Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pull the Trigger 6.3 ($20)

At last, some baseball cards get added to the pile.

Lot of 2012 Panini Cooperstown Cards

This lot includes #119 Al Lopez, #114 Warren Spahn, #109 Bert Blyleven, and #134 Juan Marichal.

Pull the trigger for these cards plus everything below for $20.

Lot of 3 NFL Rookie Cards

2008 Indiana Jones Heritage Gold Parallel #23 Hidden in Plain Sight (185/500)

Trade Me Anything VIII: #11

Dayf sent me anything shortly before the calendar changed from 2014 to 2015. Let's take a look.

#FF-JS Fond Ferewells John Smoltz, #WSH-MS World Series Heroes Mike Schmidt, #FN-JA1 The Future Is Now Jose Abreu, #US-211 Jordan Schafer Red Hot Foil, #PPA-JU Power Players Justin Upton, #US-225 Luis Avilan Gold (1644/2014)

Ultima II Massage Guy Sketch

Easily my favorite thing in the trade. If you don't know who this is, here's the video.

Tim Howard Sketch Card by dayf

"Beard With Authority," if you catch my drift.

Topps Widevision Phantom Menace #7 Jar Jar Binks Doctored Card

I'll let this one speak for itself.

Pony Card

My daughter has watched this on occasion, so I am pretty sure that the guy who does the voice for this character is the guy who played Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

1976 Isaly's / Sweet William Jimmy Wynn Disc

They need to bring something like these back again, with local businesses sponsoring the back of the disc. I have quite a few different Younts of these.

Pack of Wackosaurs Stickers

Tar Man

Bunch of 2014 Update I Needed

Some Large-Format Brewers and Some More Brewers and a Buck

As always, day's anything was eclectic and entertaining. Thanks, buddy!

Pull the Trigger 6.2 ($20)

Next card on the pile...

2008 Indiana Jones Heritage Gold Parallel #23 Hidden in Plain Sight (185/500)

So I bought a box of this recently and didn't hit any sketch cards or autos. In fact, I'm even a couple cards short of the base set. I appears as if these parallels were purposely distressed, at least on the fronts of the cards, and the backs of the cards have a lighter card stock than the base cards.

For $20 this card can be yours, along with everything you see below. Or you can wait until more is added to pull the trigger.

Lot of 3 NFL Rookie Cards

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pull the Trigger 6.1 ($20)

It's been a long time since I've tried Pull the Trigger, and in that span of time, I've come to realize that I'd been doing it all wrong. The price point was way too high. While the quality was there, or had the potential to get there, it's hard to throw down fifty or a hundred bucks. For this reason, the price will be $20 for whenever someone decides to pull the trigger.

If you forget how this works, here it is. Periodically, I will add cards to a pile. At any time you can claim the cards as your own for the predetermined price. If you see something you like, you might decide to wait a while longer as the pot sweetens, but of course you run the risk of having someone else steal it out from under your nose. You decide when it's time to pull the trigger. When the time comes, just state your intent in the comments. And please make sure you have PayPal available to make payment.

Here's the first item going into the pile.

Lot of 3 NFL Rookie Cards

This lot includes three Topps rookie cards of players who were well known for one reason or another.
2002 #350 Joey Harrington (Inept)
2003 #365 Larry Johnson (Fantasy beast for two years, then dropped off due to injury)
2010 #96 Aaron Hernandez (Murderer)

Stay tuned to see what else will go into the pile, or, if you lack any sort of ideas regarding what constitutes a good value, pull the trigger.

December Group Break Address Confirmation

I've got all of the December Group Break cards packaged and ready to go, and I'd just like to make sure they'll get to the right places. Here's to whom and where they're going.

Jeff on Morningstar
Todd on Sun Glory
Brian on Akard
Broderick to P.O. Box

I'm going off old PayPal invoices, so if you are one of these guys and you are now at a different address, please let me know, preferably before Wednesday, when I plan on mailing them. If this is your current address, do nothing, and wait for your cards to arrive.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Lynch-mas Everyone!

This past year the 1987 Topps Ed Lynch issue received 387,592,383 votes in a nationwide poll determining once and for all the Most Important Baseball Card of the 20th Century. Thanks for canvassing remote neighborhoods and manning the phone banks, guys. All of your efforts helped beat out the '89F Ripken and the '53T Connie Marrero. It was a close race, but our guy came out on top. Take the day off to relax and celebrate Lynch-mas in the traditional style.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 24

December 24, 2014:
1984 Topps #131 Batting Leaders Bill Madlock / Wade Boggs

This disheveled treasure represents how I feel at this point in December. This is the 35th post of the month in a year where the previous high water mark was 10. The kids are in bed and the gifts are under the tree. And in my heart, Bill Madlock is, and will always be, the foremost ambassador of the game.

Merry Christmas, and tomorrow... a savior.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 23

December 23, 2014:
2010 Donruss Americana Panini Century Collection #64 Eddie Murray Game-Worn Item (001/250)

Proof that even a junior-high-aged Eddie Murray is a badder ass than you'll ever be.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Trade Me Anything VIII: #10

Here's a trade coming from Lonestarr. He may not live in Texas, but his trade embodied the "Everything is Bigger" ethos.

#ASR-YD Yu Darvish All-Star Stitches

#US-100 Jose Abreu Gold (1579/2014)

#US-325 Jose Abreu Gold (1375/2014)

#US-61 Ryan Kalish Red Hot Foil

A bunch of action figures

Sadly, some of the more delicate figures didn't survive the trip. Scarecrow got decapitated, and Batman came of his stand. I like the three durable, squat Iron Man guys (no idea what they're called), the Lego tennis player, and what looks to be the Thundercats' Snarf the best. Kevin Youkilis looks on in horror.

Lonestarr sent a couple huge piles of cards. From these, I've picked out my nine favorite things as a full lineup.

Mr. T Sketch Card

If you are a fool, consider yourself pitied.

2009 Topps Opening Day #ODTS-PF Prince Fielder Authentic Ticket Stub (41/99)

So I was actually at that game on the card, and I have the ticket to prove it. I wasn't sitting in the Beautiful People $80 seats, though.

2008 Upper Deck Timeline #19 Prince Fielder Gold Parallel

2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #AS-RB Ryan Braun (392/500)

This is a new one for me. Straight into the Braun binder it will go.

2012 Triple Play #250 Ryan Braun Focus

Mrs. Thorzul often comments that Ryan Braun has creepy eyes. This card pretty much proves it.

2009 Donruss Americana Movie Posters #32 12 Angry Men Henry Fonda Relic (245/500)

What a fantastic film, and what a great card!

Assortment of 1980 Topps Separated Bucks Minis

A shame this Bucks core from the '80s never made it to a championship, getting ousted by the Celtics or 76ers in seven straight seasons.

1988 Topps #286 Chuck Crim

What??? This junk wax issue of a workhorse middle reliever makes the cut? Well, flip the card over and you've got a...

Robin Yount Sketch Card!

Very cool stuff!

2008 Tristar TNA Impact! #44 Traci Brooks

There were a few of these T&A... I mean TNA wrestling cards in the pile, and this one had the biggest... um... turnbuckles.

Thanks, Lonestarr, I hope you enjoy your cards. You've certainly helped me build my collection.

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 22

December 22, 2014:
1992 True Crime II #215 Randy Mock

Cards in the True Crime series demonstrate that crime manifests itself in countless ways. Sometimes unrequited love can drive a man to do strange things. Check out the back for the full story.

The event even inspired a folk singer who calls himself "Jangle Pete" to compose a song about it titled "Cessna Devotion." The 30-second song pre-listen let me know that it's not worth my 99 cents.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 21

December 21, 2014:
2014 Topps Tribute #THRONE-RY Robin Yount Tribute to the Throne Game-Used Bat Green Parallel (10/25)

The back of this card has me conflicted. On the one hand, it mentions Bryce Harper, so that sucks. On the other hand, it talks about how Yount was better than him. Boom.

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 20

December 20, 2014:
2014 Topps MLS Chrome #3 Landon Donovan Xfractor

Saluting a legend who went out on top. I hope to see Landon contributing to US Soccer in the future in some capacity.

2014 Card-vent Calendar: December 19

December 19, 2014:
1993 TSR Dark Sun #58 Dune Runner

According to the back of this card, "a dune runner is an undead elf who died while running to complete a mission." I'm the furthest thing from a D&D expert, but I'm hoping this is one of those tangential characters who pop up in games without posing any real threat. I picture a dune runner doomed to run in a straight line for all eternity, screaming at the top of his lungs while doing so. There's more on the back of the card about constitution points and shock rolls, but I'll just stick with my interpretation.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Trade Me Anything VIII: #9

One of the guys who got into the blogging game right around the same time I did was Kevin, who runs Orioles Card "O" the Day, which has been published nearly every damn day since 2008. He does some excellent work over there, and he send a rather large package what seems like an eternity ago.

Fond Farewells #FF-CR Cal Ripken, Jr.

#US-65 Chad Qualls Black Border (29/63)

#US-188 Paul Maholm Red Hot Foil

#US-169 Chone Figgins Gold (1190/2014)

#US-206 Chris Perez Gold (0140/2014)

Looks like someone's about to get some Dodgers traded to them.

1972 Topps Brewers #386 Jim Colborn, #359 Jon Pavletich, #255 Jim Lonborg

If you look closely at the Lonborg top loader, you can see a once-living thing that came along for the ride.

2014 Topps Heritage #THC-489 Jean Segura Chrome (615/999)

A Starting Lineup figurine of... (Try to take a guess before scrolling. A fan favorite he was not.)

Marc Newfield!

I'll be willing to bet even most die-hard Brewers fans would struggle to remember Newfield, but the team was so bad when he was here that he warranted inclusion in the Starting Lineup lineup. They had to pick somebody, right? Newfield actually played more games for Milwaukee than he did Seattle or San Diego, with his stint here straddling the AL-to-NL changeover.

Three Brachs Peppermint Christmas Tree Nougats

Man, these were always around when I was a kid. It's been a long time since I had one.

Mad Libs book

Watch out, one of these nights I'm going to have a Mad Libs party on Twitter.

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem DVD

Wow, that's cool. I've never seen any of the films in this crossover franchise, but I'm guessing I won't need to have seen the first AVP to enjoy this one. Props on this being a widescreen copy, too. I've probably held this in my had at a used bookstore once or twice, but it's always that piece of shit pan-and-scan.

Thanks for the awesome stuff, Kevin! Heavy on the "anything" plus some sweet cards is a recipe for success.