Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Not sure what it says about this blog

Last Friday I posted the results of the Americana blaster I opened with my mother-in-law.

That post got 11 comments. I've only had one other non-contest post get that many comments since August 20th. I'm really not sure what it says about my blog when a post about celebrity cards get more comments than most posts. Well, I actually have an idea what it says about this blog and I don't think I like it. I've been unfocused, my writing hasn't been all that good (not that it ever was) and it's the doldrums of the offseason.

Forget all that because my MIL brought over another blaster of Americana to open in her quest for a card of James Dean.

Before I show off the "highlights" of the blaster, I need to say it was a disappointment that most of the cards had a little corner ding. Nothing major, but not what you'd expect from a new box of cards. I told my MIL we could try to get Panini to replace the cards, but she didn't want to go to the trouble.

Let's get to it shall we?

The first pack revealed the first parallel.

I'm not real familiar with Tony Todd, but the back says he was in Platoon, Candyman, 24 and Psych. This is a silver proof #62/100.

I thought we had a hot box when these next two cards came back to back in pack two.

Stephen Baldwin, silver proof #5/100, should never be considered part of a hot anything.

Gloria Stuart of Titanic fame, is a gold proof #31/50. She passed away last year at the age of 100. RIP Gloria.

Packs 3 and 4 were uneventful and proved that I did not have a hot box. Pack 5 revealed a Prime Time Stars insert AND base card of Linda Evans. I remember her from Dynasty and more specifically the fight scene where she and Joan Collins ended up in the water.

Things started picking up again in pack 6 because I got this unknown actress.

Electra Avellan is the beautiful niece of director Robert Rodriguez and had a role, along with her twin sister, in his film Grindhouse.

Pack 6 revealed...well, it revealed this:

Meredith Salenger and her assets...I mean acting abilities. Honestly, Meredith is the same age as me and I remember her from the 1989 film, Dream a Little Dream. She's grown a bit since then and has acted sporadically for the last 20+ years.

I'm guessing the hits come one per blaster and ours was this:

A really nice Bright Eyes Movie Poster relic from Shirly Temple, #139/499. It's got very slight corner peeling (think 1971 Topps) on both bottom corners, but my MIL was happy with it. The swatch feels like some type of felt material and has flowers on it. She said she would put it next to the Bing Crosby we pulled last week.

We still didn't get a James Dean card and she said she probably wouldn't buy anymore, at least until after Christmas.

I think I know one gift I'll be buying her this year.


  1. as for the comments... it's a lot to do with the hobby right now. It's all 'meh'.
    There's nothing new, nothing from last year seemed to excite anyone.
    It's that way across the board.
    I've got a post coming up about Star Trek for crying out loud.

  2. I just posted about a 2009 Americana pack. And it had a passing reference to Star Trek. How pathetic is that?

  3. Sorry you and your MIL didn't pull a Dean... but you can't complain too much. Meredith's assets are definitely worth the money.

  4. Maybe you've tapped into a whole new underground card world. Careful what you release!