February 11, 2017

1982 Columbus Police Columbus Cllippers Steve Balboni Minor League Card

One of the tables at the central Illinois regional card show places all of his card face up on the long tables all in toploaders. Most of the cards were 90's inserts and some nice rookies from the 80's that essentially hold no value today. The cards were lined up in nice straight precise rows except one card that jumped out as being in a 50's vintage size toploader that threw the alignment off. 

When I finally got around to taking a look at the card, I was surprised to find a 1982 Columbus Clippers card of Steve Balboni. The price says $15 but don't worry, the cards one the table were 15 cards for $10.00 so it set me back 67 cents. 

The Columbus Clippers are the AAA team for the New York Yankees and many early 80's Clippers sets are famous for having some of the earliest pre-rookie cards of Don Mattingly. Balboni's early card is the only other players of note in the 25-card set. 

The set itself was issued by the Columbus, Ohio Police Department and Balboni's card explains how to score an assist and to always keep an eye out on your neighbor's place when they are away. Balboni would be traded to the Royals in 1983 and with the Royals he would hit 119 home runs from 1984-1987.

February 10, 2017

Episode #14 Of The Trading Card Preservation Society Is Up

Today on the podcast, Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I talk about our thoughts on 2017 Topps Series 1 after opening the product, the Stranger Things 2 promo during the Super Bowl, 2017 Garbage Pail Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Funko figures, and 2017 Topps Archives details. 

Colligere Omnia!

February 8, 2017

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-Geddon: My 10 Favorite Cards

I had to do a little research for an upcoming episode of the Trading Card Preservation Society podcast and so I bought this half-sized blaster of the new 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-Geddon. This new set featuring new art of some classic GPK characters is all negative all the time. Cards are divided into such categories as pollution, monsters, dumb deaths, alien invasion, the plagues, nuclear, apocalypse, and natural disaster. It might not be the Garbage Pail Kids set we asked but it is certainly the set we deserve. Here are my 10 favorite cards from the set including a few which will be in the running for my favorite card of 2017.

The detail on the May N. Calendar card is something you don't see on too many GPK cards and, well, what can I say about Four Horse Manny. Perhaps the 2017 Card of the Year and a new GPK classic.

Adam Geddon and Dictate Tor are two cards that feel way to close to home in 2017 in America. 


Villainous Virgil would certainly make an interesting Funko character and if my parents had found me with this card back in the 80's there would be a chance I would still be grounded.

There are sometimes that I seriously wonder if the minds that create the Garbage Pail Kids cards actually work for the same company that make the Topps trading cards. I can always count on such originality with new GPK sets but the baseball cards just feel so tired and dated at times.

Any card that is a shout-out to Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove gets an A+ in my book. The green bordered cards can be found one per pack and each of my packs had eight cards.

As a product of the 1980's and nuclear paranoia, atomic blasts have always been a favorite topic of the Garbage Pail Kids sets and here are Sunny Glasses and Sheltered Sheldon to continue that tradition. 

January 27, 2017

Making The Trading Card Preservation Society Podcast Great Again!

The Trading Card Preservation Society has returned! Dave and I try to make our podcast great again by talking about the crazy year 2016 was from the raise of Trump, the Falcons in the Super Bowl, and Jason Heyward and the Cubs winning the World Series. We also also talk about all the things they missed talking about in 2016 such as the 2017 Topps design, Star Wars trading cards and Rogue One, Stranger Things and Stranger Things cards, the new Radiohead album, other music we liked, video games, and, as always, the upcoming trading card release calendar. 

Colligere Omnia!

Direct download link: Episode #13

January 26, 2017

Kris Bryant's 2017 Topps #1 Card Could Have Been Better

Kris Bryant was selected as card #1 of Topp 2017 Series 1 which is available February 1st. He's a fine choice and I love the horizontal design for the premiere card of the series. But...

...in my opinion, the card could have been so much better. Just take a look at all the wasted space the damned chryon they call a design takes up. It's about 1/3 of the whole card. Wouldn't it have been great to see the whole catcher instead of just the top half of his head? Wouldn't it have been better to see nearly all of Bryant's swing? I think this set is going to be some of the most frustrating pack ripping I will experience since trying to find out if one of my cards has a "sparkle" hidden somewhere on it.  

January 15, 2017

Apparently There Is A Limit To My Packer Fandom

Whenever I am visiting home in Wisconsin, I always make a point to stop in at a Shopko to check out their section devoted to the Packers and Badgers. Each time I go the section seems to have grown and I can only imagine what it will expand to if we win the Super Bowl this year.

There was a pretty sizable clearance section which I made a beeline for. There were some older t-shirt designs and players that weren't with the Packers anymore. There was also this coat which amazingly didn't seem to be a hot seller.

It gets even better on the back as it actually has the game scores from each of the Packers' Super Bowl wins. I wondered if there was a limit to my Packer fandom and I think I have finally found it. It is the equivalent of an "ugly Christmas sweater" but the person who buys this is definitely not wearing it ironically.