Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cut-Signature Customs n' such

I love making custom cards. And I really love when I can take a boring autograph and spice it up into a custom card. This post will take a look at some custom cut-signature cards I whipped up recently. (Actually, this post has been sitting in my drafts for a couple months.)

Here's what I started with. My bud JBF Wes approached me with a couple Bob Walk IP autos and Josh Willingham stickergraphs asking if I could make them into something cooler. I was up to the challenge. (The Bob Walk cards were obviously cannon fodder for his ongoing cardboard war with Matthew Scott, so I had to sit on publishing this post for a while not to ruin the surprise. But he received them the other day, so I've got the greenlight.)

But first let's start with the Dick Enberg I made for myself. The legendary broadcaster passed away on December 21, 2017. At the risk of coming off as a vulture, as soon as I found out, I headed to eBay to see if I could find any inexpensive autographs. Honestly I had been meaning to do this back when he was still alive, but never got around to it. I remember earlier checking if he had any autos available out there, but turns out he doesn't have any pack-certified auto cards (none that I could find, anyways). I think his only real card is in 1989 Pro Set. So the custom card route it is!

I found this auction simply titled "DICK ENBERG autograph" with the description reading "obtained by me at DFW airport 1984. $10k guarranteed authentic!" $13.95 with free shipping... worked for me and I pulled the trigger. Looked a little large for my custom-card-making aspirations, but workable. The seller was named Steve, so I assume that's who the signature is made out to, though it's not very legible. I have no reason to believe this isn't authentic. Dick was known to be generous with his autograph. A forger would be very unlikely to include personalization. It's on old-school printer paper and the signature crosses a page perforation. If it was counterfeit, they would have done a better job. So it's 100% legit as far as I'm concerned.

Very happy with how this turned out! Borrowed an existing Topps Five Star design rather than whip up something from scratch. I had to extend the window bigger that I would have liked, but I eventually was able to get it lined up to where it looked good and didn't cut off too much (It's such an annoyance when a card company obscures or otherwise edits out part of a signature in cuts like this). I was fine with losing the "Steve–" part. The top of the "M" and bottom of the "Y" just barely fit in together snugly. The only unfortunate loss was the top of the exclamation point, but I can live with that.

I didn't do much for the back on this one, just a little bio paragraph.

Really proud of these Willinghammers! Wes seems pretty stoked with them, too. They're in the style of 1996 Leaf Signature Extended and 1998 Donruss Signature Series, respectively. Josh doesn't seem to do TTM, or otherwise I would have just tried to get the customs hard-signed. This was my first time ever peeling off a sticker auto and placing it on a custom. Usually I just do custom overlays, leaving the original card untouched. But with Wes' blessing, I went for it. It wasn't perfect, as the stickiness mostly stuck to the original card, though it was enough to work with, and was fine with a tiny bit of glue added to one side. Some tamper-proof design may have also been activated on the stickers as they were peeled off, though I don't think it hurts the look of the customs much.

I even made backs that are semi-faithful to the original designs. I was too lazy to type up original blurbs, though, and both of these were copied and pasted straight from the internet.

I absentmindedly dated all these cards "2017" on the bottom. It was actually mid-January 2018 (over MLK weekend, to be specific) when I made them. D'oh!

Pete Coscarart is an old-timer up my collecting alley thanks to his SDSU and Padres ties. I think the card I turned a signed index card into came out pretty well. The index card was even PSA/DNA certified with a sticker on the back, so I peeled it off and affixed it to the back of the card.

And now to the Bob Walks. These use the same Five Star templates as seen earlier in this post. I was glad I was able to fit in most of Bob from his '90 Donruss card on this one.

The autograph on the '93 Topps card was a bit too large to get all of Bob in the cut, unfortunately, but still turned out cool enough.

I affixed the COA business cards to the back of each. Because why not.

So there you go, some neat custom autos for me, Wes, and Matt created out of less interesting sources.
Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Watching the Goonies

The Goonies is a top 5 favorite movie of mine. The original Star Wars trilogy, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and The Goonies.. that's my list. Closely followed by Ghostbusters, the Back to the Future trilogy, Flight of the Navigator, the Indiana Jones trilogy.. yeah, I guess I like fun 80s adventure flicks.

You might have to remind me next year, but I'm trying to start a tradition of watching The Goonies every St. Patrick's Day. Because why not. I sort of "live tweeted" this tonight, but let's get a blog post out of it, too.

Truffle Shuffle with a wallet card appearance.

I don't have a good reason for watching this on 3/17, but it's a very green movie in parts, for what that's worth.

The old Lou Gehrig card they find is 1973 Topps #472. In that condition, it'd probably be under a buck on COMC. But we get what they were going for. The prop master should have gone with a Goudey.

I didn't even notice it till this most recent viewing. But yeah, between being featured in both one of my favorite movies and my favorite TV show (The Simpsons "muttonchop Yaz"), it's no surprise 1973 Topps is my all-time favorite set.

Such an all-time crush on Kerri Lee Green in that movie. Included her in my "Pretty Girls" custom set a couple years back.

We visited the actual Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon back in 2013, the day I proposed. Good times!

My favorite display piece in my card collection is this Goonies picture adorned with 4 certified autos. I haven't been able to add any more Goonies autos in the years since putting this together, but maybe someday.

Not sure if it counts, but I've added a handful of Andre the Giant cards to my collection, at least. Here he is at the end of the classic "Goonies R Good Enough" music video (Part 2 of it, specifically).

Anyways. Great movie. Thanks for reading.

Sweet Child O' Mine (Sadaharu Oh No!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the luck o' the Irish be with you. But this post is about a different O.

I recently won an eBay auction for a Mike Reinbach card (which I ended up already having) from a seller in Japan, and figuring I'd take advantage of combined shipping, threw several bids on other cards he was selling, all of legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh. I was hoping to win one or two, but ended up with 5! Realistically I only need a couple in my collection, so feel free to make me a trade offer on any of these. I believe they're all from the 1975 Calbee set.

Sadaharu Oh hit 868 home runs! Very impressive. One of the all-time biggest names in Japanese baseball. I always thought it would be cool to one day have a card from his playing days, now ending up with a few. And if I'd stare too long I'd probably break down and cry.

While the song "Sweet Child O' Mine" wasn't written about him (as far as I know), he is mentioned in the Beastie Boys song "Hey Ladies": "I got more hits than Sadaharu Oh."

Thanks for swinging by.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Joy of a Completed Set: 1983 Topps

Big thanks to Kyle D. for knocking off my last 5 needs for 1983 Topps!

Feels good to check this one off. It's an all-time classic design, with its well-placed dual photos and whatnot. The All-Star cards are sharp, and the Super Veteran subset is a novel addition. Topps is doing its best this year to make collectors sick of '83 with a massive insert set using the design, but it's a hard one to hate.

As a lifelong Padres fan, the set has a soft spot for me thanks to the Gwynn rookie, and you've gotta respect the Sandberg and Boggs RCs rounding out the Big 3 trilogy.

Unfortunately I don't have any free 800-count boxes at the moment, so for now the 792-card set is split between a couple 400-count boxes. I'll have to remember to check out one of the guys at the card show that sell supplies next month. (though looking at how nice those big 3 rookie cards look next to each other with the different color outlines, I'm almost tempted to think about bindering it, though I'm not much of a binder guy.)

I'd also like to pick up the Traded set someday to compliment the main set, but no rush there.

("Every Breath You Take" was apparently the biggest song of 1983.)

When I was a kid, I bought (or rather received as a gift) a complete set of 1989 Topps from the Sears catalog (since jettisoned), but other than that, this is the first Topps set from the 80s I've ever completed. And cooler yet, it's the first set I've ever completed entirely through trades, no purchases! Mad props to the cardsphere and all the traders who've helped me piece it together over the past few months.

I believe this was my first trade with Kyle, a super smooth PWE exchange, and he also hooked me up with the 84F Milt Wilcox I needed, bringing me to within 3 cards of finishing that set (Rickey, Ryan, Gaylord HL).

But back to '83 Topps, I thought it was kinda funny that Chris Chambliss turned out to be the final card that I tucked into the box, funny not just because it's the last card in the set (#792), but also because I made a dumb gif of it years ago...

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Julie trade

Good stuff in the mail from Julie!

A Beltre blast!

Neat cards from new HOFers!

O's goes!

Bringer of Rain has been brought!

Keep on rocking!

Never too old for this Schmidt!

Pads and sods. Maybin black mini super scare, #'d 10/10!

2018 Heritage base team set!

A couple dudes basically traded for each other.

And some minicollection hits with a Pride PC addition, glowing Griffey, and parallel Gavin.

Big thanks, Julie! You're the best! (I was tempted to make this a post in my GNR series for "Your Crazy" [meant with all the love] but I didn't want to offend.. lol!) I'll get a return package out to you soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1957 Ted Williams!

I was out the other day, about to see that play my friends were in when I saw a tweet from Raz about an eBay coupon for 20% off a purchase $25+. I only had a little while till it expired (and the play started), so I rushed to find something to use it on. Last time I caught wind of a similar coupon code, I snagged myself a 1957 Topps Hank Aaron. This time I returned to the '57 well, first taking a look at Yogi and Pee-Wee before ultimately deciding on a Ted Williams.

I went with a graded specimen just because of concern over counterfeits (or as they're often known on eBay, "artificially-aged reprint that doesn't say it's a reprint", like that makes it ok), so at least now I can be reasonably assured it's real.

This was definitely a big one to check off my '57 setbuild. While I consider it a long-term project, not expecting to finish it anytime soon, I've made good strides in the past week thanks to this and a few nice card show pickups I featured the other day Currently 22.54% complete, with 94 out of 417 cards. Plus I'm in trade discussions with a fellow blogger that could knock off several more needs, not to count my chickens before they hatch.

Anyways, Ted is the first card in the set, so that makes it a bit more condition sensitive. This one is well-loved, for sure, as well as being off-center, but still looks nice enough. I wouldn't rule out upgrading it someday down the line, but serves my purpose just fine for now.

I believe this is the first time I bought a card on eBay through my phone. But yeah, worked fine. While I would have liked more time to research it, looking at completed auctions, factoring in the 20% discount that's not reflected, it's easily the cheapest sold PSA 2 '57 Ted that shows up, so I think I got a good deal on it.

As for the man, what can you say? Perhaps the greatest all-around hitter in the history of the game. On top of that, a war hero and world-class outdoorsman. Just an all-time badass.

This is my first playing-days Ted Williams card not counting one from the Fleer set dedicated only to him. Definitely a great one to pick up. Very nice addition to my collection, and a key card checked off the '57 set I'm working on.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anything Goes (nickelboxing)

Most of the time at the card show, you gotta be discerning with what you put on your stack, but when it comes to nickelboxing, anything goes! Plucked out a nice score this past weekend, which technically came to 4¢ per card with the dealer's 25-for-a-buck deal, scooping up 50 cards for $2. I thought that deal was pretty...

...Cool, indeed. I don't have many of these kooky Emotion cards, but this is a welcome addition to the Crime Dog PC.

I only really started collecting Jim Thome like a year ago, so I don't have that many of his cards. Great to bulk up the PC a bit with 6 cards that ran me under a quarter combined.

Grouping this pair of Auburn standouts together. A trio of Big Hurts and a couple Bo oddballs ("Boddballs?").

A couple Conforto cards from 2017 Update.

Klesko gold parallel, Julio Franco LL, and former community college classmate of mine, Mike Jacobs.

I've been thinkin' 'bout
Thinkin' 'bout sets
Always hungry for somethin'
That I haven't completed yet

Being right on the cusp of completing '80 Topps and '83 Topps (and '84 Fleer), I'm thinking about future setbuilds, and while '74 Topps isn't at the top of my list, it's scratching at my "maybe someday" list (with a broad '73 thru '85 Topps run in the back of my mind). So I couldn't resist nabbing a nice little lot for the cost of a pack of gum, as I'm quietly building a little starter stack in anticipation of one day going after the set.

Flipping through a nickelbox, a couple types of cards I'll blindly throw on my stack regardless of team/player: refractors and serial-numbered cards. Even if it's just some Bowman prospect from years ago who never got out of A-ball, they're nice to add some shine to a trade package. The Denard Span rookie might be the best one in this lot.

Well, that pretty much wraps up the nickelbox dig, with a few additional cards not pictured because they're already set aside for trader buds.

Thanks for reading.