iCardz America at War / Band of Brothers S1: Autographs

January 21, 2010

I first heard about iCardz Military History products from a post on Trader’s Crack, several months ago.  The post was about the D-Day card set, but when I started searching around the company’s site, I saw a lot of things I really liked.  I ordered a box of their America at War card set featuring a subset of cards commemorating Band of Brothers.  I have a lot to post about this set, but I guess like any product – the hits are the first thing that jumps out at you.

I preordered my box, and it gave me the option of selecting a bonus sketch card, promo set, or autographed card.  I chose the autographed card, and packed on the top of my box was a pack containing a signed card from Edward ‘Babe’ Heffron who served in the East Company.  The back of the card says that Heffron was actually exempt from military service due to his job in a shipbuilding plant, but he chose to enlist anyways.

The basic card design for the autographs is the same as the base card featuring the same person, but it features a light vertical strip along the right hand edge of the card, and the autographs are signed vertically in this space.

In total, there are 9 different autograph subjects in the set, and the cards are numbered with an ‘SP’ prefix.  In addition to Heffron, the other autograph subjects in the set are:  William Guarnere, Ed Tipper, Donald Malarkey, Forrest Guth, Clancy Lyall, Buck Compton, Buck Taylor and Earl McClung.

I can’t find it anywhere on their site right now, but I am sure I read somewhere that there should be one ‘hit’ in each box, which would be either an autograph or a sketch card.  In my case, I ended up with another autograph – this one featuring Lynn ‘Buck’ Compton.

These autographs are a pretty amazing addition to an already history rich product.  I’ll have more to post about the base cards and set later, but I wanted to get these autographs posted.

Is anyone else out there working with this set?

Feedback on a Custom Cut

September 19, 2009

My last post was about some new products commemorating World War II, and the soldiers who fought in it.  After hearing about this product, I was somewhat inspired to go digging through my box of TTM autos, and try my hand at some custom cut autographs.

Several years ago, I wrote to many of the men whose stories were featured in the excellent HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers”.  I received many replies, and have a nice collection of signed index cards, which are among my most treasured.  Often they took the time to respond to my questions, and were unfailingly polite.  One note, which is a bit of a sad commentary on how this hobby sometimes goes – almost all of them explicitly asked me not to sell the autographs I received.  I have been more than happy to comply with this request.

I have been thinking that I would like to come up with some type of ‘set’ design, and display these cuts somehow.  In that vein, I am looking for feedback on the design below.  Obviously, not all my signatures are the same size, and I actually might end up needing to make the set in 4×6 size (they all included inscriptions, which I intend to keep intact), but the basic elements are in place.  If you have any tips to offer, or suggestions, please feel free to comment or shoot me an email.

History Cards: Band of Brothers, D-Day….

September 18, 2009

In keeping with the trend I just recently started with my American Heritage box break that I recently posted, we are staying in the past.  Trader’s Crack alerted me to an awesome product – put out by icardz, a Canadian company based in PEI.

Their World War 2 Series I cards focusing on D-Day will feature the 101st Airborne in one set, and more general coverage i in the other set.  Each box contains a complete set of both subsets.  You can check out proposed pictures, and sign up for presale information here.

icardz also has a D-Day set focusing on Canada’s contributions (this set is already out) and a Canada at War set scheduled for release this fall.

I am going to be picking up a D-Day set, and also likely a  box of each of the Canada and America at War products.  Its an important chapter of history, and we should not forget.

Six in Thirty Challenge: Team Canada Binder

September 7, 2009

Just when I was running low on ideas, Dinged Corners comes up with something.  Basically, flip through a binder in 30 seconds, and grab 6 cards that make you happy.  I knew just where to go – my Team Canada binder!

These cards aren’t in the order that I pulled them or anything like that.  Basically, they are grouped together so that I can talk about why they make me happy.

Colleen Sostorics O Canada Jersey Card – I played minor hockey with Colleen for two years.  I have had passing interactions with guys who have gone on to play in the NHL, but I was never in a position to pick up cards of someone I knew quite well.  Colleen has two Olympic gold medals to her name, and is currently working towards making Team Canada for the 2010 games.

Luke Schenn O Canada Jersey – Luke Schenn is the main reason most Leafs fans haven’t jumped off a tall building.  That’s a lot of pressure for a 19 year old, but that kind of comes with wearing a Leafs jersey.  Schenn has bore the pressure admirably.

Hayley Wickenheiser Autograph – best women’s hockey player ever.  You know when you play hockey (or any other sport) and everyone wants #16 or 9 or 19?  90 % of girl’s hockey teams in Canada have a #22, and it was hotly contested.

Carey Price Autograph – I know, I am a Leafs fan and Price plays for the Habs.  But – before he played for the Habs, he played for Canada.  And that means he was awesome.  His play has tailed off a little bit,  Incidentally – so has his autograph.  Possibly the two are connected?  Sign your full name, Carey!  This card also has a special place because it was the last card I needed to polish off the set.

Luc Bourdon Autograph and Jersey – These next two cards make me happy/sad.  Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident after his rookie season in the NHL.  That’s the sad part.  The (somewhat) happy part is having a reminder of a vibrant young man who had achieved his goals in life.  A cardboard memorial of sorts.  And hopefully a reminder to someone else to drive carefully.  I guess the happiest part might be the guy that doesn’t make the news, because he took a safe driving course and didn’t get hurt.

There you have it, six cards that make me happy (happy/sad).  Much more than just a slab of cardboard in a plastic binder page.

The Bobbleheads are coming….

May 8, 2009

OK, so only one bobblehead is actually coming.  As I wrote in a previous post, the Texas Rangers are giving away Josh Hamilton bobblehead dolls prior to their game on May 16, 2009.  A few presales have popped up on eBay, and it appears they have kept his tattoos intact, although the pictures accompanying the auctions are admittedly quite tiny.

I’m always hesitant about presales, so I will be waiting until the game is in the books to hopefully pick up my bobblehead doll.  I am also hoping it can make the trip to Canada unscathed by the postal services.

Doing a search for Josh Hamilton Bobblehead brings up a number of results, but I think I am going to limit myself to his stadium giveaway versions.  I’m not into the bobblehead market enough to know anything about all the various other versions that are on eBay.  Of course, I still haven’t bit the bullet and bought a Hamilton durham Bulls SGA bobblehead, but the time will certainly come.

Pictures of Hamilton McFarlane

March 12, 2009

A little while ago, I had a quick story about Josh Hamilton being included in McFarlane’s upcoming MLB 2009 Wave 2.  Now, I can update that with pictures.  If you are so inclined (I am going to wait for it to hit stores), you can preorder a figure for your collection here.  Its a Rangers figure, but I am still holding out for a Home Run Derby variant.

Here’s the picture.  Looks like he is waiting his turn in the on deck circle.

Soon you can take Josh Hamilton home with you…..again

February 28, 2009

Josh Hamilton will be making another appearance in action figure form coming up in July of 2009.   He is scheduled to be included in McFarlane’s 2009 MLB Wave 2 release.  Hamilton already has a Mcfarlane picturing him with the Reds, but this one should be updated.  There are no pictures available yet, nor any information about a variant, but that should be trickling out soon.

Personally, I am hoping for a white Rangers base figure, and a Home Run Derby variant.

Is it just me….

February 7, 2009

or is this card just a tad risque?

Maybe its just because CTV seems to be in the midst of an advertising blitz for a certain product right now, but yeah.  Its not quite Bong / Puffer or Billy Ripken, but I have to think they could have found a better numbering system for the cards.  Like…J-KY for instance.   This was the sample picture for a Hamilton jersey card from the same set – Youkilis isn’t one of my standard eBay searches.  Apologies if this was noted and mocked previously.

Rangers Winter Caravan (Hamilton Signing) Report

January 23, 2009

The Fort Worth Star Telegram posted a report about the Josh Hamilton signing that took place last night.  Apparently….it was a little nuts.  People started lining up at 6 AM for one of the signing slots.  Check out the story from the link, its got some interviews with people who got in line that early, along with how and why they did it.

There’s also a picture on the sidebar.  It must be Hamilton, because of the tattoos you can see when his dress shirt pulled up at the sleeves, but I am at a loss to explain exactly what he is doing there.  It looks like he has a mic in one hand and a pair of sunglasses in the other, but that is as far as I can get for an explanation.

The signing was limited to 200 people, and that many were in line by 2 PM for a signing that started at 6:30 PM.  Those who arrived too late to be one of the lucky 200 weren’t completely shut out though.  They could still watch the event, and Hamilton signed 30 baseballs for organizers to raffle off amongst those who didn’t get to meet him.

Sounds like it was a wild event.  If anyone attended please feel free to comment and let us know how it was for you.  And if you can shed some light on what Josh is doing in that picture, I’d appreciate it.

Josh Hamilton Bobblehead – May 16/09

January 22, 2009

I’m on a roll finding other blogs that are announcing Josh Hamilton type things.  It would be nice if I could find them myself, but there are lots of people out there who do a lot of the leg work and keep things up to date for a wide variety of topics – and that makes it possible for me to cull the Hamilton specific items and post them here.

The most recent event – Waiver Sharks has gotten ahold of the Rangers 2009 Stadium Giveaway schedule, and found a Josh Hamilton bobblehead day on.  As you may have guessed from the title – its May 16, 2009 when the Rangers take on the Angels.  The first 20 000 fans get a Hamilton bobblehead.

Hamilton has a minor league bobblehead – it was issued when he played in Durham, and I run across it quite frequently in my eBay searches.  There are white and grey variations of that one.  No word on any variations with the Rangers version yet.  Waiver Sharks speculates on the possibility of a tattooed and un-tattooed version.  I’d hope they don’t go that far with it.  Hamilton may hate his tattoos, but they are a part of who he is.  Plus, most bobbleheads all look the same – at least the tattoos would make his stand out a bit.  My suggestion for a variation – the more common version should be a Rangers uni, and then the limited (say 10% of the run) version should be him in his Home Run Derby jersey.

In the middle of May, I will likely be scoping this out on eBay to add to my collection, depending on how it looks.  An untattooed version would lose major points with me.