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Friday, July 8, 2022

TWO COMPLETED SETS

 FOREVER AGO NIGHT OWL CARDS MENTIONED HE WAS THREE CARDS AWAY FROM COMPLETING HIS 2008 HERITAGE SET AND HE HAD TRACKED DOWN ONE OF THEM. I HAD ALREADY RESIGNED MYSELF TO THE TERRIBLE FACT THAT I WILL NEVER EVEN COMPLETE A HERITAGE NON-SP SET SO I CHECKED THROUGH MY ABSURDLY LARGE PILE OF NO-LONGER-WANTED HERITAGE CARDS TO SEE IF I HAD THE ONES HE NEEDED. I DID! THEN I FORGOT ABOUT THEM FOR MONTHS

BUT THEN!!! I FOUND THEM AGAIN AND WAS MORTIFIED ENOUGH TO COMMIT TO MAILING THOSE CARDS TO HIM RIGHT AWAY. THEN I COULDN'T FIND MY BUBBLE MAILERS

BUT THEN!!!!! I FOUND THE BUBBLE MAILERS!!!!! AND I ACTUALLY PUT THE CARDS INTO THE BUBBLE MAILER!!!!! AND I ACTUALLY EVEN MAILED THE BUBBLE MAILER!!!!! I DID A THING!!!!! AND THEN NIGHT OWL GOT THE CARDS AND REALIZED HE WAS STILL MISSING ONE MORE CARD

BUT THEN!!!!!!! HE BOUGHT THE CARD!!!!!!! AND FOUND OUT HE HAD PUT A CARD IN THE WRONG SLOT ON A PAGE AND NEEDED A DIFFERENT CARD

BUT THEN!!!!!!!!! HE GOT THE RIGHT CARD AND FINISHED THE SET AND ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD

WELL NOT REALLY. BUT HE COMPLETED AN IMPOSSIBLE SET AND I HELPED AND THAT'S GOOD

BUT THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE THE LAST CARD WAS INSERTED INTO A PAGE AND NIGHT OWL'S SET WAS COMPLETE I FOUND THIS:

THIS IS A 1980-81 TOPPS BASKETBALL ROBERT PARISH CARD SEPARATED FROM A PANEL. THE 80-81 SET IS INFAMOUS FOR BEING AN 88 CARD SET OF THREE CARD PANELS THAT MAKE UP A 264 CARD MINI SET BUT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS OF THE PANELS SO IT'S ACTUALLY A 176 CARD PANEL SET BUT YOU NEED 264 PANELS SO YOU CAN RIP 88 OF THEM IF YOU WANT BOTH VERSIONS OF THE 88 CARD PANEL SET AND A 264 CARD MINI SET SO YOU HAVE EVERYTHING BECAUSE YOU ARE A COLLECTOR AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE EVERYTHING. ALSO THERE IS A SET OF SIXTEEN TEAM PIN-UP POSTERS YOU NEED THEM TOO

THANKFULLY I BOUGHT A VENDING BOX OF 1980-81 TOPPS BASKETBALL THAT HAD ABOUT AN INCH OF DUST ON IT AT MY LOCAL CARD SHOP WHEN I WAS ABOUT 15 FOR SEVEN BUCKS. SO I HAD 264 CARDS AND THEN SOME. AND BOY HOWDY I RIPPED 88 CARDS. NOT THAT ONE. BUT I HAD 263 OF THOSE MINI CARDS IN A BOX AND I KNEW I HAD THE PARISH BUT IT WAS MIXED UP IN SOME JUNK BOX AND I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHICH JUNK BOX IT WAS. THEN WITH A LITTLE BIT OF INSTANT KARMA I FOUND THE BOX WITH PARISH IN

NOW NIGHT OWL HAS A SET, AND I HAVE A SET. ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD EXCEPT FOR LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE. ENJOY THE SET



















IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT THOSE CARDS UNDERNEATH ARE, THAT IS THE FIRST PAGE OF COOL BINDER VOL. 2

HERE IS COOL BINDER VOL. 1 IF YOU'RE CURIOUS ABOUT SUCH THINGS

YES YOU HAVE TO GO TO TWITTER TO SEE IT, I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT. VOL. 2 IS ALMOST COMPLETE AND SHOULD BE POSTED DAILYISH TO TWITTER STARTING THIS SUNDAY, I'LL PUT A LINK HERE WHEN IT IS IF I REMEMBER TO


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

FIRST TRIP TO THE CARD SHOP IN LIKE TWO YEARS

IN THE SUMMER OF 2020 WHEN WE ALL THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA DROP DEAD ANY MOMENT I DREAMED ABOUT DOING A HANDFUL OF FUN THINGS THAT I TOOK FOR GRANTED A FEW MONTHS EARLIER. GO TO THE FLEA MARKET. GO TO THE BOOK STORE. GO TO THE OTHER BOOK STORE. GO TO THE OTHER OTHER BOOK STORE. GET TO A CARD SHOW. GO TO THE LOCAL CARD SHOP. SEE THE NEW JAMES BOND IN AN ACTUAL GODDAMN THEATER. HOPE ALL THESE THINGS EVEN SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE 

BY THE END OF LAST YEAR I HAD ACHIEVED ALL THOSE GOALS SAVE THE LCS. I WOULD HAVE GONE MONTHS EARLIER BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEIR OFF DAYS ARE MY OFF DAYS AND THE FEW TIMES I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE SHOP I HAD LITTLE OR NO FUNDS TO BUY ANYTHING. IT'S NOT WORTH GOING TO YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT JUST TO GET A SIDE SALAD AND A GLASS OF WATER SO I HELD OFF WAITING FOR THAT FAR-OFF DAY IN THE FUTURE I HAD SOME CASH IN MY POCKET

 THEN CHRISTMAS HAPPENED. I GOT ONE OF THOSE VISA PRE-PAID GIFT CARDS THAT YOU CAN'T USE ONLINE ANYMORE BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE USED THEM FOR SCAMS SO I TURNED IT INTO A DEFACTO GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM MY LOCAL CARD SHOP. USED EVERY CENT ON THAT CARD AND PAID THE TAX WITH POCKET CHANGE. HERE'S A SAMPLE OF MY LONG OVERDUE CARD BINGE

 
I NEEDN'T HAVE WORRIED ABOUT THE SHOP'S FINANCIAL HEALTH, THEY APPARENTLY THRIVED SINCE I WAS LAST THERE IN 2020. THERE WERE FIVE TIMES AS MANY CARDS IN THE DIME/50 CENT/DOLLAR/UNDER TEN BUCKS BOXES AS THERE WERE BEFORE. THE NUMBER OF SHELVES HOLDING THEM DOUBLED, ADDED A LEVEL ON TOP AND WERE ALMOST COMPLETELY FILLED. AN ABSOLUTE HEAVEN FOR A CHEAPSKATE COLLECTOR LIKE ME. THEY ALSO STILL HAD THE SHELF FULL OF BINDERS OF RANDOM STUFF THEY GOT IN COLLECTIONS FOR SALE. I GOT THE CHEAP ONE WITH THE HAWKS LOGO CARD IN THE POCKET
 

THINGS WEREN'T *EXACTLY* THE SAME AS BEFORE, THE NEW JUNK BINDERS THEY GOT IN NOW COST LIKE 40-50 BUCKS BUT THEY STILL HAD A FEW OF THE JUNKY ONES IN STOCK. THIS ONE HAD A FEW PAGES OF TRASHED JUNK WAX STUFF IN THE FRONT AND THE LAST 2/3RDS OF THE BINDER WAS JUNK WAX BASKETBALL CARDS IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE. NOT MUCH  OF VALUE WAS FOUND IN THE BASEBALL SECTION BUT I GOT 25 CARDS OFF MY FLEER AND TOPPS BASKETBALL WANTLIST, ANOTHER 45 CARDS OF ULTRA, STADIUM CLUB AND COLLECTOR'S CHOICE I DON'T HAVE WANTLISTED AND A HANDFUL OF HAWKS. SINCE I MAINLY BOUGHT THE THING FOR THE PLASTIC SHEETS TO PUT SOME MADDUX CARDS IN I CONSIDER ANY DECENT CARDS I NEEDED IN THERE TO BE A BONUS

ANOTHER CHANGE IS THE FIVE DOLLAR BOXES OF CRAP ARE NOW TEN DOLLAR BOXES OF CRAP. YOU STILL GET THE SAME NUMBER AMOUNT OF 400-500 COMMONS WITH A FEW STARS AND INSERTS PURGED FROM THE 50 CENT BOX MIXED IN, BUT NOW YOU ALSO GET AN AUTOGRAPH AND RELIC CARD FOR THAT EXTRA FIVE BUCKS. I AM PLEASED WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT AS I ENJOY GETTING SURPRISE RANDOM BEEG MOJO HITTZZZ AS MUCH AS ANY FOOL. I PICKED UP A BASKETBALL BOX AND GOT A NICE MIX OF RECENT HOOPS AND PRIZM STUFF THAT CAME OUT DURING LOCKDOWN AND GOT A NUMBERED SHELDEN WILLIAMS, FRANCISCO GARCIA JERSEY AND TJ FORD AUTORELIC IN A FANCY SEALED CASE

 99% OF THE STORE IS THE BIG SPORTS - BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF HOCKEY AND SOCCER. BUT THERE IS ONE BOX OF 10-50 CENT NON SPORTS CARDS AND I ALWAYS CHECK FOR GOODIES. THERE WAS A LOT OF NEW STUFF IN THERE INCLUDING SEVERAL PROMO CARDS. I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT PASS UP ON THIS PROMO FOR THE SKYBOX SUPER MARIO BROS SET. I HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN ONE OF THE ACTUAL CARDS FROM THE SET ANYWHERE AND IT INCLUDES WHAT I ASSUME IS MOJO NIXON'S ROOKIE CARD. SADLY THERE IS A CARD OF THE MONKEY BUT NOT A CARD OF DENNIS HOPPER SAYING MONKEY. MAYBE THAT ONE'S AN INSERT. YEAH, I KNOW THE MOVIE SUCKS BUT IT IS FUN WHICH IS BETTER THAN BEING GOOD 

 I ALSO FOUND A PROMO FOR COMIC IMAGES' CONAN CHROMIUM SET. CONAN IS FIGHTING OFF HARPY BIRDMAN HERE AND IT LOOKS NICE WITH ALL THE ETCHING. THE COPYRIGHT ON THE BACK IS CREDITED TO HASBRO WHICH CONFUSED ME. I KNOW CONAN FROM PULP NOVELS AND THE MARVEL COMIC MAGAZINES. IT APPEARS HASBRO PUT OUT A CONAN TOY LINE IN THE EARLY 90S THAT I'D NEVER HEARD OF TIL NOW. NOT A HUGE FAN OF BARBARIAN STUFF* BUT THOSE OLD MARVEL MAGS WERE WHERE I DISCOVERED THAT MARVEL WAS SNEAKY AND PUT ALL THE SEX AND VIOLENCE THEY COULDN'T GET AWAY WITH IN SPIDER-MAN INTO THEIR ODDBALL MAGAZINE TITLES LIKE CONAN AND EPIC AND MARVEL PREVIEW. IF YOU EVER STUMBLE ACROSS AN EPIC ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE I RECOMMEND PICKING IT UP. IT WAS A RIP-OFF OF HEAVY METAL AND HAD SOME INTERESTING SHIT IN THERE 

 I'M ALWAYS HUNTING FOR CHEAP BASKETBALL CARDS AND HIT THE DIME BOX REALLY HARD. I STILL LOVE AL HORFORD AND THANKS TO HIM BOPPING OUT TO THE CELTICS A FEW YEARS AGO HIS CARDS ARE DIIIIRRRRT CHEAP IN THE ATL NOW. FOUND WHAT I THINK IS MY FIRST CARD OF HIM IN A SIXERS UNI ON THIS MOSAIC CARD 

 ALSO FOUND A TON OF HORFORDS IN A HOX UNI. I ALREADY HAD A FEW OF THESE BUT I BOUGHT 'EM ALL ANYWAY. CAN'T HAVE TOO MANY HORFORDS. AND I KNOW HE'S HATED IN ATLANTA NOW BUT AN AL HORFORD ROOKIE CARD IN A DIME BOX IS AN INSULT. HE'S ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO GETS ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME LIKE 15 YEARS AFTER HE RETIRES AND EVERYONE IS LIKE WAIT, WHAT? BUT THEN THEY THINK ABOUT AND IT AND ARE LIKE YEAH I GET IT. I REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED TO FIND ONE OF HIS CARDS IN AN OKC UNI, I HOPE THEY EXIST 

 ALL TRASH AND DIME BOX CARDS SO FAR BUT I WAS A BIG SPENDER AND HIT THE 50 CENT BOXES PRETTY HARD AS WELL. FOUND A COUPLE ALL-TIME FAVORITES OUT OF THE 2011 TOPPS AMERICAN PIE WALK OF FAME INSERT SET. CARY GRANT IS IN A WHOLE BUNCH OF MOVIES I LOVE, BUT ESPECIALLY BRINGING UP BABY, ARSENIC & OLD LACE AND NORTH BY NORTHWEST. I'M ALSO IN THE MIDDLE OF A MARX BROTHERS OBSESSION AT THE MOMENT AND AM RE-WATCHING ALL THEIR PICTURES. IF I'M BEING HONEST, CHICO IS ACTUALLY MY FAVORITE BUT IT'S WAY HARDER TO FIND TRADING CARDS OF HIM 

 PICKED UP A FEW CARDS OF NON-ATLANTA PLAYERS I COLLECT WHILE SCROUNGING THE 50 CENT BOXES. JULIUS AND REGGIE HAVE BEEN FAVORITES SINCE I WAS A TINY LITTLE KID, ARTIS I BECAME A FAN OF IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE DR. J CARD IS AN INSERT FROM 1999-00 TOPPS. 90S BASKETBALL INSERTS ARE UNDERRATED. I DON'T KNOW IF THE GILMORE CARD IS AN INSERT OR BASE CARD AS I DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO OPTIC ALL THAT MUCH. IT'S SHINY, THAT'S ALL I CARE ABOUT. SAME FOR THE REGGIE ELITE CARD, NO IDEA IF IT'S AN INSERT. I THINK IT IS MY FIRST ARIZONA STATE JACKSON CARD THOUGH. 

 MOARER 90S BASKETBALL INSERTS! SO GLAD THE UNHEALTHY JORDAN OBSESSION THIS HOBBY HAS DEVALUES EVERYONE ELSE'S CARDS. THAT SCORING KING INSERT IS A TOUGH 94-95 FLEER ULTRA INSERT. CRAZY-ASS ETCHED FOIL AND I'M PRETTY SURE ODDS WERE LESS THAN 1 PER BOX. JUST A SHAME NIQUE IS IN A CLIPPERS UNI. THE 93-94 FLEER TOWER OF POWER INSERT WASN'T EASY TO FIND EITHER. PLUS A NEW BASE CARD FROM MOSAIC. THAT IS A NICE LITTLE SET, I WOULDN'T MIND COLLECTING IT IF I WASN'T BROKE-ASS-BROKE

 HERE'S SOME CARDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY PLAYING. I TRIED TO FIND THE CARD WITH THE MOST EYE-BLEEDING DESIGN FOR HUERTER AND COLLINS AND I THINK I DID WELL. THE TRAE WAS NOT IN THE 50 CENT BOX AND I WAS FRANKLY LUCKY TO FIND A PLAIN OL' HOOPS CARD FOR A BUCK AND A HALF. THIS HAWKS TEAM HAS A GREAT YOUNG CORE AND I REALLY HOPE I'M ABLE TO FIND SOME DE'ANDRE HUNTER AND ONYEKA OKONGWU CARDS SOON 

 GOT SOME GUYS ON THE BENCH TOO. LEMON PEPPER LOU HAS TAKEN OVER THE VETERAN PRESENTS ROLE LEFT BY VINCE CARTER WELL. DANILO IS ALSO KICKING ASS AS THE GIGANTIC THREE POINT CHUCKING CENTER TYPE. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD THE DALINO GALINARI SONG YET YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO DO SO BUT BE WARNED IT IS A WEAPONS-GRADE EARWORM AND OUT OF NOWHERE YOU WILL BE HUMMING IT TO YOURSELF THREE WEEKS FROM NOW WHEN HE'S PLAYING FOR THE RAPTORS



 
WENT NUTSO AND DROPPED 5% OF MY TOTAL ON ONE SINGLE CARD. PRETTY SURE ACUNA CARDS ARE GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE FOREVER SO IF I CAN FIND A NICE LOOKING ONE AT A DECENT PRICE I JUST NEED TO STOP BEING CHEAP AND GO GET IT. EVERYONE DECRIES PANINI'S LACK OF TEAM LOGOS BUT LOOK AT THIS. BIG PURPLE NIGHTMARE WITH A GIGANTIC PETROGLYPH ON IT FOR SOME REASON AND MYTHICAL RIGHT ON TOP LIKE RONALD IS THE GREAT GREAT GRANDSON OF ZEUS. WHICH HE MIGHT BE, YOU DON'T KNOW. YOU CAN SNEAK THIS CARD INTO A PILE OF INSANE 90S INSERTS AND NOT EVEN NOTICE AND I THINK THAT'S FANTASTIC

 HAD TO PICK UP SOME BRAVES OUT OF THE 50 CENT BOX AS WELL. MAINLY BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE ANY 10 CENT BRAVES HARDLY EVER AROUND HERE AND YOU HAVE TO DIG THROUGH TWO BOXES FULL OF COMMONS TO FIND THEM. I MEAN, THEY JUST WON THE GODDAMN WORLD SERIES, I NEED SOME NEW BRAVES CARDS. I CHOSE THE QYPSY GUEEN CHARLIE MORTON CARD BECAUSE OF IT'S INTERESTINGLY UGLY DESIGN. THE ALLEN & GINTER FRIED LOOKS WONDERFUL, IT SUCKS I DON'T HAVE THE CASH TO THROW AWAY TO COLLECT THE SET ANYMORE. COULDN'T RESIST THE 72 DESIGN LITTLE LEAGUE CARD OF AUSTIN RILEY. I GOT A HORRIBLE LOOKING CONTENDERS CARD FOR OZZIE BECAUSE I STILL FLINCH AT BUYING TOPPS BASE CARDS AT A MARKUP WHEN I KNOW FOR A FACT I'LL FIND IT IN A DIME BOX ONE OF THESE DAYS. THE OTHER TWO ARE A TOPPS VARIATION OF EDDIE MATHEWS AND A TOUGH CARD FROM 2005 UPPER DECK MINI JERSEY COLLECTION OF ANDRUW JONES IN A THROWBACK UNI 

 HERE'S THE BIG BIG BIG FIND OF THE DAY. THE SHOP HAS A SMALL PILE OF VINTAGE 70S STAR WARS CARDS IN THE 10-50 CENT BOX NOW. ALL IN CRUMMY CONDITION, JUST HOW I LIKE IT. I SNAGGED EVERY PETER CUSHING CARD OUT OF THE 50 CENT BOX EVEN THOUGH I KNEW I HAD 2 OR 3 OF THEM ALREADY. PETER CUSHING IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE OF THE HAMMER-ERA MONSTER MOVIE ACTORS AND I AM WELL ON MY WAY TO COLLECTING ALL HIS VINTAGE STAR WARS CARDS 

I ALSO SNAGGED ABOUT 80 VINTAGE CARDS FROM STAR WARS AND A FEW EMPIRE STRIKES BACK CARDS OUT OF THE DIME BOX. THIS ABOUT QUINTUPLED THE NUMBER OF VINTAGE CARDS I HAVE. DESPITE HAVING NO LIST TO WORK OFF OF I ONLY ENDED UP WITH SIX DOUBLES, ALL FROM THE YELLOW SERIES. SADLY THERE WERE NO FIRST SERIES BLUE CARDS AS I ONLY HAVE TWO OF THEM TOTAL BUT I AM THANKFUL TO HAVE EVEN FOUND THESE AT ALL.I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD THIS SET ANY TIME SOON BUT IF I STUMBLE UPON ANY MORE OF THEM YOU BET I'LL BE GRABBING THEM

DUE TO MY CHEAPO BOX FREAKOUT I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO RAID THE VINTAGE BOXES FOR SOME SET FILLER COMMONS. GOTTA SAVE THEM FOR THE NEXT GIFT CARD. IT WAS SO NICE TO GET BACK TO DIGGING IN BOXES FOR TREASURES AGAIN. NOW IF ONLY THE FUCKING PANDEMIC WOULD COOPERATE AND END ALREADY. OH WELL, MASK UP AND GET YOUR SHOTS FOLKS. GOTTA STAY SAFE FOR MANY LCS VISITS TO COME

*GROO THE WANDERER EXCEPTED OF COURSE

Thursday, February 3, 2022

COOL STUFF - DEFACED VINTAGE

ARGH I ACCIDENTALLY A MONTH AGAIN. I FOR REAL HAVE LIKE 20 POSTS I LEGIT WANT TO WRITE BUT THE SIREN SONGS FROM MY STEAM LIBRARY AND A TEETERING STACK OF DVDS KEEP LURING ME AWAY FROM THE TYPEY TYPEY. I FIGURE I CAN TYPE THIS UP WHILE THE HAWKS GAME FINISHES UP AND GET IT OUT THERE TO BREAK THE SEAL SO TO SPEAK. HERE'S A COOL CARD I GOT A WHILE BACK

1967 TOPPS/2016 HERITAGE WADE BLASINGAME

I LOVE TOPPS BUYBACKS. NOT QUITE AS MUCH AS SOME PEOPLE BUT I LOVES 'EM. BACK WHEN I COULD ACTUALLY BUY HOBBY BOXES I ALWAYS HOPED TO GET THAT SMALL CARD-SIZED BOX TOPPER INSTEAD OF SOME BIG PANEL NONSENSE. MY BUYBACK COLLECTION IS SMALL AND NOT WELL ORGANIZED BUT I APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. THIS ONE HERE WAS SENT IN A PACKAGE A WHILE BACK BY SOMEONE NAMED FISHER WHO LIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE PACKAGE ALSO CONTAINED SOME OTHER ASSORTED BRAVES AND WHAT SEEMS TO BE A COMPLETE 1989 BOWMAN BRAVES TEAM SET. MY BRAINS STARTED SLOWLY LEAKING OUT AROUND THAT TIME AND I DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT SO BELATED THANKS TO MY PENNSYLVANIA FRIEND


THE REASON I LOVE BUYBACKS IS OBVIOUS, I LOVE OLD CRUMMY CARDS SO WHY WOULDN'T I LOVE GETTING THEM IN NEW EXPENSIVE PACKS. SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE DEFACING OLD CARDS WITH A GAUDY FOIL STAMP, BUT I DON'T SEE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND SOME KID SCRIBBLING A MUSTACHE AND/OR A NEW TEAM NAME ON THE FRONT OF THE CARD. AND I LOOOOOOVE CARDS LIKE THAT. IT'S NOT LIKE THIS CARD IS GEM MINT ANYWAY THERE'S A BIG OL BEAUTIFUL VERTICAL CREASE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE ON THIS ONE SO WHY NOT GILD IT UP WITH A GIGANTIC STAMP. WADE PITCHED A FEW SEASONS FOR MILWAUKEE AND ATLANTA AND DID MANAGE TO BOUNCE BACK IN '67, ALBEIT IN A TRADE TO HOUSTON. I HAVE A PAGE OF BUYBACKS IN MY BRAVES AUTOGRAPH BINDER, TIME TO PUT THIS BABY WHERE IT BELIONGS

Sunday, December 26, 2021

IT'S POGMAS TIME

 POGMAS IS HERE!!! WELL, POGSING DAY I GUESS. I ACTUALLY ENJOYED YESTERDAY INSTEAD OF WRITING BLOG POSTS. I NORMALLY CUT THESE THINGS OFF AFTER 12 DAYS BUT YOU CAN'T PLAY POGS WITHOUT A SLAMMER AND BOY DO I HAVE A WHALE OF A SLAMMER FOR YOU

 1994-95 CANADA GAMES NHL POGS HARTFORD WHALERS SLAMMER

 

THERE IS A WHOLE-ASS NHL LICENSED POG SET OUT THERE WITH 358 PLAYER CAPS AND TEAM LOGO SLAMMERS AND NO ONE REALLY TALKS ABOUT IT. IT'S A LEGIT SET AND LOOKS REALLY GOOD AND IT IS ALL BUT LOST TO THE ANNALS OF TIME. I WORKED AT ONE OF THOSE NOVELTY CARTS AT THE MALL IN COLLEGE AND WE SOLD THESE AND WHEN MY BOSS DIDN'T PAY ME ONE TIME I ACCEPTED SOME ALTERNATE REMUNERATION AND GOT A FEW OF THESE THINGS. IF I CAN FIND THEM I'LL SHOW SOME OFF IN THE FUTURE BUT THIS GLORIOUS SHIMMERY PLASTIC LUMP OF DEFUNCT LOGO IS A CROWN JEWEL OF THE COLLECTION

 

 FINALLY SOMETHING WITH AN ACTUAL POG LOGO. THE NUMBER 17 IS THE NUMBER OF THE CAP, THESE WEREN'T INSERTS THEY WERE THE FIRST 26 ITEMS IN THE CHECKLIST. A COMPLETE SET OF THESE WOULD LOOK AMAZING IN A BINDER BUT SEEING HOW THEY ARE SCARCE AS HELL AND EVEN THE PLASTIC PAGES ARE HARD TO FIND NOW I DOUBT I'LL EVER SEE ONE. SMITHSONIAN NEEDS TO STEP UP AND BUILD A MILK CAP WING FOR THE BENEFIT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS

ENJOY THE REST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON, I'M GONNA GO DRINK AND I SUGGEST YOU INDULGE IN YOUR VICE OF CHOICE AS WELL

Friday, December 24, 2021

THE TWELVE DAYS OF POGMAS - DAY 12

 CHRISTMAS EVE! IT'S A HOLIDAY FRIDAY SO LET'S HAVE A HOLIDAY THEMED POG

 THE HOLIDAY IS HALLOWEEN, BUT WHATEVER

 1995 PARACHUTE PRESS GOOSEBUMPS #2 STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT

 TWO THINGS THAT SCREAM EARLY 90S ARE POGS AND GOOSEBUMPS AND HERE THEY ARE IN AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE. SADLY, EVEN THOUGH I LOVE GOOFY HORROR STUFF GOOSEBUMPS HIT WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE TOO OLD AND MISSED OUT. RL STINE IS STILL MY BRO THOUGH, BUT I REMEMBER HIM AS JOVIAL BOB STINE WHEN HE WAS EDITING BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FOR SCHOLASTIC LIKE BANANAS. THIS POG SET WAS NOT AVAILABLE IN PACKS, THESE WERE A GIMMICK TO SELL BOOKS. NOT LIKE GOOSEBUMPS NEEDED HELP SELLING BOOKS IN 1995 BUT HEY, SELLING A COUPLE MORE BOOKS TO SOME POG-HAPPY CHILDREN WHO CAN'T READ COULDN'T HURT ANYTHING. THIS SET IS REALLY WELL DONE AND FEATURES COVER ART IN SMALL ROUND FORMAT WITH SOME OF THEM ALSO HAVING GLOW IN THE DARK STUFF ON THEM! THIS CAP FEATURES A CREEPY LEAFY HAND WHAT COMES FROM A THING THAT LIVES IN THE BASEMENT THAT YOU SHOULD STAY OUT OF. I'M REALLY SHOCKED THERE'S NOT MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STUFF ONLINE ESPECIALLY SINCE THE KIDS WHO ENJOYED POGS BACK IN THE DAY ARE NOW IN THEIR 30S. THERE'S SERIOUSLY AN OPENING TO BE THE WEIRDO ONLINE POG GURU FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO BE A NICHE INTERNET CELEBRITY


THIS IS A CLASSY LOOKING BACK. NUMBER, TITLE, LOGO, COPYRIGHT. SIMPLE,  UTILITARIAN, YET STILL ATTRACTIVE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EXACTLY WHY YOU SHOULD BE STAYING OUT OF THAT BASEMENT HERE IS A GREAT VIDEO FROM PUSHINGUPROSES REVIEWING THE TV EPISODE BASED ON THE BOOK. ALL HER VIDEOS ARE FUN, CHECK OUT HER CHANNEL IF YOU LIKE TV MYSTERIES AND ADVENTURE GAMES


 

OH LORD THE TREE IS SUPER CROWDED NOW EVEN AS IT REDUCES TO CHARCOAL. THERE'S STILL A BIG SPACE UP TOP THO I WONDER WHAT THAT IS FORRRRRR

Thursday, December 23, 2021

THE TWELVE DAYS OF POGMAS - DAY 11

HAPPY FESTIVUS EVERYONE. I HOPE YOU ALL AIRED ALL THE GRIEVANCES, STRENGTHED ALL THE FEETS, AND HAD A MIRACLE OR TWO. HERE'S SOMETHING SILLY FOR YOU ALL TO ENJOY TONIGHT

 DEION SANDERS MYSTERY POG

 

 THIS POG RAISES MANY QUESTIONS. WHAT COMPANY GOT THE NFL LICENSE FOR MILK CAPS? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? WHY WAS A PICTURE OF DEION SANDERS  SITTING IN A DIRECTOR'S CHAIR USED? WHAT IS THIS BOOTLEG LOOKING MESS? WELL THE ANSWER SIMPLY IS...

 



IT IS A BOOTLEG MESS! DIY POGS! MILKCAP MAKER WAS A GIZMO WHERE YOU COULD PUT A BLANK POG IN A MACHINE AND USE YOUR OWN PICTURE. FOR THE DESIGN AND MAKE CUSTOM MILK CAPS TO BE THE ENVY OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS. WHOEVER MADE THIS ONE WAS A COWBOYS FAN BECAUSE I HAVE AN EMMETT SMITH CAP LYING AROUND SOMEWHERE AS WELL. HERE'S A VIDEO FROM NESTALGIAHOLIC WITH ONE OF THESE BEASTS IN ACTION AND A MUCH BETTER SUMMARIZATION OF THE HISTORY OF POGS THAN ANYTHING I'VE DONE IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS 




 DANG I WANT A SHOVEL KNIGHT POG NOW, THAT'S BAD ASS

 

LET'S LET DEION FILL UP THAT BARE SPACE DOWN AT THE BOTTOM, HE ALWAYS COULD COVER A LOT OF GROUND

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

THE TWELVE DAYS OF POGMAS - DAY 10

 TOOK A DAY OFF TO GET BACK ON SCHEDULE. YOUR PATIENCE IS NOW REWARDED WITH THE BEST POG OF THE BUNCH

 199? WESTRIM CRAFTS FLIPPER CAPS THIS SWEET BASTARD

 

 I DON'T KNOW WHO THE HELL THIS DUDE IS BUT HE LOOKS LIKE DEADPOOL AND THE MONARCH FROM VENTURE BROTHERS GOT STUCK TOGETHER IN THE TELEPORT PODS FROM THE FLY AND CAME OUT LIKE THIS AND I LOVE HIM. HE'S GOT A GUN! HE'S GOT A FUCKING GUN!! AND THAT BACKGROUND IS WONDERFUL. SHINY AND SHIMMERY AND YOU CAN WIGGLE IT AROUND FOR HOURS AND STILL BE DAZZLED. AND THIS SHITS CAME FROM A COMPANY BEST KNOWN FOR LITTLE CHEAP PACKETS OF CRAFT SUPPLIES LIKE BEADS AND POM-POMS AND GOOGLY EYES AND CREEPY DOLL HEADS AND OTHER ASSORTED GRANDMA STUFF. A HUNDRED FLY BY NIGHT OPERATIONS TRYING TO OUT-EDGY EACH OTHER IN THE MILK CAP GAME AND THEY ALL GOT THEIR CLOCK CLEANED BY THE COMPANY THAT MADE STUFF FOR YOUR THIRD GRADE ART CLASS BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT KIDS WANT: SHINY NONSENSE



ONCE AGAIN I WAS ABLE TO FIND THIS CAP IN AN ONLINE IMAGE SEARCH AND THERE ARE SO MANY GENERIC HEROES OR VILLAINS OR JUST PLAIN WEIRDOS IN THAT GROUP. I WANT BACK STORIES ON ALL OF THEM ASAP. ESPECIALLY THE ELF GIRL WITH PINK HAIR. I NEED A WHOLE-ASS MANGA SERIES DEDICATED TO HER. IT ALSO APPEARS THAT EACH SUBJECT HAS A DOPPELGANGER POG WITH A REVERSE NEGATIVE IMAGE. PERHAPS THE ONES LOOKING TO THE RIGHT ARE THE HEROES AND THE ONES LOOKING TO THE RIGHT ARE VILLAINS. OR MAYBE THEY'RE BOTH ASSHOLES. WHO CARES, EVERYBODY FIGHT EACH OTHER!

 

 WE FLIP THE THING OVER AND HOLY SHIT IT'S A VALENTINES POG. RICHARD BETTER BE TREATING JUSTINA LIKE A QUEEN RIGHT NOW. BUT SEEING AS HOW I NOW OWN THE BEST GIFT HE SHALL EVER RECEIVE, THAT IS NOT LIKELY. RICHARD, YOU CAD. YOU RAKE. YOU SCOUNDREL. I HOPE JUSTINA IS LIVING HER BEST LIFE RIGHT NOW WITHOUT RICHARD. SHE'S TOO GOOD FOR HIM ANYWAY

BEST POG EVER GOES ON THE COOL BLUE TREE. MY POST, MY RULES

AND WHILE THIS IS OBJECTIVELY THE BEST POG EVER WE STILL GOT GOOD SHIT COMING, I PROMISE