Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I didn't remember Wilson Alverez having one of those cards like Rickey Henderson's 1991 Upper Deck card which showed Rickey in motion on a single non-3D card.
Instead upon closer inspection it turns out someone had three copies of the Alverez card and decided to make their very own shadow box cards. Each version of Wilson seems to be delicately cut out and glued on top of one another.
Here's a close up on three Wilson faces on top of each other:
And here's the card's reverse side which was unaltered.
In the end, I delicately placed this masterpiece back into the box after photographing it and so you can sort through the many boxes at Uncommon Sportscards in the Twin Cities it can be yours!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Basing this card on the timeline of the show (although the sitcom never actually specifies any date), Tony played with the St. Louis Cardinals at second base until a shoulder injury forced early retirement. The show started in the fall of 1984. September 20, 1984 to be exact. I figured two years would be a plausible enough amount of time from injury to rehab to retirement to searching for a better life for his daughter by looking in the want ads for live-in housekeeper in a more upscale environment than Brooklyn. It sounds about right to me, at least.
This photo screamed 1982 Fleer, so that became my focus. The odd angle, weird positioning and lens flare really captured the top notch photography that marred the early Fleer sets. The out of place coloring on the "uniform" seems about right for the sometimes spotty photos from these sets too.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
One of the things I thought was awesome about the store was that there was a box full of 1961 Topps and 1962 Post (previously reviewed here). The 1962 Post set was really cool to me, especially. Ended up with these two cards from that box that included Orlando Cepeda and Maury Wills...
Harvey Haddix card. If you're a real baseball fan, you know his story. (I actually managed to squeeze this card into a penny sleeve, not so with this next card.)As soon as I saw this one, I had to have it, forgoing the one with a Giants player with a rip across his face. The (hopefully) kid that did this back in 1962 gave Ron Hansen a ski-mask-looking thing over his face, and a "beany." Ron is exhorting us to look at his "cop." I assume that by "BALLS" the kid was referring to Hansen's eyeballs. That's just a guess, though. [the middle bubble reads, "Tweet," referring to Hansen's status as an Oriole] The corners are horrendously worn, making my efforts to put this in a penny sleeve hopeless. The card is also heavily creased, as you may be able to tell.
However, this was a terrific card, and the Haddix balanced out the eccentricity of my purchase. The total price for both these?
Three dollars. (By the way, I also snagged a Curt Schilling Donruss RC, Brandon Hicks 2010 Chrome RC, a Glavine, and a Cardinal-jerseyed Smoltz for $2. Total.)
I love this hobby.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Last, I post a Cubs card. I posted this mostly because I have like 5 of them I don't really care for. (Picture afore-mentioned 1990 kid: "I have like, five of these Cubs hologrammies. Buzz kill, man!)Any diehard Cubs fans want these? (I know you're out there.)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
and the escape, the error
saluted and defied--
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Hmmm...Let's experiment with this here card. This is a 2010 MCG card of Ichiro Suzuki. Incidentally, my good friend Wikipedia tells me that Ichiro's manager in 1994 was the one who convinced him to put "Ichiro" of the back of his jersey, instead of "Suzuki." Apparently it was part of some marketing deal. I dunno, it kind of annoys me that on all his cards he is referred to as "Ichiro." I mean, Albert Pujols has both names on his card. Should he have just his last name on there (or first?) Hm. (Does Ron Artest have "Metta World Peace on his basketball cards? By the way, I always read "Metta World Peace" with a deep voice.)
Using the awesome power of my (other) good friend scissors, I lopped and cropped Ichiro out of his tilted posture to this:
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
One day, many moons ago, I found that our beloved Topps Company offered, and still does, a "No Purchase Necessary" deal. How, you may ask, does it work? By digging out my magnifying glass, and squinting at the fine print, here's what I found.... "For the chance to obtain any of the cards above, (inserts) at the same odds, (from 1:3-1:40,000-there's a yeah, right insert for ya) while supplies last, hand print your name and address on a 3 x 5 card (What if I do it an a 4 x 6 card? Will they refuse to mail anything to me?)
Oh, wow! It's an insert card of recently-alleged-steroid-user Ryan Braun! Cool!
Two days later... (Yes, I did this for Series one and two...I'm just crazy that way...)
Same deal with a small manila envelope and....
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Very next year-WHAT?!? Upper Deck portraying Scott Rolen on more than one card in a year set is enough for me to with they were out of the baseball card business! (A quick glance at the back, however shows that the next best player on the team at the time was...uh...Alex Rios. Never mind.) Anyway, there's one example of the "team" card...a player fielding spring training grounders. Any Jose Bautista Blue Jays from you in the comments section might make this a tad less awkward.
Speaking of less awkward, here's another "team" card. Tim Lincecum and...someone else. Better...but still feels like a representative sort of effort. I don't know that I like that. Why not just do away with the team card and have two player cards from this angle? On to the next card: