Monday, October 8, 2018

A little bit of everything

During my recent two-week break from the blog, I spent some time going through, and trying to clean up, my photo/scan folders. I also went through my draft folder, which was starting to get a little out of hand.

All in all, it was time well spent, as I was able to delete quite a few folders. Some of the stuff was just to good (my opinion) to delete before sharing it with everyone, so I figured I might as well throw all of said good stuff into one post, and call it good. Most of the cards that you'll be seeing are just some smaller purchases that have accumulated over the last couple of months, and the couple of non-card items mentioned at the end are all from the last two weeks.

2008 Topps Chrome Trading Card History refractor #'d to /400
This Ichiro refractor might look a bit familiar, as it's only the third time that I've shown it here on the blog, but what hasn't been shown here before, is...

... two Ichiro Trading Card History refractors! After doing the red card themed Blog Bat Around a few months back, I decided that I would like to have another one of these refractors, which was easier said than done. The only one that I could find for sale, was on Sportlots, since you're seeing it, obviously I bought it. I don't know why a card that is numbered to /400 is so hard to find, but it is, so good luck if you decide to seek one out.

Getting this second card seems to have triggered a new collecting interest as well, which is... seeking out duplicates (and triplicates, and quadruplicates, etc.). As a set collector, I've never really had much in having more than one of any particular card, but my interest in set collecting is almost non-existent as of late, and my interest in duplicates has gone through the roof. This will be very evident when I get around to showing some of the stuff from the most recent card show, as well as when I get my COMC horde at the end of the year. I don't know if anyone is going to care or not, but sometime in the very near future, I will be adding a new tab for cards that I'm looking for multiples of, I just haven't figured out what to call it yet -- "cards that I'm looking for multiples of " seems awfully long for a tab title.

1955 Topps All American
Back in February or March, I bid on around a dozen cards -- all of the vintage variety -- from a seller on eBay. Not willing to overbid like some of the other folks seemed to be doing, I only ended up winning one, this one.

This was my first, but hopefully not the last, card from the All American set. For just a little over $3, with free shipping, I thought it was a pretty solid get. I'm never gonna try to work on this set, but at some point I'd like to get all of the cards that feature a player in the act of kicking.

2005-06 Topps 1952 Style Fan Favorites Autographs
At one time I was collecting this set, but about a year ago I realized that there are just too many cards with black backgrounds that were signed with blue ink (on said black backgrounds) for my liking. So I ended up going through what I had, keeping most of the guys that you don't see autographs from in every single new set, and sold the rest in a lot right before last Christmas.

I don't really seek out cards from the set anymore, but a couple of months ago I did come across this really cool Em Bryant on eBay that I just had to have, and luckily, the final price ended up being only about half the normal going rate. This is one of those cards that was supposed to get it's own post, but I had already talked about Emmette twice in the previous year, and I just couldn't come up with anymore to say about him.

1960 Topps
I think this card might've come from a card show, and for whatever reason, ended up being forgotten about when it came time to do a recap post.

2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50 Autographs
At a little under $4 with free shipping, this was another cheap eBay purchase. Thanks to my mom, I grew up watching the original Star Trek in syndication, and have been a fan of the series for just about as long as I can remember. I'm not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have a few collectibles pertaining to the original series, including about a dozen autographed cards. For the price, I just couldn't pass up this Barbara Luna.

1972-73 Topps
I think this may have been another card from a show that somehow didn't make it into a recap post. I don't have much to say about it, other than it was a big time set need.

2001 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Ground Hoggs

My semi-recent love for the 2001 Ground Hoggs set has been well documented here on the blog, so it should come as no surprise that I just recently picked up another one. The piece of shoe might look kind of boring, but it's actually an outer piece of the tongue, which is really cool -- it also happens to be my first piece of game used tongue :p

This is also my favorite one so far, because I was a big fan of "Mr. Third Down", it's just too bad that he spent his whole career with such a sucky team. And I don't know why, but for some reason, even with a $3.50 starting price (w/free shipping), nobody else ended up bidding on this one.

2014 Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures

Another cheap eBay win, how cheap? Around $4 with free shipping! With this card, I'm now have 17 of the 49 autos from the 2014 set. I also now only need more Globetrotter (Geese Ausbie) to complete their portion of the 2012-14 Historic Signatures checklist.

2016-17 Panini Select Copper Prizm #'d to /49
This card...

2017 Panini Prizm Purple Crystals Prizm
... and this card, came from a show a couple of months back. I was thinking about doing a multi-sport serial numbered frankenset (inspired by Robert), but ended up deciding against it, as I don't really want to take on any more card projects right now (maybe someday though). Oh, and how beautiful is that Watt?

Now for a couple of non-card items:

Last week I saw my first, and most likely last, Luna (two Luna's in one post) moth of the year. Even though they're not super rare or anything, you still don't see a lot of them around here, and when you do, it's usually when they're closer to dying (their wings start deteriorating) -- this one on the other hand, was very much alive, and as gorgeous as ever. It's hard to tell from the picture, but this one measured in at almost exactly four inches long (they can be over 5"). Definitely one of the highlights from last week!

I already showed these on Twitter, but they were met with virtual crickets, so I'm showing them again on here. These are the only two figures from Mego's recent 2nd wave that I had to have, and the cool thing was, that the Target I go to in Knoxville had these on the shelves over a week before the official release date.

And finally, I found this really neat chair at the dump last week. It's kind of fancy, what with the contoured slats for your butt and all. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, save for needing a new stain, or a new coat of paint. I didn't really need any more winter projects, but I just couldn't not bring it home with me.

I always enjoy doing these kinds of posts, the more variety there is, the easier it is for me to put words on the screen, so hopefully everyone enjoys reading them just as much.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. That Ichiro menko throwback is awesome. I’m going to have to look for one now. Thanks for sharing!

    1. If you don't need the card to be in refractor form, the Topps and Topps Chrome base cards are much more readily available.

  2. i love nature! what a beautiful moth! my target ahd a ton of Megos. I looked them over, being quite tempted to purchase a couple but ended up putting them back. I have no room to display these. I've learned over the past few years to enjoy the hobby - open the figurines and enjoy! I was a stock-piler (not to the extent of hoarding) but kept everything new/pristine.

    1. I would've shown the moth on Twitter, but other than yourself, no one else seems to care about the nature pics on that site. At one time, I too was stock-piler.

  3. "cards that I'm looking for multiples of "... In school multiplication was designated by the letter "X". You could create a XXX tab to reflect wanting multiples of cards. Guaranteed, lots of people will click the tab.

    Pug Lund is listed a halfback on the front and fullback on the back. The creature above the word Minnesota is nowhere near as intimidating as a Viking would be.

    Both Lunas you showed off were stunning.

    That Chrebet is a beauty. Too bad the Jets stunk all those years... Oh wait.... They still do.

    That JJ Watt Prizm looks a lot like some circa 1993 Pro Set cards I can recall.

    Missed your tweet with Gorn and Frank. L'eggo my Mego.

    That chair is sweet. Especially being free. Although, it looks like it already has enough stains. Why would you want to add another?

    Seriously though. These are the kind of posts that makes your blog so unique and enjoyable. Keep them coming.

    1. "XXX" certainly would be an attention getter :)

      So you're telling me that you wouldn't be intimidated by a golden gopher?

      Yes they are!

      I really can't imagine the Jets ever being relevant... again.

      And I see what you did with the stains :)

      Thanks for the compliment, it is appreciated.

  4. Wayne Chrebet - nice to see a fellow Hofstra alum!

  5. It's weird. In this day and age... 400 of any one card doesn't seem that rare. However when you calculate the number that haven't been pulled, then include the ones sitting in Ichiro PC's, and finally factor in the ones buried in dealer's bins across the world... they suddenly become rare.

    PS... That moth is so cool!
    PS2... Love the Mego's too.

    1. I have had similar thoughts as of late. When I can seem to find certain cards, that shouldn't be rare, I can't help but wonder how many are sitting in a dealer's box somewhere, or even worse, sitting in some card shop with an obscene price attached to it. And even though I'm not really surprised, but I didn't realize until just recently how many people collect Ichiro.

  6. Wish I had known about the lot of Fan Favorite Autos. I would have gone after it!

    1. I don't usually announce what I'm going to be selling, so there was no way that you could've known. And I don't know if you would of been willing to go north of $150, which is what they ended up selling for (much more than I expected btw).

    2. Yeah that's a tough amount for me to put together at one time. I'm glad you got that for them at least.

  7. If you do ever decide to put together a multi sport frankenset (love the idea BTW), let me know, I'm sure I could get you started. Maybe a few cards here or there to get it started without putting any pressure to start organizing the project would be fun.

    1. I will most likely revisit the idea, and I will try to remember to let you know when I do. The thought of trying to keep it organized is what made me rethink doing it a little bit.