August 24, 2014

1990 Pacific Packers 25th Anniversary Set Needs List

This set was put out in 1990 by Pacific Trading Cards in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Packers victory in Super Bowl I. One surprising player missing from the set is Packer legend Paul Hornung and he's the only player from the 1966 team that isn't featured.

1990 Pacific Packers 25th Anniversary Set Needs List


1 Introduction Card
2 Bart Starr
3 Herb Adderley
4 Bob Skoronski
5 Tom Brown
6 Lee Roy Caffey
7 Ray Nitschke
8 Carroll Dale
9 Jim Taylor
10 Ken Bowman
11 Gale Gillingham
12 Jim Grabowski
13 Dave Robinson
14 Donny Anderson
15 Willie Wood
16 Zeke Bratkowski
17 Doug Hart
18 Jerry Kramer
19 Marv Fleming
20 Lionel Aldrige
21 Bill Red Mack
22 Ron Kostelnik
23 Boyd Dowler
24 Vince Lombardi
25 Forrest Gregg
26 Max McGee
27 Fuzzy Thurston
28 Bob Brown
29 Willie Davis
30 Elijah Pitts
31 Hank Jordan
32 Bart Starr
33 Super Bowl I
34 1966 Packers
35 Max McGee
36 Jim Weatherwax
37 Bob Long
38 Don Chandler
39 Bill Anderson
40 Tommy Crutcher
41 Dave Hathcock
42 Steve Wright
43 Phil Vandersea
44 Bill Curry
45 Bob Jeter

August 23, 2014

Keith Olbermann On John Lackey, A Uniform Number, and A Babe Ruth Autograph

This is from this week's Tuesday show:

"Matt" Garbage Pail Kids Needs List

"Matt" Garbage Pail Kids Needs List

Last Updated: 4-17-2017

Fat Matt -- Series 1 #26b

Matt Ratt -- Series 2 #66a

Welcome Matt -- Series 6 #244a

Laundry Matt -- Series 11 #429a

Vendo-Matt -- Series 15 #600a

Photo Matt -- All-New Series 1 #16a

Fat Matt -- All-New Series 2 #F5b [Foil Card]

Matt Mobile -- All-New Series 5 #4a

Matt Ress -- 2016 Prime Slime Horror TV Series #1a

Boogie2988 Opens Some Garbage Pail Kids Chrome and My Garbage Pail Experience

Boogie2988 typically opens boxes of Magic and so it's fun when he does something not gaming related. He choose three blasters of the new Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Chrome. As he mentions in the video he's a GPK super collector and has each and every set that has come out so far.

My personal experience with Garbage Pail Kids is I imagine similar to many other kids of my age. I bought them, obsessed about them, and when my Mom found them they were ejected from my life. I think I kept a few of my favorites hidden away but I have no idea where those cards ended up. This reminiscing has me interested in trying to track down all the "Matt" cards found in the various sets. There is of course "Fat Matt" from the original set but that seems a bit too obvious for GPK names and thankfully "Matt" has been featured in several sets in the series. It hadn't really occurred to me to try this before but think I will try to track down all of the variations. 

August 22, 2014

1991 Pro Set Desert Storm Needs List

Along with some Packers, The Cardboard Junkie also gave me a huge chunk of one of the best political cards sets ever 1991 Pro Set Desert Storm. These are so much better than the Desert Storm sets put out by Topps and it has a very impressive world leaders subset that Allen and Ginter revived many years later.

I think that the days of these sort of sets is passed. I know President George W. Bush had a playing card set of the most-wanted Iraqi leaders and several patriotic companies made smaller card sets for the War on Terror but they were nothing like the Desert Storm sets of the early 90's. I can just imagine the Twitter storm that would start with a Topps set with cards featuring drones or maybe a card for ISIS [which isn't that crazy since Saddam Hussein has a card in this set as well as several other Middle East dictators].

If you've got any of these I would love to take them off your hands.

1991 Pro Set Desert Storm Needs List

Last Updated: 1-24-2015

Yellow = awaiting arrival/pending trade

176 USS Blue Ridge

For further updates on this checklist, please go to my updated needs list.

August 21, 2014

Dayf's 1950's Packers

Last Sunday I got to go to my first card show around Atlanta and it is great that this sort of show happens nearly every weekend somewhere around The Big Peach. I also got to meet up with fellow blogger dayf, The Cardboard Junkie IRL which I've only gotten to do a couple of other times with card bloggers. Along with showing me the ropes of the hard hitting world of ATL card collecting, he had some cards for me too.

Two of my favorites were these 50's era Packers. It's fun to be reminded of the navy and gold era of the Packers when their color scheme copied Notre Dame's. Bill Howton was the Jimmy Graham of the Packer's offense and is the only player other than Don Hutson to have more than one 200-yard receiving game.

1956 Topps #19 Bill Howton

"Ben Szafaryn" should actually be "Len Szafaryn" who had two stints with the Packers in the 50's. This card reminds us of the times that the Packers accentuated the "P" in Packers rather than the "G" in Green Bay. As best I can tell this is Szafaryn's only Packers card.

1955 Bowman #86 Ben Szafaryn

Thanks for the cards dayf!

August 17, 2014

My Vince Lombardi Almanac

I don't remember exactly when I received this Packers almanac in honor of Vince Lombardi but I'm sure it came from my Uncle Jim who is also a big Packers fan. It was put out by the Jaycees in 1968 to honor Lombardi's nine season as the most successful coach in NFL history

The magazine has some great photography although I'm pretty sure Vince isn't "reflecting on nine years as Packers coach."

Plus there is this great guide to all the players that played in one or more games  for the Packers during the Lombardi era. I'm sure a lot of these players never had a football card but I think it would be a neat project to get at least one card from as many players listed as possible. I wasn't really looking for a new collecting project but sometimes they find you. 

August 15, 2014

What Did I Pull From My Bricks Of Cards?

These vacuum sealed bricks of mostly vintage cards were my last card purchase from when I was in Kansas. As you can see these were a dollar each and you got about 75-100 cards give or take. Generally you can find a few different sets in each brick.

I chose a couple of them based on the cards that were on the reverse. 

Those two cards would be a Jamie Moyer rookie from 1986 Topps and a mid-sized Oscar Gamble afro tucked under a Yankees cap.

1987 Topps #227 Jamie Moyer
1981 Topps #139 Oscar Gamble

Beyond that I pulled four other cards that were worth mentioning. First we have a Rusty Kuntz card looking like a fresh-faced 40-year-old White Sox Future Star.

1981 Topps #112 Rusty Kuntz
Back on in July when I was home in Minnesota I went to a Twins/Royals game and got to see Rusty serving as the Royals first base coach. Here's a shot I took with Joe Mauer waiting on the pitch. 

I would have been happy with just one Gorman Thomas card so finding two made my day.  

1980 Topps #623 Gorman Thomas
1981 Topps #135 Gorman Thomas

Manager cards are some of the most under utilized cards in the typical card set and 1980 Topps set really wasted some opportunities. For example, we have Sparky Anderson's first card as Tiger's manager and we are given an out of focus 1/8 of an inch by 1/8 of an inch photo in the corner of the card. It could have been so much better. 

1980 Topps #626  Sparky Anderson

August 10, 2014

The Wonderful Feeling Of Finding A Card Shop 10 Minutes From Your House

I recently moved down south to the Atlanta and so I'm now treading on the turf of the great Cardboard Junkie and I'm afraid my future posts of my cardboard finds will turn into "Hey Junkie, look what you missed out on!" That might have been the case earlier this week as I tracked down my first local LCS called The Book End which is about 10 minutes from my place.

The store was a little disorganized when I visited as they were re-locating from another spot in the same strip mall. They've got a lot more comics than cards but they do have some Ultra Pro stuff that I'm sure I will need. Plus, seeing this sign hanging over the card boxes showed me this was going to be my kind of store!

I asked how much those Mars Attacks! cards under the sign were and the owner said he would part with them for $1.00. I said, "hell, I'll take them all!" There were eight packs there which would give me about a 1:3 chance of pulling a 1:1 sketch card.

After the ripping, I didn't find a sketch card...just two green bordered inserts that I needed. The owner said that The Book End has a card show each month on the fourth Sunday of the month [which this month would be Sunday, August 24th] and so I'll certainly be back soon.

August 8, 2014

What do Lincoln's Assassination, the Titanic, and Pete Rose Have In Common?

I've posted before on the inscriptions Pete Rose signs on baseball cards and balls and if you find them interesting watch to the end to see one of the more unique Pete Rose inscriptions I've ever seen...or save yourself a minute and a half and just read the cover image of the video below.

The date in question is April 14th. Rose was born in 1941, Lincoln was shot in 1865, and the Titanic sunk in 1912.

August 6, 2014

Ripping a Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Mini Bobble-Head Mystery Figure

I finally got a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy this afternoon and I really enjoyed it. It lived up to my high expectations and I'm really happy it has turned into a huge success which will bode well for other Marvel projects featuring their non-major league properties like Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, or Luke Cage. Stopping by Barnes and Noble after the show I saw these blind boxes of a Guardians mini bobble-head. 

I could pull twelve possible figures with two variations of Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon and each box was $4.95.

MY FIGURE IS GROOT! Not bad for my first box! I've always mainly be a Marvel fan over DC but I had no idea that Groot made his first appearance in 1960.

Looking at Groot's reverse side you can really see the detail that goes into these. I'm certainly going to pick up a few of these in hopes of getting a Rocket Racoon.

August 4, 2014

I'll Be Keeping My Eye Out For Aaron Rodgers

My friend from high school and college is getting married in September and after sending his wedding invitations to friends and family he decided to send his extra invites to various celebrities. Knowing I'm a big Packer fan he sent along a photo of the invitation he sent to Aaron Rodgers. 

As you can see Aaron can bring a plus one of Olivia Wilde or John Kuhn. I only just realized as I was writing this post that he meant Olivia Munn instead of Olivia Wilde but either way I'd rather share a beer with John Kuhn!

August 2, 2014

Olbermann On The Missing 1953 Topps Cards

I've been busy moving all week so I didn't get to post this when it aired on Thursday but here is Keith Olbermann explaining the long held mystery of the six cards missing from the 1953 Topps set.