Thursday, June 30, 2016

State of The Blog: June 2016

JUNE 2016

OK lets see once again it is the very last day of the month and my damn procrastinating has got me fighting the very last seconds to get a post in on this month. Dammit. That also means the same thing for my Curly W Cards blog. FRACK!

OK real quick this is post number 16 for this year. That means a minimum of another 6 posts and not quite 2 posts per month on average. Oh and WOW I had 9 posts in January I was on a huge winning streak then. I need to do better dang it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ACK! I've Got Nothing Of A Post

Once again  have let a month slip by me and have to rush to get a post in before the end of the month to meet my own personal posting quota of at least one post a month. Even if it is a quick and dirty one. Well I do have a few things I really want to post but my damn procrastination of doing the necessary scanning for them prevents me from making those posts. Some of them are partly drafted up just waiting for their scans dontcha know.

In the quick and especially dirty. There is the world of politics. This being an election year and the choices we have are not very enjoyable. That reminds me I need to look out for the latest version of these things.

Since 1972 every election year there has been at least one company that has put out a deck of Parody playing cards that feature the popular political figures of the day. They are called Politicards. Somewhere around here I had mentioned the originals. Since this is a quick and dirty post I am not going to go hunting for my past post that barely mentioned the Original 1972 deck. My "Politicards" label should lead you to it.  To the best of my knowledge I have each of the decks except for this current 2016 set.  Which I think they went super cheesy on this year with making kid versions of the politico caricatures and calling it "PolitiKids".

This was just a quick and dirty way to slip in a card I had scanned at one time but apparently haven't posted about. Due mostly to discussing this card on a trading card forum for some all out bring em out drag em down throwdown contest I came in 3rd or 4th or something.

2012 Politicards - Queen of Diamonds Sarah Palin

Monday, April 11, 2016

Clowning Around A Little

Last spring training (2015) Comedian/Actor Will Ferrell pulled a publicity stunt for an HBO "Funny or Die" series where he played on 10 MLB teams in the Cactus League in one day. He played all nine positions and had two at bats. The logistics and the "contracts" must have been a nightmare. The ten teams he played for were: Athletics, Mariners, Angels, Cubs, Diamondbacks,  Reds, White Sox, Giants, Dodgers and Padres.

Anyway Topps in their infinite wisdom of all things trading cards made a 10 card Will Ferrell Sub-Set for 2015 Topps Archives Baseball. They also have autograph version of his cards and of course each of the millions of parallels they produce each and every year. Each of his cards is on a different vintage or modern style card. I wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue these at first but then I thought OK as long as I don't spend too much on them. It would be nice to get the autograph versions but those like most things card related people are selling for just too damn much. Back in January this year (2016) from Ebay I got the first of the cards from the set for $2.99 + $3.00 shipping. $5 or $6 total is all I want to spend for each card. I might go up to about $10 including shipping but these quite frankly aren't worth more than about $5 each in my book.

2015 Topps Archives Baseball: 1965 Baseball Style
WF-1 Will Ferrell Athletics
(Front and Back)

As with many of Will's promotional gimmicks he was more playing around jack-ass clown than serious working participant. I need to get the other nine cards in this set. I also need to get the other 2/3 of the original 1965 Topps Baseball set I need that I have been trying to finish building for the last 2 years. Technically for the last 51 years.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

NCIS Box Toppers: Abby and Gibbs

"Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs!"
"Whatcha got Abbs?"

I am real excited about these two cards I got from Ebay. It took a while to find them at a price I could afford, and on one of them I paid a bit more than I really wanted to but less than what it normally starts at. These two are a bit hard to find at a good price, since most sellers ask for way way too much. [What else is new?] So the scoop on these cards. They are from the Non-Sport trading cards powerhouse that is called Rittenhouse. If there are trading cards for a TV show or movie they are probably the company currently producing them.

These two beauties are the box toppers from the NCIS Premiere Edition Trading Cards. They were seeded one per box. The base set is only 36 cards from the first 72 episodes (The first 3 seasons plus the first two episodes from season 4) of the television show NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service. One of my absolute FAVE shows, usually number One tied with The Blacklist. The characters are two of my faves and if either of them left the show they would have to end it - IMHO

I will show them in reverse order of arrival since the first one I received has a bit longer story to tell, and numerically it is the second of the two.

2012 NCIS: Premiere Edition Box Topper Cards

This first card, the second to arrive was at a manageable $20.00 BIN w/ $2.50 shipping.

CT1: Leroy Jethro Gibbs played by Mark Harmon "Give it to me IN ENGLISH"
#d 222/225

Now this next one I went a little more nutso on. It originally had a BIN or BO (Best Offer) of $39.78 w/ $2.25 shipping. I wanted to offer $20 or $25, but I didn't want to risk being seen as low-balling and be totally ignored so I made an offer of $30.00 (approx. $10 lower) and the seller accepted it.

As you can see by the scan(s) it has a large gold "seal" to prove it is legit and hasn't been tampered with. When I first began seeing cards like this with their seals I thought it was great, but many of these seals are way too large cover up details that I would rather be able to see. For some sealed cards I plan on "unsealing"  them not worrying about any loss in value or prestige. Face it the seals are just another flashy gimmick. The image for the Gibbs card in the Ebay listing also showed a seal but it wasn't sent that way. I was a little bummed about that but Oh well as I said the seal is just a flashy gimmick.

CT2: Abby Sciuto played by Pauley Perrette "I'M A SCIENTIST, luck has nothing to do with it"
#d 145/225

Here is what I still need for this card set:

2012 Rittenhouse NCIS Premium Pack:
Base Set (0/36): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36

Character Cards (0/9): C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9

Autograph Cards: (0/18): Pauley Perrette, Alicia Coppola, Alan Dale, Michael Nouri, Bob Newhart, Cheryl Ladd, Sandra Hess, Sean Harmon, Pancho Demmings, Charles Durning, Rocky Carroll, Lauren Holly, Brian Dietzen, Scottie Thompson, Stephanie Mello, Jessica Steen, Rena Sofer, Diane Neal

Box Topper (2/2): Complete

Promo Cards: (4/4): Complete

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Trading Thursday: This One Is On Eleven

18 Feb 2006

I originally intended to post this on last Thursday the 11th. Like usual I got lazy and there is no big demand on this type of post so it doesn't matter when I post it if ever. OK so this Trading Thursday Post is actually the 5th one if my recollection and count is correct. Even though the first one wasn't technically a TT in name yet. OK so most of my stuff has been junk years stuff or from the last few years and unfortunately seem to be very boring to all. *loud heavy sigh*

This Week's Offerings:
Yeah that says what it means.

Got some "tall boys" to trade. These are the 1990s style tall boys so not as TALL as the older 1960s and 70s Tall Boys.

1993 Classic Games: Classic Futures: Tall Boys
5 Jamal Mashburn Kentucky (drafted by Mavericks)
1993-94 Fleer NBA Jam Session: Tall Boys
22 Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets
23 Alonzo Mourning Charlotte Hornets
49 Jamal Mashburn Mavericks (1st round draft pick)
1of8 Flashing Star: Anfernee Hardaway Magic
7of8 Second Year Star: Isaiah Rider Timberwolves
1997 Topps Basketball: 148 Kevin Garnett Timberwolves - Graded card by FGS (Finest Grading Service) Gem Mint 10

1992 Game Day: Tall Boys
468 Andre Rison Falcons
471 Phil Simms Giants
1994 Fleer Game Day: Tall Boys
164 Steve Jackson Oilers (born 4/8/69 NOT the current Steven Jackson from Rams/Falcons/Patriots)
189 Mark Collins Chiefs
205 James Jett Raiders
239 Terry Kirby Dolphins
242 Troy Vincent Dolphins
252 Warren Moon Vikings
292 Rodney Hampton Giants
302 James Hasty Jets
313 Eric Allen Eagles
320 Charlie Garner Eagles
370 Dana Stubblefield 49ers
389 Horace Copeland Buccaneers

1994 Nintendo Killer Instinct Tall Boys No Numbers
B. Orchid
TJ Combo

Previous Offerings
Previous posts/offers are listed here.

A Fifth Of February: All cards still available
Experiment Number One: All 3 cards still available
CFL Trading: All lots still available

If you would like to see a scan of any card I've mentioned please contact me and I can either Email the image or post in one my Picasa Web Albums (or my ancient Photobucket)

Friday, February 5, 2016

3 Cards Including A Dupe In A Bat Envelope

I'm not sure what is more exciting about this particular PWE I received the cards or the stamp that was used. OK the cards are what really excited me and the stamp was just an added bonus.

On a typical day last month (January 2016) I got two PWEs in the mail. One PWE had a card I bought from Ebay that I will talk about some other post and the other had 3 cards I got from Sportlots. All 3 cards were from an auction with a .25¢ opening bid plus .99¢ shipping (combined somewhat).

1968 Topps Football: 2 cards both cards a bit offcenter borderline miscut.
106 Ed Meador Rams coin rub cartoon on back totally blank must have been a dud.

(Front and Back)

107 Fred Cox Vikings back cartoon is regular printed one.

(Front and Back)

1963 Topps Baseball:
69 Bud Zipfel Senators. When I bid on this one unfortunately I didn't realize I already had it. Fortunately this one is in better condition than the one I had. So it is an upgrade.

( Front and Back)

Oh a cool thing about the PWE is the stamp was a Batman Forever stamp.

In the long run I'm not sure if I will actually keep the stamp.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Trading Thursday: A Fifth Of February

04 Feb 2006

Oops I goofed on the title for this week. I was thinking Thursday was the fifth for some reason. It is only the fourth.

OK so my followers count is now back up to 100. Yay and all that. Regarding trading I do admit I still owe a few people some packages from either an outstanding trade agreement from way back or contest winnings lot or what-have-you. It nags at me from time to time and the nagging is getting more intense. For the most part I know who I owe but there are a few I need to double check what it is I need to send. If you think I owe you some cards contact me and remind me what I am supposed to be sending your way.

This Week's Offerings:
Yeah that says what it means.

I am just going to list a whole bunch of cards right now. I won't post individual scans as my original concept of this series of posts was to be. Over time it would be too much of a chore and I would be limited to how many cards I could mention in a post. I can scan on request if needed.

1988 Donruss/Leaf All-Star Pop-Ups all "Unpopped" No Numbers:
Dwight Gooden Mets
Mark McGwire As
Ryne Sandberg Cubs
Dave Winfield Yankees (2)
1991 Topps Cracker Jack Micro 17 Mark Langston Angels - has two light creases one can be seen front and back the other just the front
1999 Upper Deck Choice Starquest Blue:
SQ10 Chipper Jones Braves
SQ19 Scott Rolen Phillies
2009 Goodwin Champions Memorabilia Series: GCM-BH Bill Hall Brewers all gray mesh swatch in "M"
2011 Topps Baseball: Diamond Anniversary "crushed ice" variant 466 Johnny Damon Rays
2012 Topps Bowman Chrome Baseball: 1st Card: BDPP23 Barrett Barnes Pirates
2013 Topps Baseball: Emerald Parallel: 164 Lucas Harrell Astros
2013 Topps Heritage Baseball:
317 Lance Berkman Rangers
358 Casey Kotchman Indians
2013 Topps Tier One: Relic: TOR-EH Eric Hosmer Royals all white mesh #d 334/399

1994-95 Classic Rookies Basketball (College Unis): Rookies: 5 Kevin Garnett USA uniform (Timberwolves) (2)
2003-2004 Upper Deck Basketball: LeBron's Diary LJ8 LeBron James Cavaliers
2008-09 Topps Chrome Basketball: 201 Courtney Lee Magic
2013-14 Panini Elite Basketball:
53 Deron Williams Nets
91 Andre Miller Nuggets
172 Andray Blatche Nets
198 Ty Lawson Nuggets

2004 Topps Bazooka Football: Bazooka All-Stars: BAS-RW Roy Williams Cowboys all blue mesh Jersey Relic
2008 Bowman Chrome Football: BC159 Justin Fargas Raiders

Previous Offerings
Previous posts/offers are listed here.

Experiment Number One: All 3 cards still available
CFL Trading: All lots still available

If you would like to see a scan of any card I've mentioned please contact me and I can either Email the image or post in one my Picasa Web Albums (or my ancient Photobucket)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Strive For '65 Status Saturday: Pitching Leaders

30 January 2016
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
 Current card count: 247/598 (249/600) 41.6%

I don't expect this update to be a very long or exciting one. Oh this card that came is the last one I was expecting. One of the ones I thought was coming was one that the seller couldn't find so I was refunded on the "lost" one. That means it will be a long while before I have another one of these posts.

The Latest Additions:
Tuesday 26 Jan 2016: One card only.
10 NL Pitching Leaders: Larry Jackson Cubs, Juan Marichal Giants, Ray Sadecki Cardinals - VG off-center toward right (toward left on back)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Trading Thursday: End Of January

End of January 2016

Not sure what will pop up this week. I do plan on updating old posts when cards get traded away or sold, or just plain gone from my collection. So far this experiment isn't getting any offers. I probably haven't shown anything that interests my two or three regular readers. I noticed I have lost some followers in recent days first it was down from 102 to 100 now it is down to 99. UGH! What did I do wrong?

I didn't press myself too much this past week or even last night (Wednesday) to get this done. So this installment isn't exciting at all. It will also not be linked as a "Previous Offerings" at the bottom. I still need to get into the habit of doing these I guess.

This Week's Offerings:
Yeah that says what it means.

I didn't grab anything specific, I still have a bit of brain freeze from the Blizzard of 2016. I didn't scan any tradebate so there is no specially featured cards for this one. I do have a bunch of Football and Basketball I could make some more recent team lots of, and I suppose I could also do some Hockey or Baseball team lots.

Previous Offerings
Previous posts/offers are listed here.

Experiment Number One: All 3 cards still available
CFL Trading: All lots still available

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Strive For '65 Status Saturday: Been SportLotin'

23 January 2016
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
 Current card count: 246/598 (248/600) 41.5%

As I mentioned last status update post (the first of this kind of post sort of) I did some ordering on Sportlots. The first cards that came in (last Saturday of curse the day my last update was posted) were all from one dealer at $1.00 each. There were five more modern cards with them from the 2003 Topps Bazooka set, but that doesn't matter here for this post. This post and any later posts will only mention cards from the 1965 Set build, even if it was just one card from a box of thousands.

I will list the cards newest arrivals listed first and grouped as they came.

The Latest Additions:

Friday 22 Jan 2016: 7 cards from Canada
46 Bob Lee Angels VG
47 Tommy Harper Reds VG
52 Ed Roebuck Phillies VG
57 St. Louis Cardinals Team Card VG
74 Red Sox Rookie Stars: Rico Petrocelli and Jerry Stephenson VG
82 Braves Rookie Stars: Santos Alomar and John Braun VG
431 Cardinals Rooke Stars: Nelson Briles and Wayne Spiezio EX

Wednesday 20 Jan 2016: One '65 card only
60 Jim O'Toole Reds VG/EX

Tuesday 19 Jan 2016: Wow I tied my record for most packages received for a card mail day at 13 packages (3 bubble mailers, 10 PWEs). Not all had 1965 cards, but I got a total of 13 cards to add to this set. Most of the envelopes had 2 or 3 cards with 4 cards being the most cards in an envelope (that one had no '65s) So here we go for this day:

64 Lou Burdette Cubs EX/NM

4 NL 1964 Home Run Leaders: Willie Mays Giants, B. Williams Cubs, J Callison Phillies, D. Cepeda Giants, Jim Hart Giants VG/EX
209 Pittsburgh Pirates team card VG has crease

19 Gates Brown Tigers EX/NM
338 Philiadelphia Phillies team card VG/EX

83 George Thomas Tigers EX
173 Detroit Tigers team card VG Front blot thing right side, back very clean

29 Felix Mantilla Red Sox VG front has medium to dark gum stain, dent/ding indentation left side by team banner
78 Dal Maxvill Cardinals EX/NM
426 Milwaukee Braves Team Card EX Back off center on bottom part of a cartoon top is on right.

9 AL 1964 Pitching Leaders: Dean Chance Angels, Gary Peters White Sox, W. Bunker Orioles, J. Pizarro White Sox, D Wickersham Tigers Overall good offcenter to bottom some back has some pencil marks underlining all the Chicago players.

36 Bobby Wine Phillies Excellent front has some printing goof dots on players hat and a light printing streak line.

423 Jesse Gonder Mets - In Excellent shape

Received on Saturday 16 Jan 2016: One package 3 cards.

61 Chris Cannizzaro Mets (The guy whose name was misspelled, well missing the first name initial actually, on checklist no. 1 card 79 to make that variant)
151 Kansas City Athletics Team Card - Very off-center to the bottom edge, very noticeable on the back
234 Chicago White Sox Team Card