#1: The Final Frontier
Star Trek has taken a back seat to Star Wars ever since my parents took me to see Luke Skywalker blow up the original Death Star back in 1977. That being said, I grew up watching and enjoying the original Star Trek television show.
It's been sitting on my Netflix queue for several years, but there's always something else to binge watch on there. But last Saturday, GCA showed off a few singles from his 1976 Topps Star Trek set and wrote about three episodes, including his favorite... The Tholian Web. I finally had the chance to watch it this morning and it was awesome. Thanks Greg for the suggestion.
Both of these William Shatner signatures were obtained at the 2016 Silicon Valley Comic Con by my buddy Mike.
#2: Wonder Woman
If you're a fan of 70's and 80's television shows then I encourage you to click here and check out Gregory's gorgeous 1974 Topps All-Star customs that feature popular characters from that era.
One of them had Lou Ferrigno's Hulk and Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman. I figured I'd use this opportunity to share a signed 8x10 I purchased back in 2017 on eBay. Normally I avoid buying autographs that aren't certified by PSA, JSA, or BGS, but this signature looked good compared to certified signatures I found online.
Carter was one of my childhood crushes and as she approaches seventy years of age, she still looks wonderful.
#3: Real Cardboard
1969 Topps #59
I'll accept just about any form of trading card into my collection, but that doesn't mean I believe all cards are created equally. As much as I enjoy a shiny refractor from the 90's, I will always have a deeper appreciation for trading cards printed on real cardboard like the ones mentioned in Night Owl's post on Monday.
I decided to use my oldest copy of a Jay Johnstone card as an example of a piece of real cardboard that I treasure. If you want to see more "real cardboard", click here.
1986 Topps #496
Sadly Night Owl's post is also where I learned that Mr. Johnstone passed away recently. Rest in peace Moon Man.
#4: Goodbye Gibson
1969 Topps #378
This morning I read the tragic news that Bob Gibson passed away yesterday. He threw his final MLB pitch right around the same time I was turning three years old, so I obviously don't remember watching him play during his career. But his legacy is one of those that transcends the 60's and 70's. Baseball fans of all ages know about him and the way he intimidated batters during his career.
1999 UD Century Legends Epic Signatures #BG
However based on the smiles on both of these baseball cards, you'd think he was the friendliest flamethrower in baseball. Rest in peace Gibby.
#5: Ms. Jackson... If You're Nasty
Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
If you enjoy reading posts about music and/or you're a fan of 1991 Pro Set MusiCards... then you should definitely subscribe to Gavin's blog: 1991 MusiCards Blog. The amount of research he puts into these post is truly impressive. I enjoy reading them even when I'm not a huge fan of the featured artist.
This week, he wrote about Paula Abdul and how she is still one of his "guilty pleasures". Personally, I prefer one of the artists she choreographed for: Janet. Or Ms. Jackson, if you're nasty.
#6: Hobby Haiku
1999 Topps Gallery Autographs #GA3
Do you enjoy poetry? How about baseball card related poetry? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions click here.
I've learned some really cool trivia from Matt's haikus. This week he wrote about Eric Chavez who happens to be a fan favorite in my neck of the woods.
#7: Pretty in Pink
2010 Japanese Idol Costume Card #01
Another week. Another contest over on Collecting Cutch. This week's challenge is to show off some "pink" cardboard on your blog. If you do, leave a link to your blog post in the comment section of his contest post and you'll be in the running for a Babe Ruth seat relic card. Yup. He's giving away a Babe Ruth relic card.
2018 BBM True Heart #40
It's a good thing he's not giving the Ruth away to the blogger with the most "pink" cards. If that was the case, you'd be hard pressed to take down Mr. Miller over at Johnny's Trading Spot. Don't believe me? Click here.
2017 BBM True Heart Autograph
By the way, a huge shout out to Kenny, Raz, and Ryan for providing the three "pink" cards for this post.
#8: Cereal Killers
Rounding out this post are a few sketch cards I completely forgot about until I saw some really cool Wacky Packages featuring cereal boxes on Johnny's Trading Spot. If you're a fan of Wacky Packages, make sure to subscribe to his blog, because he's always showing off some WP's on Wacky Wednesday.
These sketch cards aren't Wacky Packages. They come from a Wax Eye product released back in 2011 called Cereal Killers featuring the artwork of Joe Simko. I opened up a case of this stuff and pulled the four sketch cards seen here.
Well that wraps up another This Week in Blogging post. Sorry this one ran a little longer than usual. There were just too many cool posts to comment on. In fact there were a few I had to scratch at the last second due to lack of time.
Here are today's questions of the day...
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
Paula or Janet?
What is you favorite cereal?
If you read this post, you know my responses to the first three questions. As for my favorite cereal, right now I'm on a Cheerios kick. But a few months ago, I was all about Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!