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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gooba Gabba, We Accept You, One Of Us, One Of Us

I had three really good ideas for Thorzul's Nighmares on Carboard II contest, but due to unforseen circumstances and general procrastination I missed out. I'm going to keep my other ideas in my pocket for next year, but the one I did the most prep work on had to do with this movie:

I friggin love this movie. It sure isn't the most PC movie ever made, but if you're a fan of old school horror movies, weirdness, and good triumphing over evil, this is the movie for you. The film was directed by Tod Browning who was best known for directing Dracula and a long time collaboration with Lon Cheney. When Dracula made mad bank at the box office MGM's wunderkind Irving Thalberg recruited Tod (with whom he had worked before) to come up with a real horrorshow film to get the studio into this lucrative market. So Tod came up with a film about circus sideshow freaks who get their revenge on the glamourous performers who try to rob and murder one of their own.

It didn't go over all that well. Audiences were horrified (well, duh, it's called a horror movie) Thalberg was mortified and Louis B. Mayer absolutely despised it, resulting in Tod getting Barton Finked right out of the movie business. A big chunk of the movie (including strongman Hercules getting turned into a soprano by angry freaks) was cut, the movie was banned and it ended up being a huge disaster. It now has a better reputation after being rediscovered in the '60s and is now a cult classic. And why not? The story of a bunch of misfits rising up against the popular bullies who taunt and abuse them strikes a chord with a whole lot of people. If you love the Ramones, you can probably identify with this movie.

The original idea (which was probably influenced to some degree by these guys) was to do a classic old school horror movie non-sports trading card set in a contemporary trading card set design. I love the movie Freaks and the 1932 U.S Caramel Baseball and Presidents sets are certainly classic and easy to MSPaint. So, I created this:

Schlitzie! The most lovable pinhead of all. Yes, even including this guy. Schlitzie's practically a rock star in this film and his performance really struck me the first time I saw this film in a college film class. A long time side show performer, Schlitzie worked for several circuses incliding Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey and acted in a few movies. Schlitzie still has fans today, and in 2008 members of findadeath.com chipped in to give his grave a headstone. Here's Schlitzie's big scene from Freaks:



I had planned to do cards for the rest of the cast including Johnny Eck, Prince Randian, Harry Earles, Angelo Rossitto and Koo Koo the Bird Girl but those will have to wait for another time.

Here's the card that provided a template for the set, an original "super short printed" card of William McKinley. The story behind that card is a whole other post. He does look a little like Boris Karloff though... Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

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I guess I'll give equal time just to be fair...

Monday, October 26, 2009

More A&G box toppers from the 50 cent bin

Aw crumbs. It just occurred to me that Atlanta Sports Cards is now completely out of my way once again. No worries, I'm broke as hail anyways. Last time I was there I hit the 50 cent box pretty hard and found more A&G box toppers. These things must not be that popular anymore because I keep seeing 'em cheap.

Shady Grady

Grady Sizemore had kind of a crummy season, but he was hurt all year so we'll cut him some slack. Maybe his elbow problems came from swinging all those bats at the same time. Look at him eying that fourth bat. Man, he wants to swing that bat. Stop it Grady! You need to rest up for the '10 season!Am I the only one referring to next year as oh-10? It actually fits, but seems weird to me.

BJ's Bro

Justin officially passed his brother as the best Upton in the bigs this year. Hitting .300 with 26 homers and 20 swipes will do that. He's only 21 years old too... All you rotisserie geeks out there are just droooling to take him in the first round next year aren't ya. Don't play it off like you're going after Pujols or A-Rod, you are all hoping and praying to get a low pick in the first round so you can grab Justin and show off your baseball genius.

What the Halladay are the Blue Jays thinking?

Seriously, why would anyone want to trade this guy... If I were the Jays I'd kidnap his family and threaten to feed them all to a rabid moose unless he signed a 90-year extension. Zach Greinke, King Felix and Capn' Cheezburger all pitched like they were possessed with the Ghost of Christy Mathewson this year and Halladay is still a legit Cy Young candiate even after all the mess he had to put up with all season. Man, if he played in New York, he's be the biggest pitcher synce Ryan. Of course if he played in New York we'd all hate him like cancer, but that's not the point.


I also got an unopened cabinet card. Why haven't I opened it yet? Well, the wrapper is see-through for one thing. Just been too lazy for another. Here's a hint on which one it is: This one would make a few of my neighbors weep bitter tears. If there's an outcry for me to open it, I might post on one of the Pack rip sites, but I might just stay lazy. I mean... busy with other stuff. 'Cause I'm working on other important stuff right now really I am. This post notwithstanding.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Funny how things work out...


After whining about this and this last week I suddenly had both problems resolve themselves in the span of about an hour on Friday morning. When one door closes, another one opens. While my situation has changed quite possibly for the better, my time for blogging is going to be very tight for the next few weeks. Don't worry, I'm not going away, but I REALLY need to put all my focus on a couple of other things right now. Writing stupid stuff about cards is something I really enjoy so you'll still see posts here and there over the next month. Thanks to everyone who has stuck around in this summer of my discontent, and I'll hopefully be back to my three posts a day schedule by the time the Fat Man starts hopping down chimneys.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Best of '83 Topps - Pirates

I flipped throught the binder and pointed to a random page to choose the second team. I landed on Pirates. The pirates in this set are kind of boringmost everyone was sort of in the same generic swing or pitch action phot with an Olan Mills headshot for the portrait. There were some good cards, but after a while they all sort of ran together. To break the monotony, I switched things up a bit.

1983 Topps Best Card:

Pittsburgh Pirates

Kent Tekulve Super Vet


I was planning to only do base cards for the "Best Of" but this was too good. Plus it was one of the few Super Vets where the player has been on the same team for his whole career. I pretty much had to choose this card just for the fact that it shows Kent in normal glasses. Which look almost exactly the same as his trademark sunglasses. It's a shame Topps couldn't have lightened up the before photo a bit, that muddy pic s the only thing wrong with the card.

Here's Kent's base card, which is pretty damn good in its own right. Check out that sidearm action! There were some decent players on that '82 Pirates team like Dave Parker, Rick Rhoden and John Candelaria. Hell, Willie stargell was on the team, but Topps inexplicably left him out of the set! Tekulve was a solid reliever for a lot of years so he's worthy of representing the Pirates here. Besides, Night owl thinks this is the best glasses card EVER. He's probably right...

Honorable mention:

Dave Parker
Randy Niemann **P**
John Candelaria

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday night panic atttack

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!!

I'VE BEEN CRAMMING FOR MY CISCO TEST FOR TWO WEEKS AND I STILL CAN'T GET A 90% ON MY TRANSCENDER TEST!!!!!!

WHY CAN'T I REMEMBER THE FREAKING OSI MODEL?!?!!? THERE AIN'T BUT SEVEN LAYERS, IT'S LIKE A DELICIOUS NETWORKING DIP WITH SOUR CREAM AND GUACAMOLE AND CHEESE AND THE TRANSPORT LAYER. THAT MAKES THE PHYSICAL LAYER THE BEAN DIP. NOONE EVER EATS THE PHYSICAL LAYER

EVERY TIME I OPEN THE BOOK THE WORDS MORPH INTO A WEIRD COMBINATION OF RUSSIAN AND KLINGON. THE CHAPTER ON WAN CONNECTIONS MAY AS WELL HAVE BEEN A DIRTY LETTER IN TENGWAR THAT JRR TOLKIEN WROTE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND WHILE DRUNK AT 3AM.

OH DEAR GOD I HAVE TO PASS THIS EXAM AND I DON'T KNOW IF I'M LEARNING ANYTHING ANYMORE OR JUST MEMORIZING THE PRACTICE TEST ANSWERS

Oh, look, a 1933 Goudey card of Boston Braves pitcher Ed Brandt...

GODDAMN HELL THERE ARE TOO MANY OIS COMMANDS!!! OR IS IT ISO COMMANDS? I DON'T KNOW!!!! ISO, OSI, POE, OPE IMPURIFYING OUR PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS!!!!

WHY DIDN'T I WRITE ALL THOSE COMMANDS DOWN AS I WAS GOING THROUGH THE BOOK??? OR DURING THE CLASS??? AND THE ACRONYMS! OH GOD THE ACRONYMS! LIKE AN ALPHABET SOUP FACTORY GOT BLOWED UP! WHY DIDN'T I MAKE SOME DAMN FLASH CARDS OR SOMETHING??? I'M SO FRIGGIN LAZY WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!??

STUPID! STUPID!! I'M SOOO STUPID!!! WHY DIDN'T I STUDY MORE WHEN I HAD THE TIME??? I'VE BARELY LOOKED AT THE LAB BOOK! THE ONLY THING I TRULY GROK IS THE SUBNETTING AND I'M SO PATHETIC AT MATH I SCREW ALL THOSE QUESTIONS UP WITH SIMPLE ADDITION ERRORS!!!

Oh, hey, here's the back. Dig the crazy text. He spends the winter months with his gun. heh.


WHAT AM I GONNA DOOOOO???? EVEN IF I PASS THE TRANSCENDER THE ACTUAL TEST ALWAYS THROWS CRAZY ASS CURVEBALLS!!! I'M GONNA GET TRIPPED UP I KNOW IT! I USED TO BE GOOD AT THIS STUFF BUT NOW I'M OLD AND STRESSED AND TIRED AND CAN'T THINK ANYMORE! AND THIS IS THE EASY TEST!!!! I STILL HAVE TO PASS THE HARD ONE AFTER THIS! OH MAN I GOTTA FIGURE OUT HOW TO CHEAT! NO, I CAN'T CHEAT ON A CERTIFICATION EXAM, THEY'LL SEND ME TO GEEK JAIL!!! MAYBE I COULD USE SMART BRAIN DRUGS! NO, THEN I'LL GO TO REAL JAIL! PMITA JAIL WITH CONJUGAL VISITS! AAARGH I GOTTA DO SOMETHING!!! I'M DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!

Canya believe I only need two card to have a complete 1933 Goudey Braves team set now? Yep, I just need Rabbit Maranville and Tom Zachary. Every time I look at Tom Zachary's reprint card in my binder I think his name is Ed Zachary. 'Cause his face looks Ed Zachary like his ass! Ha! I kill me.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH SO SCREEEEEWWWWEEEEDDD!!!!!!!
BLLLUGGGGHHHERARGHAADJSFNA;IRJFAHHBAXZ,BMNXBCJSFURGH

1960 Topps Frank Torre

I am lazy.

I have here a perfectly good 1960 Topps Frank Torre.


And I don't feel like writing anything about it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Goodwin Threes - Fluffy

Time to close out Goodwin. Here's a threesome of cards featuring the one thing that 2009 Goodwin is best known for.





Did you know there was a model named Trish Stratus? I didn't until I Googled some clouds...

So, did it work?

I mentioned that I was going to get superstitious and try sticking a sticker into its album every morning in order to ward off evil work spirits. Let's see how we did, shall we?

BEFORE:


AFTER:

So, did it work? Does superstition pay? Will album stickers become the new Boggs chicken dinner? Well, here is an artistic representation of work yesterday:

CHRIS CHAMBLISS WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME???

So, uh, yeah. Didn't work. Not even slightly. Superstitions ain't real, kids, put down the horsey shooz and rabbits feets and believe in Science instead. On an up note, a conversation at my place of employment tipped me off that a colleague or two just might possibly be a reader of this here blog! So, as of this moment I SHALL NEVER SPEAK OF WORK AGAIN. Not even a little bit.

I'll still show the stickahs though.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yankees from the Dollar Box

I still have some neet stuff left over from the Atlanta Sports Cards run to show off. They have a pretty cool row of dollar boxes there with a good mix of new and old, base and inserts. I've even found autographs in the dollar box before! I like scrounging through for oldies, which means poring though the "original 16" teams. Red Sox are good for oldies. So are the Phillies. I guess the Cubs are too, but I'll try the Cards or Dodgers or Indians first, thankyouverymuch. However, there is no dollar box oldies team like the New York Mickyficking Yankees.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I HATE the New York Yankees. A-Fraud, Cap'n Cheezburger and Tei$eira can all take a flying leap into the Hudson wearing cement bathing suits for all I care and I'm glad the Halos finally took one in the series yesterday. However, the Old York Yankees I love. The cut off point is somewhere around Mattingly but I can't pinpoint it exactly. '20s? '30's? Hells yes! '60s? '70s? Alllll Riiiiiight! '50s? NIRVANA! So I scrounged the dollar Yankee box looking for one old card and found three.

1964 Topps Young Aces

This is the Holy Grail of Infamous Pitcher cards. Al Downing? He gave up a certain home run that is somewhat well known. Jim Bouton? Well, if a baseball fan don't know Jim Bouton, then Dayf's gonna do some shoutin'. This also a pretty good demarcation line between the great Yankee Teams of the '50s and early '60s and the Bllleeeaaaargghhh Yankee teams of the late '60s and early '70s.

1969 Topps Mickey Mantle Checkist

If you have a chance... to get a vintage Mickey Mantle card... ANY vintage Mickey Mantle card... for a BUCK... YOU FREAKING DO IT.

Anyone else who wants to "just do it" ASC had two or three more of these in various stages of mouse nibblings in that box as well. Get to 'em!

1950 Bowman

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A 1950 BOWMAN CARD FOR A BUCK?? Ok, so the corners are rounder than a mint 1951 Topps card and it's got a double cross crease going right through the dude's face, but 1950! Bowman! So who is this guy?

Fred Sanford



The "G" stands for "Gamer". Or "goat" perhaps, as the Yankee pitcher was mercilessly booed by Yankee fans who expected more from the righty after that $100,000 trade mentioned on the card back. Did you know Redd Foxx's real last name was Sanford? Did you also know that both Fred and Redd's first name was also John? Now ya do!

Murph Variation from a Met Fan

Got this in the mail the other day, totally out of the blue from Stats on the Back. Maybe because I helped him with his Allen & Ginter project, maybe just for the halibut. Who knows? It was one 'variation' card, with a note:

OH DEAR HEAVENLY JEEBUS WHAT DID THAT MET FAN DO TO DEFILE POOR MURPH???

I was almost afraid to look...

Huh. Just a nice normal 1986 O-Pee-Chee Murphy card, totally undefiled. Not even mildly blasphemed. I really like the '86 Topps set and this is a nice card of the two time MVP who hit the crap out of the ball without taking anything stronger than an aspirin to enhance his performance. The O-Pee-Chee logo clipping his hat is odd though. So what's the variation? I flipped the card over:

GUM-USED RELIC CARD!

Brilliant! Anyone who has ever opened n old O-Pee-Chee pack knows what's going on here. Old gum. Permanently fused to the card. Never to be completely separated. Awesome. If I had the money to burn, I'd send this puppy to PSA to get slabbed.

1986 OPC Dale Murphy With Gum: PSA 10 1/2. Population: ONE.

Awwww yeah.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Card of the Week - Lucky Jack

So, about a week and a half ago I was getting ready for work and I saw this sticker on the floor. I had gotten all my '82 Topps stickers together earlier that week and this one must have escaped. I picked it up, put it in my fold-up cell phone and forgot about it.
I had the best day at work ever that day. No crisis, it wasn't so busy that I couldn't think, I got a whole lot done and the sun was shining. When I walked out of the building that day and checked my cell was surprised to find Jack Clark. I almost left Jack at home that night but thought "If I leave Jack home and I have a bad day I'll get superstitious and blame it on Jack, which is stupid. I'll bring him to work tomorrow and have a crummy day and then bye bye to superstitious nonsense." I brought him to work several days after that and they were all very good days. Since Jack was about an eighth of an inch wider than my phone, he started to get a little beat up, but Jack's tough. He didn't mind. Then last Wednesday morning I left Jack at home.

Worst day ever. Everyone got chewed out at the office, two people were canned and all their work was dumped on the survivors. It rained. The weather turned cold. I started making dumb mistakes just due to panic from the shitstorm that welled up. I got home, saw Jack and decided that I would defy my superstitious urges once again. Thursday was colder. nastier and even more miserable at work with me screwing up again. I fully planned to bring Jack on Friday, but in my effort to get to work early I forgot. Another horrible day, another co-worker gone, and I once again fucked something up real bad. So, with Jack: three lovely days at work. Without Jack: unmitigated horrors. This weekend I did this:


Jack is now where he rightfully belongs. I can no longer rely on him for his magical powers however. Will today be dreadful? Wonderful? Will I be the next to get canned? I'll know by the time this is posted... So kids, what do you think? Is sticking Jack in his new album home going to doom me forever, or will my selfless act of allowing a poor weary sticker to finally return to his proper home be rewarded in the end?



(or has overly stressed Dayf finally flipped?)

UPDATE:

Good day at work. No angry customers, no screwups, no yelling or crying, no one escorted out the door, no communist invasions, no alarms, no surprises, nice and quiet all around. HOWEVER. Now I'm superstitious that pasting a sticker in the album is the magic secret to workplace bliss. So until horror strikes again (or I get lazy and forget), you're going to see more stickers going in that album. I'm sure you're all devastated.

Jesse Tuggle Auto

Who is this? Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jesse "The Hammer" Tuggle.

What is this? An autographed 1995 Fleer card.

Where'd I get it? In person at the 1996 Falcon Fan Fest. Or 1997. One of 'em. Maybe.

How much did it cost? FREE WOOOOOOOOOOOO

Why is this so special? Tuggle is my favorite Falcon ever. EVER! The man was a hell of a linebacker and got to play in a Super Bowl, which is nice. I really, really really liked 1995 Fleer when it came out which is why I chose this card over his 1990 rookie or something else slightly less ridiculous. This one here doesn't look too bad compared to some of the other freaky Fleer designs from that year.

I got this signed at a Fan Fest one preseason in the late '90s. I think it was 1996 but who the heck knows. The team was lined up alphabetically in groups of three. Since Jesse was my favorite player I made sure to hop in his line first. I got totally star struck and totally ignored some lineman whose name started with T, something that I'm somewhat ashamed of now. Of course I ended up with this card and a signed photo of Tuggle for my rudeness so yay rudeness! Of course when I I did the same thing at Morten Andersen's booth I missed out on some guy named Jamal. So always be nice to the non-stars at the fan fests kids, you just never know...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Old and Sticky

Good 'ol Sticky Saturday, how I have neglected thee...

Here's another find from the vintage card thingy I want to last week. I've got 15 more posts worth of vintage card thingy stuff left so you'll all be sick of vintage soon enough. This here might be the oldest Fleer sticker I own now...

Milwaukee Braves, beeyotches! I think I have a couple of stickers that say Milwaukee Braves on 'em but not a whole lot and none with licensing info on 'em. I came across this when I was wrapping things up and decided to check out a couple of piles for something good to round off the day. There were a couple of stacks of stickers (or decals or whatever) and I found this one and a really neat Georgia Tech sticker with a really dated looking Buzz on it. I had to pass on the Tech sticker but I wasn't walking out without the decal. Seriously, Milwaukee Braves!

The Dubble Bubble ad identifies it as a Fleer product quite definitively. It's not a card like their later stickers but thin like an album sticker. It's not actually a sticker at all, technically, but a transfer. Dip it in water for about 30 seconds and then slide it on the surface where you want it stuck. Transfer, decal, if it sticks to something it's a sticker. It's for use on glass, wood, metal and other objects. Hair weaves, asphalt, mercury and whipped cream are objects so I guess it would work on them too. Not going to try it though because I am one of those crazy people who insist on denying stickers their sticky birthright in order to maintain "collectible value". I am a monster.

Fleerfan's the man if you want to know every detail possible for this sort of thing.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Best of '83 Topps - Mariners

When I suspended voting, it was pretty clear you guys wanted to see the best card from each team to celebrate my '83 Topps complete set. I chose the Mariners to start off for no particular reason. Looking through all the cards in the binder I found my self seeing the cards not with my jaded snarky blogger persona, but with the eyes of the 10 year old kid who originally collected the cards in the first place. I quit looking for the stuff that catches my eye now, like crazy faces or ridiculous things in the background or '80s hair and focused on what I thought was cool about these cards in 1983. Basically, I'm trying to explain why Rick Sweet and his amazing fro got passed over. Hopefully the sentimentality will make enough people put down their torches and pitchforks that I make it another day.

1983 Topps Best Card:

Seattle Mariners

Gaylord Perry


So why Gaylord? Well the man had 300 wins for one thing. You can see right on the back of the card. I knew that was a pretty big deal back in the day and was duly impressed. Ok, so he cheated his way to most of those wins. Big deal. You don't win games with Vaseline, you win games by knowing how to pitch with Vaseline. Gaylord knew how to pitch, so what if a few balls were a little slippery. I've also always liked the portrait/action combo on this card. Perry is in the middle of a nice delivery on this card, although I think the picture might have looked a little better if it was scootched just a tad to the right. The portrait is perfect. Big smile, looking to his right, trident logo on the cap, distinguished graying sideburns. Perry looks like a hall of famer there. Plus: for the 10 year old audience... Gaylord. *snicker*

Sweet Jesus, lookit all those stats. Perry had won more games than the entire Mariners franchise at that point. No, I didn't look it up. It's a total guess. Go ahead and yell at me stat heads, I won't mind.

Honorable Mentions:
Rick Sweet
Bryan Clark
Floyd Bannister

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stamp out Procrastination

Ok, so I've been slacking. I've got packages to send, Pirate card sets to put together. old cards to show off, sets to collate, e-mails to respond to, neat stuff to post. And I ain't done none of it. I didn't even post my happy birthday tribute to Margaret Thatcher yesterday. In my defense, between traffic, work, kids, studying and my required 5 hours of fitful sleep a night, there's not much time to blog. I'm not going two straight days without posting something so here's a stamp.

1962 Topps stamp of the best Milwaukee Braves catcher of all time, Del Crandall. These little stickies were inserted into Topps packs in panels of two players. You can see some of Del's panel partner on the right.This stamp has a little piece of a Clete Boyer or Ray Sadecki stamp. Bonus! This is my third stamp from the 200 player set and Del joins fellow Brave Roy McMillan and an off center Milwaukee Braves logo. I got this stamp this weekend from the same dealer I got the logo stamp from. I've got 15 more posts from that haul, I should be done with them by August, 2014. That might be the next time I buy cards again too the way things are going. Of course this stuff is apparently live, so it's not like I'm missing much.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cards of the Week - Holiday edition

YEAAAAAAH!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Canadian Thanksgiving!

I hope all you hosers out there ate a lotta turkey or back bacon or whatever ya'll eat up there for Thanksgiving or at least downed a few beers, caught a hockey game on the tube and made a drunken Tim Horton's run in the snow. You guys do it right, no crazy ass shopping madness the day after. In honor of Canada and all things Canadian, Here's a Canadian Great:


Jeff Reardon was a helluva closer. 367 saves, the first closer to 350 and for a brief time was the all time leader in saves before Lee Smith and Eck passed him. The man wasn't called Terminator for nothing. He had his greatest years with the Expos before winning a championship in 1987 with Minnesota, which is practically Canada anyway. I was always a fan of Jeff just for the beard if nothing else. Then he was traded to the Bravos in 1992 for the playoff stretch and helped them fend off the Reds (sorry, Joe). Some Braves fans still hold the infamous Ed Sprague home run in game 2 of the World Series against Toronto. I don't hold it against him (and won't hold it against Canada, at least for today*) because he won a game in that year's playoffs. A game in the NLCS, as a matter of fact. THE LAST GAME. Yep, Sid got him the win!


Jeff has suffered through some terrible tragedy since his playing career ended and was bounced his first year of Hall eligibility even though he's one of the top ten closers of all time. People who know the '80s know this is terribly unfair to one of the best of the decade. I know Jeff was a great closer and it's time to remember the good things again.

So why Canadian Thanksgiving? Isn't there another holiday today? Something about 1492? Forget that, man... Columbus was a fink and the Vikings got here first anyway!


YEAAAAAH VIKINGS! I picked up this card from that show I told you about last week. Turns out it was a one man card show, but that guy was the best dealer from the big time card show I went to last year at the Cobb Civic Center. The guy with Turkey Reds and Babe Ruths and pristine Clementes and Mantles and 1954 AARONS and piles and piles of vintage as far as the eye could see, or at least 20 feet or so. He was back in town (and will be back again in January) with the thing I wanted to see most, THE CHEAPO BOX. I picked out some great stuff (too much stuff, actually) that I will show off as time allows. This card here was part of a Non-Sports binge that I shouldn't have done in retrospect, but I couldn't resist. I love flag cards and this "PARADE - Flags of the World" card was too cool and too old looking to resist. There's a Viking on the back! Raaar! Skeery Viking! AND LIEF ERICSSON BEAT CHRIS BY 500 YEARS! Sez so right on the back.


I had no clue who did this set when I bought the card. It just looked cool and was obviously a pretty old bubble gum card. Turns out it was an early Topps set! Various links identify it as being from 1949, 1950 or maybe 1951. Wikipedia says 1949 and they couldn't possibly be wrong, so until I find a vintage non-sports card price guide on the cheap I'm going to go with that. Oddly enough, this card I bought as an afterthought just because it looked cool is now the oldest Topps card in my collection. Funny, that.

* Every game the Braves lost that series we lost by one freaking run. Good Grief.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yay, A Win

Falcons beat the slop out of the 49ers today. Now I can ditch #7 and put a 6 up in the countdown. Nice to be a third of the way to a winning season with three quarters of the season left to play. The Falcons will screw it up, though, I believe in them. Here's a pic of the card the number came from 'cause it's purdy.

This is a late '60s-early '70s Topps glossy insert. as you can see it's got lot of pretty colors and rounded corners. What you can't see is that it's a tad smaller than normal card size and it is laminated with a really glossy finish. The back is almost identical to the 1969 Topps Deckle Edge cards from 1969. Blank, with a box containing the player name, team and position, with the card number and copyright date under that. It's a nifty looking little insert.

No, I'm not showing the card for #7. You can probably figure out who it is.

Friday, October 9, 2009

!!!!!MOJO!!!!!

HOLY CRAP EPIC FREAKING MOJO TODAY!!!!!!

Not that kind of Mojo!

No, no, no. I'm not talking 'bout that. I'm talking 'bout a different Mojo.


Nope, not Mr. Mojo. Put on a shirt, ya hippie. No one wants to see yer nipples.

Close, but not quite.

That's the ticket!


I have no idea how long they'll be doing this or even WHY they're doing this but God Bless Amazon. Oh wait, now I know. New Album!



Elvis IS everywhere!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Vintage card show this weekend

There's a vintage card show in Atlanta this weekend, I thought I'd pass along the details for anyone interested. I'm pretty sure this is from the guy I bought the '49 Leaf card and the '53 Topps World on Wheels cards from last year. I signed up for his mailing list, put down my e-mail only to save him a stamp and then he insisted I put my address down too. So, I got an e-mail advertising the show and then a day later got a little green postcard that I threw away. Guess which one I'm posting here?


Roger's 50th Atlanta Vintage Sportscard Show
Do not miss this great opportunity to fill your wantlists with vintage sportscards and publications (1887-1977) the old fashioned way. By shopping comfortably with access to the largest inventory of sports artifacts @ any Atlanta Showing.
Where: The Courtyard Hotel, I-75 and Delk Road, Marietta.
When: October 10-12. Saturday, 10am-7pm/Sunday+Monday 10am-5pm
Over 100 pre 1900 tobacco/1000 1909-1947 singles/ All conditions 1948-1975/Sets&Singles
Remember: ALWAYS BUYING. Fair, Friendly, CASH!!!
Roger Neufeldt, owner of Sports Memories (405) 823 9163 rjneufeldt@aol.com

If anyone goes, let me know how it went...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Five cool cards from American Heritage

These are refugees from pack rips I was going to do but never did. These are definitely worth posting.

Carl Sagan

I'll have to wait until I get the base set completely finished off, but like Duke Ellington from the first series, this is likely my favorite base card from the set. I have a tape full of Cosmos episodes from a Science Channel marathon that I need to rewatch one of these days.

Babe Ruth

The Carl Sagan of baseball. It just occurred to me that Topps must not have wanted to pony up some extra licencing money because all the sports figures I've pulled are logoless. It works very well in the context of this set. Upper Deck should be watching closely.

Fred Rogers

I'll admit right now, that I was more of a Sesame Street youth myself, those king and queen puppets kinda freaked me out. Mr. Rogers is still a pretty fantastic guy and a great American.

George Mason

Speaking of great Americans, this guy refused to sign the Constitution because it didn't have a Bill of Rights. Nothing more needs to be said.

Medgar Evers

I just think it's cool that Medgar Evers has his own trading card. Maybe it will prompt a couple of collectors to learn a little more about him.