Transformers, A Hall of Famer and more!

I was super stoked to get this Golden Ticket piece from Botcon 2014 signed by 9 transformers greats…From Left to Right it’s signed by:  Hal Rayle – The voice of Pipes, Snarl, and Shrapnel.  Michael McConnohie – The voice of Hot Shot, Tracks, Cosmo. Morgan Lofting – The voice of Moonracer.  Susan Blu – The voice of Arcee, Flareup, and Trans-Mutate. Jack Angel – The voice of Ramjet, Smokescreen, Omega Supreme, Astrotrain, Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus. Samantha Newark – The voice of Ariel. David Kaye – The voice of Megatron and Optimus Prime in the newer series . Derrick J. Wyatt – One of the animators on Transformers: Animated

Robert Brazille was a  fierce linebacker for the Titans, and earned the Nickname “Dr. Doom”. He’s a fierce Linebacker who was a 7x Pro Bowler, 5x All Pro, Rookie of the Year and All 70’s team. He should of gotten in before being a senior candidate, but i’m glad to see him get in! I’ve been slacking on this project, and I now have 54 members left to track down after the Class of 18.

Olin Kreutz was one of the two reasons I tracked down a box of 2002 Upper Deck XL Football. The Main reason was Alan Faneca – who eluded me , but Kruetz was a nice consolation prize. a 6x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro, all Decades team member for the 2000’s – I figure eventually Kreutz will have a chance to get inducated into the Hall of Fame. Maybe.

Ladanian Tomlinson was the other hit of note from my 2002 UD XL Box. If you’re going to hit a jersey, it may as well be a Hall of Famer.

Tony Lippett was a hit I pulled out of a retail box ages ago that I was too lazy to scan, I scanned in a ton of weaker hits, and Lippett happens to be a starter now with a decent 2017 campaign under his belt.

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The NFL HOF Class of 18 with a lot of art and music!

The NFL Hall of Fame elected 8 to the Hall of Fame Superbowl weekend. Those 8 men include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Brian Urlacher. Luckily for me, I already had Jerry Kramer and Terrell Owen’s rookie card. I do have a Randy Moss Bowman Chrome, but I think I want his Topps Chrome for my rookie project. When the finalists were announced, I did make quick pickups…grabbing rookies of Brian Dawkins and Ray Lewis to my collection. I’ve shamefully not made any HOF pickups in awhile, and these felt good to make.

Awolnation is a pretty cool band, and I was psyched to preorder their new CD signed. I was a bit disappointed it only had lead singer Aaron Bruno and not everyone else, and that he had a scribble for a signature. Ah Well, still a good pickup.

Bun Leung is an artist with a fairly cute style, so I commissioned him to draw Dawn. I’m pretty satisfied with how this one turned out.

Ron Frenz is a comic’s legend, and I was super pumped up to pick up multiple pages from the iPad/tablet comic  (These are aimed at kids) “Superman: Toppling Titano”. 11 Pretty awesome pages – The best 6 are below – with the rest on the Art page.

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Art, Music & an author

Ediano Silva did this great sketch of Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern and Arisia. I couldn’t pass up a great sketch for a great price, and I am thrilled to add it to my collection.

Rebekah Isaacs did this short sketch of Angel in one of her TBP’s for Angel and Faith. I met her at Asheville Comic con ages ago, long before I knew what Sketches were – and I’m thrilled to have a sketch for her in my collection at long last.

Tracy Lawrence is a staple of 90’s country. I recently saw him live and had a pretty good amount of luck at his concert – snagging a signature, a guitar pick and a setlist. Pumped to add this one to the collection.

Jim Stovall is a Christian Author, best known for his series “The Ultimate Gift”, This was ironically a gift, and a welcome addition to the collection.

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Art, Metal, Directors and a great actress

Mastodon is one of the best modern Metal bands around composed of from left to right  Brann Dailor,  Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds. I was lucky enough to  snag this directly from Bill Kelliher, and pumped to add it to my collection, they have some of the best metal albums of the last 10 years (Emperor of Sands, Crack the Skye and The Hunter)

Anna Kendrick is best known for her role in Pitch Perfect 1-3.  She’s done some other stuff like Trolls, Twilight and the accountant, but I think this hottie has a bright future in hollywood, so I was glad to finally track down a signed edition of her autobiography.

Oliver Stone is a legendary director known for movies like Platoon, Snowden, JFK, The Doors, Salavdor, Natural Born Killers and so many more. When I saw he had a signed book through Premiere collectibles,  I lept at the chance. Worst penmanship ever.

Joel Pereira is an artist who does some great work. When I had the chance to add his rendention of Power Girl to my collection in beautiful 16×20 water color, I didn’t hesitate.

Nato is an independent artist who does some interesting work.I was pumped to add his rendentions of Wonder Woman and Supergirl to my collection.

Joe Lima did this sketch of The Huntress, and it was so cheap, I couldn’t pass it up.

Cameron Blakey is an artist with a unique Pin-up style. I’ve kind of been on a Red Sonja tear recently, so I was happy to add his rendition of Red Sonja to my collection.

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Music and Art

Lorde is an excellent artist whose last album was a guilty please of mine. She had a signed preorder for a lithograph of her new album back in June, 6 months later, I finally got the dang thing.

Dann Phillips did another amazing Marvel vs DC commission for me. This time I went with Superman vs The Hulk, Captain America vs Swamp Thing, Moon Knight vs Hawkman, Dr. Strange vs Zatanna and Supergirl vs Nova. It turned out wonderfully, and was worth the wait.

Catt Staggs is one of the best new artists of the last few years and I’m pumped to get this prelim of Red Sonja. She does an excellent job on the book, and this one is absolutely beautiful.

Aren Arrais or R.M.A.L did this Red Sonja and I fell in love with it. It’s a massive huge piece, and looks dang good in person.

Alex Oliverio of Ed Benes studio did this Vixen, and Vixen is a great character. I’m pretty pleased to have this one in the collection.

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Some great signed books and a wonderful sketch

Neil Gaiman is Sci-Fi & Comics royalty and one of the best writers of recent times. When I saw Barnes and Noble featured him in there Black Friday promotion, I immediately knew I wanted to make a trip for Neil. Super pumped to have him in my collection.

Chuck Palahniuk is the mind behind the cult classic “Fight Club” One of the best damn movies of the 90’s, I was super excited to add this cult classic to my collection.

Christopher Paolini is one of the great fantasy authors of our time as well, writing the epic Eragon which is one of the better Childrens fantasy series. Stoked to have such a great book in my collection.

Kate Hudson is an actress best known for “Almost Famous”, “Fools Gold” , “How To lose a guy in 10 Days” and “The Skeleton Key”. I’ve enjoyed her work, so when I saw she did a cookbook, I couldn’t resist picking it up.

Bill Romanelli sketched this fantastic Wonder Woman, which looks fantastic. The detail is immaculate and I feel like i got a lot of bang for my buck with this piece.

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Kiss, Game of Thrones, Art & Country Music

Gene Simmons is best known as the front man for KISS. He recently released a new book “On Power” and I was able to snag a signed edition. You can’t go wrong with a book by a rock and roll legend from one of the most iconic bands of the 70s. Stoked to have “The Demon” in my collection.


Jacob Anderson is best known for playing Grey Worm in Game of Thrones. It’s really his only role of note, but he does a damn good job in it!

Daniel Portman is best known for playing Podrick Payne on Game of Thrones. It’s also his only role of note, but he does a good job as the memorable Podrick.

Hannah Murray plays Gilly on Game of Thrones, and has had a pretty solid career staring in Skins, Dark Shadows & God Help the Girl.

Marty Stuart, Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson & Chris Scruggs all signed Way out West, the new Album from Marty Stuart and his Fablous Superlatives. Marty is one of the last living “outlaws” of country I didn’t have, so I was stoked to add him to my collection.

Jason Dale did an outstanding Supergirl vs Wonder Woman for me as a commission recently. I couldn’t of asked for a better final product and he knocked it out of the park. Super proud to add this one to my collection

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