But I have not been in much of a writing mood lately. (Have you seen the last time I updated my other blogs?!) . All kinds of stuff has been going on, most of it not good...Honestly, I am still reeling from my remote hard drive dying, that really messed up everything I was doing. Constant health issues are taking a toll on me as well. Part of the reason I won't be going to the National, even though I have been looking forward to it for about 3 years now, when I found out it was going to be in the next state away. I've only gotten one good night's sleep in the last week because my scumbag neighbor is constantly making the house vibrate with their "music". On Monday I only got 3 hours sleep. And this happens every day.
But I have still added some new cards to my collection, mostly non-sports. I visited my favorite local non-sports dealer for the first time since February last Sunday (Sunday before last now). You've already seen one thing I got from the dealer, now here's the rest. As usual, I spent a lot more money than I planned to....but I kept it under $100, although if I got everything he had that I wanted it would probably go into the 4 digits. I am mostly just hoping it doesn't sell out before I can save up enough to get everything. Anyway, I am going to show you most of the cards I got from this latest trip, and I'm going to break them down by subject.
I got 7 new holograms, which is the most I've added to my collection in about 18 years. (when 1997-98 SPx came out, the last hologram based NBA set) I LOVE holograms and will always go for them if I can. I have dreams of completing the hologram sets from the DC and Marvel issues of the 1990s....again, someday. I consider holograms the best "hit" in the history of the hobby...better than autographs, relics, SN cards (which I also love), etc. To me, the holograms were the glory days of my youth, so there's the cool factor and the nostalgia factor.
I thought about titling this post Hologramarama! but decided against it because I had more non-holograms to show than holograms.
History is my favorite subject, I am always reading something related to history. So I naturally go for history cards when I can get my hands on them. I added three new history sets to my collection and one of which I didn't even know existed before I got it.
1957 Topps Planes is a set I've been trying to add to my collection for years. I have bid on them on ebay multiple times, and I keep losing. He brought in a lot of them- probably about 100 cards- but I didn't see them until I had picked out everything else, so I only got two. I love blimps- I would ride in the Goodyear Blimp if I ever got the opportunity, and this is the very first blimp card in my collection! The Aerocycle is actually my first card from the set, and I have to say, that seems like a really poor idea. Which is probably why it didn't take off (pun intended). Both are blue backs. The set was made with both red and blue backs, and the blues are more common. I don't know why there are two versions.
I also got a handful of 1956 Topps Flags of the World. I had two cards previously but both were trimmed. (I think whoever did it was trying to make them match standard size cards, which debuted the very next year, but failed miserably) These were not trimmed, and are in better shape to begin with. I got every one he had.
As I've mentioned several times, I grew up reading DC Comics. I had my first one read to me when I was 5 days old, and I've been with them ever since...until July 1st of this year, when my last new one arrived. The people running DC now have no idea what they are doing and have pretty much killed it. I never imagined a time I would not be getting DC Comics, but...that time is here. I've talked about this before. Luckily, there are older comics to chase, and older cards too. Including....Holograms!
I never really got into Marvel. But I have more Marvel cards than DC...Marvel always did a better job with cards than DC did, and in fact, many years DC didn't bother to have cards at all. Marvel took a break from cards but is back in full force now. The largest selection of cards I got this trip are Marvel cards.
This one is from the 1995 X-Men Chrome set, it looks really cool in person so I got it. Much better than the scan. This is only my second card from the set- I have one other insert card, no idea where I got it as I know I didn't open any of this set.
There's one more Marvel card that needs the other scanner, but I don't feel like getting it out for one card so it'll have to wait for another post.
I may have had my love for Star Wars pretty much killed by the horrible decisions they have made under the Disney regime, but there's still classic Star Wars to collect from the good times.
I picked up some other random cards as well.
I have no real idea what this card is. I bought it thinking it was from Marvel, but..it's not. It is from something called "Cyberforce" and appears to be based on some independent comic. As a DC loyalist I have no real idea. It's clear plastic and kind of holographic, similar to 1995 Maxx Crown Chrome NASCAR set.
Last card for today is actually a NASCAR card, but it kind of fits in Non-Sport too. It's a postcard, postcard size, and was issued by Press Pass for Christmas 1995. It may have been a boxloader in 1996 Press Pass, I don't know. The Press Pass flagship was usually issued very early, and by the end of their run the flagship set was getting released around Thanksgiving of the year before. it feels like the 1995 set more than 1996 though, and has the same font as 1995...plus a 1995 copyright. Either way I had to have it!
And that's it for today. I'll try to get back to actual writing someday. You may be seeing some of the "Sets in my collection" series coming up again soon. I have about 20 of them written and ready to go, and I am just not in the writing mood so I may have to move them out of the queue. They've been waiting since late 2015 when I got on a writing jag and did about 30 of them in one day, some of which have since been posted.