Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FANTASY FILM BASKETBALL TRADING CARDS


This is the third virtual wax pack in my sports movie trading card series. Football was first, baseball second and now it's time for basketball. So put on those tube socks, make your hair go fro and grab a tub of popcorn for ten Fantasy Film Basketball cards! 

Jimmy Chitwood - Forward - Hickory Huskers - Hoosiers (1986)
Played by Maris Valainis
1952 Wheaties card

Clarence Withers - Guard - Flint Tropics - Semi-Pro (2008)
Played by Andre Benjamin
1976 Topps card

Moses Guthrie - Forward - Pittsburgh Pisces - The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
Played by Julius Erving 
1979-80 Topps card

Scott Howard - Guard - Beacon Beavers - Teen Wolf (1985)
Played by Michael J. Fox
1985 Star Crunch ‘n Munch All-Stars card

Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher - Forward - Los Angeles Lakers - Fletch (1985)
Played by Chevy Chase
1985 Star Team Supers card

Billy Hoyle - Guard - Los Angeles - White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Played by Woody Harrelson 
1992-93 Upper Deck card

Antoine Tyler - Guard - Washington Huskies - The 6th Man (1997)
Played by Kadeem Hardison 
1997-98 Topps card

Lewis Scott - Guard - Utah Jazz - Celtic Pride (1996)
Played by Damon Wayans
1996-97 Hoops card

Lola Bunny - Forward - Tune Squad - Space Jam (1996)
Played by Kath Soucie
1996 Topps Chrome card

Snake Plissken - Guard - No Team Affiliation - Escape from L. A. (1996)
Played by Kurt Russell
2013-14 Pinnacle Upstart Jersey card

Monday, March 09, 2015

HAKE'S AMERICANA & COLLECTIBLES AUCTION #214


The first auction of 2015 from Hake's Americana & Collectibles is loaded with some amazing items! Thousands of grade-A choice collectibles from Auction #214 are ready for bids. The auction closes on March 17-19. It was difficult to pick only ten items, but here's my top ten list!



Wow! The original artwork for one of the most famous cereal premiums ever made! Back in the 1940s, Kellogg's added small pinbacks featuring popular comic characters in each box of Pep cereal. Of course the most popular button was Superman and now someone is going to own the original artwork. 




Here's another Superman item and this one is super rare! The ring was a contest prize out of Superman and Action comics back in 1940. Only 1600 lucky kids were awarded Supermen of America rings back then. Today, there's only 22 ring examples known. 



Back in the 1960s, bat-crazed kids got to take a ride with Batman in his Batboat at amusement centers across the country. This brings back memories because an arcade close to where I grew up had the Batmobile from this kiddie ride series. It's great to see this one offered in the auction!




Toy prototypes are special for any kind of toy, but a prototype laser pistol from Tom Corbett Space Cadet is out of this world! Just look how cool this one-of-a-kind piece is.  




Years ago, I started to collect Tarzan books but eventually sold off the collection. Of course, I never had any signed editions, especially one signed by so many amazing people. Besides being signed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this one is also signed by Boris Karloff! 



This signed Houdini stock certificate will be an impressive conversation piece on someone's wall. Just looking at the scan of this certificate impresses me! 


 

I love old cereal stuff and finding something straight from a Kellogg's salesman is really a special find. This binder is full of box fronts and backs of some of the best boxes Kellogg's offered in the 1960s.

8. 1960 Collegeville Halloween Costume Catalog


It really doesn't matter what's in this Collegeville Halloween costume catalog.  A cover with a witch on a rocket is good enough for me! Everything else inside is just a bonus.  



There's probably not a more hip/mod acton figure villain than the one and only Dr. Evil! This boxed lab set is really a piece of art that should be hung on a museum wall. 

10. S.W.A.T. Display Box with Dozen Toy Rifles


Back when I was five years old I wanted to grow up and either be a paleontologist or a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Hut hut hut hut ---- this was one of my favorite shows. Back then,  I had a S.W.A.T. action figure and now I wished I could have had a S.W.A.T. rifle. Someone will end up with a dozen after this auction closes. The five year old in me will be a little jealous. 

That's my top ten! Go visit Hake's Auction #214 and have a look for yourself at all the other killer stuff! Also, visit Cool & Collected and take a look at Brian's favorites!  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BREEDERS OF THE LOST STORK: HOWARD THE DUCK RAIDERS POSTER RECREATION


We all know the film Howard the Duck was a bomb and has often been criticized. I saw the film during its initial release in 1986 when I was sixteen. Even though I left the movie feeling disappointed, it still had some nuggets of coolness between the cracks. At the beginning of the film and inside Howard's apartment we see his collection of movie posters on the wall. Like everything on Duckworld, things are skewed towards a duck theme. For only a few frames we see the movie's gold nugget, a poster parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark, renamed Breeders of the Lost Stork. Wow! I've always loved parody and seeing a glimpse of that Breeders poster was such a fun moment.


After seeing the movie, I really wanted a Breeders of the Lost Stork poster for my poster cluttered bedroom wall. I had hoped the poster would be offered for purchase through the Star Wars/Lucasfilm fan club, Bantha Tracks. For a few issues, they sold Howard the Duck movie posters, but the club closed up shop and Howard the Duck bombed at the box office. When the internet hatched, I thought eventually, a good image besides the same screen grabs would pop up. I've never seen one. 

Okay internet, until a nice scan of the original prop poster surfaces, here's my feeble attempt to recreate the poster digitally. At least now, we can view it better outside of a screen grab.  


Maybe now that the egg is rolling, someone who is a real digital wizard will make one that's more precise than mine.

Here's the original Raiders poster that was parodied by the filmmakers as found on the Heritage Auctions website, next to the Breeders one. 


Due to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy end credits scene, we just might get a new and much improved Howard the Duck movie. I hope tucked in the background will be a Breeders of the Lost Stork poster! Now that would be a neato cool Easter egg! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

MOVIE MAGIC: THE SPECIAL EFFECTS OF STAR WARS AND BEYOND



I can't think of a better place to take your college sweetheart on Valentine's Day than a lecture on the special effects of Star Wars!

I ran across this Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) clipping about this neat lecture by ILM alumni Jamie Shourt and Robert Blalack. It made the college campus rounds back in 1979 and '80. I don't have much to share, but these few clippings that I found online. I thought I'd go ahead and post them and hopefully someone might shed some light on this event. The lecture probably inspired some students to become filmmakers and possibly seek a future in special effects.



Below is an ad and a small article about the lecture from Bowling Green University on April 18, 1979.





DON'T FORGET TO WISH YOUR MUMMY HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY



HAPPY VLADENTINE!


And you thought Vlad only showed up during the Halloween Countdown. Like a stake through the heart, here's a group of Vladentines! (Be sure to follow Castle Vlad on Facebook!)







Friday, February 13, 2015

VALENTINE FELT SOUVENIR FROM THE 1940 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR

FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #87

Here's something perfect for the day before Valentine's Day.  


Last weekend, I attended an antique show and added some things to my 1939-40 New York World's Fair collection. The item I'm featuring today is a fun one, especially for this month. Interesting that this one is Valentine's Day themed, especially since the second year of the fair didn't open until April. I've seen examples of paper "school" style NYWF Valentines before but this is the first time I've seen a felt one.

Seventy-five years ago, Oscar and Bernice probably waited a few minutes at one of the many exhibits and had this souvenir  embroidered with their names. When I find personalized souvenirs like this I can't help to wonder who the people were. What was this couple's story? Young or old? Dating or married? Did they have a long life together? Always questions with souvenirs like this. One question that probably can be answered is that Oscar and Bernice apparently had a fun day being together at the 1940 New York World's Fair!  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PARTY ON DUDES, IT'S ABE'S BIRTHDAY


As we celebrate our greatest President's birthday today, let's remember one of his most excellent speeches. The one from 1988 at San Dimas High School.

"Four score and seven minutes ago we, your forefathers were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill and Ted. These two great gentleman are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it's true today. Be excellent to each other...and party on dudes!"