September 18, 2011

Cards From Jeff's: Coins, Coins, Coins

**In this series I highlight the cards purchased from Jeff's Sports Cards, the best card shop in Northeastern Kansas**

Jeff's had a nice new collection on display since the last time I was in the shop...a nice collection of 1964  Topps Coins.

There were 164 coins made for the set with 44 of them highlighting the All-Star Game selections.  These were actually inserts into wax packs in the 1964 set and some of the higher valued coins include Pete Rose, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle.  There are actually two versions of Mantle's coins, one with him batting righty and one lefty.

I purchased a Harmon Killebrew All-Star coin for $4.00 which seems to be pretty good from the listing I've seen.

1964 Topps #133 Harmon Killebrew
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September 14, 2011

Taking A Little Time Off

I'll be back on Monday...maybe during the weekend...who knows...until then, I'll give you this...all this My Little Pony talk reminded me of this...remember kids, "just do the heroin!"


September 13, 2011

Vic Power Card Of The Week: Heroe del beisbol Sticker

**In this series, we strive to collect a master set of all of Vic Power's cards.**

I've been out of practice in giving you a Vic Power card a week but I'll try to make up for that.  Today's card is actually a sticker honoring Puerto Rican "Heroes of Baseball" or "Heroe del beisbol" as the card reads.  I'm not sure which year this is from but the sticker looks to be recently made.  This one came to me through eBay for $5.00

September 12, 2011

The Difference Is In The Details

I recently highlighted my Andy Pafko collection and I thought highlight the slight differences between two of my older Pafko cards.  I'm speaking of my two "Salutations" cards.  The first one was produced somewhere between 1939 and 1946 and features a "Yours Truly, Andy Pafko."  These cards were one of the first series to use simulated signatures and they were available in vending machines.

1939-1946 Exhibits Salutation Andy Pafko
As you can see on the close up of Andy's baseball cap you can see the "C" on the cap for the Chicago Cubs.  

Here's an even closer look:

And now we'll move onto nearly the exact same card but from a little later.  This one was made somewhere between 1947 and 1966 and has the same salutation.

1947-1966 Exhibits Salutation Andy Pafko
But looking at Andy's cap you'll notice something is a little different.  The "C" now seems to be an "O" or maybe a "D."  One thing is for certain, the "C" that was once very clear has been modified.

Here's another extreme close-up:

This slight difference does play into the value of this particular card...the "C" version is worth slightly more than the later version.  

Genius Covers: Web of Spider-Man #38

Today's cover comes from the May 1988 issue of Web of Spider-Man, which is the forth best Spider-Man series after, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man, and The Spectacular Spider-Man.  This issue was right in my wheel-house as a collector with its $1.00 price tag...meaning I could buy two issues with my $2.00 a week allowance.  One time I tried to get my allowance twice in a weekend, once from my Dad and once from my Mom.  It worked until I found out that, apparently, my parents talked about what happened during their day.

Fabian Nicieza wrote this issue which is mainly a big fight between Spider-Man and Hobgoblin.  Spider-Man nearly looses after getting accidentally drunk when someone spikes the punch at a party that Peter Parker was attending.  As you can see, this issue is also during the black suit/Venom period.

There weren't any great advertisements in this issue but here is the best single caption from the issue: 

It reminds me to this great Ben Folds Five song with the lyric "Bass In Your Face!"

September 11, 2011

Dramatic Kent Hrbek

On a day full of drama, what would be better than a little dramatic Kent Hrbek:


The 5 Best From A 2011 Score Value Pack

In honor of the new season, lets open some Score 2011.  This year's design has a sort of retro theme in my opinion that reminds me of the 90's designs...Here are the Top 5 cards of the 52 that I received in my jumbo pack for $4.98:

#1 -- I include Romo because he's from Wisconsin, like men, and he's my fantasy quarterback.  If only he played for any other team than the Cowboys he would easily be my favorite non-Packer player.

#83 Tony Romo

#2 -- Pulling a Randy Moss as a Titan card is a weird experience.  It would have been nice to see him in a Vikings uniform one last time.  There are rumors now that he might end up with the Saints but after watching Thursday's game I'm not sure if the Saints needs another receiver as their offense looked pretty good, even in a loss. 

#289 Randy Moss
#3 -- Ryan Grant made his return on Thursday and already has more rushing attempts than he did all of last season.  Although he wasn't the leading rusher for the game [that would be James Starks who blossomed in the playoffs last year] it will be nice for the Pack to have a great 1-2 punch at running back.  

#111 Ryan Grant
#4 -- Greg Jennings had a great start to his season with a touchdown and 89 yards receiving.  

#107 Greg Jennings
#5 -- Success! I pulled the only rookie I was really looking for.  Randall Cobb put his name towards the top of many football card collector's list after Thursday's game.   

#377 Randall Cobb [Rookie Card]

September 10, 2011

Super Rare Vic Power Card On eBay

As I was doing my weekly trolling for new Vic Power & Andy Pafko cards for the collection, I came upon this yellow beauty for an asking price of $600:

It is a part of a super rare set made by a company in Kansas City, Rodeo Meats, in 1955 featuring players of the Kansas City Athletics.  There are 47-cards in the set and Vic's bright yellow background and "never takes a bad photo" smile makes it one of the most sought after cards from the set.  Here's a great little article on the set written by PSA. 

September 9, 2011

Recounting Of A Brutal Blaster Opening

I've been putting this post off for quite some time.  I would look at the pile of cards on my card sorting table and turn away quickly as if seeing something that was truly upsetting.  Today, I am pulling myself together and summoning the strength to talk about my ripping of a blaster of Upper Deck's World Of Sports.

I'm not sure what I was thinking spending some of my income tax return on a full priced blaster to begin with.  I think at the time [this would have have been mid-April] I was just so desperate for something new that I fell back into the warm embrace of Upper Deck no matter what product they were offering.  I wasn't promised a jersey card on the box but an entire blaster of just base cards without inserts was dreadful.  And I realize that whole generations opened packs that were just base cards but in today's collecting environment it's like going to a restaurant on the hottest summer's day and finding the restaurant doesn't have air conditioning.

In terms of getting some interesting base cards I did alright I guess.  I was able to get the Tiger Woods base card but no Lebron.  Along with Tiger, there were a few other cards of players just about anyone had heard of...including one infamous one highlighted at the end here.

#250 Tiger Woods
#304 Sidney Crosby
#62 Landon Donovan
#114 Hope Solo
#228 Nancy Kerrigan

But a huge majority of the set was of players and sports that you would never guess would be included.  I guess I had hoped this set could be a set highlighting the champions of the world [like Allen & Ginter with photography]...I just didn't expect the top 15 lacrosse players or the top 10 female hockey players.  What could have been.

As in the Field Level View review of the product, if you desire any of the cards in the set, buy singles and avoid packs.

September 8, 2011

What's Inside Five Packs Of 2009 Americana?

Here's what I found in five packs of 2009 Donruss Americana [purchased for 99 cents each at Target]. There was a lot of...

#94 Marton Csokas

A little of the ultraviolence...
#42 Malcolm McDowell

Brains! [Romero fans, please save your comments...I know his zombies don't have a taste for brains...they'll eat any part of a human...]

#52 George Romero

A Spencer Tracy relic!  My first ever relic straight from an Americana pack.

Movie Posters #45 Boys Town/Spencer Tracy Clothing Relic #104/500

#44 Stephen Baldwin

#90 James Caan
 And two packs later another relic!  When I'm hot, I'm hot.  

Movie Posters #50 Mrs. Miniver/Greer Garson/Teresa Wright Clothing Relic #325/500

September 7, 2011

Andy Pafko Collection Needs List

Missing Cards From My Andy Pafko Collection

Last updated: 1-18-12

Bold = awaiting arrival/pending trade

This is by no means a complete list of all the Andy Pafko cards out there...these are just some of the most common cards that I see on eBay every once in a while.

1946-47 Montiel Cuba Baseball #74
1947 D305 Bond Bread Andy Pafko
1949 Bowman #63
1950 Bowman #60
1951 Topps Blue Back #27
1952 Topps #1
1952 Bowman #204
1953 Bowman Black & White #57 [Upgraded copy]
1953 Red Man Tobacco #9 [With Tab]
1953 Johnston Cookies #24
1954 Red Man Tobacco #8 [With Tab]
1954-1956 Spic and Span Andy Pafko
1954 Wilson Franks #13
1960 Spic and Span
1985 TCMA Playball #9
1986 C.C.C. Reprint of 1951 Bowman

1952 Topps #1 Reprint Variations
2001 Topps Chrome Through The Years Reprints #4
2001 Topps Team Topps Legends Autograph #TT27R

Recently Acquired:
1957 Topps #143 [Upgraded copy]
1974 TCMA 1952 Dodgers
1978 Milwaukee Braves Greats #48
1980 TCMA 1957 Braves #24
1983 Fritsch Co. 1953 Braves
2001 Topps Through The Years Reprints #4
2001 Topps Archives #112 [Reprint of 1959 Topps]
2001 Topps Archives Reserve Reprint #62
2002 Topps Chrome 1952 Reprint  #52R4
2002 Topps Chrome 1952 Reprint Refractor
2007 Wisconsin Museum 1957 Braves #10
2007 Wisconsin Museum 1957 Braves #41

And The Winners of The Super Bowl Sets Are...

In total we had 22 people enter into the contest and so we shall run them through the randomizer three times and see what come out.  The Packers won Super Bowls I & II so the first and second entrants listed win the sets...

Here are the brave 22:

Josh D.
The Dimwit
Play at the Plate
Captain Canuck
Greg Zakwin
Chris Stufflestreet
BA Benny
Sean Woods
Baseball Nut

 And so here is the 3rd randomization through

And so our winners are Spankee, of the My Cardboard Mistress blog... 

and Thorzul of Thorzul Will Rule.  

Congratulations to you both and I'll be in touch with you shortly!

September 5, 2011

Don't Forget About My Labor Day Weekend Contest

Enter to win one of two unopened Pro Set Super Bowl XXV card sets...Just leave a comment on the original post HERE by the end of the day today.  Winner will be announced some time on Tuesday.

Inspired By Ken: Bill Lee

**The card purchases inspired by watching Ken Burn's 18.5 hour Baseball documentary over the course of a week in June 2011**

Through the last few innings of Baseball, every once in a while we'd get to hear Bill Lee's interpretation of baseball history all while wearing a CCCP baseball cap.  

It's the kind of "making a statement" fashion choice that has Lee just begging for some to tell him how stupid it makes him look.  It's one thing to support the idea of socialism or even communism, it's another thing to celebrate the Soviet Union.   Or maybe I've got it all wrong and he's really just a fan of C.C.C.P. the German techno band.

My irritation in Lee didn't stop me from tracking down a few of his cards including his 1970 Topps rookie card.

1970 Topps #279 Bill Lee
1979 Topps #455 Bill Lee
1982 Topps #323 Bill Lee

September 4, 2011

When You're Hot You're Hot

I watch nearly all of chri5874's video breaks but one of his latest was like nothing I've seen. He starts off small by guessing which rookie would be signing a redemption that was pulled. He then moves on to predicting the hit in the next box ripped. Now that's all well and good but then he just throws out that there would be an "Adrian Peterson autograph" for the last box of 2007 Premier and...well you'll just have to see for yourself:


September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Contest: Win A Super Bowl XXV Set

Part of the bunch of junk wax bonanza I recently received from Wisconsin were three complete sets of the Pro Set Super Bowl XXV commemorative set.  I ripped one set to get the cards I was looking for which included this great nine piece "puzzle":

And, of course, the Packers players which numbered an impressive 10 cards...and this set was well before the Brett Favre-led championship season so they are all the 60's greats.

So long story short, I've got two sealed complete sets to give away...

This time to win we're just doing a random drawing.  So just leave me a comment on this blog telling me who's going to win Super Bowl XLVI.  Enter by the end of Labor Day on Monday 9/5 at 11:59 PM CT. The two winners will be announced on Tuesday.