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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

1972 Icee Bear Project -- # 11: Pistol Pete Maravich SP, Slabbed A PSA 8!

Here's a card I've actually owned for a couple of months now and though it's officially number 11 on the countdown to 20, it was acquired before roughly half a dozen of the other 1972 Icee Bear PSA 8 cards I picked up. One of the absolute best looking cards in the entire set, I present the one and only Pistol Pete Maravich.

So as it turned out I was able to sell two items I didn't want that I received for free -- an auto-jersey rookie card and mid-end cologne of all things -- for a total of $43.43 after eBay and PayPal and shipping fees. I used $36 of that to nab this awesome Maravich card that I did want and did need for my set build. On top of that, I also walked away with $7 and change. Free lunch!

Even if I was not working on this set, I would trade away the card I didn't care about and unused cologne I was never going to use for this sweeeeet Maravich 100 times out of 100. When you add in that I am working on the set.....

Oh, and the Pistol Pete Icee was the cheapest of any 8 that has sold in the last two years and is well below the VCP average on the card. I rarely execute or even attempt an eBay hustle, but damn I must say I'm pretty thrilled and proud of this one I was able to achieve.

The Maravich was the first Icee Bear card I had ever seen and before I decided to undertake the set project I knew the Pistol card itself had to end up in my collection. It's just such a fantastic photo....the man looks like the long-lost Beatle.

This is actually the second Icee Pete I own as I grabbed an ungraded card and sent it in to PSA before buying the 8. The first copy came back a 7. I still have it, although I tried selling it on eBay. Someone bought it but never paid. Not a horrible card to have a dupe of though I'd wager I'll end up moving the 7 one of these days.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Roy Campanella: 1950 Drake's Cookies Oddball Pickup (BVG 3 Very Good)

Many of you recently took advantage of the 15% back in eBay Bucks promotion that ran for a couple of days. I decided to finally nab a card I've been after for a long time, a major and early need for my Roy Campanella Collection.

I had been keeping my eyes on this BVG 3 VG copy of Roy's 1950's Drake's Cookies card for a while and decided to make my best offer to the seller during the promotion. I sent him an offer for 75% of his asking price and he immediately accepted. I landed this beaut for far less than the last BVG 3 copy VCP tracked sold for, and to get 15% back in eBay Bucks made it that much better a deal.

I've always loved picking up oddball issues and when they also happen to showcase one of my primary PCs, it's just sweet icing on the cake. Or cookies, as the case may be. While the set itself may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing, I do like that it's a different shot of Roy than I usually come across and that the crease is not on a vital part of the card and doesn't impact the eye-appeal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Poochie Sketch Card From The Original Source! (Note: This sketch did not die on its way back to its home planet)

This is one of my favorite posts ever. A couple of weeks ago my buddy who works on The Simpsons swung by the shop and dropped off another sketch card for myself as well as one for my friend and coworker Mike. We were beyond ecstatic to see them as we knew they would be of the classic and unforgettable Rastafarian surfer dog with attitude that stole our hearts all those years ago: POOCHIE!

My buddy is actually the first person to ever draw Poochie, so now I can't watch this clip without imagining him in it.

This is the second dog he's sketched for my collection but obviously, with all respect to Santa's Little Helper, the coolest. I know Mike was pleased with his Poochie and Saturdays when he shows up are just that much more exciting and awesome when he passes along some of his phenomenal talent and work to us.

Thanks as always amigo!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1972 Icee Bear Project -- # 10: Bob Love, Slabbed A PSA 8

I technically reached the halfway mark on this Icee Bear project with the last card posted as I have one card I've yet to scan in and post. But Bob Love is the tenth card to be showcased, so he goes down as the 50% completion man.

All 20 of these bad boys are going to look gorgeous together. The ten 1972 Icee Bear PSA 8s I've got up so far don't look too shabby themselves.

Love was part of the recent Unseld purchase. Bob Love has his number retired by the Chicago Bulls, made three All-Star teams, and became a motivational speaker post-playing career. He also overcame a speech impediment, and as someone who also dealt with one as a kid, I have extra admiration for him.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Everything's Coming Up Milhouse!

My buddy who creates masterpieces for The Simpsons was unexpectedly in the shop this past weekend and was nice enough to pass along another fantastic sketch for my collection. He had mentioned his favorite character and I've been anxiously awaiting adding that to my own personal Springfield.

Milhouse! I have always been amazed and impressed with and by people who possess artistic ability, as I have none of my own.

We all have a little Milhouse in us.