Fanboy Expo 2017!

Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt and Morgan Lofting all signed a metal plaque I had made for G.I. Joe. B.J. Ward had to cancel due to a family emergency. I was pleased to of finally gotten to meet 3 of my favorite actors in person. And thought this piece turned out great!

Alan Oppenheimer, Melendy Britt, Tom Cook and Phil Ortiz all signed my “He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures” Hardback book. Tom Cook and Phil Ortiz brought to life the animation on the show. Melendy Britt voiced the amazing She-Ra, and Alan Oppeneimer brought to life Skeletor, Mer-Man, Cringer and Man At Arms. With Lou Scheimer and Linda Gary both sadly leaving us already, I think my only chance for additional signatures on this would be John Erwin, who signed for me once through the mail ages ago, and hasn’t done a convention yet. Shipping this mammoth book would be a major risk and super expensive, so I’ll call this project done!

Sting was one of my childhood favorites in WCW. Although I never got to see him fight Undertaker, Sting was an Icon that made WCW cool and really helped put them on the map. Meeting him was a complete pleasure, and I’m proud to finally have sting in my collection.

Amy Jo Johnson was nearly everyone’s Childhood crush, I know she was mine. Although she went on to do many things in life like Flashpoint, Susie Q and Felicity, She’s always and will forever be known as The Pink Ranger for me. I’m stoked to finally add her to my collection, and think this one turned out great!

Jonathan Ke Quan is known for two roles – The Goonies and Indiana Jones Temple of Doom. Although his acting career was brief, Short Round and Data were two memorable characters, and I’m stoked to add him to my collection!

Margaret Kerry is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met at a convention. She’s an absolute sweetheart, and a living Disney princess as far as I’m concerned. She’s responsible for bringing Tinkerbell to life, and is an amazing addition to my collection.

 George Lowe is the voice of the one, and only Space Ghost. He was quite a character, and I loved the inscription he went to town with. He’s an awesome addition to my voice acting collection, and a perfect cap to end my show!

Larry Hama is the brains behind the G.I. Joe comic, and I was thrilled to get him on two of my favorite G.I. Joe Books!

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A G.I. Joe pickup and 3 ladies from the Evil Dead.

Bill Ratner, Mary McDonald Lewis, Larry Hama and Kirk Bozigian all signed this pretty kickass Golden Ticket Print from Joecon. Lewis & Ratner brought to life Lady Jaye and Flint. Hama brought to life the comics, and Bozigian brought to life the toy line. Anytime I can add something new and G.I. Joe related to my collection, I never hesitate.

Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly all make up the ladies of the Evil Dead. One of the cult classic Horror Films of the 80’s. While all three ladies went on to have parts in several other movies and TV Episodes – none of them ended up having a role more significant than their debut one in Evil Dead.

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Lots of Music, some great actors, and an MLB Hall of Famer

Jim Bunning is an MLB Hall of Famer who played predominately for the Tigers and Phillies as a 9 time All Star, he threw a no hitter and a perfect game, and was the stuff of legend. Bunning also was a member of the House of Representatives and the US Senate – occupying the seat now held by Ron Paul. He’s a huge add to the collection, and one i’m honored to make. Sadly Jim passed last month, which is a loss for us all.

Staind is fronted by Aaron Lewis and also consists of Mike Mushok, Johnny April, Jon Wysocki and Sal Giancarelli. This album was magical, and spectacular, so I’m thrilled to add it to my collection.

My Morning Jacket is fronted by Jim James with Tom Blankenship,  Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster making up the rest of the band. They are a legendary alternative rock jam band, and a great add to the collection.

Halsey was at the bottom line of festivals about 3 years ago, and now she’s playing in Arena’s. She’s blown up, and is rising fast through the music world. When I saw she had a signed CD preorder, I wasted no time in ordering it.

Tyler The Creator is an up and coming rapper with a bright future ahead of him, I think he’s pretty good, so I’ll be interested to see where his career goes.

Dominic Purcell is best known for Prison Break and The Flash & Legends of Tomorrow. He recently did a convention appearence and was signing checkmarks everywhere. Asides some good TV roles, he’s best known for his time on MI:2, Straw Dogs & Blade Trinity.

Stefan Kapicic is best known for voicing Colossus in Deadpool. Deadpool was an amazing and funny film, and as a kid who always loved Colossus in the animated series. Kapicic really brought him to life in an unusual but amazing way. He’s not really done anything else, but this role was iconic enough for me to add him to my collection.

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Football, Star Wars and some Metal!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the all time NBA greats and a Hall of Famer for the Lakers. Abdul-Jabar recently wrote a book about his time at UCLA with coach Wooden, and my heart leaped when I saw he had a signed edition. I am stoked to add one of the all time greats to my collection

Zach Thomas was one of the scrappiest and most determined linebackers of the 90s-00’s. Undersized the 7 time pro bowler put together a borderline Hall of Fame career  and ended up being a member of the all 2000’s decade team. Zach is a welcome addition to my collection.

Dan Marino is a Hall of Famer and one of the best quarterbacks of my lifetime. Marino played amazing, and while he never won it all, He’s a super worthy addition to my collection. Thrilled to add another hall of fame QB to my collection.

Zakk Wylde, Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and Joey Castillo all signed this Vinyl for Zakk Sabbath. I had the chance to watch these guys live, and they dominated.  Thrilled to add a great signed vinyl to my collection.

Paul Brooke played Malakili in Return of the Jedi. He is best remembered for sobbing tears of anguish after the Rancor was slayed by Luke, and he’s a critical addition to my Star Wars collection.

Glyn Baker played Lt. Endicott in Return of the Jedi and is another imperial I didn’t have who helped bring Star Wars to life. I’m pumped to add another Imperial to my collection!

Barbara Frankland is best known for bringing to life an Alien in the cantina of Star Wars a New Hope. Her screentime was super brief, but she’s still needed for the Star Wars collection.

Jack Klaff is a name I already had (On a James Bond card by Rittenhouse) but I couldn’t pass up a cheap Star Wars addition.

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Music, Football and Star Wars

Alice Cooper is a legendary rocker, and an ICON of harder rock. I had the chance to see him recently, but was disappointed the only thing he had signed at his merch table was a DVD for $50. I went hunting, found something that was infinitely cooler and was happy to add it to my collection!

John Mellencamp is a grammy winning songwriter that does an excellent job. I saw a signed preorder for his newest CD was going on, and hopped in on it. I’m always looking to add new musicians to my collection, and John is a worthy addition.

Nita Strauss is Alice Coopers current tour guitarist, and formerly of the Iron Maidens (The All Girl tribute band) She can freaking shred the guitar like nobodies business so I was pretty excited to see she had photos for sale on her website for a great price.

Richard Oldfield played Derek “Hobbie” Klivian in The Empire Strikes Back. I’ve not made a Star Wars pickup in ages, and Oldfield is a guy who has been missing from my collection for awhile. Stoked to finally go back to one of my first loves and make some additions.

Al Lampert played Commander Jir in Star Wars: A New Hope. He’s another name I’ve been needing, and I’ve sadly heard he’s in poor health. I didn’t want to miss out on another actor from my beloved films, so I made sure to pick him up.

Will Schusterick is a 3 time Disc Golf World Champion, and a guy with a pretty sweet throwing motion. I was lucky enough to catch him in person, and got him to sign a pretty awesome looking black disc with a silver sharpie. He was SUPER nice.

Joe Mathis went undrafted in the NFL Draft. Here’s hoping he finds a team.

Devine Redding also went undrafted in the NFL Draft, but found a spot on the Chiefs.

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Some Comedy Legends, a HOF Rookie, Heisman Trophy Winner and WWE Diva!

Mel Brooks is a comedy legend behind some of the greatest comedy movies of all time…Blazing Saddles, History of the World, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs, I am thrilled to finally add Mel to my collection, as he’s a centerpiece of it.

Don Rickles is a comedian who had many roles in Hollywood, none as memorable as Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story (To me at least). He was a classic comedian, and a great addition to the collection.

Jason Taylor was elected to the NFL hall of fame in 2017. I didn’t think he would be first ballot, and his card skyrocketed as a result. I needed him for the HOF Project, and it took a few months for it to settle down a bit online, but I finally snagged one for a decent enough price.

Nia Jax is a WWE Diva who is just more than a pretty face. She’s strong, beautiful, and one of the best thing’s the WWE has going for them in the women’s division in years. I wish her a long lengthy and successful career.

Tim Tebow is a Heisman Trophy winner who had a small smidgen of success in the NFL. Although hes’ out of the league and playing Minor League baseball now, I’ve been after his signed autobiography since it came out, and I’m thrilled to finally have it.

Fred Goldsmith was the former coach of Duke University and Rice University. He won ACC Coach of the year in 1994, making Duke Football relevant again. He’s also known for the female kicker debacle of the 90’s as well…and is an interesting addition to the collection

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Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi are the current “Blues Brothers”.  Jim I’ve got his autograph before, but he’s known for According to Jim, and currently fills in for his deceased brother James whenever the Blues Brother’s do a show. Dan Aykroyd is a legend though, known for his impressive run on Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Spies like us and of course, Coneheads.

Wilford Brimley is a prolific actor, best known for his work against Diabetes, and making Oatmeal sound appealing. He also happened to star in a bevy of films like Cocoon, The Natural, The Thing,  Ewoks and The Firm. Brimley is a pickup I’ve wanted to make for a long time, and I’m super pumped to of finally got him.

J.J. Abrams is a writer and director that’s done a lot of good stuff. He’s responsible for Lost, Fringe, Felicity and Alias, not to mention Super 8, The Star Trek Reboots, Mission Impossible 3 and The Force Awakens. He is a super addition to my collection and one I am thrilled to add.

Eric Millegan is best known for playing Zack on Bones. He was one of the more unique characters on the show, and is a great addition to my Bones collection.

Bartolo Colon is an MLB Legend. This guy has pitched from 97 to 2017, and is the oldest player in the majors in 2017, and the oldest to hit his first home run at 42. Colon is a 4 time All Star, and a Cy Young award winner. He’s gotten bigger over the years, and still plays at a high level. He is proof. anyone can do anything.  This year he signed for the Braves, which I couldn’t of been more happy to see. Pumped to add this Colon to my collection.

Whitney Cummings is a comedian, best known for her show Whitney, she also writes “2 Broke Girls”. I’ve always thought she was pretty funny, so I’m happy to add her to the collection.

Cas Anvar brought to life Altaïr on Assassins Creed. He was in an episode of Lost, and is currently in the Strain. I had him already, but not on an Assassins Creed shot, which I was happy to pickup.

Darrell Griffith has one of the coolest Nicknames of all time – Dr. Dunkenstein! His number is retired by the Jazz, and was the NBA rookie of the year, and put up 12,000+ points with the Jazz over a 10 year period.  He’s a great addition to the collection.

Mark Jackson also scored 12,000+ Points in his long NBA Career, he was a Rookie of the Year in 1988, and an All Star in 1989. He had a long 17 year career, and is a great addition to my Basketball collection.

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