Friday, December 4, 2020

Knoxville's calling

I never know how to start these McKay's posts, or how to make them sound more exciting than just "Hey, I went to Knoxville a couple of weeks ago, and got a bunch of mixed media at McKay's", but that's pretty much how it usually breaks down.

Although, thanks to hearing about another bookstore, I did venture a little north of Knoxville for the first time on this trip as well (more on that at the end of the post), so that was a little different. I guess the only other thing of note would be that I took some no longer wanted action figures - ones that weren't sellable on the eBay - with me, and ended up getting $90 in store credit, which was a lot more than I was expecting. I can buy a lot of books and DVD's with ninety bucks, or even some more action figures, that is if their stock ever recovers. Seems like the Rona has made everyone toy-crazy, and stuff is being sold just as quick as it's being put out.

I suppose that's enough of a build-up for today, I've got a lot of pictures to get through...

I mentioned the last time I did one of these that I've been on a bit of a quest to acquire (and reacquire) a lot of the books from childhood, most notably those from Christopher Pike, Nicholas Pine, and Bob Stine. The online prices for these books is stupid, but thankfully McKay's is usually good for a couple per trip, with prices usually ranging between 95¢ and $1.50.


There were two different editions of this book there, this one, which is chunky and says that it has 16 stories, and then a thinner one, with maybe only half the stories in it. Considering that they were the same price (75¢), chunky obviously won out.


I realize that a lot of the stuff in these posts is stuff that not a lot of other people care about, so I never want to spend a lot of time writing about something that folks are just gonna skip by. I will say this though, as far as modern cozies go, the Gideon Oliver series is my favorite, and is the only one that I'm trying to read all of, albeit out of order (not that that really matters with this series).


I got, and read, Aaron Elkins' A Glancing Light, a few years ago, and thought that it was just a one-off, but apparently I was wrong, turns out it was #2 in a three-book series. Hopefully book #1 here will be as good as #2 was.


This is usually one of the more expensive Predator books, so it was nice to finally find a cheap copy.


I read a few issues of Hellblazer way back when, and wasn't overly impressed. Because of this, I never bothered to see Constantine (which was based on the comic), heck, I don't think I ever even saw the trailer for it -- and yet, I found this novelization on a shelf, thought it sounded good, and didn't hesitate to give it a try. I'm glad I didn't either, because it was pretty good. As fleshed out as it is, I can't imagine even half of this stuff being in the film (it'd half to be like eight hours long), which makes me still not want to see it. I do wish that they would've wrote some more books for the property though.

They'll be some more books below, but I'm gonna switch gears for a moment and head over to the bargain DVD/Blu-Ray section.


The bargain DVD section is still just as packed as ever, a couple thousand strong packed, but it seems like it's getting harder for me to find things for, well, me. Their adding a lot more anime stuff to the mix (I don't go for the anime), and the straight to video Blu-Ray stuff has been on the increase as well. And when I do find something good as of late, it's usually something that I already have, like The Bishop's Wife, except in this instance, it was something that I only had on video. This is my second favorite Christmas film (It Happened on 5th Avenue being the first), and I've been trying to upgrade it to DVD for a quite awhile now, but never wanted to pay the long-time price tag of $20 to do so. Apparently the price came down at some point, and I wasn't paying attention, because this sealed copy only set me back $1.95 in credit.


This is a perfect example of why I spend over an looking through thousands of cheap DVD's every time I go there. I absolutely love finding old films that I'm familiar with, but have never had the opportunity to see. Thankfully too, most of the other people who are looking through the cheap stuff don't seem to be looking for films like this.

Not much of a movie haul this time, but I made up for it a little bit by looking through all of the bargain CD's (95¢ or less), which is something that I don't do very often, if only because they're in an awkward location, or at least it's awkward for me.

This is past their prime B-52's, but still turned out to be a pretty good album... once you get past the first two track! Those first two songs are atrocious! Couldn't show the back on this one, because they decided to use cute writing that's so cute it's almost impossible to read.


I left a few of the price tags on just for post's sake. I've had Yazoo's first album on cassette for-ever, but didn't mind upgrading for a quarter (by the by, the B-52's were 25¢ as well).


It's not very often that you'll find a CD for a nickel, especially a CD with absolutely no scuffs or scratches. I like Live, and have fond memories of their first album (and the time period when it came out), but only ever cared for a couple of songs on this album, which is why I never bought it --- But. For. Five. Cents!


At 95¢, this was my 'big ticket' CD purchase. Like most best of's, it's got a few questionable choices, but was worth the price for what is there. On a semi-related note, I just recently saw the video of Chris Cornell performing Wild World with Cat Stevens from a couple of years back, and it's really good. If you're a fan of either, you might want to check it out. Chris is clearly holding back as to not overwhelm Cat's vocals, and to not take over someone else's song, but it still works. And of course too, it's just neat to see the two of them on stage together.

I told you that I'd come back to books, so here I am coming back to books, and free books to boot! I actually hit the free box before going in, but didn't want to start off with the free stuff, if only because it's a little less exciting than the bought items.

Anyone interested in antiques is probably familiar with the Kovels, as the husband and wife team were kind of a big deal there for a while, they even had their own television show for a bit. I'm not really a fan of their books, and would never buy one, but for reference purposes, I'll grab any that I find for free.


They don't sell videos McKay's, and haven't since I've been going there, so it's a little surprising to find one out in the free box. Obviously someone brought in, only to find out that the store doesn't take them, and didn't want to take it back home them. McKay's may not have wanted it, but I did!


I'm not really a religious person per se, but I found this little booklet at the bottom of one of the bins, and since it's clearly old, I felt the need to do what I often find myself doing when encountering an old unwanted thing, I saved it. I know that there's a few religious folks that come around here occasionally, so if anyone wants it, I'd love to pass it along to someone who'll be more interested in it's contents than I. The staples are rusty, but the pages are in pretty solid shape. 

Uh... yeah... I haven't really looked at this yet, so not much to say.

WWII fiction isn't normally my thing, but I also haven't tried to read too much of it either.

Atlas Shrugged is something that I've been meaning to read for decades now, but have just never done so, free is a good incentive to finally do so though.

Golf isn't really my thing either, but I read a page from this when I picked it up, and it looked promising, despite it's golfiness.


And finally, my favorite of the freebies. This book is chunky, like being good for cracking walnuts chunky. And it is loaded with good sh*t! I know that these collections are a dime a dozen , or at least they used to be, and it's missing it's dust jacket, but I'm still amazed that it could be found for free, sign of the times I suppose?

That wraps up the McKay's portion of the post, I think I did fairly well, certainly worth the drive. 

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I heard about another bookstore that's located in Alcoa, which was about a twenty-minute drive north of McKay's, so I decided to give it a go. 

This side-trip ended up kind of being a waste of time. Apparently the Alcoa highway is undergoing construction, so getting there took a lot longer than it was supposed to. Then the bookstore ended up being a little less than was proclaimed by the good folks on Yelp. It was smaller than expected, didn't have an inventory that was suited to my interests, and the prices, yeah, they were a bit high. I spent about ten minutes in there, and didn't mind a single thing.

All was not lost though, as I did see a thrift store a couple of blocks away, and figured that I might as well check it out while I'm there.


I've already forgotten the name of the store, but I wasn't too enamored with it either. I did find a wicked cool DVD though, one of a film that I somehow hadn't ever heard of before. This was an easy pick-up, especially since Henry Fonda is always money in westerns, and this one was no exception. If you like westerns featuring uncommonly deep characters, I'd highly recommend this one. 

While the two stores weren't so great, I did like what I saw of Alcoa, it sort of reminded me of a few areas back home. If they ever get the highway fixed, I might find myself taking another trip back over there, minus these two stores. I saw a flea market on the way too, so that might be enough of an excuse alone to go back someday...


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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A prize pack, Black Friday, a new collection, snow, and the TCDB

                                         

Ever since I finished organizing my collection earlier this year, I've been making a concerted effort to limit my acquisitions to things that I'm currently collecting, and leaving all of the 'maybe someday' stuff for everyone else.

I've done pretty well with this so far, but have slipped a few times, a couple being by accident (e.g. weakness), and one by choice.

The by-choice slip occurred via a Halloween themed giveaway that Elliptical Man was running back at the end of October over on The View from the Third Floor

Given that the prize was a mystery football pack, I (now) normally wouldn't have entered, BUT, it was Halloween themed, and I just couldn't not get in on it. Besides, I figured that I'm collecting enough players now, that the odds were good I'd end up with at least a few guys I collect -- especially since it was mentioned that some of them would be of the retired variety, and that's pretty much what I collect, so...

My hunch paid off as I did end up with a couple of new cards for four different collections, as well some guys that I don't necessarily collect, but am not opposed to getting cards of...

I've seen some Donruss packs opened on the blogs, but didn't realize that Panini had been going so heavy on past greats in recent years.

Not too bad of a group here, huh? I know that Brian Urlacher said something(?) recently that offended some people with too much time on their hands, and we're all supposed to hate him now, but I didn't see what it was, and honestly don't really care. He was good at the football, and I'm not upset over receiving this card.

Many thanks to EM (or Em - short for Emmett?) for the cards, and the series of giveaways. Maybe at some point I'll find out what his real name is, and what he collects, so that I can try and send a proper thank you.

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Despite all of their problems, COMC still went ahead and ran their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale this year. Did anyone buy anything from them this year? They labeled this year's sale "Our Biggest Sale Ever!". I don't know about that, I remember much bigger, and better, sales from them a few years ago. 

I wasn't really looking forward to the sale this year, and suspected that the deals weren't going to be nearly as good as they have been in the past, but still went and took a look around after breakfast on Friday morning. I had about 50 cards in my watch list, and majority of them weren't discounted all that much (6% off, really? Get the f*ck the outta here!). And I think most telling, none had sold yet, which I can't remember that ever happening before.

I had plenty of credit to play with (more on that in a second), and to my surprise, actually had some fun with the sale this year, probably the most card related fun I've had in months. The discounts certainly weren't as good as they usually are, but as always, there were some deals to be had... you just had to look really hard for them! 

I ended up purchasing 15 cards between Friday and Monday, which is the least I've ever gotten during one of these sales, but I did get some really great cards, and didn't have to pay for them out of pocket, so I can't complain too much. Now if I could just get the 148 cards in my account before 2022!

I also won an eBay auction from COMC on Sunday night, which I believe is now the fifth auction I've won from them. I always forget to check their listings, but should do so more often, especially since you can pay for them with your credit and avoid the shipping fees. Because of all of their shipping woes, I, like most people, haven't been able to get my stuff when I would've liked, and as such have had some cards sitting in my account for about a year now. After going through my inventory recently, I found two cards that aren't really doing anything for me anymore, so I decided to put them back up for sale. Both of the cards were won via auctions back in January, and neither had any current comps, so I just kind of had to guess on the resale price. Turns out my prices must've been pretty good, because both cards sold within a week of being relisted. One I bought for $2.80, and sold for $15.00. While the other was bought for $16.75 (I really wanted this one at the time), and ended up going for $49. So needless to say, I had a little bit of play money for this sale.

Normally I wouldn't show a card that I don't have in hand yet, but I went a little splurgy on one (technically two, but one was much more expensive than the other), and was kind of excited to get it, so...



When I first decided to super collect Reggie Roby, I identified two cards that might be a little difficult to acquire, his 1992 Wild Card 1000 stripe, and his 1991 Pro Line autograph (his only certified auto by the way). I've yet to see the Wild Card 1000, but have seen two autos, this one, which I've been watching for over a year now, and one that sold on eBay earlier this year. I let the eBay example go, because it looked like the pen had started running out of ink when it was signed. Despite that, it still sold for around $13 with shipping. This much better copy has been sitting on COMC for $35 for over a year, which was a bit much to me. It was on sale last BF, but still was too high for me to pull the trigger on. This year it was on sale for $18.25 on Friday through Sunday, and I woke up Monday morning to find that it had gone down a little bit more to $15.25... I could resist no longer! I'm still not sure if it was a good price or not, but the signature is strong, and it's one of the biggies checked off the list, so I'm content with the price.

P.S. I'll probably be showing this card again when I get it. I'd like some images of it on the blog without the the COMC watermark.

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In somewhat of a related topic, I've made no secret about the fact that I don't pay much attention to current sports happenings. I'll read an occasional recap, and maybe watch a set of highlights here and there, but that's about it. That being said, I've been following the updates on Alex Smith since his terrible injury a couple of years ago (and no, I didn't watch that video). And even though I don't have a vested interest, I've been kind of hoping that he would recover enough to lead a semi-normal life post-football. Given the seriousness of his injury, I really didn't think that he would ever play again, even if he did say that's what he was striving for. And here we are just a couple of years removed from him nearly losing his leg (and his life), and he's back playing again, crazy! I've actually followed his last couple of games, and am amazed at how well he looks out there.

After seeing some interviews with him (and his wife), and realizing that he's a fairly decent human being off the field, I sort of decided that I wanted to start collecting him. The only problem is, being a modern player, he's got like 8 trillion cards out there, and I don't want to deal with all of that, so what to do?

Well, thanks to me trying to find something a few weeks ago for someone else, I stumbled upon a forgotten card show purchase from a few years back...

... and it hit me! He's played for the 49ers, Chiefs, and now the Redskins (yeah, I said it, get over it!), all of which have red in their team colors, so why not just collect Alex Smith red parallels? So that's what I'm doing now, and was able to jump start this collection with a couple of BF purchases, including one that was numbered to /25. Looking at his card prices, it would seem that the influencers aren't telling people to buy his cards, because even some of his low-numbered stuff is still very affordable. I think that this is going to be a fun collection.

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Have I ever mentioned just how much I hate snow?

Up until just last Friday, the highs around here had still been in the mid to upper 60's (with some some 70's sprinkled in), which has been nice, because I hate cold weather. I'm an economy model, and don't have any extra insulation, so when it's cold, I really feel it. Now all of sudden this week it's officially butt-cold out there, with a few days struggling to get above freezing for the highs, and some balmy low 40's later in the week. And don't even get me started on the lows, 14°? I don't want any part of it!

And I realize that 2" of snow isn't very much, but any amount of snow is too much snow for me. If I live long enough, I can easily see myself needing to move even souther (I know, it's not a real word) at some point, somewhere that never sees ice and snow. Belize is sounding mighty nice right about now!

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I've mentioned more than once in recent weeks that I'm starting to add some of my collections to the TCDB, and have continued to do so, albeit at a very slow pace -- like 1 hour every three days slow. I am starting to see how some people could become addicted to the site, which won't be happening to me, but at least I can finally understand some of the site's appeal.

I think I've entered around 600 cards or so, and have even added a couple of images to the site. It's just the fronts of a few cards that I have sitting in scan folders waiting for future posts, but I would have to think that they're better than nothing. I have noticed that a number of the cards from my collection aren't pictured on the site, so I guess maybe someday I'll go back and add a few more images, at least on some of the rarer/more unique items.

And I was even able to use a few of my checklists already, they really came in handy while perusing the COMC sales this past weekend. They're probably also going to be a lifesaver when looking to add cards to this new Alex Smith collection of mine, because I'm not familiar with the majority of the sets that these red cards are coming from, and there is no way that I'd ever be able to remember all of them.

Oh, and I said last week that I probably wasn't going to be any trading, well, an apology is an order, as that turned out to be a lie. I found a familiar name on there who I've already had some past contact with via email, and noticed that they have a few cards that I kind of really want, so after I find a few things from their list, I'm gonna go ahead and send a trade proposal (scary stuff!), hopefully they'll be down for trading with a noob.

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I think that's about all I've got for today. I hope everyone else had a nice weekend, and I hope that your weather is treating you better than mine is me


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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Hopping on the Thanks train

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but a lot of folks, especially those of the blogging variety, have been giving thanks over the last week or so. And I don't know how everyone else feels about this, but I like it... a lot!

Some of these thanks probably would've occurred on their own, what with the year that's been and all, but I believe that most of the credit for them should be given to, Trevor (Bump and Run Football Card Blog), and his Give Thanks Challenge, that was proposed last week.

Had this challenge been about anything else, I likely wouldn't have participated, but seeing as how I have much to be thankful for, even if I usually choose not to acknowledge it, I figured I should go ahead and throw a few of them out there.

First and foremost, I'm thankful for my mom. Post teenage years, she has been a very steadying influence on my life, and I'm grateful to her for always being there. Thanks to my prickish ways early in life, we haven't always been as close as we are now, and I regret that, but try not to reflect on it too often, choosing instead to just appreciate where things are now. For all intensive purposes too, she's really the only family I have anymore. I do have two half brothers, but haven't seen, or spoken to, either of them in over 15 years, and honestly can't imagine a scenario where'd I'd do so ever again. And I do have quite a large extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) as well, but haven't seen, or spoken to, any of them in over 20 years, and again, can't imagine ever doing so again. I've talked about why that is a few times in the past, so I won't go into it again, but will say that these aren't warm-hearted loving people that I've chosen to stay away from, they're toxic, nothing good ever came from associating with most of them, and I've been much better off by not doing so for the last couple of decades. So, as odd as it may sound to some of you (especially those who come from caring families), I'm thankful that I don't have to associate with the majority of my family. I'm also thankful that I got to spend at least a little bit of time with the couple of good people in the family before their passing (all much too young), it's nice to be able to remember that not all of us were terrible people.

I have had a couple of health issues over the years, and still do have a few, but overall things could be much worse, so I'm very thankful for that. I tend to forget to be thankful about this one on a fairly regular basis, but one only has to go as far as a grocery store to be reminded that there are folks out there dealing with far worse things than I, folks too that are still more positive in their outlook than I as well. I admire them for that, but find it very difficult to emulate. I'm just not wired for sunny disposition, and don't believe in the whole "fake it, 'til you make it" thing. Although it probably wouldn't hurt me to try and be a little more positive in my daily life.

I've mentioned many, many, times here on the blog, that I don't have much of a social life, actually I have no social life. I work alone, and don't have any flesh and blood friends, so blogging is really my only social outlet. My blogging friends are my only friends, and as I always say, are the only reason that I'm still blogging. Despite wanting to be one at an earlier stage in my life, I am not a writer, nor do I enjoy trying to come up with words to fill up a screen. I hate scanning, and I don't like taking pictures. I've even started to grow tired of collecting (again). I know that I should stop blogging, but can't seem to do it, mostly because I love the people that are associated with the blogs too much to do so. I don't think it would be hyperbole if I said that blog people are just better in general than most of society, and I'm very grateful to have been able to interact with so many of them over the last couple of years. And as far as this blog goes, it's far from the best, but it's all I've got, so I'm thankful to those of you who do choose to come around here, you're making me a better person by doing so.

I know that there are many other things to be thankful for, food, shelter... microwaves; but writing this before bed on Wednesday night isn't conducive to me being able to think of all of those things, so I'll just call it a post, I did get the biggies out of the way.

Thanksgiving will be just another day for me, I'm not opposed to the holiday mind you, it's just that since it's only my mom and I, and neither of us wants to go through the effort of cooking an elaborate meal, we just don't do anything, and haven't for quite a number of years. But, and it's a big BUT, I hope that those of you who are celebrating today, have a wonderful day, chock full of memory making moments.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Don't say I didn't warn you

I got a hair crosswise last night, and decided to start entering some of my player collections into the TCDB. I know, it's bonkers, right?

I don't imagine that I'll be doing any trading, but keeping track of these collections on paper just isn't doable, and my memory is not such that I can instantly recall every single card I have when I need to, so this seems like the only real option available for me at this time.

I'm thinking that maybe every couple of days or so I'll enter a handful of players, that way I don't have to take myself away from anything else during the process. I'm starting with football, if only because it should go the quickest, then I'll move to baseball, and finish with basketball, as that's going to be the most time consuming of the bunch. In less than an hour last night, I was able to add Reggie Roby, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, and Dennis Smith. I'm thinking that I probably should've been able to do more in that amount of time, but oh well, at least I kind of know what to do now.

I don't plan on adding everything I own, some things I can remember, and some things I don't need a bunch of strangers knowing that I own. I'd like to add some older non-sports stuff too, but after a brief looking, I see a number of sets that I have cards from that aren't even on the site. I guess those will be for the paper lists then, as I don't see myself trying to add any set checklists to the site, that sounds much too complicated for someone like me.

I know that this isn't terribly interesting, and might not seem post worthy, but things have a habit of going downhill, especially those of the online variety, once I start using them, so I just wanted to give everyone fair warning. MySpace (I joined way back when just so I could listen to two exclusive tracks from an upcoming album, but still, it went to poop right after I joined), Wensy, COMC, and Blogger, are just a few examples of things that started to decline after I joined them. Speaking of COMC, I don't know if you've heard or not, but there's been some chatter in the last couple of days that they're going to go ahead and do the Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, sale. I don't think many people thought that they would, given their struggles this year, but supposedly it's going to be announced this weekend. They seem to be the only company that's still using the Rona as an excuse for poor service, and with things flaring up again, I don't know how they're going to pull this off. They're obviously not going to be providing any shipping discounts like in years past, and considering that pretty much everything left on the site has increased in price by at least 50% since everyone started cOlLeCtInG again, I don't how exciting a bunch of 10% sales are gonna be. And that's not even taking into account all of the people who'll be raising their prices, only then to put them on sale for more than they're currently listed at. But whatever, I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, TCDB, yeah, I hope everyone has hard copies of their lists, because I'm fully expecting Beckett to come along and buy the site (or some sort of other disastrous occurrence) now that I'm using it, so I just wanted to make sure that no could ever say that I didn't warn them. The only good thing is, whatever terrible happening that's going to befall the site, won't do so until after I'm completely done adding my collections -- and at the pace I'm gonna go, I probably won't finish until 2023, so you've got a few more years to get your stuff in order. 😊


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Sunday, November 15, 2020

So many pockets, so little time!

                                           
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you with someone who's arms were full, but desperately needed something out of their pocket? They couldn't put whatever it is down, so they turned to you and asked if you could reach into their pocket and get whatever it was for them. You're not too keen on reaching into people's pockets, and are prepared to tell them as much, but before you can they hit you with old doe eyes and quivering lip routine. You try to resist, but it's just too much. Seconds later you begrudgingly agree to do so. They tell you which it pocket it is, and then turn a certain way to make it easier for you to achieve your goal, which it does, but also draws stares from curious onlookers. You take a deep breath, prepare for the worst, and reach in. Your deepest fears are quickly realized when your fingers encounter what later turns out to be a moist half-eaten sandwich, who's presence had been forgotten, and obviously went unmentioned by the owner of said pocket. Fearing what else may be found should you venture back in, you refuse any further pleas to make another attempt, a decision that ends up forever marring your relationship.

I hear a bunch of no's being shouted from the gallery, which I expected, I mean such a scenario has never happened to me either, but I have imagined similar scenes occurring the couple of times that someone has asked me to retrieve something from their pocket.

One persons pockets who I'm not afraid to reach into however are Julie's, she may be A Cracked Bat, but I think that we've all learned by now that she stores cards in her pockets, lots and lots of cards. 

I have no proof of it, but I'm convinced that at least part of Julie's daily attire must be made up of some sort of tactical gear, I can't think of anything else that sports so many pockets.

Not only are Julie's pockets full of cards, but they're good cards too, cards that folks actually want, no 2012 Triple Play for those pockets!

I believe Julie's 'Pick Pockets' feature is one of the older kinds of free stuff giveaways, it's been going on for most of this year, maybe longer, I don't know, I can't remember when she fired it up. I do know that I've claimed more than few cards from them, but had yet to show any here on the blog.

I mentioned in the last post that I had three scan folders going for Julie, last time was Julie1, and today the contents of Julie2 and Julie3 are being featured, all of which were cards obtained through Pick Pocket posts.

Everything was sort of in order of acquisition, but that got monkeyed with when I added a few cards that had accidently been added to another folder back to one of the "Julie's", and didn't take two seconds to properly label them. And now Blogger has done the old reverse order thing when the pictures were added to the post (Oh new Blogger, we were getting along so well!), I moved a few of them around, but got tired of playing with them, so I'm just gonna leave them half askew, it's not like anyone would've known had I not mentioned it.

Artistically speaking, one of these turned out much better than the other.

Scannily (it's a word, or at least it is according to Gogle 😉) speaking, one of these came out much better than the other. And speaking of scanning...

Jay from Card Hemorrhage said the other day that he was taking a break thanks to the poor performance from his new scanner. He didn't provide an example of what he was referring to, so I can't say for certain, but I'm willing to bet that it can't be any worse than what mine does to certain cards (i.e. most cards), with this Junior and the wonderful Curt Flood Deckle that led off the post being prime examples.

Looking at some of these cards that were gotten probably back in January or February, I can't figure why I scanned some of them the way I did. I mean why did I pair a 90's SI Kids with a modern finest? The only thing they have in common, at least that I know of, is that they're both awesome. Although, every time I see the Shaq card I have to do a double take, because the first glance always reads as "Snack" O'Neal, which could apply to his later career, but not so much to those early Orlando days.

It's not as bad as the previous pair, but here's another odd grouping, or not. I could just say it has a 'retro theme', three older players, and one older design? Stan should've gotten his own scan though, as it's by far my favorite card in this post.

Gypsy Queen is one of those brands that I just don't understand, and honestly don't care too. Most of the cards, and set designs, don't do anything for me. However (there's always a however), I will occasionally see one, or two, that strike my fancy, often in dime boxes, but in this case it was the Pick Pockets -- which worked out better, because I didn't have to go to Nashville to find them. I think I might be one of the few bloggers who'll admit to being a fan of MadBum's, and even though I have a small collection dedicated to him, I don't go out of my to find cards for it, anybody know why? Anyone? Did I hear someone say derpy face? If so, you are correct! Like 90% of his cards look similar to the above example, with many actually being worse. And it's definitely not what you'd call an aesthetically pleasing image, certainly not one that I'd be willing to shell out big bucks for. Dimes yes, dollars no.

As mentioned, the cards in this post are from all throughout the year, with all dates and times being lost to me. However (see, there's another one), I do remember the shiny Satchell, he came form the second to last round of Pick Pockets, and was the only card from that round that I claimed. I actually saw it the night that Julie put the page up, but after realizing that I only wanted one card, decided to sit back and see if anyone else wanted it more. Apparently they didn't, because it was still available for me to get a few days later.

Being the uber-generous soul that she is, Julie also included this nifty Junior to keep Satchell company during his journey south. I always forget that Sportflicks (or Sportflix) was still around in '95, heck, sometimes I even forget that I was still around in '95. I know someone who wishes it was still 1995... Junior! The world was still his oyster back then, and there seemed to be no limit to what he was going to be able to accomplish. Injuries are a real b*tch, especially when they happen to the good guys.

And with that, I am now caught up with all of the Julie folders... huzzah! Thanks again for letting me take so many cards from your pockets, Julie, and despite it taking me many, many, many months, to say so publicly, I really do appreciate it.


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