Sunday, November 25, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #9

The Night Owl swooped in and left this trade behind. Check it.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Golden Moments #GM-U16 Andre Ethier, Gold Sparkle #US5 Wade Miley, #US175 Tim Byrdak
Getting:
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Cassette Single "Good Vibrations"
Is it ok to call this a "cassingle," because I think I remember that term. For any interested parties, the B-side is "So What Chu Sayin." Actually, the text on the reverse lists the A-side as the "Wildside" and the B-side as the "Smoove Side." Yes, you're reading that correctly.
A bunch of cards
My request for '88 commons was heard loud and clear, but there was more to be found. Below are some of the highlights.
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #49 Matt Kemp
I knew a good Dodger man would come through with a card from my Most Wanted list. Now someone just needs to send me that pesky Jay Bruce. I'm holding out on this one, and will refuse to pick it up from COMC or the like.
2008 Upper Deck Documentary Gold #760 (MIL30) Ryan Braun
2012 Wacky Packages Series 9 #32 Bramble's
These are best appreciated one at a time, so you can savor them.
2011 Topps Blue Sparkle #92 Chris Narveson (55/60)
I've finally figured out what to call these. Though not as common as the sweet borbonesque liquorfractors, the blue ones popped up from time to time. I'd like to suggest calling them Velvafractors, as in Aqua Velva. The shade of blue is almost a perfect match, and if you're holding one of these, you've got a nice manly smell going.
1984 Fleer #611 Dave Henderson
Here's a little exercise I'd like you to try with this card. Look at it for a few seconds. Then look away. While looking away, get the idea in your head that Henderson is part of a community theatre troupe and the character he's playing in the spring feature happens to be blind. Now look back at the card. See? He's looking right at you, but he's also not looking at you. A true Stanislavsky method actor displaying mastery of his craft. He'll be sticking around for a short talkback after the Saturday matinee.

Alright, since there's a heated three-way tie at the top of the leader board, this DVD cover connection is going to be a little more labyrinthine than usual, a little more six degrees than usual. The connection is there, but you're going to have to put some thought into it. I'll offer one hint, though: Follow the steps of the dinosaur.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Jordan 2
Crowded House 2
Night Owl 2
madding 1
SpastikMooss 1
Jeff Wilk 1

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #8

Arriving before I left for the holiday, this trade came from Adam at Thoughts & Sox.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series #US292 David Ortiz Photo Variation
Getting:
2009 Topps 206 #235 Yovani Gallardo, 2011 Topps Heritage #438 Shawn Marcum (SP), 1979 Kellogg's 3D #20 Paul Molitor, 2011 Topps Kimball Mini #KC-8 Ryan Braun
2011 Topps Heritage Chrome #C119 Jeremy Hellickson (1640/1962)
A bunch of football cards from the 1970s
2004 Bench Warmer #12 & #43 Kendra Wilkinson
Pretty diverse group of stuff there. The Hellickson was an odd curveball, keeping me on my toes amidst those Brewers. The Kendra card #43 made me laugh because she got a Topps Rookie Cup on the back. The only thing I know about her is that she was on some dumb TV show I once flipped to. She was married or living with some basketball or football player, and for a Playboy model she seemed no different from your average high school dropout, aside from the big fake tits.

This DVD sleeve connection will make you think a bit harder than the previous few. Don't overthink it, though. Let's see how fast someone gets it.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Jordan 2
Crowded House 2
Night Owl 2
madding 1
SpastikMooss 1

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #7

A small envelope arrived from the latest trader, Larry, but there were big things inside.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series 1987 Mini #TM-101 Paul Goldschmidt
Getting:
2012 Topps Update Series Golden Moments #GM-U26 Robin Yount
2012 Topps Chrome #117 Ryan Braun
2012 Topps Gold #327 Mark Kotsay (0963/2012)
1986 Fleer Mini #101 Paul Molitor
My 2008 Topps Set Blog Sticker
Hey, great stuff. That's only my second 2012 Yount card, plus the Braun and Kotsay both have binders to go into. Thanks, Larry!

Another ridiculously easy DVD cover. I need to step up my game.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Jordan 2
Crowded House 2
Night Owl 1
madding 1
SpastikMooss 1

Trade Me Anything VI #6

We've got a short and sweet one for you today, coming straight from gcrl.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Golden Moments #GM-U27 Matt Kemp
Getting:
1991 Dodgers Police Jim Neidlinger & Kevin Gross
I think these two are just intended as the bread in a...
...Brewers sandwich.
1972 Topps #162 Brewers Rookie Stars
I already had this card, but the new one here is an improvement in condition, so the old one is getting replaced.

Apparently the Dodgers are a franchise which, like the Brewers, has partnered up with local police to produce trading card sets. The backs of these, like the ones in Milwaukee, are message-based, but it seems like the emphasis was put entirely on D.A.R.E. With Brewers, you might get a PSA about wearing your seat belt or waiting 30 minutes after eating before swimming in beautiful, frigid Lake Michigan. Thanks, gcrl!

Another fairly obvious DVD connection. I wanted to use Young Frankenstein for the Inspector Kemp connection, but I think I used that cover a few years ago.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Jordan 2
Night Owl 1
madding 1
Crowded House 1
SpastikMooss 1

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #5

Yes, the weekend is here, so let's kick off Saturday with some more TMA. This comes from J.M.J.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Gold Sparkle #36 Juan Cruz, #18 Tom Wilhelmsen
Getting:
2012 Topps Gold Sparkle #224 NL RBI Leaders
Hard to believe Ryan Howard has fallen so far so fast. Love the Prince in the middle, though. This goes straight into the Prince binder.
A bunch of cards
I'm sorry to say it, but I'm guessing J.M.J. fell into a common misunderstanding. The cards listed by year on the sidebar are ones I have and are available for trade or sale. My want list is listed directly below those. No problem, I'll find a use for these.
1981 Fleer Wax Pack
Now that's how you redeem yourself. I opened one of these once before, and it was a lot of fun. My local card shop also had a bunch of these for sale out of a wax box. They were going for two or three bucks a pack. Not bad, but I resisted the urge.
Thanks a lot, J.M.J., and thanks for coming aboard this year!

This trade's DVD connection is another pretty easy one, but I did manage to block out some information that would make it completely obvious. Happy guessing!

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Night Owl 1
madding 1
Jordan 1
Crowded House 1
SpastikMooss 1

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #4

Here it is, kiddos, the best part of your day. Send in the fourth trade. The secret envelope says this is from Paul, who has a blog about random stuff.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series #GG-82 Gary Carter Golden Greats, #BB-28 Johan Santana Blockbusters
Getting:
A big lot of, well, random stuff. It amounted to a pile of about 150 cards from all genres. I'll show you a few that caught my fancy.

2003 MLB Showdown #S10 "Nuisance" (starring Barry Larkin)
I realize that a runner on first with a nice jump can be a nuisance, but Barry deserves better than this.
1992-92 Upper Deck Hockey #302 Dale Hawerchuk
I know next to nothing about professional Eis Hockey, but this name sounds familiar. A fan favorite of some sort, perhaps?
1992-93 Upper Deck Hockey #204 Pat Verbeek
Another name I recognize, but I'm sharing this one for the front row chick just over Pat's right shoulder. Yikes! "Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof!"
Sorry, I wish I could post everything, but that would take me well past the Cardvent Calendar. I know, I know, "Sorry ain't gonna pay the bills, Chico."
Go ahead and submit your guess for the DVD connection. This one really sucks, but it was the best I could do since I had already used Get Carter a couple of years ago.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Night Owl 1
madding 1
Jordan 1
Crowded House 1

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #3

This next one comes from Antelope Jeff. I'm calling him that because his name is Jeff and the return address was in Antelope, CA. Pretty cool name, if you ask me. Jeff forgot his SASE, which could be expected from a rookie. I'm reading the book Paper Lion right now, by George Plimpton. In this book, Plimpton convinces the Detroit Lions to let him live the life of a rookie at their summer training camp. One chapter deals with rookie hazing, which back then didn't get much worse than being told to stand on one's chair in the cafeteria and sing one's school fight song. So Jeff, get up on that chair.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update 1987 Mini #TM-123 C.J. Wilson and Gold Parallel #46 Peter Bourjos (1933/2012)
Getting:
A nice stack of 1988 Topps
I may regret asking people to send me these, but for now I like it.
An equally nice stack of Your Milwaukee Brewers
I picked out a few of my favorites that I didn't have yet. In no particular order...
1982 Donruss #26 Gorman Thomas Diamond Kings
That hair fluffing out from either side looks like something I would not want to have brushed across my mouth (closed or open). GUND Stuffed Animals, however, might want some of that for their "naturals" line.
1982 Fleer #156 Pete Vuckovich
Vuke's curls and pock marks just make me queasy.
1982 Fleer #146 Rickey Keeton
I have literally never heard of this guy. I must have already had his '82 Topps card, since I have the whole set, but his name escaped memory. Keeton got into exactly 22 Major League Baseball games in his career, which spanned 1980-1981. He has exactly three officially licensed cards, from the three major brands in 1982. That's it. There appear to be a few peripherals worth chasing if you want to be a Rickey Keeton Supercollector. I'll allow someone else to roll that rock up the hill, though.
Thanks for a cool trade, Antelope Jeff. Please send me the SASE so I can send you your cards.

And finally, what's the DVD connection? I'm pretty happy with this one, but it's still not too hard to figure out. Remember, there's a contest going on all TMA long.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Night Owl 1
madding 1
Jordan 1

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #2

After Monday's postal holiday, the TMA-VI packages started to arrive in full force, with a bunch of them rubber banded together. I opened the smallest one, which was from Kerry. Here are the details.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series 1987 Mini #TM-115 Carlos Beltran, #44 Gold Edwin Jackson, and #174 Yadier Molina
Getting:
A couple of future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers
A Nyjer Morgan and a Ryan Braun card, neither of which I had.
A Mat Gamel Topps 206 Mini Polar Bear Back
Some mismatched celebs
(I think this was the only one of these I already had.)
A guy who is no longer a celeb
And a pile of Update needs
Thanks for the trade, Kerry.

And now, can anyone guess the connection? Let's hear it.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Night Owl 1
madding 1

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guys From the Bucket #3

Since the last time I visited this recurring feature, I've cleaned out the buckets, separated what was worth keeping from the garbage, and condensed everything together. Of course, not two minutes later my daughter had strewn everything around the floor. These toys are kept in a less-traveled area of the house, so on the floor they stay. Truth be told, it's made it easier for me to tell what exactly is in there.

Name: X-Cop
Affiliation: Ghostbusters (Haunted Humans)
Missing Pieces: None

Somewhere through the Ghostbusters' run, Kenner made a Haunted Humans set of ghosts for your guys to do battle with. They started out as relatively innocuous human figurines, but could be transformed into monsters through various means. Take this stubby police officer, for instance. He looks like all he's ready to do is pull you over, maybe give you a ticket or go a little too far with your girlfriend in what should have been a routine pat-down. If you hit the button in his back, though...

...he turns into a scary skeleton. Correction: A scary skeleton ready to violate your civil rights in a sweeping abuse of authority.
The arms and legs can also be pulled out to reveal the bones that would have made Officer Dickhead fall within the normal range of human bodily proportions. The spring-loaded tongue is what my daughter fixates on when she pops this guy open. Me, I like the anatomically inaccurate two-bone structure of the cop's thigh area. This thing still works like a dream, with no problems transforming or staying in place. If only Ghostbusters II could have aged this well.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Trade Me Anything VI #1

Going to the mailbox is fun right now, since the first of the Trade Me Anything trades have started to arrive. This first one is from Don, and it came in a big old padded envelope.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series 1987 Mini #TM-118 Austin Jackson
Getting:
1984 Green Bay Packers Calendar
A bunch of 2011 Topps inserts
Thoughts:
Wow, the Packers were so bad that they didn't even identify the players pictured on each page by name. I know Lynn Dickey is the QB on the cover, but other than that I don't know too many, as it was still a few years before I would become a faithful fan. This is the type of thing that sellers are hawking at local card shows.
The cards are super great, as I've been letting my want lists languish for a while.

Thanks for the great trade, Don!

By the way, I'm going back to the DVD paired with one or more of the cards I'm letting go, and it's going to be part of a promotion-long contest. Each card will have some connection to the movie sleeve it is pictured with. The first person to correctly identify the connection in the comments will earn a point. I'll be keeping track at the end of each thread throughout TMA, and the person with the most points at the conclusion will win all of the unclaimed cards I'm trading away. (There are plenty left, if you haven't proposed a trade.) So if you're the first to read this, go ahead and make a guess. Believe me, they all won't be this obvious form here on out.

UPDATED STANDINGS:
Night Owl 1

Nightmares on Cardboard 2012 Winner

All of the votes have been tallied quite a while ago, probably a few hours before Ohio was officially spray painted blue on every skating rink in America. Yes, I'm a little late, but that doesn't change the results. This year's winner was Shawn with his House of 1,000 Corpses entry. Congratulations, Shawn!

Maybe this weekend I can finally get the Halloween decorations down from around my house. The black hand towels with ghosts embroidered on them aren't quite the most absorbent, you know.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where'd You Get That?

So I got this card out of a bulk lot. It's listed as being a 2008 issue, while it was in 2009 when that huge UD 20th Anniversary set came out, packaged in multiple sets that year.

So what I want to know is, what set included these 20th Anniversary preview cards? There are a whole bunch of them available, but I can't figure out where you could have gotten them from.