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Friday, May 21, 2010

Contest Pimping: 1st & Goal and his search for the Wizard

It seems like contests are popping up out here by the hour.  That is fine by me though.  I like it. 

Someone is having a blog-o-birthday out there and it is happening at 1st & Goal.  1st turns the big numero uno and to celebrate, he is having an audience participation contest. 

What do you collect?  What are your favorites?  These are just some of the thought provoking questions that are posed and could win you a mystery prize designed around your interests.  Sounds good, doesn't it?

Just go here and give him a few minutes of your time.  Also, put him on your blog list of daily readings.  You won't be sorry. 

Do it now!!

Pac-Man turns 30

If you haven't guessed it, Pac-Man is celebrating it's 30th anniversary.  I can't believe that it has been that long since the little yellow guy burst onto the video game scene. 

I don't really remember the early stages of Pac-Man's release since I was too young at the time.  However, I do remember getting to play the "sit-down" style arcade version every time we used to go and pick up a pizza.  The local pizza place where I grew up was called Mr. Munchies and they had two or three arcade consoles you could play while you waited.  My dad and I used to go and pick up the pizza and I would always get a few quarters to play.  They also had a Centipede game and Asteroids (which were later changed to Zaxon and Arkanoid).  Good times.

At any rate, back in 1980, Fleer released a set of Pac-Man stickers which accompanied a scratch-off ticket style rub-off game.  You were able to get 3 stickers, 3 rub-offs, and of course, a stick of everyone's favorite 3 second flavor burst gum.  I never had the priveledge of having any of these cards but I remember my cousin did.  The rub-off game was basically a Pac-Man game maze and you scratched off each space, creating your path.  You either had a power-pellet, a blue ghost, or a color ghost under each spot. 

Apparently, after reading about these stickers, it appears there were at least 3 different color variants to the cards.  Th first were just plain, non-detailed pictures of Pac-Man with blue printed backs.  The second had more detailed fronts with blue printed backs.  The third had black backs with detailed front pictures.  I guess even in the early 80s, companies were trying to milk the parallel thing. 

Fleer continued for the next couple years with subsequent Pac-Man releases as well as Ms. Pac-Man and Super Pac-Man sets.  You can still find these up for auction on the Bay or other auction sites but because of the item scarcity, most of the older, unopened boxes are going to cost you.  You can find the Ms. Pac-Man packs for about $1.50-$5.00 each and the Pac-Man cards run $4 and up.  Individual cards/stickers range in price. 

I wonder if there are any readers out there that have these in their collections.

Check out Google's homepage for a blast from the past as they pay homage to the original ghost buster.

Contest Pimping Time: Enough Already

Another contest is going on out there in the blogosphere.  This time by Enough Already and his audience participation contest.  Up for grabs are a collection of mysteries and surprises with something for everyone.  There is even a Jeter and Pujols GU in the mix.  Now what collector wouldn't want to get in on this one. 

All you have to do is go here and fill out the questionaire.  That's it.  You don't even have to rap.

Check it out now.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Contest Pimping Time: Hey That's Mine!

It's time for another contest that isn't sponsored nor has anything to do with yours truly.  That's a great part about blogging.  If you don't have any content at the moment, you can just pimp out your fellow bloggers stuff.  Especially when it is something really cool like this.

Head on over to Hey That's Mine! where your custom card owning dreams can come true.  He is holding a contest to win one of his Big D custom cards.  I must say that he does some nice work, too.  Basically there will be 5 winners and all you need to do is:

1) comment

2) be lucky

Easy enough, right?  I thought so.  Go there now.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's time for a little audience participation

Having not picked up any new 2010 Topps in quite awhile, I have not really had the need to log any codes into the transmogrifier to see what late 80s gems await me.  I have been on there once or twice since my last code entry but it seems that every time I arrive, the site is so bogged down that it takes 15 minutes just to load the homepage.

I have been reading numerous posts on blogs about trades that have been completed for various cards, and even a few "cashed in" tales, both positive and negative.  After reading Rob, from Voice of the Collector's bit on there about the misadventures of his favorite card, I was curious.  I decided to log in for once and see what the trading feature was all about.

Low and behold, I have 16 trade offers awaiting me.  My first thought was that I didn't think I had 16 cards to trade.  Upon inspection, I found this was the case (as I only have 11) but there were 3 cards in particular that everyone seemed interested in.  So here is my proposal...I am going to show my trade offers and let the masses (ie. all three people) decide which offer I should accept.  Just comment with what you think and the leading votes will win.  On Sunday, I will abide by whatever the readers decide.

First up, the 1987 Kirby Puckett.  1987?  Come on.  You can't be serious.  I though everyone out there had stockpiles of these.  Apparently not.   Here is what is being offered for trade:

1. 1985 Jerry Williard (Cleveland)
2. 1981 Jeff Newman (Oakland)
3. 2007 Derrick Turnbow (Milwaukee)
4. 1987 Bret Saberhagen (KC)
5. 2004 Clint Hurdle (Colorado)
6. 1985 Dan Driessen (Montreal)
7. 2005 Bobby Crosby (Oakland)

Now being of sound body and sound mind (debatable) I know when I am out of my league.  Being out of baseball for so long, I will admit that I haven't the faintest idea of who either Turnbow, Hurdle or Crosby are.  I used to be a fan of Bret Saberhagen back in the 80s and 90s when you used to be able to tell if it was an even or odd year based on his success (I think I also remember him spraying paint or acid or something on some reporters in the 90s.  My memory is a bit foggy).  The other idea.

Next Up, another 1987.  This time Mike Pagliarulo.  Pags played for the Yankees, Padres, Orioles, and won a World Series with the Twins.  Other than the series ring, he led the Yankees in home runs once in 87.  Not much else for me to talk about for Mike.  Here is what is being offered.
1. 1986 Tom Seaver
2. 1999 Matt Walbeck
Obviously I know who Tom Seaver is (he was Mike's brother on Growing Pains, right?).  But Walbeck? clue.

Finally we have probably the best card in my collection of TMCG cards (and oldest).  A 1960 Bobby Thomson.  Yes, the "Shot Heard Round the World" Bobby Thomson.  Now this isn't a premium card by any means and is probably not even in that great of a condition considering some of the other 60s era cards that have been delivered thus far.  For all I know, it may even have a now mid-50 somethings childhood doodling on the back.  Frankly, I have only kept it around this long because it was the oldest card I had pulled and let's face it, it is a cool looking piece of cardboard.  Here is what is being offered:
1. 1973 Bill Buckner (Dodgers)
2. 1962 Don Demeter (Phillies)
3. 1962 Joe Koppe (Angels)
4. 1958 Gino Cimoli (Dodgers)
5. 1970 Bob Tolan (Reds)
I was originally tempted by the Cimoli card because it is older and it has a picture of a guy batting with no bat in his hand.  I also thought about the Buckner card for the simple fact that Bill's legend will live on forever in infamy because of his gaffe in the 1986 World Series.  I always have had respect for athletes that have such a love for their game that they can play for what seems like forever (Bill played in games that spanned four decades). 

So there you have it.  So many choices, so little knowledge.  This really wouldn't have been a problem if some vintage Pirates were offered up for trade but to no avail.  And with that, I leave the voting up to the readers.  Leave a comment and vote for which cards I should trade for in each case.

Monday, May 17, 2010

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

With one of my other great passions being music, it saddened me to hear about the passing of one of the most amazing talents of all time...Ronnie James Dio. 

For anyone that isn't familiar with RJD or his work, he is regarded as one of the most powerful singers in all of heavy metal and hard rock.  Ronnie has been the front man for Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, his own band DIO, and most recently, the current incarnation of Black Sabbath known as Heaven & Hell with Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Vinny Appice.  Ronnie is perhaps more famous, at least in popular culture by the masses that don't know his music, as being credited with the popularization of the "devil horns" gesture that everyone has used at some point or another to voice their love of a band or music at a concert.

Ronnie finally lost his battle with with stomach cancer that he had been fighting since last November.  He died on Sunday morning (the Sabbath day) after saying his goodbyes to his friends and family.  I never met RJD in person but I had the chance to see him perform live on a number of occasions.  His voice was more powerful and consistent than any singer I have ever heard each and everytime he held the mic.  His stage presence was monsterous, despite his diminuative stature.  I have always heard stories of how he was one of the nicest, most approachable, and generous people in the music industry.  From seeing him live, he was always extrememly grateful to all the fans that continued to support him through his career. 

Those of you out there with Sirius/XM radio, today's Eddie Trunk show will be a tribute to RJD.  His show is on at 6:00PM Eastern Time on the Boneyard.

RIP Ronnie.  We have lost one of the greatest but your music will last forever. 

Possibly one of the hokiest, ridiculous videos of all time for one of the greatest songs of all time.  I LOVE IT!!  We will miss you, Ronnie.

Random Steeler Monday

I have decided to change the name of this feature to Random Steeler Monday from Random Steeler CARD Monday.  It was a bit of a misnomer considering I featured multiple cards of a player for the last three weeks.  So instead, I am picking a player, either living or dead, past or present, and featuring them in a post with a few of thier cards.  Why?  Because I can.

So this week I am kind of straying down a different path with this one.  Can anyone guess who this guy is?

While that clearly isn't a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey he is wearing, it doesn't change the fact that this man has had a pivotal impact on the Steelers organization and is a key to some of the hardware that graces the confines of Hines field. 

This man is an innovator and defensive genius when it comes to coaching, and is arguably the best defensive coach professional football has ever seen.  He is credited with creating the zone blitz while coaching the Cincinnati Bengals (I certainly don't hold that against him, or do I?).  After becoming a coach with the Steelers back in 1992, his influence led to a multitude of players being named to the Pro Bowl that hadn't been there before, including Rod Woodson (HOF), Carnell Lake, Greg Lloyd, and Kevin Greene.  I haven't even touched on his successes with the Bengals.

Give up yet?

Here's a hint (giveaway)...

It's none other than the newest Pittsburgh Steeler member to be elected to the Hall of Fame....