Hall of Fame Rookies and some Voice Actors!

Kenny Easley was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame by the Senior Committee. A 4 time All Pro, and 5 time Pro Bowler, Easley was a member of the 80’s all decade team. A big leader in the NFL Strike and a fairly short career (7 years) he is an interesting member of the Hall of Fame.

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Jerry Jones is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and another recent elected member to the Hall of Fame. I don’t really feel he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame this fast, but nevertheless, he is a member.

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Ladainian Tomlinson was also elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017, on his first ballot. Tomlinson represents a fun little crisis for my Hall of Fame collection, as we are now into the era of serial number rookies, and guys with 40+ rookie cards. In the spirit of keeping it uniform, I’ve decided 1) No Autograph rookies (This eliminates Contenders) and no Parallels (this eliminates Topps and Bowman chrome, as all rookies were refactors). So I bought his SP Game used for the collection, as it’s a base rookie numbered to 500 copies. I then decided I wouldn’t do game used rookies, so I picked up his Bowman’s Best rookie too

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Zach Hoffman voiced Zartan in G.I. Joe. While I’ve got him on a few 8x10s, I couldn’t pass up the chance to add him on a beautiful 12×18.

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Garry Chalk is a voice actor probably best known for taking over the role of Optimus Prime from Peter Cullen in the 90’s. He also had a pretty fun role on Stargate. He also took over the role of He-Man from John Erwin in the New Adventures of He-Man. Most Importantly (to me) he voiced Pathfinder and Metalhead in DIC’s run of G.I. Joe. While DIC’s run of G.I. Joe wasn’t amazing, Pathfinder and Metalhead were two of the brighter spots.

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Larry Parmiter is the director of “The Axeman of Henderson County” Staring Hacksaw Jim Duggan.  All I can say about this one is – Sometimes when collecting, weird stuff comes your way and you get it.

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Days of the Dead 2017!

I went to Days of the Dead in Atlanta last weekend, and it’s still a pretty good convention.

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin  & Noah Schnapp all signed my Stranger Things Mini-Poster. The kids were super friendly, and their panel was fun. These kids are pretty much only known for Stranger Things, but Noah Schnapp also voiced Charlie Brown in the new Peanuts movie. Stranger Things has the makings of a cult classic and was such an enjoyable show. I don’t foresee me finishing this one (Because I highly doubt Winona Ryder will ever do an appearance where she signs), but this was 90% of my reason of attending Days of the Dead this year.

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Linda Blair is best known for her work on the Exorcist. She was supposed to be at the last Days of the Dead I went to, but alas, due to snow she canceled. I’ve been waiting for Blair since, and I’m thrilled to finally add her to my collection.

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Vader was another big reason for me to go. I’ve always wanted to meet the man, and he recently got a very bad health diagnosis and I figured he wouldn’t be making many more appearances. Meeting the man was a pleasure, and I’m thrilled to add a great signed 8×10 to my collection.

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Bill Johnson  is best known for his role as Leatherface in the odd and unforgetable Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Texas Chainsaw 2 is one of the weirdest, most odd Horror Movies of it’s time, and it pushed the limits for it’s days.  This 8×10 came out PERFECT, and I’m thrilled to add it to my collection.

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CJ Graham played Jason in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Super nice guy, and a name I’ve wanted to add to my collection for awhile!

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Steve Dash played Jason in Friday the 13th part two, and certainly made it an iconic role. Mr. Dash was super nice, and a welcome addition to my horror collection.

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The MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2017 (and some NFL pickups)

The MLB Hall of Fame added 3 new members recently, and I’m glad to see them inducted.

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was always in my mind the “best” catcher of the 90’s. While Piazza was shrouded in “steroid” doubts, Pudge was a better defender, and a just as good hitter. He was so deserving in my mind, and I’m glad to see him inducted.

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Jeff Bagwell should of made it in already, as he was a clean hitter, on a horrible team, overshadowed by unclean hitters, on winning teams. Looking back through the years, I can safely say I am glad to see Bagwell in the Hall of Fame, and think he represents the best of the sport for the 90’s

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Tim Raines is a guy in the 90’s I laughed at when people said belonged in the Hall and responded with “Yeah, The Hall of Mediocrity”. Tim Raines was an unjuiced hitter, who played damn well, on a team that was so bad, they probably didn’t deserve to be in the Majors. He was overshadowed as well, by players who cheated with P.E.D’s.  This is the kind of guy, I want to represent his era.

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Terrell Owens is an NFL Hall of Fame Finalist, and I think he’s a strong candidate for the Hall.  5x All Pro, 3x TD Leader, All Decade Team, 1000+ Receptions for 15,000+ Yards and 150+ TD’s. Entertaining to watch as well. His career had a lot of headaches on all of his teams though, so that might keep him out for awhile.

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Ty Law is also an NFL Hall of Fame Finalist, and i’m not sure he makes it in.  He’s a 2x All Pro, who helped anchor the Patriots for 3 Superbowl wins. He also was on the All Decade team, lead the league in interceptions twice. His last 4 years were very lackluster, and the Patriots legacy is always a bit controversial.

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Ending January with some great pickups!

David Boreanaz has been a HUGE hole and big want in my collection for a long time. He was vital to both “Buffy” & “Angel” as Angel and He was the last major name I needed for “Bones” as Seeley Booth. This guy has literally been on 3 shows in 20 years, with no breaks on the train in between, so his body of work isn’t huge, but as a Guy who hasn’t missed an episode of either show – This is one of my favorite pickups of 2017 in a month filled with amazing pickups.

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Tim Allen & Richard Karn pretty much formed the comedy Duo of the 90’s on Home Improvement doing “Tool Time”. While Richard Karn hasn’t done much else (Family Feud), Tim Allen is an absolute legend with a bevy of 90’s movies that invoke a strong case of Nostalgia in me (The Santa Claus series, Toy Story & Galaxy Quest). This is another fantastic way to close out the month, as this is a shot i’ve wanted for a very long time.

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Miranda Otto is another longtime want of mine, as she absolutely killed it in Lord of the Rings as Eowyn.  Her career has been pretty successful with recent work in Homeland & going as far back as What Lies Beneath

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Jenna Elfman is best known for Dharma and Greg, another 90’s sitcom I adored growing up. It was a perfect role for her, and she made it very memorable. Asides Dharma and Greg, her career has been a bit sparse (Looney Tunes Movie and EDtv), but It’s a nice throwback to add to the collection

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Lisa Hammer voiced Triana Orpheus on Ventura Brothers. I enjoyed that show, and Triana was a memorable character, so I picked it up. She’s done a lot of indie German music and Films, which is cool, but I know nothing about them.

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Steven Tyler is probably one of the most Iconic rock frontmen of all time. The Lead singer of Aerosmith is one of Rock’s Giants and he is truly unparalleled in comparison to anyone else. When I saw his label had a signed CD as a Christmas “Special” I jumped on it, and was thrilled I got my order in, because it came out beautiful. I want this to set the tone for 2017, focusing on Quality pickups

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Freddie Freeman is probably the best First Baseman in Major League Baseball and he plays for my Braves, Although I recently completed an 11×14 with Freeman and Dansby Swanson, that got a bit smeared, I used the fact it got smeared to pick up this Freeman certified by Tristar for my collection.

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Spartacus: War of the Damned was a damned good TV show. I think it pushed the limits for Violence, Nudity and Sex while telling a gritty gory story, and paved the way for Game of Thrones. This piece is signed by Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) Manu Bennett (Crixus, also known for his work on Arrow and The Hobbit), Ellen Hollman  (Saxa) Jenna Lind (Kore), Stephen Dunlevy (The Egyptian),  Anna Hutchison (Laeta) and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia, Also known for her work on Arrow). This is a great piece, and one i’m super proud to add to my collection.

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Sage Francis is one of my favorite Rap Artists. I’ve got the guy before, but when I saw he had a holiday sale, I jumped on the chance to add his newest album, with it’s beautiful artwork to my collection signed by Sage.

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Elodie Yung is a great actress who played Jinx in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and also as Elektra in Netflix’s Daredevil. As an actress who played in G.I. Joe, she was a huge want for me, so I’m glad I was finally able to track her down for the collection.

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Alai Shawcat made waves as Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development, playing an awkward, but hilarious character. She’s went in to have minor roles in several films, including some pretty cool ones like The Green Room. She even was in an episode of Veronica Mars.

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Karen Fukuhara came out of nowhere to land the role of Katana on Suicide Squad. While the movie was a bit of a trainwreck. I’ve always had a softspot for Katana as a character since Batman and the Outsiders, and thought Fukuhara did a great job portraying her. She’s a welcome addition to the collection.

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Starting off 2017 with some pickups

Moose Skowron is a Yankees legend and a 5 time world series champion. He played first Base and powered his way to 8 All Star appearances.  Moose is a legend of the game, and a dang good pickup for the collection.

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Sarah Gray played Star Girl in Legends of Tomorrow, which is a pretty entertaining and great show. She also was cast as Amanda in the new Power Rangers movie (in a non-ranger role). Looking forward to seeing how her career unfolds

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Marisa Miller is a modeling legend, best known for her work with Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret. She’s a mega hottie, and one addition I couldn’t pass up to the collection!

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Xavier Su’a-Filo is one of the starting Guards for the Houston Texans. Filo plays pretty well, so I was stoked to add his contenders rookie to the collection.

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Rosa Mendes was a former WWE Diva, who had a bit of success in the promotion. I had a chance to pick this up for less than a buck with the Miller, so I did so.

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Andre Williams is a running back who has bounced around many teams in the league, and is currently serving on the Chargers. I had the chance to bust some 2014 contenders on the cheap, and I did, This was one of the hits, and not a great one, but not horrible!

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R. Kelly is an interesting musician. Troubled with some pretty disturbing legal accusations he has managed to produce some great singles like Ignition, Bump N’ Grind, I Believe I Can Fly, The World’s Greatest and “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”. It’s not everyday you’re going to get R. Kelly in your collection, and the price was low enough, I took the plunge.

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Dale Murphy is one of the Braves All Time greats, and the fact he isn’t in the hall of fame is just a robbery. I’ve picked up his rookie, and some cards signed before, but when I saw Tristar had a jersey replica on sale, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a centerpiece for any Braves fan.

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Andruw Jones was the centerpiece of the Braves Outfield for about a decade. I’ve picked up his rookie, but never anything signed by him. His stuff is very low valued, so I jumped on a nice piece and am proud to add it to my collection

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Astronautalis is one of my favorite rappers of current, so when I saw I had the chance to get the man on Vinyl and on my second favorite album by him (already got the first signed) I jumped on it!

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