Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pull the Trigger 1.4

The Allen & Ginter original wasn't enough to get someone to pull the trigger, so I'm adding some newer stuff. I tried to get rid of this in a zoolBay auction in 2011, but no one wanted it then.
2010 Allen & Ginter Lot

This lot includes the following:
*124 base cards
*24 This Day in History cards
*12 Short Prints (310 313 321 324 328 329 330 332 336 338 343 348)
*4 Baseball Sketches (3 4 8 11)

A hundred bucks gets you the Allen & Ginter lot, plus:
1887 Allen & Ginter N3 Arms of All Nations Crossbow
Lot of 66 1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects
2011 Topps #330 Phil Rizzuto Legends SP
1,000+ Football Cards
Pull the trigger for $100, or let it ride and hope no one else claims it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pull the Trigger 1.3

One more item for the pile. I'd be surprised if it doesn't get claimed at this point.

1887 Allen & Ginter N3 Arms of All Nations Crossbow
The condition on this is less than stellar, but a major plus is that the back is fully intact. Unlike many Ginter originals, this has never been taped or pasted into a book, and all of the print is fully legible.

A hundred bucks will get you this card, plus...
Lot of 66 1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects
2011 Topps #330 Phil Rizzuto Legends SP
1,000+ Football Cards
Pull the trigger for $100, or let it ride and hope no one else claims it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pull the Trigger #1.2

The first Pull the Trigger is still unclaimed, so another item goes into the kitty.

Lot of 66 1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects

This is a pretty nice lot of cards that I'm getting rid of because I'm not a huge fan of minor league cards. This lot includes a Roy Halladay, Mike Lowell, Lance Berkman, and Ricky Williams (yeah, that football Ricky Williams guy).

If you want this lot of cards, plus...
2011 Topps #330 Phil Rizzuto Legends SP
1,000+ Football Cards
...stake your claim in the comments. The price is still $100, so pull the trigger now, or press your luck and wait for another item to be added.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pull the Trigger #1.1

No one wanted the football cards for $100, so I'm adding another item to the pile. If you don't know what this is all about, check it out here.

2011 Topps #330 Phil Rizzuto Legends SP
The football cards

If you want all of the items above for $100, leave a comment expressing this. If you want to wait and see what will be added next, it's your prerogative.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bip Roberts: First Contact

So a few nights ago, on a whim, I decided to send a Tweet to a famous sportsman. I had forgotten about it, so I was surprised when I got this alert in my inbox:

Dude!

That is FUCKING AWESOME! Bip Roberts is aware of Bipping! He herd! He called me "siir!"

It's like being there when the first machine achieves consciousness. Forget AI, this is Strong AI.

So what's our next step, ladies and gentlemen? Give me your suggestions, and I'll ponder which course of action is the best to pursue.

Pull the Trigger #1.0

Over the last few months, eBay selling has been really horrible. I've had people win auctions and then refuse to pay, and most of my items have remained unsold. I'm trying to clean up my card area a bit, so there's clearly stuff that just needs to go. What I'm going to do is offer it up to readers in a sale that's part auction, part game of chicken. An unsold eBay item will go up for sale at a fixed price. If you want to claim the item at that price, state your intentions in the comments. If a few days pass and nobody buys the item, I will add something else to the pile, but the price remains unchanged. Sure, you could see something you want and wait for more stuff to get added, but then you're taking the chance that someone will swoop down and snatch it away from you.

Here's the first item:
One Lot of At Least 1,000 Football Cards
This lot includes everything you see in the picture, including a Topps Mayo silk card of Philadelphia Eagle Darren Howard numbered 2/5, a couple of Topps Mayo autographs, six jersey cards (including Marshall Faulk), a bunch of serial numbered cards (including Ray Lewis), and some inserts. Some of the base cards in this lot come from 2009 Topps Mayo, 1997 Topps Stadium Club, and 2001 Pacific. There are a lot of Pacific Ltd. Edition serial numbered cards, some as low as 45 and 99. There are also some Topps base cards from the 1970s and 1980s, not in great shape, but fun to have. There are also many random cards from sets made in the 2000s. There are probably around 1,100 or 1,200 cards in the lot, but I'm calling it 1,000 to be on the safe side.

Maybe there's a hundred dollars' worth of cards there, maybe not. If you want these, go ahead and stake your claim, but if not, wait until I add something new to the pile. A hundred bucks takes it.

(By the way, you can right click on the picture if you have a PC, or control click on it if you have a Mac, if you want to see a full-size picture of the cards.)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thorzul's Most Wanted

For quite some time I've had a Thorzul's Most Wanted section in the sidebar, but have never really brought any attention to it. Today is the day I make it get up in front of the class and recite a poem. I'll usually try to keep it to five cards or less, and they will most likely be base cards and low-level inserts, maybe something that will turn an 8-card page into a finished gem or something like that.

If you ever notice that you have something from the list and want to trade, just let me know.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Trade Me Anything VI: #15

We're extending the record for the longest Trade Me Anything window. The latest one comes from Max.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Blockbusters #BB-17 Catfish Hunter
Yeah, a very obvious Blu-ray background photo, but too delicious to pass up. I've had this for a couple years, and it's just become relevant again with the Te'o scandal. Highly recommended film, if not 100% believable.
And a whole big bunch of Blockbusters and a Madison Bumgarner '87 Mini

Getting:
2005 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch #PT-6 Ben Sheets Game-Used Bat (045/250)
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Team Tandems #TT-73 Richie Sexson / Lyle Overbay (025/150)
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade #TT-120 Gary Sheffield Red Parallel (134/250)
Thanks for some sweet Brewers, Max!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

'88 Topps Appreciation

Here's where all the doubles went.

'88 TOPPS CELLO

Here's the pack. Turns out I would be a horrible bookmaker. When setting the odds, I forgot to take into account the All-Stars.

433 Bill Pecota
64 Ken Caminiti
465 Paul Molitor
392 Dave Winfield All Star
439 Dave Martinez
591 Doug Drabek
200 Wade Boggs
533 John Farrell
722 Manny Lee
383 Eric Bell
761 Tony Armas
67 Ken Oberkfell
451 Keith Atherton
419 Scott McGregor
365 Floyd Youmans
163 Dale Mohorcic
205 Nelson Liriano
391 Kirby Puckett All Star
306 Billy Hatcher
201 Rangers Leaders
729 Blue Jays Leaders
371 Joe Hesketh
387 Willie Randolph All Star
276 Luis Salazar
351 Cardinals Leaders
697 Steve Lombardozzi
293 Doug Jones
154 Jeff Stone

That's four HOFers out of 28 cards. I also needed 17 in the pack, making it a dynamite affair. Yes, that's the sad state of affairs of my 1988 Topps set.

'BOUT TO OPEN A '88 TOPPS CELLO.

OVER/UNDER ON HALL OF FAMERS IS 1.5. WHAT'S YOUR CALL?

PLACE YOUR PURELY THEORETICAL BETS IN THE COMMENTS.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Y'all's Some Pervs

Apparently y'all be lovin' some nips, and y'all don't even care if she's got a pig nose.

A quick data check this weekend showed that if you clicked on the Lesbian Love Scene post, you likely clicked the option of seeing the uncensored version of the picture. Consider my faith in mankind restored.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Trade Me Anything VI: #14

Unbelievably, the trades keep on coming in. The only person suffering for this is reader Jordan, who won the DVD background contest but whose unclaimed cards I haven't sent yet. Don't worry, I'll get to it soon. This batch comes from Pat at Hot Corner.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Gold #293 Eric Thames (0274/2012), #US86 Anibal Sanchez (1477/2012), #US266 Brandon Lyon (0413/2012), and Gold Sparkle #US8 Luis Perez

Getting:
Pat sent a whole bunch of stuff. Just as the human eye generally gravitates toward the color yellow, it also gravitates towards the bits of Chalupa caught in the recesses of Brian Wilson's beard. Since you're not really looking at anything else, here are five interesting things in this pile.
A Couple of Topps Coins
1988 Topps Cello Pack
A Few 2012 Topps Update Cards I Need
2000-01 Topps Reserve Jason Collier Graded PSA 8
That's the most random card I could have imagined.
1993 Milk Bone Superstars Ben McDonald
Whew, if this had been released in 1990, kids would have been killing each other for these like they were Charlotte Hornets Starter jackets.
Great trade, complete with some awesome junkwax to open on a cold day.

By the way, this is the most challenging DVD cover connection I've done. You'll never get it without a hint, so I'll give you one. Focus on Eric Thames and forget the others. Also, I could have used other movies to make the connection, such as this...
...this...
...or this.
Happy guessing!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Trade Me Anything VI: #13 (Part 3)

The final thing in dayf's trade:
Drawing of Thorzul as Pony (Pencil on 8 1/2 x 11" paper)
Pretty cool, even if Pony isn't your thing. Actually, if I were to get into Pony, I would have to go all out and start a website called Ponykov written from the perspective of an intense Russian Brony. It would be awesome, I assure you.

Alright, here's the deal. The question I get most often has to do with the name of this blog. I've never publicly answered it, and there may be one reader who has figured it out, since you would have to have been a student in a Wisconsin elementary school at a very specific time to get it.

Here goes.
The name Thorzul is taken from the educational television series "Storylords." You can check out its Wikipedia page here if you want the official backstory. The show was produced in the mid-1980s by the University of Wisconsin-Stout (one of the satellite campuses of the UW system), and it was focused on building reading comprehension. The protagonist of the series, a boy named Norbert, has to use his reading skills as a Storylord to thwart the attempts of the evil mastermind Thorzuul to turn the citizens of the land of Mojuste to stone. Yes, the original Thorzuul, played by actor Larry Laird, spells his name with two u's. I changed it to one.

This is the part I may be totally wrong on, but I sort of remember there being a line in one of the episodes, spoken either my Thorzuul or his assistant/flunky/chauffeur Milkbreath claiming that, "Thorzuul will rule." If you want to look up the episodes on YouTube, sit through all of them until you find the line, and email me with a link, I'd be eternally grateful. Although to be fair, it might not even exist.

From the dawn of readily accessible internet, Thorzul has been my handle, kind of based off a split-second decision. And that's the story. Any questions?

Actually, I have one question of my own. In this drawing, Pony says, "What do?" What does that mean?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

How Not to Shoot a Lesbian Love Scene in an Erotic Thriller

Allow me to offer a bit of backstory. A few years ago, I purchased a large cardboard box full of genre DVDs on eBay. Now, this was a large lot, and with a couple of 50-movie collections, there are close to 150 movies in all, if not more. These discs stay out of my collection proper because, well, they just aren't very good, and I'll likely get rid of most of them. I'm not even talking low budget, many of these are no budget, talentless affairs produced by individuals who slept through even their most elementary film classes. They struggle to achieve comprehensive narrative, clearly audible dialogue, or competent lighting. Yet, I am going to sit through every last one of them before passing them on to someone else.

Well, the other night I popped in a movie called Blind Target. The director of this feature is Jess Franco, the many-pseudonymed Spanish filmmaker who specializes in erotic exploitation. He was at the helm of one of the classics of the genre, Vampyros Lesbos (1971), starring one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the Earth, Soledad Miranda. When I saw Franco's name on the cover of this DVD, I was confused, since it didn't seem like his type of faire.
Okay, so I popped it in with somewhat higher expectations than normal. However, the film, like most of the others to emerge from that box, failed to hold my attention. True to my mission, though, I left it on while doing other things on my laptop. The whole thing was shot on video, and the picture quality was closer to VHS-C than any other format. The Spanish cast read their lines in English, but were later dubbed by native English voice actors.

About twenty minutes in, however, something finally starts to happen. The lead actress seduces/is seduced by another female actor on a seaside balcony. Things start to get hot and heavy, and clothes start coming off (of one of them). The erotic drama proceeds from there, still out on the balcony. You know the point where a movie love scene gets so passionate that the aggressor just takes his or her partner and pins them against a wall? Well, in this case it was a closed sliding door. Look for yourself.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how not to shoot a lesbian love scene in an erotic thriller. When they say, "Put 'em on the glass," they're talking about other body parts.

If you wish to see an uncensored version of this screen capture, click here.

Trade Me Anything VI: #13 (Part 2)

After the Beckett and the Star Wars instructions, the next thing to emerge from the trade was a large pack of something Pony. Looks like you get an action figure and a card, but the pack is too flat for that, plus, the bottom looks a little hinky.
Out spilled a couple of non-sport packs, one Star Trek and one Superman II. It's a tough call to figure out which is better.
Terence Stamp > Anyone associated with the original series, but this is TNG, my series of choice. I probably wrote about this before, but once with birthday money I bought a 1990 Score factory set and a Worf bookmark. I later returned a book to the library with Worf still in it, but found it again on the shelf a few weeks later.
No matter, since the Superman pack is another ruse embedded within the original Pony ruse. The wax seal on the pack was tainted, and the first card to appear was an advert for Arthur Adams Trading Cards. It's got that Todd McFarlane style of art I hate so much. Yuck. The rest of the oddball cards in this pack are better. I'll share them here in order of preference.
1982 Topps E.T. #51 THEIR HOME BESEIGED!
This is one of my favorite set designs of all-time, even though I don't really care too much for the movie. I would love for Topps to make a set for some new movie with the same card stock.
2005 Topps #TT-BH Ben Hendrickson Team Topps AUTO
Yeah, I don't remember him too well, either. He's part of the brotherhood, though, grail chest tattoo or not, so into the binder it goes.
1990 Alien Nation #56
I'm pretty proud of myself for figuring this one out, given the limited abount of information available. The back of the card just has a few letters of a puzzle. This seller has a set for sale for a reasonable price and for some reason has a photo of every card.

2012 Pony #12 Sweetie Belle
Now I haz pony.
1989 Back to the Future Part II Sticker #4
I have friends who would sit and watch these with their siblings every weekend, but I never got too into them. Part II was definitely my favorite, though, mostly for the sports almanac and the fantasies associated with it. One bet would be all it would take: In the winter of 1990-91, put everything you own on the Braves and Twins playing in the 1991 World Series. What would those odds have been, like 10,000:1?
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #3-D 4 and 3-D Pince-Nez
Another series I never cared for too much. Sorry for not watching it, I was probably the deciding Nielsen non-vote that got it cancelled. And as for Spielberg-helmed TV series, Amazing Stories or GTFO!
Don't miss our next episode: Dang, Your Breff Smell Like Milk!... or Readers Rejoice!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Trade Me Anything VI: #13 (Part 1)

I don't think Trade Me Anything has run into January before. I have no problem with it, though. With the rush of the holidays and the Card-vent Calendar suddenly ending, I usually hit a January lull. The Cardboard Junkie has awoken the savage beast.

Giving:
2012 Topps Update Series Gold #305 Chipper Jones (1758/2012), 1987 Mini #TM-138 Brandon Beachy
Getting:
Okay, I could write this trade up in one mammoth post with life references stretching all the way back to 1988. The important content would get lost in a post that three people will read late on a Friday night, and one of the biggest reveals in the history of this blog would turn out to be, in the parlance of Saint Ron Wolf, "a fart in the wind."
Or, I could wring three separate posts out of the trade while anticipation mounts.

I'm going with the latter.
Beckett Baseball Card Monthly #90 September 1992
Hmm, already picked this up at a card show for a dollar almost three years ago. My house has two bathrooms, though, and I can only read Our Dumb World so many times. A tepid win.
Star Wars CCG Rules Insert
I don't know what it is with me, but I can never seem to wrap my head around rules for games like these. Dungeons & Dragons, too. I never really knew any people well enough who were into games like this, or Magic: The Gathering, so I never got a hand-holding experience that would lead a noob like myself into the culture. I even picked up a couple of D&D starter sets back in middle school, but I couldn't make heads or tails of how to start. There was even a point where I owned what might be considered a rudimentary baseball RPG card game, a forerunner to things that showed up later like MLB Showdown. Pretty neat, but I just played war with it.

Don't miss our next episode: Equine Subterfuge... or Kneel Before, Um, Zod, Maybe?

Oh, and feel free to guess the card/DVD connection. No prize, other than less shame.