October 30, 2014

2014 Topps Supreme Baseball Case Rip Video

If you have any interest in 2014 Topps Supreme Baseball check out CardsInfinity's video in which he breaks a case in less than 16 minutes. It's all killer, no filler as there are no base cards in these packs! If you love die-cut cards this just might be the set for you. Jump to about the 4:30 mark which is where the ripping begins.

October 29, 2014

Random Royals #15: Bring Back Frank White!

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Good old Hal's sideburns worked last night and so now we have Game 7 tonight! If only they would let bygones be bygones and let Frank White thrown out tonight's first pitch! The team and their former color commentator have been feuding since his contract was not renewed in 2011. The crowd would go nuts tonight if they did that and it would be good for both the Royals and White who is seeking election to the Jackson County Legislature.

2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-FW Frank White Autograph

October 28, 2014

Random Royals #14: If Anyone Can Save Us It's Hal McRae's Sideburns

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Well, shit, it might all end tonight and I've still got too many Royals cards to post! If anything can save us tonight it's Hal McRae's sideburns. This isn't the best McRae sideburn card [that would go to 1976 Topps] but still those sideburns have the power to turn the World Series around and get us a Game 7!

1974 Topps #563 Hal McRae

Random Royals #13: Two Wins, Two Cards

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals need two straight victories to take the World Series crown and so here are two cards from 1982 Topps that you might take for doubles if you were just quickly glancing at them.

1982 Topps #35 Willie Aikens
1982 Topps #329 U.L. Washington

U.L. Washington and Willie Aikens were both key parts to the Royals playoff teams in the late 70's and 80's. The Royals made the playoffs in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984 and won the World Series in 1985. They could have been in contention for Team of the Decade if you counted from 1975 to 1985.

October 27, 2014

Random Royals #12: Hall of Fame Retirees

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Although George Brett is the only player to have had a long playing career with the Royals to have made the Hall of Fame, the team does have an interesting history of signing formerly great players at the end of their careers. Both Harmon Killebrew and Orlando Cepeda were Royals for one season and in 1983 Gaylord Perry signed with the Royals halfway through the season after he was released by the Mariners. At the end of the season he retired and graced this 1984 Topps cards along with fellow retires Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski.
1984 Topps #6 Bench, Perry, and Yastrzemski Retire

October 26, 2014

Random Royals #11: In Honor of Dan Quisenberry

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

A little known fact is that before Dan Quisenberry passed away from a brain tumor in 1998 he spent a lot of his free time writing poetry. A collection of his poems was published in 1998 called On Days Like This: Poems and includes the following poem about his rookie card:

1980 Topps #647 Royals Rookie Stars Renie Martin/Bill Paschall/Dan Quisenberry 

BASEBALL CARDS
that first baseball card I saw myself
in a triage of rookies
atop the bodies
that made the hill
we played king of
I am the older one
the one on the right
game-face sincere
long red hair unkempt
a symbol of the '70s
somehow a sign of manhood
you don't see
how my knees shook on my debut
or my desperation to make it
the second one I look boyish with a gap-toothed smile
the smile of a guy who has it his way
expects it
I rode the wave's crest
of pennant and trophies
I sat relaxed with one thought
"I can do this"
you don't see
me stay up till two
reining in nerves
or post-game hands that shook involuntarily
glory years catch action shots
arm whips and body contortions
a human catapult
the backs of those cards
cite numbers
that tell stories of saves, wins, flags, records
handshakes, butt slaps, celebration mobs
you can't see
the cost of winning
lines on my forehead under the hat
trench line between my eyes
you don't see my wife, daughter and son
left behind
the last few cards
I do not smile
I grim-face the camera
tight lipped
no more forced poses to win fans
eyes squint
scanning distance
crow's-feet turn into eagle's claws
you don't see
the quiver in my heart
knowledge that it is over
just playing out the end
I look back
at who I thought I was
or used to be
now, trying to be funny
I tell folks
I used to be famous
I used to be good
they say
we thought you were bigger
I say
I was
-----------------------
September 30th marked sixteen years since the Quiz's passing...you are missed.

October 25, 2014

Random Royals #10: "Bye Bye" Balboni

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Steve Balboni provided the Royals with their power during the 1985 Championship. He hit career highs in home runs, hits, and RBIs but had nearly double the amount of strikeouts [166] than anyone else on the team. The 2014 Royals on the other hand  had only had one batter, Alex Gordon, who hit more than half as many as "Bye Bye" Balboni.

1985 Topps #486 Steve Balboni

My Favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode Explained

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has so many perfect and classic episodes it must be hard for some people to pick their favorite. You have the Joel vs. Mike debate, the TV's Frank era, the Pearl Forrester era and each period seems to have its own perfect episode. And when tasked with picking your overall favorite there are many episodes to serious consider. You have the episode which nearly single handedly put Manos: The Hand Of Fate on every bad movie list, the Canadian equivalent of Plan 9, and the many, many railings of Space Mutiny.


My personal favorite is The Giant Spider Invasion which is Episode 10 of Season 8. Directed by Bill Rebane [who also directed the outstanding Monster A-Go Go], the film is set in northern Wisconsin and so this episode is chock full of Green Bay Packers references and Badger State jokes. I've edited it down to just the good Wisconsin related parts and it is helpful to remember that this particular episode came out in May of 1997 just five months after Brett Favre led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. Enjoy.

 

October 24, 2014

Random Royals #9: Travel Day Giants

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

With yesterday being a travel day and no game to write about I'll let a few cards of a former Giant player slip into my Random Royals posts. You might not have noticed it but Barry Zito didn't pitch in the 2014 season and his career is most likely over. The Giants bought out the last year of his contract a.k.a. The Contract of Doom which forever hindered the Giants from winning the World Series...oh wait, that's not the case.

These three cards have come to me through trades with the amazing Reader Mike D. who takes my want list and converts it into actual cards! Your efforts are always greatly appreciated!

2004 Fleer Platinum #NPN/BZ Barry Zito Patch Relic #020/170
2000 Royal Rookies Elite 8 Autographs Barry Zito Autograph #313/2500
2005 Playoff Prestige #4 Barry Zito Jersey Relic

October 23, 2014

Random Royals #8: Starting Lineup Bo Jackson Cards

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

With the impressive victory in Game 2 last night it was time to break out some rarer Royals card. Way back in 2009, Play at the Plate sent me a Starting Lineup Bo Jackson figure for a Secret Santa exchange and I kept it in its original packaging for a little bit but eventually broke down and freed Bo from his plastic prison. Along with the figure came two Starting Lineup cards, one from the year the toy was made [1989] and one from Bo's Rookie Year in 1987. Highlights for me are Bo's signature on the reverse of the black bordered card and the small novel that's written on the back of his "rookie" card.



































October 22, 2014

Random Royals #7: Greg Pryor

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Today in Random Royals we have Greg Pryor from 1984 Topps. This may not be the card you want but it is the card we deserve after last night's performance in Game 1. It's an unremarkable card for an unremarkable player however Greg was on the Royals World Series Championship team in 1985 and in holding with my idea that every major league player holds some kind of record he was the last position player ever drafted by the Washington Senators.

1984 Topps #317 Greg Pryor

October 21, 2014

Random Royals #6: Getting Closer To An Impressive Record

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals improbable run in the playoffs has left them incredibly close to an impressive playoff record. If they are able to take a 2-0 lead over the Giants they will have won the most consecutive playoff games dethroning a Murders Row era Yankees team and a Big Three Era Yankees team with 12 straight wins each.

Which brings us to Jim Wright's card from 1982 Topps. He pitched for the Royals for parts of two seasons and since 2002 has been a pitching coach of the last team that swept through early rounds of the playoffs in 2007, the Colorado Rockies.

1982 Topps #362 Jim Wright

Random Royals #5: Drafting George Brett

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

The Royals drafted their best player in franchise history in the 1971 amateur draft. But you might be surprised to learn that he wasn't the Royals' first pick the draft. No, Brett was drafted in the 2nd round. The Royals first round pick was for a pitcher named Roy Branch. He would never pitch for the Royals in the majors and was eventually shipped over to the Mariners where he was able to pitch two games in the pros.

I love thinking about the different possibilities of the draft and the picks that could have been. The Royals drafted Branch in front of perennial All-Stars Frank Tanana and Jim Rice. Additionally, the Royals could have picked another Hall of Famer instead of Brett that might have helped the team even more: Mike Schmidt was the very next pick in the draft made by the Phillies.

1983 Donruss #338 George Brett

October 20, 2014

Random Royals #4: And You Thought Gubicza Was Hard To Spell!

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 


Al Hrabosky, or The Mad Hungarian as he was affectionately known during his playing days, played for the Royals for two seasons '78 and '79 as a closer and middle reliever. He came to the Royals in a trade with the Cardinals and he's been the color commentator for Cardinals games since 1985.


1980 Topps #585

October 19, 2014

Random Royals #3: Every Royals Collector Has A Dozen Of These

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

If you are a Royals collector or if you've ever traded with someone else in which they sent you Royals cards then you undoubtedly own at least a dozen copies of Tom Gordon's Rated Rookie card from 1989 Donruss. It makes sense as this was one of the key rookies from the '89 set and so it would often survive a collector's purge of the countless garbage cards from this era. 

More than 20 years after the card was made "Flash" Gordon was still pitching in the majors. He had pitched in 890 games, been a 3x All-Star and won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008. 

1989 Donruss #45 Tom Gordon Rated Rookie

And here's the Topps version of Gordon's Rated Rookie from 1989 Topps Traded.

1989 Topps Traded #38T Tom Gordon

Random Royals #2: My All-Time Favorite Royal

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

As all baseball fans sit around wondering to themselves "the World Series really doesn't start until Tuesday?" I'm about to go crazy posting Royals cards. Before moving to Georgia this summer I lived in Kansas for five years and I've received thousands of Royals cards through trades with blog readers over the years. Of course, wouldn't you know that the first time the Royals make the World Series in nearly 20 years and nearly all of my Royals cards are in storage in Wisconsin.

I did luck out in that I do have several cards of my all-time favorite Royal. George Brett, you ask? Or maybe Frank White, Hal McRae, Willie Aikens, or Carlos Beltran or Johnny Damon before they left for greener pastures. No, my favorite Royals player is an outfielder for the Royals from the late 70's named Tom Poquette. And it's not because he shares his rookie card with Fred Lynn. 

1976 Topps #622 Rookie Outfielders Tom Poquette/Fred Lynn/Ed Armbrister/Terry Whitfield

And it's not because he was a 3-D Super Star.

1977 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars  #24 Tom Poquette

 And it's not because he got to have a shiny gold All-Star Rookie Cup on his second year card.

1977 Topps #93 Tom Poquette

And it's not that his 1977 O-Pee-Chee card ditches the All-Star Rookie Cup and moves the signature slightly.

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette
You can find the reason on the reverse side of the O-Pee-Chee card. Tom was born and lives in Eau Claire, WI which is also my hometown. 

1977 O-Pee-Chee #66 Tom Poquette Reverse


Tom played in parts of five seasons with the Royals before being traded to the Red Sox for the legendary George Scott

1979 Topps #476 Tom Poquette
1978 Topps #197 Tom Poquette



Tom then bounced around with the Red Sox and Rangers before going back to the Royals in 1982. Since then he's been a coach in the Royals farm system for many years.

1981 Topps #153 Tom Poquette
1980 Topps #597 Tom Poquette
1982 Topps #657 Tom Poquette

October 18, 2014

Random Royals #1: Eric Hosmer Relic

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

I wonder when they look back at the exact turning point that the Royals started their transformation from a hapless organization to the dominant teams of the latter half of the 2010's I wonder if it won't be when they called up Eric Hosmer in 2011. He's been a very stable Gold Glove winning 1st baseman for them and he's one World Series MVP award away from being an all-time Royals legend. 

2014 Donruss Eric Hosmer Jersey Relic

Chuck Klosterman 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Needs List


2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #271 Chuck Klosterman Mini [A and G Back]

I'm looking for all the variations of Chuck Klosterman's card from 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter. He has card number #271.

Updated: 4-17-17

Regular Base Card
Regular Mini
A and G Back Mini
Black Border Mini
Red Mini #/50
No Number #/50
Red Flag Back #/25
Relic Card
Autographed Mini

I have no expectation of owning these next two but I thought I would list them to be complete.

Printing Plates: Wood 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

October 17, 2014

My Favorite Cards From 2014 Allen and Ginter

Each year I look forward to the odd inclusions that make Topps Allen and Ginter a great set to collect from year to year. This year's non-sport include one of my favorite author/review/commentator/podcast guest, Chuck Klosterman. He's written eight books but I will always think of him as a sometimes infuriating but always memorable Spin Magazine columnist. 

We'll start with the autograph mini card which I love just because it's a Chuck Klosterman autograph card. But if I was to be objective unless Chuck has really sloppy handwriting he could have taken a little more time in signing his cards.

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #AGA-CKL Chuck Klosterman Autograph
Although this looks like a blah swatch, the shirt Chuck gave Topps did have some cool patches [if they are patches...I guess they could be be just color changes in the fabric].

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #FRB-CKL Chuck Klosterman Relic
And of course the minis which have several variations that I'll be tracking down...and by the way I really enjoyed the 2014 Ginter design. 

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #271 Chuck Klosterman Mini [A and G Back]

October 16, 2014

Homer Simpson, The Fairweather Packers Fan

A couple of weeks ago during The Simpsons couch gag for Episode #554 finds Scratchy temporarily adopted by Homer and the family. It only last for 30 seconds and during the montage of scenes we find Homer and Scratchy rooting for the Packers. 


Great as this is, it seems really odd considering we already know Homer's football affiliation. In possibly the best episode of the show "You Only Move Twice" Homer tells Marge and Hank Scorpio of his desire to own the Dallas Cowboys and later he even becomes the owner of the Denver Broncos

October 15, 2014

Genius Covers: The Covers From My Card Show Haul

During last weekend's card show I came upon one seller who had a bunch of Walking Dead figures and big box of assorted comics he had recently picked up from another seller. They were 50 cents each but the longer I stood there looking and pulling things out the price was down to 3/$1.00. When we are talking 33.33333 cents a comic you can definitely judge a book by it's cover and so here's what I picked up. 

Season 2 of Nick Offerman's best show, Axe Cop, is due sometime in the near future...It's not clear if Fox even knows...and if you haven't seen Season 1 yet the cover of this issue will give you an idea of how bonkers it is. Yes, that's Axe Cop on King Kong's shoulder. 

Axe Cop #2 August 2012
I enjoy Kevin Smith's comic work but this one wins my money because of the Alex Ross painted cover.

The Bionic Man #6, 2012
A Poison Ivy story but interestingly the front cover scene never actually happens in the comic.

Detective Comics #694, February 1996
Shhhhhh....Along with the great cover parts of this issue were drawn by Ron Frenz who's known for his work on Amazing Spider-man, including the art for the classic issue "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man."

Ms. Marvel #25, May 2008
What an amazing acetate cover to a series that lasted 26 issues.
Ninjak #1, February 1994
Here's the full cover with the front and back combined.


You might not have known it but Frank Miller wrote the original screenplay to RoboCop III that was eventually abandoned for the disaster that that movie became. RoboCop: Last Stand is an adaptation of that screenplay in four parts.

Robo Cop: Last Stand #2, September 2013
I choose this one for Mr. Hellboy Mike Mignola's awesome cover.

The Machine Week #2, August 1993
If you are looking for a weird "historical fiction" series set during World War II I cannot recommend The Manhattan Projects more.

The Manhattan Projects #6, September 2012
The Marvels Project is sort of a continuation of the all-time great Marvels series which put Alex Ross on the map.

The Marvels Project #1, October 2009
I swear every time I look at this I think it is an issue of  Dr. Strange featuring Thanos and Storm from the X-Men. It's not.  

The Strangers #7, December 1993
DC re-printed The Watchmen for the movie release and this is the first issue.

Watchmen #1 Reprint, 2009 Second Printing
The comic Jim Lee left Marvel to start was WILDC.A.T.S...50 issues and six years later DC bought the WILDC.A.T.S rights and Lee's WildStorm Productions. The circle of life continues.

WILDC.A.T.S. #2, September 1992
Onslaught is the physical form of the worst parts of the psyche's of Magneto and Professor X and Onslaught Reborn is a 10th Anniversary series of the character's creation. The art was done by one of my favorites, Rob Liefeld. 

Onslaught Reborn #3 Variant Edition, March 2007
90% of Liefeld's work is awesome but at least a few panels in each issue he draws has really messed up perspective. Issue #3 delivered with this great panel with Hulk battling Captain American while it looks like he really really has to pee.