Thursday, June 20, 2019

Seinfeld Collected

So over the past week I've dug out my old Seinfeld DVDs in an effort to watch the entire series from the beginning. That first season is a bit rough around the edges, but it establishes the foundation for what's to come. Almost all of the characters seem like "diet" versions of themselves: Kramer is odd, but never wacky, Elaine is much less of a trainwreck, and George seems to be a successful real estate agent. One little entertaining bit of mise-en-scene caught my eye, however. In the second episode (actually the fourth to be broadcast, but for some reason second on the DVD set), there's a shot in Jerry's apartment where an interesting item is visible atop his refrigerator.

To the untrained eye, it's a box that says "Baseball" on it, but any good collector will be quick to recognize that it's a box of 1990 Donruss baseball cards. Fitting, since the splotchy red border design looks like something that Elaine Benes would wear on a blouse or vest.


The box is visible in a couple more episodes in season 1, but by the time season 2 arrives, it's gone. Perhaps Jerry moved on to collecting high-end Stadium Club? One can only dream.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.9

2002 Fleer Tradition Jose Vidro Glossy Parallel (067/200)
 

THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)
2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)

1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)

2001 Pacific Peter Warrick Impact Zone

2015 Topps Update Series Brett Gardner Sabermetric Stats Variation

2002 Fleer Tradition Plays of the Week Magglio Ordonez
1976 Topps Kurt Bevacqua Bubble Gum Blowing Champ

Sunday, May 26, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.8

1976 Topps Kurt Bevacqua Bubble Gum Blowing Champ


This card represents the Brewers' lone championship and will most likely be Milwaukee's only one in perpetuity.


THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)
2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)

1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)

2001 Pacific Peter Warrick Impact Zone

2015 Topps Update Series Brett Gardner Sabermetric Stats Variation

2002 Fleer Tradition Plays of the Week Magglio Ordonez

Sunday, May 12, 2019

CC: Still Unearthing in 2019

One of the documents that was lost in the digital fire was my CC Sabathia checklist. I'm probably not going to catalog the entire collection again, but I'd still like to add new cards to it. There aren't many places to look for something different and new depicting CC as a Brewer. Basically, there are 1/1's that are probably sealed in packs somewhere, and there are the 2009 Topps Unique jumbo patches. One of them appeared on eBay a few weeks ago, and yesterday it arrived all the way from Taiwan.  

2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (37/40)
  

I believe this makes me the owner of 7 of the 40 cards made. I was able to find serial copies 01, 03, 04, 06, 10, 37, and 40. It's a fun way to carry on the memory of that exciting 2008 season.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.7

2002 Fleer Tradition Plays of the Week Magglio Ordonez

THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)
2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)

1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)

2001 Pacific Peter Warrick Impact Zone

2015 Topps Update Series Brett Gardner Sabermetric Stats Variation

Sunday, April 21, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.6

2015 Topps Update Series Brett Gardner Sabermetric Stats Variation

Who doesn't like a good stat? Ten bucks and you can snuggle up with these not just on your screen, but in your hands. THE PILE 2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)

2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)

1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)

2001 Pacific Peter Warrick Impact Zone

Thursday, April 18, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.5

2001 Pacific Peter Warrick Impact Zone

 Kind of a tough insert. I fell in love with the product in while I was student teaching, and have since opened a few boxes, getting only one of these. Recently I found the entire insert set for a very reasonable price. Get this one and the Warrick Dunn and make your own Wheel of Fortune Before & After puzzle.
  THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)















2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

 
2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)



















1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Forlorn Pack Break: 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

 Often, baseball cards are to be celebrated.  But at times, quiet contemplation is best.  Introspection.


More to come.

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.4

1997 Donruss Chipper Jones Rocket Launchers (0330/5000)



















Mid-1990s inserts, everybody. This card needs to stand and take a bow. All this bounty can be yours for only $10, just kick over that scumbucket.  

THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)













2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)  
2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.3

2014 Topps Trevor Plouffe Pink Parallel (11/50)


















You might think I'm trying to get rid of 2014 Topps parallels. You would be right. I hope there's a Twins fan out there who could give this one a good home. Ten bucks for the lot.  

 THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)
2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)

Monday, April 15, 2019

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.2

2014 Topps Craig Kimbrel Orange Parallel (186/199)
The orange is weird. It makes me a bit uneasy. This is a dangerous card. Handle carefully.  

THE PILE
2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)

$10 Scumbucket Grab Bag 4.1

2005 Prime Patches Jason Jennings Jersey/Glove/Shoe Relic (149/150)

As a reward to those switching over to this new blog, I'm starting off with another of these Pull the Trigger-type promos. If you're unfamiliar, what I do here is begin with a sale price, in this case $10. At regular intervals, I add something to the lot. At any time you are welcome to declare your intent to buy the lot by leaving a comment stating this. If you are interested, you can choose of pull the trigger right away, or take a risk and see what else gets added, knowing that someone might snatch it out from under you. This card was a leftover from an old group break where no one claimed the Rockies. They are a team with no fans. Living in a state with such relaxed drug laws, who needs baseball anyway?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A New Beginning

What is going on here?

Well, let's start at the beginning. I began my current job in 2002. That summer, I moved into my own apartment. My first year there, I had no internet. Think about that. Any online activity I had was done at my parents' house, or at work. Unthinkable today, right?

 The time came when I realized I needed to join the 21st century. The best choices in my neighborhood were Roadrunner (Remember that?) from Time/Warner Cable, and DSL service from the local phone company, which was then SBC Ameritech. My landlord, an extremely fussy bastard, wanted no holes drilled in his duplex, so I went with the DSL. With this service came an @sbcglobal.com email address. Outside of my college email (the first I ever had, which was set to expire, I think) and my work address, this would be my main email for the next few years.

At some point, I switched to a yahoo.com email. Maybe it was when I started living with my soon-to-be wife. The old apartment, as well as the DSL service was gone, but not before I started Thorzul Will Rule. At that point, you could sign up for Blogger with a non-Google email, which is what I did with my sbcglobal account.

Fast forward to two weeks or so ago. At that point, I was still using that same account as my point of entry to all that Google offers. I probably hadn't used the email account in over a decade, but everything was still working, so I just let the ship continue to sail.

Big mistake. One day last week I went to start a new post on Thorzul. I was prompted to sign in. I tried, but was told the password was incorrect. I consulted my password list, entered what I had, and still nothing. Boring details aside, what must have happened was that my account was hacked and the password was changed. Ordinarily this would not be a problem. Have Google send a code to your email account, enter it, fix what needs fixing. The problem is that you can't do that with a dead email account. The sbcglobal account is in no way supported by AT&T, the company that swallowed up the Baby Bells some time ago. Google offers other ways to recover an account, but they all depend on access to the original sign-up email account.

Thorzul Will Rule is dead.

It kind of feels like what I imagine coming untethered during a spacewalk might feel like. It's there, and we call all still enjoy reading it, but it can no longer be changed. I lost access to my Google Drive as well. Nothing totally catastrophic, but there's some tedious work ahead. My entire Robin Yount card database is gone, and so it my entire comic collection listing. With 12-15 short boxes needing to be rearchived, it's a job.

But let's look on the bright side of things. A new blog is a chance to stick one's head into the crisp air and breathe deeply. The old standards will still be there. The winter triumvirate of Trade Me Anything, Card-vent, and Top Pulls will still rise and set like the sun. And there will be some new stuff, too. Perhaps the tone will change, but always expect irreverence, honesty, and outright lies.

As for the title of this new venture, that came to me within hours of realizing I would have to start over. It's pretty much my current outlook on the hobby at this point in time. And there's a heretofore untold story that goes with it.

I was probably in sixth or seventh grade, playing for my school's basketball team. I wasn't ever very good, but my defense and speed allowed me to usually get the call to start. I coudn't tell you the team we were playing or the venue, or if we won or lost, but I distinctly remember one specific sequence that tells a lot about who Thorzul was at that age. I don't remember if it was off of a turnover or not, but the best player on the other team had a breakaway on which I just wasn't going to allow a basket. I caught up to the kid and fouled him very professionally, without injury or malice. He had a problem with it, though, and said something to me. I immediately know how I was going to handle it. When he stood up at the line to take his two free ones, I simply turned from my spot and stared at him. I never said a word, just stared him down, not even making any pretense of readying myself for a rebound. I can still picture it now, this big-toothed, Seinfeld-mulletted goof standing at the free throw line, saying, "What the fuck are you looking at?" when he should have been concentrating on making his shots in this Catholic League basketball game.

He was rattled. He missed both free throws. Possession switched hands, and as he was getting back on defense, he was still asking what the fuck my problem was. It was a glorious moment, and all I had to do was give him the Death Stare. I remember meeting back up with our parents after the game and one of the dads asked me, "What did you say to that guy to make him mad like that?" I told him, "Nothing, I just looked at him." When a situation calls for it, sometimes that's all you need. I look forward to what the future of this blog holds.

Please keep reading, I'll do my best to entertain.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Want Lists

2016 Topps WWE Heritage
NWO/WCW All-Stars
2 10 11 17 20 26 28 31 35 38 40
Record Breakers
7 14 18 19 21 27
The Rock Tribute
23 30

2015 Topps Chrome WWE
Refractors
1 3 5 8 10 13 15 20 21 26 29 30 31 34 39 40 42 43 46 48 49 53 54 57 58 60 61 65 67 69 71 73 77 80 82 83 84 87 89 90 93 94 95 97 100
Hulk Hogan Python Power Inserts (Non-Chrome)
1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 25 26 27 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

2014 Topps MLS Chrome
76-77 Mini
Dillon Powers
One-Two
OT-CB Besler/Collin
OT-RC Rimando/Cesar
OT-ZB Zusi/Beckerman
Refractors
8 9 16 18 25 30 31 37 45 47 49 50 52 67 77 81 90
X-fractors
4 6 9 11 12 14 16 17 18 19 21 22 24 25 27 28 34 37 38 39 40 42 44 48 50 51 52 54 55 56 61 67 68 73 76 79 87 88 95

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup
5 Ezequiel Garay
48 Cristian Zapata
78 Raphael Varane
96 Sulley Muntari
114 Maynor Figueroa
117 Darijo Srna
160 Helder Postiga
169 Aleksandr Kokorin
Team Cards
1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 16 17 18 19 23 24 25 28 29 30 32
Host Cities
1 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11
Aerial Assault
3
Cup Captains
1 4 5 8 9 12 14 16 17 19 20 22 25 27 28 29 30
Guardians
1 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 24 25
Matchups
2 3 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28
Net Finders
1 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25
World Cup Stars
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 20 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36 37 38 39 45 46 47 48 49
Fuleco
1 2 3

1994 Upper Deck World Cup '94 English/Japanese
46 76 78 83 94 98 100 101 103 105 113 119 122 127 128 133 136 138 147 161 162 174 176 183 184 188 200 206 221 223 227
Postcard From Pasadena
U1 U2 U3 U4 U5 U7 U8
Road to Finals
U11 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19 U20
Golden Boots
U23 U25 U26 U28
Honorary Captain
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6
Hot Shots
HS2 HS3 HS4 HS5 HS6 HS7 HS8
Player of the Year
WC4 WC5 WC6 WC7 WC8
German Holograms
D1 D2 D5 D6

2011 Topps
Red Diamond (RDT)
16 17 18 20 22 23 27 29 30
Topps 60
40 44
67 77 83 86 91 97
105 107 111 114 116 124 125 127 130 133 139 147 149 150
60 Years of Topps
5 18 48 58 59
Topps Town Update Series (TTU)
43

2011 Topps Lineage
3-D
1 Ichiro
2 Posey
3 Howard
9 A. Gonzalez
10 A. Rodriguez
11 Wright
13 Cabrera
14 Utley
15 Longoria
16 Heyward
25 Pujols
Cloth
1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 33 34 35 36 38 39 41 42 43 45 46 48 49
1975 Minis
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 5 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 108 109 110 111 112 113 116 119 120 121 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 132 134 135 136 137 139 140 141 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 175 176 178 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 194 195 196 197 198 199 200
Stand Ups
1 Bautista
3 Pujols
7 Rivera
8 Heyward
9 Braun
11 Cabrera
12 Dunn
13 Youkilis
14 Votto
16 Stanton
17 Kemp
18 Mauer
22 Aaron
23 Mantle
24 Marichal
25 Koufax

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter
World's Biggest
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 17 19 20 23

2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee
4 8 15 44 56 60 102 107 113 149 175 199 223 231 233 234 237 258 281 285 302 329 340 364 378 384 427 435 437 438 443 445 460 484 487 491 497 531
The Award Show
2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 18
Face of the Franchise
3 4 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28
2008 Highlights and Milestones
2 3 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15
Midsummer Memories
5 6 7 8 9 12 13
Walk-Off Winners
4 5 6 8 9
All-Rookie Team
1 4 5 6 9
1979-80 Retro
1 2 3 4 5 7 8 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

2008 Topps Heritage HIGH
529 539 563 579 595 596 621 626 630 639 655 682 686 687 688 690 692 695 696 697 698 699 701 704 705 706 709 714 715
Flashbacks (2008)
1 Teixeira
7 Ichiro
10 Hamilton

2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts
Legendary Lineage (#/550)
109 110 111 112 113 115 118 119 122 124 125 126 128 129 130 132 134 135 143 148 149 150 151 152 154 156 158 159 161 162 163 164 167 169 170 171 174 175 176 180 182 183 185 186 187 188 191 192 195 197 199

2003 Topps Baseball
1 10 13 30 38 50 61 71 100 105 109 117 163 169 191 200 209 212 218 229 250 260 334 335 336 337 341 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 358 359 360 362 363 364 366 367 371 447 493 541 557 560 568 606 626 631 662 665 682 703 706
CHECKLISTS
Series 1: 1 3

2002 Fleer Tradition Update
U1 U2 U8 U9 U10 U11 U20 U21 U22 U23 U26 U27 U28 U29 U36 U37 U42 U43 U44 U45 U46 U55 U56 U57 U58 U65 U68 U69 U70 U71 U79 U80 U81 U87 U89 U90 U92 U99 U100
Diamond Debuts
6 7 8 9 10
Grass Roots
1 2 3 6 7 8 9
Heads Up
1 2 3 4 5 8 9 10
Plays of the Week
1 2 3 4 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
This Day in History
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 18 19 20 23 24 25

2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s
32 39 46 72 81 91 94 100 115 117 120 126 141 142 143 146 151 167 168 169 176 177

1998 Bowman
6 49 74 75 76 81 90 96 97
144 145 157 174 176 179 185 190 191 193
200 203 204 207 234 276 285 293
307 309 324 337 341 347 350 352 353 354 355 363 367 379 382 388 389 393 396 399
403 407 410 414 428 432 433 436 437

1996 Fleer Emotion XL
3 7 8 10 11 12 17 18 19 22 23 24 32 39 41 44 45 53 55 57 58 60 64 66 67 68 72 76 80 86 87 88 89 90 96 100 102 103 111 112 113 116 120 121 122 124 126 127 130 136 137 140 141 144 147 149 150 151 157 158 159 161 165 166 173 180 182 190 194 195 199 201 208 209 211 216 219 223 224 227 228 233 238 242 243 249 250 251 253 257 261 265 272 275 285 286 287 296 297 299
D-Fense
7 Raul Mondesi

1993 Topps Baseball Gold Parallels
154 Wes Chamberlain
272 Kurt Knudsen
330 Danny Tartabull
400 Bo Jackson
444 David Nied
459 Derek Wallace
531 Joe Millette
546 Hal Morris
565 Jerald Clark
566 Rod Brewer
571 Dave Mlicki
590 Cal Eldred
592 Phil Plantier
593 Brett Merriman
628 Kelly Gruber
644 Dante Bichette
651 Rafael Bournigal

1992 Topps Stadium Club
Series 1
159 Roberto Alomar
200 Biggio
225 Mussina
260 Bernie Williams
279 Schilling

1988 Topps Baseball
75 Joe Carter
81 Reds Team Leaders
608 Charlie Kerfeld
620 Cory Snyder

1980 Topps Baseball
1 4 5 9 14 16 17 18 19 27 28 31 37 39 41 42 52 60 62 66 69 73 74 81 82 90 98 100 101 102 110 113 124 125 136 137 148 156 161 164 165 173 176 178 180 182 184 186 187 191 196 197 199 200 207 212 217 218 219 220 223 225 226 232 234 238 239 240 242 247 258 259 265 269 278 281 287 288 296 310 320 323 325 328 330 332 334 335 341 348 349 352 353 354 362 365 378 379 381 393 400 405 413 415 416 417 420 432 433 440 447 452 455 466 475 479 482 485 489 492 499 501 512 514 519 528 536 537 541 549 551 555 562 565 576 580 590 597 600 604 606 608 610 614 624 628 631 632 633 639 643 646 651 655 657 662 663 664 666 671 673 676 677 682 689 690 693 694 700 702 704 706 707 721

1959 Topps Baseball
4 8 9 11 13 14 15 18 21 23 26 40 41 43 44 47 48 49 52 57 58 59 60 62 66 67 68 69 71 73 76 77 83 85 87 90 92 94 97 103 106 107 111 112 116 117 119 136 137 139 141 143 144 146 149 153 160 165 170 176 177 182 183 185 187 189 192 193 194 203 205 207 208 209 210 212 213 214 216 217 225 226 227 228 229 230 238 247 254 255 256 257 258 260 265 268 269 272 278 281 283 284 287 289 294 295 295 300 301 322 324 325 329 334 338 340 343 352 353 355 359 360 363 374 387 391 393 394 400 409 410 420 421 423 439 441 442 448 452 453 455 463 465 471 474 488 495 497 503 505 507 509 510 511 513 515 517 520 525 527 528 530 542 548 554 556 557 560 570

2001 Pacific Football
Short Prints
458 460 461 462 463 464 466 467 468 470 472 473 475 476 478 479 480 482 483 486 490 492 494 495 499 500 501 502 503 504 507 508 512 513 516 517 518 519 520 523 525 530
Gold Crown Die-Cut
2 3 5 6 9 10 12 13 17 20 23 24 25 27 28 29 30
All-Rookie Team
2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10
War Room
2 4 6 9 11 13 14 18
Pro Bowl Die-Cut
1 2 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 16 17 18

1990 Score Football
13 26 49 55 58 59 221 229 236 241 298 300 302 305 315 320 330

1971-72 Topps Basketball
91 121 178 179 190 194 200 208 209 223