Monday, November 13, 2017

Insert snappy trade post pun here..

Well to be honest this wasn't a trade. Or was it?  Who can keep track of these things.  Regardless no good deed will go unpunished.  Ahem. I'm rambling, and not very coherently either.  Troubling.  So I've been fairly absent on the blogging scene.  I know it.  But there is a man who still manages to put out pretty top notch content on almost a daily basis. Of course I'm talking about Fuji over at the Chronicles of Fuji.  His flea market finds are still my favorite.  It reminds me of my youth when my father was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas and I use to go to the different flea markets around town.  Sadly there are no flea markets up here in Alaska. 

So while I have been absent, save for my contests and the rare post about trades, Fuji has been hard at work shaping young minds and finding cool stuff and blogging about it.  Rewind to a couple weeks ago and Fuji contact me for my new address.  And last week I was rewarded with a nice pair of Brewers autographs.  




Kodi is still bouncing around the Brewers farm system.  Will he come up?  Will he be traded? I guess time will tell.  The other auto was of the former and now retired Brewer Corey Hart.  Corey was one of the semi-stars on the team eclipsed by  Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder unfortunately, and of course injury.  When Corey was healthy he was a force to be reckoned with.  Plus he's freaking tall.  Sadly Corey was injured  a lot, or at least that's how I remember it.  I was kind of bummed I didn't at least get to see him at the 2012 Spring Training games I got to go to on my honeymoon.  He ended up having to have surgery and missed the whole 2013 season.  After that he spent a year in Seattle and then a year in Pittsburgh and I don't feel too bad, he made some good money those two years.  He retired after the 2015 season, but officially retired this year as a Brewer.  

Two very nice autographs to add to my Brewers Collection.  Thanks Fuji!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Have you ever started something only to kind of regret it later?

This last weekend we got our first big snow fall.  I think overall it was lucky it happened during the weekend, but I hate going out onto the roads when the first significant winter event happens.  You would think that living in Alaska most of use would be good at driving in the snow, but alas that is not really the case, at least at the start of winter.  I consider myself a very good winter driver, but I'm not worried about me.  Anyway, so with a little over 3 inches falling Friday night into Saturday afternoon I decided to hunker down with the family and enjoy the snow in the back yard and not on the roads.  It also meant I got a good amount of time to cause trouble in my Sanctum Sanctorum.  More importantly organizing a collection that has been mothballed for the better part of 3 years. 

Last June the family and I upgraded to a much bigger house, over twice the size of our previous home.  Having that much space is awesome.  What is even more awesome is my wife gave me one of the spare bedrooms as my "office"/studio/man-cave.  I've posted about some of my efforts in the past.

When my in-laws were up here this summer my father-in-law helped me start another built-in bookcase for the man cave.  I'm huge on storage and I weighed the options on buying prefab bookcases verses building my own and in the end I opted to try and build my own custom shelves.

 I consider myself pretty handy and with Youtube and all the home improvement shows I've watched and all the handyman websites out there I put together a pretty well thought out design.  I couldn't find the plans I had drawn up to post here, but they were pretty detailed.  I did manage to snap a few photos as I went along.  Here is the base of the bookcase.  It's 8 feetish long.
 While my father-in-law was here I managed to stain and polyurethane the frame.
 I picked up a router from a garage sale a few year back and I love any reason to bring it out.
 So the project stalled for about 2 1/2 months with work taking me all over the state, but this fall I managed to get the rest of the pieces cut and put in place.  My plan now is to disassemble the unit this spring and stain and polyurethane the rest of it.
So fast forward to this weekend and I'm waist deep in organizing my comic collection.  My wife is very tolerant.  But even she has her limits and one of the rules she laid down was the craziness had to be contained in this room.  And I'm trying.  Sad, or maybe not so sad, that this in only about half my collection. I still have a ton of stuff sitting in my parents basement in Wisconsin.  So this weekend I buckled down, put on my best superhero pajamas and got to work.  I've been making make-shift dividers out of manila file folders, you can read my tutorial on that at my comic blog here, to try and get all the series together, then hopefully I'll be able to put those in some sort of order.  
 I've literally spread out over the entire room, but kept it mostly contained.
Some of my bigger runs like the Punisher, Iron Man, JLA, and X-men all get their own dedicated boxes. I think I'm only about halfway done, maybe.  I'll do a better post later of the room once I get it better organize a little more presentable.  I also have a major card organization to work on.  That includes my Brewer's team collection and just set's in general.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - The 7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web has a Winner!





Wow what a great series.  As someone who had no horse in the race it was fun to kick back and watch the show.  I really didn't care who won, I was pulling for the Astros a little simply because this would be there first World Series win in franchise history, but honestly the two best teams in baseball duking it out what could be better?.  And that game 5! 

In the end we had six participants correctly guess that the Astros would win it all.  Out of those six we had 3 that correctly guessed the match up, but only one who guessed it would go 7 games.  No one came close to guessing what a slug fest this would be, but in the end the Sportzcommish came out on top!!

The correct guess plus tie breakers would have been

Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 25 freaking home runs!

The tie breakers run one into another so we had to go to total games to find the winner.

Here were the winning picks!

Sportzcommish - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 8 homers.

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 13 HR

Fuji - Astros over Nationals, 6 games 14 HR

Collecting Cutch - Astros over Nationals, 7 games, 17 HR  PIMPED

Jeff S - Astros over the Nationals 7 games 15 hrs

RAZ - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 18 home runs.

Now for the door prize winner.  I entered all the entries into a list randomizer over at random.org and randomize the list 3 times.  Those that promoted the contest on their blog or other form of social media got an extra entry.


In an odd twist of fate our second place finisher RAZ is our door prize winner!!!!

Sportzcommish and RAZ I will be trying to contact you shortly unless you get a hold of me with your current mailing addresses.

I want to thank everyone who entered this year.  I've been pretty bad about finding time and stuff to blog about, but it's still nice to have a big turnout for the contest.  And since we are already halfway through the NFL season, man it's flying by, I'll be holding my 8th Annual Super Bowl contest in the near future.  

Thanks again everyone.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - League Championship Series Break Down



Well this was almost a very interesting contest had the Yankees been able to close out the American League Championship.  As it is we last only 5 that round, and while technically anyone who picked the Dodgers or the Astros is still in it, since we have to go to the first tie breakers we can say that there are still  really 6 contestants left, which is actually quite a lot.  6 of you guys correctly picked the match up.  Only time will tell if anyone gets as close as Gavin did last year with his winning pick.

Alright enjoy the World Series.  I'll post the winner and the door prize winner after the last game is played.

Here are the picks if your name is in Green you were one of the 6 who correctly guessed the match-up.

Corky - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games and 15 homers

Sportzcommish - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 8 homers.

Sport Card Collectors - Cubs over Astros, 6 games, 8 homers PIMPED

Scott Fabiano - Dodgers over Cleveland, 5 games, 19 home runs

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 13 HR

Fuji - Astros over Nationals, 6 games 14 HR

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros, 7 Games, 9 HRs

Nick - Cubs over Astros, seven games, 15 HRs.

Colbey Hopper - Dodgers over Indians, 7 games, 9 HRs  PIMPED

Collecting Cutch - Astros over Nationals, 7 games, 17 HR  PIMPED

Josh D. - Cubs over Red Sox, 7 games, 12 HR

Trevor P - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games, 7 HR

Dion's IP Autos only - Cubs over Red Sox 6 Games 14 home runs total

ketchupman36 - Dodgers over the Indians, 6 games, 11HR

Richard Nebe Jr. - Dodgers over the Indians, in 5, 10HR

Jeff S - Astros over the Nationals 7 games 15 hrs

defgav - Cubs over Indians, 7 games, 18 HRs

RAZ - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 18 home runs.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Divisional Series Round Up



Well I can be honest, I haven't seen any of the playoffs so far.  The fact that I don't have cable is part of it and also a late season work trip.  But tonight we go down to four.  I was just reading the highlights of the Cubs - Nats game.  Geez.  Like I said we are down to four teams and well one of those teams just happens to be the Yankees, which no one picked.  Spoiler??

We got the Yankees and Astros League Championship Series starting tomorrow and the Cubs - Dodgers starting on Saturday.  So with that we did lose quite a few people, 19 by my count, and that's almost exactly half.  Here were your picks, those in red are out. 

David Switzer - Indians over Rockies. 5 games. 14 HR.

Corky - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games and 15 homers

Sportzcommish - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 8 homers.

Sport Card Collectors - Cubs over Astros, 6 games, 8 homers PIMPED

Scott Fabiano - Dodgers over Cleveland, 5 games, 19 home runs

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 13 HR

Matt - Indians over Nationals, 6 games, 15 HR - PIMPED

Fuji - Astros over Nationals, 6 games 14 HR

night owl - Indians over Cubs, 6 games, 15 HRs

Rosenort - Rockies over Indians, 7 games, 19 homers.

TSHenson - Indians over Diamondbacks, 6 games, 13 home runs

Swing And A Pop-up - Red Sox over Cubs, 4 games, 16 HRs

jasongerman9 - Indians over Nationals, 6 games, 12 home runs.  PIMPED

Jeff - Indians over Dodgers in 6 games. 17 homers

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros, 7 Games, 9 HRs

irondequoit36 - indians over dodgers 7 games 12 hrs

shanepatrickwrites - nationals over indians, six games 11 dingers

Nick - Cubs over Astros, seven games, 15 HRs.

Colbey Hopper - Dodgers over Indians, 7 games, 9 HRs  PIMPED

Jafronius - Indians over Dodgers, 6 games, 11 Home runs.

Collecting Cutch - Astros over Nationals, 7 games, 17 HR  PIMPED

Josh D. - Cubs over Red Sox, 7 games, 12 HR

P-town Tom - Indians over Diamondbacks, 6 games, 8 HR

JediJeff - Indians over the Dodgers in 5. Yup - 5 games. Let's go with lucky 13 for the HRs.

Trevor P - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games, 7 HR

Tracy LeVeaux - Indians over the Rockies, 6 games, 24 homers

Ryan H - Rockies over Twins, 5 games, 9 HRs.

CaptKirk42 - Nationals over Indians 7 games 21 HRs

Dion's IP Autos only - Cubs over Red Sox 6 Games 14 home runs total

Adam Kaningher - Rockies over Astros, 7 games, 18 home runs.

ketchupman36 - Dodgers over the Indians, 6 games, 11HR

Richard Nebe Jr. - Dodgers over the Indians, in 5, 10HR

Mark Hoyle - Indians over Dodgers 6 games 13 homers

Jeff S - Astros over the Nationals 7 games 15 hrs

defgav - Cubs over Indians, 7 games, 18 HRs

RAZ - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 18 home runs.

Wilson - Indians over the Dodgers, 7 games, 14 HRs. PIMPED



I'll have another update just before the World Series.  Enjoy the League Championships.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lack of Better Judgement - the start of a comic book blog.

Not to long ago I joined the Facebook group, Comic Book Collecting.  It's a great group that's sole purpose is to let comic nerds nerd out to comics.  Zero selling or trading allowed it a pure "for the love of" group.  It's really rekindled my interest in my comic collection.  Originally when I started this blog 8 years ago or so it was the intent that this would be an all encompassing collector's blog, but over time it had solidified as a trading card blog.  And so be it.  Of course I had the bright idea to start several other blogs to focus on my team and player collections, my Lego Minifigure collection, my urban gardening and even my drawing and other art.

And since I can't seem to find time to post regularly even here why not start another blog dedicated to comics?  Anyways I can't guarantee how often I'll post there or here for the that matter, but if you're interested in comics take a gander.




Sunday, October 8, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Official Entries



Ladies and Gentlemen the contest if officially closed.  We had 37 people enter by my count.  Not too shabby.  I'm too lazy right now to see if that sets a record or not, but I'm still happy with the turn out.  And thank you to the people who promoted the contest.  And if I missed anyone please let me know.

We've got a little bit of very one, with it looks like the favorites being the Indians and the Dodgers.  Oddly not a single person picked the Yankees to even show up.

I'll update the contest after the divisional series are done.   Good luck everyone.

The official entries:

David Switzer - Indians over Rockies. 5 games. 14 HR.

Corky - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games and 15 homers

Sportzcommish - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 8 homers.

Sport Card Collectors - Cubs over Astros, 6 games, 8 homers PIMPED

Scott Fabiano - Dodgers over Cleveland, 5 games, 19 home runs

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 13 HR

Matt - Indians over Nationals, 6 games, 15 HR - PIMPED

Fuji - Astros over Nationals, 6 games 14 HR

night owl - Indians over Cubs, 6 games, 15 HRs

Rosenort - Rockies over Indians, 7 games, 19 homers.

TSHenson - Indians over Diamondbacks, 6 games, 13 home runs

Swing And A Pop-up - Red Sox over Cubs, 4 games, 16 HRs

jasongerman9 - Indians over Nationals, 6 games, 12 home runs.  PIMPED

Jeff - Indians over Dodgers in 6 games. 17 homers

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros, 7 Games, 9 HRs

irondequoit36 - indians over dodgers 7 games 12 hrs

shanepatrickwrites - nationals over indians, six games 11 dingers

Nick - Cubs over Astros, seven games, 15 HRs.

Colbey Hopper - Dodgers over Indians, 7 games, 9 HRs  PIMPED

Jafronius - Indians over Dodgers, 6 games, 11 Home runs.

Collecting Cutch - Astros over Nationals, 7 games, 17 HR  PIMPED

Josh D. - Cubs over Red Sox, 7 games, 12 HR

P-town Tom - Indians over Diamondbacks, 6 games, 8 HR

JediJeff - Indians over the Dodgers in 5. Yup - 5 games. Let's go with lucky 13 for the HRs.

Trevor P - Dodgers over Astros, 6 games, 7 HR

Tracy LeVeaux - Indians over the Rockies, 6 games, 24 homers

Ryan H - Rockies over Twins, 5 games, 9 HRs.

CaptKirk42 - Nationals over Indians 7 games 21 HRs

Dion's IP Autos only - Cubs over Red Sox 6 Games 14 home runs total

Adam Kaningher - Rockies over Astros, 7 games, 18 home runs.

ketchupman36 - Dodgers over the Indians, 6 games, 11HR

Richard Nebe Jr. - Dodgers over the Indians, in 5, 10HR

Mark Hoyle - Indians over Dodgers 6 games 13 homers

Jeff S - Astros over the Nationals 7 games 15 hrs

defgav - Cubs over Indians, 7 games, 18 HRs

RAZ - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 18 home runs.

Wilson - Indians over the Dodgers, 7 games, 14 HRs. PIMPED