Monday, June 27, 2011

Rippin' Retail: Eight Packs of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Give Me Cards, or Give Me Death.

Somehow I always imagined that this is what the Upper Deck headquarters looked like.

(h/t Tom the Ripper)

Actually, this whole post was an excuse to post a Dead Kennedys song. Sue me.

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'll trade you a Tyler The Creator for an Earl Sweatshirt.

In case you have no idea who Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) are, imagine if the Wu-Tang Clan grew up in Los Angeles, skateboarding, watching Jackass, and getting zonked out on pills. That, in a nutshell, is Odd Future.

To give you a taste, here's OFWGKTA leader Tyler The Creator with the video for his hit single "Yonkers" -- which strangely enough has nothing to do with a city in Westchester County.

And here's Odd Future's 16-year old prodigy Earl Sweatshirt whose mother (and I'm not making this up) sent him away to an all-boys boarding school in Samoa that uses corporal punishment.

In an effort to cash-in on The Next Big Thing in hip-hop, MTV has produced, for your collecting pleasure, these OFWGKTA trading cards.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Any of y'all want a hamburger?"

Sucking Dicks for Cheeseburgers: A phrase coined by a man far wiser than I.

Those of you that have been reviewing your trade proposals on the Topps Diamond Giveaway website know exactly what I mean.

MEMO TO ALL TOPPS DIAMOND GIVEAWAY TRADERS: No, I will not trade away my Johan Santana Diamond Die-Cut for a 1987 Roger Clemens, or a stack of 20 1980s-era commons, you bitch-ass trick.

Monday, June 20, 2011

National "Listen to Brian Wilson" Day.

No, not this over-rated attention-whore who dyes his beard*.

* Actual Beard not shown.

THIS Brian Wilson. The man who made the greatest rock-and-roll record, like, ever, ever. (Sorry Sgt. Pepper)

Brian Wilson is 69 years old today. (Huh-huh-huh, I said sixty-nine)

So if you're looking for me, I'll be in the basement with two bottles of Tussin, and listening to Pet Sounds on repeat, all day.

Oh and, since this is a baseball card blog, why not a Brian Wilson card in Allen & Ginter?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Do Cards, As If They Were Drugs.

We all know how "Addicting & Adventurous" baseball cards are. This Hobby is full of Cardboard Junkies.

But did you ever say to yourself, "Dude, this box of Bowman Platinum would be sooooooo much better if I had a rag doused with chloroform and two bottles of Formula 44?" Fear not, here are some of your favorite baseball card sets, as if they were drugs (legal or otherwise).


The classic "gateway drug." It's the one we all got started with, and the one we continue to get our buzz on with. Just like weed, there are different "strains" of Topps (i.e. Hobby, HTA, retail, Blasters, Hangerpacks) and everyone knows a dealer where you can score some late at night.

FINEST, TOPPS CHROME, BOWMAN CHROME: LSD, Mescaline, and Esctasy (respectively).


2008 RAZOR SIGNATURE: "Bath Salts."

Completely whack, and banned in seven states for lack of a proper license.

OPENING DAY: Methadone

A completely meaningless substance designed to wean you off your addictions.

TOPPS ATTAX: Paper bag of aluminum paint huffed by 12-year-old Romanian orphans in the back-alleys of Bucharest.

A cheap high, marketed towards kids. Quickly wears off after about five minutes.

GYSPY QUEEN: Black-Tar Heroin; ALLEN & GINTER: China White

Both Black-Tar Heroin and China White make you "Chase the Dragon." Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter make you "Chase the SPs." Back in the 1880s, your grand pappy was doing this junk in some back-alley Chinatown opium den.

MOMENTS & MILESTONES: Six cans of computer duster.

Each can looks exactly the same, except for a small number on the bottom. All serial-numbered to 199 copies, and every 30th can is red and a one-of-one.

O-PEE-CHEE: Tylenol 222s.

Available over-the-counter in Canada!

MOST MID-00s DONRUSS-PLAYOFF SETS: Balloon full of nitrous oxide sold in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park.

Really? You're still doing this stuff?

1984 DONRUSS: Bottle of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1982.

A classic. Best of the 80s. A 600-bottle case sold for $420,000 in '97.

PANINI HRX & UPPER DECK Whatever-the-hell-they-call-their-video-trading-card: Model Airplane Glue.

Seriously, what self-respecting drug abuser still huffs model airplane glue? What self-respecting card collector really wants these "cards."

2001 DONRUSS: Ex-Lax.

A complete pile shit. Cardboard diarrhea.

1994 FLEER: Immodium.

The remedy to shitty wax.

TOPPS TRIBUTE: Ketamine (a.k.a. "Special K").

Overpriced "designer drug" whose effects wear off quickly. But it doesn't stop those addicted from throwing their money away on more.

BOWMAN: Robitussin.

You need to buy at least three cases of Bowman to hit that "third-plateau" of MOJO.


Only, you're the one who unwittingly takes it in the ass.

1991 FLEER: Banana Peels.

Yellow, and has no intoxicating effect whatsoever.

1972 TOPPS: Ether.

"It makes you behave like the village drunkard in some early Irish novel..."

1991 STADIUM CLUB: A fine 20-year Single Malt Scotch.

Just like a good Scotch, '91 Stadium Club only gets better with age.

1952 TOPPS: Remy Martin Louis XIII.

The world's greatest post-War card set. The world's greatest Cognac.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Box Break: 2011 Topps Series Two HTA.

So, Dr. Wax Battle had a cardshow in Toms River today. Got to meet The Doc, Fast Eddie, Johnny-G and the rest of The Backstop Posse.

Sooz from A Cardboard Problem was there too, along with her boyfriend. I believe that this may have been the first documented case of a female dragging along an uninterested boyfriend to a baseball cardshow*.

Anyway, I left my Big Book Of Wantlists back in Virginia, so I had to settle for wax. Lucky for you (and me) I was able to pick up this HTA box of the recently released Topps Series Two.

* I could be wrong about this. While I didn't see Sooz's better-half with any cards, he at least knew who Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I Get Letters... From Topps.

A couple of months ago, when I was still corrupt and on-the-take, Topps sent me a free box of 2010 Topps Sterling. In that box was a redemption card good for a one-of-one autographed "relic" card of Mike Piazza. Yes, getting a redemption card in a box of cards that retails for $200 sucks, but hey, I didn't pay for it.

Fast forward to today, when I received a package from Topps containing this...

In case you're wondering, yes, that is a one-of-one White Whale card of Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez from 2009 Triple Threads.

So, for all of you who plunked down your $100 for a pack of Triple Scraps back in '09, isn't it great to know, in retrospect, that a 1/1 of three of the Yankees' biggest stars NEVER EVEN MADE IT INTO THE PACKS?

Reason #421 why Gimmicks Suck: Domonic Brown's Non-Twink, Twink.

Take a look at card #421 of the recently released 2011 Topps Series Two. (Oh yeah, S2 is now out) Specifically that flash of light on Domonic Brown's helmet.

It kind of looks like one of those "sparkles" Topps has been Photoshopping into their Twink gimmicks.

But it's not. That's just the reflection of the sun beaming off the brim of his helmet. Nothing more, nothing less.

Of course, if you were looking for Brown's card on eBay -- with all the "Sparkle SP L@@K!!! listings -- you might know that and might have paid $20 for a common card.

I'm not blaming these sellers for attempting to take advantage of what many sellers believe is (in good faith, in my opinion) a Twink gimmick.

No, the blame should be put squarely on a company who continues a frustrating policy of not disclosing complete checklists before a product's release. This is on Topps.

If you would like to make your opinion known on this matter please contact the following address.

Topps US
ATTN: Clay Luraschi, Director of Product Development
One Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004

Or call them at 1 (800) 489-9149

Friday, June 03, 2011

I Get Letters: Yes, The Dumb Schmuck Responded.

So, after getting owned by his peers in the cardblogosphere, our little troller responded with this gem.

wow fatty i saw ur stupid little comments about me on your pathetic blog site. You really dont know anything about cards and all you can talk about is junk wax. ive had enough of you. enjoy living with your mom you poor fatass

But apparently, he hadn't had enough of me as just a few minutes later, he opened up a brand new YouTube account, (June 3, 2011), and sent this gem.

hi i just started watching your videos and i myself am a veteran card collector. I know all the products and i also know the old. But you sir are a dumb fuck. you know nothing about cards or hits and when u see a good hit you just call it a gimick like you did with a javhid best patch auto that you got from finest. what the hell is wrong with you?! you suck ass and are just a fat idiot. stop collecting cards and i suggest u stop buying crap products. Can u not afford the good stuff? i guess not fatass. you look like a nerd loser and i seriously doubt you have ever been in relationship with a woman. (Your mom does not count). i cant take all the negativity that you give to every product. i think the only product i have ever heard you say u look was like the thee dolls crap and 87 donruss. ( and it was not a good set by the way). thee dolls? r you serious? your a pervert! you are giving the younger generation a bad outlook on cards that they want to buy. No one likes the fuckin junk wax. just losers like you do. dont try and make the old cards look good because belive me i lived through all those times and hated them then. dont you listen to your miserable fat self? you sound insaen. and i saw your little hit collection and i was not impressed. you have no good hits and you over price the shit out of them! your hits are worth a fraction of what you say they are. ive watched many videos on youtube and yours are the most ridiculous and inane pieces of garbage i have ever seen. ill re upload some of my older videos and ill show you what a real card collector is like. furthermore, your fat, fat , fat , fat , fat , o and fat. topps is a proud company and they certainly do not need to hear what some fat loser has to say about their rich company. u dumb fat prick! u know nothing about cards and how to be a real collector. Your just a fat gimmick and your petty.

Wow. All that hate, fear and loathing. Has this guy heard of "Projection?"

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I Get Letters.

Normally, I wouldn't give a P.O.S. troll like this the time of day. But indulge me for a moment; this is just too good to resist.

The following message was delivered to my YouTube account by a "BressyB..

You know what, I actually feel sorry for this kid (and he is a kid). Therefore, I'm not going to post his real YouTube username. But, I'm sure if you'd like to make your opinions known, I have the full confidence in you, the Stale Gum reader, to figure it out yourselves.

I now present to you, it all it's glory, the message sent to my YouTube inbox today.

"you know ive been watching you for a long time now and i begin to wonder if you are some insane fatass or just a dumb card collector . you know nothing about cards and the only thing you like to get is that junk wax 80s and 90s shit. fuck that shit man. the new stuff is where its at. you diss good high end products like absolute and triple threads those are great products and you diss them because you can not afford them. your not a real collector . u just cant afford the good stuff you poor idiot. why make videos on junk wax and retail. retail is a horrible waste of money. its a good thing topps stopped sending you free cards and i can see why. all you do is make negative comments on all their products. i have a ton more bad things to say about your attitude and your feelings on cards but i dont want to waste any more time. have fun breaking cheap retail you pathetic freak."