Sunday, February 28, 2010
Congratulations Canada, We are happy for you. The seemingly poetic justice of the outcome of this Gold medal match is also something that sportsradio will touch on again and again this week. fun.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I arrived home to my lovely fiance and required 3 medecines and copious attempts at relaxation before I fanally got rid of the worst sinus headache of the decade. Friday will be my first evening off this week and I am loking forward to it with great anticipation. in the meantime, I will try to keep up for my few but loyal readers. As of now all I can say is go watch the ice-dancing on your tivo. Here's a taste:
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I am freaking crazy about this kid's sig, and believe that I have reason to be. To my knowledge, he is the first baseball player to sign his name with 3 1/2 letters punctuated by two horizontal lines. Jordan's auto is incredibly consistent, and I am still looking for the right card for me. I do not like the design of either of the two 2009 flagships, and with both of those auto editions being on-card, i am having dif. (difficulties) My want for this autograph on a well-concieved design is literally unparallelled.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Now both of these signatures are exceptional by modern standards, but what I want to look at here is the "curve" theme vs. the "straight", or "classic", theme. I am speaking of vertical cards. Obviously PressPass Fusion took a line from Ultimate's recent playbook and it doesn't play badly necessarily. The step-sister seems to have learned the older sister's dance moves pretty darn well. The batter in the lower corner seems a little forced, but all in all, by not using blinding colors (or even color photos) but the foil is in moderation and the suto is on card. big points.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
and it could play chess?....that's nice.
Oh! A scientist! well, why didn't you say so?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It's in your face, but dignified.
It's thick and deliberate, yet practiced and legible.
I can understand some of the reasons Upper Deck stopped using windows and trapped paper for Graphs a while back. They are fragile, expensive and, well....nobody likes a bleeder. I am sure they have an exclusive with Sharpie or Staedler or some shit. I personally used to do a lot of drawing.
When I was a young kid, 14-15, I got into Graffiti. Mostly I actually got to the traintracks, or an overpass, or some random wall to "write" in color like once a month. The rest of the time I was getting down to it with my two best friends in my basement, or on a school wall, mailbox, street sign etc. I had my own "black book", I practiced my tag for hours at a time, entire college-ruled notebooks consumed by scrawling attempts at "getting it right", and changing and evolving your transfer of these written letters.
I think that my experiences and practices in the art of Graffiti (that has only gone underground and gotten legal. not dead) is one of the main roots of my appreciation for the autographed baseball card. I mean, pretty simple really. Combine my interests, and it sticks. Ex. Adidas+starwars, Baseball+autographs, lego+starwars,
old stereo speaker+small aquarium...see? I can't lose.
Everyone has their own "tag"...of course it is your signature.
Some have style, some have grace, some have the kind of line that's in your face.
Bring back the thickpen, for you to sign
I bring a used sharpie to the ballpark every time.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
In this particular contest I won the "Playoff Predictors" green set and the "World Series Predictors" purple set. I opened the green set to check it out, and I want to know some opinions on it.
Should I break them (or one) into team sets and sell/trade it?
Should I try to sell as is (not so good on ebay...)
Do you know anyone who won predictor sets? what have they done with them?
Obviously a cool edition to your 2007 pages of any player collector, but what else?
Why did Upper Deck do this to me? (I bought a bunch of 2007 Ser. 1+2 hobby boxes lookin for rare hits, and I got these sets. serves me right. although the photography is on par with 2006 and 2008 sets.)
EDIT: Looks like the green will fall to team sets and the purple will go to player collectors/future contest.
Wickedortega has something in the works that may earn him the Marlins
AnthonyK commented, and has dibs on the Astros.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This is a freaky version even for "Weaks". (I just did that didn't I?....I feel awful. I have never been anything but supportive of this man. I want the very best for him(and JJ for what it's worth). I saw him hit his first homer...i feel awful))
He dots his "i" with an attachment, probably from general fatigue from the amount of stickers he signed for (the former?) Upper Deck Company. The large R as his first stroke is wider and more scroilled than some, also indicating the previous suspicion. Great new sharpie tho.
15/15 feels nice and lucky in gold.
The layout of the Trilogy Signatures (monochromatic background, matched highlights and delineations...really lent itself in a way to Metallic parallels, being that upper deck had learned to harness the "power of foil", and sometimes, leave it at home.
It is in exceptional condition given the fluff some of the Trilogy corners have undoubtedly turned to, and the sticker is near-invisible.
I have been mad about this design since I saw it. (If you have any, share it)
By the time I was buying wax again, even nice stuff, this stuff was long gone. and if not it was through the roof.
The seller was awesome and threw in a couple other nice cards including a Weeks Gold 2007 Topps. Total paid with shipping: 6.99
I have always wanted to drop that "deal" price on a post Auto-matic style
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last is the inevitable "what I didn't need to find" portion of "Outside The Boxes". (you should see some of the straight bulk I sifted through to find these)Hell, with a name like Jocketty, he's gotta be there looking good in an expensive suit. Now, since this guy presumeably has no actual on-field role, what the hell is he doing in his "action silouhette" in the Bottom Right? He's given' somebody the business is what he's doing.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I actually really like this card despite the two strikes it has against it (see below) It is GOLD and I love gold. It also features three of my most respected disciplined hitters I have had the pleasure of seeing play in person. I will eat my words later, but I wish it showed all three nameplates...at least for continuity.
Cardboard/Gray Back (Target Exclusive)
3, 26, 48, 123, 192, 196, 199, 207, 228
Cards Your Mom Supposedly Threw Away (whaudusayaboutmymamma?)
Chippah ‘91, Duke Snider ‘55, Longoria ‘09
Miggy Cabrera (Tigers uni), Willie Stargell
Tales Of the Game:
Spikes up, MFer! (Tyrus Cobb)
History of the Game (did I do this one already?)
National League Created, Ruth Sold to Yankees
Longoria, D. Lee
Gold: Minnesota Twins #609/2010
There is nothing here that I wouldn't trade for the right card.
Here are a few packs highlights that came through pretty well overall. One thing...kinda major, NO BREWERS. Pit. (SO FAR Looking for Prince Fielder base/parallel and Target exclusive Brewers Team set only)
EDIT:[By way of Cardboard Junkie, thanks to Hand Collated for this info]
These "Cards Yer Ma Tossed" in the Target-Grey would have been cool. As a matter of fact just as cool as Topps Archives without the gold stamp. that's it, Which is really not that cool.
This need not have been done again. Insert or not, Base set or not, real back or not, this is one of many powerfully supurfluous insert sets to be had in these packs. I have omitted some altogether in favor of a "you want?" list. (details later)
Frank Robinson for the Cincinnati Redlegs, would have coveted an O's card, but the back is authentic-style, much cooler than the alternative. Wonder what that means odds-wise?
Cards I'm Glad to have:
Must be a slow year for baseball releases for me to ba talking so much sh** already.