Monday, September 17, 2018

1990 Topps Hockey

I won a couple of these packs on twitter so I decided to open them.  Oh remember the days when you would get 14 regular cards 1 glossy insert and a stick of GUM and the packs were actually WAX.....
Below is the players I got.  In action pictures and full career stats on back! I have this complete set but haven't looked at it in a while not a bad set for how over produced and near worthlessness lol

Wax Wrapper




Yzerman, Lemieux Glossy & 28 Y/O Gum.

Card backs and a look at the Wax & Gum stains.

1996 Fleer Baseball '96 Dodgers Team Set Pack


Yet another cheap pack I picked up way back during Don's Sportcards Labor Day sale.  This is the third pack of the different 1996 Fleer team packs that Ifound.  Here is a link to the checklist over at Trading Card Database.  There a couple guys just about everyone should recognize, but the Piazza would be the money card for the set.  Let's have a look at what I got.









And finally an example of a Logo card in the checklist.


Friday, September 14, 2018

2017 Sub Pop Bob's Burgers

On Monday, Sport Card Collectors posed this question to his readers:

Do you hide the hobby from others?

There was a wide range of responses from our community.

Personally... my family, friends, a handful of co-workers, and my students know I collect sports cards.  However I don't go out of my way to tell everyone.  But if a conversation about collecting started up, I'd have no problem jumping in.

This hypothetical situation applies to sports cards.  Grown men (and women) talk about sports everyday.  I'm not quite sure if the same rule works for cartoons.  That being said... life is all about taking risks, so today I'm standing up and admitting that I'm a middle aged man who still watches cartoons.

A while back, I started watching Bob's Burgers on Hulu.  Not exactly sure what motivated me to click on this show.  Maybe it was inspired by a comment on my blog.  Maybe it was recommended by one of my students.  Or maybe I was just bored one day, so I gave it a shot.

Whatever the reason, I'm glad I did.

I sat around writing a review for this show, but ended up deleting it.  Why?  Because this blog is about cards, not cartoons.  So let's get to the trading cards.

After watching a few seasons of this show, I started wondering if a company out there tried to capitalize on this show by making trading cards.  My search eventually led to a Target exclusive soundtrack CD that included 6 collectible trading cards, which sells for $11.99.

Unfortunately none of my local Targets have it in stock.  I found copies on eBay and Amazon, but I wasn't willing to pay a premium for a CD I was probably only going to listen to once.  Eventually I found a vendor who sells these sets for $4.98 (+ $1.99 shipping).  I'm not exactly proud of paying almost $7 for cartoon trading cards, but it's too late now.

I clicked the Buy It Now button and voilà.  The cards came in a pack that actually features a wax paper wrapper:


Here's a look at the wrapper unfolded:


Inside there were six unnumbered trading cards.  Each of the five Belcher family members received their own trading card:


Bob is the patriarch of the Belcher clan and the main cook for the family run restaurant.  He was the first card in the stack.


Linda is his singing and supportive wife who enjoys a glass of wine every now and then.


Tina is their boy obsessed daughter who has an awesome fascination with horses.


Gene is the food loving, middle child who is an aspiring musician.


And Louise is the youngest child in the Belcher family and by far my favorite character in the show.  She reminds me of my 4 year old niece who looks like a precious angel and has already figured out how to use it to her advantage.

The last card features Bob's Burgers #1 customer:


Teddy is the stereotypical, talkative and happy-go-lucky customer you see in television shows (and in this case cartoons) involving a restaurant setting.

But like I said... let's focus more on the cards, instead of the show.

I'm a huge fan of the card's design, which resembles 1975 Topps baseball.  The card stock is reminiscent of 70's and 80's Topps non-sport trading cards, but unfortunately it doesn't come with the wax stains or bubble gum scent.

If you know me, you know I'm always fixated on photo cropping.  Well these aren't photos, but the illustrations left all five Belchers with their arms and legs intact.  That's a huge plus!

Overall, I'd give this set four stars.

I realize most of you are adults who haven't watched cartoons in years.  But if you ever looking for something to watch while you're sorting your baseball cards, I'd recommend giving Bob's Burgers a shot.

Happy Friday and sayonara!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1996 Fleer Baseball '96 Colorado Rockies Team Set Pack


I recently featured the Orioles Fleer Team pack and here we have an example of the Rockies.  I won't bore you with spiel I wrote for the Orioles pack.  I definitely knew fewer players on the '96 Rockies though. Galarraga might be the only one I really recognized out of the pack.  Here is a link to the whole checklist over at the Trading Card Database.



If you're counting you'll notice I only feature 8 cards, that because I got two of Mr. Leskanic here.






Monday, September 10, 2018

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball


A couple of years after Panini revived the Donruss brand for baseball, they took things to another level and made a Chrome'd up version of their Donruss set and called it Donruss Optic. Here's a pack from the 2016 release.


114 - Jose Bautista - Bautista is probably on his last legs, but he has 15 years in the game and a ton of stories, I'm sure.


109 - Matt Kemp - Here's my obligatory complaint about baseball cards with no MLB license. Kemp could be playing for probably a good third of the teams in the league here.


MG14 - Pete Rose Masters of the Game - It's an insert card of The Hit King! He'll sign it if you give him $50, probably?


72 - Carlos Gonzalez Prizm Pink - I tend to have trouble with the various colors of Panini's parallels (why does purple always look like pink?), but I think this is right? It doesn't help that CarGo plays for a team with purple borders.


38 - Michael Conforto - Like most of the Mets, Conforto has regressed this season after breaking out last year.