Monday, April 29, 2013

George Costanza Collected

The other night I was watching a Seinfeld rerun. "The Doorman" was one of those episodes that usually gets left off of top 10 lists for the series (with good reason), but still has its moments. The most memorable sequence involves Kramer's invention of the male support undergarment, or "Bro." (Later changed to "Manssiere.")

While watching, something caught my eye. In this episode, Frank Costanza, newly separated from Estelle, is living with George for the time being. Frank asks Kramer to return his hi-fi so he can listen to some cha-cha records. Soon, Frank, Kramer, and George want to get something to eat, and Frank decides to change his shirt. It's in this scene where something in the background jumps out at you, if you're a collector.

It's a promo poster for 1995 Score. This is the type of thing one would commonly see in the late 1980s and early 1990s at places called "card shops," small businesses specializing in sports cards and related memorabilia. By 1995, the decline had already begun, with many collectors leaving the hobby. Some returned, some stayed away, but George Costanza was a constant. He loved 1995 Score more than any other set that year, never really having jumped on the Finest bandwagon. It can be assumed that Frank Costanza caught the collecting bug after his days as an Army cook in Inchon, Korea, 1950. The end of his tour of duty could have coincided fairly well with the release of the iconic 1952 Topps set, and George must have naturally followed in his father's footsteps.

Here's a close look at the poster. You can watch the whole scene here.

Yup, George collected.

Thorzul's Card Draft: Monday Morning Preview

Here's another look at some of the cards that will be available in Thorzul's Card Draft. If you think it looks like some autographs in there, you'd be right.

It's not too late to get in, still a bunch of spots left. If you're still in the dark as to what this is, check it out and sign up here.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thorzul's Card Draft: More Cards Previewed

Here is another look at some of the cards that will be available in the upcoming Thorzul's Card Draft. You can sign up and get full info here.

There are still eight spots available. The early bird special is no longer in effect, so all spots will now be $25. Note the Rickey Henderson 2009 SP Legends card, a pretty nice pick-up that is likely to go early.

Group Break Reminder: Thorzul's Card Draft

I know I posted the original announcement on a Friday night, so many of you may have missed this. You can still get in on the upcoming card draft, but time's running out to take advantage of the discounted entry fee. Read all about it and sign up here. Basically, $25, 20 great cards.

Also, if you've signed up and haven't paid yet, please do so.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thorzul's Card Draft: Now Open!

Today I'd like to introduce the inaugural edition of the Thorzul Card Draft. Instead of a standard group break, cheapie or otherwise, I'm going to be holding a card draft. I have lots of leftovers from some past group breaks, and I've picked up a few more lots of cards. This break is going to have patch cards, jersey cards, autograph cards, star cards, inserts, parallels, unopened packs, and most importantly, no junk. Each participant is going to walk away with 20 cards from the pile. Let me give you a preview of a small portion of what's going to be up for grabs:

Every card you see in this picture is going to be part of the draft. There are 68 jersey or patch cards pictured here, and there will be 300 cards to choose from in all. The vast majority will be baseball cards, but there will be some other stuff thrown in as well.

The draft will not be taking place live, and it will most likely not take place all in one sitting. Participants will send me a card ranking list, and then I will work out the draft, serpentine style. (To illustrate, in this 15-member draft, the person randomly assigned the first pick will not choose until the 30th pick, and the person with the 15th pick gets the 16th as well.)

While I am waiting for more cards to arrive and selecting some others, you can still claim one of the coveted spots. As I've stated, this card draft will be limited to 15 participants, with each participant getting 20 cards. The entrance cost will be $25. Individuals may claim and pay for as many spots as they wish. As soon as your spot is confirmed, please send payment to: bill13boehm@yahoo.com
Please remember to include your screen name and address with payment.

All cards that are part of the draft will be named and pictured, and then participants will be given instructions on choosing picks along with a deadline.

As the weekend goes on, I will be adding more pictures of cards that will be part of the draft. As a reward to early adopters, you may claim your spot or spots for only $24 apiece until the next batch of cards is revealed. One that happens, the price goes back up to $25. This should be fun, and everyone should end up with a nice pile of cards.

Card Draft Spots
1. Kevin (paid)
2. daddyohoho (paid)
3. The Diamond King (paid)
4. Pat (paid)
5. Hank C (paid)
6. BS (paid)
7. AdamE (paid)
8. madding (paid)
9. Mark (paid)
10. Chris Mays (paid)
11. Motherscratcher (paid)
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.8

Last time I put up some modern cards of some classic players. Today, let's go for the real thing.

1959 Topps #499 Johnny O'Brien

O'Brien played his last season for the Braves in '59 after several in Pittsburgh and a stop in St. Louis. There are some other fun facts about him on his Wiki page. Today would be a great day to pull the trigger on this $50 lot. Remember you'll also get:

1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Lot of 10


Three 1999 Topps Lance Berkman Cards


Lot of 10 Early-1980s Basketball Cards


Lot of 20 Random Hockey Cards


Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards


1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.7

More cards for the pile. The price is still $50 if you want to pull the trigger.

1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Lot of 10


Plus:
Three 1999 Topps Lance Berkman Cards


Lot of 10 Early-1980s Basketball Cards


Lot of 20 Random Hockey Cards


Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards


1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.6

The concept of "rookie card" is pretty much meaningless now, but for the sake of argument, let's say I'm adding some rookies cards of a (fading) star player to the pile.

Three 1999 Topps Lance Berkman Cards

The price of the lot is still $50. Pull the trigger now, or wait to see what gets added.

Lot of 10 Early-1980s Basketball Cards


Lot of 20 Random Hockey Cards


Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards


1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.5

This weekend the NBA playoffs start, so let's add some B-ball cards to the stack.

Lot of 10 Early-1980s Basketball Cards

This lot includes 7 cards from the 1981-82 Topps set and 3 cards from the 1986-87 Fleer set. Sorry, no Jordan rookie here.

Fifty bucks gets you this Sikma-hevy lot, plus everything below. Pull the trigger.

Lot of 20 Random Hockey Cards


Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards


1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.4

While this probably isn't the item that will make someone pull the trigger, I had to add these so they would possibly find a good home. I'm afraid I just don't appreciate hockey cards as much as someone else might.

Lot of 20 Random Hockey Cards

There's a good mix of years and brands, and I know there is one serial numbered card, if you're into that kind of thing.

For fifty bucks you can revisit some of the most unpronounceable names in the NHL, along with everything seen below.

Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards


1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.3

Added to the pile, a set most meaningful to me for Ryan Braun's rookie card. No Braun in this lot, but still some mice cards.

Lot of 56 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Cards

As you can see, there are early cards of Matt Kemp and Felix Hernandez, plus more in the pile of Carlos Quentin, Jay Bruce, and a couple of Griffeys.

Pull the trigger for $50, and you also get:
1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich


Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.2

Going slightly vintage. More cards added, the price is still $50.00.

1977 Topps Darrell Evans, 1973 Topps John Vukovich

And the reason there aren't many low-angle shots on baseball cards anymore is...?
Think about that, then think about pulling the trigger on Evans, Vukovich, and everything else you see here:

Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards


2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pull the Trigger 4.1

Even with a Triple Threads AUTO, I wasn't expecting the lot to go with only one item, so let's sweeten it up a bit. Pull the trigger for $50.00.

Lot of 122 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cards

There are some doubles in this lot, but plenty of stars and rookies, plus the fun little history cards.

And with that you get:
2008 Topps Triple Threads Curtis Granderson AUTO Bat x1, Jersey x2 (49/50)