Friday, December 12, 2014

500k Cards Gone and still doesn't look like I made a dent! Plus...Tom Selleck

These past few weeks have been very, very busy.

It has been a good busy, for the most part, but I have had a difficult time carving out a few minutes to blog. So, here I am - in the middle of a hectic schedule, writing this, so I can have a nice little fun account of what has been going on in life with my hobbies recently.

First off, Bo Jackson was in town, and I was unable to put enough brain power to it early enough to garner enough attention from others to make it worth taking the horrific trip to the George R Brown convention center. It was close though, but in the end, it just didn't work out. I did make a pretty slick custom for it though! Hopefully Bo will come back at some point.

I've been wanting to utilize that blue prizm material, so it seemed to work out well. But gahhhh, what could have been. If only it were ALREADY signed!

The story doesn't end there, though! This is where it gets interesting:

I went on a sports card collector forum just to see what was being written, and sure enough, someone wrote a posting about me saying I was a con-man, trying to scam people out of their money - that I had a sob story and was trying to get something for nothing. Imagine my shock to read all of this being posted about me! I was very happy to read that several members came to my defense. In the cut-throat, keyboard gangster/warrior world that is online forums, I consider myself very fortunate. It was quite possibly, the most fun thing I have read. The more people came to my defense, the more the guy kept grasping at straws for how I was doing something wrong (a common technique that accusers resort to once they realize the first thing they posted wouldn't stick).

The aftermath of the whole debachle left us with a banned member (the accuser) and 3 pages of pure, unadulterated enjoyment!

Next up:

For the past few weeks, I've been toying around with dual cut autographed cards. Not real ones, mind you - just with making ones that look real. No, not the type that I could get $170 for on ebay like Honus Wagner (LOL) - but the type that looks and feels REAL ... with an original design, and that it says on the back that it is not real & for display purposes only. I've put them up for sale at $13 each, and people have been buying a lot of them. Not only that, but when they get them, they love them even more than they thought! I really enjoy the look & feel of them, too. Here are a handful of them that I did:

In the middle of all this, I found a new love ....

HAM SAMMICH-DOG!!! Duh duh duh!

Don't believe I actually ate it? Here is proof:

That just might be the highlight of all that I write today, LOL!

Moving on, if you recall - I bought a few cards from my flip quest funds.

I had a mountain of older wax boxes that someone picked up, so it left a little crater in the garage. Then, I convinced the buyer to grab all the miscellaneous boxes and odds and ends on the left side of the garage. Things have been going really well selling these. Tons of people have gotten tons of cards. Between the two dealer acquisitions, I'd say they rank up there to be among the best deals I have ever made.

Then, yesterday, out of nowhere, someone contacted me that sells to card companies (and I thought my link to card companies would be for them to hire me to make some ... not sell to them!) said he was in desparate need of football "junk". I have not really had much of a chance at all to go through the bulk of my acquisition, but he said he was paying good money for 3200 count boxes full of football card commons. Fortunately, and unfortunately, the boxes don't have JUST commons. They have game used, serial # stuff, stars, etc. The guy had a deadline for Christmas, and was willing to drive 4 hours away to pay a price that he normally wouldn't pay just to fulfill his order. So, after that conversation happened, I basically closed up shop and got to work.

I went into the garage and spent the next 4+ hours diving in and separating the football boxes from the other stuff. It took every minute of it, too. There was a bit of a miscommunication on price per box, but ultimately, we were both fine with figuring out the right dollar amount, and I was even allowed to remove the stuff I wanted while he packed up the boxes as full as he could. We ended up with 70 3,200 count boxes of football stuffed to the gills with cards. I think he got a great deal, and I was able to move some stuff that I got a great deal on, so it really was a win-win.

It wasn't so cut and dry as that, though. It probably took 2 hours, plus he didn't want ANY box tops! Not a big deal, right? Have you ever seen TONS of box tops in a small area before?

How does it not look like anything has gone? LOL! I have tons of baseball and basketball the tune of about 225 or so 3,200 count boxes, I'd imagine. The great thing about it is that I found probably 15 boxes that were filled with either vintage common/semi stars or inserts, or stars. I didn't even know I had the majority of it. It should prove to be very fun to go through, when I get a chance! There were probably 3 boxes worth of nothing but Nolan Ryan. Tons of doubles, but hey - I'm in the right state for it! There might be 5,000 (or more?) of Ryan alone.

If you take a look at this picture more carefully, you may notice something ...

See to the right? That's right, folks! I grabbed over 500 boxes of blaster, retail and hobby boxes ... for the 5th year in a row. I generally use these to open, re-sell or trade people that would rather have new wax to open than their old collections. I spent more last year, but I got a much greater selection this year. Would you believe I haven't even opened any of it yet?!?!?

There was a lot of hub-bub about the 2008 Bowman Chrom and 2009 Signature Stars cases that were selling in very limited supply. Well ...

I got a case of each!

I know, I know. The images above are merely one box each ... but they both came from the cases I got. Plus, TONS of other stuff!

I also picked up a few other things:

First, a mascot for my blog! Tan Man's Baseball Fan! (My blog is if you didn't already guess it).

It had been sitting in our game room for probably a year or two ... finally got it up in my office. I love it, but wonder why they used a football and basketball on the pull chains. Oh well, football and basketball is cool with me too.

I picked up a Canseco collection of odds and ends (puzzles, nearly every starting lineup of his, a jersey, bobblehead, autographed baseball, figurine, etc.)

Not all of it fared well ...

But hurray for super glue!

I'll admit, it doesn't look pristine, but the main thing I was going for was the Tacoma bobblehead of him. That way, he can sit on my desk and nod agreeingly (is that even a word? agreeingly?..oh well, it fits) with everything I say. Most of the bulk I received will be sold. My goal is to make my Canseco collection free when all is said and done...or at least close to it. I have 770 different cards of his right now. Not many ... or any ... are truly "expensive". They are just the lower types of cards.

Here is my running checklist, if you would like to see what you have and want to send to me! :)

I have a 450+ card lot of his coming in soon as well so hopefully I can knock out a good chunk of my wantlist through that as well. They should be coming in today.

Wrapping up this blog, I have to share some more of my custom / TTMing experiences. I have been getting requests to do customs for friends and family members at Christmas gifts, which is really cool - I love doing though! The rest of this posting is not about them though. It is about some of the cards I'm doing for my own personal collection that I've been getting autographs on via TTM.

You may have seen this one before, but it is one of many John Goodman I have made to have him sign:

I'm crossing my fingers and toes on that one.

I also made a cool Tony Danza card - superfractor style for him to sign! I decided to do a 2014 Gypsy Queen, but was underwhelmed with how it came out, so I decided to make it a super.

The 2 Carrie Fisher's came back (WOOHOO!) I love how they turned out:

I also made some of Tom Selleck.

Magnum P.I. (If you don't have the theme song in your head youtube it ASAP!)

And of course. .. MR BASEBALL!

There is a little twist to this though.

I made it from using a japanese poster I found online:

And I already had received his autograph through the mail already:

You might be thinking "why did he send that card? It just does look odd!" There is a method to my madness ... this ensures the right size of autograph, and allows me to do this:

so the end result can look like this!

If Topps and Panini can do sticker autos, why can't I? :)

I think I'm going to be having a TON of fun with customs down the road, considering some of the other autographs I've received over the past few weeks ...

Well, apparently I had a LOT to say about what has been going on here. There will be more to come in the future weeks. I am working on a fairly in depth project for my PC. Once I get all the pieces and produce it, I'll be sure to post it as well. Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chasing Babe Ruth's Autograph...

It has been a while since I have posted an article, and people have been asking where I have gone (yay! people care!) I have been in the middle of a number of things that life has thrown at us. On the fun side, I've been gathering and researching for a project I'm working on. More on that in the coming weeks/months.

For now, I'll start off with my chase for Babe Ruth's autograph. Well, the actor who played the Babe in the movie "The Babe", that is. None other than Rosanne's fake hubby John Goodman! I heard he was signing autographs, so I had to whip up a few.

WARNING: None of the customs you see below are anything super crazy flashy patch booklet refractor type cards. Just some cards I had fun doing.

Here is the first:

I thought it would be fun to have an autographed Babe Ruth Goudey card.

Then a mini would be cool

And heck, why not Sulley from Monster's Inc?

I'm not sure what has happened, but when I took my family to the Drive Inn for a double feature last week, I opted for the kid shows "Big Hero" and "Alexander's Horrible no good very bad day" instead of "Interstellar". Gah, what is wrong with me? I used to never like kid shows.

I stand here today to tell you I think I made the right movie choice.

Anyway, that is the reason for the Sulley custom. I sure hope he signs them!

I also created a few Carrie Fisher customs to be signed - my son is a massive Star Wars fan, so why not?

Speaking of Star Wars, I have a new found interest in ... sketch cards! I don't know why, but it is one of those things that I am now really excited about starting. I've always wanted to get into drawing. Here is my first attempt. It is pretty awful compared to where I want to be, but I'm determined to WOW people with enough practice!

Last but not least, I've been wanting to do some obscure food issue cards of my main man Canseco. Here is one of them from McDonalds:

Should I have photoshopped a 1/4 pounder in his mouth?

When I showed my wife the card and she read the back she said "how the heck did you get this?!?!?!?" then ... "wait a second ... did you make this?"

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Custom Baseball Family Booklet

What card do you want so bad, that you have dreams about it at night? What makes it so attractive to you? Is it the 1 of 1 mark on the back? Perhaps the colored patch configuration. Or maybe it is simply because you cannot seem to get your hands on it.

A friend was close to pulling the trigger on a buyback card - it was an early 90's 5 cent card that had a 1/1 stamp on the front. The price tag was $275 and he was considering it. This sort of thing is not for me, but clearly, there is a market out there. The company brand has tons of value...obviously!

In the past 7 or so months of doing customs, I've become a firm believer that just because a piece of cardboard has the logo of a major card company, doesn't make it the only collectible & desirable type of card out there. In fact, I've had several people come to me saying the customs I have done for them are hands down, the most prized posession in their own collection. What a compliment! I'm grateful to be able to do this.

I'm aware that custom card making also has its fair share of people who don't care for them. Take for instance, the person who offered me a crispy one dollar bill for a jumbo patch Ivan rodriguez game used card (which sold for significantly more just 30 minutes after his offer). He wrote me and said "nothing personal - your card just isn't from a major card company."

Others, however, DO get it. They see that customs may just be an evolutionary step into collecting. I tend to think that way for my personal collection, anyway. The best cards I have are what I've made. This is a story of a custom (two actually) that I have done for someone who wanted something special that represented he and his father playing ball.

Recently, I got this in the mail:

Inside the box, were a few jerseys

and several autographs

This customer wanted to have a booklet made of he and his father, with autographs and game used material. He ordered one booklet made for him and one for his dad. I've gotta say, I LOVE this idea. I really enjoy making the family type of cards! It is so cool to see how some index cards, old jerseys, and emailed pics can materialize into something collectible.

Before I forget, here are some pics he sent over ...

In my past article, someone brought up how I had a picture on my blog of one of my dogs sleeping on my shorts while I was making my first booklet back in March. I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, I am fully clothed when making customs for my customers. I now keep everything professional...

The jersey is no longer just game used ... it is custom used as well!

Here are some pics of the finished product:

Both together!

That is all she wrote! As a side note, thank you Luis, for allowing me to work on these for you. I hope you all enjoy the heck out of them!

Also, rather than making another blog posting about this, I figured I'd double up here on my blog to show off some others right quick ... I confess, I watch the Vampire Diaries ... and I love it. I wanted to post a few customs I made last night to be sent out for autographs ... hopefully I'll get them back signed! I made a Lost card as well ...