COMC Order #4

We’ve officially come to the mini portion of the show.  First up, a little something from the excellent 2008 Upper Deck Goudey.  Heh…


Big Ben- Two Super Bowls.

Bill Russell- 11 NBA Championships (the last two as a player-coach).  Also, holy sh*t!

Emmitt Smith- Three Super Bowls.

Tom Brady- Three Super Bowls.

19 championships combined.  There are no losers here.  C’mon LeBron & LT, prove you belong in the company of these men.  Hit Parade of Champions is another set I’m collecting, although I’ve never bothered to look up how many cards are even in the set (okay, 30 according the Baseball Cards Wiki… also, it’s probably too late Mattingly, Griffey Jr., & Yaz to become champions unless it’s in a coaching role).  I have seven, counting these, including two of the biggies, Kobe and the previously mentioned LeChump.

Someday I’d like to get a few cards from the original set it’s based on.  Narrowly missed on some hockey player from it once.  Finishing the modern remake is more pressing the moment though.  A card from an obscure set from 1954 isn’t likely to come through a trade.  I guess I did get a ’53 Bowman in a trade once, not to mention a freakin’ Walter Payton rookie through trading, so I guess I should never say never.

That’s it for this one.  More minis comin’ up next time, also continuing the heroic trend from these Champions, in a much more meaningful way.  And by meaningful, I mean the kind of heroism that tends to get you executed by the oppressive powers that be for doing your damnedest to usurp them and freeing your country from their tyrannical grip.  Seeya! 🙂

Bustin’ sh*t up in the name of freedom!

Topless Robot Art Contest Entry

The Rob, The Robot, and a bunch of Roboteers

There it is, probably a good 12 hours of work over the course of the last 4-5 days.  The coloring was done in colored pencils, which I haven’t used in any meaningful way in years.  No inks here at all.  Anyway, hope y’all like it.

Until our next…

COMC Order #3

Now we segue out of vintage with a little last hurrah and into something a little… smaller, with this here quickie post.

1969 topps Deckle Edge Jim Fregosi, Maury Wills, and Jerry Koosman proving vintage never goes out of style.

Ah, wonderful affordable vintage.  I am slowly putting together this set.  I believe this brings me to five now, with Kessinger and Santo.  It’s a good one to collect if you aren’t concerned about condition.  Even the best players won’t set you back that much, and there are lots of big names of the day and Hall of Famers to be had.  The set is only 33 cards (plus a couple different player-same card number variations, proving topps has been pulling that s*** since at least the late-1960s!), so there isn’t a lot to track down.

Not quite minis in an official sense, but the slightly smaller than average size makes for a handy transition to the minis portion of our program, which we will start to cover in the next Check Out My Cards post.

PS: Still no winner in the contest yet. Go down a few posts and keep guessing!

Until our next…

COMC Order #2

Vintage 2: Son of The Search for Curly’s Electric Boogaloo Returns

Yeah, let that sweet vintage goodness wash over you and cleanse your soul...

These are all Hall of Famers (except the card-sharing Downing and the Cobra, who is fairly close to Hall-worthy), and they are all keepers this time.

Is that ’72 not glorious?  1047 wins represented on that card!  And those two early-mid ’80s Carews probably don’t qualify as vintage yet, but they’re getting way too close for comfort.  That is depressing, because I will become vintage only one year later.  Not cool, man, not cool. 😦

On that disheartening note, the next post will be short, in more ways than one, as we somewhat seamlessly segue out of vintage and into the next section.

Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy Universal Non-Denominational Holiday Celebration to all!

Now I have a machine gun.  Ho-ho-ho…

COMC Order #1

Check out my cards had a shipping special over Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.  10¢ a card.  So I picked up the 77 cards I’d been storing up since about March, for $7.70 instead of over $22.  Well, I had mid-50s, but the $15 I saved on shipping allowed me to pick up about 21 more cards for immediate shipment.  And a few days ago I finally got it all scanned.  So let us check them out, one scan of one section at a time.

First up, we’ll start with vintage, cuz… why not?

1960 topps Gernert, Hobbie and Cunningham AS, 1971 topps Hoyt Wilhelm, 1975-76 New York Nets (featuring Dr. J), 1968 beat up & used Yaz checklist & Manny Sanguillen rookie, and a couple Gaylord Perry's from the latter half of the '70s..

Just stare at them for awhile.  They aren’t all the greatest of players or in the best of shape, but doesn’t staring at old cards just make you feel good?  Doesn’t it just relax you and somewhat put your mind at ease, if only for the moment?

Speaking of condition, the Wilhelm is in spectacular shape, impossibly awful centering aside.  Smooth surface, four sharp corners, and no creases at all.  Can’t ask for more of a ’71.  Only the first five are keepers, Yaz and the bottom row are available for trade.

PS: Nobody has guessed the card right yet.  Everyone that guessed may try again (on that post plz).  We’ll go until someone gets it right.

Until or next…

Remember that Walter Payton Rookie?

Well, there was more to that trade than just Sweetness.  There was some shiny too!

First up, in #'ed /250 X-Fractor form, the late bloomer himself, Bobby Scales.

And coming to us in Gold Refractor form and #’ed out of /50, Derrek Lee!

Finally, Sewingmachineguy also sent his calling card:

It’s the back of a playing card.  Impromptu prize time.  A random jersey card to the first person to correctly guess the card.

And that be that.  Thanks to the Sewingmachineguy for the great trade!

Until our next…

No One’s Going to Read this Post


My first second thing to do now that I’m back is to get some old trade posts up.  So, here goes.  This trade comes to me courtesy of No One’s Going to Read this Blog.  This isn’t quite the usual trade, oh no.  This one started as an art trade, a sketch card for a sketch card.  Then when I couldn’t decide on who I wanted, I suggested it be a twofer, one real person, one fictional character.  And so it was done.  I did an Adrian Peterson and a group shot of the Fantastic Four for Jeremy (you can check my deviantART link on the sidebar if you’d like to see them, as well as some of my other work), and I received the following two cards in return:


Starlin Castro
Raven from Teen Titans

Very nice work all-around.  I can’t quite find the words to adequately to explain what it is about the cards that makes me like them so much, but who really wants to read a critique anyway?  Suffice to say I think they are great, and welcome additions to my sketch card collection, as well as the individual collections I have for each.


The back of Jeremy's cool custom sketch cards.

On top of the sketch cards, we also ended up finding a few regular cards on our respective wantlists to trade.  Here are just a few of the cards I received (the ones I was able to get scanned before they got sorted away).


Aramis w/ fancy-pants border.

More '09 A&G minis...

The Cubs Power Trio on '07 Goudey

Finally, an Action Packed Billy Williams..

And that’s all for this one, sports fans!  A fun trades it was.  It’s good to be blogging again. 🙂

Until our next…

Turkey Pizza Recipe?! Wat?

That’s right, my first post back after the announcement of my return is a recipe.  But it’s around Christmas time, so I figured I better get to this whilst there is still time.  You may not know this, but I am something of a culinary mad scientist.  I received some of my parent’s cooking skills (90% is from my mom, but even though he is useless at literally every other kind of cooking, my dad was, and maybe still is, quite good with a grill), and combined with my own natural laziness and occasional bursts MacGuyver-like resourcefulness, I have become fairly successful at making pretty decent food mash-ups.

And that leads us here.  I went full out and made the turkey pizza idea that had been forming in my head sorta from scratch on Thanksgiving.  Turned out I had enough ingredients for two, and they turned out amazing, greater than I ever could have hoped.  And Paul of Random Stuff fame requested I post the recipe, since it turned out the one thing he couldn’t have on it proved to be nonessential.  So here it is, my turkey pizza recipe.

It should be noted that this is going to be rather open-ended, since besides the turkey, how one goes about almost every other thing is pretty up to them.  Also, we didn’t write this down as it was being.  Totally winged it, so a couple of details I can’t remember off the top of my head and may need to be updated later if I remember to do it.

Now then, let’s begin…



One 12″ pizza crust-

3/4 lb-to-1 lb of turkey

1 cup of brown (turkey) gravy-

Optional Ingredients:

Mashed Potatoes- Not strictly required, but if you like them, they’ll make a great addition.

At Least 4 oz. Shredded Cheese- Went with the mix specifically made for pizzas, but cheese is entirely optional.  You will barely be able to taste it, if at all, so if you don’t use it, it’s not a big deal.

2-3 Mushrooms, thinly sliced- You can basically use any toppings that you want on this.  I just used what was handy.

1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup- If you use the mashed potatoes, this is good to drizzle over the top of that.

Bacon Bits- See above.

Cayenne pepper- See above.


First, the turkey.  I picked up a package of boneless turkey loins, since I couldn’t afford a whole turkey.  And just having to shred a big thick slab of meat rather than having to tear it off the bone was probably a much easier task.  Each one was approximately 4/5 of a lb, and when shredded made plenty for a 12″ pizza.

I also doused it in cayenne before it went in the oven.  Just rub it down with part of a stick of butter or whatever substitute that will have the same effect, then dust it with whatever seasonings you’d like.

It took about 1 & 15 minutes to cook the two pieces (about 1 3/5 lbs total) in the oven I think, though I’m not 100% sure on that.  Also I don’t remember what the oven was even set on.  So I will have to update this part when I find out for sure.

Once it’s hit the proper temp, just take it out and maybe let it cool briefly.  Then take a couple forks and start shredding to heart’s content.

Now for the gravy.  This will act as your pizza sauce.  We just used a packet of instant turkey gravy mix, though I guess you can use whatever kind you like best.  It made two cups, which was enough for two pizzas, with plenty to spare, so one cup will be plenty.  Basically just follow the directions on the package.  You may need to use a bit of flour (probably shouldn’t take more than a teaspoon for a single cup) to thicken it up a bit.  I did.

Next, you’ll need a structurally sound pizza crust.  Whether you make it from scratch or buy it from the store, you will really be loading it down, so it must be strong enough to hold up.  I went with the cheapest option of course, a surprising excellent off-brand two pack (12″, so basically a medium-sized pizza at most places) from the grocery store.  Just brush a very thin layer of oil (the type doesn’t really seem to matter) over it and start topping it.

Finally there’s the matter of mashed potatoes.  It’s optional, but I found the potatoes really bring it all together.  Use whatever kind you like.  I went with instant because that’s what I prefer.  I can’t help you on how to cook these though, since my mom did these with no input from me.  You’ll have to ask her.

The Pizza itself:

First spread the gravy on the crust.  Follow it up with a thin layer of cheese (if you’re using it) the turkey, more cheese (this is the layer you’ll use the most), and then any other toppings you decide to use.  I used mushrooms and bacon bits because that’s what was handy, but you can use whatever you like.  And once you’ve put on the other toppings, put another thin layer of cheese over that.  At any point, you may add any spices you have an affinity for.

Then you’ll top it off with the mashed potatoes, if you chose to make them.  You can add them after the pizza is cooked or before it goes in the oven.  I can’t verify it for sure, because we didn’t really think of it till later and didn’t get to properly test it, but I think the potatoes will brown if you put them on before throw the pizza in the oven.  Just glop it on and spread it out as best you can.

I mentioned above that the potatoes really seemed to bring the already surprisingly good thing together, and I really mean it.  With the potatoes, it’s basically all your main Thanksgiving leftovers except the cranberry sauce (and maybe the green beans and corn), and I’m not sure if you’d really want to mix that stuff with it anyway (except maybe the corn, that might not be too bad).

Anyway, actually cooking the pizza itself won’t take too long, since your main toppings are already pretty much done anyway.  Should only take 10-15 minutes on either 400 or 425.  Again, I’ll have to verify the temp.  No one was writing this down as it was being made.  I’m pretty sure the timing is right though.  I’m also unsure what adding the potatoes before you put it in the oven will do to the time.

And aside from maybe tossing a lil more gravy of some kind on top of the potatoes (I used cream of chicken), that be that.


Sadly I have no pictures to show how it should look when it’s done, though I will try to get some if I get to do it again for Christmas.

The final cost of this endeavor?  For two 12″ pizzas, it cost around $21.  The cost of living here seems to be quite low though, so I don’t know what it would be in a bigger or more well-to-do city where things are more expensive in general.

Health-wise, the parent lady also came to the conclusion that the pizza actually isn’t too bad for you, and even better without the cheese, which isn’t a necessity anyway.

Making something fairly involved like this goes much quicker & more smoothly when you have the help of an experienced cook backing you up.  As long as they don’t try to take over of course.  Ha.

Finally, let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.  And if you try it out, let me know how the recipe works out for you!

Thanks for letting me indulge my culinary mad scientist.

Until our next…

The Return of Lonestarr


That’s right, I’m back in action.  Let’s see how long that lasts this time…

Anyway, I failed miserably at the whole NaNoWriMo thing. I got up to 14000+ words and pretty close to back on schedule early on, but then I just kinda… stopped, and never picked it back up.  Dunno why.  There was no reason for it.  Just… never got back to it.  But anyway, it’s finally time to get back to this blog.  So here I am.  Hey. 😉

Right, so I’m back, but honestly, my heart is not really in the cards right now.  I’ve still been picking stuff up when it’s on sale, and doing rather well, all things considered.  I’ve got five blasters (most of them above average or better) and 77 cards from Check Out My Cards worth of stuff to scan, and tons of old trades, as well as a handful of notable cards from the tons and tons of cards I received from the Wicked One’s charity group break to post about too.

Overall though, I’m feeling pretty meh on the whole card thing right now.  Between a bad eBay experience, no new releases really catching my interest, and the cold of winter setting in, I’m just not feeling it.  If not for how good the blasters I’ve picked up have been to me (seriously, one had two hits and several key rookies from the year of it’s release, amongst other goodies), I’d probably be out of sports cards completely at the moment, and spending my limited funds on personal sketch cards.  So why am I even back you ask?

Well, I’m mostly back to take care of old business, get my lingering end of old trades finished, and to make all the other ones in much earlier stages happen.  After that’s all taken care of, I dunno.  I have been indulging my geekier side a lot more of late, so that may start being reflected here, assuming I can keep up with blogging.  So don’t freak out if you see reviews of random comic books and whatnot, you’ve still come to the right place.  I think.  Maybe.

I’m not sure how drastic things will be changing things on the blog, but the focus is going to get murkier, that’s for sure.  Regardless, it is good to be back (again).

Finally, if people I’ve had trade talks with would like to comment or shoot me an email (it’s on my google profile, linked over on the sidebar…), to refresh my memory on what our dealings were for, that would be awesome.  As for the people I still owe my end of trades to, I think I’m pretty close to ready to go with most of them, but feel free to inquire on the progress/make sure I have your order right/chew me out for my slowness/easily distractedness, if you so desire.

That’s all for now I guess.  I’ll be wandering the blogs, seeing what I’ve missed for most of the last month, the rest of the morning if you need me (just woke up).

I leave you this morning with a quartet of Ancient Icons I picked up ages ago that I don’t think I’ve ever gotten around to posting before.


Ancient AND Iconic..

Until our next…