I've written previously about the idea of Ted Kennedy being a Green Bay Packer and I feel Ted's Mayo card is possibly the most perfect blending of sports and politics: he is an important politician that actually played a sport in college. When considering how sports can have an impact on the character of politicians, try online betting to put your sports knowledge to work.
Each year my in-laws put out a family news letter and over these past few years I've begun to sneak into the precious document. I've been dating my fiance [Laura] for 7+ years and we've been engaged for about two of those and so I think they finally got the picture that I'll be around for a while. There was much discussion this year between Laura and her sister as to what exactly should be put in the letter about me. The key issue was should any mention of my card blog be included or would this somehow lessen the grandeur of this year's letter. It was asserted that the blog was "nerdy" and probably shouldn't be included. Laura, always my staunch defender, claimed that I had one of the best card blog in the world...forget America. Despite her efforts, the blog was cut from the letter. Such is the nature of the hobby I've chosen I guess.
Let me also take this opportunity to mention that I've adjusted my "Players I Collect" section on the right side of the blog. I am now going to focus on the teams of my youth [Twins & Brewers] as I have pretty much taken care of the teams of my recent past [Mariners & Royals] thanks to the generosity of my readers.
I've also added Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman to my collecting list. Jordan is from my home state of Wisconsin and played for the semi-professional team from my hometown, The Eau Claire Express. He has a bunch of 2009 trading cards [most notably an Allen & Ginter rookie card] but will be out for the 2010 season due to Tommy John shoulder surgery.
I have been thinking of starting to do Through The Mail autographs for a while now and I finally found the perfect opportunity....that is, a person with a baseball card that is nice enough to offer to sign his card!
I'm speaking of Jason Wong, 2008 Allen & Ginter's code breaker extraordinaire. He's got a blog where he highlights his own Through The Mail successes and gave his address out for people interested in having his card signed. I had been having zero luck pulling his card this year but finally lucked one a little after Thanksgiving. I sent it off and received this as an early Christmas present.
He also sent along a bonus 2nd sign card. This one is one of the contest cards highlighting the contest he would end up winning.
He's also looking for at least one copy of each of the 13 different variations of his card in the '09 Allen & Ginter set. So far he's got everything except the magenta and yellow printing plates. Both cards are 1/1.
Okay, technically this is seven videos but it is all from one single movie. And forget best of 2009 this has to be one of the best YouTube videos ever. It's seven 10-minute parts dissecting what the hell was wrong with The Phantom Menace...it goes way beyond Jar Jar.
This is my favorite base or mini card from 2009 and of course, as luck would have it, mine is slightly miss-cut. It's not anywhere near as bad as the miss-cuts that FanofReds ran into over at his blog but it's just enough to be noticeable.
I had been eyeing this card since the first preview sheets for 206 came out way back in April and I pulled it from my first retail pack.
I feel bad about this one because was totally going to go see this one in the theaters the opening weekend. I was going to go the next week, and then the next. My girlfriend has said, "why don't we rent it?" but for one reason or another I haven't seen District 9 yet.
I'm sure it's great. I'm sure it's the best movie of the year. I love sci-fi...I love everything Peter Jackson does so if he produced it, it must be good. I just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
No, it's not Madea Goes To Jail or Paul Blart: Mall Cop...it would be Moon staring Sam Rockwell who plays an astronaut who has been alone on the Moon for three years [he does have a robot pal to keep him company] who may be slowing losing his marbles.
You could have easily missed it in theaters especially if you don't live in a big city. It's out on DVD now.
I've got to say that 2009 was not really a great year for new bands. Every year I really look forward to Pitchfork's list of the year's best songs if for no other reason then to discover great songs by groups I've never heard of. But it seems to me that all the year's great songs are from established indie artists like Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Grizzly Bear, etc...and the songs from the newbie groups just don't do it for me.
So I went back to an old favorite from 2008, Bon Iver, and his collaboration with a band called Collection of Colonies of Bees. Both groups are from my home state of Wisconsin and so when I heard they would combine to form a group called Volcano Choir I was in from the word go. This is the video for their song "Island, IS"
If you don't happen to follow the YouTube box breaker arplatinum you should...he does groups breaks of all the high end products and as you watch his videos he highlights the hits and the commons sounds like they get dumped in box. Well if you ever wondered about the true fate of those commons, check out this video:
No word on when the charity auction will be but when it goes live I'll be writing about it.
Bands face a daunting task when writing that extra song that gets tacked on to the end of Greatest Hits collections. They can be the best song the group/artist has ever written ["Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty], be okay ["Music Is My Radar" by Blur], or be one of the worst recordings done by man or woman [the cover of my "My Prerogative" by Britney Spears]. This brings us to the Foo Fighters Greatest Hits collection that was released in November.
The Foo Fighters have always had an aviation back story [a "Foo Fighter" after all is a term coined by World War II pilots for unidentified flying objects] and their song "Learn to Fly" has plain metaphors up the wazoo. "Wheels" is all about "the wheels coming down" and "the wheels touching ground" and you can't help but shout those words in the song's chorus.
Now don't get me wrong..."Wheels" is no "Everlong" but it's easily the best song from their past two proper albums and the song I find myself cranking in my car more than any other right now.
With Wax Heaven going to Blog Heaven and Gellman going to take a break to have a little Gellman or Gellwoman, it seems like the right time to come back even if all my goals of my hiatus have not been met. The "freedom of the hiatus" was the lack of pressure to get a new post done and I hope that that will be able to continue once thing are back at full swing. As some bloggers have noted, this may have been the worst hiatus ever in terms of actually taking a break from blogging. But I'm happy to be back and let the fun begin.
Here's another great trade with reader Michel from Texas. I sent him some '91 Upper Deck football and he was going to send me some Fleer Greats of the Game from 2000. Along with the Greats, as usual Michel threw in some great Packers and other odds and ends.
2009 Bowman Chrome #6 Aaron Rodgers Refractor
Aaron's leading my fantasy football team to a 7-6 record...it's not really his fault though. Aaron's just been a rock. The two running backs I drafted, Brian Westbrook and Clinton Portis, have had both of their brains scrambled by concussions with Portis out for the year and Westbrook contemplating retirement.
2009 Topps Football #4 James Jones Gold #1425/2009
There's a lot of talk about what the greatest insert set is and I'm throwing the Team 2000 inserts from the 1992 Pinnacle set into the ring.
The great nature of these inserts is that I'm reviewing them 17 years after the set came out so we can see how accurate they were in predicting the players of the future. I'm mainly highlighting some of the players that they got right in this post and as I get closer to finishing the set we will see some players that barely made it out of the 1992 season.
Upper Deck could do a nice Team 2020 for their 2010 base set and that would get me interested in Upper Deck cards again.