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Friday, September 19, 2014

Trade With DocHoloday: Kemp, Kershaw, ALL YOUR DODGERS, and A Custom Archer Sketch Card!

I completed my second trade with Matt from DocHoloday. It was quite the gigantic trade, and he sent me a ton of amazing pieces of cardboard. You can see what Matt received by following this here link.

This sweet addition to my Bison Collection is numbered out of a scant /25 (12/25, to be exact). It's the XFractor parallel out of 2007 Topps Finest.

Clayton! This new Kershaw is a mini black framed relic out of 2013 Gypsy Queen. It scanned crooked each time and I gave up after three attempts. But still. Kid K!

More adds to my Kemp/Kershaw PCs. 13 new Bisons takes my Kemp PC over the 350 unique card mark. 8 new Kershaws always makes for a swell collecting day and the Russell Martin is a sweet, sweet refractor of a great play at the plate.

My Long Beach State PC gets a boost with this sweet Troy Tulowitzki bat slice, numbered 272/399. Tier One is such a pretty set, but one I will only pick up cheap singles from because boxes are crazy expensive.

A fantastic dual relic featuring a pair of sweater swatches from Bobby Ryan and Cam Fowler. It's numbered 258/300 to boot.

A potpourri of fantastic cards is up next. There's a sweet Julio Urias RC right smack dab in the middle; a troika of awesome Hyun-Jin Ryu rookies; a miiiinnnniiii blue Joc Pederson /250; Puig and Seager, Bowman Platinum style; a tremendous die-cut of The Duke of Flatbush; and a brand new Ryan Getzlaf parallel that's serial-numbered 985/999.

Some pure random goodness. The Piazzas are tremendous, especially the Diamond Duos card (Hideo Nomo is on the reverse) and the Star Attractions die-cut. A page full of Piazza cards always makes for a good day. The Zack Greinke Heritage is easily one of the best cards of the year, and I had never seen that Pee Wee Reese card before (it's quite pretty). The red Nolasco is really a red Puig in my book, and I've always enjoyed the AJ Ellis card on the top left.

My first auto of future reliever -- if he remains in L.A. -- Matt Magill.

And finally, a true surprise as Matt included a custom sketch card of one Sterling Archer! Much like the custom Archer sketch Gavin sent me, this baby is headed straight for my Archer PC. Seriously, if anybody wants to ever sit down and sketch me a custom Archer sketch, I will more than happily add it to my collection. If you wanted to draw Krieger doing something exceptionally Krieger-ish, that would be totally cool as well. Not that I'm hinting or anything....

Thanks for a truly phenomenal trade Matt! It was well worth the wait!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Topps Comes Through: Matt Kemp and Corey Seager Autos, Redeemed!

I received a very nice mailday from Topps a few months back with a couple of outstanding redemptions. I was very confident one would be returned but the other was up in the air for some time. Well, until Matt Kemp returned all of his redemptions, that is. Oh, what a happy day that was in the PTSIA household.

The Kemp is the Orange parallel out of 2013 Topps Tribute and is numbered 25/25. The redemption was acquired in a phenomenal trade with Jon from State of The Hobby. It is another most welcome addition to the Mattycakes' PC.

Corey Seager! His autos have skyrocketed after his tremendous 2014 campaign split between High-A and Double-A. Like the Kemp, the redemption was had in a great, great trade with Sam of The Daily Dimwit fame (come back Sam!). It's another Orange parallel -- #'d 03/50 -- and hails from 2013 Bowman Inception.

Kudos to Topps on shipping these out securely, even going so far as to penny sleeve each card before placing it in the properly-sized toploader and taping it shut. It doesn't seem like a lot, but I can't say every company has always done so.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From Party Down to Parks and Rec.

My Parks and Recreation needs are quickly dwindling, as I'm down to just the biggest monetary expenditures. This, of course, coincides with the cards being of the biggest names for the most part, as well as some of the seemingly more short-printed actors and actresses. I was recently able to cross off one of those big needs after some back-and-forth with an eBay seller.

The above Blue Holo parallel, numbered 13/25, popped up with a BIN and Best Offer feature attached. I made an offer and the seller countered shortly thereafter. I countered once more and thankfully he or she was willing to take my blaster's worth of dollars. Adam Scott's fantastic dual relic (plaid shirt and tie, complete with a very visible loose thread) is now mine!

Ben Wyatt is a tremendous character. The pieces are from Season 4, Episode 12.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Stunning Superman Sketch, Joe Simko

I've really gotten into non-sports cardboard over the last six or so months. Even though that is due to Archer and Parks and Recreation, I told myself that if I could land any sketch cards out of other products for a great price, I would allow it as long as it didn't conflict with acquiring any remaining needs from Archer or P&R. I recently searched random sketches and stumbled across the below by Joe Simko.

This gorgeous sketch hails from 2012 Cryptozoic DC Comics Superman: The Legend. I don't know my Superman history, so the villain is a mystery to me. Here's a funny thing about the card: it arrived with a bright orange background -- and I mean bright orange -- which did not come across in the auction. It makes the card even better. It refuses to scan orange even when I scan it in at home.

As I was scanning I realized I could play around with the contrast and tried to get the orange to show up. It didn't, but I was able to come up with some fun variations of the sketch with various colors becoming more and less apparent along the way.

My favorite of the three, as the colors really stand out. Except the orange. Simko is a very accomplished artist, producing content for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids releases in addition to creating his own book series (The Sweet Rot) and artwork for a number of bands. I'm quite happy to have him as part of my Sketch PC.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Pair of Totally Fabricated Wardrobe Relics: 2014 Cryptozoic Archer!

I made a huge dent into my remaining Archer needs with a large buy from one of the premier 2014 Cryptozoic Archer collectors out there. Kyle's been a tremendous guy since I met him on the Blowout forums, and he gave me an even more tremendous deal on the 9 cards he sent my way. Today I'll show off the pair of Totally Fabricated Wardrobe Relics I landed in the deal.

My scanner decided it had to be dirty, so thanks for that scanner. I chose not to scan the backs as not that many people check out these Archer posts. First up, Archer's Slightly Darker Black Tactleneck, as seen in many an episode including Season 1, Episode 2 (Training Day). I also have a sketch card which depicts this essential piece of spy wardrobe.

Next up, Lana's Knockoff Fiachi Lingerie from Season 1, Episode 7 (Skytanic). There's been a rumour (I went with the Canadian spelling, as Kyle is located in the Great White North) that Cryptozoic may have accidentally switched the material they used for these two cards, and after viewing them up close I must agree that there is a pretty damn good chance that did occur. Unless, you know, Archer's black tactleneck features a flowery pattern. Once again, I also have a sketch related to this garment.