Thursday, October 17, 2019

80s dimebox

More highlights from my dimebox dig at last weekend's card show, now we're up to the 1980s. These are mostly PC pickups and/or cards for sets penciled in for me to build at some point in the future.

A few big names. Couldn't leave an '87 Bo Jackson behind for a dime, even off-centered and with soft corners.

I know Sportflics aren't really worth anything and few collectors like them much, but I don't have many in my collection and don't see them in the wild very often, so I was excited to come across a big cache of them in the box. Picked out a few guys I collect. Most of these are from '89.

Pretty much any Kirby Puckett card in a dimebox is going directly onto my stack.

Reggie giving me the side-eye for sneaking a modern card into a post of otherwise only 80s cards.

I had a brain fart and forgot I completed '85 Donruss a year ago, but it's cool because I PC both those guys, so they'll still have a home in my collection. A couple "Canadian parallels" and a pair of TCMA oddballs from '82 round out this grouping.

Some Fleer sets I'd like to eventually complete someday. Anybody have near-complete starter lots to part with?, feel free to get in touch about a trade.

Gonna feel good to complete 1987 Fleer someday. I haven't sorted out a wantlist yet, but I might be approaching half the set at this point. I'm tempted to just grab a set on eBay for like $20 shipped and be done with it, but I'm hoping to crank it out through trades and occasional cheap singles such as the above.

Finally for today, here's an insert set of '86 World Series Highlights from 1987 Fleer. I had originally picked out half of these for PC guys, but then I realized the entire 12-card set was there, so I grabbed them all to supplement my '87 Fleer setbuild. It's funny how that WS is best remembered for the Mookie Wilson / Bill Buckner play, yet neither player is featured on any of the cards (save for Mookie appearing in the group celebration photo) nor are either mentioned anywhere on the backs.

That wraps up the 80s cards from my dimebox haul. We'll enter the 90s next time. Thanks.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1992 Ghost Rider II - Glow-in-the-Dark spotlight

Time to look at another offering of glow-in-the-dark trading cards.

1992 Comic Images Ghost Rider II - Glow in the Dark inserts

Did you know there were some pre-war glow-in-the-dark tobacco cards from overseas? Yep! I'll feature those on the blog soon.

I could be mistaken, but as far as I'm aware, there were no glowing trading cards after those '38 tobacco cards until 54 years later, when this 10-card insert set for Ghost Rider came out in '92.

There were a lot of gimmicks in the early 90s, and the comic book industry always seemed to be a step ahead of the sports card industry with funky stuff like this-- shiny/refractors, die-cut, clear, glow-in-the-dark, etc.. all appeared on comic book covers before baseball cards, as far as I can tell.

Back to this set, it's called 1992 Comic Images Ghost Rider II (I assume the "II" is to differentiate itself from the 1990 Comic Images Ghost Rider release, a set that's much harder to find). The 1992 release has a base set of 80 cards, and one insert set: Glow in the Dark, which came one per pack. I picked up the 10-card set on eBay a while back for a few bucks.

The cards feature a glowing border, plus all the "flame" areas (around his skull and tires) also glow. Perhaps they could have done a bit more to make the pictures look cooler in the dark, such as outlining the rest of the action, but again, this was an early use of glow-in-the-dark technology on cards, so they get a pass. Still two big thumbs-up from me on these.

I never really got too much into Ghost Rider, even during my dip into comic book collecting in the early 90s, but I still thought he was pretty badass. How could you not?! He's a frickin' chain-wielding dude on a motorcycle with a flaming skull for a head!

The backs each have a little write-up. Punisher and Cable make cameos. Funny how there's an artist named Mark Texeira... not to be confused with former baseball player Mark Teixeira.

Other glow-in-the-dark trading cards featuring comic book characters would follow in the mid 90s and into the early 00s. More on these later.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, October 14, 2019

well-loved dimebox vintage

Working on sorting the haul from my dimebox dig over the weekend. This post is for all the vintage I've sorted out. Tough for me to pass up pre-1974 cards for a dime each, regardless of condition.

Pumpsie! While most of the cards I pulled for my stack came from one particular dimebox I was parked in front of, I did notice a cache of beautifully warped vintage cardboard in a different box. I kept my eye on it, and once the guy who was going through that box moved on, I reached over and snatched them up without really even looking at them. So that gave me a nice surprise when I got home and found Pumpsie Green with the glorious rookie trophy among them.

Had I looked through the stack, I probably would have left some of them there. I'm ok with rounded corners and some creasing, but writing on a card, especially the front, will usually sour it for me.

But overall they were in good enough shape. I have no plans to work on 1960 Topps, so these will likely go to my vintage trade box, checking to see if Bo needs any of them (If anyone else is working on '60 Topps without concern for condition, let me know.)

 More '60 Topps.

A '58 and a couple '59s were my oldest pickups of the day.

Looks like I've already got these 3 in my '70 Topps setbuild, but they might be condition upgrades. Love that Al Oliver card (it's his birthday today, btw).

And more from sets I've already completed, but I'll check in case they're upgrades for me. And hey, Vida Blue is a PC guy, so I might be able to use one of them there. At first I assumed the darkened-in Yankees logo on Stan Williams' cap was the work of a kid with a pen-- but nope, looks like that's just how Topps made that card.

And that's a wrap on the dimebox vintage. Nothing too incredible (besides maybe the Pumpsie rookie), but hard to beat a ten cents a pop for classic cardboard. A few of these might make it into my "flagship binder" (one page per flagship set) and I'd assume several will become trade fodder for my next swap with Bo, hopefully turning some of these into set needs for me.

More dimebox highlights coming soon. Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Card Show Kellogg's

Nice card show haul for me today. I spent the majority of my time digging through one of Bill's dimeboxes, tapping out at 357 cards (pictured above center) for $35. That was only one of 5 or 6 dimeboxes he had out on the table, but I was hitting overload and had to move on. Before I hit the road, I also snagged a discounted 2019 Archives blaster ($15), and popped over to check on the offerings from the guy who last month sold me the starter lots of 1970 Topps and 1972 Topps. This time what instantly caught my eye was a box of Kellogg's for $25. I took a quick look inside to make sure the cards weren't all like ripped in half or something, but I was pretty sure it was coming home with me no matter what. The guy said he was surprised the box had lasted that long (it was pushing 11:30 at this point).

The majority of the cards were 1980 Kellogg's, about half of which were in sleeves (below) and half that weren't (above). Some dupes, but not much. And some cracking here and there, but in solid condition overall. And these aren't just "commons".. names like Rose, Schmidt, Seaver, Bench, Brett, etc.

There are 60 cards in the '80 Kellogg's set, so this could probably be considered a near-complete set. I'll have to dig out what I've already got and come up with a wantlist soon and get this one polished off.

The next most plentiful set was the following year, 1981 Kellogg's. Some good names in there, too.

And some stragglers from other years. Steady Eddie and The Kid highlight these.

The card taped to the top of the box, Sonny Siebert, peeled off without issue. Might have been a little "false advertising" since there were no other '71 Kellogg's in the box, but hey, I'm still very happy with the purchase. I've been penciling in working on vintage Kellogg's baseball sets once I wrap up some of my other pokers currently in the fire, so a good priced lot of 100+ cards like this was right up my alley.

That's it for today. I'll post soon showing off some highlights from the dimebox dig and when I bust the Archives box.

Friday, October 11, 2019

got myself a glow-in-the-dark bat!

I follow a guy named J. Daniel on Twitter who churns out several solid baseball-related tweets per day. A couple weeks ago he tweeted out something about glow-in-the-dark Louisville Slugger bats being available. Welp, I had to get myself one.

Personalized! Made it the new header for the blog, at least for a little while.

They make you check a terms & conditions box when you order saying that the bat is for decoration only, not for actually hitting baseballs with. Guess they must use softer/cheaper wood for these? Sadly, I don't think I've cranked any fly balls since the late 90s, so that wasn't an issue for me. Plus it wasn't exactly cheap ($70), so it's not like I'd want to risk breaking it or getting it all scuffed up.

It's got a little baseball ghost guy on it, playing up the Halloween angle. Me, I'm down with glow-in-the-dark stuff 24/7/365, not just in October, but the little guy doesn't bother me too much.

I've found it to be a crapshoot with picking up glow-in-the-dark stuff (especially cards)-- sometimes they glow great, other times they barely glow at all. Thankfully, this bat glows nice and bright. Love it!

Not the easiest to photograph while glowing, but you'll have to take my word for it that it looks good. Swinging it around in the dark is almost like wielding a lightsaber, but without the cool sound effect. LOL

Anyways, if you're interested in getting one for yourself, the link is [free shipping until 10/13] (I am not being compensated for this link, btw.)

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

1998 Godzilla - Glow-in-the-Dark spotlight

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As Halloween approaches, I figured I'd feature some glow-in-the-dark cards in a series of posts here. I love cards that glow and have been working on expanding that minicollection of mine lately.
Today we're looking at...

1998 Inkworks Godzilla - Glowzilla inserts

Yep, Inkworks put out a card set for the 1998 Godzilla film (the Matthew Broderick one). All the cards in this product are "wideview" size: the shorter side is the standard 2.5 inches, though the other dimension is 4.5" (so an inch longer than standard 3.5").

There are 72 base cards in the set, though all I care about are the 6 glow-in-the-dark inserts. These "Glowzilla" chase cards form a puzzle.

Here's the full puzzle. I assume there are "tallboy" 6-pocket pages that these would fit, right? I'd like to binder my glowing cards sometime soon, though they're in a box for now.

And here it is glowing. Looks pretty good! I've never caught the flick, but this guy looks kinda like the offspring of a traditional Godzilla mated with a Xenomorph from Alien.

I bought the 6-card insert set in one go on eBay for a few bucks recently. These cards aren't very interesting separately, so you really need all 6 to have something. Though if you only get one, I suppose the head is the one you'd want.

Here it is glowing in dim lighting. Neat.

The backs each feature a little history of the Godzilla franchise. Seems the set was also released across the pond, as searching these cards on eBay results in several boxes of "UK edition" or "(European)". I bought these inserts from a UK seller, though as far as I can tell, the cards themselves are identical to those released in the US, only minor differences on the boxes.

And that wraps up this initial glow-in-the-dark spotlight. I hope to be back with a few more over the next 3 weeks or so. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Ghost Whale reeled in

"Ghost Whale" this a thing?

So, "White Whale" is a rare card you dream of tracking down and/or affording someday. And "Gray Whale" is a not-so-rare card you want, but haven't found it for the right price yet.

I figure a "ghost whale" is a card you would love for your collection, but you're not sure it even really exists. (Not to be confused with a "ghost card", which is a card you could have sworn you had in your collection, but it's not there when you look for it. [I think these are also sometimes called gremlin cards.])

Many ghost whales for me are short-term stop cards. Like Willie McCovey on the A's... I sure would love to have a real (not a custom) card picturing Stretch during his brief stint in Oaktown. But as far as I'm aware, no mass-produced cards of that nature exist. Maybe someday. But for now, it's a ghost whale.

Another ghost whale I was hoping would pop up someday was a refractor reprint of Tony Gwynn's 1983 Topps rookie card. Yeah, I know Topps have driven reprints into the ground, and generally speaking I'd be in favor of Topps putting a moratorium on putting out any more reprints for a long time. But a while back, I noticed that although I've got several reprints of the '83 Topps Gwynn, none of them were refractors. And as it's human nature to want that which you do not possess, I started really wanted a refractor reprint of it. Hey, it's the most iconic card of my favorite player.. I was curious to see that classic butt-shot with some rainbow shine on it. Looking around on eBay and COMC, I couldn't find one.**

Then a few days ago, Topps Cards That Never Were posted about a factory set of 2019 Topps that included some Target exclusive bonus refractor reprints, and one of them was Tony. I asked Jeremy if it was available for trade, and a week or so later it showed up in my mailbox. Looks great!

A card so nice, let's look at it twice!

That's a ghost whale checked off!

**In working on this post, I found one sold-out on COMC that might also fit the bill.. 2014 Topps Chrome - All-time Rookie Reprints ..but that seems to be pretty rare (can't find one currently for sale) and I'm not positive it's a refractor.. might just be a regular chrome reprint.

A Brian Giles card was along for the ride in the PWE as well. Sweet!

Big thanks, Jeremy! I've sent you back a couple cards I hope you like.