Thursday, August 13, 2020

A New Printing Plate appears! Plus the resolution of the Deduno shipment

Back when I was blogging and trading all the time, one of my biggest trade partners was Dennis of the Too Many blogs.  So when I wandered back into this realm, I wasn't surprised when he was one of the first bloggers who reached out to me.  He mentioned in a quick email that a Mike James printing plate was on Ebay for cheap.  So I took a peek.

It's a magenta plate, and it's mine now!

The really weird thing about this plate is the way they added thickness to the card:

I'm used to completely flat plates, but with this one they took the plate front and put it on some filler.  It's an odd look, but I guess it's probably more aesthetically pleasing than the nothing back or sticker you often see.  Here's the much more detailed back of this one: 

This marks my third Mike James plate to date, and a little search of my blog indicates that Dennis was involved in me finding all three of them.  Thanks again man!

I finish this post with a little update on the Deduno shipment I recently posted about.  The guy never got back to me via email, but a few days later I had a big yellow envelope with the last two Dedunos in it:
That now brings me to 71 Dedunos, and ends that Ebay situation happily with positive feedback all around!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

GSNHOF Nominee - Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is a dude who needs absolutely no introduction.  World champion, ten time all star, five time Cy Young award winner, Johnson was absolutely one of the most beastly pitchers of the modern era.  And as if there was any doubt, he was named on 97.3% of ballots in 2015 and made the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.  Johnson was clearly an all time great on the mound.

Something I overlooked for most of his career, however, was his all time great name.  I mean, Randy Johnson.  When I hear randy I think Austin Powers, and when I hear Johnson...more immaturity.  Put them together, and that's a chuckle worthy name.  

Johnson, however, gets a little more credit for his classic nickname - The Big Unit.

Now it's easy to continue down that lane of immaturity and continue the gigglefest, but the true story behind his nickname, which I just read today, is actually even funnier to me.  Allow me to share from Wikipedia:

"During batting practice in 1988, the 6'10" Johnson, then with the Montreal Expos, collided head-first with outfielder Tim Raines, prompting his teammate to exclaim, 'You're a big unit!'[63] The nickname stuck."

Such a goofy story, and I like that it led to the creation of one of the most iconic nicknames of the 1990's.  It's crazy how a name as long lasting as that can come from one simple moment.  Go figure.

So Randy Johnson was incredibly successful in his first time on a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot - will he be as successful on Ballot Nine of the GSNHOF?  I can't wait to find out!

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

What would you guys do in this situation?

So I grabbed some more Dedunos from Ebay the other day.

Four base cards:

And four chrome cards:

The problem is, there were supposed to be 6 chrome cards.  The seller posted this on top of the shipment:

This being Ebay, land of the feedback...what would you guys do in this situation?  I messaged him to ask what later might entail, and haven't heard back.  I hate to neg or neutral a guy or open a case or anything, especially over $2, but I have no way of knowing when later might be...or if later might ever be.  So I figured I'd ask the card community their thoughts.

My personal preference for now is wait to see if the dude responds and don't leave any feedback yet.  Hopefully later will be sooner than later.

On the bright side, I now have exactly 69 Dedunos.  Which is nice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Reader Casey - Wanna email me so we can talk Seneca cards?

I have a few dupes I can send your way...just email me at gsnhof at gmail and we can chat!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Who gets your cards when you die?

So I'm a K-1 teacher who's going back to teaching in a few weeks.  I know there's a whole bunch of different opinions about how that will all go, but one of the biggest things I heard is that it's a good idea to create a will for myself. It''s a good thing to have as an adult who owns things regardless, but the uncertainty of the world kind of...sped up the process for me.

Today I was emailing back and forth with the lawyer who will be putting together my will (And my wife's), and had a pretty easy job with most of the questions.  The only one that really gave me pause was who would get my assets.  Of course my wife will get my house/car/etc.  But what about my collections?   Who gets my VHS?  Who gets my video games?

Where does my Seneca Wallace Collection go if I die?

I'm still undecided on where my cards will go, but I'm figuring it out.  Asking these questions though, and pondering them, made me wonder if ya'll knew where your cards would go if you died.  I know some of you have kids, which maybe makes it a little easier.  But maybe those kids don't collect, or don't follow that sport, or who knows what else.  I guess I'm just deep in my thoughts today.  So feel free to comment below if you want to go there with me.

As an additional note, I have some cards on COMC that are doubles that I definitely don't want to take with me, so I lowered them to stupid low prices as of this posting.  Feel free to check out my selling page to see if there's anything you want for your collection or if there's anything you'd like to buy to flip.  The site is a little static for now with the way everything is, but flipping can be a lot of fun on COMC, as I used to blog about all the time!