Sunday, January 3, 2010

Movie List

As a reader of my site you know i have other vices than cards. One of which is horror movies. I am currently up to 564 movies in the collection. I have created a sub site with a list of all my films. You can link to it right under my want list and doubles list (which I really need to work on, will do after i go through my Christmas haul) I have linked the site with all my reviews that I've done so far and will continue to do so with all future reviews.

One of the first horror films I remember watching as a kid was the original House of Wax, (not really an original though as even this one was based on the movie, Mystery of the Wax Museum) which incidentally is not in my collection yet. Odd when I think about it. I think I might just have to head to EBay right now for it. I fell in love with horror right then and there. Though I didn't start collecting films until after I got back into baseball cards. I thought to myself, Hey I collect cards why not my favorite movies.

Of all the classic creature features, Nosferatu, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, etc...The Creature from the Black Lagoon is my favorite. Though I am a big fan of the original Frankenstein series as well.

One, Two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, Four, better lock your door. Five, Six, Grab your crucifix. Seven, Eight, Better stay up late. Nine, Ten, Never sleep again!!! The original is still a classic. Interested to see how the remake turns out. Speaking of remakes, has anyone seen the preview for the new Wolfman movie? I will be there, first show opening day for that one. Guaranteed!!!

A horror fan's favorite. The Exorcist is one of the best movies ever made. And the fact that this movie came out on Christmas day always puts a smile on my face. How funny is that? Here's something you may not know. The book, the movie is based on, and the movie are almost a word for word remake. And I highly recommend the book to anyone who liked the film.
Last January I had a horror-fest at my place which was awesome. Anyone who read my old blog will (hopefully) remember that. This year I plan to do it again. Not in January, but it will be done again. So stay tuned for further horror reviews, news on Joe's 2nd annual horrorfest and feel free to check out the ever growing list. Pleasant Nightmares!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Topps U & H

I just started working on these a couple weeks ago. Since then I have bought a couple blasters as well as some 50 card packs. Have some good stuff here too. I've added this set to my want list as well. Please help where you can.

Thought I would start with the patch cards. One for each of the 3 blasters boxes I bought. I'm not sure how to feel about these. On one hand, I like the way they look and I like that they are older players. But they're not real. They are just remakes of patches. It's not like these were actually on Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks and Stan Musial's jerseys at any point. So I'm torn. I appreciate them for what they are though. Remakes of patches for another time, I guess.

Next we have the propaganda series. I absolutely love these. I have to get this whole set. It doesn't help that the first one I got was David Wright. These cards have a great look and its a different type of subset. Definitely have to get all of these. Wait did I say that already? Don't care, I want them. (In case you couldn't tell) Interesting that the Mets one says Victory is Imminent.

Alright anyone who reads this blog or even just this post for that matter, knows that I am a Met fan. And as a Met fan I obviously hate the Yankees. However, I think this is one of my favorite cards that I own. The New York Rockers? This is awesome. Swisher and Damon devil horns!!! This is better than an electron card or even the Milky Way! (PS this is called sarcasm) I do love the card though.

Pulled this one out of one of the Blasters as well. This one definitely put a smile on my face. Always great to get a short print. Speaker made it into the Hall of Fame in its second year. Finishing his career with a .345 batting average, 3514 hits and 3 World Series Championships under his belt. He ranks first in career doubles, first in outfield assists, fifth in lifetime batting average, fifth in hits, sixth in triples and eighth in career runs. One hell of an all-around player.

Got this beauty in a 50 pack. The local card shop had 3 left so i bought all 3. I didn't know that Sandberg was originally with the F'n Phils. (As I like to call them) Not that I'm bitter or anything. He looks much better in a Cubs uniform. He probably burned that Philly uniform first chance he got. Last card is another one from a 50 pack and was the best of the haul.

Tim Lincecum Black. 45 of 58. This one really made me happy. Opened it right in the card shop with Steve, formally of The Easy Life. I got one Black last year but it was Manny Acta. Why the hell would they even make a Manny Acta black? Seriously, that was like a big F.U. from topps. This on the other hand is much better. 2 time Cy Young winner, who's star is on the rise. Hey when does he become a free agent? The Mets really need pitching. HA! Lincecum is the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden and Bret Saberhagen to win the Cy-Young in his second year in the league. Gooden with the Mets and Saberhagen later becoming a Met, think about it. Its your destiny Lince.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Laugh in the New Year

Hey all. Just a quick post today but this is for everyone who wants a good laugh. Happy New Year all. Be back tomorrow with another card post. And to everyone I have been in contact with about trades, I am pulling the cards this weekend and they will be in the mail on Monday. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

R.I.P. Dr. Death

I regret to inform readers that Dr. Death Steve Williams has passed away after a long battle with cancer last night at the age of 49. At this time no further details are available.

Williams was considered one of the top wrestlers in the world throughout the 80's and early 90's. He was recruited into pro wrestling by Bill Watts and was named PWI 1982 Rookie of the Year. Watts discovered him at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a star lineman on the football team and a four-time All-American Heavyweight wrestler. Many of his peers in wrestling over the years believed had he not played football and focused solely on wrestling he would have been a strong candidate for an Olympic Gold medal in either 1984 or 1988.

While never garnering the respect he deserved in pro wrestling in the States, Williams was a big success in Japan. Eventually earning a worldwide reputation as one of the best ever to grace the squared circle.

I have met a lot of wrestlers through the years, unfortunately I cannot say I had the privilege of ever meeting Steve Williams. He was an extremely talented individual and will certainly be missed. I want to send my condolences out to his family and friends.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TTM - Mark Williamson

Today I have a new TTM for my list, former Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Mark Williamson. Thanks Mark.

Mark was born July 21st, 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 12th round of the 1981 amateur draft. He did not sign with the club. He was drafted again the following year in the 1982 draft by the San Diego Padres in the 4th round.

He played in the Padres minor league system before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles with Terry Kennedy for Storm Davis in October, 1986. Mark was called up to the majors the following year at the age of 27. He played in his first major league game on April 8, 1987 taking the loss 6-4 against the Texas Rangers. Williamson pitched 1.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks with no strike outs. He went on to finish the year with a record of 8-9 with a 4.03 ERA.

Mark had his best MLB run from 1989 to 1990. In 1989 he finished the season with a 10-5 record and a 2.93 ERA. In 1990 he came back and ended the season with a 8-2 record with a 2.21 ERA.

Mark played his entire MLB career with the Orioles from 1987 - 1994, finishing his career with a record of 46 - 35, an ERA of 3.86, and 397 strike outs and 21 saves. The highlight of his career occured on July 13, 1991 when he pitched a combined no hitter with Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, and Gregg Olson against the Oakland A's.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2004 Topps Crack Jack

Let me start off by saying I love this set. About a year ago I bought a 5,000 count box from my local card shop. It had a bunch of commons from this set and that was my introduction to it. As much as I like it I have never purchased any additional cards for the set. However, I decided as a personal Christmas present to myself I deserved a box of these. So onto E-bay I went and won an auction. After I was done with the box I am now 62 cards away from finishing this set. I will post the remaining cards on here and I have updated my want list. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please help me finish this one off.

Thought I'd start first here with a man who ended his career with the Mets. Mr. Alou. Was very happy to see Alou in Mets uniform. Alou was a big presence in the locker room and I hope we can find someone to take his place. As much as I love Reyes and Wright at their age they just can't seem to take control and become the leader the Mets Locker room needs. Have a good retirement Alou.

Ahh Cliffy. I always loved Cliff Floyd as a Met. I was lucky enough to actually see the Mets play on my birthday, sorry cant remember who they were playing, but Floyd won the game himself 2-1 with 2 solo home runs in the game. Another good locker room guy.

The last Mets game I went to was Glavine's first game after he won his 300th game. One heck of a standing ovation for him when he took the mound. I have to say I was very selfish. I had the tickets about a week in advance and knew Glavine would be pitching so the day he won his 300th I was rooting against him so I could see it in person. Does that make me a bad fan?

I had to put this one up because Luis Castillo was considered the Mets MVP last year for one reason and one reason only, he was the only opening day position player who didn't go on the d/l. How sad is that? And what's even funnier is we're trying to trade him. The best player for the 2009 Mets and we throw him on the trading block? Don't get me wrong, would I rather have Orlando Hudson playing 2nd base for us, maybe, but last year he actually looked like he deserved the contract we gave him. With the current issues the team has, I think trading Castillo should be the least of our concerns.

Alright, lastly we have Gary Sheffield. The Doctor's nephew. Gary Sheffield has wanted to be a Met his entire career thanks to Dwight Gooden. It was nice seeing him in a Mets uniform and I think he did a much better job in the field then most people thought he would. Sorry you wont be back next year, good luck elsewhere Gary.
Here's a list of the remaining cards I need:
1, 3 (Albert Pujol's swinging), 13, 20, 30, 34, 49, 51, 57, 60, 80 (Sammy Sosa), 80 (Felix Pie), 86 (Burt ShottEn), 95 (Gary Sheffield, Yankees), 98, 100, 104 (Edwin Jackson), 108, 109, 124, 126, 127, 140 (Curt Schilling, Red Sox), 145, 150, 151, 163, 166, 167, 173, 179, 182, 184, 185, 186, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 196, 198, 200, 203, 204, 206, 209, 214, 216, 217, 218, 220, 222, 224 (Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers), 225, 228, 229 (Jason Giambi fielding) 231, 232, 233, 236 (Jorge Posada)
Again, any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Help me finish this one off and knock it off my list.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What a Christmas

Just a quick post today but it's important. I got a new computer for Christmas, with a scanner of my very own. I can finally focus a lot more on the blog. I have a lot of good posts coming up. Today is just a quicky.

I also got about 15,000 cards in random lot boxes. Wish me luck on those, it's gonna take me forever to organize them. Random cards from the 70's up to today. Of course a lot of them are from the 80's card boom. Which by the way means if you have a list of late 80's/early 90's give me a head's up and i will definitely check it out and see what I can do 4 U!!!

Happy Holidays