Monday, January 22, 2018

TTM Triumph: Mike Woodson

The successes have been rolling in as of late, most being of 1989-90 Hoops variety, so let's take a quick look at one of said recent successes:

Mike was member of the 1979 Men's team that won gold at the 1979 Pan American Games. Even though he spent eleven seasons playing in the NBA, the former Hoosiers standout, is probably now best known for the 21 seasons that he has served as an assistant/head coach in the NBA.

As always, many thanks go out to Mr. Woodson for taking the time to sign my card.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

And then there were four

                     
Back in April of last year, I did a quick post about only needing fifteen more cards to complete my 2013 Panini Cooperstown Green Crystal Shard parallel set. Now, nine months later, I'm doing another somewhat quick post about being down to only needing four more cards to complete the set.

All of the cards being shown here today were part of my post Black Friday COMC shipment, most of which, had been sitting in my account for the last six months or so. Even though it's really tough to wait some times, I just can't bring myself to pay to have my stockpile shipped, when I know that free shipping will be available come Black Friday.





With these guy's out of the way, only Honus Wagner, Rod Carew, Mike Schmidt, and Jimmie Foxx are left. The first three on that list are currently available on COMC, but in my mind, are overpriced. And the fourth (Foxx), is conveniently the only card from the 100-card set that isn't for sale on the site. Now that I'm so close to completion , I'm hoping that it's not too much of a stretch to say that, barring some sort of catastrophe, I should have this set wrapped up by year's end... which I'm kind of excited about, primarily because it will be the first parallel set that I've ever completed.

There were a few other non-green 2013 Cooperstown parallels in the shipment as well, and since I'm not really wanting to do a separate post for them, I thought I'd shoehorn in a couple of red's, and a gold, here at the end of this one:



I still have a ways to go on the red crystal's, and even further so on the gold's, so I don't think it'll be too much of a stretch for me to say that these two sets will not be getting wrapped up by year's end.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Panini really comes through

Less than ten days ago I was showing you the box of 2014 Panini Golden Age that I had gotten during the Black Friday sales, and as some of you may recall, that box just happened to be missing it's promised autograph... and now here I am, to show you Panini's response to said missing autograph.

In that original post, I mentioned my lack of success in trying to contact Panini via the telephone, in fact, after weeks of trying... and failing, I had pretty much given up on any further attempts to do so. After reading that, Matt (Bob Walk the Plank), was kind enough to leave a comment in which he suggested trying to contact Panini through @PaniniCSM on Twitter, which was something that I hadn't even thought about trying.

Honestly, I didn't expect anything positive to come out of this newly suggested Twitter route, but I went ahead and tried anyway... and much to my surprise, a response came less than 24 hours later.

This is where Joe White (hopefully he doesn't mind his name being used, especially since he is the hero of this story) enters the narrative. I don't know if he's the only person manning Panini's Twitter account or not, but he's the only company representative that I dealt with, so every time I mention Panini in the rest of this post (and the title for that matter), I'm actually referring to Joe.

Right off the bat, Joe offered to send a couple of 2014 Golden Age autos to replace my missing one, and while I certainly appreciated the offer, "a couple" wasn't necessary as I was only shorted one. Instead, I asked if it was possible to just get one that I didn't already have, and provided a list of the ten or so that I already had from the set. Joe said that not only was that possible, but that he would send a couple that I didn't have. There was that "a couple" again, sometimes you just can't fight generosity without coming across as being difficult, so I didn't try to push my "just one is enough" any further.

So just three days after the initial contact was made on Twitter, replacement cards were overnighted (I really don't like to think how much that ended up costing the company) to me, and I couldn't have been happier with the cards that Joe picked out:

Other than knowing of his World Series outings in 1964, and his involvement with the creation of Big League Chew, I wasn't overly familiar with Jim Bouton. I had no idea that he had authored numerous books, and that one in particular, "Ball Four", was considered such a classic as far as baseball related books go. Since finding out about it just a couple of days ago, I have already found and bought a cheap copy, that is now in transit. Hopefully it lives up to the hype!

The Brady Bunch was a show that I watched quite a bit of when I was growing up, especially after Nickelodeon started running it in syndication, so to get a card that was signed by Peter Brady himself was pretty cool. The only thing that would have been better, is if Mr. Knight had inscribed a few of these, I mean how great would it have been to get his signature with Pork chops and applesauce written somewhere below it :)


Lost in Space was another show that I watched a great deal of in my younger years, so getting an autograph of Will Robinson is pretty cool too. I have been a fan of The Twilight Zone for as long as I can remember, and anybody who's even slightly familiar with the show, has probably seen at least one of the three episodes that he was on, especially since "It's a Good Life" is one of the most famous episodes from the series.

Many thanks go out to Joe, not only for the great selection of cards he chose, but also for being so easy to deal with. Many thanks to Panini as well, mostly for having the good sense to hire someone like Joe, as I don't think that I have ever dealt with someone in customer service who was as efficient and pleasant as he is/was.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Nehi to a grasshopper

I have been collecting issues of Prevue (sometimes called TV Prevue) -- which was a local TV Guide for the Portland area during the late 50's and early 60's -- for a couple of years now. Issues don't come up for sale online very often, and when they do, they're usually priced not to sell... which means that additions to my collection are few and far in between.

Recently though, I was able to acquire (somewhat cheaply) a needed issue from 1958, and while I fully intend to discuss this collection more thoroughly at some later date, today I'm just going to focus on a an ad for Nehi -- who at that point, was in their 34th year of existence -- that appeared on the back of the issue:

I find this ad interesting primarily because of it's showing Nehi's sponsorship of 910 KVAN, who under that moniker, would be off the air less than eight months after the date of this ad.

910 KVAN was an AM country music station that began broadcasting out of Vancouver, WA (which is right across the Columbia river from Portland) in 1939. KVAN's biggest claim to fame would be that Willie Nelson worked as a DJ at the station from 1956-58, taking advantage of his growing on-air popularity, he decided to self-finance his first single "No Place for Me", which was recorded in a studio at the station in 1957.

In April of 1959, the station changed it's name to KISN and flipped to a top 40 format, then proceeded to dominate the Portland airwaves for the next decade and a half. No station in Portland has ever been, or will ever be, as popular as KISN was during that time. Despite it's popularity, the station -- after years of problems with the FCC (primarily due to the station being moved to Portland a few months after the format change, but still being licensed in Vancouver) -- wasn't able to get it's license renewed, and signed off for the last time in September of 1976.

The station returned to 97.1 on the FM dial in 1988, with the call letters KKSN, but still used the KISN handle. The format stayed true to the original as well by only playing music from the 50's, 60's, and early 70's. This version of the station is the one I know, as it was one of three stations that I primarily grew up with (the other two being KUFO and KNRK). I have so many fond memories of that station, I even became friends with someone -- who would later become one of my better friends growing up -- thanks to the two of us being the only kids around who enjoyed the oldies.  It was a sad day, or rather night, for me personally, when the station went off the air in 2005... especially since it was changed into a corporate friendly adult hits station called Charlie FM (burn in hell Charlie!).

After a couple of years of being heard on the internet only , KISN came back to terrestrial radio on 95.1 FM in 2015 -- conveniently just a couple of months after I moved away -- where to the best of my knowledge, is where it can still be found today.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

McAdone

It's hard to believe that it's almost the middle of January, and I'm just now starting in on all of the cards that had been accumulating in my COMC account throughout last year.

With 200+ cards to choose from, I think I'll start off with the card that I consider to be the most important (to my collection) of the bunch:

You are looking at a 1973-74 Topps Bob McAdoo rookie, and now with this card in hand, my 1973-74 Topps basketball set is COMPLETE! It's kind of exciting for a few different reasons, the biggest of which, is that for the moment, it's the oldest set that I have actually completed.

As a quick aside, even though it's somewhat plain in design, I absolutely love the look of the old Buffalo's Braves home jersey's.

This has been the only card that I've needed to complete the set for over a year now. I have bid on, and subsequently lost out on this card so many times on eBay it's not even funny. While Bob is a former MVP, and an owner of multiple championship rings, as well as a HOF'er, his rookie still doesn't go for much -- one could even say that it's been undervalued -- knowing this, and knowing how frequently they come up on eBay, I never bid too much, figuring that if I didn't get it... there would always be more.

At least that's how it had been up until a couple of months ago. It seemed like almost overnight that they stopped coming as frequently, and when they did, the condition of them was going down, but the prices were starting to go up a little more. After losing out on a few more, I decided to start looking elsewhere, which is where COMC comes in.

Normally there aren't a lot of copies to choose from on the site, but in between the Autumn Sale and the Black Friday sale, a couple were added to the site. Since I really wanted this set to be done, I didn't waste any time and made an offer on the nicest looking example -- which was accepted -- so, for a little over $6, I was finally able to put this set to bed. One set down, and way too many to go!


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A PSA, courtesy of Dr. J and Rick Barry

                       
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Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Black Friday Boxes #4: 2012 Panini Golden Age

Well, we've finally made it to the last box, which is nice because I'm getting a little bored with writing about the same topic over the last four posts. The last box was another of the 2012 variety, I have long since completed the set, and there aren't a lot of inserts to be had in the inaugural edition... but those possible case hit original Goudey's are just too much for me to resist, so that's why I ended up with the two boxes of 2012.

As usual too, the base cards and the minis are being excluded... well sort of. You'll see what I mean by that at the end.

My streak of only getting the yellow pennant toppers continued with this box, but at least I got a pretty good one this time. And even though I'm not actively seeking these out, but on the off chance that I ever do go after all of them, it was nice to get one that I didn't already have.

Amazingly, both the Batter-Up's were set needs.

The Truman Headlines was a duplicate.

This Jayne Mansfield Newark Evening World Supplement was needed as well. As a quick aside, my compliments to Panini for the photo selection on this one :)

Ugh, another Rusty Staub bat relic! I have nothing against Mr. Staub, but if you recall from the first post in this series, I pulled one from that box as well, which wasn't terribly exciting since I already had one. Being in possession of three now, I can't help but wonder how many more it would take to reconstruct the bat.

Even though Ron LeFlore isn't the most exciting autograph from the checklist to pull, I at least needed it, and that's the first time that I've been able to say that during these four posts.

The LeFlore auto came in the second to last pack, and it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to hear me say, that going into that final pack of the last box, I wasn't expecting anything to make up for what had been up 'til that point, a pretty disappointing quartet of boxes. It shouldn't be too surprising to hear as well, that as I was starting in on that last pack, I was doing so amidst the strongest feeling of buyer's remorse that I have ever known.

So anyway, as I'm opening the pack, I notice a white border amongst the normal French vanilla colored borders... which was mildly interesting, but not much, as I have pulled a white bordered parallel from the 2013 edition, and after looking for info on that one at the time, I found there wasn't much interest in them.

Here's who that white border belonged to. Again, while different, I was just thinking that it would be similar in value to the 2013's, aka nothing that would make up for these bad boxes.

Upon turning the card over, I found that not only was it a white bordered parallel, but a short print as well. Now that made it a little more interesting, but not much, as I also have a 2013 white bordered short print that as far as monetary value is concerned, has very little.

Here's the Bobby Jones parallel next to the regular base card, when their side-by-side you can really see the difference.

So out of curiosity, I started looking around online to try and find any info on the 2012 white border short prints. The only place I could find anything was on the Cardboard Connection site, which to my surprise, said that they have a print run of just /10. That's certainly rarer than the 2013's that I been comparing them to.

While it's kind of fun to have something that is apparently pretty rare, I'm not made of money, and these boxes weren't very good, so my thoughts very quickly turned to seeing if I could sell it and recoup some of the money that was spent on the boxes.

After more searching, I couldn't find any of these (there are ten different short prints, I believe) listed anywhere for sale, nor could I find any mention of one ever selling period, which made me even more hopeful about getting some of my money back.

Not knowing what kind of price to put on it, I decided to shoot for the moon and listed it with a $200 BIN or best offer, and to my surprise... I had an offer within two or three days! The initial offer was for $150, which wasn't bad at all, but I am human ( I think), so I of course tried to get a little more and countered with $175, which was excepted immediately by the buyer.

At one time, I thought I was going to try my hand at completing master sets for all three years worth of Golden Age, but after finding out about all the 1/1's (literally a couple hundred for each year), and of course, now knowing of the 2012 white border short prints and much they can sell for... that thought of master sets seems absolutely ludicrous.

The four boxes (with shipping) set me back $109.25. After eBay and PayPal fees, plus shipping costs, the card netted me roughly $145 (I also used that Groupon offer, where if your item sells in like two weeks or less, you get a $10 gift certificate... which I did). So when all was said and done, I ended up making around $45 in profit, plus I got one needed relic, one needed relic, a couple of needed inserts, and was able to get a couple more cards closer to completing two of the base sets. The idea of opening boxes, only to turn around and try and profit from the contents doesn't do a whole lot for me, but in this instance, it kind of felt like a necessity, so I'm glad it worked out alright.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, these most likely will have been my last boxes of Golden Age. From here on out, it just seems to make more (financial) sense to buy any of the cards I still need individually, as opposed to trying to play the lottery by buying more boxes


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