Thursday, February 15, 2018

A one-two punch from the Plankmaster

Matthew Scott recently loaded up his cannons and lobbed shots across the bows of several cardbloggers, with myself luckily being included.

Kris Bryant! My man! Seems like his hype with collectors dipped a little bit in 2017 after being ROY in 2015 and MVP in 2016. Probably just overshadowed by rookiemania of Judge and Bellinger. His power numbers were down a little, but his batting average and strikeouts were career bests. Should be back with another MVP-caliber season this year, you gotta assume.

Be sure you didn't miss that "1st Day Issue" stamp on this card! While not serial numbered, these are very rare parallels, with an announced print run of only 10 of each card.. Easily my most scarce card of his now. Not sure how Matt lucked into it, but I will gladly welcome it into my respectable KB PC, joining an auto and some Transcendent Party exclusives adorning the collection's crown.

And he piled on with a second big card in the package...

Beautiful Manny Margot Triple Threads RC featuring a nice on-card auto, plus brown and gold swatches. Love it! Hoping for a big sophomore season from Manny in 2018.

Thanks so much, Matt! I've loaded up some return fire to hit you back with ASAP.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Booby Prize

A while back, I was the lucky winner of a contest over at Collecting Cutch during his month-long salute to boobies, raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer. And hey, it's Valentine's Day and romance is in the air, so seems like a good time to show off the prize and do my own little tribute to a few of my favorite busty ladies. [Because that's something a caring husband would do, right? Ogle other women on Valentine's Day? LOL. Sorry, honey.]

Very happy to have won this Pete Rose auto #'d /60 (hey Leaf, should have been out of 69, the sexiest number). Great card of the Hit King with a cheeky inscription and on-card signature. Nice addition to the PC.

Thrown in as bonus were several Brian Giles cards and a handful of 2017 Topps.

Thanks again for the contest, Brian! That was a fun month on your blog. Super cool for me to score the prize!

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Now for my own little tribute lovely ladies with a trio of my best "girlie card" autos.

Melissa Rauch is a really funny actress, best known for her role on Big Bang Theory. I had a celebrity crush on her from way back during her time as a contributor to VH1's Best Week Ever. She's somewhat small, but big where it counts (her heart and talent, I mean, obviously!) Definitely a cutie.

I've never seen True Blood, but whilst watching her film, The Bronze, I went searching for any auto cards of hers on eBay and ended up landing this one. She's got a nice signature and it's on-card. I've been thinking about making a custom overlay for this using a photo I like better (not that this one is horrible), but I haven't gotten around to it.

I've shown this Jaime Bergman auto off before, but here it is again. Loved her on Son of the Beach. No custom overlay needed for this one.. yowsa!

Loooove Christina Hendricks!! Best known for her work on Mad Men. I recently saw a commercial for a new project she's in and will definitely have to check it out.

Again, this card isn't new to my blog, as I picked it up a few years back, but it's a jewel of my collection for sure, so let's check it out once more. Not an ideal photo of Christina, but not bad either. The big, on-card auto is nice. Not really a candidate for a custom overlay. I tried watching Firefly once but couldn't get into it. She was only on for a couple episodes. But yeah, she's a favorite of mine, probably my #1 celebrity crush.

That's it for today. Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Who's Johnny?

I was recently the lucky recipient of a box of cards from the awesome John Miller of Johnny's Trading Spot fame. He had earlier commented he was gonna knock off my 1980 Topps needs, so I was somewhat expecting that, but there was more good stuff too.

John valiantly took my 1980 needs to task, slashing off numbers with reckless abandon, plus many upgrades and wanted dupes for my PCs. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite able to deliver the deathblow. Seems he made a clerical error and included the Dave Stieb RC I already had (#77) instead of the Ruppert Jones card I needed (#78).

So now somebody has the chance to steal the glory and shoot me over Ruppert to complete my set. Anybody?

John also sent me a partial set of 1987 Fleer Update, which combined with the other partial set I got recently, leaves me with just 15 cards shy of the 132-card thing.

1987 Fleer Update needs:
13 Ralph Bryant
15 Ellis Burks
17 Steve Carlton
31 Cecil Fielder
33 Willie Fraser
39 Albert Hall
49 Reggie Jackson
51 Dion James
68 Greg Maddux
69 Bill Madlock
75 Fred McGriff (found a dupe of this in my Crime Dog PC)
76 Mark McGwire
80 Greg Minton
85 Randy Myers
129 Matt Williams

Maddux and McGwire are probably the big ones here. (Wow, poor Fleer really missed the boat not including Big Mac in their '87 base set, the Aaron Judge of that year!) The complete set w/box can easily be found for under $10 shipped on eBay, so I'm hoping for traders to help out rather than me getting nickel and dime'd picking up these needs.

I was also super stoked to get this sweet lot of Glow Stars. The big one for me here was the Kirby, as I've got the others already, but don't mind dupes for PCs or just sticking.

I'm now down to only needing the Ryne Sandberg (1993 UD Fun Pack #80 Glow Star) to complete this subset! So please let me know if you've got one to trade.

Here are highlights from the rest (John, I think this is the 2nd time you've sent me Ben Petrick cards, but I don't collect him; must've gotten me confused with JediJeff or ARPSmith. I also don't need anymore Gavin Floyd base cards. But thanks for thinking of me!). Needed that Gavin Lux Pro Debut, as well as the Scott Gavin Erickson minor league card. I was a little confused why Fernando Romero was included in the package until I turned it over and saw he's a fellow 12/24 birthday boy... nice.

Sorry for the corny title of this post, but I was just looking for an excuse to include one of my favorite pop hits from the 80s.

Big thanks for the cards, John! I'll be dropping off a return package for you soon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ghostbuster Sunday Part 2: Electric Boo—galoo

Ghostbusters theme month continues here on the blog.

Leading off with a sketchcard this time. Why spend $20 for a professional, official sketchcard when you can just crap out a shitty one for free?! Lol. Ok, this one isn't that shitty, if I say so myself. It's Egon blastin' Boo, the ghost from the Super Mario universe. This one is sparkly and glows in the dark.

Bobby Brown had a bit part in the sequel, but more relevant is that he did the soundtrack's big single, "On Our Own". Gotta admit that was my jam back in the day (both Ghostbusters soundtrack cassettes got a lot of play from me as a kid). He had some early hits with New Edition, then a successful solo career including chart-toppers such as "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step". Ran into hard times and tragedies as the years went on, but I think he's doing better these days. Anyways, cool to have his autograph now.

Scored this hand-painted animation cel for a few bucks from COMC in my latest order. I think it's pretty cool, featuring a pair of creepy bat demons, though then I really wanted something with a main character, so I went to eBay and picked up the Peter Venkman cel I showed off last week. As I watch the The Real Ghostbusters on Netflix— my first time going through it since childhood— I'm trying to keep an eye out to figure out which episode these bats are from, but who knows if I'm ever able to pinpoint it.

"Cut—it—out!" Here's another neat auto. Dave Coulier is best known as Uncle Joey on Full House—and to a lesser extent as being the likely inspiration for the Alanis Morissette song "You Oughta Know"— but he was also the voice of Peter Venkman on the later seasons of the show, taking over for Lorenzo Music. I also loved his Nickelodeon show Out of Control in the mid 80s.

I don't really remember Kurt Fuller's character much— I gotta admit it's been years since I've watched Ghostbusters II. I loved it as a kid, but I watched it once as an adult and didn't think it held up anywhere near as well as the original film. I plan to give it another viewing sometime this month— but I'm familiar with the actor. He's been in lots of stuff, including Wayne's World and the shows Psych and That's My Bush!

A few days ago, I dug out a suitcase of old clothes looking for a specific shirt I thought I might wear to a space/future-themed party and I stumbled upon this old pajama top of mine. Good timing, as that means I can feature it on the blog as part of Ghostbuster Sundays! I sure loved that top— even accidentally wore it to school one day as if it was a real shirt; that was embarrassing!— and of course a big part of the appeal for me is that it glows in the dark.

On that note, as a fan of stuff that lights up, the big annual work party the other night was a lot of fun for me. It was a crazy day— very scary moment earlier in the day during a big company-wide presentation when a guy in the back had a seizure, though thankfully looks like he'll be ok. But yeah, the party was a good time to blow off steam and get stupid-drunk with your co-workers, which can be fun but dangerous. I think we made it though unscathed, though.

Thanks for reading! More Ghostbusters stuff next Sunday.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Minor League Classics

Moore recent minor league pickups.

Legend Jim Moore. Very happy to add this iconic card to my collection.

Julio Franco still had a few decades left in his career at the time.

This horribly-designed card can't decide what's the correct orientation. Nice addition to my Crime Dog PC, all the same. Dale Holman was a decent hitter in the minors but never made the show, sadly. Fred McGriff belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Baby Benito.

HOFer pre-rookie! I already had a couple Trevor Hoffman minor league cards from back when he was an infielder. This is a transitionary card for him, with the position listed as pitcher, but still with hitter stats on the back.

(I got an extra copy of this and am giving it away on my Padres Breakdown Twitter account. Also a couple more cards in this post in my main twitter account. Follow and RT to enter.)

I've mentioned before, but I still consider Pete Rose, Jr the top-rated prospect in MLB. The second coming of Pete Rose?! Slam dunk! Sign me up!

I've got a mess of Dick Cummings on my hands after this recent load from a seller with a huge minor league selection. Seemin' to me that the 1992 card is a Junior? (Or else Dick really shaped up over those few years.) According to Linkedin, Dick Cummings (II?) is still sticking around inside the Cubs' organization today.

Thanks for reading this shit.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tim B. brings the big guns

Tim B. of I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning answered my call last month when I was trying to get a flurry of trade packages out before postage rates crept up. I had a decent little handful of cards set aside for him, but he really outdid himself with his return package. Hit a lot of bulls-eyes for my collection. I showed off a solid lot of 2011 Topps parallels yesterday, and now here's the rest of the goods.

Kirby's 1985 Topps rookie card was sorely lacking from my expanding PC of the guy, so this really hit the spot. I feel like '85 Topps has been growing on me over the past few years, and I might have to add it to my list of possible future setbuilds.

McCovey McChristmas Card!

Chicken Man Christmas Card!

A couple more cards off my Desperate Double Dozen. The Maas RC is card that I remember as one of my "best" cards for a while as a kid, but after he turned out to be a bust, I got rid of it in the purge when I moved out of state years back. So, nice to get that one back since restarting the PC.

The Denson was a need for the Pride PC. I've got the Chrome version of it, and even a couple autos of it, but the regular ol' base "paper" was elusive.

Four cards for consideration in the "We Didn't Start the Fire" binder! It'll be a tough call for me whether to swap out the vintage Beatles card currently in it for the Panini Golden Age card.

Nice Gwynn lot here.

Some Padres parallels. The Dickerson is a vintage stock parallel, and really makes the other cards feel like crap in comparison.

And let's close out with some attractive lady wrestlers. As I mention pretty much every time I feature wrestling cards on my blog, I don't follow the sport, but occasionally get smitten by a cutie and am compelled to collect her cards a little, such as with AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss here.

This 2015 Topps WWE - NXT Prospects card is apparently a "pre-rookie" card, like the equivalent of a 1st Bowman Card. So that's pretty sweet. Looks like that was before her character got developed much. Very nice to get some quality cards of hers to go with the auto I picked up a while back.

Huge thanks for the impressive trade package, Tim!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

some set gets

My 1957 Topps setbuild crept over 20% complete thanks to a few recent pickups, with baby-faced Don Zimmer here being the highlight.

Funny thing about 1957 Topps is it was released in 5 series, but it's actually the 4th series that's the most scarce. So its "high numbers" can be deceptive. My '57 needslist had a couple long stretches of red "needs" rows that depressed me every time I looked at it, but thankfully these guy helped me break up the solid red with a dash of green "got it!" rows here and there. (Actually, most are marked with yellow "upgrade would be nice" though that's really for just in case someone has a nice copy to trade me or I stumble upon a good one cheap at a card show or something.. I don't plan to ever go out of my way upgrading this set. Whatever beat up cards I get will be just fine for me. I almost regret buying the nice Hank Aaron I did because it's destined to be out of place with the vast majority of my set.) Was very happy to find good deals on these from a seller whose cards I had already loaded up my cart with.

These too! Thanks to Cal and the late Darren Daulton here, I'm now just two cards (stickers) shy of completing the Glow Stars subset of 1993 UD Fun Pack.

Just need #80 Ryne Sandberg and #191 Kirby Puckett, if anyone can help me out. They're sneaky buggers. When I finally complete it, I'll have to do a gif-filled post of them all glowing in action. It'll be glorious.

Remember that Trader Jack Padres set I got recently from gcrl that was only missing the Garvey? A friendly guy on Twitter offered me a Garvey and didn't even want anything in exchange. Super nice of him! Thanks a ton, 

Next up, part one of a trade package from Tim B.

Lots of additions to my 2011 Topps parallel frankenset.

And I actually needed all of them, so he obviously took the time to check numbers on my list, not just blindly sending any he found. Very thoughtful.

Can't believe I still haven't hit the halfway point with this ridiculous project of mine. Currently at 563 cards down out of 1284, good for 43.85% complete. Yep, it's definitely a long-term goal.

More from Tim's generous trade return soon.

Late addition!...

Good ol' mrhaverkamp surprised me with a PWE of 2 '87 Bohemian Bread needs! Both a bit creased, but good enough for me! Down to just Flannery, Gwynn, and Dravecky. Big thanks, Jim!