September 30, 2014

Two Rare Numbered Andy Pafko Cards

There are only a few numbered Andy Pafko cards and one of them was a Wrigley Field giveaway sponsored by Fox Sports Net and Gatorade. Fans got to watch the Brewers play the Cubs as well as get  re-print of 1952 Topps #1...which is sort of weird considering Pafko played for the Cubs but was a Dodger on that famous first card.

I've recently picked up two still -sealed copies of the 30,000 that were produced. Above we have card #29631 and below we have card #11920. I believe the number is printed on the plastic itself so once you removed it the card becomes just another reprint. Thanks to Wrigley Wax it turns out that the foil numbering is actually on the card so with or without the plastic sleeve you can tell these cards were from this promotion.

September 29, 2014

It's Not A Bad Time To Be A Jordan Zimmermann Collector

I was so happy to hear about Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter yesterday [and the amazing catch that saved it] not only because it's such a great achievement for a guy from the Chippewa Valley but selfishly it gave me a chance to trot out my latest Zimmermann pickups. I've been collecting him for several year's now and it's interesting to see his cards, especially the newer releases, go for much more than ever before. Statistically Zimmermann has been much better than Stephen Strasburg and yet he hasn't received the same acclaim...maybe the no-hitter will change that. 

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter #AGA-JZ Jordan Zimmermann Autograph
2012 Topps Allen and Ginter #AGR-JZ Jordan Zimmermann Jersey Relic
2012 Topps Mini #MR-8 Jordan Zimmermann Jersey Relic
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #AGFR-JZ Jordan Zimmermann Jersey Relic
2014 Topps Allen and Ginter #RB-JZ Jordan Zimmermann Jersey Relic
2012 Bowman #54 Jordan Zimmerman Silver Ice

September 28, 2014

Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens Pre-Packers Autographs

I get to watch the Packers game live this week for the first time this season and so I thought I'd share a few of my Packers autographs for players before they joined the Green and Gold. Both cards come from the long defunct Signature Rookies card company and 

First we have Antonio Freeman during his days with Virginia Tech. Freeman was Brett Favre's main target after Sterling Sharpe retired suddenly after the 1994 season.  

1995 Signature Rookies #31 Antonio Freeman Autograph #690/7750

He also has one of the greatest catches in NFL history...remember when Dennis Miller was on Monday Night Football?  I didn't either.

The second autograph is by Dorsey Levens from his days at Georgia Tech after leaving Notre Dame. Dorsey, along with Edgar Bennett, were the rushing attack for the Pack for their Super Bowl XXXI run.

1994 Signature Rookies #22 Dorsey Levens Autograph #554/7750

September 25, 2014

Owning An Iconic Packers Magazine Cover

I don't have too many magazine's that I've kept over the years...although for some reason I thought Mad Magazine #300 was going to be worth something some day and I kept a copy in pristine condition.] But one issue of Sports Illustrated I have always wanted was Dan Currie's legendary photo on the front of the December 18th, 1961 issue. 

Currie played linebacker [or "defenseman" as SI calls him] for the Packers during the Lombardi era and was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a part of one of the greatest single team draft classes in NFL history. Currie was drafted in the first round with Jim Taylor [2nd round], Ray Nitschke [3rd round], and Jerry Kramer [4th round] in the 1958 draft.  

September 24, 2014

Topps New Framed Photography Needs A Few More Players!

Topps recently announced a new set of framed photography which features some older superstars and all their Topps Flagship sets. Players included David Ortiz, Paul Konerko, David Wright, Derek Jeter, Miguel Cabrera, and Albert Pujols,

Here's a closer look at the David Wright piece. 

I really like these and I hope they start including some other lesser known players. Until then I'll just have to create my own. This Rusty Kuntz framed piece is limited to only 99 copies so order quickly!

September 20, 2014

My Eraserhead Tribute Card

A few weeks ago I came upon this 2014 Topps Triple Treads 1/1 printing plate Salvador Perez on eBay and fell in love with the "ERASER HEAD" jersey pattern.

Of course Eraserhead is also the name of David Lynch's disturbing existential film that has recently been re-released on the Criterion Collection.  So to honor that I brought together two Eraserheads into one card. If Thorzul Will Rule has another Halloween contest I might have to include this one. 

I've also been slowly working through another Lynch creation, Twin Peaks, and so far my favorite character is played by David Lynch himself.

September 19, 2014

The Andy Pafko Book Kickstarter Gets Funded!

I'm happy to write that the Andy Pafko Kickstarter has been fully funded. Thank you to everyone that helped make sure that that book becomes a reality. If you haven't already donated you still have time as the campaign ends in about 11 days. The author, Joe Niese, has been posting some rare Pafko photos along along with updates on the campaign page and it has been great to see some new Pafko related things that I'm not familiar with.

And that's mainly what I look for when I'm searching for "new" Pafko stuff on eBay...things I've never seen before which might be functionally a unique 1 of 1 or at least pretty rare. For example someone went to a Boston card/autograph show in 1993 and had Andy Pafko sign the program.

The program I received also has a page for Braves legend Sibby Sisti but for whatever reason Sisti never signed, just Pafko.

Late Night Post Dump: A Rich Evans Gif

Being originally from Wisconsin I'm contractually obligated to love Milwaukee's RedLetterMedia. Their "Best of the Worst" episodes are the best bad movie series since Mystery Science Theater yet they find a way to tread the same ground as MST3K yet do it differently.

Their latest video is probably going to end up being my favorite from the series. "Wheel of the Worst #6" find the group again picking between shorter oddball videos sent into them by fans. The discussion breaks down into hysterics and it's clear which video will be destroyed.  

At the end of each "Wheel of the Worst" they destroy the copy of the video that has been determined as the worst video. This episode provides us a French cinema destruction homage but more importantly it gives us an opportunity to create a legendary Rich Evans "f**ck off" gif for everyone to enjoy.

September 18, 2014

Opening A Box Of 1986 Topps Baseball Tattoos

While I was down in Plains, GA [a.k.a. home of Jimmy Carter] in one of the gift shops they had several racks of junk wax. Alert to you hipsters out there you might also notice that on the bottom row on the left they are also selling new cassette tapes.

The one box that enticed me was a product I had never opened before, 1986 Topps Baseball Tattoos. 

Each pack comes with a stick of gunm and a sheet of 18 temporary tattoos featuring portraits of stars as well as drawings showing generic players in action poses. 

Along with the tattoos you get some instructions on how to use them on each pack as well. 

In total for the set you have 24 sheets of 18 players/action shots so you have 432 tattoos available. In my box I ended up a few sheets short of a complete set with some sheets being duplicated as many as five times. 

Of course for the tattoos to look correct on your arm, leg, or face are mirror images on the card themselves. It gives you a unique card if you never use the tattoo. 

Here's what the non-player-specific tattoos look like. 

Here are a few of my favorite tattoos from my box.

Leon Durham and Mike Davis rocking the giant framed 80's glasses.

A couple of Brewers with great bushy hair. 

And my favorite tattoo is of a very young looking Kirby just to find some clear arm space...

September 16, 2014

An Interesting Seattle Seahawks Kickstarter

Even though a lived in Seattle for five years I had never heard the story behind the inspiration for the Seattle Seahawks logo until coming across this article on a proposed Kickstarter campaign. The logo was inspired by this piece of Native art  and you can clearly see the similarities between the mask and...

...the logo the team used in the 70's and 80's. The Kickstarter campaign is to move the mask from its home in Maine to the Burke Museum in Washington until next July.

September 11, 2014

Genius Covers: Bob's Burgers #1

I don't often buy physical copies of comics without any research/investigation but when I heard Bob's Burgers was coming in comic form by Dynamite Comics I had to have maybe one of the what I count as 15 variants covers of issue #1.

They give us several different stories here including a Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction and a story with Louise getting her school picture taken. There are also full page art posters including Jimmy Jr. in all his disco dancing glory. We also get some new burger special names including one rejected Billy Ocean inspired meal "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Chard Burger.

September 10, 2014

Olbermann Burns Sage Sportscards

During Tuesday's episode of Olbermann he named Sage Sportscards the second Worst Persons in the Sports World...take a look.


September 9, 2014

My New Oldest Card

This one called out to me in a pile of "firm prices" pile at a card show in Marietta a few weeks ago. This tobacco card came from the Anstie Tobacco company in 1922 replacing my 1939 Playball Harold Schumacher as the oldest card in my collection.

This horse racing colours [notice the British spelling of "colour"...this was a British tobacco company after all.] set had 50 cards with the first 25 showing the different colours the riders wore and the last 25 featuring the jockeys themselves. Here's a collection of similar cards for sale on eBay currently

September 6, 2014

Now This Is A Gimmick Card I Can Get Behind

A few days ago you may have noticed some photos floating around Twitter off a scantily clad fan getting several rows to himself during a Nationals/Dodgers game.  I usually hate the idea of super short printed gimmick cards but I dusted off the old Photoshop and created a gimmick card I can certainly get behind. 

September 5, 2014

Help Support An Andy Pafko Kickstarter

1955 Bowman #12 Andy Pafko

Since starting my blog I've written about Andy Pafko 53 times. Well, it hasn't been enough! Here's post #54 and it's the Pafko post I'm most excited about since I finally got my hands on my own copy of 1952 Topps #1.

Joe Niese, an author from Chippewa Falls, WI [which is right next door to my hometown of Eau Claire] has started a Kickstarter drive for his upcoming book Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story. The book is expected around February 2015 and if you donate $25 [that's the level I donated at] you get an autographed copy of the book when it's ready.

Niese has also written a book about Burleigh Grimes another Wisconsin native and baseball Hall of Famer who was famous for his spitball. 

September 4, 2014

The Packers Are On And I'm Just Sitting Here Posting About Aphex Twin

I've really been enjoying the new Aphex Twin song "Syro" and his new album cover...

...but I know there is one card blogger out there who is into Aphex Twin a little more than all of us. I'm proud to present Dayfx Twin.

September 1, 2014

Late Night Post Dump: Pafko Variations

*Occasionally, late at night, I dump a blog post onto the world that I'm never going to put the proper amount of effort into finishing.* 

I just like looking at these '52 Topps variations. They are like an Andy Warhol painting and I would love to own the pink/red one.