December 21, 2012

Be A Winner, Enter My Sketch Card Contest

Be a winner like the 1987 Minnesota Twins and enter my Mars Attacks Heritage Sketch Card Giveaway.  To enter, go to the original post HERE and leave a comment:

While I was at my mother-in-law's house she asked, "Matt would you like this old Wheaties box?", yes please!

December 17, 2012

The Contest Four Months In The Making: Win A 1-Of-1 Sketch Card

For the background on this contest, read more HERE.  

Basically if you want this card leave me a comment on this post by the end of the day on Friday, December 21st.  I already have a bunch of entries from the first time I tried to give away this card so if you find your name/username below then you are already entered into the contest.

Greg Zakwin
The Dimwit
Richard Nebe Jr.
Mr. Kelsey
Jeff Wilk
Alfredo Ortega
Matt Pederson
Captain Canuck
Mini Groover
The Diamond King
Skott Jimenez
Play At The Plate
Robert Frongillo
Sean Woods

If you've got a blog or Twitter account I would really appreciate any promotion you can give the contest.  Remember to enter by the end of the day on Friday and good luck! If you

The Lawrence Public Library Banned Book Week Cards

Earlier this year, you may have seen an article floating around the interwebs [or on Beckett News] about a short series of cards honoring some of the most famous banned books put out by the Lawrence Public Library in my home of Lawrence, Kansas.  Packs of cards are $7 [and you can still buy a pack if you are interested] and they feature original art honoring a selection from Banned Book Week.  I bought mine when the cards first came out but with me being out of the country I've only been able to enjoy them until now.

Checklist [the cards are not numbered on the card itself]:
1984 by George Orwell [Art by Dale Martin]
Animal Farm by George Orwell [Art by Barry Fitzgerald]
The Call of the Wild by Jack London [Art by Heather Martin]
Little Red Riding Hood [Art by Lindsey Yankey]
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin [Art by Ashton Martin]
Rabbit, Run by John Updike [Art by Webmocker]
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut [Art by Kent Smith]


December 16, 2012

My Favorite Teams Are The Packers And Whoever Is Playing The Bears

It's was so nice to be able to watch the Packers play and even more sweet that they beat the Bears to win the NFC North.  If they don't already have the NFC Champs shirts out at our local Shopko I'm sure they will be there this week.  They will fit nicely with these other shelves of Packers items: 

During the Black Friday sales I picked up a lot of dirt cheap Packers relics.  I'm happy to have picked up this Ryan Grant jersey with Ryan being back on the Packers for the remainder of the season.  I hope he's able to help them make another run deep into the playoffs.

2009 Donruss Elite #1 Ryan Grant Jersey Relic #060/299
The other three relics of of slightly older players including the Packers all-time leading rusher Ahman Green.  Every time I hear announcers mention "Green" on the Packers after a run referencing Alex Green my mind always goes to Ahman Green.  My other Packers cards aren't easily accessible at the moment but I think these are my first Robert Ferguson and Javon Walker relics.  

2005 Donruss Elite #CB-22 Javon Walker Jersey Relic #095/175
2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #58 Robert Ferguson Jersey Relic
2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #EZK/AG Ahman Green Jersey Relic

December 15, 2012

Opening Some Packs Of Doctor Who Figurines

I'm back in American for a few weeks and so I'm taking advantage by ripping as many of the awesome products I've missed in the past four months...[cue the crickets] instead of products made by Topps and Panini I turn to some Doctor Who Micro-Figurines. I bough these for $3.99 each from BAM! which is a bookstore chain that took over a lot of the recently closed Borders stores.  These are imported from England and put out by a company called Character Building.

Obviously I'm looking for a Dalek or an Ood.  Without being familiar with this particular product I assumed that these were like The Avengers figures I opened this past summer.  Instead, when you open these packs you get figures that resemble Lego characters and so it's a little unclear what you've received until you put everything together.

 My characters were a Cyberman [which is probably the second most important villain in the Doctor Who series] and a blue masked Sontaran.  While these are pretty neat I think I will try to track down an Ood on eBay and pass on any more packs.

December 13, 2012

UPDATE: This Is About As Close As You Can Get To An Andy Pafko One-Of-One

UPDATE:  After years of card blogging, I should know by now to never make a declarative statement about something without doing enough research.  Thanks for AdamE of Thoughts and Sox he reminded me that Andy has cards in the recent TriStar SignaCuts products and does in fact have at least one 1-of-1 floating around out there.  Thanks Adam!  


As best I can tell from my research on my master checklist of Andy Pafko cards, there have been no one-of-one cards produced.  Meaning, no printing plates have been issued or super rare cut autographs and so if I was to ever get this sort of super rare Pafko card I would have to turn to something like this card:

This color variation card from the 1949 Leaf set is missing blue ink from the card.  Consequently, Andy's Cubs hat is gray and the background is bright yellow instead of green.  This card is available on eBay currently for $7,900 and the auction house that is selling claims that they have only seen one other variation from the 1949 set that is missing the blue color [and that card wasn't of Pafko].

I have two copies of Andy's Leaf rookie card and you can see the difference the lack of blue ink makes on the card.  As I learned in elementary school, yellow + blue = green!  And now that my attention is drawn to it I had never really noticed how bright yellow Andy's bat was in the card.

1949 Leaf #125 Andy Pafko

December 6, 2012

Wil Wheaton Runs Into A Problem eBay Card Sellers Face Often

Wil Wheaton recently auctioned off one of his personally autographed Star Trek: The Next Generation cards for charity and got bids of over a thousand dollars for it!  But then he experienced a common problem faced by the eBay card seller: the non-payer!  Here are the tweets of the situation:

December 1, 2012

UPDATE: Certainly The Most Expensive Star Trek Card Ever

UPDATE:  In the end, the card went for $1035...or about 2.5 RGIII autographs...or a really nice graded Andy Pafko 1952 Topps #1.  


Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation and appears regularly as himself on The Big Bang Theory, recently cleaned out his garage and found a lot of amazing things that have been unseen for more than a decade.  Among his treasures he unearthed was an autographed card that he had signed for a fan in he made an error while signing.  When he crossed the "t" in his name he went across most of his face and so to correct the error he drew a pair of sunglasses on Wesley and wrote "YEEAAHH!!" across the top.  The card ended up not being used and collected dust until now.  After Wheaton tweeted a picture of the card there was a huge amount of interest in it and so he decided to list the item on eBay and give the precedes to the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA.  

The card in question is from the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation set put out by Impel.  Wesley is card #12 and you can find a copy for 50 cents.  As I write this now, the card is at a price of nearly $1000 with a day and a half left.  I'll update the post with the final results in a couple days.

November 30, 2012

Forgotten Feller

Some of my favorite posts from this blog focus on Bob Feller and my trips to the Bob Feller Museum in Iowa.  I originally went to the museum on a family vacation in the mid-90's and it was my personal highlight of the trip [which included the Black Hills, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Corn Palace, etc...sorry Mom and Dad!].  The past summer, before I packed up my bags and hightailed it to Ukraine, my Mom brought over an old comic book that had an envelope stuck inside it.  I flipped it open and found this Hall of Fame plaque postcard signed by Bob Feller.  It turned out during that first trip my parents bought this autographed card and either didn't tell me or forgot to tell me at the end of trip.  Believe me, it's better late than never!  

And so this postcard brings my Feller autographs up to three...this one, one on-card that I asked for some help in determining if it was real, and one I purchased from the Feller Museum some 15 years after my initial visit.

November 18, 2012

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter World's Greatest Military Leaders Mini Needs List

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter World's Greatest Military Leaders Needs List

Last updated: 11/18/12

Yellow = awaiting arrival/pending trade

ML-1 Alexander the Great
ML-2 Simon Bolivar
ML-3 Oliver Cromwell
ML-4 Julius Caesar
ML-5 Cyrus the Great
ML-6 Hannibal Barca
ML-7 Napoleon Bonaparte
ML-8 George Washington
ML-9 Ulysses S. Grant
ML-10 Dwight D. Eisenhower
ML-11 Leonidas
ML-12 Charlemagne
ML-13 Saladin
ML-14 Duke of Wellington
ML-15 Horatio Nelson
ML-16 Frederick the Great
ML-17 Duke of Marlborough
ML-18 William Wallace
ML-19 Darius the Great
ML-20 Sun Tzu

November 16, 2012

Another Mars Attacks 1-of-1 Sketch Card

A nice part of living abroad and having a post office box that is regularly checked is that I can buy cards from eBay and they will all be waiting for me when I return they will all be waiting for me in a little Christmas explosion of cardboard.  And to be honest, I can't really remember what I purchased back in September so it really will be a little like Christmas.  Plus, we'll have [hopefully] a Black Friday shipping sale and so I'll finally get another chance to clean out my inventory that has been accumulating there for several months...including one of the key 1971 Topps cards I've been missing for $4.00....more specifics on that later... the condition is pretty questionable but it's probably the third most key card in the set and major hurdle that I've crossed.

In my eBay purchases waiting for me are a few more Mars Attacks 1-of-1 sketch cards that I've found interesting and at the right price.  Today's card was one of the last ones I purchased before leaving and is drawn by artist Steven Russell Black.  I choose this one because to me it has a distinctive martian meets Zoidberg from Futurama feel.  Can't you just hear him ask "why not Zoidberg?"      

You can find more sketch cards available from Mr. Black here.

November 14, 2012

A Pack I've Always Wanted To Open

I'll do my duty and post this over on A Pack To Be Named Later as well but since we reviewed a Screen Plays pack back in March of 2011 I don't think anyone would mind if I share it here first.  As a huge fan of Sportflics from the late 80's these Screen Plays packs are like the high end of "motion action" cards.  

While these were expensive packs when they were released and you only get one card per tin you were at least able to know exactly which card you were going to receive as the player is prominently displayed on the opposite side.  

When you open the tin you first get a sort of checklist card that lists the players available and also explains the Kodak process used in creating the cards.

Looking at the checklist 15 years later they did a pretty good job picking players and I imagine that Hideo Nomo card is worth a pretty penny to Nomo's enthusiastic collectors.

Removing the checklist you get your one card which is just sitting on the filler loose which was a little surprising to me.

And here's the card in action...

Now that the excitement of your card pull has slowed down you can move onto the next stage of this product which is displaying your card.  The first step is to remove some of the filler material [which is pre-cut from Topps].

And then you can position the tin cover so that everyone knows you love the Yankees or... show your pull.

Although the "Premium" cards have a higher book value, the Jeter is put at about $12.00...and you can get a pack of your own for as little as $5.00 online on eBay.

November 9, 2012

Papilio Palinurus

A little while ago I wrote about the artist market here in Kharkiv and one particular merchant who sells entomology frames.  I missed out on that first opportunity and hadn't been able to make it back to see if I could buy one.  I tried again on Saturday thinking earlier was better but at 10:00 am most of the booths hadn't been set up yet.  It then started raining lightly and so when we came back later in the afternoon there was only about a quarter of the typical number of sellers.

On Sunday Laura was out and about with her friend and if she ended up down by the market she said she would check to see if that seller was there.  And sure enough, the seller was there and so she returned with this beauty:

The frame is wrapped in plastic to protect it against the elements and so that is the glare that you are seeing on the photo.

The type of butterfly is listed as Papilio palinurus which is called the Emerald Peacock butterfly and can be found in Southeast Asia.  

November 4, 2012

Vote For Me! My Nightmares On Cardboard Entry Part 2

I highlighted Part 1 of my Nightmares on Cardboard entry here.  If you like my cards please vote for me to win Thorzul's contest by going to his blog and voting on the right side of the page.  

Along with my set of American Movie cards I also created five cards for some of the words/lamest movie monsters in history.  Nearly all of these I was originally introduced to them through episodes of Mystery Science Theater or Rifftrax.  We begin with The Master  from Manos: The Hands of Fate.

In one scene from The Creeping Terror as the monster eats a woman, the victim is clearly climbing into the monster's mouth.  It's simply one of the worst constructed monsters in cinema history.

I will forever be a M. Night fan no matter how many poorly made films he puts out.  He made three of my favorites, Unbreakable, The Village, and the Sixth Sense and so I'll give everything he does a try to see if it is a return to form.  If you haven't seen The Happening I would suggest getting the Rifftrax riff when you do because it will add a lot more enjoyment to the experience.  It's a mystery at first what is causing people to kill themselves and so for most of the film the main characters are running away from gusts of wind.

In the course of Plan 9 From Outer Space the aliens resurrect the recently deceased and so we get zombie Thor Johnson and although Thor was a former wrestler he has a lot of trouble crawling out of grave.

Missile To The Moon is a relative new one to me until Rifftrax featured it.  Basically a couple of escaped convicts take refuge in a scientist's missile that just so happens to be headed to the moon.  They end up running into these Rock Monsters which are clearly men in cardboard boxes that have been painted.

The inspiration for these cards was a Marvel X-men board game from 1992.  I can't find the exact game online but it is similar to this one.  Each mutant was given their own "Strength" and "Experience" scores and the one card that I had on hand that I scanned was for The Blob.  I modified "Experience" to "Intimidation"
for my cards.