Certifiably Getzlaf.

National Treasures has been a treasure trove of printing plate goodness for my Ryan Getzlaf Collection. My latest pickup hails from 2012-2013 Panini Certified and features The Captain as I love to see him: donning the Captain's C and a visor.This Black 1/1 Printing Plate ran me just $10 shipped and is my 10th Getzy plate.

Because Seriously, Wes is The Man.

I received a couple of e-mails from the blogging Grand Poobah himself, Wes of Jaybarkerfan's Junk fame. The main gist of the e-mails was that I should expect a package to arrive, and as we all know when it comes to Wes and his bubble mailer giving ways, he sends some awesome stuff. And send awesome stuff he did.Wes created this phenomenal custom card featuring his smiling mug...

My Jason Heyward PC

As much as it pains me to root for anyone on this incarnation of the St. Louis Cardinals, they did just go out and acquire one of the most underrated players in baseball who hasn't even hit his prime yet. Jason Heyward is a guy I really like, and I assume they'll be able to sign him long-term after this upcoming season.Black /25Silver Auto, Black /25: Just Minors 8x10Blue...

A Promo Card For Cryptozoic's Archer.

A simple yet elusive piece to my Cryptozoic Archer Master Set has finally found its way into my collection. A promo card for the set was released back in 2013 in an issue of Non-Sport Update Magazine. A few have popped up online but were just a tad above what I wanted to pay.eBay came through as I landed it for $3.99 shipped. The front features Lana, Cyril, and a wheelchair-stricken...

Matt Kemp Has Followed In Jackie Robinson's Image As Well As Anybody.

Jackie Robinson's legacy is one of perseverance, hard-work, determination, dedication, and strength. Panini honored him with a parallel in 2014 Prizm Baseball known as the "42 Jackie Robinson Tribute Prizm" parallel. Each blue-bordered card is numbered out of 42 and has little 42s floating throughout the background.These are really stunning in-hand and I was able to...

Matt Kemp Should Have Won MVP. Clayton Kershaw Should Win MVP.

Some of you may remember a time when I went by the handle "KempKershaw." It was a time long ago, when I considered myself young and could barely grow a beard. Though that moniker has long since been retired, my love for Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw (as both players and individuals I've had the pleasure of meeting numerous times) has never wavered. So it's only...

Seeing Red (Hulk)

While I love comic book movies, particularly Marvel's The Avengers and their related offshoots, I was never a big comic book reader. I have a handful, and last year I made it a point to nab some 1960s or older issues featuring members of The Avengers, but the history of each character is not something I can immediately spit out and expand upon. I didn't let that stop me from...

Ryan Getzlaf's Rookie Review: On-Card Auto, Two-Color Patch!

There's nothing like picking up a gorgeous Ryan Getzlaf auto-patch card to brighten my day. I'm slowly but surely nearing the century mark in Captain Getzy John Hancocks, and my newest addition features a sweet two-color patch (with stitching) and an excellent on-card signature.I once nearly pulled the trigger on a BIN listing for a copy of this sweet card for around $30...

Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Flatbush.

Robert of $30 a week habit fame is holding a truly sweet contest. The winner will walk away with a gorgeous 1954 Topps card of Edwin "Duke" Snider, The Duke of Flatbush. It's a card I've long desired, so you know this Dodgers' fan entered.Go here to enter.

Roy Campanella: Custom Business Card!

I came across a Re-Tweet one day. The original Tweet was advertising vintage-themed baseball business cards that were hand-crafted and for the taking if anyone was interested. They looked pretty damn sweet so I requested a Roy Campanella one what with my affinity for his cardboard, particularly of the vintage persuasion.A few days later the above business card arrived via PWE. It...

PWEs From 2 by 3 Heroes: Mike Trout

Baseball's best player makes yet another appearance in a pair of plain white envelopes from my good friend Jeff, of 2 by 3 Heroes fame.So much Mike Trout cardboard goodness. There was also a pretty Getzlaf base card from UD Black Diamond, which is always appreciated (1-0 my man, 1-0 ;) ).Thanks as always Jeff!

Guardians of The Galaxy Cosmic Strings Trio: Gamora, Ronan, and Nebula.

I had to add another memorabilia card from Upper Deck's excellent 2014 Guardians of The Galaxy release. They are really quite affordable in addition to being well-done pieces of cardboard. This time around I landed my first triple relic, and it features Gamora, Nebula, and Ronan.This bad boy was secured for the low, low price of just $7.94 shipped to my doorstep. These Cosmic...

Creepy Rob Lowe Lurks His Way Into My Parks and Recreation PC!

Who doesn't love them some Rob Lowe? He's a great actor, his DirecTV commercials are phenomenal, and he's tremendous on Parks and Recreation as Chris Traeger. He is LITERALLY one of the greatest individuals to ever exist. His single swatch wardrobe relic was also the last one I needed to complete the mini subset of a larger subset in Press Pass' 2013 P&R release...

I Now Work At A Card Shop

So my posting recently has been sporadic at best. Part of that is a switch to a Chromebook and not yet figuring out how to connect my all-in-one to it through the cloud. The bigger reason is that I got a second and much better job. In a card shop. That's right. 5 days a week I get to work in a literal version of what heaven should be, surrounded by amazing pieces of mostly vintage...

Esoteric Archer Porn: Every Auto.

The title is a reference to an amazing phrase coined by Zach from The Underdog Card Collector in his recap of our recent trade, and I just had to somehow make use of such an incredible collection of words. As I recently completed the autograph portion of Cryptozoic's Archer, I figured what better way to display my absolute devotion to the set than with every John Hancock, together...

A Burt Reynolds Auto: The Final Piece To My Cryptozoic Archer Auto Set!

Burt Reynolds: actor, mustache aficionado, and guest star as himself on the amazing Archer. His inclusion in Cryptozoic's 2014 Archer release was a big one in terms of adding meat to the set and the amount I'd have to shell out to acquire it. Once I decided to go for a Master Set, however, money was not going to stand in my way. My Archer buddy Kyle came through yet again...

Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation Dual Relic Made The Trip From Down Under

The below dual relic was poached from an Australian seller on eBay for less than a blaster a few weeks back. Amy Poehler's cards from the Parks and Recreation release rarely are had for a good price, but thankfully these gorgeous pieces of wardrobe were had while not breaking the bank, especially considering they would be en route from an international seller.Numbered 09/99,...

Drax The Destroyer/Ronan Cosmic Strings Dual: Guardians of The Galaxy.

I was able to add another 2014 Upper Deck Guardians of The Galaxy memorabilia card for a relatively low price. The memorabilia cards have seen a pretty substantial drop in prices from the set's original release, and I for one find that to be perfectly a-okay in my collecting book. I'll jump on a deal like this in a heartbeat any time I can acquire one of these for a handful...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

My Alex Gordon Collection as A World Series Match-Up I Hate Begins.

This World Series pits a team I will never root for (San Francisco Giants) against a team whose style and manager (Kansas City Royals, Ned Yost) I truly loathe. So I'm rooting for this series to never be played. That aside, there is one player in the series I consider to be an active collection, although I haven't added anything of his in some time and likely won't simply...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Topps Chrome Printing Plate: Matt Kemp's Tattoos + Secret Switch-Hitting

Though Matt Kemp cardboard has seen a rise in prices with The Bison's second-half surge and return to both health and offensive prominence, deals can still be had. Case in point, the below 1/1 Black Printing Plate out of 2014 Topps Chrome was recently secured via eBay for a great price.$13.09 delivered landed me the newest addition to my Mattycakes' PC. It's the 7th printing...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

A Judy Greer Archer Auto!

Oh, that sweet feeling of being inches away from putting a major set you've chased after for months and months to rest. The below John Hancock leaves me one card shy (one post shy, hint hint) from completion on the autograph portion of my 2014 Cryptozoic Archer Master Set.Greer's autograph, from my research, quickly became the second most expensive of the 15 in the set, settling...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2011-2012 Panini Rookie Anthology: Another Ryan Getzlaf Printing Plate.

National Treasures bestowed upon the hockey collecting world a mountain of cards that had previously not seen the light of day after years of captivity in Panini's stock room. I made damn sure that Ryan Getzlaf printing plates were a daily eBay search for me once NT hit shelves. Multiple times a day, actually. I haven't brought home every single one (I am unfortunately not...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

A Cyan and Titanium Getzlaf 1/1 Plate.

Not every printing plate shows the wear and tear you would expect to see from something used in the production of thousands of cards, but every now and then a plate appears that shows just how intensive and awesome the process is. For $10.56 delivered I netted this:It's about time I added a non-Dominion Getzy Printing Plate to my collection of the Captain, and this bad boy was...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Marvel NOW! 1/1 Sketch: Rocket Raccoon and Nova, Guarding The Galaxy

I've got another reasonably-priced sketch card to showcase today, and though it does not come out of Upper Deck's Guardians of The Galaxy release, it is as close as I've come to landing a sketch card from that beautiful product.Bridgit Scheide crafted a fantastic sketch of Nova and decided to bring along Rocket Raccoon for the ride. Rocket's presence was the big draw...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A Rob Lowe Parks and Recreation Triple Relic! It's LITERALLY Amazing!

One of the biggest remaining non-auto obstacles in my quest to complete the 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Master Set found its way into my mailbox recently, and I couldn't be happier with the deal I got on it. I've seen very few copies of this major memorabilia need, and to find one that ended just a shade over a blaster was too good to pass up.Numbered 23/50 -- the...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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