February 29, 2012

If Only... [Mars Attacks Edition]

If only...I had no responsibilities I would blow my tax return on this eBay auction [which has already been grabbed by some other schlub] :


This is how my Mars Attacks collection is slowly looking...I'm up to four cards now all in similar condition as the cards above.  Someday I'll get around to posting more scans of them.

This Just In! Baseball Card Pack Yields Good Cards!

Below you find the carnage of me opening a 10 Packs For $10 repackage and a jumbo repackage of 100 random cards.


As you can see, the jumbo repackage promises three vintage cards...here's what I got:


We start with a 1978 Barry Bonnell card.  This is exactly what I am expecting to receive from this pack.  A 30+ year common.

1978 Topps #242 Barry Bonnell
Wait a minute...what's this?  A 1978 Topps Frank White? A Frank White I don't have even.  Well this is a pleasant surprise!   Let's see what vintage card #3 is...

1978 Topps #248 Frank White
What?  A 1969 Tony Oliva?!?!  Awesome!  Again, it is another Oliva that I don't have!
1969 Topps Tony Oliva
This might be like during the Oscars when everyone was tweeting "Who is Billy Crystal" because they are out of touch with anything more than 15 years old.  Maybe the people putting together these packs just don't know who Frank White and Tony Oliva are?

Rock On...New Radiohead Edition

2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Uninvited Guests Mini Needs List


2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Uninvited Guests Mini Needs List

COMPLETED ON 3-30-12!

Bold = awaiting arrival/pending trade

UG1 Bachelor's Grove Cemetary
UG2 The White House
UG3 Waverly Hills Sanatorium
UG4 The Villisca Axe Murder House
UG5 The Amityville Haunting
UG6 The Lemp Mansion
UG7 Alcatraz
UG8 The Winchester Mystery House
UG9 RMS Queen Mary
UG10 The Lizzie Borden House

2011 Topps Allen and Ginter World's Most Mysterious Figures Mini Needs List


2011 Topps Allen and Ginter World's Most Mysterious Figures Mini Needs List


COMPLETED ON 3-30-12!


Bold = awaiting arrival/pending trade


WMF1 Rasputin
WMF2 The Poe Toaster
WMF3 Kasper Hauser
WMF4 Fulcanelli
WMF5 D.B. Cooper
WMF6 The Count of St. Germain
WMF7 The Man in the Iron Mask
WMF8 Nostradamus
WMF9 The Babushka Lady
WMF10 Captain Charles Johnson

2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Portraits in Penultimacy Minis Needs List



2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Portraits in Penultimacy Minis Needs List


COMPLETED ON 3-30-12!


Bold = awaiting arrival/pending trade


PP1 Antonio Meucci
PP2 Mike Gellner
PP3 Dr. Watson
PP4 Igor
PP5 The Hare
PP6 Tonto
PP7 Antonio Salieri
PP8 Sancho Panza
PP9 Thomas E. Dewey
PP10 Toto

February 27, 2012

This Is What It Is Like To Live In Rural Wisconsin

This is Mom's Cafe in the little town of Colfax in north western Wisconsin.  Colfax has a little more than a thousand people. I was back home for a quick visit about a month ago and before starting back on the log drive to Kansas we stopped for breakfast at Mom's.  If there is one thing I can say about Mom, she's a Packer fan.  


You enter by going past a clipping board which has all the recent headlines from the major local paper the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.  I wrote for their sports section when I was in college with my best article being a hard hitting expose on a local runner who did pretty well in the Boston Marathon. 


Everywhere you turn at Mom's it's Packers everywhere.  We have plaques on one wall devoted to Lambeau Field. 

A signed autographed jersey of some guy who used to play for the Packers back in the 90's I think.  The name escapes me currently. 


And now we come to the tributes to current players.  We have The Claymaker, Clay Mathews:


Followed by Charles Woodson. 


Followed by Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings.  Did you hear that 12/12/2012 is going to be Aaron Rodgers day in Wisconsin?  I kid you not! 


Even the dogs need to be Packer fans to get inside!



Next we have a little shelf of Packer nick nacks...autographed photos, Packer Beanie Babies, and if you look really close you'll find something a Packer card collector would be interested in.


Up in the middle of the top shelf an autographed card of the Packers all-time sack leader, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.  I might just have to track one down for my own collection. 


It seems like just about each little town in Wisconsin has one of these Packer shrines be it a small restaurant or a local bar. 

February 26, 2012

My First Diamond Giveaway Package Set To Music

Alternative Moneyball Posters

Here are a couple of alternative Moneyball posters in a hope that Moneyball sweeps the Oscars tonight...but I would admit that if Midnight In Paris took best picture I could live with that.



A Choo Choo Subsitute

I've been looking for a nice 1966 Topps #561 Choo Choo Coleman for years now.  I was hoping to find one at the National Card Show this past summer but it wasn't in the cards for me.  The 1966 Topps card is the last I need for my Choo Choo Topps master set.  This mint version below is available for purchase for the slim price of $759.


Ungraded versions of the card range from $30-$60 but the overall nicest version of the card, in my opinion, is this authenticated and autographed version for a hair under $300.


Someday when I've tracked down my 1952 Topps #1 I'll turn my attention to 1966 Topps.  To fill in as a substitute for it until then I found another Choo Choo card that I didn't have.  This is one of those Salutation cards found in vending machines in the 60's.  I've got a couple of them featuring Andy Pafko as well.   


So I can have my Choo Choo and an autograph too!

Rock On

If you have never heard Nirvana playing with Flea on trumpet it is a window into what Nirvana's music could have been someday.

February 25, 2012

Boxes and Wrappers

Last Sunday I went over to Kansas City for the bi-monthly [that's every two months, not every two weeks for those keeping score at home] card how at the Hampton Inn there.  There's always one booth that doesn't really have any recent cards and instead focus on vintage collectibles like old pennants, programs, and odd balls.  They had this great box from 1968 Topps which highlights that you get one Topps playing card inserted into each pack. Neat, but $150 is crazy considering there are "pen markings." 

 
Along those lines, I did find something else to spend my money on.  How about a 1973 Topps wrapper?  

This is by far the oldest wrapper I have in my modest wrapper collection.  

And here it is completely unfolded.  Anyone else out there collect wrappers?  Do you store them unfolded or folded?  I'm an unfolded man myself. 


February 24, 2012

A Skrillex Custom Card! Call 911 NOW!

For the uninitiated, dayf, the Cardboard Junkie, also writes a music blog pretty frequently called No Future.  A little while ago he mentioned that he might have to admit that he liked Skrillex and here's the proof with accompanying Ponies, of course!  Long story, short that admission had been floating around in my head for a few weeks and then the Grammys happened and a custom card was born.

Dayf, my laser printer is out of colored ink at the moment but when it's not, you'll get a 1/1.



The inspiration:


Soft Rock On

February 21, 2012

They Graded What?

Have you ever picked up an odd card here and there and then the next thing you know you have a full fledged "collection" on your hands? This has now happened to me after I bought these two graded cards for 50 cents. I call it my "They Graded What?" collection as it is entirely cards sent to be graded that really have no business being slabbed.

For those unfamiliar, FGS stands for Finest Grading Services which doesn't seem to be accepting cards anymore. Their web page doesn't give much detail other than an e-mail address and an address in California.

1974 Topps #436 Don Hood
1974 Topps #580 Jim Spencer

February 19, 2012

Before It Was "Mars Attacks" It Was "Attack From Space"

As I posted I'm slowly finally working towards a 1962 Mars Attacks set.  The set is of course a pricey one given that in 1962 most of the cards were pulled due to the outcry from the subject matter of the cards.  This makes one of the risque cards, #21, entitled "Prize Captive," as one of the most sought after cards.  Currently, there is one great version of the copy graded an 8 with an asking price of $757.  Here is the card:


But that is nothing compared to the most expensive Mars Attacks item out there.  It is a gum box which seems to be a prototype of the Mars Attacks set before it was even called "Mars Attacks."  At first the series was going to be called "Attack from Space" but you can clearly see it's the same old Martian enemy design.


This piece of cardboard has a price tag of $185,000.  Yes, you read that right.  For that amount maybe I'll just develop my own time machine and go back to 1962 to experience what "space adventure bubble gum" tasted like.

Rock On

February 18, 2012

Interrupting An Afternoon's Reading

The Kid

I don't have any great Gary Carter memories and so I'll keep it brief.  Simply put, here are some cards from my collection of The Kid.

2004 Donruss #WS-61 Gary Carter Bat Relic
2008 Topps Allen and Ginter World's Greatest Victories #8 Gary Carter and the '86 Mets
1976 Topps #441 Gary Carter
1986 Topps All-Star Set #23 Gary Carter
2011 Topps #T60-4 Gary Carter
1987 Kay Bee #8 Gary Carter

1988 Donruss All-Star Gary Carter Fold Out

February 16, 2012

2012 Topps Mars Attacks 50th Anniversary Set Details

For quite some time I had listed in my "Short Term Collecting Goals" on the right side of the blog "any 1962 Mars Attacks card."  This was more of a reminder to do an eBay search every once in a while for card that fits my price range as copies of any of the cards in good condition are easily three figures and a very high graded copy can go for several hundred.  I'm happy to say that I finally pulled the trigger on two cards, one of which has arrived.

So here is "Washington In Flames" which is card #5 in the series:




Not the greatest condition but I didn't care too much as this is personally one of my cards from the set as I am a huge political junkie.  My favorite brief scene from the Tim Burton Mars Attacks! movie is relating to this card as well:



And all this was before Topps announced they are doing a 50th Anniversary of the Mars Attacks set.  Due in July, the set will mainly be a re-print of the original 55 cards plus 25 more cards, bring the series to 80.  At first I was a little more than frightened about those additional 25 cards given Topps reputation of not always playing things straight in terms of honoring the original subject.  I'm thinking of a card with a martian getting a pie in the face by a Marine.

But it sounds like Topps is treating the set with a lot of respect.  Ten of those 25 cards are actually based off sketches made from the original Mars Attacks artists that never made it into the set.  The other 15 cards are new creations by John McCrea who will be the illustrator on the new Mars Attacks comic book series.  I am also relieved that they are printing the cards on the same card stock as Heritage. 

I'll post my next Mars Attacks card when it arrives.

Rock On

February 15, 2012

Everything Is Better With Patches

Everything card is better with a patch.  This is indisputable.  Take a relic card, add a patch, and things get better.

Preston Wilson card?  Better with a patch!
2005 Donruss Zenith #ZB-23 Preston Wilson Patch Relic #050/150
Jason Schmidt relic?  Better with a patch!

2005 Fleer Patchworks #PO-JS2  Jason Schmidt #09/99
Joe Nathan card?  Waaayyyyy better with a patch!  Especially if they are three-colored!

2008 Upper Deck SPX #WM-JN Joe Nathan Patch Relic #49/50
Luis Gonzalez relic?  Much better with a patch especially when that patch feels so think it could stop a bullet.  

2004 Topps Prestine #PP-LG Luis Gonzalez Patch Relic

Jim Thome relic?  Well.....um....gee.....maybe everything ISN'T better with a patch.  

2003 Upper Deck Patch Collection #124 Jim Thome Patch