December 22, 2014

Straight Ca$h Homie!

I'm visiting family in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the holidays and during our happy hour lunch at Neumann's in North St. Paul I noticed this little sign behind the bar. They only accept cash and use Randy Moss to remind you of this fact.

They are of course referencing this famous clip of Moss after he had to pay a $10,000 fine for pretending to pull his pants down and "moon" the Green Bay Packers fans. You can hear Joe Buck get all indignant about it in the final seconds of this clip.

December 20, 2014

The Trading Card Preservation Society Podcast Episode #3 Part 2 Is Live!

Episode #3 Part 2 of the Trading Card Preservation Society is out now! Things get a little loopy at the end as we were recording until about 2am! In this episode Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I talk about 2015 Topps Stadium Club, damaged Topps Heritage High Number sets, the My Little Pony Trading Card Game, Dave busts a 2012 Topps factory set. We also cover the December New Release Calendar and attempt to answer listener Q and A! Thanks for listening and Colligere Omnia which is Latin for "Collect All Things."

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Here are a few cards we talk about over the course of the podcast:

Here are a couple of Tony Gwynn cards we talk about:

1985 Topps #292 Tony Gwynn
1983 Topps #482

My best unexpected autograph pull from a pack was a 2008 Topps Stadium Club Josh Hamilton "Beam Team" autograph. :

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December 17, 2014

There's A Baseball Card Collector Metaphor Here Somewhere

December 16, 2014

Packer Favorite Barty Smith Autograph

For a long time in my collecting career I looked at "Through-The-Mail"/"In Person" autographs with disdain and instead favored "Certified" autographs put out by the major card companies. But as I've matured as a collector I've come to appreciate that some of the players that intrigue me most are never going to have a "Certified" autograph from Topps or Panini. Barty Smith is such a player. He was was the leader of the Packers running attack on those mid-to-late 70's teams when the Pack struggled to get to .500.

That blue signature is almost neon blue.

1978 Topps #349 Barty Smith Autograph 

December 15, 2014

Keith Olbermann On Sy Berger's Passing

Keith Olbermann gave Sy Berger a fitting obituary on his show today and he covered a lot of ground in this six minute piece including his love of the 1967 Topps Tom___Reynolds card. And as a bonus Keith seems to be wearing a suit the color of Topps chewing gum.

December 14, 2014

Twin Duos

I love the "duo cards" from the 1950's and 1960's Topps sets and I try to make it a habit if I come upon one in my searching through dime boxes to set it aside. In my "recent Twins" pile at my desk I noticed that I had a few duo cards that I had accumulated through trades and random pickups. 

I really love this card not only because of the powder blue Twins jerseys but that these two guys are some of the best players ever from the Twin Cities. Winfield was born in St. Paul in 1951 and Hrbek was born in Minneapolis in 1960.  

1983 Fleer #633 Mr. Vet and Mr. Rookie Dave Winfield and Kent Hrbek
From everything I've ever read Hrbek and Kirby Puckett seemed to great friends and after Kirby died in 2006 Kent gave some heartfelt quotes to the media.

1993 Upper Deck #50 Teammates Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett

I totally missed the fact that Lew Ford returned to the majors in 2012 for the Orioles after parting ways with the Twins in 2007. The 2007 season would prove to be White's last season in the majors as well.

2006 Topps #647 Twin Fundamentals Lew Ford and Rondell White
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the Twin Terrors on the Twins budget! Morneau's now winning batting titles with the Rockies and Mauer is going to be paid $23 million dollars a season through the 2018 season. I think he might end up getting traded just like Morneau was in 2013.

2011 Topps Heritage #351 Twin Terrors Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer

December 13, 2014

My New Richard Kiel Autograph

The announcement of the new James Bond movie "Spectre" has me even more excited than the new Star Wars trailer. I had been hoping that the Daniel Craig series of Bond films would eventually lead to Spectre and the super villain Ernst Blofeld but with all the copyright problems with the character it wasn't clear if that would ever be able to happen.

Now that we seem to have Blofeld taken care of, now we just need to find an updated version of Jaws! Since Richard Kiel's passing in September I've been looking for a copy of Kiel's autograph from the Topps 75th set from last year and I finally pulled the trigger on an eBay auction a couple of weeks ago. 

The reverse side reminds us that Topps put out a Moonraker set in 1979 which has some pretty remarkable cards, like a parachuting Jaws, Jaw biting through a steel cable, or James Bond undercover! I even opened a pack way back in 2008 which was one of the first pack rippings I posted on my blog. 

December 12, 2014

Episode #3 Part 1 of the Trading Card Preservation Society Is Available For Download

Here's Part 1 of another 3+ hour episode we had to split in half! In Part 1 Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I discuss our Black Friday purchases, Donruss factory sets, Panini's problems with relics, our first ever book review about a book featuring Topps Star Trek cards, a closer look at 2014 Topps Dynasty, and Hammer Films DVD collection. Look for Part 2 next week!

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