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Thursday, October 31, 2013

A FrankenSet for Halloween

The Allen & Ginter mini card FrankenSet was completed just in time for Halloween. Cards 1-350, plus 10 honorable mentions to fill out the last page. Enjoy.

346-350 w/ 10 honorable mentions

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All My Heywards - 2013, um 2012 Panini Prizm

2012 Panini Prizm #11

I gotta say I kinda like Prizm. I understand why many don't... no logos and a distinct lack of color do make it a bit dull. I see it more as finally being able to buy a Finest pack at retail. The design is very Finesty and beats the hell out of the curly Chrome crap nowadays. It seems to me that there's a bit of a '90s feel to a lot of Panini products as well. Makes sense, most heavy hitter collectors who haven't gotten completely jaded by the rat race grew up with '90s products. The Retro is nice and all but putting a 2012 date on a 2013 product took it a little too far.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Last September I bought a pack of Pony cards and got this:
oh jeebus he's on about the ponies again
This is a card of Twilight Sparkle's combination Library/Treehouse made out of an actual tree. There's even a basement with a Dr. Frankenstein-like laboratory in there. Carved out of a tree that's still alive even though ponies have crashed right through it at least three times so far. I dunno how either it's magic or some shit stop asking questions. In the first series set, these 'Location' cards were one per pack and confused a lot of people who saw an early checklist thinking that this was going to be a CCG or something. (The actual My Little Pony CCG comes out next month, but I digress). These cards are extremely common and I had a couple of this one already when I pulled this particular card, but there was something special about this one.

i thought he was over this pony nonsense
The special thing about this card is not that 'enjoys' is spelled 'ejoys', although that is an error that was corrected in the second printing. Correcting errors was something done to baseball cards a long time ago back when the cards were popular enough to warrant a second printing. You won't have to worry about corrected errors in your new Topps sets so you have plenty of time to keep on chasing manufactured variations. The special thing about this card is the code at the bottom. it's impossible to see by the scan, but the print of that code is slightly raised from the rest of the card. Most other printed codes are flush with the card. You could enter that code on the URL listed on the card and see if you were a winner! I wasn't. I put the card away and forgot about it for a while.

I got more packs and more codes after this one and started entering them again one night when I stumbled across this one. Since that lettering was slightly different than the others thought 'what the hell' and reentered it again and got this:

pony screenshots even this man has no life

Voice actor autograph!


Apparently the first time I entered that O as an 0 or maybe an 0 as an O or got my 5's and S's confused or something but who cares, it worked. The font was changed in the second printing to make it less confusing as well. So now you know the secret to finding winner cards in the first printing of Enterplay MLP cards: look for the codes with slightly raised text. Too bad the contest ended last June.

Needless to say I was very excited about this. I downloaded the official rules PDF and everything. I stuck the card in a plastic sheet all by itself in my Official Enterplay MLP binder (don't judge me) for safe keeping. And promptly forgot about it until the following May.

So the contest expires on June 1st, it's past the Ides of May and I realize I done goofed. I scrounged a self addressed bubble mailer, envelope, 2 $2.05 stamps, a card saver top loader, whatever personal info I was required to send and the actual card itself and mailed it off, hoping for the best. By about labor day I pretty much gave up on it, figuring that I sent it too late or didn't follow the rules to the letter or something.




ffs can't dayf just chase after puigs like a normal person


The card came despite my idiocy and it was one of the three autos I really wanted from the set. (other two being Andrea Libman and Kathleen Barr)(sorry all other non-best-pony voice actors) And in an twist, my redemption card ended up being, literally, a rarity.

please tell me he's not going to be posting more ponies now that the new season is almost here
One interesting thing about this card is how the corners are much more rounded on this card than all the others in the set. The base cards have rounded corners two, just not playing card rounded like this one. Well, it's interesting to me. So there's a good redemption card (technically contest card but whatevs) story for you all to file away. Hopefully I have another good story to tell soon because...

If not, well, I can always post ponies.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

All My Heywards - 2013 Topps Spring Fever

Does what it says on the tin. Posts. Of my Heywards. All of 'em. All winter long. They're already scanned to boot. Gotta do something until baseball starts up again. Have a Heyward promo thing.

2013 Topps Spring Fever #SF-7

I think this was the beginning of the season Topps Hobby Store Promo Thingy. Not sure if it was given away once a week or in packs or what, but I've been to two card shops lately and the cheapo boxes were completely infested with these things. The front is very refractory/shiny, but scans this sickly chartreuse.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Birthday to me

Today's not actually my birthday, I was on my hiatus/vacation/Braves grieving period when that happened. But I did get a little cash on my birthday and I treated myself to a little somethin somethin. Nothing big just THE GREATEST CARD OF THE JUNK WAX ERA THAT LED US TO A NEW GOLDEN AGE OF HIGH END RIDICULOUSNESS that's all no biggie

Yeah, the Griffey. Upper Deck's Andy Pafko. The card people willingly rip $150 boxes of junk wax in hopes of finding. Only took me 24 years but I finally gots it yo. And like most of the rest of my collection it's a little flawed and therefore uncollectable by today's standards which is just how I like it.

I guess I could have spent what I paid for this on one-eighth of a mini box of Triple Threads...

Nah. Junior's just fine.