Monday, December 31, 2012

Sportkings Pack #3

Seattle Slew, Nadia Comaneci Mini, and ???

The final card in this pack made my top pulls of 2012 list, which will begin tomorrow. If you want to trade for the pony or the lil' flipper, or for any of the other Sportkings cards I've shown, make me an offer.

Trade Me Anything VI #12

The final TMA VI trade to arrive this year is from Tim at Home of the Toddfather.

2012 Topps Update Series Golden Moments #GM-U34 Andrew McCutchen, Gold Sparkle #US326 Gio Gonzalez, Gold Parallel #US29 Jonathan Sanchez (0490/2012)
PS1 Demo Disc for Spyro
Too bad I no longer have my PS3 that played PS1 and PS2 games. The thing died on me this summer and I bought a new one.
Lot of 1988 Awesome all Stars Stickers
Bunches of Fleer from 1985, 1988, and 1989
I'm still looking for more like this, in case anybody wants to dump their junk off on me.
A Pile of 2012 Update Cards from my Want List
Pretty great stuff all around. Thanks, Tim!

By the way, the winner of the TMA contest was Jordan, who squeaked it out when neither of his close trailers could get the last DVD connection. Jordan, please contact me so I can get your winnings to you.

I'll still open up the comments to guesses for the connection on this post. I'd classify it as medium/hard.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sportkings Pack #2

Roy Jones, Jr., Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal Jersey/AUTO Gold #/20

Once again, I'm open to trading any of these. Make me a strong offer.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sport Kings Pack #1

Meadowlark Lemon (!), Tony Perez, Dolph Schayes AUTO
The Meadowlark reminds me that I need to get to one of the Globetrotters games one of these years. They've played in Milwaukee every New Year's Eve for as long as I can remember. Maybe when I've got kids who are old enough to appreciate it.

The Schayes reminds me of the couple of seasons his son Danny played with the Bucks. Certainly not as good as his dad, but carved out an 18-year career nonetheless.

The Perez reminds me of nothing.

All of these cards are available for trade. Make me a decent offer.

Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 24

December 24, 2012:
1993 Pinnacle #306 Barry Larkin Hometown Heroes: Cincinnati
A nice ending to this year's calendar, I'd say. Larkin was enshrined into the Hall of Fame earlier this year, doubly special because of Larkin's roots. Despite the success the Reds have had in the past, the proudest moment for the city had to be this:

Yes, the best kind of civic pride is that which insults the reputation of another nearby municipality. Those jerks from Eagleton would agree with this written statement, but none of them can read.
Have a great Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope you get everything you want.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 23

December 23, 2012:
2006 Upper Deck #887 Alfonso Soriano
Looks like Alfonso might be giving the "o-kee do-kee" sign to a teammate. At least, that's what I would have thought until a few weeks ago. See, that's when I read a certain Grantland column by Mark Titus wherein he wrote about how 3-point celebrations are kind of a thing now in college basketball. Check out this article and scroll down to 1. Indiana to see what I'm talking about.
If you don't have time to read the whole thing, at least check out this Gonzaga benchwarmer's unhinged glee at a teammate's draining of a 3-banger. (Fast forward to about 44 seconds.) It might be the best part of your day so far.

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 22

December 22, 2012:
1993 Skybox Marvel Universe Series 4 #155 Famous Battles: Spider-Man Vs. Sinister Six
For some reason, a Spider-Man reboot movie was released this year. This is not a good sign. Rebooting franchises that were started when I was already an adult is just stupid. Plus, if you're going to go ahead with it, why not up the ante, go all-out, and put Spidey against everyone seen on this card? Then again, I haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man, so I can't really judge.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 21

December 21, 2012:
1993 Upper Deck SP #130 Dave Fleming
Books are for reading, Dave, not for sitting on.

I wonder what those books are. The one near the top has a title that ends in "Every Time." The word before Every ends in the letters TE, so the title must be something ending with "...TE EVERY TIME." "How to Get a Date Every Time?" "Stay in a Hotel Suite Every Time?" Maybe they're playbooks of some sort that pitchers rely upon. "How to Get the Batter Out Every Time" almost works, but the E is missing. Anyone interested in doing a little detective work?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 20

December 20, 2012:
1988 Milwaukee Public Museum #18 Smilodon
It's quite the coincidence that the Smile-O-Don has such big choppers. Dentist's dream and such.

Just Curious

So the Sportkings group break was a gigantic washout. No problem, I've got it up for sale on duh Bay, but if it doesn't sell by Friday night, I'm saying "Fuck it" and opening it myself.

Here's what I'd like to know. If you had two athletes to select from a box of Sportkings Series B in a free group break, who would they have been? If you get to see me open this, it will either allow you a sigh of relief that you didn't waste your money, or it will completely ruin your Christmas because you would have paid only $10 for a Babe Ruth cut signature. Leave a comment for the world to see.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 19

December 19, 2012:
2002 Topps Heritage #38 Denny Neagle
Something's wrong with that face. Immediately upon pulling this card out of its little calendar nook, I thought of an old Weekly World News cover about a woman whose face could be covered with a teacup.
Bullshit, of course, but I'd imagine you can see the similarity between the two.

And holy shit, at the end of his career Neagle was making $9,000,000 a year to go 2-4 for the Rocks.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 18

December 18, 2012:
1994 Upper Deck World Cup #318 Road to Finals: Bolivia
If you were one of the early adopters of Liga de FĂștbol MLS, you are probably familiar with Marco Etcheverry. He was the backbone of the D.C. United dynasty that dominated the league throughout its first few years. He played with three things: Flair, a watery mullet, and one of the forerunners to the Breathe-Right Strip across his nose. Bolivia have not made it back to the World Cup since their appearance in 1994, and they are not on track to make it back any time soon. The team is currently ranked dead last in CONMEBOL (51st worldwide) and is sitting below qualifying position for the 2014 World Cup. Without Etcheverry, they have little hope.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 17

December 17, 2012:
1998 Pinnacle Inside Stand-Up Guys #18AB Juan Gonzalez et al
The beast with two backs made its way to cardboard in 1998, I guess. This looks like something out of Terry Pratchett's Discworld or something. Truly hideous when incomplete.

December Group Break is Open!

Last week, I happened to catch one of the limited-quantity deals on one of the big card retailer sites, and I got a box of Sport Kings Series B for a very low price. The trouble is, it's not a product I'm particularly interested in, so here's what I thought I'd do. The box will be its own mini group break, but instead of picking by team, breakers will get to select by athlete. It's a relatively small checklist, but it's a box with a small amount of cards in it.
If you want in on this break, check out the checklists below. Your first selection will cost $10, and your second will cost $5. From that point, the cost of the selection will alternate between $8 and $5, so it'll be third-$8, fourth-$5, fifth-$8, and so on. Pick as many athletes as you want, and claim them in the comments.

The only athlete I'm claiming as my own is Pele. All other athletes are considered mine until they are claimed and paid for. I'm also mandating immediate payment, so until payment is received, that player is considered unclaimed. Payment can be sent via PayPal to:

Here are the checklists:
Base Cards
Cut Signatures (Yeah, right.)
Admit One Redemptions (Must be claimed specifically.)

If we happen to get a card with two or more athletes on it, that card will be randomed off among any participants laying claim to one of the athletes on it. I also reserve the right to cancel the group break at any time before the box is opened based upon a general lack of participation. I'm looking at this Friday night as the probable time for opening the box. The break will take place on video, and I will be reading a list of all claimed athletes on this video before the break begins, just so you know everything's on the up-and-up. Good luck!

Athletes Claimed
Pele - Thorzul (paid)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 16

December 16, 2012:
2005 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts Lasting Legends #LL-RY Robin Yount Game-Used Patch (08/50)
Just a beautiful card. Great design, tasteful patch, interesting photo. Truly deserving of the greatest Brewer of all time.

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 15

December 15, 2012:
1996 Topps Stadium Club #309 Scott Servais
Little known addendum to the MLB infield fly rule: "If the runner on second base is standing directly on second base, he may attempt to catch the ball. If the attempt is successful, the runner may then throw the ball anywhere in fair territory and begin running around the bases. The batter is still out, and the runner on first base (and third, if applicable) may run the bases as well."

The more you know.

Trade Me Anything VI #11

Well, this looks like the last trade to make it to me before the contest deadline. I'd have to check to see how many were pledged, but not sent. I know dayf wanted some of the Barves, and someone claimed the jersey card from the box, but nothing has showed up so far.

No worries, we'll forge ahead. This one comes from Jon in Strasburg, PA, home of the Steven Strasburger. (Two all-beef patties, four slices of cheese, and one large pickle on a kaiser roll. Not available after September 12th.)

2012 Topps Update Series 1987 Mini #TM-121 Mat Latos, Golden Giveaway #GGC-24 Steve Carlton
August 29, 2011 Sports Illustrated from Strasburg-Heisler Library
Awesome, I love things that are either stolen or discarded from libraries.
A bunch of 1993 Upper Deck cards from my want list, all Expos
Two packs of 1991 Stadium Club Series 2
Red arm strap for iPod Nano
Lampeter-Strasburg High School metal license plate
Martin-Meylin Middle School plastic license plate
Seeing as Wisconsin is a front-and-back license plate state by law, I cannot throw my support to the Fighting Pioneers in a vehicular fashion. Here is a license plate requirement map, for your education and pleasure.
Thanks for some great stuff, Jon!

Which brings us to the final chapter in the contest. Commenter Jordan is currently enjoying a one-point lead over the competition. If Crowded House or Night Owl come up with the connection this time, we will go to a tie-breaker, but if not, Jordan will be declared the winner of all of the box's unclaimed cards. Good luck!

(By the way, the answer to this last one will have to be exactly correct. Close will not be good enough.)

Friday, December 14, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 14

December 14, 2012:
1993 Topps #726 Mike Veneziale / Ken Kendrena
Sweet Jesus, where do I even begin? This tubby bitch on the left looks like he just strolled out of central casting for extras for a ViewAskew production. The eye is drawn first to the putt-putt qwik-lube dirt 'stache. Move up from there and you're face to face with some take-no-prisoners bangs. Head south, and you're all bound up in a non-regulation turtleneck, complete with an offseason's worth of Frito grease. Lose-lose defined.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 13

December 13, 2012:
1982 Topps E.T. #57 "You're Killing Us Both!"
Has there ever been a more horrific scene in a non-horror movie? Let's list the evidence, shall we?
1. Pale, grotesque alien gasping for breath.
2. Weird Elliot underwear.
3. Suction cup electrodes everywhere.
4. Plastic quarantine tunnels in and out of suburban home.
5. The frantic action, the claustrophobia, and most of all, that noise... that horrible noise E.T. makes.

Let's be honest, folks: The entire film is chilling from start to finish.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 12

December 12, 2012:
1969 Topps Deckle Edge #32 Juan Marichal
A fitting card for a post that I scramble to finish at 10:36 PM on 12-12-12 that has zero connection to the number 12 whatsoever.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 11

December 11, 2012:
1991 Upper Deck Looney Tunes Comic Ball #60 "Monster Flyball"
Say what you will about his Hall of Fame unworthiness, for the life of me I can't can't find any bacne on this dude.

Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 Card-vent Calendar: December 10

December 10, 2012:
1986-87 Fleer #38 Mike Gminski
Whenever I flip through a massive box of random cards at a show, my naughty bits get a little tingly whenever I spy a card from this set. There's always that glimmering hope that, being from baseball's junk wax era and all, an insignificant little rookie card of some kid from North Carolina might pop up. It never does, of course, and all you're left with is Mike Gminski's beard.
It's a nice beard, though, the likes of which is rare in the modern NBA. Sure, James Harden sets the standard, but the closest we get to a full white guy beard is Pau Gasol's Backyard Barbecue Scraggle-Fest. Not cutting it at all.

Trade Me Anything VI #10

Everyone's favorite Orioles card blogger decided to get in on some sweet O's action. Watch and learn.

2012 Topps Update Series Golden Greats #GG-78 Brooks Robinson, Gold Parallel #107 Luke Scott (0023/2012)
A bunch of big Brewers from the oversized 1994 Fleer Extra Bases set
A couple of stacks of cards.
Lots of Bucks and oddballs, with a few true gems thrown in. Here are five that I have time to share.
1960 Topps #51 Bart Starr
1960 Topps #54 Paul Hornung
Wow, incredibly generous with both of these cards. Creases and tape marks abound, but I will still treasure these.
1994 Score #96 Reggie Cobb
Imagine being a teenage Packers fan and finally seeing your team experience some success in the mid-1990s. You want to relive some of those first few Favre comebacks on your Sega Genesis, so you scrape together the money to buy a copy of Madden '95. You pop the cartridge into the console, select your squad, and BOOM! you've got Reggie Cobb falling forward for two yards? Where's Dorsey Levens? Where's Edgar Bennett? The Cobb season in '94 is completely forgotten in these parts.
1989 Topps Batman #45 "Hi Honey!"
I've already confessed on Twitter to have never seen the Tim Burton Batman movie. These cards don't do much to bring me up to speed on the plot. Lots of weird, quasi-erotic '80s art doesn't do much to clear things up. I promise, I'll watch the movie someday.
1991 Topps Desert Storm Sticker #32 U.S.S.R.
Annnnnnd this one's going right on the front of my lesson plan book.
Thanks, Kevin, you outdid yourself this year.

Everyone else, get back to guessing the DVD connection. It's a good one this time.

Jordan 3
Crowded House 2
Night Owl 2
madding 1
SpastikMooss 1
Jeff Wilk 1