December 30, 2013

Green and Gold Gifts

As I write this the Packers are either going to make the playoffs by beating the Bears or miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and so what better time to highlight a few of my recent Packers pickups...and these pickups came in the form of Christmas gifts.  The first is a mini-helmet I received from my lovely wife. I have tons of Packers stuff but somehow I never got myself a mini-helmet. Thankfully my wife corrected this horrible oversight!   

My second addition is a Packers Rookie Jersey Relic of former Packer Alex Green. Green is now with the Jets but that's no matter as I am a collector of all things Green and Gold. It is mainly a green patch with a little smidgen of white on the left side.  This came to me in Crackin' Wax Secret Santa Exchange along with a bunch of Milwaukee Braves cards that I'll highlight later.

2011 Topps #HRP-AGR Alex Green Rookie Patch

December 29, 2013

More Doctor Who Micro Figures, This Time All Killer, No Filler!

I've opened several packs of these Doctor Who Micro-Figures [here and here] put out by Character Building but they've out done themselves with this latest set.  It's all 11 Doctors, no side characters, no villains.   All Killer, No Filler! [Well, I mean, there is the 8th Doctor but what can you do?].

I picked up one pack for $4.50 from the local British store here in Lawrence called Brits.

Each pack comes with a handy mini-poster/checklist of each figure. My top priority figures would be the 4th Doctor, 10th Doctor, and the 1st Doctor.  Let's see what I pulled.

I pulled the 5th Doctor played by Peter Davidson in the early 80's.  Although I don't remember exactly when I first saw the original Doctor Who series, being born in 1979 I believe it was probably the 5th Doctor during reruns on PBS.   

So we can cross off on Doctor from my list and I'll will certainly be back to Brits for another pack soon. 

November 28, 2013

My Packer Season Ticket Update Is Here [2013 Edition]

A few weeks ago I received my yearly postcard from the Green Bay Packers letting me know where I sit on the season ticket waiting list.  Here is the progress I've made since 2007:

2007: 69,193

2011:  I can’t seem to find a scan of the postcard but...
2012: 65,890 [I moved up 1,008 places over 2 years]

I've been eagerly waiting this year's postcard because it is the first to include the huge addition the Packers made to Lambeau Field. So I was expecting a big jump in my position and certainly the biggest jump I've ever seen in my time on the list.

And I wasn't disappointed.  I'm all the way up to 60,604 which is an improvement of 5,286 spots which is 5X more that I've ever moved up before.  I'm still a long way from getting that magic letter with my chance to get my tickets.  But now that Lambeau Field holds 80,750  fans it is nice to now I'm about 25% of the way there.   

November 26, 2013

The Pitch Gif

I'm not sure if that this has been posted elsewhere on other card blogs but about a month ago on the subreddit r/woahdude the user TheJoePilato posted this great gif of some 20+ odd junk wax cards showing a pitcher going through the motion of throwing a pitch. I can stare at this for an embarrassing long amount of time.

November 25, 2013

Ripping Four Packs of Cryptozoic Walking Dead Trading Cards

Here's another video I recorded long ago but never got around to posting. In today's clip I'm opening four packs of Walking Dead trading cards put out by Cryptozoic...two of the packs are for Season 2 of the TV series and two packs are devoted to the comic series. Hope you enjoy it.

November 24, 2013

A Day of the Doctor Special Pack Ripping: Character Building Doctor Who Micro Figures Series 2

Here is the second part of my Day of the Doctor tribute videos.  In this one I'm opening a pack of Doctor Who Micro Figures put out by Character Building.


A Day of the Doctor Special Unbubbling: Opening A Doctor Who Tardis

Today is a pretty big day for Doctor Who fans and so in honor of that I'm dusting off some videos I recorded over the summer of me ripping some Doctor Who related packs and products.  The first one is a great big Tardis I found on clearance at Half Price Books.


November 19, 2013

Lawrence Public Library Banned Book Trading Cards Are Back!

I'm happy to spread the word that the Lawrence Public Library is again selling a set of trading cards commemorating banned books including The Cather in the Rye and Leaves of Grass. The 2013 will run you $7.00 with $2.95 shipping and there are some 2012 sets still available if you haven't gotten that one yet. You can find my post with full card scans from the 2012 set to give you a better idea of how great these cards are.   

September 8, 2013

A Green Bay Packer Explosion

The Packers open the 2013 season today in San Francisco for their their meeting with the 49ers in a year. Hopefully the Pack won't end up going 0-3 over those games.  To celebrate the opening of the Packers season here is an explosion of Packer autographs and relics that I've added to my collection fairly recently.

If Eddie Lacy doesn't get at least 80 yards in Week 1 the season may dissolve into another "running back by committee" situation as it has been since Ryan Grant's great seasons.  Starks might eventually be the lead man during the season if God forbid Lacy and Jonathan Franklin don't pan out.

2010 Panini Plates and Patches #142 James Starks Autograph #103/449
I was going to write about how Antonio Freeman was a lifetime Packer and like Donald Driver will be fondly remembered but after double checking it I had totally forgotten he played a random season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002 before returning to the Packers in 2003.  I must have mentally blocked this because of the trauma it might have caused at the time.  

2002 Fleer Authentic Football #JA-AF Antonio Freeman Jersey Relic

I thought there was a chance that Alex Green would end up being released before the season since the Packers added two promising running backs in the draft but he made the roster and might get some playing time if the running game struggles.

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia #2 Alex Green Jersey Relic
2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #18 Alex Green Jersey Relic #154/299
I got this Ahman Green relic from one of those repackages that was specifically full of Packer cards.  I'm a sucker for those every time.  

2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #EZK/AG Ahman Green Jersey Relic
I was surprised to find that Javon Walker was in the league through 2010 and finished up with the Minnesota Vikings.

2005 Donruss Elite #CB-22 Javon Walker #095/175
This one came to me in a trade with Reader Mike D. and is my first Jordy Nelson relic.

2009 Upper Deck Football #NFL-NE Jordy Nelson Jersey Relic
I was surprised to find Robert Ferguson relic cards out there as he was a solid third receiver for the Packers for four season but I imagine his stats didn't exactly inspire a lot of collectors to demand Ferguson relics from the card companies.

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #58 Robert Ferguson Jersey Relic
Ryan Grant didn't catch on with a team for the 2013 season and so it looks like his career has come to an end.

2009 Donruss Elite #1 Ryan Grant Jersey Relic #060/299
I had no idea that Dorsey Levens was a part of the legendary Madden Curse.  He was on the cover of the European version of Madden 2000 and ended up being released by the Packers in 2001.

2001 Upper Deck #CT-DL Dorsey Levens Jersey Relic

August 30, 2013

Tales From The LCS: The Eddie Lacy Collection Begins

When I first got back into collecting I certainly started collecting in quantity rather than quality.  Having doubles of a card was no big deal especially if they were of a player I admired.  But once my collection reached the tipping point of being too big to handle I've been focusing more on vintage, autographs, and jersey/relic cards.  So now when I exit a LCS my haul is usually just a card or two.  Here is what I picked up from Jeff's Sportscards in Topeka, KS when I was down there recently. 

I think you can expect to see Eddie Lacy's cards go up, up, up now that he is going to be the unquestioned lead back for the Packers after DuJuan Harris went down for the season.  This is my first relic card for him and I'm going to be trying to track down an autograph sooner rather than later.  

2013 Panini Prestige #8 Eddie Lacy Jersey Relic #125/199
I'm always a sucker for the Fan Favorites autographs and so I picked up this card of Chuck Finley.  You might be surprised to hear that he is the Angels career leader in wins, games started, and innings pitched.  

2013 Topps Archives #FFA-CF Chuck Finley Autograph

August 28, 2013

Some Andy Pafko Stuff I Had Never Seen Before

We'll start today with an eBay auction of a card I've never seen before.  Only 25 copies were made of this dual Andy Pafko/Phil Rizzuto autographed relic card from 2002 Topps.  Unfortunately, since they shrunk two cards into the size of one, the signature areas are very small and so the signatures are almost on top of each other.  In my long time examination of Pafko cards I believe this is the only Topps dual on-card auto that Andy has signed thus far.

The card is priced at $199 currently and has about four days left to bid and I will update this post if the auction has any surprising developments.

While the Pafko/Rizzuto card lives in a fantasy "I would like to own" someday, this next piece is in my grubby hands.  It's a book dedicated to Pafko by John C. Hoffman and was published in 1951.  The book has Andy listed as "The Solid Man" which is a cool nickname but not one that seems to have stuck with him as he is still mainly known as "Handy Andy."

I will have scan more of the pages in an additional post but I just wanted to show this treasure which came to me from reader and fellow Wisconsinite Jason C.  

August 25, 2013

An Exclusive Stan Lee Mars Attacks Card

If you happen to be in Los Angles the weekend after Halloween and are a huge Mars Attacks fan, be sure to make your way to Stan Lee's Comikaze Convention.  At the Topps booth you'll have a chance to get one of the 2,500 copies of this specially made Stan vs. the Martian card.  I will certainly try to find one on the secondary market as I don't think I'll be in the City of Angels that weekend.  As a reminder, the new Mars Attacks: Invasion cars set comes out in October and you can pre-order it here.  

August 23, 2013

Hearing The Death Rattle of My 1971 Topps Need List

Here is my 1971 Topps need list that I brought to The National a few weeks ago and as you may notice there are many, many cards crossed off my list.  Many of these came to be in a trade from my long time trading partner Mike D. who I actually got to meet when I was in Chicago.

My favorites from the trade include cards of John Powell and Ernest Bank...or Boog Powell and Ernie Banks as you may commonly know them.  Mike's a huge Cubs fan and it must have been a little difficult to part ways with an Ernie Banks.

#525 Ernie Banks
Boog's card is one of the tougher cards to find in the 1971 set as he is star that is also in limited production high numbered series.  

#700 Boog Powell

August 22, 2013

Joy of the Completed Set: Hello Sailor!

I've made a lot of progress on my needs lists recently and so I'm feeling a little like this:

Although, to be honest as I haven't done much of the "heavy lifting" as a lot of the credit goes to my trading partner Mike D.  You will see his name often throughout my upcoming posts and if you are ever lucky enough to complete trades with him it will be worth your while.  

While I haven't purchased any 2013 Allen and Ginter yet, I was able to finish up my Sailors of the Seven Seas mini insert set from 2010.  Oh the joy, feast your eyes on my ten sailors!

August 20, 2013

At One Time This Would Have Been A Controversial Statement

At one time this would have been a controversial statement but I am so glad that the idea very idea of this not being true today seems ridiculous.

I fell wrong posting about the Packers without also showing a card or two. So here is my 1971 Topps Gale Gillingham. Gale might not be a household name to non-Packer fans but he protected Bart Star during the first two Super Bowls and is a member of the Packer Hall of Fame.  This came into my collection as part of a huge trade with my long time trading partner Mike D that we completed while we were both at The National in Chicago.

1971 Topps #83 Gale Gillingham

August 19, 2013

Trimming The Baseball Card Tree

There's nothing quite like being away from your card collection for a year to really put things into perspective about what is important and what isn't.  Since returning to America, I have successfully cut my collection roughly in half with many of them going to a lucky young collector in Osseo, WI.
I'm planning on giving away some more of my cards during a giveaway in a short while when Heartbreaking Cards surpasses half a million visitors...we are sitting at roughly 496,000 currently so it should be next week sometime I would imagine.  More on that later though.

So as I was trying to consolidate my collection to only those cards that I really appreciate, my parents dropped off this binder of cards they found in my old childhood closet at their house.  As you can see, the binder tells you exactly what was waiting inside for me.

Also spelling didn't seem to be a priority...apparently as I kid I would put my "1991 TOOPS SET" into anything including hot pink binders.  

As I wrote on the front cover this set came to me from my Uncle Tim who would regularly give me baseball card sets and packs for the holidays when I was younger and he really got me interested in card collecting.     

Here's the first page of the set celebrating Topps 40th anniversary in making cards.  I love that horizontal Nolan Ryan #1 card.    

As I flipped through I noticed that a few of the cards were missing and so I must have pulled what I thought were the best cards out of the set to stare at longingly in 1992.  So let's see if the actual best card in the set is still there.

Sure enough, 12-year-old me never gave Chipper Jones rookie a second glance.  I'm always happy to add another one of these to my collection.  

August 18, 2013

Andy Pafko In My Newspaper

I was reading my very, very, very local paper today and noticed this in the "From the Past" section that highlights notable news items that happened on that particular day.  As an Andy Pafko Super Collector the first event written about the events of 65 years ago caught my eye:

Andy is from Boyceville, WI which is about twenty miles from where I live currently and so news about Andy Pafko would have be front page news back then.

Updating the additions to my Andy Pafko collection is going to be a pretty regular feature of the blog as I made quite a few pickups in my year abroad and a few more at this year's National.  A couple of these have been some Andy Pafko tobacco cards.  When I say "tobacco cards" did you automatically think of the minis from cigarette packs?  Instead, my "tobacco cards" are from the 50's and made by chewing tobacco company Red Man.  These are from the 1953 set with the first one in pretty bad shape but it was at a very reasonable price on eBay.  The second copy came to me from my long time trading partner Mike D.

August 17, 2013

Update On My Inherited Minis

The other day I wrote about some inherited minis I received and I asked for a little help in getting to the bottom of their origin.  I received several good comments on the matter and was inspired to do some more searching around eBay.  I didn't find too much until I realized that I had seen those familiar yellow squares on the reverse side of the cards before.  You can find them on the great series of cards from the early 90's put out by a Beckett want-to-be called Hygrade.  While a lot of their cards were just photos of all-time great players shoved into an orange or green border they did successfully make one of the most beautiful Babe Ruth cards that anyone can afford.

So we now know for sure that the minis were made by Hygrade and just like the Babe Ruth card my inherited minis don't have any sort of numbering on them.  And those red-backed Honus Wagner cards I found correspond with Hygrade's green bordered edition of their Baseball's All-Time Greats set.

You may remember Hygrade from their price guides which told us how much our baseball cards were worth in the early 1990's.  Is it too late to file a class action lawsuit against them?  I'm joking of course!  Here's a photo of a Hygrade guide that's for sale on eBay currently with a poster that has most of the minis I highlighted.  I'm sure there are more than a few of you out there who thumbed through these in 1992.  

August 16, 2013

My Feelings Toward 2013 Allen and Ginter

But I'm not sure how much longer I can last.  

The National's War On Your Wallet

While you can find many, many boxes of cards at a dime a piece at The National and possibly even more booths with boxes marked "90% off of Beckett" it is inevitable that this will be the result on your wallet of visiting the largest sports card show in the world.

Here's the most expensive single card I picked up at the show.  What this card lacks in being way off center it gains in having four very nice corners for a 1971 card.  Those black corners get scuffed up very easily if you aren't careful.  In the end, I probably overpaid a bit over what I could comparably find somewhere on the internet but I was anxious to cross this off my '71 Topps needs list and finally have it in hand.