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Monday, November 21, 2016

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss

If you had access to Doc Brown's DeLorean, Doctor Who's Tardis or any other cool time machine and traveled back twenty-five years, you would discover...

P.M. Dawn's Set Adrift on Memory Bliss is currently climbing the charts and will reach #1 on November 30th.

Beauty and the Beast will be shown for the first time in its entirety at the El Capitan Theatre tomorrow night.

Two weeks ago, Magic Johnson shocked the sports world when he announced that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire from basketball immediately.

Mike Trout is exactly three months, two weeks, and one day old.

And hundred of thousands of United States troops are starting to return back to The States after serving in The Gulf War.

Some of them are carrying back specially stamped 1991 Topps baseball cards, which are considered very rare compared to the regular issue released back in The States.

How rare?  Well consider this...

It's been estimated that Topps produced around four million copies of each card in the flagship set.  Yeah... that's right.  Four million copies.

On the other hand, (based on two internet sources, which weren't around in 1991) Topps produced only 6,500 to 7,000 of their specially stamped Desert Shield cards.  If you bust out the calculators... that's 1/500th of the production.

Anyways... getting back to the time travel thingy... a few of those soldiers were fortunate enough to pull this:

Damn... this card is sexy.  Even without that special gold stamp in the upper right-hand corner... Topps did an amazing job with this card which appears to have captured Rickey diving back into first base.

Okay... it's time to jump back into our time machine and head back to the present time where...

You'd discover that Prince Be, one of P.M. Dawn's members had passed away a few months ago at the age of 46.

Beauty and the Beast has gone on to be a classic that has been enjoyed by millions and millions of people all over the world.

Magic Johnson is still around and is a minority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mike Trout recently won his second American League MVP Award.

There are still millions of 1991 Topps baseball cards flooding our hobby.

And there's one super happy collector who finally gets to cross off the 1991 Topps Desert Shield Rickey Henderson card from his wantlist... after dreaming about it for twenty-five years.

Thank you Jim... aka Mr. GCRL... for this awesome card!  It has to go down as one of the coolest one-card PWE packages in my collecting history.

Happy Monday and sayonara!


  1. I was wondering where this post was going. Congrats on finally getting the card. Great post.

  2. Great post and a great card. May I add that if you liked Beauty and the Beast or, your children did and you were wise enough to snatch up as many of the black diamond VHS tapes you could get your hands on, you'd probably be able to retire. Seriously! Check it out. Go to the bay and search sold highest to lowest.

  3. Great post, lots of memories. Congrats on landing the card.

  4. Just happy to help a fellow collector out. i saw it and thought of you and couldnt pass it up. Glad it's such a welcome addition to your collection!

  5. Congratulations on an amazing pickup, Rickey sure looks slick with the Desert Shield logo.

  6. You drew me in with the song title post title, and I was hooked on every moment of this post. I've yet to get my hands on any of those Topps cards, but maybe one day. Congrats on getting a card you've wanted for so long.

  7. Congrats on your Henderson Fuji. The Desert Shield cards are fantastic!

  8. Jim is the man! Congrats on snagging your white whale.