Monthly Archives: September 2010

This Trade Will Rule

It figures that a trailblazer like Thorzul from Thorzul Will Rule would be the first to take me up on my relic swap offer, and in a short time we had ourselves a trade. In trying to decide what else to throw in with the Gallardo relic card, I tried to think what else he might want that he might not already have. In looking through my Brewers stack, I decided on some UD Documentary (I know he loves those!) and 2010 Opening Day cards to maximize my postage. Thorzul, on the other hand, one-upped me:

clockwise, from top left: 2006 Upper Deck Gold #898 Johan Santana checklist [149/299]; 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Stadium Scenes #SS-JM Jim Mauer/Metrodome; 2006 Upper Deck Gold #697 Luis Rodriguez [233/299]; 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch #SW-MO Justin Morneau

Serial # cards? Seriously? Well, I love whittling away at the parallel sets, so that was a pretty sweet swap, dude. I owe you!

Spookymilk Survivor Challenge #16: Genre Swap

Week 16 of Spookymilk’s WGOM writer’s challenge again has one fewer former The Winner Group member (this week is for you, Eric B.B.. The current challenge: take a famous movie scene and rewrite it in a different genre, with the same characters coming to more-or-less the same conclusion.

Once I finally came up with the eventual concept for this one, I was really happy with the end results. Still, wasn’t quite good enough.

Originally I wanted to do some scene as a Shakespearean adaptation, and considered the mayor’s office scene from Ghostbusters (Shakespeare was a master at insulting people) and other movies, then decided to scan through the Top 250 movie list at to get ideas. I came across several military movies, then my eyes fell on #122 The Wizard of Oz. What if I did the initial throne room scene from The Wizard of Oz with a military movie genre feel? I tracked down a copy of the script, and as I began some initial modifications, I noticed that it was emerging with a The Dirty Dozen feel to it, so I intentionally made it a pseudo-mashup of the two movies. Here is the end result:
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An Other Worldly Exchange

In my eternal quest for someone new to trade with, I contacted Dan from  The Other World. This was low-hanging fruit, since I already had a spreadsheet of Phillies cards available for trade from some previous trades with other Phillies traders. We were able to come up with a couple dozen cards apiece to swap, and another mutually beneficial exchange was in the books.

clockwise, from top left: 2003 Bowman Gold #15 A.J. Pierzynski; 2006 Upper Deck Masterpieces Black Border #103 Jack Morris; 2003 Bowman Uncirculated Box Topper #173 Justin Arneson [163/250]; 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter #261 Torii Hunter, that’s his “O” face

Dan hit the wantlists with some Bowman, A&G, and Goudy, plus some nice other items like the ones shown above. Thanks again for the trade, dude!

Nox Strigiformes Cardboardus

Okay, I’m sure that’s not Latin for Night Owl Cards, but close enough. I threw a query out there concerning a Mauer Documentary card he had posted, and it turned into a mini trade, and although it wasn’t exactly a team dump, Night Owl hit my wantlists nicely from among the other random cards that he sent, the treat being a Red Foil opening day card (see below) — didn’t even know of this parallel.

clockwise, from top left: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP55 Tobias Streich, who is this guy?!; 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP76 James Beresford; 2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3860 Joe Mauer; 2006 Topps Opening Day Red Foil #127 Shannon Stewart [772/2006]

Thanks, Nox Strigiformes — hopefully some of the cards I sent you have come home to roost, too.

Spookymilk Survivor Challenge #15: Interrogation

R.I.P., The Winner Group — now in our 15th week of Spookymilk’s WGOM writer’s challenge, the remaining two teams have been dispanded and we’ve all been thrown together into a free-for-all. Still, this week’s for you erstwhile The Winner Groupie, New Guy. The latest challenge: create an interrogation scene between a person and one or more interrogators, the only caveat being that the tables have to be turned on the interrogator at the end.

To paraphrase Spinal Tap, it’s a very fine line between clever and immunity (results) — the vote jockeying is getting interesting now.

I stretched the definition of “interrogation” a bit; here is what I put together for this week:

This writer’s challenge sucks. Your scores have been on a real downslide the past few weeks; okay Numbnutso The Magnificent, what magic are you going to pull out of your hat this week?

Thanks. Thanks a lot. Why are you blaming me? YOU are supposed to be my muse, aren’t you? Nothing to turn in this week, I guess.

No you don’t – don’t turn this around on ME! Your scores aren’t helped by your screwing up the formatting, writing like you’re Roget’s worst enemy, confusing the judges with bewildering constructs, and cloaking my outstanding concepts in a mantle of non-grammatical turpitude. Haven’t I given you a something wonderful to work with every week? Haven’t I??

“Wonderful” is a stretch. So, you’ve already had a couple days to ruminate on this one – what have you got?

How about a 4-year old girl as the interrogator, and she repeatedly asks her father, “Why?” to everything he says?

What?! How many weeks are you going to continue to lose Beau before we’re finally voted out?

Ha ha. Well then, how about Data interrogating Deanna Troi about living as a human – he can begin each line with “Inquiry?” Throw in all the classic STtNG clichés, like Picard being French and always surrendering, the weekly holodeck incident, Riker hitting on every female (or questionably female) alien, or Geordi never getting the girl (sorry, Dr. Leah Brahms as a gal pal could NEVER have happened – that’s why it’s called “fiction”). Could you work with that without butchering it?

Well, that’s right in my wheelhouse. I COULD, if it was a good idea. It’s not.

I’m just getting warmed up; I’ve got a million of ‘em. How about if the interrogator was a psychiatrist? He could grill his patient about sexual repression, Munchausen syndrome, Oedipus complex, use a little hypnosis, oh — and be sure to mention “diagnosis must precede treatment” somewhere in there. That could be killer, right?

But what would be the reveal at the end? No, sorry, I’d be in over my head with that one.

It’s always something with you, isn’t it? Okay, how about someone submitting a book idea – no, wait, a movie script (Spooky would like that!) and the interrogator is the prospective producer. He gets grilled about various aspects of his screenplay, and eventually the producer ultimately passes because there is no catchy twist at the end of the storyline. That has promise, doesn’t it?

Boy, I’d have to really get the details right, and I don’t know the industry well enough to do that. Besides, what’s the big deal with this idea? What’s the reveal at the end?

It’s M. Night Shyamalan. Get it?

Ha ha. Lame.

Listen bucko, I don’t need to take any more of this. How well do you think you can do on your own?

Well, if you had been paying attention, you’d have noticed that I’ve been writing down this entire exchange. Who needs you? Go away ‘til week.

Wait, what?! Oh, snap!

I decided that it would be fun if my interrogation was between my “muse” and me, about a topic idea for this week’s challenge. Like I said, it’s not exactly an interrogation, but I was careful to end each of my muse’s exchanges with a question, to keep the idea intact. What made this enjoyable for me is that this was a sort of “meta-submission” which described some of the thoughts I kicked around half-heartedly before settling on this one. Once I considered that my “reveal” would be that my muse was foiled by the actual exchange being the interrogation, I decided this would be what I submitted.

One other aspect that made this entertaining was that I got to poke a little fun at our omnipotent judges, in an obvious way. (And no, Beau, any episode in which Geordi gets the girl can not be considered canon!)

Anyone Looking for Relics? And a Swap with The Sandlot

First, the relics: hopefully everyone has a friendly neighborhood baseball card shop like I have here in St. Chas. County, MO. Mark, the shop owner, has a large box of a variety of relics — stuff like 2010 Peak Performance, some Goudy, a few manu-patches — you name it, even some football relics. If you have any Twins relics or autos that I need, or any Cardinals relics or autos that Mark would like (particularly current Cardinals), we will be happy to swap for whatever player/team relic you might be looking for that he has. No guarantees on particular players, but a few cards from pretty much every MLB team is represented in the pile of cards (and again, a few football relics). Drop me an email or a comment here, and I can see what cards there are that you might want and what kind of trade can be done. Scans can be made as well, if wanted. (Oh, and please look through my wantlists, and ask what else I might have for trade that you are looking for.)

Now, I return you to your regularly scheduled post…

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A Twins Treasure Trove Turns Up from Tulsa

Not long ago, I responded to a team dump request from Cameron at Reds and more…, and started pulling Reds cards to send in return. When I got back from my latest business trip (to Omaha, of course), a big ol’ box of Twins was waiting for me. Upon opening it up and seeing three autos and an Xfractor laying on the top, I knew that I’d have to swing by my local card shop and augment my return package!

clockwise, from top left: 2009 Topps Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Signs of the Future #SOF-OS Oswaldo Sosa; 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Autograph mini #AGA-DS Denard Span; 2009 Upper Deck Starquest Black Ultra Rare #SQ-40 Francisco Liriano, okay, that’s an intense stare; 2003 Topps Xfractor #67 Corey Koskie [47/50]

While it was a team dump, and contained the expected mid-80s to mid-90s junk wax, there was a whole lot more than that. There were enough late-90s and 2000s cards from my wantlists to make this an exciting trade. Especially appreciated were the several Bowman cards, 2010 Allen & Ginters, a couple serial #’d cards, and a variety of base cards that I was missing.
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