Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #9

Date: September 4, 2021
Time of Bid: 2:57:53 AM
Card: 1959 Topps #46 Camille Henry
Price: $1.25 (+$0.51 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Well, this might be the first card in this series that I overpaid for.  When it's nearly 3:00 in the morning, decision-making skills aren't what you'd call "sharp."  This thing looks like it spent 30 years in the driver's-side sun visor of a Quebecois taxi cab, or jammed down the front of Dino Bravo's trunks for luck during big matches.  One or the other.
You can read about Henry here, but you probably won't.  Let me share the best part: His playing style earned him the nickname Camile "The Eel."  Not bad.
There's quite a bit of ink missing from the back of this card, but the cartoon referee accompanying the trivia question makes up for it.  The stick of dynamite is a nice touch, even though there's no real basis for its inclusion anywhere on the card.
This is now the oldest hockey card in my possession.  Calling it a collection would be too generous, more just a bunch of things that I managed to acquire over the years. 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #8

Date: August 10, 2021
Time of Bid: 10:54:22 PM
Card: 1977 Topps Star Wars Series 3 #153 The fantastic droid Threepio!
Price: $0.01 (+ $0.69 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
While this is not my first '77 Star Wars card, it's the first series 3 yellow border one I've ever owned.  Yellow cards are a weakness of mine.  Chalk it up to biology.  Did you know that the human eye seeks out yellow first when looking at an array of colors?  Maybe that's why I always rush to the defense of 1991 Fleer.  And those 1984 Topps Nestle premium cards?  Turn those into a fluffy textile pattern, cloak me in its warmth, and spank my bottom.
The penny auction price was a nice bonus.  Even in a PWE, the seller is clearing almost nothing on a sale like this.  The volume has to be staggering in order to eke out a living at that rate.  Best of luck to phillysportsstore and their business model.  They're doing God's work.  As for C-3PO, he's grown on me over the past 40 years or so.  He's constantly thrown into battle in a conflict he couldn't give two shits about, and he's ill-equipped to handle any sort of combat.  The poor guy had to spend the second half of ESB in 15 pieces in a JanSport strapped to Chewbacca's back.  Then in the next movie, Salacious Crumb nibbled his eye out of his socket, an eye that he didn't lose completely due to the robotic equivalent of the optic nerve keeping it from rolling into Jabba's liquid taint stench puddle.  Cut the android some slack.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #7

Date: August 2, 2021
Time of Bid: 1:39:26 AM
Card: 1966 Topps #238 Los Angeles Dodgers Team
Price: $1.00 (+ $0.51 shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Man, sometimes those team cards can sneak up on you.  You're building a vintage set, and you're pretty sure you've acquired all of the high-dollar star cards, and in the last dozen or so cards you need to finish it, there's a Yankees team card and a Dodgers team card.  These can sometimes go for prices that, while not ridiculous, aren't exactly the commons you've mentally budgeted for.  Those two teams, plus maybe the Cardinals and the Red Sox, always seem to command a premium.  Getting a Dodgers team card for a buck fifty is a nice deal, even though I have no plans at present to pursue the '66 set. 
Plus, that Koufax season: 26 W, 2.04 ERA, 382 SO.  Jeezum Crow!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #6

Date: July 27, 2021
Time of Bid: 11:30:28 PM
Card: 1960 Topps #50 Al Kaline
Price: $4.75 (+ free shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
An awesome card of a Hall of Famer at a reasonable price?  What's there to think about?
Actually, I think this is my first BUI where there were other bids.  Sometimes it pays to stay up late, catch everyone else sleeping.  Another nice benefit is that this spring, as I was losing weight, I had to buy a bunch of new clothes.  One of my favorites is this T-shirt with a tiger on it from Target.  Their Good Fellow brand is quality stuff.  It's not official Detroit gear, but who cares?  The graphic centering might be better on my shirt than on this Kaline, but both are OK in my book.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #5

This next BUI actually took place the same night as the Michael Jordan debacle I covered earlier.  Good thing I had a backup card in this instance.
Date: June 30, 2021
Time of Bid: 12:24:30 AM
Card: 1990 Fleer #227 Danny Darwin AUTO
Price: $0.99 (+ free shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Darwin has always been one of those guys who shows up in a pile of Brewers someone sends me, either in a trade or just to get rid of them.  I can't really say I remember his short stint with Milwaukee, being that he was here just before I would have achieved sports consciousness.  A Basset hound of a man, Darwin always looked like he would sound like Trusty from Lady and the Tramp.  It was hard to find anything with Darwin's voice on it, but I was able to track down a recent podcast episode where he was interviewed. (FF to about 24:30 for the start of his segment.)  Turns out I was pretty darn close with my estimation, that hard Texas drawl would be perfect for all future Don Bluth dog movies.
An autographed card for 99 cents is a great deal, better than you can even do for a TTM request, considering today's postage rates.  This will have a good home in my random auto binder.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Bidding Under the Influence #4: Biddus Interruptus

Sometimes, even within the context of what appears to be an automated system, things don't go according to plan.  This is the story of such an event.
Date: June 30, 2021 
Time of Bid: 12:23:31 AM
Cards: 1991 Fleer #29 Michael Jordan, #220 Michael Jordan League Leaders
Price: $3.25 (+ free shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
I don't know, seemed like a good price for a couple of MJ cards I've never owned.  To get two of them for less than $2.00 apiece, this seemed like a fortunate find.  I made my bid, then went to bed before the auction ended.
I would have been the winner, but when I woke up and checked my email, I found that my winning bid had been canceled.  Bogus.  The reason given was a vague "Out of stock or damaged" excuse.  One more fait accompli in a long line of many.  Shurg. (sic)
To continue the use of Latin phrases, I would have appreciated a mea culpa on the part of seller madhousemerchants, but no such thing happened.  Therefore, I am just left to assume that they are a dirtbag organization run by dunderheads, and they do not deserve your business.
It would have been nice to have those Jordans. 

Caveat emptor.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Insert Madness Group Break

It took several months to fully recover from the last group break we did, but I'm ready to have another go at it.  I wanted to do something that can fit everyone's budget, and I think I've got the perfect lot for this.  Here's the deal:
1. I've recently acquired a lot of over 1,700 insert cards from recent-years products.  The package arrived while I was on vacation, and it weighs in at just under 11 pounds of inserts.  Every card is an insert, none of that "base card junk" (h/t Curtis creator Ray Billingsley).  Every team will be a $15 buy-in, and if you want more than one team, additional teams will be $14 each, shipping included.
2. You can claim your team of choice in the comments.
3. Send PayPal payment to bill13boehm at yahoo dot com with the correct amount for the team(s) you choose.  The price includes the cost of shipping, of course.  Please try to pay within 24 hours of making your claim.
4. Please, please, please include your address as a note with your payment.  It will be infinitely easier to get your cards to you this way.
5. All cards will follow the franchise to the person who claimed it.
6. Cards with players representing multiple teams will be randomed off among all teams with a claim to the card, regardless of the status of the players appearing on it.
7. The opening of the box in which these cards will arrive (as well as any randomizations) will take place streaming live on Twitter (@Thorzul, in case you're not on the platform).  I will give at least 24 hours notice before doing the live stream.
8. Please check the comments before claiming any team.  First come, first serve. 
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2. Astros -
3. Athletics - Fuji PAID
4. Rangers -
5. Mariners - jackal726 PAID
6. White Sox - jackal726 PAID
7. Indians - Dfwbuck PAID
8. Royals - Waxtopia (Sorensen) PAID
9. Twins -
10. Tigers - the sewingmachineguy PAID
11. Red Sox - Matt PAID
12. Yankees - The Diamond King PAID
13. Blue Jays -
14. Orioles -
15. Rays -
16. Cubs -
17. Cardinals - The Diamond King PAID
18. Brewers - Thorzul
19. Pirates - Billy Suter PAID
20. Reds -
21. Padres - PunkRockPaint PAID
22. Diamondbacks -
23. Dodgers - night owl PAID
24. Giants - Fuji PAID
25. Rockies -
26. Braves - jackal726 PAID
27. Nationals/Expos - jackal726 PAID
28. Mets - Brett Alan PAID
29. Phillies - Jordan PAID
30. Marlins -