Sunday, September 4, 2022

How I Spent My Summer 2022 Edition

 I can't remember if I addressed it in my last post, but my laptop was on the verge on dying.  For over a month I toughed it out and listened to what sounded like a the fan or heat sink getting louder and louder.  Eventually it went from happening every few minutes to nonstop.  I still contest it isn't the hard drive or anything else, but I can't really replace them right now and can't afford a new computer.  Finally about two weeks ago I decided to drag out the old desktop.  My laptop lasted about 5 years of heavy use, however my desktop is 10 years old.  Its to slow to run Windows 11, and I missed out on upgrading to Windows 10, so its running on Windows 7.  I'm weary on using it too much for safety reasons, but its working fine.  It doesn't have Wi-Fi, so I had to find an ethernet cord which I still had, and so far so good.  I've transferred most of my data from my laptop, with only a few movies left behind (for now) and only because I don't have enough space to move it over yet.  I should correct that soon.  In the meantime, I will probably clean out all my hard drives and computers so I don't have to move stuff around so much.  Losing the laptop means finding room for about 700 GBs or more of data when most of my hard drives were almost maxed out to begin with (including an old 500 GB external that lost data before and almost 10 years old itself).

I realized I have a very old IBM Thinkpad I bought at a garage sale for 5 bucks, and I might be able to get a good chunk of money for it.  While it isn't ideal, my thought process is to possibly (if I have enough money from selling a few things I should have long ago) buying a Chromebook or something similar mainly to use for being online.  When I need to do offline stuff or things needing more space I can use the desktop.  With whatever I have leftover, I hope to also buy a 1-2 TB external hard drive which I can use to free up some space in addition easily move stuff from the Chromebook to the desktop if need be.  I'd like to get a 2 TB one just so I can retire the old 500GB hard drive or at least use it in emergencies.  Luckily the desktop does have a 1 TB hard drive, so for now I am good with storage.

With all that being said, I haven't been in the mood to write, and even then not much to show.  However I have taken pictures of stuff and figured what better way to clear up some space than to do a blog?  I could do a Savvy Loot Crate post since I've bought a few movies from there as of late, but I'll hold off.  I figure today I will show other random stuff.  I'm not sure what, but I'll figure it out.

Let's dig in.

In June I bought this puzzle at a garage sale.  It was very nice and fun to put together, though I found out it was missing a piece.  Oh well.  Throughout the summer I've worked on quite a few puzzles.  Instead of talking about each one, I'll just show them.

These were part of a box set and former neighbor gave my mom and I.  A few pieces were missing, but nothing too bad, plus you can't beat free.  The challenge was the box fell at one point and you couldn't figure out what pieces went to which puzzle.  I think there were 6 or 8 puzzles in the box, and at one point we were working of 4 puzzles at once.  Still we finished it pretty quickly considering.  I had pictures of all of them, but either misplaced them or my phone is turning photos sideways and I don't want to deal with correcting every photo.  I'm still learning to use the phone for pictures and videos and have almost retired my digital camera.  However, I still have a lot to learn on recording video on the phone.

In July I decided to film my town's annual Rodeo Parade.  Held the third weekend every July, it has been going on for almost 70 years.  This year I figured I'd test out the phone filming it in video.  I also figured I'd use a selfie stick to get a more overhead view.  Nobody was around me so I had the perfect spot.  In the end, the phone worked perfect, but I didn't calibrate the selfie stick right and ended up filming the ground the entire time.  In addition, about halfway through another neighbor came over and despite knowing I was filming, decided to carry on a conversation with me.  She is a fairly older lady, but I don't conversate too well to begin with, especially while filming and with people I've never talked to.  In the end the entire venture was a bust, but at least I can work the camera and video.  I just now need to figure out why pictures are loading sideways even after I crop them with Paint.

Let's see what else has been going on...

In June my town hosted their annual city wide garage sales.  Being mostly broke I didn't have high hopes.  In addition I didn't really need anything.  However there were a few things I hoped to find and surprisingly found a couple things.  None of these were really on my wish list, except maybe the computer fan thingy.  However I had to clean it, and after I put it back together, it broke.  I don't think the few seconds it worked it helped the laptop.  I might have made things worse.  Anyways it was a buck, but the bookshelf above it was also a buck at the same sale, and it was something I was looking for.  It is sturdier than the one I have and its perfect for my books.  I also found a rolling cart at that sale (I'll show in a second) and for 5 bucks, I did good (despite the fan not working).  The corner shelf is small, and was cheap, but at this point I'm not sure what to use it for, but I'll figure something out.

The two radios were unexpected and bought cheaply at the same sale as the corner shelf.  The first one is a hand cranking radio, not really a weather radio, but one to use when power is out.  I had one similar before, but it was broken when I got it (no wonder it was included in Woot's Bag of Crap).  This one works pretty decent from what little I've used it.  Luckily I only had to test it, not actually in an emergency situation.

The second radio is an HD radio.  I've always wanted to try these out, and for a buck, it was worth the risk.  It works pretty good and is compact.  The only problem with it is my area doesn't really have any HD radio stations.  I think I picked up one, which plays classical music.  If I was closer to a place that had more stations it would probably be a much better find.  This one is sort of outdated, and HD radio isn't really catching on, but it still picks up normal stations and works pretty good.  I'm not disappointed with the purchase.

Never mind the stuff in the bottom, but this is the rolling cart I got at that one garage sale.  We decided to use it for a microwave cart and the old cart we had will now be used for my VCRs and the bottom will house my record collection (which oddly on the same day I found more of my records in storage).

I found a few more things I was on the lookout for at other sales.  One sale was located at an old hardware store.  The store closed 20 or more years ago, and most of it hasn't been touched since.  A new owner of the building decided to have a name a price sale.  Looking back I should have went the first day and bought more.

Here was things I wasn't expecting to find, but was on the lookout for.  I was looking for screws (specifically wood screws) to build the 2x4 shelf I showed off in July.  I wanted some longer screws, so I was quite happy to find almost full boxes of screws even if they weren't Philips head.  These were old screws I'd say almost 40 years old.  They work just fine and most of the screws I used for that shelf were these.  I broke quite a few, but that was more on me than on the screws themselves.  Before I found my drill I was screwing these in by hand and thus broke them.  All worked out fine though, and I was happy.

The blank covers I was looking for because my mom didn't want her bed right up against an outlet.  She needed two of these and wanted plastic ones.  I found these and figured I'd try them out.  In the end, we didn't use them for those outlets, but the apartment we are in had a couple cable outlets hooked into the wall that aren't in use anymore.  They have those old connectors sticking out of the wall.  So I decided to use these for those instead so we can place stuff up against the wall.  The screw were a bit short, but I managed to get them to work.  When it came time to name a price (I always hate naming prices).  We realized we didn't have much money.  In fact we only had 3 bucks in our pockets.  This place was pretty big and everything was dusty.  He wanted it gone, so he was happy taking 3 bucks.  I wish he'd open it up for another sale and if he does I'll spend more time looking and maybe even spend more money.

While all that was cool, the 3 bucks was well worth it.  However we spotted something else there that wasn't hardware related.  In fact to most people it was trash.  Normally I'd agree, but I'm a sucker for advertising.  This was basically a throw in, and worth the 3 bucks to me.

A KFC bag from 1987.  Yes its used and a paper bag, but to me it is totally awesome.  Even If I only wanted the logo, it was worth it.  Now if this was 3 bucks I wouldn't buy it, but like I said, it was really a throw in.  The guy said he saw the bag when looking around and was going to throw it away, but figured someone might like it.  I'm glad he didn't.  I don't know what he plans to do with the building, but I'd like to look around again, and see what he does with it.

I might have bought more at these sales, but I either didn't take pictures or moved them.  Like I mentioned I stopped at storage that day to look for my drill (which I found about 2 weeks later), but did bring a few items home from storage in addition to the records.

I'm glad I found some drill bits because it really helped me out with that shelf.  My drill wasn't too reliable in the past, but worked really well, so now I might use it for more projects, so the bits can stay here for a while. Just realized those screws are old.  The Dollar General price tag is really old, at least 20 years.  Then again my dad passed 15 years ago, so it makes sense.

With that I think I'll stop so I can find more pictures for a future post.  This desktop runs a bit slower so it takes a while to do blogs, but maybe I'll post a bit more frequently since I don't hear loud noises while on a computer.  If I get a Chromebook, it should be able to handle doing more posts, so maybe I'll keep looking. Anyways, thanks for sticking around and for reading, have a great week.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Building and Rebuilding

 I figured I'd give an update.  I'm still around, I'm still collecting, and I'm still not sure what to write about.  Thanks for reading and have a grea...... wait, I should post more than that.

The truth is the last couple of months haven't been too eventful in terms of card collecting.  I've won a card or two on Listia, and that's been it.  My focus hasn't been on cards at all.  In fact on Listia I'm starting to find other things to bid on, and even won a few auctions of books and movies.  Though the book is for my mom.  I just haven't had a desire to collect cards lately.  It also doesn't help when the fan on my computer is giving me fits so I haven't been on the computer as much.  I really think (and hope) I just need a new fan and its an easy fix, but until I get a little extra cash, I'll just have to tread lightly.

However it doesn't mean I haven't been busy.  For a while I've wanted to build a bookshelf.  Well, a movie shelf.  I knew I had some 2x4s in storage, and a month or two ago I decided to get them.  I figured I had maybe 4-6 good ones about 6 feet long.  I could build maybe 3 good sections from floor to almost ceiling.  Well, it didn't quite end up that way.  I got the boards and they were 8 feet long.  Not a big deal but still they barely fit in the car and the house.  I guess the apartment has 8 foot ceilings.  That wasn't an issue.  However I realized the boards I wanted to use as shelves just wasn't going to work.  I also had other issues.  I needed some screws first and foremost, ones that would got through a 2x4 and was strong.  Luckily my town had city wide garage sales and one of the places having a sale was an old hardware store.  The new owner wanted to clear everything out (the store had been closed a good 20 years).  I found some screws, probably 200 or so a couple boxes.  Original price 3 cents each, my price 3 bucks for all in addition to some other things.  I guess I should post that, anyways back to this story.  The other issue- I needed a drill.  I knew I had two in storage.  One was my dad's which had a frayed cord, but was fairly dependable.  The other was mine, a cordless one that has never held a charge for more then 5 minutes.  I never found my dad's, but I finally found the cordless one a week or two later after realizing I left the charger here.

So I decided without the shelves, I would run the boards long ways, and without a table saw (I usually use a hacksaw to cut, and I never cut even), I tried to think of ways to support the boards.  I remembered I had some old table legs for a coffee table, enough to use 3 of the four boards, and plenty of room for some of my movies.  So I built it, and then I set it up.  Then I found an issue- the boards weren't on straight and they were bowed.  So I had to redo it.  I'm not a good DIY-er, I joke that I should start a Youtube series called "The round-about way of DIY" where I build something but not perfect and way more complicated than it needs to be.  Anyways.  I thought of how to correct this problem.  I knew I needed some sort of backing board to keep it even and maybe give more support when screwing it into the wall.  As it turns out, I have an old science fair board that wasn't in great shape (older folks might remember science fair boards being wood and not the foamboard or whatever they use today, if they still use them).  So that fixed the one issue.  The other one I solved by using a different board for the top shelf.  It won't be perfect, but it never is.  When I finished 2 days later (I took a lot of breaks), and finally put it one the only wall that would have enough room for three 8 foot boards, I was happy with the finished product.  I also decided to move some furniture to make the area really pop.  In addition to using two shelves for movies, I used the top shelf to display various things.  I then modified a few things and was really happy with the finished product.  So now is time for some pictures.

Now the original idea was to use all three shelves to display movies, and the hope was if I used all four boards, I could put all my movies on the shelf.  Well, I have a lot of movies.  I have close to 1,000 blu ray and DVD's plus I forgot the count on the VHS.  There was no way to display them all, so the idea is to display all the VHS and then at one point organize the DVD's so I can either rotate them out, or just keep my favorites on display.  Holding the boards in addition toe the backing board and having it screwed into the wall, is three black shelves, two of which hold my CD collection.  I used to have much more, but had to downsize.  Luckily I gave them to a friend and if I ever need to borrow them I can.  My CD collection is mostly organized, with almost all of them cataloged on Discogs.  I also have a bookshelf with all of my books (though some are hidden).  It doesn't include my yearbooks and a few random other ones like Mizzou books, but all my actual books are here.  Having them on display I hope motivates me to read them.  Right now I'm actually reading a book, which I read maybe one book a year, so maybe this is a start.  I don't have the books organized.  Same can be said for my movies on the shelves.  I hope to organize the VHS ones soon, but haven't yet.

If you remember that nightstand type cabinet, its because that's the one I salvaged from the dumpster a few months ago.  I was using it for my album collection, but when I went to storage to look for the drills, I ended up finding more albums, so I ran out of room.  Turns out, I have another cart I am now housing them in and have room to expand if I ever decide to.  It also holds my stereo by my bed.  For now though, this cabinet is holding my cassettes and 8 tracks, and I actually forgot what else.  Maybe my NES games.  I hope to work on it more at a later date, but for now it works.  I'm glad most of my media can stay in the general area.  Since I took this picture though I moved the kitchen table in front of it, so most of the stuff below the top shelf of the CD shelves are hidden.  They are still accessible since the table is easy to move, but I still like having more room.  Plus I have plans to bring another item or two from storage so it will work out.  As for the items on display, let's take a closer look.

As I type this, I've already thought of rearranging a few things, and a lot of this display might change in a week or two.  However for now a few things you might notice is some McDonald's and other kids meal toys (I still think my favorite is the squirrel from Wendy's). A little side story- I worked at Wendy's for almost 10 years and in that time (we was inside a truckstop), for some reason we never got the right kid's meals toys.  It was always crap and never what the regular stores got.  The two that stand out are Maya and Miguel educational CD's, and a water bottle that looked like a tennis shoe (because who doesn't want to drink water from a shoe?).  Anyways there were only 2-3 times we got toys that were current and might be interesting for kids.  When the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came out, we got toys promoting the movie.  When I was opening the box for the first time I started laughing like crazy.  One of the toys was a squirrel.  I never watched the movie so I don't know the relevance, but this toy was dumb, yet made me laugh.  It was a pull string toy.  You pull the nut and he vibrates.  I still laugh at such a silly toy, but for someone with a dirty mind at times, why that would make you laugh.  One of those went home with me that day, and I still laugh when I see it.  

In addition, I have some sports items, including a couple football Pinnacle Inside cans, which I vow to open one day, but not until I get a straight edge can opener (I mean out the doesn't give you jagged edges when cutting it open).  The Wheaties box is a mini Cal Ripken box. Also an old E.T. toy that still has the Speak & Spell in his hand (having that adds good value if I ever wanted to sell it, which I don't).  Some trophies my dad won, and also part of a shelf he built with his name on it.  In front of that is items reminding me of my dad.  He drove a school bus, loved 57 Chevy's and competed in Demolition Derbies.  The Taz is similar to one he had on the front of his garden tractor when he would compete in lawn mower pulls (I still call them lawn mowers, despite most calling them garden tractors).  The trophys are from his pulling days.  I decided to display the two Employee of the Month plaques I got while at Wendy's and cool to me at least, they have two versions of my name (one is my first name, the other my middle which is what I go by).  I also displayed a few name tags and pins I got from Wendys.  I guess I should display the Wendy's bowling medal too whenever I find it.  Not sure how I got that since I didn't bowl and had to watch the store.  Oh well.

The very top is what I like the most.  Also the items hidden because from a distance the light blocks it.  The malted milk can is one my mom has had for as long as I can remember.  The Saltine one is a recent purchase (last 3-4 years) but I have fond memories of that type of can growing up.  The most recent additions to the collection is the Pringles cans.  While the chips weren't that great, I was so happy to find them and actually have a couple more cans the might get displayed somewhere, but didn't have room and didn't want to be obsessive.  The Hershey's tin I've had for a long time, I'd say at least 15 years if not more, and I always try to display it.  The items I've never displayed before were the mini buckets.  We've had them for a long time, maybe since the events they commemorate, but I was quite surprised recently when I took a closer look at them.  We've always had one stuck inside the other, so the one that says Miller on it was always the outside one.  On the reverse side is commemorates Rocheport, Missouri, which had a town wide event (maybe Centennial) in the 70's.  I've always assumed the other one stuck inside was the same.  A couple months ago I pulled the other one out and to my surprise not only was it not Miller (it was of all things Falstaff beer), but it was for my town's 100 (+1) year anniversary in 1974.  It was rusted, but my mom was able to work magic on it, and they both look amazing now.  It is also timely as next year my town is hosting a 150 year celebration, which I am equal parts excited and concerned about (concerned because of how the townspeople are when it comes to organizing an event, and their lack of concern on things like Covid).  As far as I know, they want to make it a 4 day event in June, and if they pull it off, I will be surprised and very happy.

Flanking the shelf on the right is some of my action figure collection (Rick Rude didn't make the cut).  As well as some Peppa Pig lights.  Under it and on top of the movies is more McDonald's toys, some Mike & Ike Hand Sanitizer (and lip balm and Lucky Charms too), an autographed Miz card, and a deck of playing cards from the local casino.  My uncle worked there for a while (actually my mom and dad did for a very short time too).

On the left side is various items including a Smurfs Viewmaster, a couple Pez dispensers (Taz for my dad and Speedy for me which despite hating mice, really like Speedy).  Also more Peppa stuff as well a couple cups.  I'm not sure where I got the Coke/Sonic cup, but had it for a long time.  The Deja Vu cup might have been my sister's but I visited the comedy club a few times before it closed too, so I like to display it.  The top shelf has my George Brett nesting dolls my friend gave me which until I can find space I can't display them all, and a couple stadium giveaway megaphones.  One Mizzou and one Chiefs.  Neither were new when I got them, and I forgot how I got them.  The rest is a theme.  The gopher is of course from Caddyshack, and next to it is a golf ball from a place my sister worked (its on top of a plastic A&W mini mug).  Also nearby is Mickey Mouse who is swinging a golf club.  My late sister also was a big fan of Mickey Mouse.

I'm starting to get tired and my computer fan is annoying me so I'll speed it up.  More items on display is my sister's Mickey Mouse alarm clock (which annoyed me when it would go off), some of my dad's stomper collection (which I really want to display the rest, and the reason I might move stuff around), as well as some Muppet Babies.  Some Scooby Doo stuff as well as a space shuttle which I remember from my childhood and surprised I still have it.  The last thing I'll mention is the I Love You bear.  Forgive me if I told the story, but here it is again.  One year I was working at Wendy's on my birthday.  As I mentioned it was inside of a truck stop.  My birthday also happens to be on Valentine's Day.  Anyways it was close to the end of my shift, and I was either washing dishes or taking out the trash.  Anyways I was called to the front on the headset.  I worked the overnight shift (truckstop never closed so neither did we).  It was three of us, two workers and a boss.  My coworker called me to the counter, and when I got there she told me "some guy dropped this off and wanted to give this to you".  While that would normally seem odd, I knew right away who it was from. I didn't have my license, so my dad was usually the one who would pick me up.  He had already made his way to the car by the time I got to the counter.  My coworker had no idea it was my dad, and she thought it was creepy until I told her who it was.  He would sometimes park in front of the building and could see in, and I looked out and he was just smiling.  My dad didn't always do things like that (I mean he loved us kids, but doing something like that seemed a bit rare) so it always meant a lot to me.  I never have been able to display it much and usually only around my birthday, but as I get older I want to show it off more, so I'm glad I can display it.

I have more stuff to show, but the fan is really acting up, so I better quit for now.  I will show off a few other things next time and even a few recent purchases.  Maybe even a card or two.  Thanks everyone who continues to read my blog, and have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Whence These Come From

 On my last post I showed off my most recent COMC order, and I scanned a few other cards in the process.  When I get new cards to show off, I have a small blue binder that holds maybe 40 or so cards.  When it fills up its time to scan them.  It wasn't filled up this time because I haven't gotten a lot of cards as of late, but I don't have the printer/scanner hooked up most of the time, so I figured might as well knock them out.  So today you'll see some cards from who knows where I got them.  Most came from Listia and some from my sister, but a few I have no memory of them.  I might have even had a few for a while but needed to move them to the binder temporarily.  I'm in the process of rearranging stuff around the apartment, and I decided to move my desk to storage.  I don't mess with cards as much, and since I have the old kitchen table back, I can use that when I need to, which I've actually used more for card stuff the last few months than my desk.  The redesign might be shown off at a later date, but its not the focus for today.  I also have a few cards I know I've had for a while (2017) and not entirely sure if I ever showed them off.  2017 was around the time I got burnt out and its a shame.  I made a big order from a website and got a ton of cards, and I don't think I showed many off.  It's possible I still have the photos and scans, so it might be revisited at some point.  In the meantime, let's look at what I did scan for today.

However before I begin, I thought something was off on the last post, I thought I had 26 cards to show, but only scanned 25.  It wasn't until a couple days later that I found the last card.  It was an oversized card that when they sent it caused for the box to be larger than normal.  In fact the package for 26 cards was larger than the package I got for over 100 cards a few months prior.  Unfortunately I still forgot to scan it and I can't find the picture I took of the card if I ever took it, so maybe next time I will show it off.  Still I knew I had another card.  It just got temporarily lost in moving stuff around.  Good thing I'm almost done with moving stuff.  One more project I hope to tackle then I can call it done.  Anyways, the cards, let's look at cards.

We'll start with this one I've had for a few years, and sadly I can't remember how I got it.  Maybe a friend, maybe Listia, possibly another blogger (which I think is the case).  I should probably keep track of this stuff better, but I'm usually disorganized for the most part and I'd likely lose interest in keeping it up anyways.  I should have this in my Royals 5000 count box, but I didn't want it to get damaged, so while it might slip out of this binder, it stays until I can sort my cards a bit better.  I do plan on using a binder or two again for cards, so this might fit in one of those if I have a pocket to put it in.  At worst it can fit in a 1 card page, but I think it would still move around a lot.

That isn't the only large cards I have for today.

These came from the aforementioned large order in 2017.  It was from a website that didn't have the best reviews (they sold the cards by the pound at Dollar Tree), and I don't think they are in business anymore.  Anyways one of the things I bought was a random assortment of 100 packs of cards.  They were not the most impressive, but I got to open 100 packs of cards and cheap.  I think around 25-20 bucks.  The entire order was like 80 bucks or so.  Among those 100 packs were a pack or two of these cards from the 80's.  I got a double of Willie Randolph so I scanned the back too.  I'm sure I got more but not sure where they are.  I might have them stored with cards I'm willing to part with, but I'm not sure.  I like these photocards, they are big and glossy but they just look good.  They would look nicer if they had some Royals.  Though I liked Willie Randolph so it wasn't a total bust.

These I've had for a long time.  The Cardinals ones I'm sure came from my dad's collection because I sold all my cards in 2004 or so, and these would have went with them if I had them.  It's a set I wouldn't mind finishing but I don't have it very high on my list of priorities.  In fact it might not even make top 100.  That could be an interesting post- Top 100 sets I'd like to build. Then again, maybe 100 is too many, this might be set 40 and the last on the list.  I don't have a lot of sets I want to build come to think of it.

The Shannon Stewart I've had for at least a decade.  It came in a repack I bought I'm pretty sure at Walmart.  It was cool to pull the card at the time and I think I even displayed it for a while, but then it wasn't as cool.  A few years ago I tried to find it when I found a Shannon Stewart collector or two on the blogs or TCDB but then I forgot who they were and I lost interest when I found it again.

This card I can remember exactly where I got it from and when.  I got it last month from Listia.  In fact it was so new to me when I scanned it, I didn't even place it in the to be scanned binder yet.  Since I did scan it, I haven't actually put it into my collection yet on TCDB.  I bid on this card because Otto was a pitcher in college at Mizzou, and while I have plenty of his other cards, I didn't have this one.  In fact this might be my first minor league card of him.  For most Mizzou player I don't need EVERY card, but if they are cheap and I know I don't have it I will bid.  I think this was 25 points.  I think that is roughly 5 cents if converted, I'm not sure on the value of points on their site (right before I typed this I was sitting at just shy of 490 points, which then skyrocketed to 725 points after a couple surveys).  I rarely spend over 100 point on an auction, and most the time I don't go over 50.  The cards are probably worth it, but when you don't have a lot of points, and less of a desire, you are more selective on what you bid on.  Having said that I think a future post is going to look back at some of the stuff I've won on there in the past almost 10 years I've been on there.  I looked one day and it was fun to see what I got.  Getting back to this card, I really liked the hat Otto is wearing in this photo.  Totally 80s and totally cool.

Another recent Listia auction I bid on and won was this lot of Kirby Puckett cards.  It was an odd auction that I won for cheap.  I think it might have been 2 points.  I've had a couple of strange interactions on Listia in the last year, and I can't remember if this was the one or not, but I messaged the seller and he replied "glad you enjoy them, but I made a mistake, won't sell cards this cheap again".  I think he meant to start the bidding at 200 points but put 2 instead.  Oh well.  If this was the one, what made it even more odd was they he sent more more cards than he advertised, but they weren't the ones in the photos.  I bid on them originally because of a couple of 90's cards I didn't have.  In the end I think I had 90% of the cards he sent me, but there were at least a couple I didn't so whatever.  Unlike Ebay, I have only ever put like $5 or less into my Listia account (maybe it was 10) and so at most I've spent about a dollar a year, so a pretty good investment, especially considering some of the large lots I've got in the past.  Those two point I bid on these came from a survey I did a few months ago which gave me like 50 points.  When you level up (mostly for checking in) you get bonus points, I think I got like 3 bonus points for the survey, so that covered this auction.  So I wasn't out anything and even if I was it was free points, I have bigger things to worry about.

Here is the rest of the Puckett cards, and the Future Heroes on the bottom left and the 1986 All-Star on the top right I know were both new to me, so at worst I spent a point a piece for them.  I'm happy.  I'll never not enjoy the Topps card with the jumbo bat, so that was also fun.  I might not have had the Upper Deck card next to it either.  Puckett is a PC but I don't regularly seek out his cards.  I just saw this auction and decided to bid.  I hope in a few months I'll update my PC's and at that time also work on my Mizzou and Missouri related collections.  Thankfully I have kept my Royals collection mostly current so I don't have to do much with that.

Now we get to a few more cards I can't remember where I got them.  Except the two Beltran cards on the bottom.  I got them a couple months ago on Listia.  Another cheap auction and I think one I might have had already.  Oh well- free points, no big loss.  The rest are all Royals that I needed for my collection.  I can't say which one I like the most, but its between the All-Star Saberhagen and the Topps Willie Wilson.  I never plan to build a complete Topps set, especially ones from before I started to collect, but if I did that would probably be one of the sets.  Most of the Topps stuff after that I have or seen enough.  Anything before this I don't have much of.  As far as Royals sets go, I think 85-86 is where it really picks up steam, so anything from 1984 and before is where I should look if I ever really wanted to make a dent in my collection.  At least having Brett's rookie out of the way, there aren't too many I would go crazy trying to find.  I one day want to find a Quisenberry rookie, pretty sure I don't have one yet.

Outside of the Clemente card my sister bought me a few months ago, I can't remember where I got the rest of these.  In fact many on the bottom row aren't even PC's so I think it might have been a repack which might have came from my sister.  The Murrary is a nice card though, so I will definitely keep that one.  It's always nice to add more Ozzie Smith cards to my collection, especially ones like these two which either somehow slipped though the cracks of collecting or Topps reprints which haven't always been a high priority.  The Carl Hubbell is also a nice addition.  I really need to see how many cards I have of him now and how many total he had.  I know I don't have most of his cards, but I know I have at least 4-5 now so its a nice start.  Its one reason I want to get my entire collection sorted and added to the TCDB so I can have that information right in front of me.

This is an odd mix, but also the last scan for the day.  The Ewing cards I got on Listia.  They were like 1 or 2 points.  I don't try to get too many basketball cards but I am drawn to the 90's players that I liked watching play.  These aren't the best cards, but still random and ones I know I didn't have.  Ewing might be a borderline PC, but like I said, I don't want to build a massive PC of NBA players.  I would put quite a few others before him on my basketball PC, but still under 5 points I'll possibly bid.  The John Morrison card my sister got me.  She knows I like "Johnny Drip Drip" aka "America's Moist Wanted" so it was cool to get.  Especially since I'm not sure if I have many of his cards.  Recently he has shown up a few times on AEW Wrestling with his new name- Johnny Elite.  Wherever he goes he usually has the last name of the company.  In Impact Wrestling he was Johnny Impact.  He went by John Morrison in WWE just because that was one of many names he went by when he worked there before.

On the bottom row, the WNBA card my mom found while cleaning one day.  For a short while she had a few WNBA cards, so this was one she still had.  I wouldn't mind building some of those first 3-4 years of WNBA sets, but again not a high priority.  One day I will do a deep dive into some of their players and sets and see who I want to add to my collection.  I'm not sure if I have all the Mizzou players and I know I'm missing a lot of Jackie Stiles cards (in fact I'm not sure if I have a proper WNBA card of her).  It's nice to see WNBA get more TV time, it seems like I can watch a game 2-3 times a week now, problem is I'm not into sports right now.

Lastly is another Topps card the maybe come from the repack or somewhere else.  I would be amazed if I didn't already have the card though since I'm sure 88-90 Topps cards I have most of.  Still not a bad card.

So that wraps it up today.  I'm hoping the weather is nice and I can make it to storage today to work on a project.  Its not card related but I hope it works out.  I want to build a bookcase for either my movies or CD's.  I have a few 2x4's and hopefully enough boards to build one.  I just don't know all the details yet.  I don't know how I'll support it or how to even build it yet, but I have ideas.  First I need to find all the boards.  Good thing I have a few.  If I do finish it, I will probably show it on the blog.  I'm still pondering another blog to show media stuff (it's set up but nothing worth seeing yet) and if I do decided to continue with it I'll put it on there.  I'll probably mention it on here too.  If I do the other blog this will stay strictly card related.  I think if I decide to do more rants I might use one of my other abandoned blogs for that.  I should also work on my Missouri related blog too, but I mean first I have to get back into wanting to write first.  It seems like I'm starting to get my groove back.  Thanks for reading everyone and have a great day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

COMC Early Shipment

 When I order from COMC, its usually at least 6 months before I even consider another shipment.  However during the last Black Friday sale they had an incentive where you could get free shipping in the first quarter of 2022.  By the time the deadline approached for the free shipping, I had about 25 cards.  Normally it isn't worth it to ship them, but eh, it worked out perfectly.  I drained my account down to 2 cents, and I requested the cards.  I requested them about a week before the deadline hoping they'd come a bit sooner before everyone else who partook in the deal asked for theirs.  I don't think it made much difference, but like I said, I had no money.  I thought about trying to flip a couple, but none had much value and I didn't want to wait.  So here is what is likely my last COMC order for a while.  A combination of no money, and less of a desire of collecting is to blame.  I waited out COMC's shipping struggles, so I don't fault them on that.  I'm hoping to sell a few things and maybe add a few bucks, but I figure that will be later in the summer at the earliest.  So enough talk, what did I get?

My collection has a first name, it's.... wait I never named my collection, but how could I pass up and Oscar Mayer card of Greg Maddux?  It was one I've watched for a bit, and a Maddux I never had, plus it was cheap.  I forgot the price, but I had less then 10 bucks in my account I'm sure maybe 15, so it was enough to get 25 cards, aka, under a buck.  I hope later this summer I'll reorganize some of my PC's, and maybe might work on Maddux a bit.

I had to get some Royals cards, even if they are the hard to find on TCDB Bowman inserts.  I don't fault the database, I fault Topps/Bowman for their dumb numbering.  BPP382Vo#$niner487 are terrible ways to number cards especially when they are named across multiple sets.  All I can say is I think the top 4 cards were the only 4 I needed (across 2 sets) so I think I can say its complete.  If I ever get back into collecting aggressively, besides the 2017-current ones, I think the early to mid 2000's are what I need to fill in the most.  Even up to 2011 I still have some holes.  I'm not sure how hard I'll work on the very early Royals from 1969 to around 80, but maybe I will.

Bottom row has a couple more current cards, one from 2020 one from 2021 (which is rare for me).  I still haven't watched a game this year, and still have no desire to.  I saw on Twitter the Royals are 14 games under .500 so I don't think I'm missing much.  The Hunter Greene card I've had for a while and thought about selling, but decided to keep.  I really hope he becomes a superstar, but as each year passes, it looks less likely.  The Tatis card I've also had for a while, and for a short time tried to flip it.  It was part of Topp's Throwback series where they'd do 4-5 cards a week in an old design from their past (like the Ozzie Smith Simpsons one I showed from my last COMC order).  This design is from the 1998 or 1999 Topps WCW set.  I really liked that set (Chris Jericho has a nice card with this design), and I wanted a Tatis card.  I'll also be honest and thought since it was a low production number I could maybe flip it.  I actually bought it for less than the seller wanted (I've gotten better at making offers on COMC the last couple years).  After he accepted, I did wait a while to try to flip it.  I didn't expect to make much because I'd been watching the card for a while and nobody had interest in it. Oh well, it looks nice in my collection.

The Mercole Hardman I liked so I bought it fairly cheap.  Maybe since the Chiefs traded Hill, Hardman might step up this year.  The Charles card I've had for quite a while and got it cheap (under 30 cents), but got buyers remorse shortly after.  The same went for the Harley Race card and the Marty Schottenheimer cards.  I like them all, but I should have sat on them for a while before deciding to buy them.  They all look good though so I'm not too disappointed.  The same can be said for Terrance Mann.  I've been burnt twice on cards I bought for the sole purpose of flipping.  Both times have been NBA cards.  I should really stop doing it, but then again, the biggest flip I ever mad was on an NBA card, and it covered up the losses I made on the 2 bad cards, so I still came out ahead.  Most cards I do decide to flip are after owning them for a bit and seeing the price go up and deciding I don't really want the card or how many other cards I could get for the money I'd make.  I don't plan on being a flipper, but if I can get some good cards as a result I'll do it.

If you get a sense of Deja Vu, it might be because you read Penny Sleeves blog recently of his COMC order which contained the same Fred Dryer card.  I have a somewhat oddball collection of football players who became actors, and didn't have on of the Hunter star.  I don't actually have it organized yet, but when I do organize it, he'll look good next to Bubba Smith.  Two other cards in this batch are basketball cards which I don't actively collect unless they are Mizzou related.  For whatever reason if I see a cheap DeMarre Carroll card, I'll buy it.  I'd like to have at least one card from every year he played, so when I finally decide to sort my Mizzou collection, I'll see how far I've come.  I should be close.  The Sophie Cunningham is my first Sophie card and my first WNBA card in over 15 years.  I really would love to see Mizzou become a powerhouse in women's basketball, just so more players can make the WNBA.  Maybe I would watch the games more.  I am happy for Sophie though especially since it seems the Mercury are on TV all the time.

I don't know as many players on the Mizzou football team as I used to, but I still try to collect whoever I can when they are cheap.  I know of Hall though, so I was happy to find this card cheap.  I don't think that's a real jersey, it feels more like a replica, but still happy to have the card.  The Shields card I've watched forever on COMC, this card specifically.  I liked the way the fabric looked over the other ones offered up.  I finally bought it when my funds were dwindling just because I didn't know when I'd get a chance to.  It also completes that insert set, since I already have the Salvador Perez card.  I really hope I can get organized to start showcasing some of these cards.  I've been trying to organize other stuff lately and my card collection has taken a backseat.  It's okay, but I think in a couple months, I'll devote more time to it.  At least I hope.

Well this batch is almost up, but we still have one more scan to see, and it includes I think the highest paid card in the batch, and my favorite.

I added a few more Maddux cards, two which I've watched for a long time, and the Padres one I found cheap.  The Maddogs one I waited for the price to fall but it never did.  A few years ago I could have bought one for 55 cents.  When I bought this I think it was 80 cents.  25 cents isn't much, but if I played my "cards" right, I could have got at least one more card.  Oh well.  The Tim Conway wasn't as much of a buyers remorse as a jumping on the train before the prices potentially skyrocketed.  I feel bad about buying cards of recently deceased people, but I also don't want to pay double for them down the road if I do want them.  I sat on this for a while then decided to flip it.  There wasn't a market, so it wasn't a bad decision to keep it.  I liked him and I like the set, so who knows, maybe I will build it one day.  I know he passed in 2019, but I've had it in my account since his death.  That's how long I hold onto some cards in my account.  I didn't have it shipped earlier just because I tried one last time to sell it with no bites.

One more Royals card as I added a Jamie Quirk rookie for around 30 cents, not a bad buy though it has a small crease in it.  Finally the card I spent the most on- a Johnny Gargano autographed card.  I've followed Johnny since 2008 when he wrestled in a promotion called Pro Wrestling Ohio, and cheered him on ever since.  One of the only current wrestlers I actually have an action figure of, I've long wanted his autograph.  I finally decided to make an offer on this one and the buyer accepted.  Even though I wanted it in hand, I considered flipping it, but never really tried to.  I was going to try after he either went back to WWE or joined AEW, but as I write this, he hasn't done either yet, so the card hasn't really changed in value.  I'm glad I have it in hand now, so it doesn't matter.

Well, that wraps it up for this order, and for this blog post.  I might try my hand at another blog soon, but we'll see.  I'm still working on a few other projects, and as I write this my computer is acting up.  I think it needs a new fan and heatsink, and if that's it, I might be able to fix it, if its not that, than this blog might have to go on hiatus for a while.  If it does I'll either try to get a new post before or at least mention it on twitter.  Either way, I thank everyone who read this and have a great week.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Old Dog, Old Tricks

 It seems every day that a celebrity passes away.  Their level of popularity varies but to those who are fans, they are saddened.  While some are expected, such as Betty White earlier this year, it doesn't take away from the sadness when they do pass.  Others are unexpected like Bob Saget or Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, and the sadness is there as well.  Today I was saddened to find out that Fred Ward passed away on May 8th, which also saw the passing of John Cherry, III.  Cherry by name won't be noticed but he was the creator of the Ernest character which Jim Varney played to perfection.  Cherry even directed most (if not all) of the Ernest movies and probably shows and commercials (those commercials are a fun rabbit hole to check out on Youtube.  As for Ward, if the name doesn't ring a bell maybe his resume of movies might- Escape From Alcatraz, Remo Williams, Tremors, Naked Gun 33 1/3, Joe Dirt... the list goes on.  Ward to me was most famous for Tremors as the man opposite of Kevin Bacon.  Ward actually was in Tremors 2, but that was enough.  He didn't want to appear in anymore unlike Michael Gross who I think at last count has been in 7 of the movies as well as the TV series (yeah, it was short-lived).

It always interests me as a collector if a celebrity has a trading card.  For Cherry, I'm not surprised.  For Fred Ward, I was.  According to the TCDB, he only had one card which I think was a cut autograph and there was no picture to see on the site.  I wish they made more Hollywood sets especially of actors who don't appear on much cardboard.  So I decided I would make a custom card of Fred Ward.  Then I found a couple more I thought I'd make cards for even though one I know has cards.  Then I made a surprise card which nobody was yearning for.  It won't be a long post I promise because I don't have much more to add other then why I chose them.  Let's dig in.

I already explained the why.  For this post I chose their full legal names, I'm not sure why.  The design is one I had laying around from the past which I tinkered with.  Maybe if I get the desire to make more I'll come up with a new design or two.  The photo is from the movie Tremors, and its the image I think of when I hear Fred Ward.

I always liked Norm Macdonald so when I heard of his passing, I not only was surprised, but also sad.  I didn't look up to see if he has any trading cards, but I figured I'd do a digital custom.  I made these so quick I just realized I didn't put my logo on them.  So if you see them on Ebay, just know they are fake and I'm not selling them.  I never print mine out.  Anyways, Norm secretly filmed a new comedy special before his passing and it looks like Netflix will release it at the end of the month.  So I I I says to them... so I says... I gotta get Netflix.  Or a crac.... (I better not finish that, most people think this is family friendly).... um you guessed it... FRANK STALLONE!

Actually before I go on, first I'm sorry for the babbling there, I just like Norm.  Also wanted to say I watched Dirty Work for the first time the other day and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.  I think the idea of Artie Lange in it turned me off, but it was quite funny.

Only a couple more, this next one has had cards I'm sure.

Known to many as Rinku, he became known as one of the guys portrayed in the Disney movie "Million Dollar Arm".  He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm clubs, but by 2016 was out of baseball.  He found a new profession a couple years later when he was signed to the WWE.  Now you can see him on Monday Night Raw where he wrestles as Veer Mahaan.  I don't know why I decided to pick him as a subject other than to let people know what he's up to today in case they didn't know.  I don't think he'll be a world champ, but I do like how they are presenting him right now so I hope he does well.

Well, that's about it.  I did make one more card and it was low effort and I really hope this one doesn't make it to Ebay, because this is one that nightmares are made of.

I'm not even making it bigger.  I took a photo that I planned on a before and after for Facebook, but never posted the after (I took the pictures, but eh, who cares).  I don't usually grow my beard out long so I wanted some documentation before I cut it.  I made a somewhat funny/scary face that I couldn't replicate on the after pose, but oh well.  The favorite part of the photo is the background.  I made a wall showing my pride of my town and school.  That isn't a jersey I wore, but someone was selling it a few years back and while it would look better shadowboxed, it looks fine as it is.  Maybe one day I'll show the entire wall which shows the pennant as well.

That wraps it up for tonight, I just whipped together some customs and figured on a whim to post.  Sometimes its fun to do.  I had an idea of an Ebay post the other day but then lost interest.  Maybe I'll do it again soon.  I've also considered a new blog showcasing my non card stuff like movies, books, and music, but I haven't got too far and not sure if I will. At worst I'll just post the stuff here.  Until I figure it out, its a work in progress.  So thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Is This The Last Hurrah?

 Don't let the post title scare you I don't mean an end to this blog. I'll get to the title's meaning in just a bit. For now I'll give a bit of an update on my whereabouts.  I didn't go anywhere, but blogging is something I have to be in the mood for.  My mood changes a lot, and the direction the card hobby is going is pricing me out of it a bit.  Not to mention sports in general hasn't been that great lately.  I guess the sports themselves have been fine, but I just haven't been interested.  The lockout may be over in baseball and games have been going fine, but I've yet to watch a game.  On the surface that's a simple statement, I haven't watched a ton of games the last few years but I would still watch an occasional Cardinals game or Sunday Night Baseball.  I would usually tune into the Royals and Cardinals series and at the least listen to games on the radio.  I've done none of that this year.  I don't know when I will.  In fact while I was excited at the prospect that the Royals have Zack Greinke again and the Cardinals have Albert Pujols, I haven't seen one highlight of them yet.  I've checked out a clip or two of baseball in general and look up a score randomly but that's it.  I heard the Mets threw a no-hitter the other day but didn't bother to see who threw it.

As for other sports, I don't care about the NBA or NHL playoffs, and not even sure who is still playing.  I thought I'd give the USFL a try, but when they can't at the very least paper the attendance what's the point in watching.  The games seem watered down and when 400 people (being generous) are in the stands, it takes the excitement out of it.  So the only sports I've watched lately is NASCAR and Formula 1.  F1 racing is nice to watch on Sunday mornings because it pumps you up for the day.  It doesn't hurt when your favorite driver does a decent job each week.  For those wondering, I got into F1 about 2 years ago and kept an eye on it for a bit longer.  My favorite driver is Sergio Perez.  I sort of like Max Verstappen as well.  I don't hate any driver, but I do get tired seeing Lewis Hamilton on the podium so much.  Over in NASCAR I don't have a favorite driver and I think that's why I get more enjoyment out of it.  I'm glad USA Network will be showing races this year, and it seems FOX has shown more on the network than on cable, which is fine by me.

I still watch wrestling too, but I have spent more time away from it than ever.  I don't get as excited each week to tune in to WWE just because they don't give me a reason to.  I've tried to watch AEW and its the same way.  They put on great matches, but then they do stupid stuff.  So more times than not I turn the TV off.

When it comes to the hobby, I have got a few cards lately and will show them off soon, but not enough to post consistently.  When money is tight and not a lot of desire, there's no need to buy more stuff.

Having said all that, I also don't post as much online these days.  I don't have a strong desire to do it. I post just enough so they don't get looked at by hackers as dead.  When I do its nothing too important but kind of to let people know I'm still around.  Sometimes I'll comment on something I'm watching or reading about, but not too much.  I was pleasantly surprised the other day though to get a message on Twitter.  Usually its from someone I don't know and really random.  Once I had an actor message me about all his movies he's been in and new ones he's going to be in.  Ooooohhhhkay?

But this message was someone I knew (at least on the interwebs).  It was a blogger that will often tag me to let me know he has new posts, but overall is a nice guy.  It's like we are long lost brothers.  Most of you know him as Jon, or by his blog Penny Sleeves. He just wanted to check in on me.  I didn't post a blog in a while, and hadn't been online much,  so he wanted to make sure I was okay.  It was very nice of him to do and it made me want to do a blog post just for him.  So thank you Jon for giving me the motivation to do another post.  I hope you enjoy.


 So the reference to the title is this.  One of the reason's I enjoy Jon's blog is he doesn't just post about cards.  He posts about books, movies, CD's and other items he finds at some of his favorite places when he "heads into the city".  It reminds me of the posts I make called Savvy Loot Box.  The idea originated because I can't afford those Loot Crates that are like 25 bucks or more each month that they send you random stuff.  I'd like to try a wrestling one sometime but I'm cheap.  So the idea popped in my head.  Instead of 25 bucks for 5-10 items I may or may not like, why not spend 10 bucks or less (unless its really good and I'll pay a bit more) and get a lot more stuff that I know I'll like.  My local second hand store is called Savvy Seconds, so it's like a Savvy Loot Box.

I enjoyed doing those posts, but in the last couple years a few things changed.  Money got a bit tighter with prices going up, and a little thing called COVID.  I don't make many trips anymore because of these two reasons.  COVID doesn't scare me but idiots who don't believe in the vaccine makes me not want to be around people, and 90% of those people live in this area.  However something else happened in the last couple years.  Savvy decided to explore a new avenue of merchandising- pallets from Amazon and other places of new and returned items.  This was nice on the surface because it was like a mix of a thrift store with an outlet.  I liked the idea, but now I hate the execution.  They focus too much on the new stuff, and they shift stuff around too much.  So much so, that the media section where I get 90% of my stuff is now in a small corner crammed together.  Like a random box with 400 CD's in it- knock yourself out.  The other problem is they focus too much on clothes on the used part of the store (the reason they moved the media section).  Clothes take up 60% of the store, 30% new stuff, 5% knick knacks, and 5% media.  Its a tough sell for people who just want books and movies, and not too interested in clothes.  Also for whatever reason, they decided why sell used stuff cheap, let's raise prices to a point where it drives away long time customers.  At this point you get the idea, I'm not too happy.

That said, because I was a bit motivated by Jon's message, and the fact that I was supposed to go to a big garage sale on Saturday but plans had to change due to potential weather.  I had a free day to do something for a bit.  The plan wasn't to go to Savvy, but on Friday afternoon I noticed on their Facebook they had a video.  In it they said all books, movies, and music was 25 cents each.  A far cry from 25 books for a quarter, but a nice deal for CD's (half price) and DVD's (75% off).  Also it gave me a chance to check out some vinyl because I never knew the price.  Also the $3 Disney VHS tapes they were included (yes they wanted $3 for used VHS tapes that weren't in good shape).

So my mom and I decided to go just for kicks and also to head to the Dollar Tree (another store we don't visit near as much these days, but not because of the 25 cent price increase).  So before the Savvy stuff, we'll look at a movie I got at Dollar 25 Tree.

My biggest reason for not going to Dollar Tree as much is because while they've really added a lot more movies lately, none interest me.  Not even the handful of Blu-ray.  I knew they'd have movies and didn't expect to buy any.  For a buck I would take more risks, but an extra quarter, now I wonder if I can watch the same movie for free on Pluto or Tubi.  Anyways, I saw this Bruce Willis movie and since he doesn't plan on making any new ones, I thought I'd grab it.  I may not watch it anytime soon, but it was nice to add to my collection. 

That was it, I was fine with that, I don't really NEED more movies, but it was still fun to look.

So let's get into the Savvy Loot Box, as I explain I try to limit myself on how much I spend because I'm cheap but also because the whole point is to spend less than an actual Loot Box.  At the end I'll tell you how much I spent on everything.  I hope this won't be the last time I do one of these, but I'm afraid it might be.  Anyways, let's dig in.


 When I got there I went straight to the media section.  CD's were what I looked at last, but I think I spent the most time sifting through them.  They were scattered and if I didn't want to fight potential bad weather, I would have spent more time on it.  However I knew right off the selecting wasn't that great.  I bought the Nonstop 3 album (still sealed) because I think I confused them with two other bands.  I think I confused them with Nonpoint and Marvelous 3.  My friend thought they might be a St. Louis band, but I'm not sure.  I will check them out at some point, but so far haven't listened to them.  The Collin Raye one I bought because I like him (and has his Greatest Hits, but not sure where its at), but it also had three solid songs on it including my favorite "Little Rock".  Before I got into Alternative Rock and all kinds of music, I really liked 90's country and Collin Raye and Joe Diffie was the reason.  I still go back and listen to 90's music often and on some days spend the day just on country.  It was a nice find.  I do wish I found a few other CD's but oh well, I found more music, so I can't complain.

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to this sale was because of the vinyl.  I don't actively buy a lot, but my collection is modest.  I went because my best friend had a birthday last week and I wanted to get him a few records.  He is a huge collector of records and after I got home to see if any I bought he already had I realized the scope of his collection.  According to his Discogs page, he has over 3,000 records.  Think of every hit George Brett had in baseball, then imagine if someone had a piece of vinyl representing every hit.  That's my friends collection.  In comparison, I have maybe 4,000 Royals cards in my collection.  He will surpass me soon I believe.  Anyways, I did find 7 records for him that he didn't have, and I was happy about that.  Two of these were one's he already had, so I kept them.  I should have known he had the Boots Randolph because he showcased it on his Facebook a few weeks ago.  Everyday he posts a record of the days (which at this rate it will be about 9 years before he runs out of records, but he adds more weekly).  The Keith Green one he also had.  He's fine with having doubles, but I figured I'd hold onto these.  The only one I really wanted to keep was the Lee Mace's Ozark Opry.  I am all things Missouri and even local TV, and his show was one of the first local shows when TV became a thing.  It was filmed at the Lake of the Ozarks and I thought this was a cool find.  I'n not sure on the value, but I don't care.  My mom told me later that a relative was actually on his show once.  So I thought that was cool.

Most of the records was either standards you'd find everywhere or Gospel (which you'd also find almost anywhere).  The covers are all worn, but that's fine by me.  I didn't take pictures of the one's I got for my friend, but he has already put them on his Discogs page.  I thought adding 7 records to his collection was a nice bump.  Until he told me he just returned from a record store doing 3 for a buck.  "Did you buy a lot?" I asked, to which he replied "What's your definition of a lot"?  Hmm 20?  "Yeah, I bought a lot.  73 or so is what I picked up today".  WOW!  So yeah, I'm happy for him.  I'm also a bit jealous because I found out he found a Gram Parsons record in that sale.

So while I was browsing the movies, my mom finished looking at books which she found a couple.  I didn't spend too long on books this time, but I was happy she found one, and happy for her she found another.  I'll show those real quick.

I joked with her that she could author a biography on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as much as she knows about them.  I was happy she found that book since she didn't have it.  Though I was much happier that she found the Rodney Dangerfield book.  It's not one I seeked out or even heard of, but I think it might be a good book to read one day.  As I speak, I have a bookshelf full of books I still need to read, so I don't I'd get to this anytime soon, but I am happy I finally have a bookshelf for my books.  I will do a dedicated post on them one day more than the few pictures I've taken.

After she finished looking at books, my mom went to search for puzzles.  I can't say the pandemic caused us to do more puzzles, but it has allowed us to find more I think.  Plus my sister has been giving us a steady supply as well.  We also found out our neighbor does puzzles and she says once she finishes a puzzle she's done with it.  So she have given us a ton lately and in return my mom has plenty of books for her.  Despite about 30 or so new (to us) puzzles we've got this year, we always look for more.  More new puzzles means more time between doing ones we've already done.  So she found a few puzzles which may take us a while to get to, but should be good.

The Puzzlebug ones are usually found at Dollar Tree but still not bad for 50 cents.  I think my mom might work on that one alone, since it shouldn't take long.  The masterworks one might take a bit more time, and I will help her more than likely.  I haven't been in a puzzle mood as much, but I still spend some time working on them.  I do enjoy the time since its usually a quiet time and you can put something on the radio or TV and enjoy.  Or I can also talk to my mom and spend time with her.  The last puzzle is the most intriguing though.  Its a tall one, and the poster for it was just as tall.  The shape of the puzzle is interesting and I think will be fun to work on.  I just wonder how we'll fit it on the table, might have to work on it sideways.

Those were nice finds, but she found more, and better ones.

Photomosaic puzzles are challenging but fun when you finish them.  They are tiny pictures that combine to make a big picture.  These are the most exciting finds of the day, especially the last two.  I tried to look up if the last one was indeed the Twin Towers because it seems they skirt around naming them on the puzzle box.  Online it doesn't say it is exactly, but a few people selling them say they are, and I tend to believe them.  This isn't the first puzzle I have of the towers, the other is a panoramic of the skyline as well, but it actually names them.  These will be fun, but it might be the end of summer before we get to them.

So by the time she finished looking at puzzles, I was wrapping up looking at movies.  I thought I'd find a few obscure DVD's but didn't have any luck.  However I did find a few VHS to add to my collection including some Disney.  I should have took pictures of their selection, but I wanted to just go through what they had.  My friend went later and someone told him they planned to redo the media section, so I hope next time they have more room and are stacked better.  In the meantime, here is what I found.

I was excited to find The Lion King because first and foremost I when I rebuild my VHS collection I want the ones I had growing up.  This was one I had, so I was happy.... until I came home and realized I already had it.  Oops, I guess I should learn to use my new Tracfone more and keep track of what I have.  Also let me say all the photos in this post were from the new phone.  I'm still trying to get the hang of it, but I get why people use their phones for cameras these days.  I need to take more pictures when I'm out, but for now I'm still looking for a case for the phone so I don't like taking it out in stores or at different places.

The other Disney VHS was one I never had but do have it on Blu-ray, so it wasn't a big deal.  I was still happy to find Toy Story on VHS.  While my niece may argue that Toy Story 2 is better, I still enjoy the original more.  That said I think I enjoy the third one most (never seen the 4th one yet), mainly because I saw Toy Story 3 in theaters with my other sister and my nephews, and the story was good as well.  If I had to redo things, I would have picked up Finding Nemo instead of The Lion King, but I'm not too mad about it.  Paying 25 cents on something you already have isn't the worst thing.  Much better then paying 3 bucks like they did charge in the past.  I think after this sale the prices on Disney will go to 2/$1 or at least I hope.

I did find a couple more VHS as well.

I really thought I had A Time To Kill on VHS, but maybe I didn't.  I do know I don't have it on VHS, and despite it being on one of the free apps, I still wanted a copy.  As for Volcano, I will always love that movie and really hope to find it on Blu-ray one day.  My DVD is getting scratched up, so at least having a VHS copy is nice just in case the DVD won't play.  Neither were ones I had growing up but they still make nice additions to my collection.  In a few weeks I will redo my media and when I finish I will show off my collection of books, movies and CD's.  It should make a good few posts.  Maybe I won't discuss each one (that would take forever), but I can at least show them off.  Maybe I could start a new blog and show off something new each day.  That's an idea, but having more than one blog hasn't worked out too well for me in the past.

While I struck out on DVD's I was quite surprised to find a Blu-ray.  The price was also a quarter, which was even better.

While I didn't love this movie as much as a lot of other people, I did enjoy it and have watched it a few times.  I never owned it on any media, but a few people found it at Dollar Tree and I had hoped to find it there.  I was more than happy to find it used for a quarter.  I don't plan on getting the sequels, but this was really a good find.  My Blu-ray collection is over 150 at this point, but I don't know how many more I'll add.  I have become a bit more selective and my focus now is more on upgrading my DVD's more than finding new movies to add.  At any rate, this one was a nice addition.

So after looking at the media, I did look at the rest of the store.  There were a few other items I liked but I didn't want to get on this trip (if I miss out, oh well).  I did alert my friend about a Veggietales box set on DVD (which he bought for a quarter later), and also about some Cutetitos in the new section for 5 bucks (which he also bought since his daughter loves them).  I like them too, but I didn't care for the style of these, so I passed.  When it came time to check out, I was curious at what we spent.  I knew the puzzles were mostly a buck each, so I figured around 10 bucks.  In the end, the total of all the items shown here (plus maybe a couple things my mom might have found) totaled to around $10.50 cents.  I think I did very well especially on since you consider I bought 7 other records not shown here. Over 20 items for 10 bucks, you can't beat that.  That would be a great Loot Box.  Plus since we spent over 10 bucks, they have a punch card you can redeem.  After 10 punches I think you get 20% off your total.  We are one punch away now from getting that offer.  It's been a while since we've had it punched so that was good.

So before we headed home, I was curious about a garage sale.  I knew we couldn't stay long because the wind was going to start getting stronger and making it tougher to drive.  In the end we made it home right before it really started gusting, so it was perfect.  The garage sale had pictures that showed puzzles and a VCR.  I would really like a backup VCR since my main one died a couple months ago.  I still have one, but its not as good so tape conversions are on hold for now.  By the time we got to this sale, happily for them, they sold a ton of stuff.  In fact, no VCR and no puzzles.  To me it was a wash, though I did like a couple stereos they had, and well worth the $40 price tags, but nothing I needed.  My mom however did find a book, and while I have no interest, I thought you guys might.

I mean 50 cents is a good deal for a book at a garage sale.  It's not my kind of thing, but I was also happy because we didn't was gas coming up empty at this sale.  They did have a few VHS tapes, but non I was interested in.  If we went earlier, I think I would have found stuff.

So that wraps up my weekend trip, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to do a post like this again, but thanks to Jon it did motivate me to get out and look.  It did make me hopeful to hit some garage sales soon so I'll be on the lookout.  Until then I will probably organize my media, and I do have some cards to show, so I should scan them soon.  I'm not sure when I'll post next, but I hope it will be much sooner than this one.  Thanks everyone for reading, and have a great week!