Sunday, December 15, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 15

December 15, 2019:
2002 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition #11FR Ricky Williams Freeze Frame
It's a football Sunday with a full slate of games today, the biggest of which is Packers-Bears at Lambeau.  Neither of these teams appears on this card, which actually features three of them.  The coloring indicates Ricky Williams is a member of the Dolphins, but the acetate "slide" embedded shows him carrying the ball against the 49ers while playing for the Saints.  Yet another example of a card company trying something different in an era without exclusive licensing.

I'll leave you with this.  There's a Brett Favre Freeze Frame card in this set.  FLEER FOCUS FREEZE FRAME FAVRE.  Try saying that five times fast.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 14

December 14, 2019:
2003 Fleer Ultra #37WG Robin Yount When it Was a Game
Kind of a strange design on this Yount card.  Mustard-gold border, with kind of a wood panel television set motif, or maybe a cafeteria tray or cutting board thing going on, a portal to another dimension of cloud-filled grandeur.  But the star of the show here is the name, slightly off-center in the middle of the card in beautiful yellow drop shadow sitcom font.  Yes, Robin Yount would have made a good neighbor on Perfect Strangers, playing the straight man when Balki needed to pop next door to borrow some power tools.  On an endless timeline in infinite universes, this has already happened.

Friday, December 13, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 13

December 13, 2019:
1963 Topps #373 Jim Campbell
I hereby declare today Fucked-Up Friday.  You've made it to the end of a hard week, reward yourself by getting fucked up.  Obtain the substance of your choice, find a safe place to consume it, and have at it.  At some point in the revelry, go and page through some of your cards.  If they all don't look like this one, you're doing it wrong.
And, of course, do not drive in this condition.  Listen to some music instead.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 12

December 12, 2019:
2015 Rittenhouse Star Trek: The Next Generation #AC05 Comic Book Panel (59/154)
 So a Star Trek card set did a thing where they cut up comic book pages and pasted them onto cards like they were relics?  Interesting idea, and if they decided to use only one copy (or two, you know, printing on both sides) per issue, then theoretically each one of these framed panels is unique.  This one is from Vol. 2 #5.  Here's the cover. (Yes! Geordi gettin' some!  On the cover!)
I am especially pleased with this card because Commander William T. Riker is the featured subject.  Let the record state that I am a Riker Liker.  I hold the truth to self-evident that ST:TNG only got good once Jonathan Frakes grew a beard.  And, though my height makes it difficult to perform it in most situations, I am an admirer of the Riker Maneuver.  In my book, this card is... Number One.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 11

December 11, 2019:
1975 Topps #625 Boog Powell
While the short-lived Sixth Inning Sandwich Drop failed to reach the heights of the Seventh Inning Stretch in baseball lore, it had at least one ardent supporter in Baltimore's Boog Powell.  The man truly had no equal in the promotion.  Be it honey-baked ham and swiss, turkey club with extra tomato, or a Reuben taller than it is wide, nothing escaped his grasp.  Consider what became known as "The Italian Incident" in June of 1973.  Salami, pepperoni, and capicolla on fresh ciabatta gave the rest of the Orioles infield fits and starts, but not even the extra oil could discourage Mr. Powell, who easily cradled the culinary delight behind-the-back style, much to the approval of the crowd.  Due to airspace ordinances, the practice was ended just as the card you see above was hitting store shelves.  Probably a wise decision, as it was rumored that Boog was considering attempting his most difficult challenge: the Sloppy Joe.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 10

December 10, 2019:
2017 JellyLab Despicable Me Dr. Nefario
Cards such as this one can be won playing games of skill and chance at arcade/amusement centers such as Chuck E. Cheese's and Dave & Buster's.  While this one came in the Card-vent Calendar, it should be noted that I won a shitload of these at my daughter's birthday party this past summer.  You buy these cards that have an unlimited number of plays in them over a given time, and you can get quite good at some of these games.  I absolutely OWWWWWWWNED this game, which requires the player to drop a token on a moving conveyor belt completely within a given area to win tickets or one of the cards, which can be redeemed for tickets.  If you ever find yourself in one of these places, go ahead and go with the unlimited plays option.  If you go with the alternative and you've got a three-year-old with you, you get apprehensive about wasting a token on a game, especially one of the more difficult ones.  "What do you mean you want to play the squirt-the-water-in-the-frog's-mouth game?  You have no idea what the fuck you're doing!"  With unlimited, this conversation turns into, "Knock yourself out, junior, maybe you'll get one of them Skee Balls up the ramp this time."  Seriously, it's an excess that you wouldn't have dreamed of back in the day, and it's a rush, no matter your age.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2019 Card-vent Calendar: December 9

December 9, 2019:
2014 Bowman Inception #AR-JR James Ramsey AUTO Game-Used Bat Relic
That auto inscription raises an eyebrow.  Normally, I'd be inclined to dump all over a Bible verse within someone's signature, but you know what?  Who cares!  The "stick to sports" crowd have shown their ugly faces far too often this past year.  No need to side with those idiots.

Now, let's see the message Mr. Ramsey wants to put out there.  We're going with the New American interpretation, of course.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek."

Okay, it's not one of the heaviest hitters available, but it does the job.  It's not enough to get you to the Majors, but hey.  Someone once upon a time opened a pack and looked down and saw that this was his one-per-box auto relic, and probably cursed God.  So there, it all evens out.