I don’t really collect politicians’ autographs but I recently got this Elizabeth Warren book signed and this Kirsten Gillibrand book signed for only $1! I figured they have to be worth more than that.
I got the Elizabeth Warren signed book by helping out a friend donate a ton of books and I stumbled upon the Kirsten Gillibrand signed book in the $1 section of a used bookstore near where I work.
Anyways, New York Comic Con is right around the corner and I got my tickets! I hope to pick up some interesting autographs this year to add to my collection. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be signing but their autographs will definitely cost more than a dollar…
The Summer Olympics are back! I saw a 2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls blaster on sale at Target awhile ago and I couldn’t resist. I had a lot of fun collecting this set so it should make for a fun break. I know there is a 2016 version of this product and I hope to have a box break of that too in the very near future.
2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls is actually one of the few sets I actually completed so I am only looking for the hit of the blaster and it is of
Arielle Martin Verhaaren. The name honestly doesn’t sound familiar.
Anyways I also found a blaster of 2014 Panini Golden Age on sale and I pulled
a Hank Williams memorabilia card. Nice!
This is the weirdest basketball repack I ever came across.
For only $12.99, I got a lot. In this repack, I got a 2011 All Star Game floor piece (with what I guess is the Certificate of Authenticity), a rookie card of Keven Durant, a memorabilia card of Tyson Chandler, a mini jersey of Dwight Howard (only 1 in 4 boxes has one), a pack of Teeny Mates, two packs of 2014-15 Panini Prizm and one pack of Skybox Series II.
I didn’t pull anything that interesting in the packs. Just a Chandler Parsons parallel.
To me the All Star Game floor piece is worth the price alone. Everything else is just gravy.
I saw a 2014 Panini Golden Age blaster for sale at K-Mart and it was a no brainer. Panini Golden Age follows the Allen & Ginter formula by having an eclectic mix of cards so it seems like a box break would be a lot fun. Here are my pulls.
This was a really good blaster with two hits. Every blaster is guaranteed an exclusive Legends of Music relic card and I pulled Liberace. Weird. I love the fact Joey Ramone got a card in the set and with a little digging I found out I could have pull of relic of his in the same insert set. I was surprised I actually pulled an autograph out of this blaster too. I am not too familiar with Jorge Velasquez career but he seems to have a storied history. The sticker stamps inserts are seem like a neat idea but it not really something I collect.
Finally there seems like a millions different backs for the mini cards. I think the Smith’s Mello- Mint parallel is one of the rarest of the bunch and I got one with Mark Koenig. The rest of the top row are Hindu backs and the bottom rows are Mono backs.
I wished I knew more about Panini Golden Age when it first came out. I like Panini Americana and this set is way better. It looks like Panini actually put some effort in it. All in all, this set is right up my alley and I would definitely pick up more blasters or boxes if I ever come across it.
Eternal Masters full box sealed is the best limited format in Magic: The Gathering and it is one only a few will get to play since Eternal Masters boxes are so hard and so expensive to get. A few friends and I got together last weekend and we all got at least one box of Eternal Masters. Instead of booster drafts or regular 6 pack sealed drafts we decided to go all in and have a full box sealed mini tournament. It was the most fun I had playing Magic in a long while!
First off my deck.
1 Mother of Runes
4 Mogg War Mashall
3 Keldon Marauders
2 Young Pyromancer
1 Whitemane Lion
2 Dualcaster Mage
1 Ghitu Fireslinger
1 Beetleback Chief
1 Giant Solifuge
1 Swords of Plowshares
2 Chain Lightning
2 Rally the Peasants
1 Mishra’s Factory
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
Eternal Masters full box sealed decks are like 40 card Legacy decks. My deck is an insane aggro deck but it didn’t do too well because it was a bit too fair. Here were a few things that actually happened.
- My brother killed my whole board with Burning Vengeance and Flame Jab (plus a bunch of other flashback spells).
- One of my friends got the soft locked with Isochron Scepter and Counterspell.
- One deck had Entomb, Sensei Divining Top and the Worldgorger Dragon and Animate Dead combo.
- One deck had 5 cascade cards in the deck for insane value.
- I actually had to cut Swords of Plowshares for a game 2 which is unheard in any other draft format.
- Finally, even my deck almost had a one shot kill with a bunch of tokens and Rally the Peasants.
Standard is to Legacy as Shadows Over Innistrad Sealed is to Eternal Master full box sealed. After playing this, regular drafts just feel boring. I am kind of tired of trying to get there with vanilla 2/1s for two. Unfortunately this may be a once in a lifetime deal since Eternal Masters boxes are approaching $300 a box but I am happy I got to try it at least once!
(If you are wondering I did OK in my box. I pulled a Maze of Ith, Sylvan Library, Duplicant, foil and non foil Shardless Agent, Maelstrom Wanderer, Vampiric Tutor, Sinkhole and couple of other good foils, commons and uncommons.)
A few weird comics made my way to my collection recently.
First I came across a familiar name in the comic book store.
This is the first time I was aware of the fact that CM Punk is a writer for Marvel Comics. I googled it and apparently he wrote a few comics for Marvel already but Drax is his first ongoing title. I bought the first issue but I haven’t got the chance to read it yet.
One comic I did read is Scooby Apocalypse #1.
DC Comics have been hyping this comics for months and… I don’t like it. I love, love Scooby Doo but this comic was to much of a departure of the characters I grown to love. First and foremost the comics are too dark. Velma is part of an organization looking to end the world??? Fred and Daphne are wash up reporters looking for their big break?? Shaggy is a dog trainer and Scooby is a experiment gone wrong?? This is only a Scooby Doo comic in name only as DC Comics could have easily told the story with brand new characters.
Finally I stumbled upon a tragic X-Men character, ForgetMeNot.
ForgetMeNot’s mutant power is like the Silence in Doctor Who. As soon as anyone looks away from him, they instantly forget about his existence. X-Men: Legacy #300 and X-Force #10 are both excellent comics that I can’t recommend enough. His story arc in X-Force #13- 15 wasn’t as good.
I have been lucky with Topps WWE rack packs lately so I thought to try another one. This time I have a 2016 Topps WWE rack pack. There are 21 cards per packs and it says to look out for The Rock Tribute cards.
The first thing I notice about this set is that there are a lot of retired wrestlers (I guess they called them WWE legends) in the set. In fact, 15 out of the 21 cards in the pack are retired wrestlers, 4 are active wrestlers and 2 are NXT wrestlers. It might be a small sample size but I find it interesting. I pulled a Rock Tribute card but I really only care about the NXT cards as I am still trying to collecting all things NXT.