Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nightmares on Cardboard 2012 Submission #2

This next submission comes from Matt over at Heartbreaking Cards. He's been in the running once or twice before, and this year I think he's got a real shot at it.

We're starting off with a trio of cards in the style of 2009 Topps American Heritage, which itself borrows in part from '75 Topps. Everything you are about to see comes from the most excellent documentary, American Movie. Many of the parts of this movie were shot very close to where I grew up. I'm talking like across-the-street close. Some of Mark's early Super 8 movies were filmed in the Valhalla cemetery, which I often used as a shortcut to my friends' houses. The liquor store they go to was also the one my dad shopped at. RAY-DEN'S has since been replaced by something else, but I remember it fondly.
Mark Borchardt
When you score a cabinet to bust someone's head through it, make sure you're thorough enough.
Mike Schank
Has great stories about acid.
Uncle Bill
"It's alright, it's okay. You have something to live for, JESUS TOLD ME SO."
I could really go on about those for hours, but there are some more cards here. They say 1992 Marvel at the bottom, but I don't recognize them. Matt used the design to create a set of completely hapless and ineffective monsters from various movies. I'll go through each of these and let you know how familiar I am with each.
-Own the MST3K DVD. Too bad there's no Torgo card.
Rock Monster from Missile to the Moon
-Haven't seen it.
The Creeping Terror
-Have seen it, own the DVD from the MST3K boxed set Vol. 1.
The Wind from The Happening
-Saw it on DVD with friends, will probably never watch it again.
Zombie Thor Johnson
-Finally saw Plan 9 earlier this year on another website's movie night, complete with chat room. Also, I think his name should be Tor, not Thor.
These are pretty great and should get a lot of votes. Good luck!

Nightmares on Cardboard 2012 Submission #1

Well, I'm home sick from school today, so I'll chew through some of the day by kicking off the Nightmares on Cardboard posts. About halfway through the day yesterday my voice started to get raspy. I mean snappin', cracklin', and poppin'. Waking up this morning, I realized that things hadn't gotten any better, so I went in early today, took care of some administrative shit, and left about a half hour after the day started after briefing the substitute. (And hoo-hoo boy, is he in for a doozy today. Special ed. students not picked up because their teacher is testing kids in a different grade, a trip to the art room, which my classroom is physically the farthest away from in the school, and a mock presidential election just before the end of the day.)

I'm going to change things up a bit this year and let readers vote for a winner. Once all of the submissions are shown, I'll open up a poll where you can vote for your favorite, and the winner will get some sort of prize.

Here's submission #1, from Richard:
We've got a 1981 Topps model of a carved pumpkin with a Phillies cap chomping on a smaller Yankees pumpkin. Kind of odd, considering the Phillies lost to New York in 2009 after beating the Rays in 2008. Richard also indicated that his original idea for a scary card would just be to print the team's 2012 schedule and results or the NL East standings or something like that.

Keep checking back, I'm hoping to get a few more posted today. Oh, and Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sweetening the Pot

A couple of days ago I offered for sale a pretty nice lot of 2003 Topps Gallery Hall of Fame cards for $40. No one has claimed them yet, so I'm going to throw in a few cards at a time to try to get someone to bite.

The first couple which will be added to the mix are:
1977 Topps #363 Dave Roberts
1981 Donruss #496 Mickey Rivers

Remember when the San Francisco Giants sucked and you could make the argument that their best non-pitcher was Dave Roberts? Well, this ain't that guy. But he and this lovely Texas Ranger in powder blue can be yours.

The price of $40 will stay the same, but I'll keep adding items to the lot until it sells. First person to claim it gets it, so don't rest on your laurels too long if you're interested.

Nightmares on Cardboard Reminder

I've received, like, less than one entry this year so far. The deadline is the end of this week, so go check out the kickoff post if you somehow missed it.

Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? Well, there will be. Go make something spooky, send it to me, and maybe you'll win a prize.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

zoolBay #12: 2003 Topps Gallery Hall of Fame Lot

Here's another lot of great cards that will help me get closer to the total needed for that box of '12 Update. In each of the past three years I've opened a box of 2003 Topps Gallery Hall of Fame. I'm currently trying to build the set, including the Artist's Proof parallels and the base variations. Of course, I've accumulated a bunch of doubles, and they're up for sale today. Here's what the lot includes:
106 Base Cards
The set is only 74 cards, and here you're getting at least one of every base card except #1, Willie Mays.
13 Artist's Proof Parallels (1 duplicate)
22 Base Variations

These will get you a nice head start of completing this set. I'm offering this to the first person to claim it in the comments for $40.00 in PayPal.

A Fun Realization

So it just hit me. There's only one player (not counting those in the Hall of Fame subset) featured in both an original Donruss Triple Play set and Panini's 2012 Triple Play set: Chipper Jones

Chipper, we salute you.

Friday, October 19, 2012

zoolBay #11: 1981 Topps Lot

I was picking through a big mixed lot of cards earlier this month which happened to contain a ton of 1981 Topps cards.
I'm putting them up for sale to the first bidder. The cards are now in a 550-count box and there's no wiggle room, so I'm guessing it's pretty close to 550 cards. Mostly commons, but they're in great condition. It would give you a nice head start on the set if it's something you've thought about pursuing.

I'm going to do this Buy-It-Now-style. The first commenter to claim the lot for $25 gets it. I'll be putting this PayPal money towards a box of 2012 Update. Against my better judgment, yes, but traditions are traditions. Trade Me Anything has to go on, you know. Maybe the price will fall to close to $25 by the time I'm ready to buy a box.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nightmares on Cardboard 2012

Yes, I've been a total slacker and it's now the morning of October 7th. There was a day back at the height of summer when I had a wonderful idea about the theme of this year's custom card making contest, but it has since escaped me. I've been stalling for time like some poor sap in a screwball comedy, but the notion hasn't reemerged yet. So here's what I'm doing. Nightmares on Cardboard V is going to be a free-for-all. No rules, whatever's clever, I'm easy. I've deregulated this thing like Reagan, so trickle down, young man, trickle down.

Go forth and create to your heart's content. Make a scary card. Make a whole pack of cards. Gank a design from 1954 Topps. Start from scratch. Reference an obscure made-for-TV movie from the '70s that's only available on VHS. Murder Rickey Henderson. Do whatever you want, make it great, and send it to me. The more creative and thoughtful, the better chance you have of winning. Your goal is to get me to say, "Oh. My. God."

If you wish to enter, you have until October 27 (a Saturday) to submit your entry to me. Email me at if you wish to submit electronically, or if you just need my mailing address. If you have that stuff already, then I wish you good luck.

P.S. Do not actually murder Rickey Henderson. Only do it in cardboard form.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video Pack Bust: 1991 Pacific Bingo!

Leave a comment letting me know when the despair creeps into my voice most noticeably.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pack Bust: 1994 Cardz Muppets Take the Ice

Another entire week goes by, and all I've got is another oddball pack from Jesse. Not that that's a bad thing.

It's that time of year again, when the common man is unsure whether there will be hockey or not. To tide you all over in case the lockout lasts a long time, I've got a pack of 1994 Cardz Muppets Take the Ice.
Now I know what you're thinking. When you hear the words "Muppets" and "hockey" in the same breath, you automatically think amateur hockey. Not so, friends. The mid-1990s were strange, heady times, and for some reason the NHL granted a license to do this.

Let's tear in.

Top to Bottom:
2 Center Forward
The early tiers of the checklist are a quick and dirty guide to the sport, and this is one of the Positions subset cards. The wiry Kermit is a natural choice for center, being quick and agile without a lot of muscle mass. I didn't get a defenseman, but I'm hoping Fozzie was picked to represent the enforcer.
23 Goal
Kermit pads the points stats with an empty netter, presumably against the Whalers.
10 Puck
A vital part of the equipment subset, they don't get much more basic than this.
56 Calgary Flames History
Now the good stuff starts. These team cards are well executed. Kermit's hosting a north-of-the-border barbecue, but he got distracted by something and let the meat burn. The card back explains the origin of the team's name. Kinda dumb that they kept the Flames nickname, since Calgary wasn't, as far as I know, burned to the ground by Sherman.
55 Buffalo Sabres History
Gonzo rides the buffalo after some post-playoff game tequila shooters.
52 Winnepeg Jets
Not a team history card, more of a facts card, divisions, team colors, arena and the like. If you have an hour to kill, check out Death By Popcorn, a documentary covering the demise of the Jets. Not as tragic now that they have a team again, but an interesting watch despite its amateurish, disjointed structure.
40 New York Islanders
Wow! Card of the pack, for sure. Great to see that Animal was granted the grandfather exemption from the NHL's helmet rule. He'd just brain a guy with it, so the game is probably better off.
41 New York Rangers
Miss Piggy's helmet looks more like a jock. Easily my least favorite character in the Muppets universe, and kind of a dull card. If I was a die-hard Rangers fan, I'd be pissed at this shirt shrift.
I must confess how pleasantly surprised I am by this pack. You can get a full set for about ten bucks if you look online. There were also something called Tekchrome inserts (most likely parallels).