cards only when the price is right instead of rushing to find cards before the next set comes out and I add to my wants list. With Largent I was able to pick up quite a few of his low-end cards over the year and I am down to only 24 cards on my Largent wants list and about half of those are higher end/limited cards.

I added just over 100 unique Griffey cards this past year, with most of those coming way of the Great Griffey Giving box and my COMC order, and I more than doubled my Buhner collection (I didn’t even realize that until today). Interestingly I hit the point where I have more Griffey cards, 1,360, in my collection than I have on my Griffey wants list, 1,310.

My current player collections:
Ken Griffey Jr.: 1,360 unique cards
Jay Buhner: 247 unique cards