22 November 2017

Topps Triple Threads Dickey

I'm pretty tired tonight, so this will be a short post. I thought about skipping out altogether, but I usually feel better if I manage to get a post written.

This card comes from 2013 Topps Triple Threads. It's some kind of multi-relic parallel, numbered # 3 / 9. The player on the front is knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, whose pitching is considered 'Trickey.' The relic windows are filled with bat pieces. 

I got the card on eBay, and probably for a decent price. The back of the card manages to link Trickey Dickey up with Richard 'Tricky Dick' Nixon.

21 November 2017

Three Fred Hembeck Marvel Sketches

I snagged a few more sketch cards from Fred Hembeck's eBay store, since he listed some characters I like. Right now I think he's got a bunch of combo cards listed, picturing comic book characters standing with Santa. The Punisher one he's got listed is pretty funny, as Punisher is holding a couple of gifts with gun barrels poking out of them.

First up is She-Hulk, a character I apparently already had a Hembeck sketch of. This one is a little bit different, so no harm done. The back features Hembeck's usual self-portrait and certificate of authenticity. I think the purple and white costume works pretty well for She-Hulk and is a bit of a nod to Hulk's famous purple pants, but my favorite She-Hulk costume is her blue and white one from her time as Thing's replacement on the Fantastic Four. There is also a red, yellow, and blue variant from a different stint on the Fantastic Four that is pretty neat.

The second sketch I got was the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman in her traditional uniform. Hembeck added a little extra to the sketch by showing her leg phasing into invisibility. I thought it was a pretty cool sketch of a character that doesn't get much time in the sketch card spotlight, especially with Marvel's legal battles surrounding the movie rights to the Fantastic Four. It's been several years since the team had a comic in print, although Human Torch and Thing are coming back in a Marvel Two-In-One series soon.

The next sketch features Invisible Woman in a costume that debuted in late 1992, when Marvel was trying to be X-Treme and X-Citing! Susan Storm announced that the old jumpsuit uniforms made her feel frumpy, so she was unveiling this new look. The keyhole swimsuit costume only lasted a few issues before artists started filling in more fabric over time, and eventually her uniform pretty much went back to where it started. I still remember seeing this costume on a comic book cover at the store and being like, "Whaaaat?" so I guess it had the eye-catching effect that Marvel needed to get attention from juvenile male comic buyers. Hembeck added the invisibility effect to this sketch as well, on her left arm.

Those are three of my latest Hembeck acquisitions. I like following his auctions to see which characters he will offer next, and sometimes I bid on and even win a few.

20 November 2017

WWE Topps Now Connor's Cure

I don't buy a lot of WWE Topps Now cards, but I get one here and there. One thing I do try to do is pick up a copy of any Topps Now card that has some kind of charitable component to it. Every so often Topps will release a card with the announcement that proceeds are going to a particular cause. There was one a while back for hurricane recovery in Houston, and another one that donated to veterans' organizations on Memorial Day.

This particular card celebrated a meet & greet benefit that the WWE held in order to raise funds for the Connor's Cure organization, which supports research on pediatric cancer. I'm not much of a cancer fan, and pediatric cancer is one harsh sonofagun. That made this card an easy purchase for me.

One of my coworkers is currently fighting melanoma, and it's a pretty dire diagnosis. It went into remission once, but it's come back stronger and in more places. He's been having a rough go of it recently. We deployed to Iraq together in the same Army National Guard unit in 2004, and we've worked at our day jobs in the same building since 2008. Currently we are in the same work area as Contract Specialists. He's been like a big brother to me in many ways, and we've been through a lot of crazy stuff. If you're feeling generous, I'd invite you to click the link above and make a donation to the GoFundMe account on his behalf. He's got a list of things that he wants to do with his family along with all of the medical costs and uncertainties that go along with the disease, so every little bit is appreciated. He's a genuinely good guy.

19 November 2017

Contested Shots 29: Charlotte Flair Relic from Sports Card Info

Back in October I won a contest on the Sports Card Info blog. It's taken me a while to get the post up, because I was out of town for a month.

The card I won was this Charlotte Flair mat relic from the 2017 Topps WWE Women's Division set. It contains a bit of the mat from the Survivor Series 2015 event. The timing of this contest was pretty cool for me, as I met Charlotte Flair at a book signing on September 30th.

This year's Survivor Series event was tonight, and Charlotte Flair defeated Alexa Bliss in their match during the evening. I didn't watch the event, although I thought about it. I am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things at home, and I didn't feel like adding more noise into my life. My kids have been on one today, and I have had a month without all of the sound and questions. I'll be a little happy to go to work in the morning and sit in silence for a bit.

Also included in the prize package was a pin with the Sports Card Info logo on it. I think it's pretty neat. The Sports Card Info blog holds a lot of contests and posts plenty of card reviews and box breaks. Go and check it out if you don't already have it on your blog roll. Thanks for the contest!

18 November 2017

Danica Torque Quad Relic / 25

I spent a few hours on an airplane yesterday, and got home late in the evening. There was a veritable mountain of mail on my desk, and when I opened it all I wound up with a couple good-sized stacks of new cards to run through the scanner. It's nice to be home, although it's been a little hard getting re-accustomed to the noise and bustle that go along with my three sons and two dogs. The difference in time zones is a difficult adjustment, too.

Danica Patrick recently made the official announcement that she would retire from full-time competition after this year. She is scheduled to appear in a couple of races next year, but not a full-time ride. All of my favorite drivers are retiring. They will still get cards printed, but it would be nice to have an active driver to focus on.

This card comes from 2016 Panini Torque, and is part of the Quad Materials insert set. This is the Green parallel of the card, numbered # 02 /25. I've already shown the Red parallel of this card, and this Green one doesn't look a whole lot different outside of the foil color being different. This was an eBay pickup for me.

16 November 2017

Neil Magny 6 / 8 Red Parallel

My month away from home is nearly at an end, which is a great relief for me. It wouldn't be so bad, I guess, if we had internet access in our barracks. It might also be nice to have regular beds instead of bunk beds, and thermostats in our rooms. That's nearly over now, though, as I fly home tomorrow. I should have a veritable mountain of mail waiting for me, so I'm looking forward to opening a lot of padded envelopes.

I did get to visit New York City last weekend, which was pretty cool. One of the guys in my class grew up there, so he led us all around. I saw the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 memorial and museum, Times Square, Katz's Deli, Freedom Hall, and some other stuff. I was pretty happy about it.

Here's a card I picked up a while back. It's a 2015 Topps UFC Knockout Ruby parallel of Neil Magny. These are pretty scarce, with my copy being numbered # 6 / 8. I was glad to find one on eBay for my collection.

06 November 2017

Topps Now Giancarlo Stanton Card of the Month

One of the perks of buying items directly from the Topps website is that you can earn loyalty points, which can be exchanged for things like special trading cards or coupon codes for discounts. At some point in August, I qualified for a new level in the loyalty program and chose to receive the Topps Now Card of the Month. At the time I ordered, it was a mystery as to what the card would actually feature. 

I got the card in the mail at some point, and discovered that it pictured Giancarlo Stanton and commemorated his being the 6th player in MLB history to reach 50 home runs for the season by the end of August. I like the image selected for the card, with all of the signs in the background. 

The back of the card is fairly sparse, with the card number, Stanton's name, team logo, a date, and a list of the six players to complete the feat. It's an impressive list of Mashers, although there are several names on the list that some would put an asterisk next to.

I was pretty happy with this card. Free cards are some of the best cards.

I am currently at the gas station on Fort Dix, trying to make use of the WiFi since my barracks don't have access, but the employees are mopping the floor around my feet, so I'd better cut this off and head back to my room. I guess it's a sign of dedication to my blog that I will walk a mile each way just to write up a post.