Monday, March 10, 2014

MTG ... Magic The Gathering

if you've collected sports cards over the last twenty years, you know damn well what MTG is.  Dont deny it, you know it.

As much as most sports card collectors dislike Magic: The Gathering, i have a news flash, it is NOT going away.  Not anytime soon, that's for sure.  i recently started looking at MTG again for the first time in 19 years (you read that correctly).  i was a casual player back in 1994/95.  Revised Packs were $3, and Starter Decks were ten bucks. 

Playing with friends was fun, and i never went in for the tournaments, but i still had a good time.  i started playing friendly matches with other people, and grew bored with playing against people that would for example, use an "all red deck" and be content with ending the game in 5 to 10 turns.  Great, you "won", but damn that was boring and quite unimagineative.  bleh.

So, back in 2003ish i wound up selling all my magic cards (whoopsie).  sure i should have held on to them, because some of them now are pretty big bucks, but it is what it is.

The game now appears to be more popular than ever.  MTG celebrated 20 years of existence last year.  That's pretty crazy when you step back and think about it.  Talking to others about it, its going to continue to get more popular and appears to actually benefit from the online version, go figure.

From the purely speculative aspect of MTG, take a look at all the releases so far, and how many of those releases that are still around in unopened booster (wax packs, essentially) box form sell for less than $100 a box?  Now, im not saying that "investing" in them (or anything really) is a "good idea",
but one has to wonder as the popularity fo the game  grows, what the corresponding pricing will be.

There are a lot of things about the game that have changed since i last played, and that means there are a lot of things to learn, but i seriously have to wonder about the future of the unopened product, as with each passing year, there is less and less of it.

Food for thought.

Modern NHL Rookie Card Discussion

After doing a fair amount of research, i feel that i have a good handle on the current state of NHL Rookie Cards.

Let me start with saying that "The Cup" is hands down, "the best RC" that anyone will have available from 2005 onward.  That being said, there are other options for people that want to collect NHL Rookie Cards, but dont have a huge bankroll to do so.

If oncard auto RCs are your thing, but you dont have pockets for The Cup, then i suggest SP Authentic.  They're numbered to 999, so there are a nice amount of the to go around.  They can get a bit pricey depending on the player(s) you want.

If you want a nice looking Rookie Card, but do not require an auto, and/or individually numbered cards, then i suggest going with "Young Guns".  With all the super premium wax being released each year, UD Series 1 and 2 remain one of the (if not THE) most popularly collected sets across the Hobby.  That's probably why Young Guns rookie cards are considered by so many to be the most popular rookie cards made.  They are readily available, not TOO pricey (debateable) and on top of all that, they LOOK FANTASTIC, featuring an on-ice action shot.  The colors just pop on most of them.
Im a big fan :)

There are other brands as well that have a nice assortment of RCs in them, but honestly the above sets have a long running tradition of quality/history that will continue for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Learning is Difficult (Steppin' back into NHL Cards)

So, ive been to two NHL games this month.  Given my addictive personality, ive begun looking at hockey cards again, because who doesnt love addiction? lol

it's been a learning process for sure.  i was a huge hockey card collector 20 years ago, and even dabbled it in a little back in 2009 when John Tavares was a rookie.  But then it kind of tapered off (again)

So, now its all new and fresh again.  lots of learning.  when starting a new focus, it gives you a fresh start, and you get to do it the way you want to.

NHL Hockey Cards are difficult.  Collectors are very very picky.  Team alliance is STRONG.  almost to the point of them HATING players on other teams.  that leads to a lot of hobby "coldness" for some players that you would think would be popular across the country.  that just doesnt seem to be the case.

There are a lot of really good young scorers in the NHL right now.  i wonder if there will ever be a day when the hobby comes to love a player that is not from North America, specifically Canada.   Sure Ovechkin is popular, but his card prices would be higher if he were not Russian.

Ive settled on two brands that id like to focus on.  Knowing me, this is bound to change.  Hell, it's changed a few times since last week even! ha.  .... Upper Deck Young Guns and SPA Future Watch.   That covers the base card, and the oncard auto card.  Naturally, then will be in BGS/PSA form, but with more desire to own them in BGS form.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Old Is Gold (Talkin' Baseball Cards)

Talking about Baseball cards this time, but i suppose it could apply to all collectables, really.

Sure i like picking up Trout & Harper RC slabs every now and again, but there's something that's just missing (#ThanksTopps).  The baseball card market is just too flooded with Rookie Cards.  What is and what isnt will always be a heated debate, no denying that.

i miss the days when players had one "Rookie Card".  Of course there are exceptions to every rule.  Take a look at Mickey Mantle for example.  His 1952 Topps issue is NOT a Rookie Card (it's his 1951 Bowman), but it will always be the one that is thought of when most people think Mantle Rookie.

What im getting at is that "Old Is Gold".

Hank Aaron's Rookie Card will always be 1954 Topps.  They arent making any more.  What they are making more of is "Relic" Cards containing pieces of jersey/patch/etc with and without autographs.  They'll be making those for the foreseeable future, thanks to sticker autographs.

Willie Mays' Rookie Card will always be 1951 Bowman.  They arent making any more.  What they are making more of is "Relic" Cards containing pieces of jersey/patch/etc with and without autographs.  They'll be making those for the foreseeable future, thanks to sticker autographs.

Frank Robinson's Rookie Card will always be 1957 Topps.  They arent making any more.  What they are making more of is "Relic" Cards containing pieces of jersey/patch/etc with and without autographs.  They'll be making those for the foreseeable future, thanks to sticker autographs.

Tom Seaver's Rookie Card will always be 1967 Topps.  They arent making any more.  What they are making more of is "Relic" Cards containing pieces of jersey/patch/etc with and without autographs.  They'll be making those for the foreseeable future, thanks to sticker autographs.

Rickey Henderson's Rookie Card will always be 1980 Topps.  They arent making any more.  What they are making more of is "Relic" Cards containing pieces of jersey/patch/etc with and without autographs.  They'll be making those for the foreseeable future, thanks to sticker autographs.

i get the "collect what you like" aspect of the hobby, i really do, but to me, Old is Gold, and i wish more people felt the way that i do.   Believe me, ive collected more then my share of the shiny new shit, hell i still do from time to time, but there is nothing like the days gone by.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Going to have to make some major Pull List Cuts

Going to be cutting my Monthly Pulls to 10 titles.

Lately reading floppies seems more like a chore then an enjoyment, which is NOT a good thing.

This is not easy, but it has to be done.

Monthly Books:

The Walking Dead
SAGA
Mind MGMT
Revival
East Of West
CHEW
Invincible
Rachel Rising
The Sixth Gun
TODD

TPB Reading:

Bedlam
Clone
Five Ghosts
Ghosted
Lazarus
Manhattan Projects
Nowhere Men
Rat Queens
Thief Of Thieves
Think Tank
American Vampire

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Beginners Guide: The Ways To Read The Walking Dead Comic Book


With The Walking Dead TV Show getting more popular then ever, i am somewhat surprised how many of the rabid TV Fans have not read the comic.  As good as the TV Show is (and it's real good), the book is just SO much better IMO.  it is not restricted to AMC restrictions, or the restrictions of TV itself.

i have written up a summary of which ways someone that is new to the book can get started and/or caught up on the book:

Floppies/Monthlies:  Starting in October of 2003, Image Comics released The Walking Dead as a monthly release (meaning that it was released one a month, and it has pretty much remained true to that format for each month since then for the last 10 years.)  The floppies feature full color covers, and after each issue a Letters Column where fans write in and discuss/ask questions about the book.  Some floppies also feature sneak
previews of future Image comics.  These issues, while meant to be read, are also highly collectible, making this the most costly way to read the series.  There are currently 124 floppies. There is no "end point" in sight, and i'd expect it to go at least 300 issues.
Cover price is $2.99

Trades/Trade Paper Backs/TPB : These are released about every six months.  Each TPB contains six floppies.  There are no covers or Letter Sections included, and the individual issues are not separated, it reads straight through.  There are no bonus materials included.  There are currently 20 TPBs of TWD. 
Cover Price is $14.99

Hard Cover Trades/HC : The Hard Cover Trades consist of 12 floppies, with the pages being literally a larger format. Essentially, each Hard Cover contains two TPB's.  There are bonus materials included including a collection of the covers in the back of the HC.  The Letter Section is not included, and the individual issues are not separated, it reads straight through.  There are currently 9 HC Collections.
Cover Price is $34.99

Omnibus/Oversized Deluxe : These collections contain 24 floppies each, or four TPBs/Two HC.  These pages are even larger then the HC, and comes with a slip case.  Packaging overall is Very Well done.  There are bonus materials included.  There are currently 4 Omnibus'
Cover Price is $99.99

Compendium : These Collections contain 48 floppies each, or Eight TPB/Four HC/Two Omnibus'  The pages are the same size as the floppies and the TPB.  There are no special features in the Compendiums, strictly 48 floppies from first page to last. Since these contain 48 floppies, they take years to come out between releases,  48 floppies is 4 years of monthly releases, so its a safe bet (there is nothing set in stone) that a
Compendium will come out about every five years. 
Cover price on these is $64.99

i am a monthly floppy reader, have been since issue 98 i think it was.  i know some people that wait for the TPB to come out, but i have no idea how they have that kind of will power! LOL

When re-reading, i prefer the Hard Cover Trades/HC format.  i feel it is just the right right size when held in my hand, the increased page size is nice, and since its a hard cover, it is just an over all better experience imo.

The most economical way to read TWD would be The Compendiums, but keep in mind that these are HEAVY! i think they weigh about 7 pounds each.

Like anything else, do not be afraid to shop around for the best price you can find.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. i can literally talk about TWD all day.

Mind MGMT By Matt Kindt

This is an on-going independent monthly comic book released by Dark Horse Comics that you probably have never heard of.

it is 24 pages of STORY. there are NO ADVERTS within the front and back covers.  For the first twelve issues, there were no adverts PERIOD.  just story, and items related to the story.  Issue 13 and on (so far) have featured minimal advertising on the back cover, one of which is my Local Comic Shop (awesome!)

i will not tell you what the story is about, because i want you to experience it for yourself.  i will say that for the most part, it is most likely unlike anything else you've ever read when it comes to comic books.  That is especially true if you are strictly a "Big Two" reader, and more-so if you are all about the superheroes (not that there is anything wrong with that)

Matt Kindt writes, letters, and draws this comic book.  That's correct, he does everything that you see when you read Mind MGMT (pronounced Management).  Not only does he draw it, but it is colored using water-coloring, pure awesomeness!

Now, his style may not be for everyone, but i for one, love it.  i have so much respect for the fact that he creates all aspects of this book.  That is a pretty rare feat in todays comic book world.

There are two trades out so far, which cover the first 12 issues (plus some bonus stuff).  The Trades themselves are a thing of Beauty.  They are both Hard Cover Collections, at Soft Cover pricing.  Not only that, but the paper stock used for the pages within are second to none.  To try to describe it here would be doing them injustice really.

i cannot recommend this book enough.  i want this book to be read by as many people as possible.  if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, as i love talking about this book (and any of the other great books that Matt has done)