Saturday, January 20, 2018

1995 Upper Deck Motorsports "Special Promo" Pack

Who doesn't like to rip open the old-fashioned Upper Deck foil packs?  I am one who loves the buttery smoothness of that soft foil as it tears.  Brings back the memories.  Speaking of memories, here is a 4-card "Special Promo" pack from Upper Deck's 1995 Motorsports Set.  It is not the Hobby or Retail pack and contains only 3 random Series 1 & 2 cards as well as 1 Electric insert card along with an Entry Card to try and "Win the World's Most Valuable Card".  I believe this is the WalMart promotion for the T206 Honus Wagner card.

Grab a can of Bud Light and your favorite koosie.  This one is for you.......

I wonder what the value added is here?



#198: First up, Bobby from the Labonte clan.  A powerhouse family that really helped define NASCAR.



#170: I respect Darrell's driving skills, but am not a fan of the Waltrip family.  I guess one redeeming quality is my son loves the Cars' movies so he can't be all that bad.



#76: This is what NASCAR needs to get back to.  Look at how distinguished that car is....not this cookie-cutter crap they have now.

#217: My Electric parallel version of Jeff Purvis.  That is all I have to say about that.



Come on, no Whammies..........what a storied the T206 Wagner card has and this captures a small part of that crazy history.  You had to send this form in for a chance to win or if you happen to lose this form, you can send in your wrapper and grab an entry form at your local retailer.  I was out of collecting cards in 1995, but I can imagine this must have been a huge deal.  Anyone have any stories of trying to win this card....or actually winning it????

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 19, 2018

1981 Japanese Nameneko "Perlorian" Cat Cards

What the heck?  Like a train wreck, it is hard to divert your eyes.  These are Japanese cat cards from 1981.   Both Fuji and Billy have done write ups as well on similar cards.  The idea started in Japan in the early 1980s and is known as Nameneko (Licking Cat) which involved dressing up real-life cats in costume and posing them in certain situations.  Topps carried the copyright over to the States in 1983.  This is an original taba pack from Japan with 30 different card envelopes attached.  This particular set seems to be called (マスコット).  Typically taba packs are hung from the ceiling in candy shops with the envelopes being sold on an individual basis for a few yen.  You would pay and pull off an envelope from the pack.  If you happen to get a "winner" card, it entitled you to another pull or other prize the shop owner had available.  This taba pack still has its 30 individual envelopes.  Can I resist and pull only one envelope to see what cards are inside?  Grab a can of Asahi Super Dry and some Tylenol as this could be painful.....

I think the left picture depicts a high school cat being too-cool-for-school.  It looks like the back of this taba pack had a sample card affixed, but someone stole it.  Dang cat burglars......  You can see the string that is used to hang the pack from the ceiling.


Here is one of the envelopes I pulled.  I couldn't resist and pulled three of them.   A cool cat along with his high school girlfriend? in her school-girl outfit.  Back in the 1980s, that skirt went down to the ankles....now they barely reach mid-thigh.  I love the sunglasses and Walkman-type radio.



Oh boy, a great shot of the girlfriend? waving her boyfriend off to school.  Your eyes do not deceive you, that cat is getting ready to light up.  I doubt you will see that image in the 1983 Topps set.  I have to pull another envelope...>> '/\' <<



Here is the ID card of "Tanaka- the Family Cat".  Does your family know you are messing around with a chain-smoking tabby?  Alright, one more.....



The Japanese equivalent of the "Benjamin"....making it rain!



Two of the three cards have this for the back.  I'll have to look around to see if any of these Nameneko sets are checklisted.  Maybe this is the New Looks set.  I'll have to poke around to see if there are additional sets.

These cards are slightly smaller than a standard trading card and have a laminate covering.

Do I open some more???  I'll open an additional envelope for each reply to say thanks for stopping by.

Angels, this one is for you.  Two cats getting down to some beats on their stereo system.


Joe, here you go!  Bad-a$$ biker gang cats.....



Billy, the creepiest (so far) card goes to you with those cat eyes.  Some additional motorcycle gang mischief going on here.....



Bru....your request yielded Suzuki - The House Cat card......


Tom, ask and you shall receive!  Crazyness....although these two cat heads look superimposed to me.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1994 Futera Hot Surf Cards

How this pack from Down Under made it to Colorado is a mystery to me, but I managed to salvage it out of the $1.00 bin at the local shop.  As you can see from the pictures, it is pretty beat up with a nice crease along the top-left pack corner affecting all the cards.  Futera is an Australian company and they seemed to have jumped on the early 1990s card craze with this second-year set of 1994 Futera Hot Surf cards.  I'm hoping to land a Kelly Slater second-year card, which would be pretty cool.  Here is the complete checklist on The Trading Card Database.  Grab your cold can of Fosters and let's rip curl this thing:

Just like the bronzed skin of the surfers, these cards are UV coated.  You can never have too much protection.

Starting off with some Aussies.  According to the back, some great athletes!

Gary pioneered the layback cutback and lives in France.  Are there killer waves there?  Richie is a naturalfooter (Here is an explanation)and makes his own surfboards.  Pretty cool!

Bam!  Nailed a Kelly Slater card.  Did you know Kelly stared in Baywatch for 27 episodes as Jimmy Slade and hated it?  Pam Burridge is considered the queen of surfing!

Some great action shots here of Wendy and Shane!

Bringing up the rear is Dane from Hawaii and the back of Kelly Slater's card.

Overall a great set and it is nice to see how cards of non-mainstream sports are manufactured.

Anyone have any great surfing stories?  Thanks for stopping by and I hope the second half of your week goes well.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1991 Wild Card NFL

How about the weekend's playoff games? Anyway Wild Card enter the football card market in 1991 with this 160 card set. The set contain Wild Card parallel ranging from 5 to 1000 stripe. The Wild Cards can be redeemed for the equal number of cards of the player.  Here's the pack
113 - Russell Maryland - a 5 stripe Wild Card. Was no. 1 overall pick in the 91 draft and becoming part of 90s Cowboys dynasty.
51 - Mark Rypien - got a crazy border featuring Wild Card numbers with no team logo anywhere on the card, front and back. Redskins starting QB at the time as he lead them Super Bowl victory over the Bills.
15 - Jim Everett - starting QB of LA Rams before venturing down to New Orleans. Just don't call him Chris.
142 - Dave Meggett - speedy runner found himself in prison after his playing career ended
106 - Herman Moore
65 - Richard Dent
150 - Willie Anderson - his nickname was Flipper
153 - Kevin Greene
53 - John Stephens
15 - Jim Everett - another card of him
27 - Warren Moon
83 - Marion Butts - say his name slowly and it sounds like porn movie title
16 - Mark Duper
92 - John Friesz - a card for QB who just played 1 game in 1990 season. He was starter for following season before relegating to bench duty during 1993 season.

Ain't these cards wild?

Monday, January 15, 2018

1993 Eclipse Beverly Hillbillies

If you made your fortune in bubbling crude (oil that is), is Beverly Hills the place to go anymore?  I guess after the fall of Beverly Hills 90210, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Beverly Hills Ninja the shine has worn off of the 1-0.  However, the Beverly Hillbillies was the perfect mix of timing, comedy, sex appeal, and witticism on American television.  The stoic Jed, pretty Elly May, sassy Granny, and hijinker Jethro were what America needed in the 1960s.  What America needed in 1990s was a trading card set of this family and their big-city adventures.  I picked up this 1993 Eclipse pack out of the $0.33 bin at the local card shop and thought I'd take a chance.  Looking at the pack, the gold foil card seems really intriguing so I couldn't pass this up for APTBNL.  The Trading Card Database has the entire checklist here.  Grab your favorite jug of moonshine, and lets rip this open in search of some black gold!

Eclipse looking to save money here by only printing half of the cards in color.  There are still some die-hard collectors out there.  eBay tells me that in the past month or so at least 6 sets have sold.  Hmmm....



Wait, what?  Jethro is the real-life son of heavyweight boxer Max Baer?  Mad respect.



Don't do it Granny!!!!



Gold-diggers....



That beauty on the right, my friends, is Jethro in drag....playing his sister Jethrene.



The series was getting creative at some point and shot an episode in New York City.  The bottom picture is a gentlemen innocently tying his shoe, but the door will soon open and his soon-to-be fiancé thinks he is proposing.  You can't make this stuff up folks.



"Stealing from the poor to feed the rich" taking place on the bottom card.



Mr. Drysdale had perseverance, I'll give him that.  How he managed to not beat the living snot out of the Clampett family is beyond me, but makes for great television.



The series heads into the 1970s....and into desperation.  Interesting factoid on the back of the top card....Jethro, aka Max Baer Jr. directed Smokey and the Bandit.



Here is a shot of the backs...my only complaint is the production quality (really, this is my only complaint).  It looks like most of my cards went through the meatgrinder when they were printed.  There must have been a roller feeding problem when they were being cut or printed......and so now my "Jethro the Flesh Peddler" card is worthless.

There you have it.  I hope this brings a little joy to your Monday!