Saturday, October 20, 2018

old customs trade bait

I've recently sorted out the pile of my customs that had been getting out of hand. Some of these are from back in 2015 when I first got into creating and printing out fun cards. I would sometimes end up making more than I needed back then. I try my best to share customs with my trade buddies who would get a kick out of them, but I'm not great at recordkeeping. Say, for example, I made a Kris Bryant card, I'd give a copy to all the Cubs fans I trade with on a regular basis. But I'm pretty bad with remembering who I sent it to, so sometimes I leave someone out or accidentally end up sending a second copy to somebody.

Anyways, I would like to thin out my supply of surplus custom cards. In this post, I'll show photos of what I've got hanging around. Don't be shy.. please speak up for anything you'd like! If I've traded with you before, I can set it/them aside for you and throw them in with the next trade package I send you. And if we haven't traded before, maybe something here will spark a first trade.. so get in touch and we can swing a little deal.

As for my usual spiel: I generally try to get my customs as close to "real" cards as I can (look, size, feel), but at the end of the day, these are homemade cards and aren't perfect. These are for fun, not intended to have monetary value. Generally speaking, I have no problem "reissuing/reprinting" my old customs when I run out and need more. There was a time when I occasionally sold them, but now they're strictly trade-only. I don't put a lot of "value" in these cards, but between the time and supplies that go into the process, I don't exactly want to just give them away, you know? But just trade me a little something and I'll be happy.

So here we go. Again, just let me know in the comments (or via email or Twitter) if you'd be interested in having anything here thrown in with a trade from me!

Ted Williams minor league Goudey style custom, available in both "reprint style" and artificially aged "vintage style".

Not sure why I made so many of this Mattingly Goudey custom! Again, available in new and vintage wear. Please take one or two of these off my hands if it's something you'd be into.

More Mattingly customs! What can I say, I trade a lot with Yankees fans, and Donny Baseball usually goes over well as a bonus surprise.

Some extra Inauthentic Autographs from Ghostbusters stars.

Lovely ladies. It's a shame that Carrie Fisher auto card is destined to never be signed. This is an extra/backup I made. I did have a TTM "success" with one of these.

Bill Murray


Lots of Kris Bryant.

Wade Boggs customs, including some made for TTM requests. He used to be a good signer, but I think I heard he hasn't been so good lately, unfortunately.

More Simpsons cards.

The great Vin Scully. (Update: I hate that the Dodgers just won the pennant. But hey, if i have to frame it in a positive light, I'm happy for Vin Scully.)

Hostess and whatnot.

Not sure why I made so many of that Mike Reinbach card, as he's a pretty obscure dude I collect.

Some "aged" minis.

Lots more minis.

Pretty Girls.

That'll do it. Again, if you want any of these to make their way into the next trade package/PWE I send your way, just say the word!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Official mid-70s Topps setbuild kickoff post

I'm officially building the mid-70s Topps sets now (meaning I've got wantlists up and ready for your perusal). 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977 Topps: it's on. I'm thinking my long-term goal is going to be completing a run from 1970 through 1985. I've already finished 1971, 1973, 1980, 1982, and 1983. I've also already got my needs listed for 1978. Still in the "looking for bulk starter lots" phase are 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1984, and 1985.

Thanks in part to a big mostly-vintage trade with Bo, I'm already over the hump with 1974 Topps, at 62% complete, though much of what I've got falls into the "would like to upgrade someday" category. Bo helped me out with the two Big Dave rookie cards of the set: Winfield and Parker, though Winfield is miscut and Parker is, well, cut. My wantlist is up here in a Google docs spreadsheet.. Looking for trades! Though it's technically only 660 cards deep, factoring in all the errors/variations and the team checklists and the Traded cards, the master checklist comes out to 746 cards.

Bo also helped me make strides with 1975 Topps. In contrast to the '74 set with all its variations n' extra crap, '75 Topps is a refreshingly simple 660 card set with nothing else to worry about (I'm not going after the mini parallel set at this point in time.) Seeing as I've already got the Brett and Yount rookies, and Bo hooked me up with a nice Gary Carter RC, this one shouldn't be too tough. I'm nearly to the midway point, at 48.94% complete. Here's my 1975 needs spreadsheet.

As for 1976 and 1977 Topps, I didn't have time to get into it in my "5 minute" post the other day, but since there's no time limit on this post I can tell you that I'm trying something new with these two sets and using the Trading Card Database for my checklists rather than creating my own personal lists. While I appreciate the flexibility of making my own google doc spreadsheet, TCDB has benefits such as making your wantlist available to more potential trade partners.

1976 Topps wantlist at TCDB - Only 2% complete here. Ouch. Not many high-dollar cards in this set, so it's really just a matter of rounding up cards. But might take me a while unless I score a nice bulk lot or two along the way.

1977 Topps wantlist at TCDB - I'm at 13% here, a decent foothold but still a long way to go.

Bo also sent me a solid lot of 1981 Fleer. One of these days I'll get a wantlist together for this set, with a long-term eye on completing a run of 80s Fleer someday. (So far I've just got 1984 and 1986 [and 1987 Update] finished.)

A few nice PC additions wrap up this great trade package from Bo. Sweet Bryce Harper Bowman RC... Wonder if the Nats will be able to hang onto him or if he'll end up somewhere else this offseason.

Thanks again for the big trade, Bo! You pretty much wiped out my for-trade vintage, but I'll try to build it back up soon enough. (You can check out my end of the trade on his post here.)

And again, if anybody has any available '74-'77 Topps, feel free to take a look at my wantlists linked in this post and get in touch about hashing out a trade. Thanks!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Custom TTM success: Karen Allen as Mrs. Smalls!

Earlier today, it was announced Karen Allen would have hobby-only autographed Sandlot inserts in 2018 Topps Archives (hobby boxes come out on October 24th). So I guess my "completed" auto set isn't quite finished after all.

Ironically.. on the very day of the announcement.. I get a TTM return in my mailbox from whom? Yep, Karen Allen!

I'm sure I'll track down a certified Archives auto soon enough, but it won't be able to hold a candle to a personalized auto, wishing me all the best, on a card I made.

This is my second TTM success from her. The first one took 380 days to come back (2016-2017). This one, less than a fortnight. Haha.. you just never know with through-the-mail requests.

Thank you so much, Ms. Allen! Means a lot to me!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chronicles of Fire

With a $20 Target gift card and an expiring-soon Topps "$1 off a fat pack" coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I walked over to the downtown Target yesterday during a break at work. As you can see, I settled on a fat pack of 2018 Topps Fire and a blaster of 2018 Panini Chronicles.

I'm not a big fan of Fire, though I do kinda like their shiny parallels. I lucked into a couple guys I collect here, in Yelich and Altuve. As far as the base cards, the Andujar RC was the clear highlight.

The best card of the pack was this shiny orange Canseco numbered to 299.

Not a total stinker of a pack, but even with the buck off, probably wasn't the best use of my money.

Would I have better luck with the Chronicles blaster?

Love the Trout Crusade. This was my first time ripping any of the product. Its debut last year just seemed super boring to me, but the 2018 version looked interesting from what I had seen on the blogs. It's a crazy mishmash of a bunch of product lines thrown together, many of which haven't been used for baseball before, but are familiar to basketball and/or football collectors. All the variety makes for a fun, if disjointed, rip.

These Revolutions are nice n' sparkly. I did well pulling 3 guys I collect: Mookie, Judge, and Devers.

Some rookies I've heard of. Prizm Andujar RC. Score Ohtani RC. The only reason I'm familiar with Brandon Woodruff is because he hit a big postseason home run the other day.

One thing that will surely confuse collectors in the future is that the backs of the cards don't identify themselves as 2018 Panini - Chronicles Baseball (which, by the way, is very considerate thing Panini usually does, specifying what product the card is from), but instead labels them by the subproduct.

A few less-interesting keepers. This blaster was rare in that my stack of keepers (PC guys and notable rookies) was significantly bigger than the stack of castaway/tradable cards. That pretty much never happens unless maybe I'm trying to build the set. It's likely due to this product focusing on stars and top rookies, so there aren't a lot of "nobodies" in there.

Here are the cards up for trade. Only the Farmer is numbered (#/299). Let me know if you want to trade for anything.

And I saved the best card for last...

Not exactly a "sick mojo hit" (would have been sweet if it was autographed), but I was still pretty stoked to pull this Gleyber Torres parallel RC #'d a scant 2/5. I've joked before that I had "too much pride" to ever collect cards of someone named Gleyber, and I stand by that (it's a name for a Muppet, not a man), but think I might need to hang onto this card just so I'll at least have one nice card of his in case he reaches his high ceiling and blossoms into an all-time great or something. He had an impressive rookie season and he's only 21.

So yeah, that Chronicles box was fun. I'm tempted to go back to Target and grab another one, but I probably shouldn't push my retail luck.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

5 or so Minute Post

I'm not counting time spent on images or even this introductory paragraph, but I'm going to try to bust out a 5 minute post, as is all the rage on the cardsphere lately. Daniel from It's like having my own Card Shop originated the challenge. I generally take a long time writing. It's not uncommon for me to go back and edit my posts even after I've published them. My wife gives me shit for taking several minutes to type a simple email, laboring more than I probably need to. A big reason I'm quiet in person is I need plenty of time to sort out my thoughts before I speak, and as a result, I'm not much for conversation. But anyways, let's get the stopwatch app going... starting.. NOW!

My first TCBD trade! $30 Robert threw me a bone and I had my first official trade, highlighted by a couple big names for my future 77 setbuild.

Also a pair of '76s. Thanks, Robert!


Next is a surprise PWE from mr. haverkamp...

He finished off my 1987 Fleer set!
Ellis Burks once-hot rookie.
Steve Carlton hanging on.
Big Man Cecil Fielder before he got big.
Greg Minton looks odd as a real photo.. I'm most used to his airbrushed monstrosity from '78 Topps, I think it is.

Thanks, Jim!


Only 3 minutes so far!

Signed 8x10 of Charles Durning from Padrographs Rod to make up for accidentally giving me a Durning auto a while ago. LOL. Looks good! Thanks, Rod!

Made it under 5!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Live and Let Die

The Guns N' Roses song next up in my "Guns N' Randoms" series of posts named after their songs is "Live and Let Die" which is of course a cover of the classic Paul McCartney & Wings song that was the theme to the 1973 James Bond flick of the same name. Sometimes I use the title as a challenge to put together some cards under a theme, and this one features spies/intelligence operatives.

H. Jon Benjamin! I was very happy to see him pop up on the 2018 Ginter auto checklist, though I had some patience and didn't grab one right away. Recently snagged this one, and ponied up a little extra to get a Ginter X auto with the silver ink, and not only that, but the Christmas Card! His distinctive voice is best known today as superspy Archer and Bob from Bob's Burgers. I love those shows, but I've been a fan since his early days on Home Movies and Dr. Katz. Just a real funny dude.

I gotta admit I've never watched even 60 seconds of 24. But I've loved Mary Lynn Rajskub (pronounced "Rice Cub") for a long time for her comedy work. Mr. Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Always Sunny, Arrested Development, and much more. She was even on an episode of Home Movies, to tie it in with the H. Jon Benjamin auto. So it was cool to sang a certified auto of hers (Her signature looks like "PG" but still cool). Again, I really like the silver ink, though putting it on a grey background probably wasn't a great design choice, but I caught it in the light ok in this photo.

And hey, since it's a James Bond themed post, howabout the man called "Jaws" himself, the late, great Richard Kiel! I've got a MST3K dvd staring him signed by Joel. But it's cool to have the big man himself in my card collection now, picking up this Topps 75th Anniversary auto a while back.

Have a great week, everybody.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Comic Book Breakdown: Huckleberry Hound #1 (Nov 1970)

Time for another installment of Comic Book Breakdown where we take a look at some highlights from a random comic book in my little collection.

Huckleberry Hound, bitches! And it's a #1! Big money! haha Nah, in this condition, we're looking at "dollar bin" territory, but still cool. Got this and a few other comics in a trade for customs earlier this year. The cover is a little beat up, but I love it. If/when I get serious about collecting comics again, I'd probably go hard with off-condition old stuff. As opposed to baseball cards that I like to be "in mint condition" I think I prefer old comics roughed up.

It makes me sad that people get comics graded/slabbed so they can never be read again. Baseball cards, I get. Sure, you can't smell or feel a card when it's encased, but visually (what counts), you're not missing anything. I know some old-school card collectors are against graded cards, but they don't really bother me. But graded comics on the other hand.. yes, that bothers me. While the covers are often great, inside is where the heart is. Seems a shame to seal that off.

The inside cover ad is for nail care?! "Long, beautiful nails"? Wait, is this comic aimed at young ladies? I guess Huckleberry is meant to have unisex appeal, but that seems odd.

I feel like the Hanna-Barbera glory days were just a little before my time, though I recall catching some Huckleberry Hound cartoons here and there as a kid. Probably my all-time favorite Hanna-Barbera jam is the Yogi's First Christmas special (1980), which Huckleberry had a small part in. He always seemed pretty cool, with his laid back demeanor and southern drawl.

Vol. 1 No. 1 dated November 1970. Hmm.. looks like there were Huckleberry Hound comics going back into the 1950s, so I'm not sure how they got away with this being a #1. I guess it was the first one with Charlton Comics, while the older ones were from Dell. But I'm not much of a comic book historian, so take anything I say with a grain of salt.

In the last installment of Comic Book Breakdown (which was the first), Billy Kingsley schooled me: "The standard rule of thumb is dating them three months after issue, but some times and companies vary. It was determined in the early 1940s that clueless newsstand keepers would return them for a refund thinking they were old, but a date in the future would keep them on the shelves longer." Ok, so if it says November 1970, this probably hit stands around August of 1970.

The #1 song in August of 1970 was "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters. I've always kinda liked the song, in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

So this first story involves Huckleberry trying to find someplace without pollution to just sit back chill at for a while without litter and smog harshing his mellow. Wow, even back in 1970 people were getting concerned about the environment? If only humans would have been more like Huckleberry here and given more of a shit back then, maybe we wouldn't be so screwed today. Hell, at this point, I'm just thankful I never had kids... for their sake. It's only gonna get worse from here. That's one good thing about being old.. I'll be gone by the time the shit really hits the fan.

But getting off my soapbox, yeah, Huckleberry went so far as to travel to space, but even then he ended up getting hit in the crotch with a Mars Soda bottle.

Geez, calm your tits, Huckleberry! I thought you were supposed to be laid back? Now you're pulling a shotgun on strangers?


So in this story, Huckleberry wins a grand prize. When I first read it, looked to me like he won $500, which seems pretty good to me.. not sure why he's dying over it. But then looking closer, there's a decimal point, so just $5.00. Sure, not worth going through a lot of trouble (Huckleberry did some trash-digging to find his ticket), but still.. free money is free money!

Here's a kinda cool ad. Photos and posters of celebrities. If this offer were still valid today, I'd probably go for all the Beatles stuff (who had just broken up a few months prior to this, in April 1970), and maybe a Monkees group poster. Let me know in the comments who you'd go for.

Let It Be was the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970

The next story is the longest one in the comic.. several pages, taking place in medieval times. Huckleberry lucks into being knighted.

Hey now! This wouldn't fly in today's "me too movement" culture, but back then, an amorous dragon who wouldn't take no for an answer was just silly.

This ad shames dropouts to buy some books and study for their GED. If you pass, you can book a flight to wonderful Miami to throw your mortarboard in the air. Oh hey, speaking of Florida, I hope all you guys in the South are safe from Hurricane Michael.

Then there was a one-page Mr. Jinks story. And by the way, the mice on the cover, Pixie and Dixie, do not appear inside the comic. So misleading!

Then there was a weird, non-humorous swamp story. Seemed out of place in a Huckleberry Hound comic book, but I suppose a little variety is nice.

Bridge over Troubled Water was the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records.

Here's me yesterday when Greg Z. told me the Christian Yelich card I bought for $3 had recently sold for $72.

Lol, no in this final story, Huckleberry buys a used car that turns out to have belonged to some thieves and had a bunch of cash hidden in it.

You gotta wonder just how many thousands of little boys bought Xray Specs like these in a vain attempt at seeing a titty.

So much gun violence for a Huckleberry Hound comic! If only Huckleberry had his shotgun with him, he could have stood his ground. #sensiblegunlawsnow

Anyways, the cops catch the bad guys and take the car (and cash) as evidence. Poor Huckleberry.

One last "crazy shit you can buy" ad. A shirt with a Playboy bunny logo would be kinda cool. Sending live chameleons through the mail seems cruel. I always wanted to get a venus flytrap. Hmm.. I've got a few fruit flies buzzing around my house. I could go for a carnivorous plant for a buck.

Thanks for joining us for this episode of Comic Book Breakdown! See you next time.