November 23, 2014

COMC.com Black Friday Deals 2014


CheckOutMyCards.com is having another Black Friday sale and you can get free shipping when shipping 10 or more items. If you are really ambitious and ship more than 100 cards in November then you can get a $5.00 store credit for Cyber Monday. They claim to have nearly 10 million cards listed so there are a lot of great things to find even if their search and listings are often messed up. [For example, a basic search for "Andy Pafko" returns non-Pafko cards]. All this trouble is due to Beckett severing their relationship with COMC earlier this year after COMC claims they failed in buying the site. So if you aren't a fan of Beckett, spend some money at COMC this Christmas. 

November 22, 2014

A Sticker Autograph For The Ages

About five years ago I wrote a little post about Bill Madlock and how in my mind he only played for the Pirates. In reality he spent time with six teams and being a great player [the only player to win two batting titles for two different teams...that four total, two for each team] it makes sense that more than one team claims him as part of their legendary history. It's that idea plus the horrible scourge that sticker autographs are that gives us this monstrosity from 2005 Donruss Signature Series:


I found this particular card on eBay and with a little more searching you find that Bill personalized each autograph some way either talking about his batting titles, MVP award, or just writing down the name of a team he played for.


Donruss only made one design with Bill in the Pirates uniform and so you get cards that both Pirate and Cubs fans don't want to own.


November 21, 2014

Trading Card Preservation Society Mini Episode Is Live! Dave's Review of Bela Lugosi's Ape Man


It's three week since Halloween so what better time to release a Trading Card Preservation Society mini episode featuring Dave the Cardboard Junkie's review of Bela Lugosi's Ape Man. This was originally recorded during our Episode #1 recording session but we edited it out of that episode because of time considerations.

But now we've taken that review and combined it with clips from the film for an audio and visual extravaganza!



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Look for a brand new, nearly two hour long episode of the Trading Card Preservation Society on Monday!

November 20, 2014

Pearl Jam Would Have Been Even Bigger If They Kept The Name Mookie Blaylock

Poor Mookie Blaylock. He could have been one of the most famous players in NBA history if he just let that little band from Seattle keep their original band name. Life has recently turned very hard for Blaylock, who lived in the Atlanta area. He was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for vehicular homicide when he killed a woman in a car accident in 2013. 

1993 Topps #268 Mookie Blaylock 

Mookie was always one of my favorite players because of his unique nickname. Here are a couple of rookies I have in my collection:
1990 Fleer #117 Mookie Blaylock RC
1990 NBA Hoops #193 Mookie Blaylock RC


November 19, 2014

New 1966 Topps Batman Additions

The black and red boarded Batman logos were the first and second series of Batman cards put out by Topps to take advantage of the incredibly popular TV series. Although I've written about these cards before I more than doubled my collection at the traveling vintage card show put on by Sports Memories. This first one is now my overall favorite of the Batman set with the nice jumbo close up of Batman, his painted eyebrows and the bat-gasmask.

#43 The Bat-Gasmask
The great part of the black logo set was that nearly each card featured a key Batman villain like The Penguin...

#23 Umbrella Duel
...The Riddler...

#41 Time For Rescue
...The Riddler again...

#38 Robin Rescued
and Cat Woman. This card is so creepy. Batman and Robin were stealing celebrity photos way before The Fappening!

#25 The Cat Woman
Robin is giving us a little moose knuckle on this one.

#8 Into the Batmobile

Here's what the backs of the black bat cards look like in their Halloween orange goodness.


In the red set we got some more cards with the key villains like The Joker.

#26A The Joker's Last Laugh
Here are the backs of this set's cards which make up larger puzzles. 


The red set also has some some non-essential enemies like a guy with a gun...


#17A Link To Lincoln
...or an invisible man.

#1A The Ghostly Foe
...or saving Robin from the dangers of water.

#7A The Batline Life-Line
You've probably heard of "jumping the shark" well how about "jumping ON a shark and stabbing it with a knife." That should totally be the new way to describe when a show has peaked.

#37A Watery Warfare

November 18, 2014

Andy Pafko Biography Cover Released

Joe Niese, the author of the upcoming Andy Pafko biography Handy Andy released the cover photo for the book yesterday. I think it look pretty good with its an iconic Pafko photo from his Cubs playdays and I can't wait to get my hands on a review copy hopefully in the next couple weeks. 



One of 10,000 Mackey Sassers



In case you missed it a few months ago ESPN did a 30 For 30 short documentary called "Fields of Fear" on Mackey Sasser and his problems throwing the baseball back to the pitcher after receiving the pitch. It's a really interesting watch and one that seems to actually help Sasser conquer his fear.

Above you'll see Mackey's 1993 Topps Gold card as well as the Florida Marlin's stamped version. You may remember those stamped cards are from one of 10,000 factory sets made especially to be sold at the Marlins stadium. The Rockies have their own stamped sets as well and I enjoy these cards because it gives you a chance to get a limited run card in the middle of the junk wax card era. 

November 17, 2014

1995 Fleer Marvel Metal Pack 2

Here's Pack #2 of a five-pack lot I bought from a card show a couple of weeks ago. Let's see if I pulled a Gold Blaster. 

When I got into comics War Machine had taken over for Iron Man while I think Tony Stark was dead [or presumed dead if I remember correctly]. This is one of my favorite cards from the series that I've seen in hand so far. 
#27 War Machine

Rogue got cut from the Days of Future Past movie this past summer but apparently you'll be able to buy a director's cut next summer which will have Anna Paquin sucking the power out of someone.

#114 Rogue
Speaking of sucking powers, this card highlights the alternate universe in which Rogue take's Thor's Powers and then teams up with Loki to take control of Asgard. This storyline was featured in What If #66 if you want to read the story. 

#132 Roge Alternate M
Mondo is a Generation X mutant that can temporarily take the properties of whatever he touches.

#105 Mondo
It would be neat to see Elektra make an appearance on the Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all she was in S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while...and Jennifer Garner isn't too busy.

#30 Elektra
Johnny Blaze was the original Ghost Rider and I always confuse his name with The Human Torch Johnny Storm. It just makes more sense for someone named "Blaze" to be a superhero that can start themselves on fire...but then as I think about it Ghost Rider was on fire all the time so I shouldn't be confused at all. Glad I figured that out. 

#57 Blaze
This pack yielded me another Sliver Metal Blaster. My favorite Storm is the Mohawk Storm and it's a shame we won't get to see Halle Berry sporting it.

#13 Storm Metal Blasters











My one-per-pack Silver Flasher was the young version of The Vulture..I always prefered the elderly Vulture to the rejuvenated one.

#81 Vulture Silver Flasher