Tuesday, June 29, 2021



Time Travelling:

My Dealer:

The Cardbarrel order was heavy on Phillies (late 1970s - early '80s) and RCs (a few from the 1980s and a binder page of 2021 Bowman).   

The Ohtani and Verbeek are RCs. 

Matt, of Time Traveling:

Diamond Jesters (diamond-jesters.blogspot.com)

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Clean-Up


-  Somebody blogged about a project he's working on and I offered him a card for it but he never sent me his mailing address.  Pulled some cards from a team he seems to like too.  So I unfollowed his blog because I'm petty like that.  :)  

-  I don't know how I'm going to get blaster boxes without Target.  It's one of the things I've missed during the 'rona.  Apparently a few nut jobs in the midwest ruined it for everybody. 

-  Still no repacks at Walgreen's.  

-  I read The Other Hollywood.  Not a book for every body. 

-  A couple years ago I bought a blaster box of basketball cards and I stashed all the Rated Rookies just in case.   So now I'm sitting on this:

-  Some of the baseball cards from the box my madre brought down:





-  -  Sundberg was a Gold Glove level catcher in his younger days. 

-  -  Schilling was the #1 starting pitcher on the '93 Phillies.

-  -  Interesting pics of not so interesting players.    

-  -  1992 Mother's Cookies A's.  A bunch of these were in another box.  

-  -  A 1979 Ray Fosse somehow made its way into a box full of OPE cards.  

-  -  Kevin Seitzer, Gary Gaetti, Jim Gantner, Cory Snyder, Luis Gonzalez, and Steve Finley were in there.  

Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Madre Visited

and she brought a couple more boxes of cards down.  One of baseball, which was pretty much what I expected - mostly overproduction era and not much star power.  But the other one was football and it was a bit more interesting.  













-  The Throwin' Samoan.

-  Edwards of Miracle at the Meadowlands fame.

-  Owens is a Congressman now. 

-  Another Jordan for my multi-sport collection. 

-  If I do a bust collection,  Mandarich is a shoe-in. 

-  The Fridge. 

So yeah - no WOW cards, but some good players.  Mostly offensive linemen and defensive guys, though Carlos Carson, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Givins, and a Jay Novacek RC (as a Cardinal) were in there.  

There were a lot of early 1980s Topps, which makes no sense to me.  This was a few years before I started collecting and they're not guys I would have targeted as singles.  1983 in particular - so if you're building that set, feel free to shoot me your want list.  

The oldest in the box were six from 1979:  Preston Pearson, Butch Johnson, and four lesser known Eagles.     

Anyway, I'll show some of the baseball cards tomorrow.  

(as usual, card images from TCDB)

Friday, June 25, 2021


I sent PWEs out on Wednesday.   

So if you're expecting, you should get something by the end of the month.  

In the meantime, enjoy this Olympic soccer preview:  


Friday, June 11, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (17)


These movies are older than I am.

Directed by Michael Curtiz.

Released in 1943.

-  The cast included several refugees from the Nazis.  

-  Dooley Wilson (Sam) was actually a drummer, so he faked playing the piano. 

Directed and produced by Orson Welles.

Released in 1941.

-  Kane was largely based on William Randolph Hearst.  

Based on a novel by Dashiell Hammett.

Directed by John Huston.

Released in 1941.

-  Huston's directorial debut.

Directed by Billy Wilder.

Released in 1950.

-  Cecil B. DeMille and Buster Keaton appear as themselves.

If I could save only one:  Casablanca

Last week's answer:  Citizen Kane  

Final Leaderboard

Brett Alan - 7

Jon -  4

Fuji -  2 1/2

I need an address for the winner, Brett Alan.  

morganyud at protonmail dot com

All three to need a pick a sport for their prize.  If you collect all four, I think football is the strongest and basketball is the weakest.  Baseball vs hockey is more subjective, with both ranked in the middle.   

Recap next week.   

Friday, June 4, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (16)


I gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when I'm older

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Released in 1963.

-  Fellini's last black-and-white film.

Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Released in 2006.

-  Won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Directed by Alejandro Amenabar.

Released in 1997.

-  Cruz also starred in the American remake - Vanilla Sky. 

Written and directed by Tom Tykwer.

Released in 1998.

-  Includes a painting of the back of Kim Novak's head.  

If I could save only one:  8 1/2

Last week's answer:  Germany

The final question:  Which is the oldest film in the Elliptical 100?


Brett Alan - 7

Jon - 4

Fuji - 2 1/2