Sketch Cards!

I’m back, but still not quite all the way.  Well, I might never be all the way back as a collector of sports cards, but that is neither here nor there.  I’ll be returning to irregularly regular blogging sometime in August I think.  Just trying to get all my trading affairs in order and sent, and they won’t be sent till then, cuz I am broker than broke.  I won’t go hungry, but I’ve got literally $20 for the rest of the month, chiefly because I had to finally get a new recliner.  Mine completely fell apart at the very beginning of the month, so I spent the entire 4th of July weekend marooned at the parents, and hit every place that sells used furniture in town during that time, finally finding a great new arrival on the 5th.  Seriously, it’s like a freaking throne that reclines, well worth the just north of $100 I spent on it.  That is as cheap as they got, except for a couple tiny old ones that were $30 or $40 at another place, but they weren’t even close to this one, so I had to go with it.

Anyway, no sooner am I back in my own place than I realize something is seriously amiss with my internet.  As in it was barely working when it was working, and most of the time it wasn’t working at all.  By process of elimination, it quickly became clear that the modem was/is the problem.  After doing a little research last Sunday or whenever it was, I found a couple of potential fixes to try before taking it in.

And one of them worked to a certain degree.  It improved steadily during the week and is now working fairly regularly, though usually still pretty slow.  So it will still need to be taken in to be checked out, but I have it going now, so I thought I’d let y’all know I’m still around.

Though if you follow me on twitter, you know even balky internet hasn’t done much to shut me up. 😛

I’ve made somewhat decent use of the internetless & moneyless time though.  Fleshed out more backstory for the novel, did more card organizing (even got a few packages together so far), and I

‘ve done a lot of drawing of late.  Which brings us to this post.  I have new sketch cards to share!

And away we go!:

Starting it off as sexy as my mediocre skillz can muster with the original Latina comic book heroine, Senorita Rio!

Hmm… looks like I’ve a little more shading to do.  But never mind that now.  Moving on!

A fairly awful old rendition of Street Fighter's own Ryu that I finally got around to coloring not long ago...

More Street Fighter action coming up… right now!

Ken, the main of douches everywhere. Basically just replace Ryu's name with Ken's in the above caption. Done at the same time as Ryu.

Two more for this post and I’ll save the rest for later…

This is my commission for Shot Not Taken. You may have seen it twitpic'd already if you follow me on twitter.

I received Stan Winston & Gina Torres Ink Vault autos for this. So if you’d like a commission, and if your looking to trade cards for a sketch rather than pay ca$h money, there’s an idea of the kind of hittage it may take.  A lil cash & a lil hittage may be acceptable too.

We’re going baseball for the last one for today.

Another Nick Markakis sketch card. This is a little more like what I wanted to do with the first one.

I think this is one is supposed to go to Beardy if he ever decides to claim it.  It’s been done for awhile now.  I think I did this card back while I was working on the Breygent sketch cards, so three months or more.  Think I mentioned it was done in a comment over at his place, but just recently remembered to scan it.

That’s all for now.  I’ve been working on this post off & on for a good six hours, maybe longer, due to previously mentioned internet balkiness, and general distraction.  So, um, seeya when I see ya. 😉

Until our next…

White Sox Cards Contest Winnings & Stuff

Recently, Steve of White Sox Cards held a contest on his blog for some of his White Sox duplicates, that I was lucky enough to catch early via being addicted to twitter.  After about a half hour of going into full-on internet research mode, the answer hit me out of nowhere, and I was able to answer before anyone else.  Saturday evening when I checked my mail on the way out to do some scanning, I found the package had arrived.  And what a package it was. *immature giggle over last sentence goes here*

Not only were there White Sox, but also some Cubbies to make up for his end of this (I totally need to make that pic my avatar, btw) trade never making it to me (which I totally forgot about till skimming over old links recently), presumably being lost to whatever mythical place the stuff that the USPS loses goes to.  Denver is probably a safe guess.

Anyway, here are some scans of most of the cards from this ridiculously cool and varied lot for your viewing pleasure:

First some Sox…

Nine 2009 Topps White Sox to show off the much-improved photograghy.

Nine 2009 Topps White Sox to show off the much-improved photograghy.

Alexei Ramirez is a keeper, and I gave a few of Sox to my dad.  He doesn’t really collect, but he’s a big, long-time White Sox fan.  Gotta love the airborne Quentin and Konerko.

2006 Fleer Tradition, 2009 Walmart Variation, 1993 Fleer

2006 Fleer Tradition, 2009 Walmart Variation, 1993 Fleer

I think Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye are easily two of the most underrated players of the last 20 years.

I have a blaster’s worth of Target retro, but the Griffey is the first black Walmart variation in my collection.  I likey.

The Lance Johnson card is a great shot.  It looks like he’s about to lose the ball though.

White Sox From Steve 2

1986 Topps, 1991 Fleer Ultra, 1992 Donruss Studio

I had no idea how long Steve Lyons was around.  This may be because I was a year old in ’86, I dunno.

Fleer Ultra had pretty humble beginnings, eh?  Robin Ventura is another underrated Sox star.  Is anyone but Frank Thomas not?

I love Studio.  I’m keeping that card.

1991 Topps, 2008 Upper Deck First Edition

1991 Topps, 2008 Upper Deck First Edition

Is that not a classic Frank Thomas card?  A thing of beauty.  Why can I not get ’91 Topps in my craptacular repack boxes instead of ’89 Topps?

I know nothing about Lance Broadway other than he has an awesome name.  I hope he gets to play for the Mets or Yankees at some point it his career, I’m just sayin’.

2007 Turkey Red

2007 Turkey Red

Now that is art.  2007 was the one year Turkey Red looked GOOD and was worthy of being a set of it’s own.

I think I’m gonna break this up into two posts.  Watching the Mets & Braves and really wanting to draw, so I’m not all here.  So I will leave you with this:

Vintage Baby~!!

Vintage Baby~!!

1959 Topps Sam Esposito.  Wow, you know you’re a hardcore collector when you start getting dupes of cards from the ’50s!  What a cool card.  Thank you so much, Steve.  As soon as I get ahold of some good stuff, I’ll make sure to return the favor.

.::~Outtro~::.