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Thursday, November 24, 2022

BLACK FRIDAY COMC PICKUPS - PART 10: ONI

 LAST CARD OF MY BLACK FRIDAY COMC BLASTER*. I HOPE ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO SPENT A LOT ON MONEY ON A HUGE PILE OF CARDS DURING THE SALE HAVE ACTUALLY GOTTEN YOUR CARDS BY NOW**. A LOT OF THE THINGS I WAS HUNTING FOR ON MY SPENDING SPREE WAS STUFF I WANTED BUT NEVER HAD, OR EVER EVEN FOUND BEFORE WHILE LOOKING FOR CARDS. THIS LAST CARD IS EXACTLY THAT. SOMETHING I HAD NEVER FOUND AT A CARD SHOW OR SHOP, THAT I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS EVEN IF I HAD, AND I STILL KNOW NOTHING ABOUT

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS AND I'M NOT GOING TO ACT LIKE I DO


I FIRST HEARD ABOUT MENKO CARDS MAYBE 15-20 YEARS AGO AND I WAS ALL 'HEY COOL, JAPANESE BASEBALL CARDS' BUT THAT'S NOT EXACTLY RIGHT AND I STILL DON'T KNOW JACK ABOUT THEM. THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE MAKES THEM SOUND LIKE THE GRANDFATHER OF POGS. BUT ALL I KNOW IS THEY ARE COOL AS HELL AND I WANTED ONE SO I SEARCHED FOR MENKO AND SET THE PAGE FOR 'LOWEST PRICE FIRST' AND FOUND A LOT OF NIFTY CARDS. NO BASEBALL IN THE CHEAPSKATE CARDS BUT LOTS OF COOL NON SPORTS STUFF. PICTURES FROM ANIME, SOME WRESTLING, KAIJU FILMS AND A LOT OF GENERAL ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDING LOTS OF SAMURAI. THERE'S EVEN SOME SUPER MARIO BROTHERS MENKO FROM THE 80S BUT THOSE ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE  BASEBALL PLAYERS. THE SAMURAI ONES LOOKED COOL AND WERE CHEAP AND I SELECTED THIS ONE FOR TWO REASONS: BEAUTIFULLY MISCUT AND THE ONI IN THE BACKGROUND

ONI IS ANOTHER JAPANESE TERM I AM SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR WITH BUT DON'T REALLY KNOW WELL ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH ANY SORT OF AUTHORITY. AS I UNDERSTAND IT THEY ARE SORT OF A DEMON OGRE THAT WILL KICK YOUR ASS AND GOBBLE YOU UP IF YOU MESS WITH THEM. THERE SEEM TO BE A LOT OF DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF ONI IN JAPANESE MEDIA AND THEY SHOW UP IN A LOT OF ANIME AND VIDEOGAMES. THIS INCLUDES ONE OF MY FAVORITE ANIME, URUSEI YATSURA, WHICH TURNS THE ONI INTO AN INVADING RACE OF SPACE ALIENS. THERE WERE ALSO URUSEI YATSURA MENKO ON COMC WHICH WERE VERY TEMPTING BUT ALSO SPENDY. I MIGHT HAVE PULLED THE TRIGGER FOR A MENKO OF LUM BUT ALAS, THE CHEAPEST ONE WAS OF HER LITTLE BROTHER. I'M HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE, I LOVE MONSTERS AND THIS MENACING ONI IS UNIQUE IN MY COLLECTION


THE BACKS ON MENKO ARE JUST AS FASCINATING AS THE FRONT. I REALLY DIG THE LO-FI DESIGN AND HOW THERE ARE MULTIPLE DIFFERENT GAME ASPECTS ON THE CARD. THIS SET HAS A ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS GAME ON IT AND DIFFERENT NUMBER VALUES ON THE BOTTOM THAT I'M SURE CAN BE USED FOR SOMETHING. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE TEXT SAYS OR EVEN HOW TO LOOK IT UP BUT I'D GET A TATTOO OF IT, WHAT'S THE WORST IT COULD SAY. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH MY FIRST MENKO

THAT'S IT FOR BLACK FRIDAY 2020, TEN CARDS I'M QUITE HAPPY WITH. SPOILERS: MY TREASURE FROM BLACK FRIDAY 2021 IS EVEN BETTER AND I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR 2022. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND PLEASE DON'T STEAL MY CARDS WHEN YOU'RE DOING YOUR BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

*FOR 2020. 2021 IS COMING SOON AND I MIGHT BE BUYING 2022'S POSTS LIKE, RIGHT NOW

**SHIPPING TIMES HAVE GOTTEN BETTER SINCE 2020 BUT THIS STATEMENT STILL STANDS

Monday, November 21, 2022

TOP THIRTY CARDS FROM NIGHT OWL'S JUNK DUMP GIVEAWAY BOX - #30-21

 WARBLE GARBLE SLARBLE GOOPER


A FEW MONTHS AGO NIGHT OWL CARDS SENT OUT A BUNCH OF PACKAGES FILLED WITH CARDS TO A LUCKY FEW SO HE COULD GET THE DAMNED THINGS OUT OF HIS HOUSE. EVERYONE WINS AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL EXCEPT MAYBE GREG WHEN HE GOT THE POSTAGE BILL. I WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A BOX OF COOL STUFF AND I POSTED EVERY SINGLE CARD IN THE BOX ON TWITTER A WHILE BACK. HERE'S A LINK TO THE THREAD BUT I DON'T HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT TWITTER WILL STILL BE ONLINE BY THE TIME I GET THIS POST COMPLETED. ALSO ELON IS STARTING TO ZAP THE ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE FUN OF HIM SO ONCE HE SPIES MY LIKES I'M A GONER. I'M CardJunk@mastodon.social ON MASTODON WHEN THAT EVENTUALLY HAPPENS IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SUCH THINGS

WHILE THE MICROBLOG PLATFORM GOT EVERY SINGLE CARD IN THE BOX, I AIN'T DOING THAT FOR THE MACROBLOG. 30 SCANS TAKES ME LIKE 40 MINUTES AS IT IS, NOT DOING ALMOST 300. IF YOU MUST SEE EVERY CARD, CLICK THE LINK AND GET TO SCROLLING. OR STAY HERE AND SEE THE BEST OF THE BEST

#30 - 1975 TOPPS FRANK TEPEDINO


STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT WITH A 75 TOPPS BRAVES CARD. I REALLY REALLY LIKE THE COLORS ON THIS CARD, YOU WOULDN'T SEE PURPLE AND PINK USED THIS WAY AGAIN UNTIL THE EARLY 90S. AND THEN, BROTHER, IT WAS EVERYWHERE 

#29 - 1983 DRAKE'S CARL YASTRZEMSKI


DRAKE'S CAKE CARDS AND CARL YASTRZEMSKI WERE TWO THINGS I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IN THE 80S. FOURTEEN YEAR OLD ME WOULD HAVE GONE GAGA OVER THIS CARD. NOT SO MUCH ACTUAL DRAKE'S CAKES AS I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THEY EXISTED UNTIL MAYBE THE 90S. WE WERE A HOSTESS HOUSEHOLD

#28 - 1983 DONRUSS MAGNUM P.I.


ANOTHER THING I LOVED IN 1983, DONRUSS CARDS, COMBINED WITH SOMETHING THAT WAS COMPLETELY OFF MY RADAR AT THE TIME, NON-SPORTS CARDS. TO BE FAIR I MIGHT HAVE PASSED ON PACKS OF MAGNUM PI CARDS AT THE TIME ANYWAY, I WAS MORE OF AN A-TEAM GUY. THE FRONT IS NOT WHY THIS CARD IS ON THE LIST ANYWAY. IT'S THIS:


THREE QUARTER 'STACHE PUZZLE PIECE ACTION, AWWW YEAH

#27 - 1981 FLEER MANNY MOTA


PRETTY SURE I MADE THE AIRPLANE REFERENCE ON TWITTER ALREADY. WHO CARES, MANNY MOTA IS AWESOME AND 1981 FLEER IS AS WELL. CORNER BASEBALL IS ICONIC

# 26 - 2013 ALLEN & GINTER ABE VIGODA


I GOT A GIRL IN THE CASTLE AND ONE IN THE PAGODA
YOU KNOW I GOT RHYMES LIKE ABE VIGODA

#25 - 1991 PRO SET SUPERSTARS MUSICARDS MUDDY WATERS


I LOOKED UP WHO DESIGNED THIS POSTER BUT FORGOT IT ALREADY SO YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK THE TWITTER THREAD IF YOU WANT TO KNOW. OLD TIMEY CONERT POSTERS ARE FANTASTIC AND I LOVE THE LETTERING ON THIS ONE

#24 - 2017 HERITAGE DOVYDAS NEVERUSKAS


I CAN'T CHANGE THE SIZE OF THIS IMAGE FOR SOME REASON AND THAT'S JUST OK. I'VE ALWAYS LIKED THE BURLAP DESIGN ON 1968 TOPPS, ALTHOUGH THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A POPULAR OPINION. WHITE FLUFFY CLOUDS ARE SOOTHING MY TORMENTED SOUL, EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IN MY HEART THEY ARE PROBABLY GREENSCREENED IN THERE

#23 - 2010 ALLEN & GINTER JOHNNY DAMON SKETCHES


YAY! AN ALLEN & GINTER INSERT I ACTUALLY NEEDED. GINTER HAD A SKETCH CARD GIMMICK GOING FOR A LITTLE WHILE THERE BUT THEY QUICKLY ABANDONED IT FOR THE CURRENT '300 FULL SIZED INSERT CARDS OVER 7 SETS'  FORMAT THEY HAVE NOW

#22 - 2013 OPENING DAY ADAM JONES BALLPARK FUN


AS I'VE LOST THE ABILITY TO EVEN THINK ABOUT COMPLETING A NEW TOPPS FLAGSHIP SET, MY OPINIONS ON OPENING DAY HAVE EVOLVED. I STILL THINK IT'S A TRASH WASTE OF SPACE SET BUT THE INSERTS ARE DOPE. PIE IN THE FACE INSERT CARD IS MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN PIE IN THE FACE SUPER SHORT PRINTED UNANNOUNCED VARIATION

#21 - 2009 O-PEE-CHEE CHIPPER JONES BOX CARD


DAMN I MISS 2009 O-PEE-CHEE SO MUCH. THE BLASTERS WITH CUT OUT CARDS ON THE BACK WERE THE BEST. I BOUGHT AT LEAST TWO OF EACH BACK BUT ANOTHER CHIPPER WITH THE EXTRA MARGIN ON THE EDGES IS WELCOME

I HAVE VOWED TO DO LEANER, FASTER POSTS ON HERE FROM NOW ON SO THAT'S ENOUGH FOR TODAY. ENJOY THE CONTENT

Monday, November 14, 2022

BLACK FRIDAY COMC PICKUPS - PART 9: CUTE & HORRIBLE

HAVEN'T DONE ONE OF THESE POSTS IN 15 MONTHS, LONG STORY SHORT: ON BLACK FRIDAY I TRY TO WASTE 20-30 BUCKS ON COMC SALES

HERE'S THE EARLIER ONES IF YOU WANT A REFRESHER: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT

I GREW UP ON MAD MAGAZINE AND I AM A DEVOTED FAN OF MANY OF THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS. AL JAFFEE IS A NATIONAL TREASURE. HARVEY KURTZMAN HAS INFLUENCED SO MANY COMICS IT'S CRAZY. MORT DUCKER IS THE GREATEST CARICATURIST EVER. DON MARTIN, WILL ELDER, AL FELDSTEIN, ANTONIO PROHIAS, SERGIO ARAGONES, WALLY WOOD, BASIL WOLVERTON, PAUL COKER, DUCK EDWING, DICK DEBARTOLO, FRANK JACOBS, SAM VIVIANO, PAUL PETER PORGES, PETER KUPER, DREW FRIEDMAN, TOM RICHMOND AND ABOUT 800 OTHERS I CAN'T THINK OF RIGHT NOW. EVEN DAVE BERG TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING I EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT LAME WHITE SUBURBAN MIDDLE OF THE ROAD SQUISHY NEUROTIC LIBERALS.  THE GUY WHO AFFECTED ME THE MOST HOWEVER WAS JACK DAVIS. 

1959 TOPPS FUNNY VALENTINES


JACK DAVIS IS THE BEST AND THERE WILL BE NO DISSENT. HE DREW EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE FOR DECADES. COMICS, MAD MAGAZINE, ADVERTISEMENTS, MOVIE POSTERS, ALBUM COVERS, ALL KINDSA SHIT EVERYWHERE. ANY UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA FAN HAS SEEN AT LEAST 800 DRAWINGS OF HAIRY DAWG THAT HE DID. TOPPS USED HIS SERVICES MULTIPLE TIMES IN ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE BACK OF 1962 BASEBALL CARDS, 1961 MAGIC RUB OFF INSERTS, AND MANY NON-SPORTS SETS LIKE YOU'LL DIE LAUGHING AND WACKY PLAKS. THE THING ABOUT JACK DAVIS IS THAT HE COULD DRAW ANYTHING AND YOU IMMEDIATELY KNEW IT WAS JACK DAVIS. CELEBRITY COVER FOR TIME MAGAZINE OR TV GUIDE? JACK. ALBUM COVER FOR JOHNNY CASH OR THE GUESS WHO? JACK. ADVERTISEMENT FOR SPALDING OR SLIM JIMS? JACK. WANT COMICS? HOW ABOUT A WESTERN OR HORROR OR WAR COMIC OR COMEDY OR MAYBE EVEN ONE A THOSE SUPERHERO BOOKS IF THAT'S YOUR THING. ALL JACK. EVERY DRAWING ALL UNIQUE BUT IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZABLE AS JACK'S. WANT SOMETHING CUTE? HE COULD DRAW THE MOST ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL YOU'VE EVER SEEN...


AND THEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW IT UP WITH A MONSTROSITY LIKE THIS. JACK'S THE BEST, AND SO'S THIS SET. HUNKER DOWN YOU HAIRY CAVEMEN

Sunday, November 13, 2022

QUARTER BOX CARNAGE

HUMBLADUMBLA DING DONG

ANOTHER POST, HOT DAMN. I MAY ACTUALLY STICK TO THIS WRITING THING THIS TIME, LAST TIME I MENTIONED I ABANDONED THE VINTAGE TABLE TO GO SCROUNGE AROUND THE DIME AND QUARTER BOXES. HERE I WILL SHOW OFF THE FRUITS OF MY SCROUNGERY. LIKE LAST TIME I'LL SHOW OFF FIVE BUXKS WORTH OF CARDS. WITH PERHAPS A LITTLE BONUS AT THE END

I HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO RIP PACKS OF ALLEN & GINTER LIKE A CRAZED DEGENERATE BUT I STILL LOVE THE STUFF. ESPECIALLY THE GOOFY INSERT SETS, OR SHOULD I SAY ECLECTIC. LIKE THIS PRETTY BIRDIE HERE. THESE ARE THE FIRST 2021 GINTER INSERTS I'VE PICKED UP AND IT'S NICE TO GET A LITTLE TASTE AT LEAST. PARROTS ARE NICE BUT MY FAVORITE FULL SIZE GINTER INSERT FOR 2021 IS:

SHORKS! SHARKY SHARKY SHERKY SHARKS. I LOVE SHARKS THEY'RE BASICALLY MONSTERS EXCEPT THEY'RE FISH. EXCEPT THEY'RE NOT EVEN REALLY MONSTERS, THEY BARELY BOTHER HUMANS. WE DEFINITELY EAT WAY MORE OF THEM THEN THEY DO OF US. YOU'RE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE HORRIBLED BY A HIPPO OR MASSACRED BY A MOOSE OR EVEN CILLED BY A COW. YOU PROBABLY WON'T EVEN SEE A SHARK UNLESS YOU GO TO THE OCEAN OR MAYBE AN AQUARIUM. THIS SHARK IS EVEN BLUE, ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLORS. HOORAY FOR SHARKS

THE OTHER GINTER INSERT CARD I FOUND WAS A TREE. LOOKING OVER THE CHECKLIST IT APPEARS THE FULL SIZED INSERTS FOR 2021 ARE THE MANDATORY BASEBALL ONES, TROPICAL BIRDS, BEAUTIFUL SHARKS, ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND TREES. I APPRECIATE THE NATURE THEME AND NEED TO TRACK DOWN ONE FROM THE RALLYING BACK SET, MAYBE THE WOLF. AND ALL THOSE LOVELY SHARKS OF COURSE

I HAVE FINALLY STARTED TRACKING MY PLAYER COLLECTIONS ON TCDB.COM AND AL IS ONE OF THE FIRST PLAYERS I ENTERED IN THE SITE. I APPARENTLY HAVE EIGHTY DIFFERENT HORFORD CARDS WHICH IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR #11 ON THEIR LEADERBOARDS. THIS MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AS 99.99% OF PEOPLE WHO COLLECT AL HORFORD CARDS HAVE NOT AND WILL NOT SPEND HOURS PLUGGING IN CARDS ON A WEBSITE BUT I DO FEEL GOOD KNOWING I AM IN THE TOP TIER OF MANIACS WHO ARE WILLING TO DO THIS. 

WHILE I OBVIOUSLY PREFER HORFORD CARDS IN A HAWKS UNI, I LIKE TO HAVE CARDS FOR EVERY TEAM A PLAYER IS WITH IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, DOMINIQUE WILKINS HAS EXACTLY ZERO CARDS WHERE HE IS IN AN ORLANDO MAGIC UNIFORM AND I'M HAVING SIMILAR DIFFICULTY TRACKING DOWN AL IN A THUNDER UNIFORM. I GOT PHILLY COVERED THOUGH

IF YOU'RE A BLOG-ONLY READER AND DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO MY ANTICS ON TWITTER, YOU MISSED WHEN I UNILATERALLY DECLARED THAT I WAS A LIFE-LONG PITTSBURGH STEELERS FAN AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PITTSBURGH STEELERS FAN. FALCONS?? WHAT'S A FALCON. WASN'T THAT A CAR BACK IN THE 70S, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. HOWEVER. I BOUGHT THIS CARD BEFORE I MADE THE DECREE AND IT'S FINE THAT I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE 90S INSERTS ARE ALL AWESOME AND AMAZING. WHO WOULDN'T WANT A FINEST INSERT WHERE JAMAL ANDERSON IS LITERALLY ON FIRE. IF THIS WAS A REFRACTOR YOUR EYEBALLS WOULD MELT. ANYWAY, IF I DO EVER CATALOGUE ALL MY JAMAL CARDS ON TCDB I'LL PROBABLY HAVE LIKE 500 OF EM. UUUUHH MY JEROME BETTIS COLLECTION IS MUCH MORE EXTENSIVE, I SWEAR

SPEAKING! OF! REFRACTORS! PUT YO EYEBALLS BACK IN YO HEAD AND GAZE ON THIS BEAUTY. I DON'T EVEN HAVE WORDS, JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CARD IS FUCKING GORGEOUS

TRAVIS DEMERITTE WAS A BIG TIME BRAVES PROSPECT, THEN GOT TRADED, AND THEN WE GOT HIM BACK, AND THEN HE PLAYED OK FOR A LITTLE WHILE, AND THEN PEOPLE STARTED COMING BACK OFF THE INJURED LIST AND HE GOT SENT BACK TO GWINNETT. I ONLY HAD A BOWMAN CARD OF HIM AND WAS HAPPY TO FIND A CHROME ROOKIE. LOVE THE THROWBACK UNI ON THIS ONE. HE'S CURRENTLY A FREE AGENT AND MAY NOT COME BACK TO THE BRAVES BUT I'M GLAD HE GOT TO PLAY SOME GAMES IN THE BIGS WITH THE TEAM THIS YEAR

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE EXTREME HATRED SOME PEOPLE HAVE FOR JOSE ALTUVE. IF YOU'RE A YANKEE OR DODGER FAN, OK, SURE, HATE THE ASTROS. YOU'VE EARNED IT. BUT THE VITRIOL I SEE FOR ALTUVE OVER BUZZER BULLSHIT IS LUDICROUS. ON THE OTHER HAND I PICK UP SWEET JOSE CARDS FOR PENNIES ALL THE TIME. KEEP IT UP HATERS SO I CAN GET A NICE COLLECTION OF THE GREATEST ASTROS SECOND BASEMAN OF ALL TIME

I KNOW WHAT I SAID

OF. ALL. TIME.

ONE TIME, MANY YEARS AGO, THIS SELLER HAD A BUNCH OF TOPPS GOLD PARALLELS IN THE QUARTER BOXES INCLUDING STARS LIKE PUJOLS AND LIKE A DOPE I DIDN'T BUY THEM ALL AND THEY WERE LONG GONE THE NEXT SHOW I WENT TO. I NO LONGER MAKE THAT MISTAKE. I SEE A GOLD, I BUY A GOLD. AND 2015 GOLD CARDS LOOK FANTASTIC. I'VE GOT GOLD CARDS GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2001 WHEN THEY STARTED THE GIMMICK AND THERE IS NO FINDER GILDING ON A PARALLEL

2021 HOWEVER, WOOF.

THIS SHIT IS BRONZE

AIN'T NO GOLD HERE. NOT EVEN PYRITE. I LIKE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE CARD FROM EVERY YEAR IN SETS I COLLECT BUT MAYBE I DON'T NEED MORE OF THIS ONE

I ALREADY HAD THIS CARD AND EVERY SINGLE CORNER IS DINGED, BUT YOU DO NOT PASS UP DIE CUT 90S INSERTS EVER. FOR ANY REASON. EVEN IN PSA NEGATIVE 2 CONDITION THIS CARD IS BETTER LOOKING THAN ANYTHING THAT CAME OUT THIS DECADE. 90S SKYBOX METAL IS UNDEFEATED

MY OFFICIAL PARTY STANCE ON 2011 TOPPS LINEAGE IS THAT IT IS A GARBAGE SET AND A COMPLETE WASTE OF CARDBOARD. OFF THE RECORD HOWEVER I DO LIKE THE PLAYER SELECTION AND A FEW OF THE INSERTS AND PARALLELS. THIS CARD OF ATLANTA BRAVES SPRING TRAINING LEGEND FELIX HERNANDEZ SPECIFICALLY IS THE BEST RIP-OFF SET OF 1964 TOPPS STAND-UPS I'VE SEEN. THEY GOT THE COLORS RIGHT, THEY GOT THE NAME PLATE RIGHT, THE OMITTED THE INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO TEAR THE CARD TO BITS. A REALLY FINE VINTAGE RIP-OFF CARD. BUT IT REALLY BURNS MY ASS THAT LINEAGE DOES THIS STUFF MILES BETTER THAN THE NEW STUFF AND YOU WILL NEVER GET ME TO ADMIT IT'S A DECENT SET

A TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE SEASON DRAFT PICK CARD FOR ONLY A QUARTER??!??!?! WELL, YEAH. ZOOM IN ON THE CORNERS AND YOU'LL SEE WHY. BUT STILL!!!!! TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE SEASON DRAFT PICK CARD!!!!!!11

DIKEMBE MUTOMBO IS UNFORTUNATELY ALWAYS GOING TO BE STUCK AS MY 4TH OR 5TH FAVORITE HAWKS PLAYER BEHIND TRAE, NIQUE AND HORFORD BUT DAMN DO I LOVE DIKEMBE. IT'S A LITTLE AWKWARD COLLECTING HIM SINCE HIS HAWKS CARDS ARE VASTLY OUTNUMBERED BY HIS OTHER TEAMS BUT DAMN ALL HIS CARDS ARE FRIGGIN FANTASTIC. ESPECIALLY BATSHIT INSANE MID-90S FLEER INSERTS. OH MY LORD SOME DESIGNER AT FLEER JUST WENT TOTAL HAM IN MSPAINT WITH THIS ONE. TOTAL D IN-D'D

GOOD OL' WEIRDASS HERITAGE INSERTS, THE HIDDEN JOY OF EVERY QUARTER BOX. I PRETTY MUCH GAVE UP ON HERITAGE COMPLETELY AFTER THE 2013 SET OTHER THAN TRYING TO BUILD BRAVES TEAM SETS. BUT THEN EVERY YEAR I STUMBLE UPON AN UTTERLY ASTOUNDING FLASHBACK INSERT. REALLY, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO FIND AN OFFICIAL LICENCED TRADING CARD OF D.B MOTHERFUCKING COOPER ANYWHERE ELSE. POSSIBLY IN A COUPLE BOOTLEG ODDBALL TRUE CRIME SETS BUT NOT ONE THAT LOOKS THIS GOOD. CITIZEN KANE SLOW CLAP GIFS FOREVER FOR WHOEVER COMES UP WITH THE HERITAGE NEWS FLASHBACK SUBJECTS EVERY YEAR, SUPERLATIVE WORK MY FRIEND

SPEAKING OF POLARIZING HERITAGE TRADITIONS, I LOVE THE GIGANTIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY GOLD STAMP ON THE BUYBACKS. BACK WHEN I STILL BOUGHT BOXES I ALWAYS HOPED TO SEE THE SMALL BOX TOPPER PACK INSTEAD OF THE OVERSIZED ONE. THAT PEOPLE WOULD DUMP SUCH A TREASURE INTO A QUARTER BOX IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO ME BUT I APPRECIATE IT. THIS IS A PRETTY COOL CARD IN IT'S OWN RIGHT, THE LAST EVER TEAM CARD FOR THE WASHINGTON SENATORS

LAST THREE CARDS PLUCKED FROM THE BOXES WERE SOME 2020 TOPPS UPDATE TURKEY RED INSERTS. WHEN TOPPS ORIGINALLY PUT OUT THEIR FIRST TURKEY RED SET IN 2005 I FLIPPED MY LID OVER IT. I LOVED THE ARTWORK, I LOVED THE WEIRD TEXTURE ON THE CARDS, I DIDN'T LOVE THE SHORT PRINTS THAT MUCH AND THE PARALLELS EVEN LESS, BUT I LOVED IT. THEN THEY CONTINUED THE SET IN 2006 AND I STILL LOVED IT. THEN THEY SWITCHED THINGS UP IN 2007 WITH THE BOXING DESIGN AND DICK PEREZ ART AND I WAS VERY CONFUSED. AND SORTA LOVED IT. AND THEN IT BECAME INSERTS AND THE LOVING FEELING WAS GONE. AND WASN'T IT AN ONLINE EXLUSIVE FOR A WHILE?? UGH. BUT THERE WAS A TON OF THESE UPDATE CARDS IN THE BOXES AND THEY LOOKED REALLY GOOD SO I PICKED MY FAVORITE THREE FROM THE PILE TO ROUND THINGS OUT TO AN EVEN FIVE BUCKS. SANTO WAS MY FIRST PICK, LOOK HOW PRETTY THAT CARD IS

THURMAN WAS ANOTHER NO-BRAINER. THESE THINGS ARE GORGEOUS! GOT-DAMN! THESE ALSO SEEM TO ME TO BE ACTUAL ARTWORK INSTEAD OF AN ALGORITHM ALTHOUGH LORD KNOWS AI ART HAS BECOME AN ACTUAL THING SUDDENLY. IF IT IS CREATED BY AN ACTUAL HUMAN BEING, I'M NOT SURE I'VE EVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THE ARTIST ANYWHERE


AND FINALLY PUDGE. FISK HAS BEEN A FAVORITE SINCE I WAS A KID AND THIS SHOULD BE HANGING IN THE LOUVRE. A GREAT CAP TO FINISH OFF A FIVE DOLLAR PILE OF QUARTER CARDS. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? DID I DO BETTER HERE OR AT THE VINTAGE TABLE WITH MY FIVE BUCKS? THESE WERE SOME REALLY HARD CHOICES TOO, I ABANDONED A LOT OF CARDS I WANTED IN A BOX TRYING TO KEEP MYSELF LIMITED TO A FIVER. IT WAS A DAMN GOOD BOX TOO, LOTS OF VARIETY, NEW STUFF, OLD STUFF, EVERY SPORT, A TON OF MID-90S BASKETBALL INSERTS I REALLY WANTED. I WISHED I COULD TAKE HOME THE WHOLE BOX

SO... THE THING ABOUT CARD SHOWS...

IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK

ESPECIALLY WITH A SELLER YOU'VE BOUGHT STUFF FROM FOR YEARS

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, AND IT'S A LITTLE UNORTHODOX, JUST GO FOR IT

IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK

FOLKS,,,

I BOUGHT THE QUARTER BOX


IT WAS A DAMN GOOD BOX. WAS SORTING IT FOR WEEKS, STILL HAVEN'T FULLY GOTTEN EVERYTHING WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. AND NO I'M NOT WRITING A POST ABOUT IT, THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF CARDS AND I WOULDN'T KNOW WHERE TO START. YOU MIGHT SEE SOME STUFF OUT OF IT EVENTUALLY BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE PLENTY OF CARDS TO WRITE ABOUT. SOME THINGS DON'T NEED TO BE CONTENT FOR THE INTERWEBS, IT'S PERFECTLY FINE IF THEY ARE JUST ENJOYED

Thursday, November 10, 2022

FIVE BUX AT THE VINTAGE TABLE

 OLDY MOLDY SHMOLDY BLOLDY CARDS

OH HAI THERE, I'M NOT JUST POSTING BECAUSE TWITTER'S ACTIVELY ON FIRE, I'M POSTING BECAUSE I'VE HAD WRITER'S BLOCK FOR LIKE EIGHT MONTHS AND I'M DESPERATE FOR ANY KIND OF OUTLET. MY BIG PROBLEM IS WHEN I POST ON HERE, I GO CRAZY AND SCAN 148 CARDS FRONT AND BACK AND BY THE TIME I DO ALL THAT AND UPLOAD THEM I'M EXHAUSTED AND CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THIS FLAT THING WITH ALL THE BUTTONS IS FOR ANYMORE. I THINK WHEN ELON PULLS THE PLUG AFTER THE FEDERAL INDICTMENTS HIT I'M GOING TO START DOING SHORT FORM TWITTER-STYLE SHITPOSTS ON HERE ON WHATEVER RIDICULOUS JUNK CARD I FIND AT THE MOMENT BUT TO BREAK HIATUS AND GET BACK TO IT I'M GOING TO BE LAZY AND SCROUNGE THE DRAFT FOLDER

ONE PROBLEM THOUGH - I BOUGHT ALL THESE CARDS AT A CARD SHOW BACK IN JUNE AND UPLOADED THE SCANS AND WROTE OUT THE TITLE ON JUNE 15TH. FIVE MONTHS LATER I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO EARTHLY IDEA HOW ALL THIS COULD POSSIBLY HAVE ONLY COST FIVE BUCKS. I'VE LOOKED OVER THESE CARDS LIKE TEN TIMES NOW AND EVEN IF THE SELLER CUT ME A DEAL AS HE IS KNOWN TO DO I JUST CAN'T FIGURE OUT THE MATH TO MAKE THIS ADD UP TO JUST FIVE BUX. AT ANY RATE I PAID SOMETHING AND CAME HOME WITH THEM SO I'LL JUST PLAY ALONG WITH SUMMER ME AND RAVE ABOUT SUCH GETTING SUCH A GREAT DEAL

THIS BEAUTIFUL MESS IS A T-58 FISH SERIES CARD OF THE MIGHTY SWORDFISH. I FEEL LIKE THIS CARD COST TWO DOLLARS BECAUSE I'VE BOUGHT TOBACCO CARDS IN GARBAGE CONDITION FROM THIS GUY BEFORE AND I THINK THAT'S HIS DEFAULT PRICE FOR STUFF LIKE THAT. THIS WAS LITERALLY THE FIRST THING I SAW WHEN I WALKED INTO THE SHOW AND I HAD AN ITALIAN SPIDERMAN GIF REACTION AND IMMEDIATELY GRABBED IT BECAUSE REASONS

what's the password

CREASES, RUINED CORNERS, STAINS, PAPER LOSS, TRIMMED, THIS IS MY KINDA CARD. MINE HAS THE SWEET CAPORAL AD BUT THEY CAN ALSO BE FOUND WITH PIEDMONT AND SOVEREIGN ADS AS WELL. NICE INEXPENSIVE WAY TO GET A T-206 BACK FIX. THIS SELLER WRITES ALL THE PRICES DIRECTLY ON THE PENNY SLEEVE SO IF I SEARCHED I COULD PROBABLY FIND THE PRICE BUT I AIN'T GOT TIME FOR THAT. ALSO THIS CARD MIGHT NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FIVE BUX TOTAL. THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE CONSIDERING THE CARD THAT BOOKENDS THE POST. LET'S JUST GO WITH THAT

-----FIVE BUX STARTS HERE-----

FIRST BASEBALL-TYPE CARD I FOUND AFTER I GOT OVER THE SHOCK OF TOBACCOFISH WAS THIS 1973 KELLOGG'S CARD OF HALL OF FAMER BOBBY GRICH. I KNOW WHAT I SAID, I'M FED UP WITH THE HALL OF FAME VOTING SHENANIGANS AND HAVE REJECTED THEIR REALITY AND SUBSTITUTED MY OWN. GRICH WAS ELECTED IN 1994, SHORTLY AFTER THE RANGERS SHOCKED THE EXPOS IN THE WORLD SERIES. TRUTH DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING ANYMORE SO WHY THE HELL NOT

1973 KELLOGG'S CARDS ARE PRETTY WILD. THE ONLY SET WITHOUT THE 3D EFFECT YET THEY ARE STILL IMMEDIATELY IDENTIFIABLE AS KELLOGG'S. YOU CAN ALMOST SEE THE LENTICULAR PLASTIC CRACKING OVER BOBBY'S FACE

RAY FOSSE 1970-SOMETHING HOSTESS CARD IMMACULATELY CUT AROUND THE DOTTED LINE. I WILL ADMIT IT, I DO NOT HAVE THE 70'S HOSTESS DESIGNS MEMORIZED YET. I'M NOT ELITE LIKE NIGHT OWL BUT THEN AGAIN WHO IS. I BELIEVE THE 1976 SET HAS A PROMINENT RED WHITE AND BLUE DESIGN BUT AFTER THAT IT GETS FUZZY. I'LL MAKE A GUESS, THIS IS... 1975?

(googles)

DAMN. WRONG. I AM TEH FAIL

HA! THIS ONE IS 1975 BECAUSE I JUST LOOKED IT UP. ANOTHER ONE WHERE THE SCISSORS STEERS WELL CLEAR OF THE DOTTED LINE, BUT THE CARD DID NOT AVOID THE TWINKIE GREASE

BUDDY'S LINE DID NOT SURVIVE THE SHEARS. A SHAME TOO BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE THE KID TRIED REALLY HARD BUT BLEW IT ON THAT TOP RIGHT CORNER. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE YEAR OF THIS SET EITHER. I'LL GUESS 1977? AND 1974 FOR FOSSE?

(googles)

DAMN DAMN DAMN! WRONG! WRONG!! HOSTESS DIDN'T EVEN MAKE CARDS IN 1974! ALL CREDIBILITY IS GONE, THIS IS NOW A TROLL ACCOUNT. ALL FOUR OF THESE CARDS WERE A QUARTER EACH, I DON'T KNOW YEARS BUT I KNOW DEALS


HERE'S A WEIRD ONE - 1974 FLEER BASEBALL'S WILDEST DAYS AND PLAYS CARD OF THE WRONG WAY RUNNER. THESE WERE INSERTED INTO PACKS OF FLEER LOGO PATCHES IN 1974 BUT HAVE A 1973 COPYRIGHT SPECIFICALLY TO CONFUSE ME. I AM TRYING TO BUILD A TYPE COLLECTION OF PRE-81 FLEER ODDBALLS AND THIS IS ONE I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN PERSON


IF I RECALL CORRECTLY THIS WAS 50 CENTS. THAT'S SUPER GOOD LUCK EVEN FINDING ONE LET ALONE AT THAT PRICE

I ATTACKED THE TRADITIONAL KELLOGG'S STACK NEXT AND CAME AWAY WITH A COUPLE NICE CHEAPOS. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, CARDS ARE USUALLY PRICED RIGHT ON THE PENNY SLEEVE BUT IF THERE'S NO SLEEVE THEY'RE A QUARTER. THAT'S RIGHT, SMILIN' STEVE GARVEY WITH A BIG CRACK SLASHED AGROSS HIS NECK WAS MINE FOR A QUARTER. LOVE THEM CRACKS

FOUND ONE MORE UNSLEEVED 1980 KELLOGG'S CARD (I KNOW MY CEREAL CARD YEARS)((MOSTLY)) IN THE BOX OF CESAR CEDENO. OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS I'VE BEEN SNAGGING EVERY KELLOGG'S CARD I CAN GET MY HANDS ON AND I'VE GOT AN AMAZING POST ON THEM ALL RATTLING AROUND IN MY HEAD THAT WILL NEVER END UP ESCAPING TO AN ACTUAL POST. YOU'LL PROBABLY EVENTUALLY SEE SOME OF THE SCANS IF I DO END UP POSTING ON HERE DAILY LIKE A MANIAC BECAUSE I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE MASTODON

NEXT UP A 1976 BERT BLYLEVEN CARD. ONE OF MY GOALS FOR 2022 WAS TO COMPLETE MY 1976 TOPPS SET. I'VE DONE PRETTY WELL ON THAT FRONT SO FAR AND AM DOWN TO ABOUT EIGHT CARDS LEFT ON THE OL WANT LIST

BUT WAIT A MINUTE I ALREADY HAD BERT IN MY BINDER, WHAT GIVES


O-PEE-CHEE, BAY-BEE! 70S O-PEE-CHEE IS A BADLY NEGLECTED PART OF MY COLLECTION. THERE ARE A LOT OF YEARS I DON'T HAVE A SINGLE CARD FROM CANADIA. GOT A NICE HALL OF FAME TYPE CARD AND DIGGING THROUGH THE STACK HELPED ME FIND...


MISCUT HOSER REGGIE


THIS IS THE KIND OF BEAUTY THAT THOSE GEM MINT SLABBER HOARDERS WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE. GOTTA LOVE A BILINGUAL PHIL RIZZUTO GUM COMIC. I WANNA SAY BERT WAS 50 CENTS AND REGGIE WAS A BUCK AND A HALF. PRICELESS, I SAY

LAST UP - FOUR MOAR HOSTESS QUARTA CARDS. THESE ARE FROM 1977. I KNOW THIS DEFINITIVELY BECAUSE I AM SMART AND DIDN'T JUST LOOK IT UP THINKING THEY WERE FROM 1974 LIKE A FOOL

A FOOOL I SAY!

CREASED UP MIKE HARGROVE IN THE TEXAS BLUES. SCISSOR ACTION - TIGHT

RENNIE STENNETT WITH THE CRAZY ANGLE ON THAT HORIZON, SCISSOR ACTION - SUPER TIGHT

DAVE CASH WITH THE EXPOS AIRBRUSHING. SCISSOR ACTION - SUPER EXTRA TIGHT

AND FINALLY CREASEY HAL McRAE WITH THREE WELL CUT SIDES AND ONE BUTCHERED. ALL SLEEVELESS. FINAL TOTAL: 10 QUARTER CARDS FROM THE KELLOGG'S AND HOSTESS BOX, TWO FIFTY CENT ODDBALLS AND AND A RELATIVELY SPENDY REGGIE

PLUS THE FISH

THERE'S NO WAY THIS ALL COST A FIVER

THIS ENTIRE POST IS A LIE WHAT WAS I THINKING

THIS NEXT ONE WAS DEFINITELY NOT INCLUDED IN THE FIVE BUX TOTAL BECAUSE AFTER BUYING THE PREVIOUS STUFF I WENT AND RAIDED THE DIME AND QUARTER BOXES FROM THE NICE LADY AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM BUT STILL HAD JUST ENOUGH LEFT OVER TO SNAG THIS CARD OUT OF THE 3-FOR-$5 BOX AT THE VINTAGE TABLE 

I'M SLOWLY WORKING ON ALL THE 1993 UPPER DECK INSERT SETS BUT I'VE BEEN MILDLY OBSESSED WITH THE THEN AND NOW SETS SINCE THEY FIRST CAME OUT. THEY WERE HARD TO FIND AND EXPENSIVE AT THE TIME BUT ARE EASILY FOUND IN FIFTY CENT BOXES NOWADAYS. YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY A NOLAN TAX THOUGH, NO DISCOUNTS FROM BOOMERS FOR THE EXPRESS


IT SEEMED LIKE VINTAGE SELLER GUY ACQUIRED SOME DUDE'S 90S AND 00S INSERT COLLECTION AS THIS KIND OF STUFF IS NOT USALLY FOUND AT HIS TABLE. THERE WAS ACTUALLY A LOT OF REALLY GOOD INSERTS IN THAT BOX, LOTS OF POST-CAREER HALL OF FAMER CARDS AND INSERTS. AS I WALKED OUT I TOLD THE SELLER THAT I INTENDED TO GET MORE NEXT TIME

SADLY I HAVE NOT BEEN  BACK TO THE CARD SHOW SINCE. TOO BAD.