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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For the Price of a Pack

Got this stuff at a card show last year for approximately $2:

1953 Johnston's Cookies Dave Cole. One of those vintage sets I need to drop everything and complete already.

Big ol' crease in the middle but any '50's large size card for 50 cents is a good deal in my book.

I don't care what the little birdie told you, Ernie Johnson was a Brave For Life.

Pops! This was one of the last boxes unchecked on the 1974 Topps checklist. I can upgrade later if I want.

I buy new stuff too! Especially shiny Aaron inserts in the quarter box. I still don't understand why the border is blue though.

Kinda random post, but I have to keep reminding myself these things especially since Series 1 is about to drop on our heads.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hall of Fame - Macho Man Randy Savage

I don't really do wresting cards for the most part but what the heck...

Randy "Macho Man" Savage (AKA Randy Mario Poffo) is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame so he deserves to get in on the Hall of Fame posts this month. Problem is, I don't collect much in the way of wrestling cards so I'll show off all his cards from the 1987 WWF WrestleMania III set.

Got a box of this stuff back in '88 or '89 for seven bucks even though I didn't really watch a lot of wresting. Cheap wax is fun no matter the subject. The back of the card insinuates that Randy is a dirty fighter with a clingy girlfriend. This set does not treat Randy kindly.

First action card for Randy shows Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat lifting him up by his Adam's apple. I'm guessing Randy didn't have a fun WrestleMania III.

The choke out is revenge for an earlier injury. I'm more concerned with Randy's shorts. Was pink a normal color for wrestler's outfits back in the '80s? From the look of this set it seems so, there's pink everywhere.

in Randy's last appearance in the set, we get to see him fly out of the ring while Ricky yells PLATOOOOOOOOOOON. I am now sad I have neglected my wrestling collection because I want to show a card of Macho Man kicking some ass and I can't.

My wrestling knowledge is limited, but I think Macho Man was a heel at this time which explains why he's getting his butt kicked. I choose to remember Macho Man at his best.

No more cards of Randy in the set, but there is a card of Elizabeth staring at Randy so I'm putting it in the post because reasons.

Elizabeth watches intently. Hey, is anyone else watching intently?

While Elizabeth watches Randy, George "The Animal" Steele watches Elizabeth. This is maybe one of the greatest trading cards in the history of paper products.

Card number 69. Nice...
I like nice...

Anyone who's anyone in an Old School set gets to be on a sticker. Congrats on the induction Macho Man, up in the Big Ring in the Sky.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hall of Fame - John Smoltz

Smoltzie gets four cards instead of three because I do what I want.

He's an announcer now, but Smoltz has always liked to talk.

Topps Tek is the new (old) hotness but for my money 1997 Skybox EX2000 is the best looking weird-ass high-end plastic stock set of the '90s.

I've been stuck in the '90s for this Hall of Fame series but 2007 Masterpieces is just so purdy. Have some Cooperstown-worthy laundry.

BONUS DIAMOND KINGS GOODNESS. Signed by the artist himself. This card courtesy of Captain Canuck at Waxaholic. Them Canadians have some amazing autograph hounding skills.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hall of Fame - Pedro Martinez

More '90s weirdness inserts to celebrate people actually going into the Hall of Fame while they're alive and kickin'! Have some Pedro.

Had to show off the Dodger card where Pedro's clowning around. I think this card got tweeted about 100 times the day of the induction announcement. But how many of them were the Silver Signature parallel version eh? That card right behind it is a double so make me an offer I can't refuse.

DUFEX EXPOS GOODNESS. Man I hope Martinez goes in with an Expos cap. On a Dufex plaque.

Die-cut micro-foil etched plaques with '90s rainbow color scheme would also be acceptable. Ever heard of Skybox Circa Thunder before? Kinda want a case of it now, don't ya?

Up next! You Know Who!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014 Allen & Ginter Wantlist

I haven't opened a blaster or a pack of this stuff in months. Haven't even bought any singles from a dime box. Guess it's time to post this.

Base Cards

8 Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians
14 Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
25 Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees
27 David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
28 Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
39 Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
43 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
44 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers
47 Wilmer Flores, New York Mets RC
48 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
59 Hal Newhouser, Detroit Tigers
80 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
86 Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners
88 Buffalo Bill Cody
99 Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockiesc
101 Mike Trout, Angels
102 Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
106 Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
109 Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies
110 Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays
111 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds
116 Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
119 Felicia Day, Actress
131 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
132 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox
138 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
140 Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
144 Brett Oberholtzer, Houston Astros
145 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
146 Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
156 Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
160 Daniel Okrent, Rotisserie Baseball Co-creator
161 Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles Dodgers
173 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
178 Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies
180 Ryan Riess, Poker Champion
183 Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles
189 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
193 Tom Glavine, Atlanta Braves
218 Casey Kelly, San Diego Padres
219 Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves
221 Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
222 Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
236 J.D. Martinez, Houston Astros
237 James Shields, Kansas City Royals
241 Dave Portnoy, Blogger
256 Juan Marichal, San Francisco Giants
257 Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
259 Jim Calhoun, Basketball Coach
264 Mike Piazza, New York Mets
275 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
282 Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
300 R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

Short Prints

307 Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
316 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners
318 Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
324 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
327 Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
332 Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
333 Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
341 Barbed Wire
344 Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
345 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
347 Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals

Fields of Yore
1 3 4 8 9 

2 3 11

Festivals and Fairs
3 4 5 6 7

Natural Wonder
2 5 8 10 11 12 14 16 17 18 19 20

World's Capitals
3 4 5 7 10 11 13 17 18

Air Supremacy
1 3 6 10 14 17 18 19

I have probably 1000 doubles of Ginter from 2006-2013 if anyone wants to trade new for old.

BIG thanks to Ben at Cardboard Icons who massacred this list.

Monday, January 12, 2015

First Ballot Hall Of Famer

Chipper Jones really likes college football.

 He also signs his cards promptly!

My favorite player is better than your favorite player.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hall of Fame - Randy Johnson

Scanner crisis is over so time for some Haul 'a Faym posts! Randy Johnson got the most votes this year, mainly because BBWAA members would check the box next to his name and remember their favorite dick  joke and giggle. Hey, votes are votes, don't be judgmental. Here are three of my favorite Unit cards scrounged up from the archives.

Rookie Randy! Forget the Griffey or the Fuck Face, I want to rip a case of '89 Fleer in search of a Randy Johnson Marlboro ad variation. Kinda silly since I've got at least 2 complete sets of the stuff, but still.

1996 Upper Deck Hot Commodities. Die-cut AND holofoil AND special FX etched foil stuff AND it's the same color as a thermonuclear fireball. The '90s were a crazy time, folks.

2000 Fleer E-X E-xplosive. Fleer could also do some crazy stuff back in the day and this is the purdiest cards I have of Randy in this Snake days. It's also numbered out of 2499. BOOM!

Pedro next!