All right, 2009! Gotta be better than 2008, right? Has to be! I love New Year's Day! It's like Spring Training for life! Everything is all happiness and hope and anticipation for a good year! Sure, by February our hopes and dreams will once again be dashed on the rocks of despair, but right now it's PAR-TAY TIME! WOOOOOOOOOOO 2009!!!!!
With 2009 comes changes and resolutions and new beginnings. My first new beginning for 2009 is the new banner. I feel bad about ditching Old Planter, but I think I did good on the new masthead. There's a lot happening up there so I've put together a key to what all this stuff is all about. Click on the image to make it bigger if you can't quite see it.
1: The Title
This is now, and will always be the official Cardboard Junkie font. What is it you ask? Goudy Stout, of course. Why the lime green J, you ask? Why Not?
2: 1993 Florida Department of Agriculture Mark Lemke
The greatest card of all time. Period. Can't get better than this. You can read all about this set in my Card of the Week post. I haven't set this in stone yet, but I think 2009 is the year I try to get one of every Mark Lemke card ever made.
3: The cartoon on the back of Dennis Sarfate's 2008 Topps... Heritage High Numbers
Madding suggested I put this into the banner and I did. I had planned to do it since I first pulled the card so don't go thinking you guys can make me do stuff.
4: The Anti-Drug ad on the back of a 1988 O-Pee-Chee wrapper
Along with the font, this odd little toon will be incorporated in the CJ masthead forevermore. I am still looking for that damn wrapper that had the immortal words "Do Cards, Not Drugs" on it. I know for a fact that I saw it with my own eyes back in the '90s but I can't find it for the life of me. If anyone out there can tell me what pack that motto is on, I'll give you an auto or a relic card. If you get the wrapper itself into my hands, you'll get an auto and a relic card. Some enterprising wrapper bounty hunter out there has got to be willing to take me up on that offer.
5: Earl Weaver animation
I borrowed this from one of my favorite videos ever. The language in this is absolutely filthy, so get the kiddies out of the room before you watch it a dozen times.
6: 2007 Allen & Ginter Torii Hunter mini
No explanation necessary.
7: Photo of the 1982 NL West Championship celebration
This is Skip Caray, The San Diego Chicken and what could very well be Ted Turner in a fantastic photo that I found in an old book commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Braves in Atlanta.
8: Gil Elvgren set Promo Card "Fire Bell"
What can I say? I like retro pin up girls and Elvgren was a master. If I ever see this set in a shop I'm buying it.
9: 2007 Goudey Ichiro Heads Up Cartoon short print
I just picked this card up from Oligato House. I love the Heads up set and Ichiro is one of my favorite players.
10: 1988 Flaming Carrot Comics set
Flaming Carrot is my favorite comic, and I picked up a trading card set of ol' Flamey a few years back. The Carrot has a pretty good arm, he's also a dang good whiffle ball player.
11: Modified 1965 Topps Warren Spahn
I got this card years ago at Atlanta Sports Cards (the original one) out of the bargain box. I think a guy I knew at school did the actual alterations. This card also highlights my mockery of all things Metropolitan.
1993 Upper Deck Chipper Jones Inside the Numbers
You knew I had to have a Chipper on there somewhere. I used a rare reverse negative Chipper too.
13: 1956 Topps Hank Aaron
Hey, it's my favorite card. It had to be there somewhere, right?