Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 trade package #7: Sports Cards From the Dollar Store

Welcome to those of you excited to check out the rest of the goods from my 45th (I think that number's right this time) trade package from cool Canadian Doug of Sports Cards From the Dollar Store!  Oddly enough (or not at all, statistically speaking), the last time I posted cards from a trade, it was from that same happy hoser.  Well I'm glad to report that he was back at it in June, hitting the three major sports--all my baseball stuff goes on TMV--that I like to show off here.  Let's have a look, shall we?
Basketball base:  I kind of hoped Crawford would jump at a chance to join the superteam Warriors, but we'll see how things go for him in Minnesota.  Meanwhile, GRIII and Sauce Castillo appear on a very Pacific-like design from 2014-15 Panini Court Kings.

The trippy design of this 2014-15 Hoops Rise and Shine Memorabilia jersey is very apropos of former big man Mitch McGary, a guy who was more Mary Jane than Michael Jordan.  The solid blue swatch is my fifth hit of a guy I hope (but doubt) will make it back into the league.

I definitely enjoyed Doug's posts covering busting a box of 1989 Panini stickers (start here), and I even got to benefit personally by getting this pair.  AC is quite well known, but Harden is surely more obscure to younger readers as a DB for the Broncos and Raiders in the 80s.
I could be wrong but I think this may be my first full-on Michigan uni card for a player in the 2017 class.  SAGE killed it here with a great photo of Darboh on a pretty good design that looks nothing like what they've put out lately.

I do have to ding them quite a bit here, though.  Although I'm thrilled to get my first autograph of the inspiring and talented WR from Sierra Leone, I'm quite displeased that they really butchered his name here.  "Dobrah"?  Well, there'll be other signature cards, and I'm happy to already have a collection started.

Speaking of autographs and Michigan unis, I was also excited to land this shiny Leaf Metal signature of Devin Gardner (hit #8, autograph #5).  I'm pretty sure I had it on my COMC watch list for a while, and I was actually under the impression I already had it when I pulled it out of the mailer, so it was doubly a pleasant surprise!  I'll take any and all cards you've got of the big dude that's currently living large in Japan.
The hockey content--the largest contingent as is often the case--starts with a trio of hockey Mike Mike Cammalleri, including one with a cameo of former Red Wing D Kyle Quincey.  The present meets the not-so-present with Cogliano on a fun looking OPC offering and former Hobey should-have-won Hensick on a fantastically designed UD base.  The scan finishes with a guy the talent to be the best of the bunch, Wolverwing Dylan Larkin on a UD insert that really brings to mind Fleer Ultra chase cards (anyone else?).

Here's a very talented duo to close out the base/inserts.  Max appears on a UD Canvas card just in time for Ann Arbor's annual Art Fair, a huge event for the city that I enjoy every summer.  His other appearance comes courtesy of the super high-end Ultimate Collection, in this case the 2014-15 version (#d 057/299).  Joining him is Jets D Jacob Trouba, who we'll see again shortly...

...as in now!  One of my pair of hockey hits was this UD Artifacts jersey, featuring a nice swatch of Jets blue.  Man, seeing this much Upper Deck stuff makes me resent the Topps baseball monopoly even more!  What I do appreciate though, is that this is my seventh Trouba hit, and I believe Doug is responsible for ::searches blog for "Jacob Trouba":: yep, all of them!
He's also the one who sent me my only other hit of this guy, so I give Doug 100% credit for my two-card Travis Turnbull hit collection.  When did he send me the last one?  Try four years ago, way back in package #14!  The one he originally sent was quite nice, a dual jersey/auto, but this 2012-13 Dominion RC ups the ante big time with a huge Buffalo Sabres patch to go with his signature.  That's quite a pair!

Hey, wait, the hockey content is done, but there's still something left to show off?  Huh, that's weird, we covered the three major sports so what could it b--

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Also way back in 2013, Doug sent me an autograph of former Michigan wrestler (as in "real" wrestling, not "sports entertainment" wrestling) Scott Steiner.  Don't ask me why I never thought to add a signature of his brother Rick, like this one from 2012 Leaf Originals Wrestling, to my Michigan Other Sports, Etc. collection, I just never did.  Here's the image I used in that old post for more Wolverine wrestling goodness:
What a cool way to end another outstanding SCFtDS package!

Thanks again, Doug, and now that I've finally posted this loot maybe I'll get around to reloading for our next trade!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

6/3/2017 card show report: a few that were Blue (and Maize)

Besides the baseball stuff I posted from last month's show over on TMV this evening, I scored some pigskin pickups as well, some of which include some Michigan uniform action.  Let's get down to it:
Former QB Todd Collins was interesting enough to make the cut for Upper Deck's (for-the-time) high-end, one-card-per-pack debut of SPx in 1996.  Just like the baseball version, these were die-cut cards featuring holograms, and were definitely super premium in their heyday.  RB Tyrone Wheatley also represents the Wolverines in the 50-card set.
Bray-Bray here represents the first of three straight inserts.  This Finest Moments card came out of 2008 Finest, and that set came with something like seven different Refractor parallels, plus autographed versions, Superfractors, and Plates!  The 50-card set includes 2008 draftees Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Jake Long, and Mario Manningham, plus GOAT QB Tom Brady.  This "base" version of Edwards notes his eight catch/146 yards/2 TD performance as Cleveland beat the Bengals 51-45 10 years ago.  He'd finish the 2007 season with a career-high 16 TDs, then never approach double digits again.
Now there's a Michigan uni card!  Panini has often done well with their college-themed sets, and I love the variety of recent and old-school players that can be found in the often-used School Colors insert.  Funch wore those colors proudly, including the away jersey seen here.
No, Brian Griese didn't live up to the mantle of legendary QB John Elway's heir apparent, but even when this Donruss Elite Back to the Future insert (#729/800) was released in 2002, his future included six more NFL seasons, followed by a steady gig broadcasting college games for ESPN.  Back to the Future is another one of those long-lived insert names that gives me happy memories of collecting in the 90s and 2000s.
And now we hit our second of three college uni cards, and it happens to be the first of two PC guys as well.  Like many of my favorite draftees from that year, Mike Hart made a couple appearances in Upper Deck's 2008 Draft Edition base set.  That's where this one belongs even if the design, especially the foil, makes it look more like an insert.  McFadden was obviously the more successful of the pair, but I'm glad that Hart appears to have transitioned well to coaching.
Defensive guys don't appear on nearly enough cardboard so you have to grab them when you can.  Case in point:  a pair of 2009 base cards of Super Bowl XLIII (which was played the previous year) champion LaMarr Woodley.  In case you don't recognize them, these come from the Bowman Chrome and Topps Platinum products released that year.
Michigan uni card #3?  Check.  PC player card #2?  Check.  Uniform #2?  Check--hey, that's Charles Woodson!  Ol' Chuck has made a nice number of base set appearances the last few years, especially thanks to Panini, who's included him in products such as Contenders and this one:  2016 Prizm Draft Picks.  They combine older college photos with newer designs (and sometimes parallels and inserts!) and that's just fine by me since I can't ever get enough of a player like Woodson.

With this show stuff out of the way, will I finally get around to writing up some trade package posts?  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Too Many Plates! Part 4: hockey

Previously:  baseballbasketball, football

Between May and June I won eBay auctions for a total of 17 different printing plates at a cost of a bit more than $100 (not bad!).  14 of those came from one awesome seller (markaguirre22), whom I can't recommend highly enough due to his great prices, excellent communication, and super fast free shipping.  A fellow Michigan collector, he was unloading some of his better stuff, and I was able to take advantage of quite a few great deals.  Better yet, over the course of my purchases he threw in three extra plates for free, giving me a nice round 20 to show off.  Several separate purchases rounded out the run on rarity.

All of the players are Michigan alumni that I collect, and today's post is the final one in this series, with hockey being the only sport we haven't covered yet.  In honor of Stanley Cup champion Carl Hagelin (not featured today) and the 2016-17 NHL season, here's some icers to cool down this beautiful June day:

Jack Johnson 2012-13 Certified Fabric of the Game Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
Of today's eight plates, I purchased seven from the seller I mentioned above, plus he threw in one more freebie (the third and final) you'll see shortly.  And like a number of them, I believe this one, representing a card from one year, may have been inserted into a higher-end product the following year to beef up the number of hits.

If this was a plate of a base card I'd have to dig through my Michigan box to see if I had a regular copy, but it's actually of a jersey relic I don't currently own, though I'd like to at some point.  Somewhere between $5 and $6 was a reasonable price for my first plate/1-of-1 (and 12th total hit) of Jack "MF" Johnson.
Al Montoya 2011-12 Pinnacle Printing Plates Black (1/1)
Alvaro!  Montoya (hit #6), the best goalie I got to see while owning season tickets, is the first of two players in today's post for whom I already owned a 1-of-1 but not a plate.  The photo used here is so cool I went to see if I had the base card handy, but I don't, so I need to track that down.  Also, kudos to Panini for bringing back the excellent Pinnacle name.  How many of you wouldn't throw down a minuscule $3 for this?
Brendan Morrison 2002-03 Pacific Heads Up Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
The first card in my first post from this series (baseball) was a freebie of my favorite baseball PC guy, Rich Hill; bonus card #3 represents another favorite (quite a feat by this seller), Brendan Morrison, a guy I wish I could have seen play live.  He's the other player for whom I had a 1/1 card that wasn't a plate, and I believe both of those came from Doug.  Diversifying my Morrison portfolio, this is another one of those plates that I doubt was inserted into packs, plus it lacks an identifying sticker or stamp.  Still, I can clearly determine the product, and if that's any color it's cyan.  While I do own a couple Pacific-branded cards of the former Hobey-winner, I don't have this one, but what I do have is 26 of his hits, still second to Marty Turco's 33.
Max Pacioretty 2013-14 Crown Royale Printing Plates Magenta (1/1)
I guess I really had to "P" in early May when I nabbed this plate, the next one up, and the one of J.J. Putz you saw in my baseball post.  Patch was the best of the bunch so it made sense to me that he would cost the most--still a very reasonable $5.  For that little, think I should get out the tin snips and make this a die-cut like the regular version I own?  Maybe I'll wait for another one as I still have just four hits of the talented sniper.
Aaron Palushaj 2011-12 Score Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
You done messed up if you don't remember A-A-ron here.  He may not have played in the NHL for a few years, but this is now my 10th hit of the winger from my hometown of Livonia, Michigan, so you've seen a good amount of him here.  I don't think "Hot Rookie" was an apt description of his game--he totaled three goals and 11 assists in 68 games with Montreal, Colorado, and Carolina before heading to the KHL--but at least his card looks cool, and was just $3 too.
Greg Pateryn 2013-14 Select Printing Plates Black (1/1)
It's a run on Canadien Wolverines!  Would the Montreal Wolverines' fight song be "Hail to the Victours"?  Pateryn made his debut here with a cool Prizm autograph from (surprise) Doug two and a half years ago, and now I've doubled his hit count...with a plate.  Not a bad start to a collection, even if it's been this slow to build.  The d-man has a couple goals to his name, though he last suited up for Dallas after a February trade.  This was yet another $3 plate and it came along with the Montoya above.
Kevin Quick 2009-10 The Cup Printing Plates O-Pee-Chee Magenta (1/1)
These last two cards from Upper Deck's very high-end "The Cup" brand were just my second and third purchases in this whole plate run, back in mid-April.  Quick is the first of the pair, and he's a totally new guy to my collection.  I don't remember too much of him as he was with Michigan briefly about 10 years ago before being kicked off the team for credit card theft.  You might say his Michigan career was over "Quick", but then I'd correct you and say that it should be "quickLY", and then you'd roll your eyes and change the subject.  

Anyway, his NHL career amounted to six games with Tampa and that's it.  But he appeared in some products like this one, and I've often thought that the framed plate design was a cool one.  Plus here you can make out the "Marquee Rookie" logo that signifies that this one came from the O-Pee-Chee design, which it also helpfully tells you on the back.  For me it was easily worth just $5, and he becomes my 49th hockey PC player.
Danny Richmond 2005-06 The Cup Printing Plates Black Diamond Black (1/1)
Richmond's another guy whose hit count I doubled with a plate (for a bit more than $4), and a framed one at that.  Again, I love how clearly it tells you the exact set on the back.  Danny is another guy I remember a bit as his one college season coincided with my first year of season tickets, 2002-03, and he's pictured here as a member of the Hawks after being drafted by and briefly playing for Carolina.  As with most of these guys he didn't enjoy much NHL success or even longevity, but at least he made it onto some cardboard--or metal in this case!

And with that, this project is over.  20 new plates, giving me a new count of 87 1/1s(!).  Now I can get back to trade packages, show pickups, and my latest, greatest COMC haul.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Too Many Plates! Part 3: football

Previously:  baseball, basketball

Between May and June I won eBay auctions for a total of 17 different printing plates at a cost of a bit more than $100 (not bad!).  14 of those came from one awesome seller (markaguirre22), whom I can't recommend highly enough due to his great prices, excellent communication, and super fast free shipping.  A fellow Michigan collector, he was unloading some of his better stuff, and I was able to take advantage of quite a few great deals.  Better yet, over the course of my purchases he threw in three extra plates for free, giving me a nice round 20 to show off.  Several separate purchases rounded out the run on rarity.

All of the players are Michigan alumni that I collect, so you'll see most of them in three separate posts on here, one per sport, including this evening's post covering the football pickups:
Alan Branch 2007 Leaf Limited Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
#AlanBranchKillsQBs!  The "under center undertaker", the "tackle of terror", or the "ex-sack-utive Branch"--whatever you want to call him (and I could keep this up all day!), Branch is always welcome here, and he kicks things off today with this rookie-year plate from one of the higher-end offerings produced by Donruss/Panini.  Of my 16 Branch hits, this is the first that isn't a straight-up autograph; I'd say a plate is a fine way to break that streak.  At $5.50, this and another plate you'll see in a bit made up an order (from the seller I mentioned above) back in April close to when I started piling up these rarities.

Jumbo Elliott 1996 Pro Line Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
In my baseball post from this series (as seen on TMV), I showed off one of the three freebie plates I scored from awesome eBayer markaguirre22.  This is the second such card, and it happens to be my first hit of former OT John "Jumbo" Elliott, a longtime Giants/Jets tackle I mentioned briefly when showing off his RC a while back.  I didn't bid on this Pro Line plate when it was up for grabs because the provenance of such cards in the days before they were officially inserted into packs (especially pre-2000s) is a bit tricky, as tricky as determining what color this is without the usual identifying info on the back (which, in this case, is blank).  I could rule out magenta and yellow, and it seems to be more blue than black, so cyan it is.  Welcome, Jumbo!
Devin Funchess 2017 Score Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
May 1 saw the purchase of plate #1 of a guy who was no stranger to wearing #1 in Ann Arbor.  Better yet, at $2.79, the winning bid set me back less than the $3.50 shipping cost.  At that rate I could afford bunches of Funchess plates!  In this case the bluish cyan looks nice as it somewhat fits in with the Carolina jersey colors.  That'll be easier to verify once I own the actual base card, which I'll oddly be getting after nabbing a 1/1 version!

Brian Griese 2001 Pacific Prism Atomic Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
This Griese from another typically untypical Pacific product is the other plate I mentioned that I grabbed along with the Branch above in late April, and it also set me back $5.50.  Although I don't believe these were inserted into packs (like the Elliott above), it's at least helpful to see the bold stamp on the back, which includes the now-familiar "1/1" designation and plate color.  Hit #16 of Griese in my collection is actually my second plate as I already had this 2007 Topps Total three-player card handy.

Chad Henne 2008 Finest Moments Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
Chad Henne 2014 Score Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
Don't be too surprised that I spent more on these two plates than those of any other player you'll see in this series--I mean, Henne's is my favorite football PC!  Each ended up costing about $11, though I probably would have even gone a bit higher if necessary.  I didn't mind paying a bit of a premium for the Finest since it's a rookie-year card, plus it comes from a pretty cool insert, and it's yellow maize!  Pair that up with the plate equivalent of blue, a.k.a. cyan, on a 2014 Score base card (which I also don't have) and you get a very Michigan-hued couple of cards.  They double my count of 1/1s of Chad to four and raise his football collection-leading total to 104.

Chris Perry 2005 Topps Total Printing Plates Cyan Front (1/1)
It's easy to forget thanks to their dearth of creativity lately that Topps made some pretty cool printing plate labels in the past, like this one of former star RB Chris Perry.  You should also note that the "front" is specified in the name since this is one of those cases where you could also chase the plates used for the backs, which I could see being of interest to the folks that give the underappreciated side of cards some love.

Perry's card is the last one I purchased for this series, giving me an even 20, and it cost me a reasonable $6.50, split right down the middle for the winning bid and shipping.  I probably would have gone a bit higher too considering it allows me to celebrate another new member of my 50 hits club!  Chris is player #6 to hit that mark and joins Braylon Edwards plus four 2008 draftees:  Henne, Long, Hart, and Manningham.  I even have a few other players knocking on the door, but for today, that's just one milestone to announce.
Charles Woodson 2016 Prestige Plates and Patches Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
Ok, here's the card that kicked off this whole platefest to begin with, and it's a big one (at least for me).  Back in mid-April I was surprised to land a 1/1 of one of the greatest Wolverines (and maybe the best NFL CB) ever, Charles Woodson, for under $14.  This initial plate would allow me to put together a pentafecta of the '97 champ, and I might just have to get on that at some point soon!  That yellow sure would look nice paired up with something blue.  I'm sure I can find something appropriate among my 18 Woodson hits, and I have plenty of rookies from which to select as well.

Today's eight-spot puts my 1/1s count at 79 (and I still have the hockey stuff to show off!), plus it allows me to hit one more pretty nice milestone today:  1200 football hits!  1202 to be exact, and that's before taking into account some things I've grabbed from various sources recently.  Who knows?  If I keep at it I may just get to cross the 2000-mark for my overall Michigan Sports hits collection before the year's up, which would merit quite the celebration indeed!

Stay tuned for the final part in this series, centering on hockey (see what I did there?), soon!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Too Many Plates! Part 2: basketball

Between May and June I won eBay auctions for a total of 17 different printing plates at a cost of a bit more than $100 (not bad!).  14 of those came from one awesome seller (markaguirre22), whom I can't recommend highly enough due to his great prices, excellent communication, and super fast free shipping.  A fellow Michigan collector, he was unloading some of his better stuff, and I was able to take advantage of quite a few great deals.  Better yet, over the course of my purchases he threw in three extra plates for free, giving me a nice round 20 to show off.  Several separate purchases rounded out the run on rarity.

All of the players are Michigan alumni that I collect, so you'll see most of them in three separate posts on here, one per sport, including this evening's post covering the basketball pickups (in addition to the baseball guys over on TMV tonight).  That's right, I said basketball!
Darius Morris 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Printing Plates Black (1/1)
Today's pair came from the same aforementioned seller, just a few weeks apart.  Number one is erstwhile Laker (among four other NBA teams) Darius Morris on a five-ish-year-old plate from Panini's high-end National Treasures product.  Although it's my 11th hit of Morris (tying him with Cazzie Russell for the basketball PC lead), I don't actually have a copy of the auto it goes with, but that may just turn up someday.  Considering I like to keep my plate purchases under $10 in general (and probably less for my least favorite of the four sports), a bit under $4 was a fair ransom for this one, I think.
Nik Stauskas 2014-15 Panini Spectra Global Icons Printing Plates Black (1/1)
You know how I can tell I don't pay much attention to my basketball collection?  This is my third hit of Stauskas, a.k.a. "Sauce Castillo", and all three are plates!
Here he is on his other solo venture plus a trio (ignore player #4), both of which also come from a 2014-15 Panini product: Immaculate.

I couldn't tell you exactly why I got into a mini bidding war for this 1/1 of the former first-rounder of the Kings, now with Philly--he's not exactly a star or from a sport I love--but I still threw down a bit over $7 anyway.  I mean, it fit into my plate price preference (say that three times fast) and I was happy to continue giving business to a quality eBayer, so there's that.

This pair plus the two you saw on TMV this evening give me a new printing plate/1-of-1 total of 71 with lots more to come!  Make sure to stay tuned for the forthcoming football and hockey plate posts if you like that sort of thing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 eBay purchase: "Leatherhead"? Was your first choice "Taserface"?

If you headed here from this afternoon's TMV post then you just saw a new card I grabbed on eBay for my #1 PC guy in terms of baseball hits.  Here we'll be doing the same thing except we'll substitute football for the sport.

I reached the century mark for hits of Chad Henne back in February, and now I'm back to add to that total with this guy:
Chad Henne 2008 SP Authentic Rookie Leatherheads Autographs leather helmet auto (#059/150)
I grabbed this card for a bit over $6 shipped mainly because I like Henne autographs, but the shoot-worn leather helmet piece is kind of a fun bonus.  When you consider a lot of relics these days are "event-worn" it doesn't matter a whole lot what they are, so why not an old-school leather football helmet?

This marks my 102nd hit of the former Wolverines QB in my football PC and I believe the 59th that includes at least an autograph.

This seller was cool enough to throw in some freebies for three of my football player collections:
Besides Henne, he included base and inserts of Hart and Manningham.  I may have to pull a GCRL (now Cards As I See Them, of course) and rename this here blog to "Hart, Henne, Manningham, Woodson"!  Freebies are always nice, but landing this many, of players I love to collect, all in Michigan uniform?  A++++++ and some very positive feedback left, sir.

Stay tuned because I have LOTS more to show off, including some pretty rare eBay pickups, a new COMC haul, and more!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

5-6-2017 show report: in circulation

My monthly card show discount box diving proved to be reasonably fruitful for my Michigan PCs once again in May, this time with a heavy emphasis on football along with one hockey entry:
Most of this bunch is heading to my Michigan Football inserts collection.  Bray-Bray starts us off with an Upper Deck Rookie Prospects insert from his rookie season of 2005, plus a 2008 Donruss Elite Prime Targets Gold (#171/800) parallel.  I actually have the jersey version of that card as well!

Continuing the insert trend is a pair of rookie card parallels of longtime QB Brian Griese.  The first is the "50-Point" version of his '98 Collector's Edge Masters first-year (#0103/3000), a numbered, thicker version of the base set.  The other is a bit more recognizable, I think, a Bronze parallel of his Topps Stars RC from the same year.  Confusingly, these have the same print run, 8799 (this one's #4489), as the base cards, with the latter featuring red foil instead.

I landed an insert of each of my blogs' namesakes this time, and a 2008 Upper Deck insert called Potential Unlimited was my representative for "Super" Mario Manningham.  A number of UD base and insert designs from that year kind of run together so I was thinking I already had it but was proven incorrect when I got home, to my delight.

Between the bunch of Griffeys found in tonight's TMV post and the pair of football Giants here you might think you were reading Sport Card Collectors instead;  You'd be wrong, but I'd be in good company!  My other Giants entry is this foily insert of WR Amani Toomer called "Strike Force" out of 2000 Upper Deck.

That's three receivers and a QB, so how about we switch things up to the defensive side of the ball?  I was glad to find two more cards of another PC guy, Charles Woodson.  The first hails from his rookie year of 1998 and Upper Deck's UD3 product.  Chuck appears in this set three different times, and this card, #4, is not the one considered his RC, though I do own the one that is, #184.  Speaking of RCs, the other card I found of him is 2012 Score insert called RC Flashbacks.  I instantly recognized the design of his '98 Score rookie but did notice the different photo and was eventually able to put things together.
My last football entry needed to be scanned separately because I think we all know that uncirculated cards, as fun as they can be, are sometimes annoying to get just right.  This one, a 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor of Brian Griese, came out reasonably well, though.  I had no problem throwing down something like a quarter for what I think is the sixth uncirculated-type card in my insert collection.
Lastly, I was thrilled to find a beautiful Upper Deck base card of former Wolverine Dylan Larkin from the 2016-17 set.  The 2014 first-rounder wasn't as effective this past season, putting up 17 goals and 15 assists, down from 23 and 22 the year before, but he won't even be 21 until the end of July, so there's plenty of time for his huge potential to pay off.  I don't have many cards of his right now--other than what Doug's sent my way--and would love to land more (including a hit if possible), so turning up a gem like this is a big coup for me right now.

With another show just a couple days away, stay tuned for more pickups soon--maybe even within a few days of when I get them instead of a month this time!