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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Seriously the last reminder


It's almost time.  If you've been holding out you don't have much longer to submit your entry.  You've got till tomorrow Noon my time, or 4pm EST. 

Go HERE to enter.

Friday, October 6, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Almost the last reminder



Wow I haven't posted this much since my Super Bowl contest!  Anywho.  For those who are still waiting to pick a winning team.  You've got a couple days left, just don't forget.

Go HERE to enter and win some cool cards.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - 2nd Friendly Reminder


We've had a pretty strong turn out already, but I figured a bunch of people would wait till after the wildcard game.  No biggie and if you didn't wait and picked a team in the wildcard game and they didn't win, no biggie either.  Just amend your official pick, just do it before Sunday, Noon Alaska time, 4pm EST.

Go HERE to enter

Monday, October 2, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - 1st Reminder


Just a friendly reminder I've got my 7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web contest going on.  You have until this Sunday 4pm EST, noon my time to make a pick.  Go to the official sign up HERE to enter and see the prizes.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web Official Sign Up Post!!!!




I'll be honest I can count the number of baseball games I've gotten to see this year on one hand, but I've been following my Brewers and reading the sports page on Yahoo pretty regularly.  And even though I've been very absent from my blogs I'm not going to miss putting on my World Series contest.  I'm hoping for a great turn out.  I'll be posting this on Twitter and the Trading Card Collector's Society page on Facebook and over at the forums at Trading Card Database and any place else I can think of..

So what do you have to do?  Just tell me who's going to win the World Series.  That's it.  But I'm sure more than one of you will pick the right team, so we have to have a couple tie breakers thrown in.  So this year, like years past,  I'd like you to tell me who the opponent will be, how many games the series will go, and how many home runs will be hit, in total both teams, for the series.

Your entry should look something like this.

Nationals over the Yankees, 5 games, 12 HRs.   

What will you win?  I've got a couple great cards to giveaway. First is this 2015 Topps Tier One Sean Doolittle autograph #d to 349, hard signed.  And a great 2017 Topps Museum Collection Gregory Planco Meaningful Materials Patch card #d to 50!  Plus the winner will also get a nice stack of their favorite team(s), which may include additional autos, relics, or inserts.  All depends what I can find in the stacks.


And as always there will be door prize for all those that enter.  And if you promote the contest, either on your blog, twitter feed, facebook, etc. you will get an extra entry.  Just one extra though.  But be sure to put a link to your pimp in the comments so I can verify.
The door prize is this vintage 2004 Edwin Jackson Future Phenoms relic.


Alright here are your choices:
American League
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins
Houston Astros

National League
Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs
LA Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies

Since my Brewers lost to the Cardinals tonight the stage is set.  So you have from right now until, let's say next Sunday, Oct. 8th, Noon Alaska Time, 4pm EST.  That'll mean we'll be knee deep in the Divisional Series', so if you make a guess and you pick a Wildcard team and they don't make it.  I'll let you change your pick as long as it's before the close of the contest.

This post will constitute the official entries page so make sure you comment on this post and not one of my reminders, which I will be posting all week long.  And please make sure you have some way to be contacted connected to your Blogger entry.  I've had winners in the past I was never able to get a hold or and who never contacted me.  But just one. 

OK

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web!! Mark Your Calendars!

I have been awol most of the year on the blog.  And to be honest I've neglected almost all my blogs this year.  Buying a new house, moving, work, family it all makes it hard to sit down and find something to write about or even worse want to find something to write about.  That being said I didn't want to break the tradition of my annual World Series Contest.  So mark your calendars.  Most of the divisions have been decided or are at least close.  That being said I'll probably open the contest like usual with the close being just after the wildcard games.  And if you've played in my contests before the format will be very familiar.  All I want you to do is tell me who's going to win it all.  And of course there will be a few tie breakers to pick as well. 

Do I have awesome prizes??  You bet. What are they?  Who knows?  But as usual I'll find something cool to give away and a nice stack of cards from the team(s) you collect.  My new mancave is still a work in progress, but I'll dig something out.  So mark your calendars the contest opens after the last regular season game is played or until all the post season teams have been determined and will close after the wildcard games or something like that.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Slowly making progress


I'm about to start another 2 weeks of pretty much nonstop field work, but I can see the end of the tunnel.  Anyways I've been busy settling into the new house and finally was able to get a little storage built in the new man cave.  Work continues.  See you all in a few weeks.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oh hello there.

So it's been awhile.  I still need to finish up my 30 day challenge, but that'll come. The family and I recently sold our old house and bought a much larger and needed upgrade here in Anchorage.  That means for the time being I get an office/man cave again.  It's a work in progress.  On top of that I've been in and out of town with work which is usual.  Anyways just a heads up I've got a new address and a little room to spread out.


Monday, May 22, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 22


Day 22 - A card of a common player that always seemed to elude you.

Sorry I've been a little busy to post and to be honest Day 22 stumped me for a while.  But after looking through my want list it became apparent of a card, one card, that I need to complete a set, still sits on my wantlist.

To be honest I'm not sure I need this card or not, as the set is squirreled away right now, but if my needs list is correct, Pat Neshek's 2008 Allen and Ginter card is the last card I need to complete the set.  I'll be honest I haven't tried too hard to find it as of late, but it'll be first on my list when I get my collection organized when I move into my new house.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 21


Day 21: A card of a rookie you thought you were "investing" in.

This one was a toss up between two players from my youth.  I think the Night Owl actually did a piece on one of them.  Two players from the 90's stick out from the glory days of overproduction and speculation.  Gregg Jefferies and Todd Van Poppel.  Both were pheoms and both had decent careers, not great careers, and neither one panned out to be the super stars the hobby predicted.  So for today's challenge I'm featuring a rookie card for each of these guys.  I think I still might have my hoard of rookies somewhere, or maybe my brother stole them.

Friday, May 5, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 20!

Day 20:  A favorite parallel card based on the parallel and not the player.

This one's a toughie.  But in the end I went with the 2007 Red Back parallel.  Does anyone even remember those?  So 2007 was one of those years I was working a lot.  And at the time that meant I was working out in the field doing biology stuff.  So I didn't really open much product.  Fast forward a year or two and I decided I want to put together the base set, so I order a couple boxes of Series 1 and Series 2.  I can't remember if I went with hobby boxes or retail jumbo boxes or exactly which format I bought, but I do remember that I had a ton of the Red Back parallel cards from both series.  So many in fact that I had the crazy idea of trying to actually put a base set together of the parallel.  And you know what, I'm pretty close.  Unfortunately with the birth of my son and the lose of my man cave I had to put that project, like all my other small projects, on hold.

So here's the crazy thing, the Red Back parallels the only difference from the base set is the lettering on the back is red and not white.  Here's another interesting fact, this was the set that started the photo variations and gimmicks with Derek Jeter's card featuring President Bush and Mickey Mantel photoshopped into the card.  Here's another interesting fact:  The card that features Bush and Mantel, which wasn't short printed in anyway is much more expensive than the corrected card that was put into the factory sets and produced in much fewer numbers that doesn't feature Bush or Mantel.  Ahem.

Anyways, the Jeter red back is still one of the cards I need to complete my Red Backs set and a few years ago it was still way too expensive for my tastes.  But here it is in all it's glory.





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 19

Day 19 - A favorite card form a country other than the United States.

I don't have a ton of cards from other countries.  I guess I could go with Panini stickers from the 80's and I don't collect Japanese cards so the best I can do is go North of the border, or in my case south, to Canada.  I've always dug the 83 design and I love that the O-Pee-Chee label  is prominently displayed on the front.

Monday, May 1, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 18


Day 18 - A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team.

I ended up picking not really a card, but a fun oddball.  As a Brewers fan I had a few managers to choose from, but in the end it really wasn't a contest.  I picked the guy that let the Crew to their only World Series appearance.  Harvey Kuenn.  Not only that Harvey had a pretty successful baseball career.  Harvey was a ten time All-Star, Rookie of the Year in 1953 and won the AL batting crown in 1959.  While his 15 year career stats didn't earn him a trip to Cooperstown, his numbers still were pretty decent.  I won't retell the story of his coming to helm the Brewers.  But Harvey has some great oddballs from his playing days.  One of my favorites is this 1962 Topps Baseball Bucks.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 17


Day 17: A card from the first set you put together hand collated.

Day 17 and Day 3 collide as 1987 Topps was the first set I tried to complete and hand collated.  So instead of combing through the checklist of 792 cards and trying to pick one out I decided to let the fates decided which card to feature here.  I went over to random.org and had their random number generator pick a number for me.  And that number was 535.  Who was number 535?  Tony Armas from the Red Sox.  I've included the back of the card because Topps thought that Tony coming from a very large family was the most interesting thing to say about him.  A quick googling of Tony lets me know that he was one of the top sluggers in the American League in the 80's.  He also was on the DL quite a bit.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 16

Day 16 - A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like.

Man made it half way!  A lot has happened since I decided to take Tony L's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  I went on a trip to visit family in Wisconsin, I just had my gallbladder removed, we are selling our home and buying a new one.  So if I've lagged behind it's because I'm a little busy and I like to ponder the question at hand.

So for Day 16 I dig deep into my boxes.  Just kidding they're all packed away right now, but I knew who I wanted to feature and I knew which card.

Meet Derek Jeter and his 2000 Topps Tek Tektonics die cut insert card.  It's a pretty cool card.  I have no idea where I picked this up and now that every card I own is mothballed in storage I have no idea where it's at.
I'm not a Yankees fan or a Jeter fan for that matter.  But I am a fan a player that can put together a 20 year career with the same team.  That shows dedication not only on the player, but also the team.  Put behind that Derek's 5 World Series rings, 14 All-Star appearances, 5 Silver Slugger awards, 5 Golden Gloves, etc, etc.  I have no doubt that Derek will be a first round Hall of Famer.  So I can appreciate what this man was able to do for the Yankees.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challange - Day 15

Day 15: One of your favorite cards from the 2010s.

Maybe the hardest decade to choose from.  So many cards, but in the end I picked one of my favorite modern Robin Yount cards.  Not a relic or autograph, but just a simple base card.  This card also happens to be a parallel, but that's just because I couldn't find my scan of the base.

It's funny when this card showed up I was a little taken back seeing Robin decked out for one of his other passions.  But after looking through the set this card is unique.  It's the only card in the set featuring a player doing something not related to baseball.  Sure there are a few picks with players in suits and not on the field, but not doing anything else.  Fellow Yount collector Tony L and I both joked that we'd love to see a combo card of Robin and Paul Molitor playing golf in Allen and Ginter this year.  The photo was taken from a session that produced the card image for Robin's 1992 Pinnacle #287 Sidelines subset card.

I really like the overall look of the set as well.  With a borderless, full-bleed front, a nod to the Fleer sets from the late 90's, and great photo choices it all works well for the set.


It's coming!!

I know I mostly post about cards on here, but I know we have a few comic collectors too.  Just a friendly reminder.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 14

Day 14: One of your favorite cards from the 2000s.

If there was one product I would snag in a heartbeat if I could find it reasonably priced it would be 2005 UD Artifacts.   Back in 2005 I did open quite a bit of it and pulled some really nice cards.  A couple of cards I call my keepers.  Cards that don't really fit into my collecting strategy, but are really cool.  One such card is this sweet Rod Carew Patch card.  And while I'm not a Carew or a Twins collector it's still has a place in my Keepers collection.


Monday, April 24, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 13

Day 13: One of your favorite cards from the 1990s.

If you're not sick of seeing Robin Yount on these posts yet, you will be.  The beginning of the 1990's saw a huge boom in the popularity of sport cards and prospecting.  That led to the inevitable mega overproduction that started in the late 80's.  But the end of the 1990's would bring a lot of innovation and variety to the hobby.

The current parallel overloading currently seen in sets put out today can be traced back to one set.  1992 Topps Baseball.  This would be the first set to feature Topps Gold cards.  And you may not remember this, but they were a hit!  Depending on the product you opened you could get from 1 to 3 gold card cards a pack.  And don't forget about those winner cards!  

So here is my 1992 Robin Yount Topps gold parallel card.  I'd also like to point out that this is one of my favorite Yount cards, a  nice posed portrait in the dugout of Milwaukee's golden boy late in his career.  The gold really was a pretty cool addition and gave us player collectors something to chase after.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 12

Day 12: One of your favorite cards from the 1980s.

This was a tough one for me.  I mean there was a lot of overproduced stuff in the 80's.  But in the end I picked a great food issue set and one of my other favorite players.  Rollie Fingers 1985 Gardner's Bakeries card.

Out of all the Gardner's sets this is my favorite design.  I like to refer to it as the TV design.  But you gotta love the handlebar mustache and classic Brewers mitt hat.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 11

Day 11: One of your Favorite Cards from the 1970's.

I've been holding off till now to present, what should come as no surprise, my favorite 1970's baseball card.  But also one of my favorite cards from my all time favorite baseball player Robin Yount.

Robin Yount's 1975 Topps Rookie card.

I've got a few rookies now, but my most memorable will always be the first one I ever picked up.  I was a high school kid going to a DoDDs school in Berlin, Germany.  The American Sector of Berlin was interesting, as there was no central base, but many different compounds, called kaserns, spread around the sector.  My father actually worked on one of Hitler's old bases and I can remember swimming in the pool on Andrews kasern.  One of the Air Force kaserns, was called McNair, and bunch of the air force guys would put on a card show every couple months.  I met a really nice baseball card collector who lived at the McNair kasern and chatted him up and told him I was a big Brewers and Robin Yount fan.  He excused himself and a few minutes later he had a Robin Yount rookie to show me and offered it up.  It was no where near mint, but at the time, early 90's, Robin's rookie card was still commanding close to $200.  We negotiated and I ended up picking this guy up for about $45 bucks.  Which at the time was kind of crazy money for me, I did have a job though.  But picking up Robin's rookie card, which had been my white whale at the time, was huge.  And while I've picked up higher grade cards since then, that first Yount rookie, which I still have, is my favorite.

Friday, April 21, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge Day 10

Day 10: One of your favorite cards from the 1960's.

It took me a second to pick a card, but I knew which set it was going to be coming from.  A few years back I decided I wanted to try and start putting a vintage set together.  And for some reason I decided on 1963 Topps.  Had I given it a little more thought I might have picked a different set, with the Mantle and Pete Rose rookie sitting like two Mt. Everest's in the set.  But I love the design, I also really like the 1965 set design.  But anyways, I've been slowly picking up a card here and there. Sometimes a couple small lots.  It's taken a back seat recently with trying to sell and buy a new house, but so far I've managed to put together about 15% of the set and added some big names too.

I decided to pick the Duke to represent my choice.  Not super high grade, but well within the set condition I set for myself.  I also liked when I picked up this card I also got his 1964 Topps as well, both card feature Duke as a Met, but I'll always remember him as a Dodger.


Friday, April 14, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challange - Day 9: Favorite card from the 1950s

Day 9: One of your favorite cards from the 1950s.

I'll be honest I don't own a ton of cards from the 1950's and I'm not even sure what I have from that era, but the rules don't say I have to own the card I post about so here you go.

Warren Spahn's beautiful 1953 Red Man card.  I don't go out of my way to collect Milwaukee Braves cards.  But when I do run across them I pick them up.  I don't currently own any cards from any of the Red Man sets, but maybe someday in the future that will change and Mr. Spahn would be high on the list of cards I'd like to add to my collection.  Just a beautiful set.