Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 24

December 24, 2016:
1994 Topps Stadium Club #521 Chan Ho Park

Well there it is, a baseball card that acts as a visual metaphor for the year 2016. Let's all hope we can turn our back on this gaping, exposed butthole of a year. May we all escape the gravity of that black hole and avoid staring into a even more cavernous abyss in 2017.


Merry Christmas, and tomorrow... a savior.

Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 23

December 23, 2016:
2012 Panini Cooperstown #3 Honus Wagner Crystal Collection Parallel (154/299)

The disconnect between the design of this card and its subject is fairly distinct. Part of me wants to get very sick (no vomiting, though) and curl up under Wagner's sweater jersey and have absolutely no one bother me for three days. But then the Crystal Collection border design jerks me back into reality, one where I am relatively healthy and have to do stuff and shit. And there are six kids in my house. Whoops, make that seven. I am on "break."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 22

December 22, 2016:
1972 Topps #203 Tom Beer

As of a few hours ago, I don't have to work until January 3, 2017. Time for a beer.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 21

December 21, 2016:
2015 Panini Black Friday #FK Frank Kaminsky Santa Hat Relic

Festive. One thing I'd like to know: Is this relic from the Santa hat Frank wears almost everywhere he goes, or is it just from the one used in the photo shoot?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 20

December 20, 2016:
1993 Donruss Triple Play #78 Staying Fit

I shudder to think that there might be a Bip Roberts super-collector out there who doesn't have this card in his or her collection. Bip is not credited in writing as appearing on this card, and many online databases and sellers fail to mention his name in their listings. Let this be, then, a public service announcement to those who collect Bip: Bip stays fit. Bip can raise his leg high. Bip is limber.

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 19

December 19, 2016:
1986 Monty Gum Super Wrestling Stars #84 Gary Hart

Gary Hart was one of the masters of the promo. Here he cuts a savage one on Dusty Rhodes.

Now, I you'll excuse me, I've got to get to my TV. I fell asleep during "Roadblock" last night and haven't yet caught up on the matches. Plus, RAW is on now, too.

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 18

December 18, 2016:
1960 Topps #53 Lew Carpenter

I'm comfortable in saying, yep, that's a handsome man.

FACTS:
-Lew Carpenter could fondle your wife's breast, and you'd implore him not to ignore the other one.
-An extract from Lew Carpenter's hair resodded the entire American prairie following the Dust Bowl.
-Crayola registered Lew Carpenter's eye color as its newest crayon, and it sold out in under three minutes.
-Lew Carpenter impregnated three women from Ashwaubenon by merely entering a three-point stance.
-A single, errant smile from Lew Carpenter kicked off the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 17

December 17, 2016:
1973 Topps #302 Terry Crowley

I think Crowley has the right idea here. If you're going to challenge Thurman Munson at the plate, arms flailing like a madman is the way to go. Or perhaps there was a cloud of bees hovering around the third base line. On this particular play, did Munson get pimp slapped, or did Crowley take a hard tag to the face? I suppose I could research it, but that would take some time, and we all know that Holiday in Handcuffs ain't gonna watch itself this afternoon, preppy.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trade Me Anything X #2

Yes, TMA X is still going on. I got a nice little envelope from Kerry in Rose City at least a week ago. This is what Saturdays are for.

Giving:
#TF-2 Yadier Molina Franklin Insert

(A bit of an editorial here: I kind of feel like an advertising insert like this is sort of gross. Yes, the product involved has a direct connection to baseball, but it feels wrong to have this be a card you paid for. Topps certainly didn't pass the savings on to us as a result of this endorsement deal. I say that you should be able to write to Topps and request a free set of these inserts. Seems fair, right?)

Getting:
Kerry sent a nice eclectic stack of cards. Here are some of my favorites:
2014 Topps Update Series #US-167 Jeff Francoeur
Alright, one knocked off my Most Wanted list! Down to one left to finish that set.

A Pair of Giannis Antetokounmpo Cards
It's kind of neat to have the coolest player is the sport on your team. He's not necessarily the best, but he's the shiny new toy that all of the other teams would die to have. I've experienced this only with Brett Favre for long stretches of time. Maybe Ron Dayne on the Badgers circa 2000? Molitor during his hitting streak in 1987, or Rob Deer earlier that year? Someone needs to compile an "It Guy" timeline for every major sport.

2005-06 Upper Deck Portraits #SS-JM Jamaal Magloire Scrapbook Swatches
A decidedly less cool player. I have zero recollection of Magloire being on the Bucks.

2016 ASPCA #182 Flemish Giant Rabbit
Yessssssss, my lagamorphs subset is complete! Seriously, though, this is part of a 200-card set sold at Target this year. Thumbs up to adhering to the Trade Me Aynthing spirit.

1987 MLB Pins Offer
"Only" $3.50 each. That's $7.44, adjusted for inflation. Thanks, but I'll pass on collecting the whole set and pay my rent instead.

2007 Topps Distinguished Service #DS30 Richard Bong

While Wisconsin-born "Dick" Bong is not the legendary figure he should be here in his home state, a sign with his name on it sure is. Located about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee is the Bong Recreation Area, a part of the state parks system. There's a sign indicating which freeway exit to take to arrive there, and it's become an integral part of stoner culture here. Sure, it's about as unsophisticated as a joke can get, but you could earn some local creed by wearing this T-shirt.

Thanks for the trade, Kerry! RCTID

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 16

December 16, 2016:
1995 Graffiti Goldeneye #037 Food For Thought

I'll bet you never thought that you'd wake up this morning and get to see a picture of James Bond's Q eating a big-ass sloppy sandwich. Just one of those little surprises that make life worth living.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 15

December 15, 2016:
2008 Tristar TNA #4 A.J. Styles

My #1 sports highlight of 2016 (aside from the Portland Timbers' Nightmare on Elm Street tifo) was getting to go to Monday Night RAW in Green Bay on Memorial Day. This was the night A.J. Styles turned heel by joining The Club in a John Cena beatdown. This was a much-maligned episode of RAW, but the insanely long-lasting "Let's go, Cena / A.J. Styles" chant was one of the coolest moments of the year for the WWE. Glad to have an earlier Styles card. The Card-vent Calendar is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 14

December 14, 2016:
1997 Donruss Elite #146 Derek Bell

One theory on why Derek Bell "ain't never hit in spring training": He ain't never swung six bats at one time. He be bound to hit somethin' swinging six bats. Had he taken this approach, he might have been a Pittsburgh Pirates legend by now. Oh well.

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 13

December 13, 2016:
1995 Assets Sprint Radek Bonk Phone Card #6138

Yay, one minute of long distance. Ninety-five percent of this desperate call home to my folks gets spent on my dad answering and then going to find my mom. Guaranteed. Life-or-death situation.

Radek Bonk, I must say I admire you and your quick telephone conversations. Straight to the point. Too bad I cannot call Canada on one of these. With one minute, I could especially specify the temperature and gravy ratio of the poutine I want delivered.

Monday, December 12, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 12

December 12, 2016:
2015 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania Rusev Authentic Shirt Relic

Hmmm, a shirt relic of a guy who pretty much never wears a shirt. RUSEV MACHKA!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 11

December 11, 2016:
1974 Topps #106 Mel Renfro

Dang, now that's a hairstyle that splits the uprights. You could land a Boeing 747 down that runway. It's rare that you see grown-ups playing professional nowadays, glad to see they did once upon a time.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 10

December 10, 2016:
1997 Fleer Ultra #64 Alan Trammell

Alan Trammell's puttin' together a special team. They're gonna be doin' one thing, and one thing only:
Killin' Nazis.

Sooouuund GOOD???

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 9

December 9, 2016:
2013 Topps Tribute #95 Robin Yount Orange Parallel (48/50)

Well, I guess that since we're getting an orange president pretty soon, an orange Yount is fairly appropriate. Come to think of it, Yount would make a good president. In fact, I'd imagine he would pledge to build a wall, just like the actual president-elect.

Yes, a wall.

A wall he could hit home runs over.

Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 8

December 8, 2016:
1998 Topps Lords of the Diamond #LD11 Darin Erstad

Pissant?
I'd say so. Most of the major ingredients are there. He pretty much earns the status on the basis of the spelling of his first name alone.
Pissants of the Diamond.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016 Card-vent Calendar: December 7

December 7, 2016:
2013 Topps MLS #138 Jack Jewsbury

May your post-retirement Timbers front office serve you well, Captain Jack. Thank you for being a part of that magical 2015 MLS Cup run.

Trade Me Anything X #1

The first trade of the tenth edition of Trade Me Anything made its way to me this weekend. Due to the overly generous heft of the package and my busy schedule, I'm finally getting around to showing it off. Like a drunk Scotsman, it's time to lift and dangle. P-town Tom sent this bunch of awesome stuff.

Giving:
#US67 Blake Snell and #US281 Anthony Rizzo


Getting:
Shut the Box Game
The last time I can remember seeing this was in the lake cabin my family would rent for a week when I was a kid. It was in this mysterious back room of a place in Redgranite, WI, among an operational gum ball machine, a shitload of rubber neon fishing lures, and a dartboard. I think my family will have fun playing this, especially if Daddy can win some wagered allowance money back from his kids, those easy marks.

Pizza Puzzle
I like pizza. I like puzzles. The last puzzle I did was before children. It was a panoramic view of Times Square.

Lot of 54 1993 Topps Gold Cards
Woo-hoo! That knocked a HUGE chunk out of my want list. Probably my favorite part of the trade.

A Random Bunch of Cards
Most of the cards fit the theme of either "patriotic" or "sexy." Some both.

Two 2010 Topps Cereal Boxes...

...filled with old packs of cards!
Most of these packs are from sets I'm currently trying to piece together. Maybe I'll hit a string of good luck and get some of the cards I need.

Two John Grisham Paperbacks
The last Grisham novel I've read was The King of Torts. I hope to find the time to jump into one of these soon.


TMA-X is off to a terrific start. Thanks, Tom!