Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Bag From My Mom: Part 3

The next thing from the bag is kind of a clunker.

Trivia Mania: Movies Volume II


Before cards and comics and such, movies are my first love. I'm guessing my mom picked this up at a rummage or used bookstore or something. With a publication date of 1984, most of the questions focus on a movie blind spot of mine.

Question #755: Who plays the heavily sweatered psychiatrist in Ordinary People?

I mean, yeah, if I watched it last week maybe I could name him, but this is not something fresh in my mind.

Since this book basically holds a negative resale value, as soon as I hit publish, this is going in the recycling bin.

Next from the bag: Who the hell are you?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Bag From My Mom: Part 2

It's time to dive back into the Target bag that was probably sitting atop my parents' breakfast nook for the past seven months.

The Official Ghostbusters Training Manual


This is one of those books that came with a small set of stickers that you could order at school. There are various book clubs, but the one we got most often was called Troll. Jesus Christ, if you saw that there was a big box from Troll sitting on the counter in the school office, everyone would go apeshit until the teacher sent a kid to get it and cracked that treasure chest open. It usually stopped short of mutiny, but came close.

This book was written as a series of lessons, presumably teaching the readers everything needed to know to become a genuine Ghostbuster. Each lesson page has a spot to affix a sticker. I originally thought that these stickers came with the book. However, the Training Manual, came with a different set of stickers, none of them featuring Peter, Ray, or Egon. This book's stickers are mostly catchphrases like "I've been slimed," and "I ain't afraid of no ghost." This means that my family actually had two different books like this. If the other one ever turns up, the world may never know.


I chose to show this page because the hotel/Slimer scene is one of my favorites, and has the best line of dialogue in the movie. After her cart gets blasted with a proton pack, the hotel maid asks, "What the hell are you doing?" My dad often used that line when I was growing up, same intonation and all.


Once all of the lessons are completed, you are granted the privilege of becoming an honorary Ghostbuster, made official by this Certificate of Achievement. I'm not sure how it might feel to receive such an honor, as I obviously opted to maintain the book's collectibility over the bestowment of the award, though I imagine it would have been one of my proudest days.


Next from the bag: All the answers.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Bag From My Mom: Part 1

If your parents are anything like mine, they often try to give you a bunch of stuff when you visit. Often, these un-asked-for gifts are newspaper clippings, vaguely interesting pages from a page-a-day calendar, or a container of homemade applesauce. While they can't all be applesauce, there are times when the contents deviate from the norm, and the gift is really something worth bringing home.

The last time such was bestowed, it was this bag.


Even though my parents have moved (within the city) since I left for college, never to return, they still find little pockets of stuff here and there that belonged to me or my brother or sister. Sometimes it's just a thing or two, and often it might not even be something that was mine, but just fit in to the category of stuff I might like. In this case, it was a bag full of cool stuff. I'd like to begin sharing it with you today.

Sheet of Star Wars Stickers (Slightly Incomplete)


I distinctly remember these stickers, probably acquired in 1996 or 1997. In fact, my door whiteboard in college (remember those?) had a the Princess Leia and Salacious Crumb stickers on it. I'm unable to remember what character was represented on the missing sticker here, but I'm sure it was a cool as all the rest. (It might be Vader, come to think of it.) This particular set of stickers has an attractive aesthetic, a style uniquely its own. The artwork strikes a nice balance between photography or photo-realism and outright cartoonishness. And the single-color backgrounds help place these firmly in the realm of pop art. All in all, I'm glad they survived the twenty or so years since I owned them, and I'll enjoy affixing them in only the choicest of spots.

Next from the bag: Get trolled!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Five Cool Things From a Dirty-Ass Binder #5

The road has been long, friends, but at last we arrive at the destination: The fifth cool thing from a dirty-ass binder.

1994 Topps Black Gold Full Groups C & D


It's awfully nice to get half of the full set like this. As someone who buys almost all of his comics used and cheap, I'm used to having a few holes in my collections. From a binder so dirty and so assy, I pretty much expected these cards to be scattershot within the set, yet I was pleasantly surprised when they turned out to be cards #23-44, plus all of the C & D winners. It's a stellar collection of guys (although the inclusion of Robby Thompson leaves me a bit mystified), and it's extra exciting for me because by 1994, I was done buying Topps.

Upon examination, the C/D Winner card is the badass of the bunch, with recent sale prices surprisingly high.

To conclude this feature, an inscription to inspire future generations of collectors:
"Give me your yellowed pages, your dirty-ass binders,
Your junk wax treasures yearning to breathe free..."

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pull the Trigger 15.20 ($25)

2015 Topps Buyback 1974 Randy Hundley

Just so you know, someone wrote an "E" in red marker on the back of this card. Probably not an E for "Error," though, as the back has a cartoon of Hundley winning the Gold Glove in 1967.

Will this be the final card to join the pile? All can be yours for $25. Don't get caught napping.

THE PILE
Lot of 3 1972 Topps Cards

Lot of 2015 Topps Inserts

2014 Topps Heritage Flashbacks #NF-VRA Voting Rights Act of 1965

1959 Topps Wes Covington

1976 Topps #362 Will McEnaney

2007 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Jamarcus Russell Ball/Jersey Relic (481/849)

1996 Emotion-XL Lot of 11 Cards

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Baseball 75th Anniversary Andre Dawson (62/75)

Lot of 12 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Cards

Lot of 9 1978 Topps Cards

2015 Heritage Steve Carlton Flashbacks

2015 Topps Ted Williams Medallion Card

Lot of 19 2015 WWE Cards

2007 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Chris Davis AUTO

WWE Mighty Mini (Opened)

2008 Topps Justin Verlander Jersey

1976 Topps Dave Lopes Record Breaker

Lot of 1991 Wild Card Stripes

2008 Playoff Contenders Robin Yount Legendary (0218/1500)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pull the Trigger 15.19 ($25)

2008 Playoff Contenders Robin Yount Legendary (0218/1500)

Three good reasons to pull the trigger now:
A. The card is not supposed to show a logo, but it shows some logo.
B. The card is not supposed to show a team name, but it shows some team name.
C. Robin Yount's butt.

Pull the trigger for $25 for the pile of goodness below.

THE PILE
Lot of 3 1972 Topps Cards

Lot of 2015 Topps Inserts

2014 Topps Heritage Flashbacks #NF-VRA Voting Rights Act of 1965

1959 Topps Wes Covington

1976 Topps #362 Will McEnaney

2007 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Jamarcus Russell Ball/Jersey Relic (481/849)

1996 Emotion-XL Lot of 11 Cards

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Baseball 75th Anniversary Andre Dawson (62/75)

Lot of 12 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Cards

Lot of 9 1978 Topps Cards

2015 Heritage Steve Carlton Flashbacks

2015 Topps Ted Williams Medallion Card

Lot of 19 2015 WWE Cards

2007 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Chris Davis AUTO

WWE Mighty Mini (Opened)

2008 Topps Justin Verlander Jersey

1976 Topps Dave Lopes Record Breaker

Lot of 1991 Wild Card Stripes