Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nightmares on Cardboard VI: The Final Hours

I have way too much to do tonight to do any of the submissions justice. If you've procrastinated on your Fear the Fleer project, you have until the stroke of midnight to turn it in. Spooky dreams, everyone.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Completion! Super-Sparkly Parallel Edition

Five years is a relatively long time to spend building any set. The amount of time spent building a set, in combination with the set's difficulty level, helps determine the enjoyment felt when it's finally completed. 2008 Topps Chrome was a set with a lot of different parallels, my favorite being the Xfractor. These were available only in retail packs, which made them less available than the regular refractors and some of the other colored parallels.

The other day, the last six cards I needed arrived at my house. They came from far-flung corners of the earth, from three or four different sellers. As you will see, I waited until the end to pick up some of the key cards in this set. Let's look at the final six.

#5 Miguel Cabrera
Maybe I could have gotten this for a bit less before last year's Triple Crown season, but the price was still reasonable.


#40 Robinson Cano
Pretty neat with the picture taken at Fenway with deep left field visible behind Cano.


#47 Tim Lincecum
Still a very collectible player despite seeming more mortal in recent seasons.


#161 Asdrubal Cabrera
Only player I needed who's not really a star.


#193 Evan Longoria
Had to pay through the nose for this one, but an accepted Best Offer made it hurt a bit less.


#196 Joey Votto
Ditto on Votto.


That might close the book on this product. So far I've completed the base set, the rookie autographs, the 50th Anniversary Team inserts, the Trading Card History inserts, and the Xfractor parallels. The Mickey Mantle Story and Home Run History are probably also within reach, but something I've not actively pursued. I also like the look of the blue refractors, but that's a mountain I'd rather not climb right now. I'll just enjoy this accomplishment for the moment.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pull the Trigger 5.8 ($100)

This next addition to the lot should make it more attractive to somebody.
Yogi Berra Dover Reprint of 1951 Bowman

I got this in a random lot of cards. It's not really something I would collect, but it might be the closest I ever get to owning this card. This one looks to have been part of an entire sheet of cards, judging from the perforated edges on the right and bottom sides. Yogi looks great and has found a clear path to the grandstand.

Pull the trigger for $100.00 and you also get:
Lot of 8 Star Base Cards

Lot of 19 1984 Donruss Cards

1978 Topps #100 George Brett

Lot of 61 2008 Topps Heritage High Cards

Lot of 7 1984 Topps Star/Leader Cards

2007 Topps '52 Rookies #52S-TM Travis Metcalf Red AUTO (20/52)

Two 1978 Cards

Lot of 2001 Pacific Football Cards

Friday, October 25, 2013

CC: The Resurrection

It was a mixture of disbelief, joy, panic, and worry when I found out there was going to be a new CC Sabathia card depicting him as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Heck, it has been over four years since any new CC-as-a-Brewer cards have been produced, and I really thought we were done. Once the Yankees signed him in 2009, the Milwaukee well started to dry up, and it's been pinstripes ever since.

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #286


Sure, it says "Brewers" nowhere on this card, and this is a logo-less product, but the big Milwaukee pennant makes this unmistakably collectible. There are two parallels of this card, one of which I've already obtained and will show off later, the other of which still eludes me. If you think you have the one I need, I will certainly trade heavily in your favor for it.

Those stats: 11-2, 1.65 ERA. Damn.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pull the Trigger 5.7 ($100)

Yeah, not really trying too hard on this one. I just have a pile of doubles that needs to leave the house. Maybe there's someone in here you don't have.

Lot of 8 Star Base Cards

The '87 Reggie is kind of an underrated card, and the 1990 Nolan Ryan is the first card in a set that I think gets too much hate. Brady Anderson... well, he just sort of snuck in there.


Pull the trigger for $100.00 and you also get:
Lot of 19 1984 Donruss Cards

1978 Topps #100 George Brett

Lot of 61 2008 Topps Heritage High Cards

Lot of 7 1984 Topps Star/Leader Cards

2007 Topps '52 Rookies #52S-TM Travis Metcalf Red AUTO (20/52)

Two 1978 Cards

Lot of 2001 Pacific Football Cards

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Remember When...?

Remember when the Bucks were good?

No, this isn't a joke. The Milwaukee Bucks actually won the NBA championship back in 1971. Sure, no one really cared at the time, and the finals were even on tape delay, but that banner certainly still hangs in our arena.

I picked up this card the other day. Two absolute legends and a solid player in his own right.


The back of this card is even more telling than the front. The Bucks back then had four of the top 10 (actually, the top 7) shooting percentage leaders. Now, we have a team that hasn't been relevant since 2001. The team is in a perpetual no-man's land, hovering right around that 8th playoff spot, the exact last place you want an NBA franchise to be.


Still, I manage a whispered, "Go Bucks."

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pull the Trigger 5.6 ($100)

I really need to stop slow playing this $100 lot. Here's some good stuff for the pile.
Lot of 19 1984 Donruss Cards

1984 Topps is the hipster archetype of the collecting game. If it had to find an apartment, it would live in a repurposed factory space in a gentrified neighborhood. It has a tech job that requires only three days of work per week. And its inserts? Ehhh, you probably haven't heard of them. Still, it's a nice set and there are some decent cards in this little lot.

Pull the trigger for $100.00 and you also get:
1978 Topps #100 George Brett

Lot of 61 2008 Topps Heritage High Cards

Lot of 7 1984 Topps Star/Leader Cards

2007 Topps '52 Rookies #52S-TM Travis Metcalf Red AUTO (20/52)

Two 1978 Cards

Lot of 2001 Pacific Football Cards

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nightmares on Cardboard 2013


That time of year is once again upon us, the month when every noise can make you a wee bit jumpier, the stores only sell food laced with pumpkin spice, and the temperature finally dips back down into the 70s. Along with the changing leaves, the one thing humankind can count on is another installment of Nightmares on Cardboard. Yes, it's time to fire up your image manipulating program of choice, pop a VHS copy of Hellraiser into your DVD/VCR combo unit, and feverishly create.

The theme for this year's contest is...

Yeah, I'm sure you already read it when you opened this post, but for the sake of redundancy, I'm asking contributors to Fear the Fleer. Create a scary card, a whole monster box of cards, a cobweb-filled wax box, or whatever... just make sure it's Fleer. Fleer from the '60s, Fleer from the '80s, hell, Fleer from the period when Upper Deck just licensed its name. Venture anywhere you want on this one, reference a movie, a true crime, or just get weird with it.

There will be prizes for the top three submissions. Not sure what they are yet, but I'll try to pick something good. This year I'll be going back to the former dictatorial style of determining a winner. Experiments with democracy in this day and age simply don't work. (Just kidding, last year's winner was totally deserving.)

If you wish to enter, you have until October 26 (a Saturday) to submit your entry to me. Email me at bill13boehm@yahoo.com 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.