Back to Back.
November 19th, 2010 by slangon

I don’t know if you’ve seen, but Thorzul over at Thorzul Will Rule held his annual Nightmares on Cardboard contest, and lo and behold I won for the second year in a row. I was a little skeptical as to my chances this year. I thought the whole idea of the Werewolf Sportflics card was pretty solid but, obviously due to the nature of Sportflics, it was damn near impossible to work out an actual physical copy of the card. I know the rules state that a physical copy, although appreciated, is not necessary, but I felt like not sending one would hurt my chances. Thankfully I was wrong.

Just like last year, outside of the fact that Thorzul asked if I still wanted Mets cards, I really had no idea what would be coming my way, other than knowing that I would be getting “a secret movie memorabilia card”.

Fast forward a week or so and a manilla envelope from Milwaukee showed up in my mailbox.

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Mike Myers Goldmember Relic

Here’s the “secret movie memorabilia card”. It’s a Mike Myers costume swatch from Austin Powers in Goldmember. Not exactly acard I would go out of my way to get, but very cool none-the-less. I’m a fan of Mike Myers and especially the Austin Powers movies. Silly, but fun. Goldmember is probably my favorite of the three.

2009 Topps Update #S242 Livan Hernandez Silk Parallel

I was super psyched to see this Livan Hernandez Silk in package. I’ve always wanted a silk card, but never really got around to tracking one down. Now I have one, of Livan Hernandez, who while not my all-time favorite Met, is someone who I definitely enjoyed watching while he was on the team. I also think the photo on this card perfectly sums up what I enjoyed about him. It looks like he’s cheering, I assume because they either won or someone made a good play, but it also looks like he doesn’t really give a crap. I kind of wish I were more like that when watching Mets games.

The silk card as modern collectors know it seems to have started in 2007 with Topps Turkey Red set. Silk baseball cards are much older than that, however. They even have their own designation in Jefferson Burdicks American Card Catalog. The way “T” designates tobacco cards (T205, T206) and “R” designates gum cards (R319, or 1933 Goudey), “S” was used to designate silk cards. Old Cardboard has some examples of a few from the early part of the 20th century that are pretty cool looking. I particularly like the Murad “College Series” Silks. As random as the idea of printing baseball cards on silk fabric seems, Topps apparently did their homework into the history of cards.

There you have it. A couple of pretty sweet cards from Thorzul in exchange for some time and effort on my part. Thank you very much, Mr. Thorzul, and I look forward to attempting a three-peat next year.

2 Responses to “Back to Back.”

  1. Glad you liked the cards. If you’re planning on three-peating next year, you’re in luck. My single hit from this year’s box of Updates was a silk card… of a different Met. I’ll keep it warm for you.

  2. I tried to create a hard copy of a “spookflics” card for last year’s contest, but couldn’t find a source for the lenticular film… It is probably for the best. I would have spent a ton of time, and it probably wouldn’t have worked.

    I loved your card this year. I’ll be back next year!

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