December 25, 2014

Murray Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! May your stocking be full of wax packs and blasters!

December 24, 2014

My First Calendar Ripping

While searching around Amazon I took a look at the book that Dave the Cardboard Junkie recommended in our latest episode of The Trading Card Preservation Society about the Topps Star Trek card set from 1976. That led me to another book put out by Topps about the Mars Attacks set. And that led me to this:

Sure, this calendar is only good for another week but I bought it for the great art that is included on each month's calendar. Plus, you get a few bonus Mars Attacks cards for only $2.00 with Amazon Prime. Here are the cards that were included with my calendar.

They all have the green border variation and A4 is definitely my favorite. If you happen to have any green bordered cards from the 2012 Mars Attacks set I'm still working on that variation set

December 21, 2014

Straight Ca$h Homie!

I'm visiting family in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the holidays and during our happy hour lunch at Neumann's in North St. Paul I noticed this little sign behind the bar. They only accept cash and use Randy Moss to remind you of this fact.

They are of course referencing this famous clip of Moss after he had to pay a $10,000 fine for pretending to pull his pants down and "moon" the Green Bay Packers fans. You can hear Joe Buck get all indignant about it in the final seconds of this clip.

December 20, 2014

The Trading Card Preservation Society Podcast Episode #3 Part 2 Is Live!

Episode #3 Part 2 of the Trading Card Preservation Society is out now! Things get a little loopy at the end as we were recording until about 2am! In this episode Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I talk about 2015 Topps Stadium Club, damaged Topps Heritage High Number sets, the My Little Pony Trading Card Game, Dave busts a 2012 Topps factory set. We also cover the December New Release Calendar and attempt to answer listener Q and A! Thanks for listening and Colligere Omnia which is Latin for "Collect All Things."

You can find the podcast on iTunes HERE, Stitcher HERE, and Libsyn HERE. You can also download this episode directly right HERE. You can find our RSS feed HERE.

Here are a few cards we talk about over the course of the podcast:

Here are a couple of Tony Gwynn cards we talk about:

1985 Topps #292 Tony Gwynn
1983 Topps #482

My best unexpected autograph pull from a pack was a 2008 Topps Stadium Club Josh Hamilton "Beam Team" autograph. :

You can also listen to the new episode below:

December 16, 2014

Packer Favorite Barty Smith Autograph

For a long time in my collecting career I looked at "Through-The-Mail"/"In Person" autographs with disdain and instead favored "Certified" autographs put out by the major card companies. But as I've matured as a collector I've come to appreciate that some of the players that intrigue me most are never going to have a "Certified" autograph from Topps or Panini. Barty Smith is such a player. He was was the leader of the Packers running attack on those mid-to-late 70's teams when the Pack struggled to get to .500.

That blue signature is almost neon blue.

1978 Topps #349 Barty Smith Autograph 

December 15, 2014

Keith Olbermann On Sy Berger's Passing

Keith Olbermann gave Sy Berger a fitting obituary on his show today and he covered a lot of ground in this six minute piece including his love of the 1967 Topps Tom___Reynolds card. And as a bonus Keith seems to be wearing a suit the color of Topps chewing gum.

December 14, 2014

Twin Duos

I love the "duo cards" from the 1950's and 1960's Topps sets and I try to make it a habit if I come upon one in my searching through dime boxes to set it aside. In my "recent Twins" pile at my desk I noticed that I had a few duo cards that I had accumulated through trades and random pickups. 

I really love this card not only because of the powder blue Twins jerseys but that these two guys are some of the best players ever from the Twin Cities. Winfield was born in St. Paul in 1951 and Hrbek was born in Minneapolis in 1960.  

1983 Fleer #633 Mr. Vet and Mr. Rookie Dave Winfield and Kent Hrbek
From everything I've ever read Hrbek and Kirby Puckett seemed to great friends and after Kirby died in 2006 Kent gave some heartfelt quotes to the media.

1993 Upper Deck #50 Teammates Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett

I totally missed the fact that Lew Ford returned to the majors in 2012 for the Orioles after parting ways with the Twins in 2007. The 2007 season would prove to be White's last season in the majors as well.

2006 Topps #647 Twin Fundamentals Lew Ford and Rondell White
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the Twin Terrors on the Twins budget! Morneau's now winning batting titles with the Rockies and Mauer is going to be paid $23 million dollars a season through the 2018 season. I think he might end up getting traded just like Morneau was in 2013.

2011 Topps Heritage #351 Twin Terrors Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer

December 13, 2014

My New Richard Kiel Autograph

The announcement of the new James Bond movie "Spectre" has me even more excited than the new Star Wars trailer. I had been hoping that the Daniel Craig series of Bond films would eventually lead to Spectre and the super villain Ernst Blofeld but with all the copyright problems with the character it wasn't clear if that would ever be able to happen.

Now that we seem to have Blofeld taken care of, now we just need to find an updated version of Jaws! Since Richard Kiel's passing in September I've been looking for a copy of Kiel's autograph from the Topps 75th set from last year and I finally pulled the trigger on an eBay auction a couple of weeks ago. 

The reverse side reminds us that Topps put out a Moonraker set in 1979 which has some pretty remarkable cards, like a parachuting Jaws, Jaw biting through a steel cable, or James Bond undercover! I even opened a pack way back in 2008 which was one of the first pack rippings I posted on my blog. 

December 12, 2014

Episode #3 Part 1 of the Trading Card Preservation Society Is Available For Download

Here's Part 1 of another 3+ hour episode we had to split in half! In Part 1 Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I discuss our Black Friday purchases, Donruss factory sets, Panini's problems with relics, our first ever book review about a book featuring Topps Star Trek cards, a closer look at 2014 Topps Dynasty, and Hammer Films DVD collection. Look for Part 2 next week!

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December 11, 2014

Did I Get Anything Worth Mentioning? 1993 Topps Football Edition

Packs with four different increasingly lower price tags? Now that's what I'm talking about! These packs look to have begun life at an Eckerd Pharmacy and then were marked down three more times. They even survived seven years past the Eckerd Pharmacy brand itself which was bought out by Rite Aid in 2007. I picked these three out of a quarter a pack box at an Atlanta card show a few weeks ago and let's see if I got anything worth mentioning.

I pulled one Packer from the group but what a Packer he was going to be. Terrell was the Packers 1st round pick in 1992 and during his first season he became the youngest player in NFL history to return a punt for a touchdown. Like I've said, before everybody's got a record

#384 Terrell Buckley

While I have been collecting baseball players from around my hometown Eau Claire, WI like Andy Pafko and Jordan Zimmermann I have overlooked some local NFL players. Tim Krumrie was born in Eau Claire and played high school football in the small town of Mondovi. I remember it was such a big deal around town when Krumrie made it to the Super Bowl with the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and I really need to get my Krumrie Needs List together. 

#358 Tim Krumrie

It's always cool to pull a Joe Montana card from a pack. It must have been fun to be a Chiefs fan during those two seasons he led the team. 

#340 Joe Montana

One of my gold cards turned out to be Chuck Cecil who had played with the Packers in the previous four seasons from 1988-1992. So this card gets included with my other Cecil Packer cards even though he's a Cardinal on the card. The rules are the rules. 

#506 Chuck Cecil Gold

December 10, 2014

The Trading Card Preservation Society Is Now On Stitcher

I'm happy to announce that you can now find The Trading Card Preservation Society on Stitcher. Here is our Stitcher home page.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes and through our Libsyn page as well.
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We should have a new episode of the podcast this week barring any new technical problems!  

Packers + Sandwiches = The Perfect Packers Card

Along with having the typically awesome set of logo stickers, the 1981 Fleer football sticker set also has two cards per team highlighting the offensive and defensive stats of each team. Both cards feature shots from games against the Bears...

but the defensive card combines two of my favorite things, Packers and Sandwiches to make an all-time great card of the Green and Gold.

Here's the reverse of each card. So many great stats like the Packers kicked 24 extra points during the 1980 season or that the defense gave up 75 field goals over the course of the season. That averages out to more than four and a half field goals per game which seems insane right?  

December 7, 2014

Sepia Tone Semi-Stars

Greetings and salutations Dear Reader! Today we have a few Salutation Exhibit cards from the 60's. I can't remember exactly where I picked these up but I think it was the 2013 National in Chicago. The cards in this set could be purchased from vending machines and are known for their irregular size and salutation and autograph on each card. Choo Choo offers us "Best Wishes" on one of my favorite Coleman cards.

Some of these cards had stats on the back sometimes in red and sometimes in black. These are some very very detailed stats and I particularly love that Choo-Choo played with the Indianapolis Clowns, who were a baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters, during the 1957 season. 

Other than Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette is my favorite Milwaukee Braves-era pitcher. He famously won a game against Harvey Haddix in which Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings

On the reverse side you find black-colored statistics and you learn that "Lew" Burdette's first name was really Selva. 

These last two are personal favorites of mine, Ken Hubbs and Earl Battey. Battey played catcher for the Twins from 1961 to 1967 and was a 5-time All-Star over his career. Hubbs was a former Rookie of the Year second baseman for the Cubs who died in a plane crash in 1964. I've been trying to find all of Ken's cards and this is one of the few non-Topps produced cards out there.

December 6, 2014

Common Genius: 1971 O-Pee-Chee #76 Ted Savage

A couple of weeks ago I completed a trade with Off Hiatus Baseball and some of the cards I sent to Tony L were from 1971 O-Pee-Chee. I selfishly held back one card however as I loved it too much to part ways with it. Sorry Tony, but I had to do it. Just take a look at the reverse side of Ted Savage's #76. I have always loved the different backs for O-Pee-Chee vs. Topps cards but the floating head that seems to smash through the back of the card like Kool-Aid Man brings it to the next level of greatness.

1971 O-Pee-Chee #76 Ted Savage Back

Even disregarding the back, Ted's base card is one of my favorites and has just about the most amount of players you can get on a single card that isn't a team shot. I'm seeing parts of six Brewers on there.

1971 O-Pee-Chee #76 Ted Savage

December 5, 2014

We've Got A Couple Questions For You

Hopefully by now you've had a chance to check out the first two episodes [plus a bonus mini episode] of The Trading Card Preservation Society podcast that Dave and I have been putting. We will be recording Episode #3 soon and we need some fresh questions for us to answer in our Q and A segment. We'll take questions on anything trading card/pop culture related so please leave a good question and you will probably be made famous on the podcast. 

Since You're Probably Never Going To Open A Box Of Topps Dynasty Here Are Some Videos Of People Doing It

Seeing how Topps asks you to pay around $300 for a single card in a single box of 2014 Topps Dynasty it's most likely that you'll next get the chance to buy let alone own one of these cards so I've posted a collection of Dynasty boxes being opened by YouTuber Cards Infinity.

If you enjoy a little schadenfreude with your tea I don't believe any of these cards would come close to recouping the retail price of a new pack...and yes, I know that is not the point of card collecting but still how can a Roberto Alomar card hope to accomplish that.

December 4, 2014

Topps High TEK Is Finally Here

Dave and I talked about our hopes for how great the new Topps High TEK would be in Episode #2 of our podcast, The Trading Card Preservation Society, and now that it High TEK has finally hit the streets we can get a chance to see for ourselves.

Here's a case break from YouTube Boxes are opened and the packs are ripped around the 2:05 mark. Like the cards or not, you have to agree they are the cards with the busiest designs you'll find in 2014.

November 27, 2014

Don't Forget MST3K Turkey Day 2014 Is Today

Don't forget MST3K Turkey Day 2014 is today. It starts at 12pm ET and I've searched around but I haven't found a schedule for what's showing when. Fingers crossed for The Giant Spider Invasion! You'll be able to view the stream from the YouTube post below.

November 26, 2014

Episode #2 Of The Trading Card Preservation Society Podcast Is Available

The newest episode of The Trading Card Preservation Society is available now. In this 2+ hour episode you get to hear Dave the Cardboard Junkie and I talk about  the return of Barry Bonds to baseball cards, the very old stickers of 2014 Topps Supreme, and the problems of buying cards site unseen. In pop-culture we have Marvel’s Phase 3 films, Garbage Pail Kids, and Doctor Who cards. And as always the release calendar and your Q and A.

 Keep your ears peeled at the two hour, two minute mark in which Dave, the biggest Braves fan I know, predicts that Jayson Heyward will be traded to the Cardinals. 

November 25, 2014

I Highly Recommend Crackin' Wax's Post On Topps Bunt

I'm a couple of days behind on Crackin' Wax's post on Topps Bunt and I couldn't agree more with Topher's thoughts on the app. And I'm not totally against "freemium" games as I play both The Simpsons:Tapped Out and Family Guy:The Quest For Stuff nearly daily but the idea o f trading collecting virtual cards is some marketing person's dream. Whenever I see posts promoting Bunt I'm reminded of the Mean Girls meme:

November 23, 2014 Black Friday Deals 2014 is having another Black Friday sale and you can get free shipping when shipping 10 or more items. If you are really ambitious and ship more than 100 cards in November then you can get a $5.00 store credit for Cyber Monday. They claim to have nearly 10 million cards listed so there are a lot of great things to find even if their search and listings are often messed up. [For example, a basic search for "Andy Pafko" returns non-Pafko cards]. All this trouble is due to Beckett severing their relationship with COMC earlier this year after COMC claims they failed in buying the site. So if you aren't a fan of Beckett, spend some money at COMC this Christmas. 

November 22, 2014

A Sticker Autograph For The Ages

About five years ago I wrote a little post about Bill Madlock and how in my mind he only played for the Pirates. In reality he spent time with six teams and being a great player [the only player to win two batting titles for two different teams...that four total, two for each team] it makes sense that more than one team claims him as part of their legendary history. It's that idea plus the horrible scourge that sticker autographs are that gives us this monstrosity from 2005 Donruss Signature Series:

I found this particular card on eBay and with a little more searching you find that Bill personalized each autograph some way either talking about his batting titles, MVP award, or just writing down the name of a team he played for.

Donruss only made one design with Bill in the Pirates uniform and so you get cards that both Pirate and Cubs fans don't want to own.

November 21, 2014

Trading Card Preservation Society Mini Episode Is Live! Dave's Review of Bela Lugosi's Ape Man

It's three week since Halloween so what better time to release a Trading Card Preservation Society mini episode featuring Dave the Cardboard Junkie's review of Bela Lugosi's Ape Man. This was originally recorded during our Episode #1 recording session but we edited it out of that episode because of time considerations.

But now we've taken that review and combined it with clips from the film for an audio and visual extravaganza!

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Look for a brand new, nearly two hour long episode of the Trading Card Preservation Society on Monday!

November 20, 2014

Pearl Jam Would Have Been Even Bigger If They Kept The Name Mookie Blaylock

Poor Mookie Blaylock. He could have been one of the most famous players in NBA history if he just let that little band from Seattle keep their original band name. Life has recently turned very hard for Blaylock, who lived in the Atlanta area. He was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for vehicular homicide when he killed a woman in a car accident in 2013. 

1993 Topps #268 Mookie Blaylock 

Mookie was always one of my favorite players because of his unique nickname. Here are a couple of rookies I have in my collection:
1990 Fleer #117 Mookie Blaylock RC
1990 NBA Hoops #193 Mookie Blaylock RC