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Stupid Inserts Part V: 2000 Pacific Christmas Ornaments

Posted in Stupid Inserts with tags , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

If ever there was a bigger design fail, I’d like to see it. The visual appeal of these Ornament cards are great; die-cut card stock, holofoil and holiday colors make up a background where upon a player’s image is set. But the 2000 renditions of this set, the first time Pacific did them, was an epic disaster because Pacific decided to include a piece of elastic string which ultimately left every single card with a crease right down the middle.

The string can be moved, but as you can see here, it really doesn’t make much of a difference. If you look at the card from the bottom, you can see how the card stock has conformed around the string.

In 2001 Pacific went back to the well again , and the result was a much better card; this time no string was attached and the hole was made as a pop out for optional usage.

A Christmas Story: An Intimidating autograph

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

nascarautosIn all honesty, I meant to write this for Christmas morning seeing as how this is a holiday sports memorabilia related story. But I forgot and got caught up in the moment in another topic. So here it is, my “Intimidator” story … three days late. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2003 Topps Dusty Baker autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

baker03tToday’s “Card of the Day” is brought to you straight from my mail box. On the day after Christmas, I received a PWE that initially pissed me off. At first I thought I’d been defrauded by another eBayer (it would have been the third this week to use an less-than-expected method of shipping). But instead it turned out that the envelope was one I had sent out way back in March to the Reds’ spring training facility. Continue reading

A Christmas Story: I miss the old days

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

wildcardTimes were much simpler than these. Granted I am only 28, but even in my relative youth I do remember a time when I got everything I wanted for Christmas and it didn’t cost my parents or relatives an arm and a leg.

We wanted no cell phones, video game systems than can cost as much as car repairs, or a set of Legos as expensive as a monthly vehicle payment.

We wanted video games alright, but they cost a third of what the units go for today. And when I asked for a box of cards, it came with THIRTY SIX packs and cost about $40; not a container of 18 packs and a price tag of $75 or even more. Those were simple times for me, and I know there were even more simple times before then for my parents and grandparents when they were growing up. Continue reading

(UPDATED) Fifth Day of Christmas Brings Car Repairs

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons


**Problem has been identified. Read further to find out what it’s going to cost.

I saw a clever post on Cardboard Junkie’s blog yesterday, which I will admit was the inspiration for the title here. Thanks, Dave.

Anyhow, you read that right. On the morning of Dec. 20, a Saturday no less, instead of sleeping in with the wife, I drove to my local automotive repair shop (only about half a mile) and dropped off my car for repairs. Continue reading