September 1, 2014

Late Night Post Dump: Pafko Variations

*Occasionally, late at night, I dump a blog post onto the world that I'm never going to put the proper amount of effort into finishing.* 

I just like looking at these '52 Topps variations. They are like an Andy Warhol painting and I would love to own the pink/red one. 

August 24, 2014

1990 Pacific Packers 25th Anniversary Set Needs List

This set was put out in 1990 by Pacific Trading Cards in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Packers victory in Super Bowl I. One surprising player missing from the set is Packer legend Paul Hornung and he's the only player from the 1966 team that isn't featured.

1990 Pacific Packers 25th Anniversary Set Needs List

Last Updated: 8-24-2014

Yellow = awaiting arrival/pending trade

1 Introduction Card
2 Bart Starr
3 Herb Adderley
4 Bob Skoronski
5 Tom Brown
6 Lee Roy Caffey
7 Ray Nitschke
8 Carroll Dale
9 Jim Taylor
10 Ken Bowman
11 Gale Gillingham
12 Jim Grabowski
13 Dave Robinson
14 Donny Anderson
15 Willie Wood
16 Zeke Bratkowski
17 Doug Hart
18 Jerry Kramer
19 Marv Fleming
20 Lionel Aldrige
21 Bill Red Mack
22 Ron Kostelnik
23 Boyd Dowler
24 Vince Lombardi
25 Forrest Gregg
26 Max McGee
27 Fuzzy Thurston
28 Bob Brown
29 Willie Davis
30 Elijah Pitts
31 Hank Jordan
32 Bart Starr
33 Super Bowl I
34 1966 Packers
35 Max McGee
36 Jim Weatherwax
37 Bob Long
38 Don Chandler
39 Bill Anderson
40 Tommy Crutcher
41 Dave Hathcock
42 Steve Wright
43 Phil Vandersea
44 Bill Curry
45 Bob Jeter

August 23, 2014

Keith Olbermann On John Lackey, A Uniform Number, and A Babe Ruth Autograph

This is from this week's Tuesday show:

"Matt" Garbage Pail Kids Needs List

"Matt" Garbage Pail Kids Needs List

Last Updated: 8-23-2014

Yellow = awaiting arrival/pending trade

Fat Matt -- Series 1 #26b

Matt Ratt -- Series 2 #66a

Welcome Matt -- Series 6 #244a

Laundry Matt -- Series 11 #429a

Vendo-Matt -- Series 15 #600a

Photo Matt -- All-New Series 1 #16a

Fat Matt -- All-New Series 2 #F5b [Foil Card]

Matt Mobile -- All-New Series 5 #4a

Boogie2988 Opens Some Garbage Pail Kids Chrome and My Garbage Pail Experience

Boogie2988 typically opens boxes of Magic and so it's fun when he does something not gaming related. He choose three blasters of the new Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Chrome. As he mentions in the video he's a GPK super collector and has each and every set that has come out so far.

My personal experience with Garbage Pail Kids is I imagine similar to many other kids of my age. I bought them, obsessed about them, and when my Mom found them they were ejected from my life. I think I kept a few of my favorites hidden away but I have no idea where those cards ended up. This reminiscing has me interested in trying to track down all the "Matt" cards found in the various sets. There is of course "Fat Matt" from the original set but that seems a bit too obvious for GPK names and thankfully "Matt" has been featured in several sets in the series. It hadn't really occurred to me to try this before but think I will try to track down all of the variations. 

August 22, 2014

1991 Pro Set Desert Storm Needs List

Along with some Packers, The Cardboard Junkie also gave me a huge chunk of one of the best political cards sets ever 1991 Pro Set Desert Storm. These are so much better than the Desert Storm sets put out by Topps and it has a very impressive world leaders subset that Allen and Ginter revived many years later.

I think that the days of these sort of sets is passed. I know President George W. Bush had a playing card set of the most-wanted Iraqi leaders and several patriotic companies made smaller card sets for the War on Terror but they were nothing like the Desert Storm sets of the early 90's. I can just imagine the Twitter storm that would start with a Topps set with cards featuring drones or maybe a card for ISIS [which isn't that crazy since Saddam Hussein has a card in this set as well as several other Middle East dictators].

If you've got any of these I would love to take them off your hands.

1991 Pro Set Desert Storm Needs List

Last Updated: 8-22-2014

Yellow = awaiting arrival/pending trade

37 Kingdom of Morocco
38 Kingdom of the Netherlands
42 Sultanate of Oman
66 Brian Mulroney -- Prime Minister of Canada
98 United Nations Resolutions
99 United Nations Sanctions
121 United States Marine Corps
147 Red Cross
163 Inspection
176 USS Blue Ridge
178 USS England
181 USS Midway
184 USS Saratoga
186 USS Richmond K. Turner
192 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship
195 Spruance Class Destroyer
197 LCAC
198 M60 Machine Gun
233 F-117A Stealth Fighter
242 C-130 Hercules

August 21, 2014

Dayf's 1950's Packers

Last Sunday I got to go to my first card show around Atlanta and it is great that this sort of show happens nearly every weekend somewhere around The Big Peach. I also got to meet up with fellow blogger dayf, The Cardboard Junkie IRL which I've only gotten to do a couple of other times with card bloggers. Along with showing me the ropes of the hard hitting world of ATL card collecting, he had some cards for me too.

Two of my favorites were these 50's era Packers. It's fun to be reminded of the navy and gold era of the Packers when their color scheme copied Notre Dame's. Bill Howton was the Jimmy Graham of the Packer's offense and is the only player other than Don Hutson to have more than one 200-yard receiving game.

1956 Topps #19 Bill Howton

"Ben Szafaryn" should actually be "Len Szafaryn" who had two stints with the Packers in the 50's. This card reminds us of the times that the Packers accentuated the "P" in Packers rather than the "G" in Green Bay. As best I can tell this is Szafaryn's only Packers card.

1955 Bowman #86 Ben Szafaryn

Thanks for the cards dayf!

August 17, 2014

My Vince Lombardi Almanac

I don't remember exactly when I received this Packers almanac in honor of Vince Lombardi but I'm sure it came from my Uncle Jim who is also a big Packers fan. It was put out by the Jaycees in 1968 to honor Lombardi's nine season as the most successful coach in NFL history

The magazine has some great photography although I'm pretty sure Vince isn't "reflecting on nine years as Packers coach."

Plus there is this great guide to all the players that played in one or more games  for the Packers during the Lombardi era. I'm sure a lot of these players never had a football card but I think it would be a neat project to get at least one card from as many players listed as possible. I wasn't really looking for a new collecting project but sometimes they find you.