Monday, August 3, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Fifteen - 2014 Bowman : Julio Urias Oversized Purple Ice Autograph (6/25) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2014 Bowman Oversized Purple Ice Urias

You can't tell by the picture here but this is one big a$$ card. I picked this up on a trade with Frankie as it was my big get from the trade and when it arrived I knew it would be heading to BGS to hopefully earning a gold banner which would sit nicely next to my other gem mint Urias autographs. For a big card it surprisingly looks void of any problems. With only 25 in existence I sure would love to be one of only a couple to have a 9.5.

A past trade with Frankie pays off some more as this Urias becomes the newest gem mint autograph in the collection of the young phenom.

"Big" gold banner

This was/is my 1st bigger than "normal" card in my collection and even though I wanted it in a gold banner case I would have "accepted" it if came back as a plain old mint 9 just so I could store it better as it just doesn't fit anywhere without worrying about bending it. Well now its in a case and better yet Beckett gave it a solid gem mint 9.5 as all the sub grades earned that grade and the auto of course came back as a 10. 

"Coining" the card or is that "carding" the card to show off its size.

I now have 4 autograph cards of Julio and each one is a gem mint and I couldn't be happier. Thank you again to Frankie for parting with it. It is in a happy home and won't be leaving anytime soon. 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Fourteen - 2006 Allen and Ginter : John Wooden Mini Frame Autograph (#/200) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2006 Allen and Ginter Wooden

It's a very tense time when I submit an autograph of a person that will probably be my only one for my collection so its basically my only shot at a gem mint grade and once again this all hold true here. I would have put this great looking Wooden card near that top of the list as I see no issues whatsoever but with my history of totally hitting it or totally missing it I will leave it here. Seems like I get gem mints or near mints returns and totally bypassing the mint bench marker. With only a handful of these out there I really hope this card earns the former and not the former. I am confident just not too much.

13 posts down and 4 left as we have arrived to the biggies that if I received anything less than a gem mint grade I would be highly disappointed. The late great Wooden is up 1st as even though it is "numbered" (no actual number on card) to 200 it is the biggest print run of the 4 left.

This was probably my last and best chance to acquire this card at a reasonable "price" as the seller had multiples and she had sold them all and this was the last one. There are a couple more on eBay but at BIN with high prices attached to them. Her and I went back and forth and she said this was one of her best if not best copies that she had and thought it would grade out to a 9.5 if submitted which of course was my intention. I have had a real hit and miss history with A and G and was hoping this would fall under the hit category. Beckett agreed with me and gave it a 9.5 overall and a perfect autograph 10 grade. That's what I'm talking about. My one and only Wooden autograph in my collection has been certified as gem minty. Woo hoo.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Card of the Day - 2014 Bowman Draft : Kris Bryant Base Blue Refractor Parallel (338/399) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

Though I searched out a Kris Bryant autograph and was able to acquire a copy for my collection I am not really into pursuing many prospects that are not Dodgers. Kris is the number one rated prospect in baseball and has been anointed as a can't miss player. We shall see about that. His card prices reflect that belief which is another reason why I wasn't going after any of his cards, of course when a bargain presents itself it would be foolish not to at least look into it and that is what I did and came away with this beauty.

I was looking for another card (which I will show off shortly) and found it and was about to purchase it but then I decided to look at what else the seller had for sale. Not much caught my eye except for this card. Raw this card books at $50 and with my "addiction" to BGS gem mints I was drawn to this card. The seller was asking for less than what it books for but still had a best offer attached to the auction. With me locked into the other card I was looking to score a deal on this one to save him money on shipping.

After 2 days of negotiating (longer than usual with sellers from my past experiences) he finally accepted an offer that was agreeable to him. Though I would have liked to shaved off a few more dollars off the transaction I can't really complain as I picked this card up at more than 20% off of what it books for raw and I got two great cards in the transaction. More on that other card shortly.

Another gold banner for the collection


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Friday, July 31, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Thirteen - 2015 Topps Heritage : Clayton Kershaw Base Chrome Black Refractor Parallel (31/66) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2015 Heritage Black Refractor Kershaw

I'm done with autographs of Kershaw for the batch but not of his cards in general and here is the first. This is a great looking black bordered card that at first glance looks to be in tip top shape but I can see it's off centered which will probably cause that sub grade to drop to a 9. For some reason I have a bad feeling that it will earn an overall 9 even though my research says it should still be gem mint. Hopefully its just me and not the card. We shall see. Fingers crossed.

Sometimes I jink myself into a bad grade and then sometimes I jinx myself in reverse and this one happens to be the latter and not the former.

I could tell the centering was just a tad off and Beckett agreed as they gave it a 9. I thought the other 3 sub grades should earn 9.5's but for some reason when I submitted it I had a funny feeling that one of them would come back a 9. Well my worries were unjustified as each of the other 3 earned a 9.5 which made the card on overall gem mint 9.5. That makes it the 1st of its kind for this year as this is the only one that has been submitted.

Nothing like a limited, numbered and BGS graded gem mint Kershaw being added to the collection. Many more to come I hope.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Museum : Jackie Robinson Base Blue Parallel (35/99)

Ah.... the feeling of finally finishing off a project even if it was a small one compared to others is a great feeling and with Jackie's acquisition here my 2015 Topps Museum checklist has been fulfilled and on time as well.

When this post sees the light of day it will be way past April 29th but that was my self imposed deadline to complete this project as I wanted to shift my focus to the new Bowman release. I only had Jackie left and even with 99 copies there were not that many to chose from on the bay. This card's auction was due to end on the 28th and I zeroed in on it as it was going to be my last chance to beat my deadline. Traditional auction with a 99 cent starting bid with no BIN option. Had to wait it out but when I put my bid in at the very end it was the one and only and I had acquired my last piece of the Museum puzzle. Woo Hoo.

Card was in hand within a week and it looks great. Jackie is a Dodger great but more importantly a baseball great and even though he doesn't have many new cards each year when he does I seek them out. Now, onto Bowman.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Twelve - 2014 Bowman Draft : Julio Urias Base Chrome Green Refractor Parallel (38/150) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Green Refractor Urias

There are 3 cards that I feel are borderline and this is the second of the 3 and the second Urias overall. Just like the purple parallel this green one "suffers" from a slight centering problem. I do not believe it is enough to knock it down to a mint 9 but at the same time since I'm thinking it might I have to be ready that it might earn that "dreaded" 9. Come on Beckett, give it a gold as green looks good pared with it.

One of the few cards that I thought might not come back as a gem mint 9.5 thankfully did and unlike the other Urias that I thought was borderline (purple parallel) I didn't "miss" on the surface as that is what dragged the other one down.

Of all the refractors this is one of the few that does not have a big book value assigned to as this clocks in at a measly $12. I picked it up for pennies on the dollar so now having it slabbed in a case makes me feel like I did a job well done. There are now 3 of these cards that have been graded gem mint and mine is one of them.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Magenta Refractor Parallel (16/35) BGS Graded Mint 9.0

The Seager rainbow pursuit train keeps on chugging.

With only 35 copies of this Magenta (lets be real, pink) refractor I know there would only be so many chances to acquire my own copy. Not as limited as the black one (15) but not as plentiful as blue, green et al.

Though I would love (prefer) to have all the colors be in gem mint form and I could try to get a raw copy and submit it myself and hope for that 9.5 but if there is a mint copy of any of these low numbered parallels that could be had on a deal then I am going to go that route instead. Mint is better than not mint though not as good as gem mint. = )

This card books for $100 in raw form. Obviously if it was in gem mint grade then it would sell for more than that and there happens to be one such copy on eBay but after a week of trying to negotiate with the seller on a price I backed away as he was not willing to move much from his original asking price. Was planning to just go the ungraded route but this copy popped up on the bay with a more reasonable price (obviously considering it is a lower grade) and it also had a best offer option. I decided to send an offer at more than 50% off his asking price and what seems to be the norm nowadays there was no counter as he accepted the offer. Guess he just wanted to move it. 

Another notch off the rainbow checklist. 

16 / 35

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Monday, July 27, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Eleven - 2014 Bowman Draft : Julio Urias Base Chrome Red Wave Parallel (16/25) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Wave Refractor Urias

Alright, I am officially more than half way through the batch now and all I expected to see are gold banners on the rest of the cards from the batch starting off with yet another Urias parallel. This is a limited (#/25) red wave parallel that looks to me to be perfect all the way around but I don't want to be too confident so I'll say that centering is not perfect and cross my fingers. = )

When I submitted this card there were already 4 other cards that had been graded. 1 had earned a pristine 10 grade while the other 3 earned gem mint 9.5's. I sure didn't want to be the 1st to not earn a gold banner and thankfully I did not.

While I want my cards for the rainbow projects of Urias and Seager to be at least mint 9's there are a few for each player that I really want/need to at least earn a 9.5. Those of course are all the lower numbered parallels such as this red wave. Basically any of the parallels that have 25 or less I want as gems (unless I score a great deal on a 9) and I've done pretty well so far and this is another addition to that gold banner collection.

This card is hot as raw and being graded as a gem mint only makes it more desirable.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Adrian Gonzalez Base Chrome Black Refractor Parallel (21/66)

Another irritating to acquire card has been finally been snatched up.

This Heritage Adrian card is to what the Ethier framed parallel is in the Topps brand. I have only seen a few of each and with the book value low comparable to other players (Trout, Kershaw) I expected to acquire both much sooner than now. While Ethier is still on out there for me to find Adrian is not.

Adrian is still quite popular in the L.A. area and the hobby in general but I didn't think it would take this long considering book as this valued at $25 but every time is has come up for sale I got out bid as I couldn't rationalize the selling price. At the time this card was due to end though I had sold some comics at a higher than expected price so I had a few more bucks to use towards this card and thankfully I did as my bid put the final sale price at that exact amount. Not the best of deals but considering what they have been going for on the bay it was reasonable enough.

Only Hanley and Trout left and both have been going for high dollars. Might be a long wait till I complete my checklist.

21 of 66

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Ten - 2015 Topps : Mike Trout Base Framed Parallel (2/20) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2015 Topps Framed Trout

And the final one of the framed parallels and this one features the reigning AL MVP, Mike Trout. Most times I would place Kershaw above Trout in my lists if I believe they are the same condition quality but this time Trout gets the nod as this card books for twice as much as Kershaw's. One other reason this time around is that Trout's photo looks better than Kershaw's as I do love me some horizontal cards. 3 framed cards and looking for 3 gem mints.

The final of the "framed" parallels and the 2nd one depicting a reigning MVP. 2 days ago it was Kershaw and now it's Trout's turn in the spotlight.

The sub grades on this one are even better than Kershaw's as it earned 2 10's but even with that it was close to earning an overall mint 9 as the surface received that grade but thankfully there was another 9.5 to go along and everything turned out just fine.

The return on this card makes up for the unsatisfactory mint 9 grade I received on my one other Trout in the batch but this is the one I really wanted to acquire the gold banner as the aftermarket for this card is strong and being the only one in the world (at this moment) certified as gem mint makes it all the more special.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Card of the Day - 2012 Gypsy Queen : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5 AND eBay Bucks Quarterly Purchase Number Two

As stated in my post from 2 days ago showcasing the Adrian/Hanley duel autograph from Topps Museum there was one more acquisition to show off from my eBay bucks "purchase". While that Topps Museum is a nice little addition to the collection this was the bigger of the 2 from this past eBay quarter. Yup, yet another Kershaw autograph and in graded form to boot.

I can't get enough of Kershaw autographs and with hundreds to choose from there should never be a shortage for me to hunt after. While the Adrian/Hanley card was on a BIN auction this card was a traditional auction with a somewhat high starting asking price. The good thing though was even with that price it was exactly what I had left in my eBay bucks bank. Now to win this bad boy.

I was hoping with the high asking price that it would scare off people but as the last day approached there were 5 people that had the card on their watch list but no one had put a bid in as of yet. As the last minute approached I put in my bid and shortly later I received the email stating I had won the card. Send over my "payment" and a few days later my autograph collection of Mr. Kershaw had grown by 1 with this sweet addition.

Another eBay quarter with 2 great limited additions at zero cost to me is always music to my ears and this time is no different. Nearing 20 Kershaw autographs and I have no intention of stopping. Now it's time to start working on earning more bucks for the quarter that ends in September.

Another gem minty addition for the collection.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Movie Review : Southpaw

Another boxing (sports) drama with the lead being on top of the world yet sees it all come crashing down around him/her has hit the big screen once again. This time we see Jake's character Billy Hope in this all familiar position of life. This film has been getting pre Oscar buzz for Jake's performance so I wanted to see if it was worthy of the praise. Though I was going to watch this at some point I was sent an email earlier in the week saying that I could have free tickets to the show if I registered for them. You don't have to ask me twice if I want to not pay for a movie I had every intention of watching anyways.

Billy is the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world and he has a beautiful wife (Rachel McAdams Maureen) and a cute yet spunky daughter that both love him to death. It is nice to see Rachel back to the natural beauty that she is as in the current HBO series True Detective they have uglied her down. All Maureen wants from Billy is to take a break from the ring but an unfortunate accident happens when Billy's well known anger gets the best of him and the domino effect from it results in Maureen's death. Left with his daughter, guilt and despair Billy loses his championship in a fight he shouldn't have done and soon loses everything else as most of his friends leave him and his promoter played by 50 Cent (obviously based on Don King) who portrayed himself as family to the Hopes turns his back on him. Soon after Billy loses his mental stability and then his daughter to child protective services. He has hit rock bottom and his daughter hates him.

Determined to get his life and daughter back he enlists the help of Forrest Whitaker's character Titus who owns a rundown gym to help him get back on track. After some more self reflection and nose to the ground determination he eventually earns his daughter back and ends up in the ring opposite the boxer who was in the room on the fateful day his wife was killed.

Final Thoughts :

I love my sports films and I love my "overcoming" life stories and the cast for this flick are some of my favorites I like to see on the big screen. The fist half of the film I felt I got what I paid for (nothing) while the second half I felt was top notch with emotional connections. It is not a coincidence that Forrest Whitaker shows up basically at the half way mark of the movie. His character along with Rachel's and the little daughter are the heart and soul of this film and I fully enjoyed every moment when they were on screen. My problem lies with the fact they are not the main characters as Jake is the one in the spotlight and while he doesn't do a bad job he does a "one-note" job which is fine and all but for 2 hours it wears thin.

Jake has lifted up other movies with his acting which is above average overall but in this film he seems to drag it down a tad. His daughter had more emotional range than he did and she was only on the screen for a handful of scenes. Rachel was great for the time she was alive and Forrest always seems to bring his "A" game. The boxing scenes are top notch and realistic and I read that Jake trained to be in boxing shape for this role and it shows.

With my expectations slightly raised due to other reviews and previews I saw I left disappointed. Not a bad film mind you just less than what I expected. It is worth a rental at home for sure but not the $13+ for a date night. Thankfully I paid $0

Final Grade :


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BGS Submission Result Number Nine - 2015 Topps : Clayton Kershaw Base Framed Parallel (18/20) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2015 Topps Framed Kershaw

As with the Pederson framed card the only difference between that one and this one is that this is Kershaw and Clayton will always trump Joc in my collection. I already have the "highlights" Kershaw framed parallel and I was lucky enough to have that one earn a gem mint grade and I would love to pare his "twin" here with the same grade.

The 2nd of 3 framed parallels makes its appearance and as stated in the original post the reason this gets a better billing is that it's Kershaw and Joc has a long way to even come close to what Kershaw has done on the field.

I noticed when I submitted this that there was actually another one graded and that one received a mint 9 grade. What? As you know I always assume these are virtually impossible to receive less than a gem mint 9.5 but that other one proves that it can happen. Unlike that other copy mine had no problem earning its gem mint grade with even one of the subs garnering a 10 to accompany the 3 9.5 subs in the other categories. 

I now have the two cards in 2015 Topps series 1 in gem mint form. The "brothers" look great together and this one is definitely the better looking of the 2.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Penguin Thoughts

I like this gun.
I've shot a similar one in a controlled environment and I had a kick doing it.
It is my American right to be able to that and I have no problem with anyone else that feels like doing the same thing as long they do not have a criminal past.

Howie Kendrick of the Dodgers is a gun enthusiast and he shows off his love for them on his Instagram account which is his right. He has received major flack for doing it and my question is why? This is the United States of America and we have the right to bear arms and have freedom of speech but since we now live in a world that wants to take away rights and not enforce laws he is taking heat for it. What a hypocritical world we live in.

The left aka Democrats aka Liberals are the majority now and they are in power to push their agenda which involves being tolerant. Transgender, gay marriage, abortion, etc. That is fine as they have that right but why do they or other people insist on wanting their beliefs respected but at the same time condemn someone else's if they don't agree with it? Where is the logic in that?

I may not agree with most Liberal agendas but I do agree/support some that would not be considered conservative. I believe in the right to abortion (not to be confused with it being used as birth control). I believe in types of global warming helping measures (not the extreme ones). At the same time I believe in smaller government, less taxes which are definitely not thier thinking. While I don't agree with them I respect their right to have that belief and support they continue to have that right even though I will vote against them and I expect them to respect my right to have my beliefs.

I am tired of beliefs being forced on me and I am told to accept them but if I have one ala gun control I am told that I am being insensitive. Remember people kill people not guns. Yes we need to redo our laws and get a handle on how people get their hands on guns. I am 100% behind that but I am also in support of me walking into a store putting down my hard earned money and purchasing a gun for protection and gun ranges and expecting no flack from my elected government.

While you might not agree with any or all of my thoughts here I would like you to respect that I have the right to have them as I support your right to agree or not to agree with them,

Once again, just my 2 cents.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Museum : Adrian Gonzalez / Hanley Ramirez Dual Autograph (5/15) AND eBay Bucks Quarterly Purchase Number One

Like a broken record, it's that time of the year again, eBay bucks "purchases" aka FREE autograph cards. Woo hoo!!!

Just like the 1st quarter of this year I was able to earn enough bucks to acquire 2 great autograph cards. One was "purchased" on a traditional auction which I will showcase in 2 days and then this one that was on a BIN auction and had been on my watch list for over 16 months. Yes, 16.

I had wanted this card since I 1st saw it back in beginning of 2014 but the seller had turned down all my offers which meant I could no longer send another offer (you are allocated 3 per auction on eBay) but I noticed he/she kept changing the asking price every 2-3 weeks. At times the price went under what my offers were. Why didn't they take my offers prior I have no idea but even though I could pick it up at a price I was comfortable with I never pulled the trigger. I normally don't acquire dual autograph cards but I found this one unique.

  • Hanley made his name as a Miami Marlin. Adrian started his career in Miami
  • Hanley started his career as a Boston Red Sox. Adrian was traded to Boston.
  • Hanley and Adrian were both traded to the Dodgers
Adrian I believe is going to make it to the Hall of Fame at some point and Hanley also has an outside chance. They also both should have 2000 hits at the end of their careers. The list goes on for similarities.

Hanley's autograph

As June was approaching its end there were no real stand out cards that I wanted to acquire (other than the one I also picked up that will be shown in 2 days) so I looked at my watch list and saw that this one was still available and the price was even lower now. The seller would only accept immediate payment so I had to wait till my bucks were available but when they did I finally acquired this card and after 16 months it didn't cost me anything.

I have had some issues with grades on these Museum cards but this looks to be in at least mint condition with an outside chance of gem mint. There is no book value due to its scarcity (15 copies) but I think I might just submit this bad boy and cross my fingers for a gold banner. No matter the outcome though I am more than happy to finally have this card in my collection. 1 free card down and 1 to go.

Adrian's autograph
Five of fifteen

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BGS Submission Result Number Eight - 2015 Topps : Joc Pederson Base Framed Parallel (2/20) Now Graded Gem Mint 9.5

2015 Topps Silver Framed Pederson

Now to the top 4 and the next 3 are all the same per se with the exception of the player so it basically is just preference on my part to the order. Pederson is on his way to a ROY award the way he is swinging the bat and his play in the outfield and I picked up another limited parallel of his in the form of this silver frame. I still stand by the fact that unless the the actual picture is messed up I can't see these metal framed cards earning anything less than a gem mint grade. Corners, edge and centering are obviously perfect in my eyes with only surface being in question. Expect a gem mint but as always we shall see.

Let the gem mint posts commence. Gold banners from here on out with a total of 11 to show off and 1st off is the trifecta of cards that I always "expect" to come back as gems due to their metal frames.

As with the original post Joc shows up 1st due to the other 2 players being of higher stature. As expected this card came back a gem mint 9.5 and a strong one at that as all 4 sub grades earned a 9.5. I originally picked this up on a steal on eBay and if Joc continues his rise and eventually wins the rookie of the year award this card could and probably will skyrocket in price. The last raw card I saw sold at over $120 and that was in the beginning of the year so the ceiling of this card has not been reached yet or so I hope.

I don't have many Joc cards in my collection but having this come back a gem is a great start for me.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Movie Review : Ant-Man

The latest chapter in the Marvel/Avengers cinematic world is of one of the lesser known characters, Ant-Man. Well a household name to the general public to us comic book geeks we know that the original Ant-Man was a founding member of the Avengers team and also one of its most tragic members at well.

While I love all things Marvel when it comes to movies I like my wife will go in with lesser expectations (for her its zero as she thought it was a joke when she heard the title) but I feel that this movie will surprise a lot of people including myself. If you remember back in 2008 people were poo pooing Iron Man and look what happened. All that said I don't think this will be as good as a Captain America movie or the Guardians of the Galaxy flick but I hope it's better than the Hulk films.

Highlights :

  • Paul Rudd as Ant-Man brings the same perfect casting as all the other Marvel heroes to have graced the screen,
  • Michael Douglas as Hank Pym aka the original Ant-Man 
  • Ant-Man and his little pocket of the Marvel Universe fits right in with everything else that is going on.
  • Easter eggs for the comic and movie geeks alike.
Low Lights :

  • Corey Stoll as the main villain Yellowjacket just didn't do it for me. Something seemed "missing" from his performance.
  • This being an origin movie the 1st 45 minutes or so of set up dragged in places.
Final Thoughts :

Like all 1st appearance of Marvel characters in their cinematic universe Ant-Man had to have his origin story told with multiple people to dawn the mask in comic books they easily not just told one origin but two. One for Hank Pym and another for Scott Lang.

Like most of the actors to portray one of the Marvel characters Paul was the perfect choice for Ant-Man as he brought the perfect every man essence with a hint of trouble to the screen. He like all of us is not a perfect person but is trying to be a better man for his daughter who still sees him as a "superhero". His "entourage" are the perfect foils to his semi-seriousness with Michael Pena being the funniest. Even though Ant-Man is not yet an Avengers (he is one in the books) he tangles with one in this film and walks away leaving quite an impression

Yellowjacket is the big baddie and was always one of my favorite characters in the comic books. For those that don't know Hank Pym becomes Yellowjacket in the books but that is not the case here as Yellowjacket happens to be the successor to Hank's business once he was voted out years earlier. Obviously some grudges do not fade away and that is the case here as Yellowjacket is not Hank's pride and joy and must somehow avenge a wrongdoing in his eye.

Typical of the Marvel universe this is but one chapter in Ant-Man's storyline as this sets up his future appearances in the next Captain America movie along with the Avengers 3. I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to and when it comes to ranking all the singular films I would have Iron Man and Cap as the top dogs Ant-Man next with Thor and Hulk way back behind them.

Final Grade : Solid B+

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.


7.20.15 Dodger Penguin #walletcard Contest Update and Standings

Contest just started but I wanted to give an update plus how future updates will come about.

I will post the pictures that were used in the contest here in a "timely" manner and show who earned the point or points for said picture so there is no discrepancy on the winner. IF for some reason there is and you think you have a claim to a point that was assigned to someone else please bring it up to my attention and I will look into the matter. At the bottom of this post will be the continuously updated standings.

Obviously this post is pretty bare for now but by the end of October it will be full of pictures. Once again, good luck to all and have fun.

1.8.15 :

5 points earned by Jesse for his blog post as seen HERE
5 points awards to Caitlin for her blog post as seen HERE
Caitlin's points have been forfeited due to deceiving and fraud

1.9.15 :

5 points earned by The Dutch Card Guy for his blog post as seen HERE

1.20.15 :

5 points earned by Greg for his blog post as seen HERE


5 points earned by Alex for his blog post as seen HERE


1 point awarded to Alex
1 point awarded to Jesse
1 point awarded to Derek

Couple days ago I was trying to win a pair of glasses for my wife and these 3 good friends/supporters tried to help out by liking my FB post and even though I didn't win (as I stated I would award a point to each person that helped out if I won) I am going to award a point anyways. Derek stated just give his point to Jesse (which I did) but I still think he deserves one so he gets one anyways. Thank you again guys.

2 points awarded to Aus

When I do my post in a couple weeks showing off the autographs that will be in the contest there will be another added to the pile. A total of 8 now. Aus picked up an autograph at Dodger Fanfest but didn't want it so he donated it to the contest so I have given him an extra 2 points for his generosity. No I am not playing favorites, if you want to do the same I will award you the same amount.


2 points awarded to Luis

Going forward and until the end of the contest I will award 2 points to anyone that does a trade with me whether it was initiated by me or you. An extra little bonus for everyone. I like do trades so please contact me if you see anything you like in my trade bait or collection and have something you think I might like or need.


I had forgotten to hand out the 2 points each trade I have done since February so this is just me catching up. Sorry about that everyone.

2 points awarded to Tony L. for our trade from March 8
2 points awarded to Gabriel for our trade from March 24
2 points awarded to Nolan for our trade from March 31
2 points awarded to Frankie for our trade from May 8
2 points awarded to Gavino for our trade from June 18
2 points awarded to Alex for our trade from June 23


2 points awarded to Frankie for our trade from "today"


2 points awarded to Frankie for our trade from "today"

Kershaw and I at Del Taco
1 point awarded to Jesse

Kershaw and I at 3rd St. Promenade 
1 point awarded to Alex

Kershaw and I at Staples Center taking in the Devils vs. the Kings
Like the Kershaw the Kings were not focused
2 points awarded to Jesse

Kershaw and I at Howard Hughes to take in American Sniper
2 points awarded to Jesse

Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly dies in this issue
1 point awarded to Aus 

1st Dodger Dog of the year at the Stadium Club Restaurant at Dodger Stadium
1 point awarded to Aus

Alex answered correctly with Alex. Appropriate I would say.
1 point awarded to Alex

Keith answered correctly with the Cubs winning the World Series according to Sporting News.
Yeah, that's not happening.
Up to six people with earned points. Everyone as of now still guaranteed an autograph

JBAutgraphs correctly answered that it was Barry Melrose Legends night at Staples yesterday.
1 point awarded to him and we are up to 8 people.
Everyone still guaranteed an autograph

Alex answered correctly with 24 Hour Fitness.
1 point added to his total.

Dodgers Play Ball from IG answered correctly with General Patton's Museum
1 point and another new entry into the contest

Jesse answered correctly with Chase Field and also answered the bonus question of what restaurant I was eating at.
2 points added to his total.

Alex answered correctly with "Fishbone".
Wife and I saw them in Redondo Beach and that concert ended at 1 in the morning on 2.28
We then traveled to the RWB in Coachella and saw them again at 7 in the evening.
Headliner and opening act in the same day.

Bernardo aka T3XASK1N6 on IG correctly answered with The Kite Festival at Redondo Beach
Lots of great kites.
Another new player in the contest.

Yet another newcomer to the contest, Al Kawamoto, correctly answered Robopocolypse.

Austin chips away with a one point for guessing correctly "King's Hawaiian"

Austin earns two more points for the right city location answer . . .
. . . but Jesse earned two points to offset that by guessing the right place.

Keith answered correctly with Combine City in Canyon Texas and earned 1 point.

Jesse earns another point with the correct answer of "The Prohibition" in San Diego

Austin earns yet another point in his quest for 1st with "Churros Caliente"
Great sweets if you've never been.

One of the rare times that the correct answer wasn't given right away.
After over an hour, Austin finally correctly guesses section 124

Austin earns the point with the correct answer of "Lost Highway" festival
Austin earns another point along with Jesse to the fact that since the wife and I 
were drinking and having fun we were suckered into laughing at their
back and forth online. Makes us laugh and you might earn points. Ha Ha.

Jesse "guesses" right with section 306 with the help of the internet.
Mr. Nocal calling out us Socal for not knowing our seat locations.
Challenge accepted.

This post sat on the blog for 9 days before anyone saw it or cared to try for the point.
Alex grabbed the point with a "correct" answer of both fought in World War II
Not really what I was looking for but I was too vague in my post so his answer is good.
I was looking for "they both were in the Weapon Plus program"

Jesse strikes again as he correctly guesses my cat's name, Jade
He widens his lead with another point earned.

Jesse somehow "guesses" 250K within a few seconds of me posting this.

Keith gets 1 point for correctly stating the wife and I were at the OC fair,

Standings :

20 Points for Jesse
13 Points for Alex
11 Points for Austin
6 Points for Frankie
5 Points for Greg
5 Points for The Dutch Card Guy
3 Points for Keith
2 Points for Gabriel
2 Points for Gavino
2 Points for Luis
2 Points for Nolan
2 Points for Tony L.
1 Point for Al Kawamoto
1 Point for Bernardo
1 Point for Derek
1 Point for Dodgers Play Ball
1 Point for JBAutographs