I found a box of Christmas crackers for real cheap after the holidays and I just couldn’t resist. Christmas crackers are an old British Christmas tradition. Two people pull on the sides of the crackers, it makes a popping noise and one person gets the prizes inside. According to the box each cracker has a gift, hat, motto and snap. The gifts could be anything. But they are usually small knick knacks. I never open one until now.
My cracker has a bottle opener, a red crown, the story of Tom Smith and a little piece of paper with a joke and title of a movie for charades.
I decided to open the rest of the Christmas crackers and I got the bottle opener, plastic golf tees, a metal puzzle, a magic card trick, a die and a mini notepad. These items are definitely as random as advertised!
I haven’t had a big pull in awhile and I am hoping this is the one. This is a 2019 Topps WWE Money in the Bank tin. It is comes in a tin shaped like the Money in the Bank briefcase and I found that to be a fun touch. It has 4 packs with 5 cards per pack. It is guaranteed one autograph or relic card. (I better not pull a tiny piece of shirt from someone like the Revival.)
My hit is an autograph and mat relic card of Xavier Woods green variant 49/50. I am actually pretty happy with this pull. He isn’t the biggest star in the WWE but I am a big fan of his Youtube channel UpUpDownDown and his role playing with Acquisitions Incorporated. It is funny I was just watching Acquisitions Incorporated just before I decided to open this tin.
As for the rest of the cards, I pulled a rookie card of Ricochet and I kind like the insert design with the money border. But I find the design of the base set kind of boring. It looks like something out of a base set. There were also some weird inclusions in the set like Lord Tensai (a Legends card in the set) and Titus O’Neil (which the back of the card mentions he has never been in the Money in the Bank match).
All in all, I feel I got quite lucky as there are a lots worst hits I could have pulled from this tin.
I had a lot of fun this year at Pax Unplugged. It is of course the biggest board game convention in the Northeast (I think?). I got to try a lot of new games and I came back with a ton of games.
First off, my pick for the board game of the convention is the Valley of the Vikings. It won the Kinderspiel des Jahres Children’s Game of the Year and it is so much fun. I love light games that I can teach in less than 5 minutes. It combines a dexterity game with a simple take that strategy game. The dexterity element comes from knocking down the right color pieces with a ball and the strategy comes from positioning yourself to maximize the amount of gold you get while trying to knock one or more players off the track. It is actually a lot easier to learn if you watch a video.
I got a bunch of Pack O Game for little stocking stuffers for my friends and got a couple of games in trades or random giveaways. I probably even have a few game buried in a bag I haven’t gotten to yet.
Here are a bunch of card games, promo cards and giveaways that I also got. I am honestly finding random cards everywhere in my bag (hiding in pockets, books, accidentally bent underneath a game…).
Finally you know I can’t resist mystery boxes and I got a mystery box of board games for $50. I got BattleCon Fates of the Indines, Current Number of the Beast, Captain Carcass (aka Dead Man’s Draw) + two playmats and Gameception. I am pretty happy with my box and probably bringing Current Number of the Beast and Captain Carcass to my next board game meetup since they are very easy to learn games. I also love playmats (I just can’t get enough). The only game that I am probably giving away is Gameception. It is just not my thing.
I actually got a little group from across the country that meets once a year at Pax Unplugged and we play a bunch of games throughout the weekend. It is something I look forward to every year!
As I mentioned before on this blog, I finding thrifting a lot fun! You just never know what you may find in a thrift store. Some of my big successes lately have been board games: Puerto Rico ($5), Five Tribes ($5), a brand new copy of Catan ($5), Surf’s Up Dude ($2) and Coup ($1). But at the moment I am probably most excited about this DVD of Pokemon Destiny Deoxys.
So I needed to find one more DVD because DVDs were buy 4, get 1 free. I pretty much randomly picked up this Pokemon DVD because I couldn’t find anything else better. To my surprise the DVD case still had the Deoxys promo card and also to my surprise this promos card is worth about $6. I got this in a way for free!
I don’t play the Pokemon TCG anymore but I do still collect it. I have a huge binder of shiny Pokemon cards and this card will fit right in. On a side note, wow the Pokemon TCG has quite the power creep. This Deoxys would be a horrible if it was printed right now since it only has 70 HP and a 40 damage attack for two energy and a really bad drawback.
As for the movie itself, the movie started kind of a slow but it turned out to be a fun watch. It would have been a lot better if it was like 20 or 30 minutes shorter. The plot is also kind of weak. Rayquaza was overreacting quite a bit and Rayquaza and Deoxys ended their blood feud quite suddenly. Also the twist that Deoxys was the good guy didn’t quite make much sense to me.
All that being said, this is fun trip down memory lane. Pokemon was probably my favorite show growing up and this DVD is just prove you can’t predict what you can find in the most random places.
I have been addicted to Disney pin trading lately and on my last trip to Walt Disney World I kind of went all out. I even got a pin bag/ case for it.
Here is my collection. I am planning to give away some pins as gifts to my friends.
I simultaneously love the case and hate the case. I love it because this is a great way to display my pins and carry them around with me. I hate it because the pins are a pain to put on the page and some pins keep falling out. Anyways as you can see I am trying to collect as many Figment pins as I can. I also love chase variants (the ones without color).
Just as a little PSA. There are A LOT of fake Disney pins going around Disney World and I have gotten quite good at spotting these fakes. There are a bunch of the same fake Disney pins that you see everywhere (there are some very good YouTube videos on this subject), some fake pins you can spot just by looking at it (faded colors, rough edges, etc) and some fake pins you can spot by feel (eg feels too light). You definitely want to come prepared if you want to get into this hobby. Also a common tip is to get “Disney” pins in bulk on eBay and trade those. These pins are almost certainly fake and I don’t want to be part of the problem. I like to go to the Disney Character Warehouse (their outlet store) at the beginning of my trip instead to get a bunch of pins to trade. You can get pins for as cheap as $2.50 a piece if you are lucky.
I have to admit I don’t really know the history of O-Pee-Chee baseball cards too well. All in know is they worked closely with Topps and were sort of the brand of baseball cards made for Canada. I am pretty sure I haven’t open an O-Pee-Chee pack before but I do have one now from a repack.
This is a 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Baseball pack. It has 7 cards.
I find it interesting that the cards have both English and French on it and I pretty sure it because of a law in Canada. That is pretty much the most interesting thing about these cards. Roger Clemens is the biggest star in the pack and unfortunately it is also the only card damaged when I think the card was cut.
Also I got this 2008 Topps card of Joba Chamberlain in the repack.
I remember when Joba was huge in New York City and then nothing. Is it just me or did Topps pick a really, really weird picture of Joba? The pose is weirdest part and the picture is kind of blurry. I can’t imagine this was the best picture they had of such a superstar like Joba.
I am going to Galaxy’s Edge very soon so I have checking out all things Star Wars lately. Movies, cartoons, books etc. So today I have an older pack to open. I have two Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary rack packs. Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary came out in 2017 and I guessed I must have overlooked it when it first debuted because I haven’t heard about it until now. It says it is a Target exclusive and it looked interesting when I stumbled upon it. Each pack has 16 cards.
I was hoping to pull a buyback card or a hit but I guess I struck out. I did pull a code for Star Wars Card Trader (but it expired). Still this set is quite interesting. It highlights the history of all the Star Wars movies, books, comics, role playing games, video games etc. I actually learn a thing or two from just the 32 cards I opened. In fact, I discovered a book that combines Star Wars and zombies, Death Troopers and I had to get it. This product is definitely a more exciting break than the Topps movie products. Those sets are so shallow. Cards don’t have the cool tidbits in the backs, all the cards use similar looking promo shots from the movies, no cool inserts, boring card designs etc.
If I come across a hobby box of Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary, I might be tempted to pick it up. If I don’t, I guess I have to wait for the 50th Anniversary…