Lots of Great Pickups!

Gene Hackman (and Daniel Lenihan) both signed Escape from Andersonville which is a historical fiction novel. Gene Hackman is an absolute cinema legend who has a ton of films I admire like Enemy of the State, Unforgiven, French Connection, Hoosiers, Superman and The Quick and The Dead. Couldn’t resist picking this up for a relative song, and adding it to my collection.

Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen on “Arrow”. I’ve enjoyed the show, and I’m sad it’s coming to an end. It’s been some of the best and most enjoyable Superhero TV over the last decade, and has been a longtime want. I’m glad I have him in my collection. I hope he goes on to great things, but honestly Arrow alone warranted the pickup.

Barry Kitson is a prolific comic artist. I had a chance to pick up Dr. Strange, #16 page 8 which is an amazing page showing Galactus, Dr. Strange, Clea,  Hulk, Terrax, Firelord, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, Black Bolt, Gladiator, Scarlet Witch, Super Skrull and Valkyrie. You can’t beat having all of these characters on one page. It’s a very busy and very awesome page.

Chipper Jones is one of the Braves all time best players. He suffers from a lack of “good” rookie cards, so when I saw I could pick up his 91 Topps, signed and Beckett authenticated, I jumped on it. It’s a hell of a Braves item to pick up and add to a collection. I already had him on a book, but now I have him on a card too. It certainly feels like the top rookie that Chipper deserves to have.

Tears for Fears consists of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith and these guys are great live. I got the chance to see them at Shaky Knees 2019, and they didn’t disappoint. They are part of rock history and they put on an AMAZING live show. Mad World, Everybody wants to rule the world, shout and an amazing cover of Creep.  Although I prefer vinyl, sometimes you just gotta grab a photo.

Joaquin Phoenix is now perhaps best known for Joker, which was a fantastic movie. He’s also turned in great performances in Gladiator, Walk The Line and her. He’s never a name I really wanted in my collection until his role in Joker, so I am thrilled to add him.

Drew Moss is a fantastic sketch artist. A collector was letting these go for a song, and I couldn’t resist adding two high quality colored sketches to my collection. His Going rate is about $50 a headshot, and these are amazing quality.

Lovely The Band is a great alt rock band who recently played a show nearby, and I was able to snag a set-list and get some ink on a show poster. They put on a pretty fun show, with some covers and a pretty solid set-list, and I’m excited to see what the next album they put out, sounds like.

Jock O’Mahoney is best known for playing Tarzan in the 1960s. This is one of those fun obscure pickups that you don’t know you need until you have the ability to get it in your collection.

Brett Young is the 2018 winner for the Academy of Country Music Awards for best new vocalist. He wasn’t a name I was really looking to add, but when a shot came to add a nice authentic show poster to my show, I jumped at the chance. Not my style of music, but it’s a neat addition nonetheless.

Mike Mussina was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. While I didn’t think he was a HOF Caliber pitcher growing up. He was a dominant pitcher who had a hell of a career. Adding him to my collection was a No-Brainer.

Antonio Banderas may go down in history for having a sloppy and sad signature, but man, he starred in some great movies. Desparado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Zorro, 13 Warrior and the Shrek Franchise.

Dick Gautier, Bob Odenkirk and Victor Garber were some index cards I picked up. Gautier for his contributions to G.I. Joe, Odenkirk for Breaking Bad, and Garber for Legends of Tomorrow/Flash.

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Music, TV and Art

Slipknot is a fantastic band that you can’t help but listen to if you love some harder stuff.  I was super lucky to pick up this album signed by all 9 members. Corey Taylor is often loud and over-spoken – but Stone Sour and Slipknot make good music. I am hyped to add this in to my collection.

Jerome Flynn & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played “Bronn” and “Jamie Lanister” on Game of Thrones. Both were iconic roles, and both are great additions to my collection. Although season 8 complaints aside, these guys were a dynamic duo for a season or two, and it’s a cool piece to own.

Stephen Moyer played Bill Compton on True Blood. I enjoyed Bill’s character, and although getting the cast of True Blood is less important to me now than it was in years past. I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass by.

Seventh Wonder is a fun progressive metal band that headlined ProgPower USA Day 3. They consist of Andreas Blomqvist, Johan Liefvendahl, Andreas “Kyrt” Söderin, Tommy Karevik (also of Kamelot), Stefan Norgren. These guys had a very fun show and were super fun to watch. Tiara was a great album to get signed, and I loved the art.

Paladin is a band from Atlanta featuring Nathan Mckinney, Alex Parra, Taylor Washington and Andy McGraw. These guys opened up Day 3 of Progpower USA and kicked ass. They had a beautiful metal set and I enjoyed watching them. I think these guys will be big, so I added their debut album on Vinyl and was able to get them to sign it.

Peter Tork is the Keyboardist and Bass player for the Monkees. I picked this up in preparation for a convention I was unable to attend, but am glad I was able to add Peter to my collection.

Mike Choi is an excellent artist and one of my favorite contemporary Marvel Artists. One of the few I follow on social media, I love his art, and jumped at the chance back in late May/Early June when he posted an opportunity to get a personalized sketch from him for a lot cheaper than his normal price. This sketch of Gambit was well worth the wait.

John Beatty is an artist i’ve got a sketch from before, and was so pleased with it, that I got another one. This one was Ra’s Al Ghul . I got to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of it before, but it was one that grew on me, and is one I’m proud to own.

Dann Phillips is one of my favorite underappreciated artists. I keep hoping this guy makes it big, because he’s awesome.  I missed out on an original page from Annihilation, so I commissioned  the splash page I wish the book would of had. Totally happy with this one.

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Music, Animation and SCI FI

Frank Welker, Dan Gilvezan & Kathy Garver all signed this Spiderman and his Amazing Friends 8×10. I’ve already had all 3 people on an item or two before, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get one direct from Dan Gilverzan as this show held a special place in my childhood heart.

Nick Castle, Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart all signed this Last Starfighter 12×18. This movie was one of my cheesy favorites, and I love the fact the cast is starting to do conventions now. Most of the key supporting cast is dead, so this is a finished project that I’m very proud to own.

Demons & Wizards is an amazing Power Metal band I just saw live at Prog Power USA. The band consists of Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer with touring musicians and these guys blew my absolute mind with one of the best shows i’ve ever seen. Seriously right up there with Metallica.  This is instantly one of my favorite pieces due to the awesome show, unforgettable memories and fantastic album art.

Nickelback is a band that’s pretty infamous and although my wife gives me shit for buying this, it’s still a pretty cool pickup. Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair are the current members of the quartet. This album is probably their most famous work, and has a place in rock history for better or worse. Either way, it’s in my collection.

Collective Soul is a band I’m proud to say I’ve seen twice and they put on a great show every time. It’s members consist of Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Johnny Rabb and Jesse Triplett. This was their first album and probably most successful one and is a great addition to my vinyl collection.

Living Color is a band best known for “Cult of Personality”. Consisting of Vernon Reid, Corey GloverWill Calhoun and Doug Wimbish. This was the last album of the historic band, and was nominated for best hard rock performance.  These guys are a part of Rock history, and I couldn’t pass them up.

Okilly Dokilly is a Ned Flanders themed death “nedal” band. I won free tickets to see these guys live, and thought why not?  They actually put on a hell of a show, and are great performers. I decided to support them by buying their vinyl and getting them signed by “Head Ned“- It’s a bit different than normal, but it’s still pretty cool.


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Music and art pickups.

Tenacious D is an amazing band fronted by Jack Black and Kyle Gass. I already got them on a CD from their most recent album, but had a chance to get them on Vinyl from the album that started it all, I saw them at Shaky Knees 2018, and hope to catch them again.

Cage The Elephant consists of Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Nick Bockrath, Matthan Minster, Daniel Tichenor & Jared Champion. I’ve seen Cage  Twice at Shaky Knees in 2017 and 2019. The 2017 set was high energy and electric, but that 2019 set? Absolutely magical. Something amazing about dancing shirtless to Cage the Elephant in the pouring rain in may. The new album was absolute fire, and when I had the chance to add a sign vinyl, I jumped at the chance.

Baroness is a fantastic and underrated band. I was pumped to get the new album of Grey and Gold, signed by them. I saw them at Shaky Knees 2016 and the band consists of John Baizley, Nick Jost, Sebastian Thomson & Gina Gleason. They are super talented and severely underrated.  Super proud to add them to my collection.

John Paul White was the powerful vocalist behind The Civil Wars. He currently has a solo career and is a fantastic artist. I’ve always enjoyed his music and I’m pleased to have in my collection

Blackberry Smoke is a great band that has a fantastic sound. I got to catch them last year open for Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. It’s signed by Charlie Starr, Brandon Still, Brit Turner, Richard Turner, Paul Jackson and Benji Shanks. it’s a great cover and looks absolutely great in my collection.

Ramona Fradon is a comics legend, best known for her time on Aquaman and for co-creating Metamorpho. She’s 92, and still produces amazing art. I am proud to own this beautiful Batman piece, that features not only Batman, but Robin, Batgirl, Joker, Penguin, riddler and a bat.

Jeremy Dale was a comic artist who had a very unique and charming style.  I loved his work on G.I. Joe, and his art seldom comes up for sale. I was lucky to finally pick up a Zartan, and even more lucky to pick up this beautiful wonder woman. The golds and silvers really pop on the piece, and the scan doesn’t do it justice.

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Some Original Art and Music

Filter is a band consisting of Richard Patrick, Brian Liesegang, Jonathan Radtke and Ashley Dzerigian. They had a great start in the 90’s with songs like “Take a Picture” and “Hey Man, Nice Shot” – and were one of those bands I always thought that would be destined for greatness. Sadly, I saw them live in 2016 and they kind of sucked, but when I had a chance to pick up a signed vinyl from the good days, I took it.

Alice Merton is a hot up and coming singer known for songs like “My Roots” and “Lash Out” – I missed her a festival recently and regret it, so when I had a chance to pick up her debut album signed, I jumped at the chance, because I think she’s a fantastic artist.

Jade Bird is one of the best artists i’ve seen recently and absolutely tore up Shaky Knees 2019. Her set was one of the highlights of my Shaky Weekend, and I saw an online preorder for her CD was around, and knowing she’s British, I took the chance, as I think she has a bright career based on her live stuff. Proud to own this one and she’s been a guilty listening pleasure since I’ve seen her.

Tash Sultana was also at Shaky Knees 2019 and had a great set. I’ve never heard of her before Shaky, and I was amazed at the fact a one woman show could rock as much as she did. She reminded me of Carlos Santana in a weird way, and she had some signed merch. After witnessing her set – I had to pick it up.

IDKHOW or I Don’t Know How But They Found Me is another band I saw at Shaky Knees 2017 consisting of Dallon Weekes (Panic at the Disco) and Ryan Seaman (Falling in Reverse) – They had an excellent set and opened the festival with a bang. I think they have a good shot at being a big deal, and I’m proud to of seen them.

JK Woodward is a fantastic artist. His rendition of Wolverine was my first commission ever, and I’m proud to add another awesome X-Men pickup from him, Apocalypse and Archangel.

Bo Hampton is an excellent artist best known for his work on Moon Knight, Batman and so many more amazing works. I had an opportunity to pick up an amazing sketch cover featuring John Carter, Dejah Thoris and Tars Tarkas. I am proud to own this one, and think it’s a fantastic pickup from an amazing artist.

Andrea Di Vito was the Inker for Marvel’s Annihilation.  I had the chance to pick up an original page from the book, which in my opinion is one of the finest Marvel Comics of the last 20 years, and one of the most important. No hesitation from me as it is an amazing addition to my collection, and a heck of a “first page” to own.

Joe Rubinstein is one of the most known Marvel Artists of the 80’s being known for his kickass portrayal of Wolverine. This one is an amazing one to own and a perfect Wolverine art for my collection.

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Baseball, Rock, Actresses and some NFL Hall of Fame rookies

The Sandlot is an iconic movie. I was pumped to get an 11×14 signed by Victor Dimattia who played  “Timmy”, Marty York who played “Yeah, Yeah”, Shane Obedzinski who played “Repeat”, Chauncey Leopardi who played squints, Brandon Adams who played denunuez and of course Tom Guiry who played smalls. This is a fantastic pickup for the collection, and one I am thrilled to own.

Cheap Trick consists of Robin Zander, Tom Peterson, Rick Nielson and Daxx Nielson. Probably best known for Dream Police, this classic rock band is a fantastic addition to my collection, and one I am proud to own.

Bobby Cox is the legendary GM of the Braves, elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014. I’ve always wanted to add him to the collection on a ball, and took the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately Mr. Cox had a stroke the day after I ordered this, so I hope he makes a full recovery.

Ed Reed was elected to the Hall of Fame recently and was first Ballot. I did not have his Topps Chrome Rookie, and tracking a nice version down ( a refactor to boot) was a challenge. I am pumped to make progress on my Hall of Fame collection, and to add one of the most dynamic safety’s of my lifetime to the collection.

Johnny Robinson was also elected to the Hall of Fame as a senior candidate. He played 10 years with the Chiefs, at Safety. He was part of the Superbowl 4 Squad and was a 6 time All Pro and a member of the AFL All Time team. I don’t think Johnny was on anyone’s radar for the Hall of Fame, but he’s in and in my collection.

Rose Byrne & Glenn Close both stared in Damages.  Byrne got her start in Star Wars episode 2, and went on to star in Troy, Peter Rabbit, X-Men Apocalypse, Insidious and Neighbors. Glenn Close is a bit of a legend with roles in 101 Dalamations, Fatal Attraction, Hook, The Natural, Guardians of the Galaxy, Air Force One and Mars Attacks. This is a cool pickup for the collection (despite Byrne’s signature being in a dark area)

Yngwie Malmsteen is a modern day guitar god. I was able to get the signed deluxe edition of Blue Lightning, and since My Generation Axe Pledgemusic pledge has been in Limbo for over half a year, figured i’d take this chance to get Yngwie in my collection, as He was a name I’ve wanted for a long time. His signature kinda sucks, but at least he’s in the collection now.

Sam Hunt,  Dylan Crews , Andrew Villalobos and Reece Holbrook  are all team USA baseball players who could potentially make the majors one day. I had a chance to bust some Wax, and thought I did fairly well.

Avery Short is a team USA Baseball player who was also part of my Wax Busting escapades. Cool jersey insert with a generous amount of game used material.

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Music & Art

Dann Phillips did two more Amazing commissions for me.  The first one is the third in a series of DC vs Marvel with the third piece having a twist. It has Spiderman vs Green Arrow, Punisher vs Jonah Hex, Beta Ray Bill vs Flash, Iron Man vs Firestorm and Spawn vs Hellboy. The Second piece is Ra’s al Ghul  vs Dawn. He really nailed both pieces and I am proud to add both to my collection.

Clutch is a fantastic Band made up of Tim Sult, Dan Maines, Jean-Paul Gaster and Neil Fallon. I got to see Clutch Live at Carolina Rebellion 2016, right after they dropped Psychic Warfare, which was a fantastic album.  Getting to pick it up signed years later after they made an appearance is a certainly huge get for me.

T-Pain and Blackbear made an appearance nearby, and I was able to get them both on a signed Poster for the Event. Both are fantastic artists if you’re into rap – and both are a welcome addition to my collection.

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