Thursday, February 22, 2018

1987 Topps Who Framed Roger Rabbit

One of the most memorable movies to come out of late-1980s Hollywood is Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Jessica Rabbit is memorable, Roger the loveable goofball, and Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom.....this is also the first time special effects were able to merge a cartoon and real characters fairly seamlessly.  In fact, it won Oscars in 1989 for the effects. Topps was cranking out the sets in 1987 and Roger Rabbit got caught up in the swirl hyping the movie's release in 1988.  There are 132 cards in the set according to The Trading Card Database and this 9-card pack should also yield some 30 year old gum.  Imagine if I would have bought fleer basketball cards instead of Roger Rabbit cards back in 1987?  Oh the choices we make.  Grab a drink....No thanks, I am trying to cut down.  Yes, you want a drink.  Okay, I do.



Oooo, special sticker....ah the memories of a great movie.


#108; Eddie Valiant right off the bad.  A great performance by Bob Hoskins.



#56: Eddie, his hand comes out of the cuffs...classic comedy.



#88: Floor please.



#126: Judge Doom had it coming.


#99: Jessica Rabbit makes an appearance


#125: A happy ending....



#115: Judge Doom is a toon???


#117: 'Nuff said.


#47: Not the DIP!!!


My promised sticker....Baby Herman none-the-less.


Here is the back of card #108.


Evidently they didn't use enough softeners or BHT to maintain the freshness of my gum.

There you have it.  Enjoy the rest of your week and ease on into the weekend.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2000 Upper Deck Christina Aguilera

I've been reading that these packs are somewhat hard to find.  Maybe because they were printed in Canada, maybe because she was so popular, or maybe most of them are at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.  Christina definitely had some hits back in the day and I guess she is probably around still performing.  I am not sure.  I found this in the $0.33 bin at a card shop so figured it was worth taking a chance.  The pack enticed me to "Look for Christina Aguilera Autograph cards."  Sure, why not?  However, this 4-card pack likely won't yield any goodness.  The back has really weird odds.  It says " This box contains a random assortment of Christina Aguilera Trading Cards numbered 1-45.  Odds of finding a pack containing the following insert is: 1 Christina Autograph card (Limited to 250 total cards).  What does that actually mean?  Chatter on the internet puts odds of pulling an autograph at around 1:200 or so boxes.  Grab your Bailey's and Coffee and a doughnut....time to wake up.

Oh yeah, she is daring me to open this pack.....



#10: These are weird cards for Upper Deck.  They are printed on really thin cardboard and have no hologram.  Right out of the gate, Christina is up to no good....the little devil she is.


#17: According to the back, she sang "Genie in a Bottle" in the Thanksgiving Day parade back in 1999.


#41: Fun fact, Justin Timberlake and J.C. were in the Mickey Mouse Club with Christina.


#44: Lighting, photo editing, or something....she looks cracked out.



Here is one of the backs to the cards.  There you have it...I hope you had a great weekend.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2017 Absolute Racing blaster pack

The 2018 NASCAR season begins today! The Daytona 500 is the biggest event in the sport and first official race of the season, at least for the Cup series. (The lower tiers having started already). This is the big one! I saved a blaster of 2017 Absolute Racing to open during the race, and I thought I would share it with you as well.

Each blaster of Absolute Racing includes 5 cards- one is guaranteed to be a race used or autograph, one is a parallel of the base cards, and one is an Action Packed insert- Action Packed was a favorite of mine. It's not embossed anymore.
The actual pack is just clear cellophane so here's a box image.

First up was a parallel of the Action Packed insert, of Carl Edwards...who didn't appear on the Panini checklist, but I've pulled two of them now. To save time so I can get back to the race, this is a scan of the first one I got, not the one I got today. The only difference is the serial number.
2017 Absolute Racing Action Packed Spectrum Red #AP13
Next up was this Spectrum Silver parallel of all-time legend Ned Jarrett. Because you can clearly tell when this photo was taken, as he's wearing the Fourth Rebel 300 badge, I can tell you that this photo was taken May 11th, 1963. He finished 20th in the 31-person field, three laps down. Not his best race there, just two years later he would win at the same track by a 14 lap margin- the largest margin of victory in NASCAR history. Yesteday's Xfinity race, NASCAR's second level, the margin of victory was .0004 seconds- or roughly 4 inches. Ned won two NASCAR championships (1961 & 65) and his son Dale was the 1999 Champion. Dale's son Zach was just drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the most recent baseball draft.
2017 Absolute Racing Spectrum Silver #5
Next up was my favorite card in the pack-
2017 Absolute Racing Absolute Memorabilia #AM-AJ
A large piece of sheet metal from AJ Allmendinger's Chevrolet! This is part of the grillwork on the nose of the car. Sheet metal cards are my favorite relic to get in NASCAR- it's part of the actual car! They aren't the most common to get as part of a card, either. Tires are the most common- the team use up to 8 sets each race- firesuit are the second most common, as they have a limited amount of time they are allowed to be used by NASCAR, so are changed often. The team Allmendinger drives for, JTG-Daugherty Racing, is co-owned by Cleveland Cavaliers legend Brad Daugherty, who wore #43 in honor of Richard Petty- thus meaning that the Cavs have retired 43 because of Petty while NASCAR hasn't! (NASCAR does not retire numbers)

2017 Absolute Racing #96
The car cards are mildly short-printed in the base set. This is what NASCAR racing is all about! Danica is in her final Cup start right now as I type this, in theory. (I suspect she will come back)
2017 Absolute Racing #39
Finally, a standard base card. You get one or two per pack. They are standard card stock, unlike most Absolute sets which are mirror foil. (I like this better, personally). The color stripes in the background are color-keyed to each team.
Here's the card back. Panini doesn't bother to give stats on ANY of the NASCAR sets. If they did, you'd see that Ryan Newman has run more than 500 races over 18 seasons, with 18 wins to his credit, returning to victory lane in March 2017 for the first time after a three year winless streak.

OK, back to watching the race! It is currently airing on Fox, and is shaping up to be a very good one, so if you've ever wondered about NASCAR- why not tune in today? The race is just about half over but that means you still have half to go!

And you can always read more NASCAR coverage on my own blog, Cardboard History. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2015 Topps German Die Riese Zu Star Wars: Das Erwachen Der Macht (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Greetings from Germany and a German pack of 2015 Topps Die Riese Zu Star Wars: Das Erwachen Der Macht (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens).  This came from the discount bin at the local stationary shop so I had to snag the 3 packs they had.  I haven't opened the U.S. or U.K. version of this product so this will be an adventure seeing all the words in German.  This set is identical to the UK Version of this Set except everything is written in German.  A few years back CynicalBuddha opened the US Version of the pack here.  According to the pack back there are over 200 cards in the set (207 to be exact) and 10 cards per pack.  There are rainbow parallels 1 in 3 packs and a limited card 1 in every 50 packs.  I think I did that translation correctly...why didn't I take German back in high school???!  I guess we'll find out what lies within.  Grab your half liter of hefeweizen beer and a pretzel.....it's throwback Thursday.


What's in the pack?


Cards #48: The set is broken up by the previously released movies.  Here is a screen shot from The Empire Strikes Back



 #22:  Millennium Falcon in A New Hope



#77: Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back



#53: Luke getting ready to spend a cozy night in the guts of his tauntaun in The Empire Strikes Back



#42:  From A New Hope 


#73:  RIP Carrie Fisher....from The Empire Strikes Back 



#121: Doesn't everyone on this card die at the end of The Return of the Jedi




#41:  Death Star #1 almost destroyed in A New Hope


#112: Lando in The Return of the Jedi 


#174:  Labot from The Empire Strikes Back.  It is hard to tell in this picture, but this is a foil card.  Not sure if they are any rarer than the other ones.  At least not according to the pack back.


Each movie subset has a different color back.  The Return of the Jedi is green.  The Empire Strikes Back is blue.  A New Hope is orange.  I am not sure of The Force Awakens cards.

There you have it.  I hope your weekend is enjoyable.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2017 Panini Disney's Beauty & The Beast Enchanted Album Stickers

Greetings!

Hope everyone is doing well.  Today is Valentine's Day, so I don't expect much activity on the site since most of you will be off doing romantic things with the significant other.  In the history of APTBNL, there have been 4 posts on this day (I've made two of them).  However, none of the 4 posts have been about what this day represents...love!  Not anymore (kinda)...here's some stickers from Beauty & The Beast!

Pack front.

During the holidays, I came across these guys during a Dollar Tree run and thought this could be a nice stocking stuffer for The Wifey, because she's a huge fan of the movies (the animated and live-action versions).  Therefore, I got a handful of packs and an album for her.

Pack back.
When she opened the gift Christmas Day, it was almost like my boys opening their first pack of cards.  She declared that we'd be buying more packs to get her to the point where she can order the rest of the cards she needed from Panini to complete the set.  I guess I lucked out Rittenhouse or Topps didn't release some high end collector set for the movie.

Anyway, I was able to take some pics of stickers from a pack before she put them in the book.  7 autocollants par paquet...let's see what she got:


#113
#39
#173
#142

Since they're stickers, there's no info on the back, so you get a shiny bordered Belle, Belle with a horse, Gaston with a torch, and Belle's torso.  The shiny borders doesn't mean there's a parallel set to collect; I think there's a page in the album where all the stickers are shiny bordered.


#20
#125
#30

Here you have Belle and Gaston, some sort of party, and someone in a carriage (sorry, The Wifey saw the movie twice, without me).  I also put the back of #142 as an example.


Here's an example of a couple of pages from the album with bonus stickers for you.  She hasn't decided if she wants a second album for all the duplicates she's gotten already.

Anyway, that's the pack.  Happy Valentine's Day to all, and thanks for reading!

Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 Japanese BBM Sumo Wrestling

Those that know me, understand my passion for sumo wrestling cards.  It could be a lot weirder, I get it.  But having lived in Japan with a strong tendency to watch sports and collect sports cards, getting hooked on sumo wrestling cards is like all the Transformer Constructicon robots coming together to form the Devastator.  It's scary, ugly, and powerful all at the same time.  Baseball Magazine (BBM) released their annual sumo wrestling set a few weeks ago in time for the start of the New Year's tournament.  I finally got around to opening a box of this product and I thought I'd share one of the 5-card packs here.  Grab your glass of sake and hold on.....

A nice, clean pack.  They never tell you how many autographs are in the set...they leave it a mystery.  (It's 10!, shhhh, don't tell)


#69: Yago....the cards this year looks like they have been attacked by Japanese rice paper...lots of flowers and color on the border.


#37: Kotofuji....normally sumo wrestlers don't sport any facial hair....this must be his 5 o'clock shadow


#16: Hokutofuji weighing in around 350 pounds.



#79: A "Behind The Scene Photo....yes that is beer.  You don't see beer anywhere on sports cards...usually, but in Japan beer is a great way to gain weight.  Here Onosho and Takakeisho show us how it is done.

#89: Another "Behind The Scene Photo" showing us that Aminishi is old.  He has been wrestling for 21 years....18 of them at the highest ranks.  I'm not a fan of the green and purple borders.



Here is what the backs look like on the rikishi cards.

There you go.  I hope your week goes well and you get some good Olympic viewing in!