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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ultra Rare 1952 Star-Cal Decal: Al Rosen!

There may be no better collecting feeling than coming across an ultra-rare oddball item of one of your player collections that you have never before seen or knew existed. That recently occurred during a search of Al Rosen cards on eBay.

A decal from 1952 Star-Cal appeared, and I knew I had to take a real run at it if the price remained reasonable. My Rosen PC is nearing completion in terms of the vintage cards I need, and when these oddballs show up I get extremely excited at the possibility of picking up another piece to the Hebrew Hammer puzzle. For $15.50 delivered, the cardboard gods were on my side on this day. The card came authenticated by SGC as nothing more than Authentic, and that's perfectly fine by me. I didn't pay a premium for the grading, and it would be hard to store if not encased. Rosen is paired with Cleveland Indians' teammate Dale Mitchell, who would later amass 24 plate appearances with the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tim Salmon Appearance: A Beautiful 8x10 Auto and A Minor Bobblehead.

Tim Salmon made an appearance at an Inland Empire 66ers' minor league game way, way back on May 22nd. Yes, I'm a slow poster at times. The 66ers also gave out a Salmon Bobblehead, but the big attraction was that the former Anaheim Angels' star would be signing autographs. I made the trip with a buddy and we were the first two non-season ticket holders into the stadium.

I opted to go the signed photo route and found this beautiful mid-swing shot of Salmon. Tim signed it in bold blue, and though I wasn't sure the signature would be best above him and debated for some time where to ask for his John Hancock, it came out better than I could have hoped for. Tim even inscribed his number without me asking, and he was nice and talkative when it was my turn through the line.

Yeah. Minor league bobbleheads aren't always the best, but it was a real treat to meet Salmon and I am happy to add another bobble to my collection.

Monday, July 28, 2014

So a Velociraptor and a Dolphin Puppet Walk Into a Spy Agency....

I have many, many collecting goals. Too many, some would say. Some being me, first and foremost, but goals are great when you can reach them. When it comes to 2014 Cryptozoic Archer, my sketch card goals included obtaining an Artist's Proof as well as a card which featured Archersaurus. What is Archersaurus, you ask? There's an alternate pilot on the Season 1 DVD in which Archer is replaced by a Velociraptor. That's the only change. It's amazing, and so is this.

I still need to see that pilot but I could not for a second pass up the opportunity to acquire this sketch card. It features Archersaurus in one of the greatest moments not just from the Mole Hunt pilot (watch it here and you'll be hooked....trust me) but from the show as a whole. In it, Archer is beating H.R. Director Pam with her dolphin puppet. I became aware of the sketch after posting one from artist Kimberly Dunaway. She responded to my post on Twitter and we struck up a conversation. She mentioned having some APs for sale and this one was the easy choice.

Here's the back with Kimberly's signature in silver. For the Artist's Proofs, Cryptozoic affixed the AP sticker you see in the top right corner before sending them back to the artists. From there, it was up to each individual artist to do as he or she pleased with the APs.

Kim was also kind enough to send along a signed photo. She's in one of her cosplay costumes, and I'd love to one day meet her in-person at a con of some kind. Her artwork is simply phenomenal and she's a real sweetheart from our interactions online. Plus, she's from Tennessee, the state I would love to one day move to. Minor league baseball, BBQ, Sonic, and tranquility (plus cheaper cost of living). You just can't beat that.

Oh, and here's the sketch in gif form as found in the alternate pilot. Tremendous.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clubhouse Collection: 99 Cent Tulo

I landed this sweet Troy Tulowitzki relic from 2014 Topps Heritage for a mere 99 cents. It's a great addition to my Long Beach State Dirtbags PC.

Free shipping was the kicker as I was able to pick up this, as well as a number of other 99 cent items, from my buddy who used to run my now-defunct LCS.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Trade With Sportscards From The Dollar Store: Quintessential Hockey Names (Etem, Hampus Lindholm, Getzlaf)

I completed my third trade with Douglas from Sportscards From The Dollar Store. You can check out the first here and second here. Doug had a very Anaheim Ducks-centric box break and thankfully I'm his go-to guy for all things Ducks.

Doug pulled this sweet Emerson Etem rookie auto/dual relic, numbered 092/249. I'm really hoping Etem gets to spend a full season with the team this year and if he does -- and he gets legit ice-time at even-strength and with the man advantage -- I think he easily hits and surpasses the 20-goal plateau.

Here's the second hit Doug pulled, and it's another auto/relic combo. This hit, numbered 113/199, features Ducks' second-year defenseman Hampus Lindholm and is from his rookie season in the NHL.

A Jonas Hiller sweater swatch popped out next. Jonas got a raw deal in the postseason and moved on to the Calgary Flames in free agency. He's one of the best netminders in franchise history and Ducks' fans should not forget that.

Included in the bubble mailer were a Teemu Selanne, a Devante Smith-Pelly, and a plethora of Ryan Getzlafs which will find a great home in my Captain Getzy PC.

Thanks for another sweet deal Doug!