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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Truth About Carl: He's Great!

Here's the second Simpsons' sketch from my friend's last visit. I asked him to pick any character he wanted to draw that I didn't have as the surprise would add to the fun. I was very pleased with the results as I always am with his amazing work.

Carl! Who doesn't love them some Carl Carlson? This completes the pairing of Carl and Lenny. One of America's greatest duos ever.

Thanks amigo!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Fantastic T206 Addition: Gavvy Cravath, HR King, Slabbed a PSA 2.5!

Today's post features my latest T206 pickup as well as a Southern California native: Gavvy Cravath. He was Babe Ruth before Babe Ruth, establishing just about every major home run record that Babe would break soon thereafter. He also had a cannon for an arm and led the league in outfield assists numerous times. I highly recommend everyone read the SABR write-up on Cravath.

The card is graded a PSA 2.5 and has nice eye-appeal even with a hint of paper loss around Gavvy's junk. He was nicknamed Gavvy after reportedly killing a seagull in a game and the Mexican fans in attendance yelling "Gaviota" which means seagull. The word was shortened to Gavvy and stuck.

He led an extremely interesting life, working as a fumigator and telegraph operator before a long trek to the bigs. Post-career, he became a judge. He was so feared as a home run hitter that in the 1915 World Series against Boston, the Red Sox elected not to pitch some guy named Babe Ruth because they were worried about Cravath repeatedly taking him deep.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Clayton Kershaw: 2017 A&G BoxTopper

A customer pulled this 2017 BoxTopper out of Allen & Ginter last summer and didn't want it. I gladly took it and it sat in a box with a bunch of other '17 A&G until I finally stopped being lazy and went through everything about a week and a half ago.

What a beautiful new Kid K card.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes Type 2 "Brooklyn Nat." Variation, SGC 20!

I recently landed one of the rarer Wheats in my PC. I was able to convince my folks -- who give me a c-note every year for my birthday and the holidays -- to combine the two for 2018 into a one-time offering so I could pick up the below from work.

It may look like a T206 but it's actually a T213 Coupon Cigarettes card of my main man, Mr. Zack Wheat. There are three types of coupons and this is the more common Type 2. The iconic T206 pose remains and there is debate as many believe these should be classified as T206s, but my boss did make compelling points regarding distribution that swing me onto the side of these being separate.

The backs on these are super cool. Wheat has a variation within the Type 2 issuance where the "Brooklyn Nat." is just "Brooklyn." The sans Nat. version is the rarer. Wheat also has a Type 3 coupon.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Oh Yea! Duffman Says A Lot Of Things....

My buddy was back in the shop this weekend and was kind enough to draw me two sketches for my Simpsons' Collection. Today's post features the character I requested, and it's a beaut!

Oh yea! Duffman and Kool-Aid Man need to team up already. Though Duffman doesn't appear often he makes every episode better. I also learned in writing this post that Duffman is Jewish.

"Duffman is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

Thanks once more amigo!