October 19, 2014

Random Royals #3: Every Royals Collector Has A Dozen Of These

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

If you are a Royals collector or if you've ever traded with someone else in which they sent you Royals cards then you undoubtedly own at least a dozen copies of Tom Gordon's Rated Rookie card from 1989 Donruss. It makes sense as this was one of the key rookies from the '89 set and so it would often survive a collector's purge of the countless garbage cards from this era. 

More than 20 years after the card was made "Flash" Gordon was still pitching in the majors. He had pitched in 890 games, been a 3x All-Star and won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008. 

1989 Donruss #45 Tom Gordon Rated Rookie

And here's the Topps version of Gordon's Rated Rookie from 1989 Topps Traded.

1989 Topps Traded #38T Tom Gordon

Random Royals #2: My All-Time Favorite Royal

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

As all baseball fans sit around wondering to themselves "the World Series really doesn't start until Tuesday?" I'm about to go crazy posting Royals cards. Before moving to Georgia this summer I lived in Kansas for five years and I've received thousands of Royals cards through trades with blog readers over the years. Of course, wouldn't you know that the first time the Royals make the World Series in nearly 20 years and nearly all of my Royals cards are in storage in Wisconsin.

I did luck out in that I do have several cards of my all-time favorite Royal. George Brett, you ask? Or maybe Frank White, Hal McRae, Willie Aikens, or Carlos Beltran or Johnny Damon before they left for greener pastures. No, my favorite Royals player is an outfielder for the Royals from the late 70's named Tom Poquette. And it's not because he shares his rookie card with Fred Lynn. 

1976 Topps #622 Rookie Outfielders Tom Poquette/Fred Lynn/Ed Armbrister/Terry Whitfield

And it's not because he was a 3-D Super Star.

1977 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars  #24 Tom Poquette

 And it's not because he got to have a shiny gold All-Star Rookie Cup on his second year card.

1977 Topps #93 Tom Poquette

And it's not that his 1977 O-Pee-Chee card ditches the All-Star Rookie Cup and moves the signature slightly.

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette
You can find the reason on the reverse side of the O-Pee-Chee card. Tom was born and lives in Eau Claire, WI which is also my hometown. 

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette Reverse

Tom played in parts of five seasons with the Royals before being traded to the Red Sox for the legendary George Scott

1979 Topps #476 Tom Poquette
1978 Topps #197 Tom Poquette

Tom then bounced around with the Red Sox and Rangers before going back to the Royals in 1982. Since then he's been a coach in the Royals farm system for many years.

1981 Topps #153 Tom Poquette
1980 Topps #597 Tom Poquette
1982 Topps #657 Tom Poquette

October 18, 2014

Random Royals #1: Eric Hosmer Relic

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

I wonder when they look back at the exact turning point that the Royals started their transformation from a hapless organization to the dominant teams of the latter half of the 2010's I wonder if it won't be when they called up Eric Hosmer in 2011. He's been a very stable Gold Glove winning 1st baseman for them and he's one World Series MVP award away from being an all-time Royals legend. 

2014 Donruss Eric Hosmer Jersey Relic

Chuck Klosterman 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Needs List

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #271 Chuck Klosterman Mini [A and G Back]

I'm looking for all the variations of Chuck Klosterman's card from 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter. He has card number #271.

Updated: 10-17-2014

Regular Base Card
Regular Mini
A and G Back Mini
Black Border Mini
Red Mini #/50
No Number #/50
Red Flag Back #/25
Relic Card
Autographed Mini

I have no expectation of owning these next two but I thought I would list them to be complete.

Printing Plates: Wood 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

October 17, 2014

My Favorite Cards From 2014 Allen and Ginter

Each year I look forward to the odd inclusions that make Topps Allen and Ginter a great set to collect from year to year. This year's non-sport include one of my favorite author/review/commentator/podcast guest, Chuck Klosterman. He's written eight books but I will always think of him as a sometimes infuriating but always memorable Spin Magazine columnist. 

We'll start with the autograph mini card which I love just because it's a Chuck Klosterman autograph card. But if I was to be objective unless Chuck has really sloppy handwriting he could have taken a little more time in signing his cards.

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #AGA-CKL Chuck Klosterman Autograph
Although this looks like a blah swatch, the shirt Chuck gave Topps did have some cool patches [if they are patches...I guess they could be be just color changes in the fabric].

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #FRB-CKL Chuck Klosterman Relic
And of course the minis which have several variations that I'll be tracking down...and by the way I really enjoyed the 2014 Ginter design. 

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #271 Chuck Klosterman Mini [A and G Back]

October 16, 2014

Homer Simpson, The Fairweather Packers Fan

A couple of weeks ago during The Simpsons couch gag for Episode #554 finds Scratchy temporarily adopted by Homer and the family. It only last for 30 seconds and during the montage of scenes we find Homer and Scratchy rooting for the Packers. 

Great as this is, it seems really odd considering we already know Homer's football affiliation. In possibly the best episode of the show "You Only Move Twice" Homer tells Marge and Hank Scorpio of his desire to own the Dallas Cowboys and later he even becomes the owner of the Denver Broncos

October 15, 2014

Genius Covers: The Covers From My Card Show Haul

During last weekend's card show I came upon one seller who had a bunch of Walking Dead figures and big box of assorted comics he had recently picked up from another seller. They were 50 cents each but the longer I stood there looking and pulling things out the price was down to 3/$1.00. When we are talking 33.33333 cents a comic you can definitely judge a book by it's cover and so here's what I picked up. 

Season 2 of Nick Offerman's best show, Axe Cop, is due sometime in the near future...It's not clear if Fox even knows...and if you haven't seen Season 1 yet the cover of this issue will give you an idea of how bonkers it is. Yes, that's Axe Cop on King Kong's shoulder. 

Axe Cop #2 August 2012
I enjoy Kevin Smith's comic work but this one wins my money because of the Alex Ross painted cover.

The Bionic Man #6, 2012
A Poison Ivy story but interestingly the front cover scene never actually happens in the comic.

Detective Comics #694, February 1996
Shhhhhh....Along with the great cover parts of this issue were drawn by Ron Frenz who's known for his work on Amazing Spider-man, including the art for the classic issue "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man."

Ms. Marvel #25, May 2008
What an amazing acetate cover to a series that lasted 26 issues.
Ninjak #1, February 1994
Here's the full cover with the front and back combined.

You might not have known it but Frank Miller wrote the original screenplay to RoboCop III that was eventually abandoned for the disaster that that movie became. RoboCop: Last Stand is an adaptation of that screenplay in four parts.

Robo Cop: Last Stand #2, September 2013
I choose this one for Mr. Hellboy Mike Mignola's awesome cover.

The Machine Week #2, August 1993
If you are looking for a weird "historical fiction" series set during World War II I cannot recommend The Manhattan Projects more.

The Manhattan Projects #6, September 2012
The Marvels Project is sort of a continuation of the all-time great Marvels series which put Alex Ross on the map.

The Marvels Project #1, October 2009
I swear every time I look at this I think it is an issue of  Dr. Strange featuring Thanos and Storm from the X-Men. It's not.  

The Strangers #7, December 1993
DC re-printed The Watchmen for the movie release and this is the first issue.

Watchmen #1 Reprint, 2009 Second Printing
The comic Jim Lee left Marvel to start was WILDC.A.T.S...50 issues and six years later DC bought the WILDC.A.T.S rights and Lee's WildStorm Productions. The circle of life continues.

WILDC.A.T.S. #2, September 1992
Onslaught is the physical form of the worst parts of the psyche's of Magneto and Professor X and Onslaught Reborn is a 10th Anniversary series of the character's creation. The art was done by one of my favorites, Rob Liefeld. 

Onslaught Reborn #3 Variant Edition, March 2007
90% of Liefeld's work is awesome but at least a few panels in each issue he draws has really messed up perspective. Issue #3 delivered with this great panel with Hulk battling Captain American while it looks like he really really has to pee.

October 14, 2014

Function Vs. Design

I picked up this card from 2014 Topps Tribute at a card show over the weekend for a couple of bucks and I chose it not only for its low price. It's a great example of the problems you get when you create autograph cards horizontally. You end up with either a small signature [which no one wants] or having the signer find another solution. Jason Grilli's long signature wouldn't fit straight across the smaller signature area and so he went diagonal on us. The design just doesn't allow for the card to function as an autograph card.

And who is that other pitcher featured anyway? The card offers no information. I assume he was a Pirates picture as the card is a Tribute Traditions autograph but I was stumped. I mean, I follow baseball and love vintage cards but I'm drawing a blank here. Although I had trouble finding the exact photo used on the card online that turns out to be Babe Adams, definitely the second most famous "Babe" in baseball history. He was the only player that was on both the 1909 and 1925 Pirates World Championship seasons and was renowned for his ball control averaging 1.29 walks per nine innings.