Saturday, January 27, 2018

It Was 1980something...

It was 1980something and not only was I was born in it, but it was also a time when Garbage Pail Kids were first introduced (1985) and it is the setting for the show, The Goldbergs that is on TV Wednesday nights on ABC. And no, I am not a commercial.

Those three things play a role in today's 1980something post.

I recently found out that Topps included a Goldbergs subset in their latest Garbage Pail Kids release and I knew I had to have 'em. Not only is there the subset, but there is also parallels to them along autographed versions from the cast. Yes, autographed versions. I really want to collect some of those but I have heard the odds of finding them is the odds of being hit by lightning twice in a day. They are extremely rare is where I am going with this.

When I had asked Topps on Twitter about the set and told them how much I loved the show, a really nice guy I had never talked to on Twitter before asked me if I wanted the complete subset set of cards out of nowhere. How could I turn down that deal? So I gave him my info and a few days later my mail day from @CoachDaveOski arrived. Really cool of him and he packed them nicely and even sent some parallels along. Huge thanks to David for his generosity.

Now let's take a trip with these cards. So, if you haven't seen The Goldbergs yet, you are really missing out and you need to tune in. Just putting that right out there. If you have, kudos to you. But, if you haven't I will use the cards as a quick guidance of the show.

The cast is amazing, the show is hilarious, the characters are quite interesting, there is tons of nostalgia, memorable songs and plenty of touching family moments. It's everything you would want in a TV show wrapped up into one.

The show premiered in September of 2013 with my high anticipation on it and it did not disappoint. I even got to tweet my thoughts on the show with the real Adam F. Goldberg on Twitter and he responded. He doesn't anymore but I still tweet my thoughts on episodes just to let him know I am still watching and haven't missed one yet.

The show is loosely based on the Adam Goldberg's childhood, during which he videotaped events from it, and those events have been reenacted/re-imagined on the show. The cool thing about it is you get to see the actual clip from the real taping at the end of each episode and it's pretty darn near spot on.

The series is narrated by an adult Adam Goldberg in present time, well Patton Oswalt,

and showcases the 80's through child Adam's eyes in which you get to know his family, friends and the faculty at the school. You also see the struggles of each of the characters and how they in the end as a family sort out each situation.

Barry "Big Tasty" Goldberg is Adam's high strung/bit dim-witten big brother who likes to pretend he is either the next sports or rapping superstar. He tries so hard to dominate at everything he does but usually fails. He is a good kid however.

Erica Goldberg, who in real life didn't exist in Adam's life as he had two brothers, is the oldest sibling and is extremely talented at singing. She at times can be a bit rebellious especially if Beverly tries to overprotect her from something.

Speaking of Bev, Beverly Goldberg is the smother, I mean mother. She smothers her kids in kisses atan alarming rate and goes to the ends of the earth for them including marching in at school and letting the principal and teachers know her thoughts and opinions. She usually gets her way. She is overprotective, but she loves them.

Murray, the grumpy old furniture salesman, but sensitive dad, likes calling all of his kids morons but you can tell he loves em. He also enjoys sports and lounging in his favorite chair in his underwear. My kinda guy as I have gotten older.

Pops is Adam's right hand man and who Adam considers his best friend. Adam gets him to do crazy stunts for his videos and uses him for advice whenever possible. Pops is also Beverly's widower father.

I don't know why Topps didn't tackle more of the teachers but they did focus on Coach Mellor who really likes to wear the tightest shorts possible as Gym teacher. He is a no nonsense kinda guy who teaches kids lessons through sports.

I would have liked to have seen a card of Tim Meadows as Jonathan Glasscott the schools hapless Guidance counselor. His character is extremely funny when he appears. Maybe they will do a follow up set to include even more characters since there are so many fun ones.

So once again, if these cards and little tidbits on the show haven't enticed you yet, I encourage you to do so. I also encourage you to check out the newly released this week spinoff to The Goldbergs called,  Schooled, which covers the 1990somethings. I really liked the premier episode and hope it carries on as many of you know how much I love the 90's.

To end this post, I wanted to show off the parallels David nicely sent me as well,

I Really need to find myself some autographed versions of these somehow now that I have all of the subset cards. If you see any, feel free to send a trade my way!

Another thanks goes out to David for these and if you have seen The Goldbergs, let me know your favorite character or episode in comments and your thoughts on Schooled.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Rodney&Friends (Much Better Than Barney)

Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown and I pulled off yet another trade, our first of the New Year, this time it was a bigger one as opposed to our blind trades we usually do.

 And as usual my end from Gavin did not disappoint.

The Giants just hired their new coach this week who is supposedly an offensive genius in Pat Shurmur. So Hopefully I will see these guys tear it up on the field together next year with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr and a fully loaded Giants offense for Eli. Speaking of those guys, here are some cards of them. I also like the Nassib. Didn't have that one.

I am also not quite sold on the coach hire yet as he failed as a head coach the first time around. But, many other Hall Of Fame worthy coaches failed their first times as head coaches to. Some guys named Pete Carroll and Bill Belicheat. Yes, I will never stop calling him that.

Gavin also sent along some more Eli's, another Nassib (I think he is still with the Saints as Brees backpu or third string) and a couple Rueben Randles I needed. I haven't added to that PC in some time. Hopefully Randle will return next year after a year on the IR for the Bears.

This card reminded me of a few things. How much I miss the Giants glory days, how much I miss Upper Deck football products (I mean Panini would never put anything out like this with this photography) and how much I loved Super Bowl 42. This card will be re-featured in a post about that Super Bowl later on.

A lot of people only remember the Tyree catch, but this play right here was the real game changer.

Giancarlo or otherwise used to be known as Mike Stanton the newest Yankee. This is his Bowman rookie, one I didn't have and wanted. Gavin had stuck these up to claim so I went and snagged it fast. I hope all of the hype of having him in the Yankees lineup lives up. I worry sometimes they invested too much into Stanton money wise, I mean the Marlins got nothing in return for him, and he will get hurt or hit like 15 home runs.

And with all of my recent trades with bloggers, some Rodney's have been found and I am digging it!

Black Diamond triple diamond. Loving that gold look. 1998 Black Diamond had many levels of diamonds to chase from single to quad. I believe I have all of the first three, but the quads that were rare I may never find. If any of you find it, please trade it to me!

These King B "mini circle card thingies" I never understood where they came from but glad to finally have one of them I need crossed off my checklist. There are a few others I still need to add as well.

I showed off a mini supial card a few months ago from Pacific which is the mini version of this card but now I have the large version. Which isn't as big as a oversized, it's actually a normal sized card.

This card has actually two sides. Bernie Paramalee is on the other side but I got lazy and wanted to focus on the main character to this card movie.

Next card was this autograph of Odighizuwa. I was really hoping he would pan out but field performance and off the field issues just didn't help his case much. Thought he was the future at DE. But once again, another one of Jerry Reese terrible draft picks.
And finally was this, sweet, sweet Rodney Hampton back plate! Yes, a back plate. I have never seen one and never seen one listed for Rodney. I also believe I have the front plate to it once I find it I will post both together. It's my third Rodney Hampton plate.

I didn't show the back as plates in the 90's didn't have a write up like today's plates do. 90's plates simply had a metal back and that was it.

A huge thanks goes out to Gavin for yet another awesome mail day. I look forward to our next trade big or small.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Player Profile 2: Ichiro

Player Profile is a series that breaks down players I have pulled from my collection and designated as a player collection. These are mostly stars from the past and present and only include base cards and inserts. Hits and rookie cards are not counted. Some players I pulled because I was a fan of their game, others are obvious because of their play. Some players I actually look for cards of in packs while others get just placed in these boxes. This series will break down how many cards I have of the player, what my Top 5 favorite cards are of the player and why I pulled the player for a player collection.

This series will also cover all four sports I collect. 

Player By The Numbers For Ichiro: 98 Different Cards. This number does not include NY Yankee cards of him as they are in my Yankees binder and not included in his player collection. My Yankee card numbers will be updated on here at a later time.

What can I say about Ichiro, the guy is a super star who needed to be a by-the-player. He put up 10 consecutive seasons of 200+hits including an MLB record of 262. He is an MVP, Gold Glover, All Star, All Star Game MVP, and has a ton of stolen bases. This guy was/is the real deal.

He has played for the Mariners, my Yanks and the Marlins with his best numbers coming from his time with the Mariners.

Having 98+ cards of the guy it was a little tough narrowing down my favorite 5, but I did somehow.

#5 shows off Ichiro's swift base moves. Either that he is doing Chubby Checkers The Twist.

#4 has me wondering what Ichiro is doing. Is he posing for cameras? Does he spot Superman? Bird watching? Thinking if he should retire? Or is this a wax figure or future statue?
#3 is just just shiny cardboard and my best numbered card of him

#2 is not only my favorite product and the only refractor of him I own, but it's such a cool photography angle. The prism refractor just adds another level to this card.
#1B is on here because it pairs him with Griffey Jr. There is no way this card doesn't make the list.
#1A has always been a favorite of mine. I can't explain why. It's probably my most valuable Ichiro, that's not saying much. It's also a nice gold parallel and the photo isn't too shabby either. But this one has just always caught my eye.
Well, that's the end of my Ichiros for now.
The bigger question is, is this the end of Ichiro now? He is currently a free agent and it's not like teams are chasing him down as a top one anymore with his age. Current rumors have him connected to the Reds but I think the fairy tale ending for him would land him back with the Mariners just like how Griffey ended his career. But, I am torn on that as well as I would like to see him play for a contender instead but the place where he started it all to me would be the best ending.
Which Ichiro card above to you like the most and which card do you own is your favorite of his? Let me know in comments and if you want leave input on how you think Ichiro should end his career!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Trade, An eBay Pickup And Some Generosity

My mail day momentum from December has so far continued in January. I hope the rest of the year can continue to carry this momentum.

For the third time in less than a year, my father and I decided to pull off a trade again. This time I was unloading some of my hockey hits I am looking to downsize. Right now, hockey hits are at the bottom of my wants but I am still chasing plenty of hockey rookie cards. He doesn't collect hockey either but was looking for some Bruins hits to use in a future trade for himself.

What did I get for a few hockey hits? Some treasures in my opinion.

This Action Packed 24kt Gold parallel cards are not easy to come by and who knows how many actually exist. There weren't even odds on how hard it is to pull these but I busted plenty of this stuff and never saw one pack pulled. My father on the other hand had bought a box of it off from a yard sale and hit this beauty of John Elway. I have wanted it for some time for my 90's PC and finally pried it away.

Speaking of finally, added the Aaron Judge Topps Fire rookie. Not that I care a whole lot for the design, but I just wanted one.

And finally, the 2017 Topps Gallery Bellinger. I had traded for one already from him but ended up using it to trade for more Judges. But, I wanted another to replace it and luckily he busted plenty of Gallery and was able to provide me another. The Bregman was a bonus card he tossed in.
Up next, @PuckJunk from had thrown up some of his doubles up for grabs for those who wanted them a couple weeks ago. Once again it was a fun selection and one that I had to snag a couple from again. 
The Staubach I snagged because I loved the look of the card. The sepia photo of him on that colorful background was very eye pleasing. Robocop 2 was just for my non sport PC. No other reason there.
Thanks again Puck Junk!

Shiny cards and shiny cards that involve the man Ken Griffey Jr always grab my attention. So when Matt from Summer Of '74 posted some of his snags from Goodwill I saw that card and needed it. Matt was awesome and PWE'd it out to me. Great guy, great blog and great follow on Twitter if you haven't yet.
The Giants 2017 season and wide receiver depth was well, not very sharp. However, wide-out Hunter Sharp, cousin of Chiefs Linebacker Derrick Johnson, played pretty sharp down the stretch. Especially in Week 17 against the Redskins where he scored his first NFL TD helping lead the Giants to the win. I am not sure if he will continue to be on the roster next year, but I wanted to snag an autograph of him anyways because once #GiantsPride, always Giants Pride.
The Sharp the final piece to my eBay random bidding post from a week ago.  
 I have more mail days to post this week to catch up. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Binders Reorganization Update #1

Last year it was the Super Box Attack that took me a year to do. This past weekend I started digging into my biggest hobby project in since then and one that may take even longer....The Great Binder Reorganization!

This has been a project I have spent a year working out the details on how I wanted to approach it as I knew something had to be done to fix the mess I created back in the 90's til today. I don't plan on changing how I sort everything and where it all goes, however, I wanted to put them in binders better. For example, my baseball binders, which have not begun yet, I plan on taking the rookies out and putting them all by team. Something I stopped doing in 2005 or so and not sure why I ever did. This will be a dreaded project as I have bought so much and traded for so much baseball since, but I gotta stick with it. I may also pull out all of the "junk wax" era rookies and place those in a box instead to save binder space. But, the approach may change by the time I get to the baseball mess as my approach with today's did as well.

Today's post is all about football inserts and rookie insert binders I attacked first.

I am currently pulling out star players from the insert binders to place in my by-player boxes. This is something I haven't done in some time and I expect quite the pile when I am done. Along the way, I am also condensing them down making sure that every page is being used and not some empty slots. Hopefully by doing this it will free up some pages I can use for other parts of this project.

As for the rookie insert binders, I am just taking a gander at what I have while pulling a few key cards here and there.

Another thing I am pulling out as well is my new hobby project which I have already mentioned a few days ago, The Sets Of My Childhood. Which involves a lot of late 90's goodness.Some of that late 90's goodness can be seen here. I will have plenty of set chase updates and needs when I get through doing football.
Another fun thing about going back through these binders, some I haven't seen in years, is finding some hidden cards I didn't know about. This straggler wasn't supposed to be in the insert binders. This is Giants binder all the way.
This is just the beginning of this possible year long project. I can only fit in doing this when I am not busy or need a blog post to do instead. Which has been kinda restricted with my new blogging format of blogging daily instead of once-a-week. But, it seems the new approach is working.
More updates on the completion of football and the beginning of the baseball rookie stage to come when I get there.

Monday, January 22, 2018

GRIFFEYing It Forward

I recently received a DM on Twitter from @mellowturtle, a longtime friend on there, and he recently had won some Ken Griffey Jr items he felt that needed to be in my collection more than his.

He asked me if I would be interested since I was the first person he thought of and how could I say no?

Last week I received a box of goodies so let's take a look.

Up first the Griffeys. I will need to update my Griffey total number after these additions. I believe 1200 different is closing in.

A jumbo sized card from 1992 Front Row was my first find in the box. Classic shot of Ken in his partial follow through. Great addition I didn't have.

Next was this poster I really loved. Pops and Jr. Classic unis. Locker room setting. Doesn't get any better of a photo then this. Probably something I would have hung in my room as a kid but now everything like this is a "collectible".

The well spread around Rated Rookie of Ken from '89 Donruss. This was the only card I had from the box of goods and I actually have like five of these so what's one more? Maybe I should see how many of them I could get. Would be a fun chase.

Holograms! Completely sold on the next couple additions. I never understood why holograms ever left the hobby but it's sad that they did. 

This first one is a set from Front Row that came sealed with an authenticity paper. I couldn't open it because it was sealed. Hobby OCD at its best!

The next one is another Front Row set that came sealed as well with amazing hologram on top. I wished I could have captured the holo-magic a little better than this.

The final set was this 10-card Front Row Clubhouse Series. I have seen some images of these cards before but have never owned one. Of course that's the only way I will be able to see the other images because this was taped shut and I didn't want to disturb that either.

That's the end of the Griffeys, but not the end of the mail day. Later after finding out he was sending me Griffey's, he asked if I collected hats. Now I am not one to seek out hats to collect but when they involve my team, I still hold onto the ones I buy even after I get a new one. So yes, in some form I guess I do collect them.

So in the box were three spankin-new, epically awesome hats. This colorful one of NYC is a beaut!

And then there was this one. I remember this World Series like it was yesterday. I am pretty sure it's also one that Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza won't forget either. Especially Game 2.

A big thanks goes out to @mellowturtle for the mail day. It's much appreciated my friend! Maybe I will have to send some Braves back to you at some point :)