Wednesday, April 29, 2009

LOST... The Retro Baseball Card Set

The staff of the New Otherton Others was one of the most respected in the Island Baseball League. Ben Linus was voted Manager of the Year a record three straight times. Unfortunately, off the field issues with the front office led to his dismissal in season 4. The bench coach, Tom, and batting coach, Pickett, were also let go at the end of season 4. Pitching coach, Mikhail Bakunin, was demoted to the Looking Glass League (AA) where the organization hoped he could teach his famous grenade ball to top prospect Walt Lloyd.

Ageless wonder and bullpen coach, Richard Alpert is the only holdover on the staff this year, and reportedly played a major part in the hiring of first time manager John Locke. Alpert has been with the Others organization since before the beginning of the league.

PRP LOST - #3 Linus (MGR)

Design based on: 1974 Topps #31 - Preston Gomez MG

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bob Breitbard (San Diego Legend)...

Bob Breitbard turns 90 today! Happy birthday, Bob.
Mr. Breitbard founded the San Diego Hall of Champions. The Hall is an amazing museum and "hall of fame" of San Diego sports and athletes. There are some amazing pieces of sports history. (Bob was best friends with another San Diego legend, Ted Williams.) The Breitbard Hall of Fame is a highlight of the 60,000 square foot museum. The plaques for the recipients are based on drawings by one of my favorite artists, Christopher Paluso. There is an amazing diversity of athletes and sports represented: from Archery to Wrestling; Tony Gwynn to Tony Hawk. I spend hours in the hall whenever I go to Balboa Park. Thanks to Bob for helping make San Diego America's Finest City.

I bought my first baseball cards at the San Diego Hall of Champions gift shop. A 1983 San Diego Padres team set. Turned out to be a good purchase. Thanks again, Bob.

From the Hall of Champions website:

Bob Breitbard, the founder of the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, is a native San Diegan, and proud of it. He has been involved in the local sports scene for more than half a century–as a player, coach, team owner, builder and benefactor of institutions and organizations that have helped make San Diego a big-league sports capital that appreciates its history and honors its own.

Breitbard was a classmate of baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams at Hoover High School and has remained one of Ted’s closest friends. Bob played football at Hoover High School and San Diego State, taught and coached at Hoover, and was the Aztec’s volunteer head coach in 1945, re-establishing the football program after World War II.

He went into business and was longtime president of California Linen Supply, but sports was always his passion. In 1946, he established the Breitbard Athletic Foundation. The program continues to honor local high school, amateur and professional sports stars-our hometown heroes of the past, present and future. The Foundation developed into the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Breitbard was also one of the early members, and remains on the board of the Greater San Diego Sports Association, which has become the San Diego International Sports Council. That group of civic-minded businessman helped build San Diego Stadium, bring the Chargers and major-league Padres to town, establish and support the Holiday Bowl and other first-class sports events and facilities.

Breitbard was the driving force behind the building of the San Diego Sports Arena and the owner of it’s original tenant, the Gulls of the Western Hockey League, and later the Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was a respected member of the Board of Governors of both leagues.

In addition to serving on many civic and charitable boards, including Sharp Hospital and the President’s Circle of the Salk Institute, Breitbard remains a patron of the arts and a champion of sports as part of San Diego’s culture. He exemplifies the philosophy that being a real contributor to the community involves giving of yourself as well as your means.

Monday, April 27, 2009

LOST... The Retro Baseball Card Set

The set has TRIPLED in size since my last post!!! Check out the Ben Linus card over on the Hamiltonian! Sweet!

I found this card mixed in with my 1977 oddball cards:
PRP LOST - Juliet #2

A lot of the detail is "LOST" when I look at the card on the scan. When I zoom in you can really see the awesome 3D effect that Kelloggs was able to pull off back in the 70s...

I have attempted this effect before in MS Paint. It turns out pretty cool. You can see a little bit in the upper right hand corner of my blog header. The original card is the Alex Woodard from the 2008 PunkRockPaint San Diego Artists card set. It looked a little like this:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

This Date in History...

April 25th, 1976: Rick Monday gets a steal and a save on the same play.

Friday, April 24, 2009

LOST... The Retro Baseball Card Set

I had previously made a card for Hurley. Now I have decided to create the set for real. Feel free to join in if you have time on your hands and you are a fan of the greatest television show of all time.

PRP LOST - Jim LaFleur #1

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Uni Watch (Waxaholic Alt. Logo)...

By special request, the league office has revised the style guide for the Waxaholic franchise to include a new alternate logo:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Uni Watch (Waxaholic edition)...

Did you think I had forgotten this week's victim, errrr... opponent in The Card Blog League? Looked past, sure. Forgotten, no. Waxaholic lead by the fearless Captain Canuck battles the mighty Pintadores de Punkrock this week.

The delay in getting this week's unis out was caused by the Royal Canadian Postal Service. Concept designs were repeatedly delayed between the league office and the league's northernmost affiliate. Unfortunately, Waxaholic was forced to play naked the first two games of the series, directly effecting their "o-ffense" (sic). Hopefully, with the new uniforms, Waxaholic will play up to the Triple-"eh" level of baseball that we expect from the Great White North.

Tony Gwynn - a History (Part 17)... Oddball Cards

I believe this is from the 1970 Topps Booklet set. I can't seem to find another one anywhere. The sets I am able to track down only go to card/book #24. The set OBVIOUSLY goes higher than that!

1970 Topps Story Booklets - Tony Gwynn #25

Can anyone help me with researching this set?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Your Duty as a Citizen... (US or Canada)

Over on the Achiever Card Blog there is a poll running that could effect the very existence of the world as we know it... Please VOTE!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Big Lebowski Set...

Sorry for the extended break. I have been sick for the last few days... I love being sick on weekends. It is GREAT!

I started on this one a while back and decided to finish it between coughs.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Okay, Okay... If You Insist...

Since nobody (but Wieters) survived to report on the event from my previous post, I was forced to play out the drama via baseball cards:

1986 Topps Woolworth - Mr. T #76

1986 Topps Traded - Chuck Norris #133

The Creation of Matt Wieters

... as imagined by PunkRockPaint

Wasting My Best Work...

Sometimes I think that I am using my best writing in comments I post on other blogs. Let's be honest, nobody comes here for the writing. Words shmurds. Show us the pictures! Well screw that! If it is good enough to be a post sans pix, you're gonna get to read it.

From Goose Joak:

"Mr. T and Chuck Norris got in a fight on May 21, 1986. They eyed each other for 23 hours; neither one blinked.

No one is sure who made the first move, but in the 24th hour of the standoff they both attacked. Mr. T's gold ring studded punch connected with Chuck Norris' round-house kick. The resulting explosion destroyed every living thing within a 20 mile radius... and created Matt Wieters."

Hmmm... This one really needs an illustration.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Uni Watch (Chingones edition)...

Next week in Fantasy Baseball, Los Pintadores de Punkrock face the dreaded Chingones. Hopefully, the Chingones will be tired from a hard fought battle with the Grabowski Shuffle. The Pintadores have been taking it easy on The Nennth Inning up until this point. Unlike some... The Pintadores de Punkrock NEVER rest on Sundays!

The designers and tailors at the league office have been working hard to get all the teams properly dressed. They finished the unis for the Chingones just in time for their matchup with the future league champs.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Big Lebowski Set...

To those that say we are running out of subjects for this set... You are correct. Recycled subject #28. Jesus Quintana from one of my favorite sets 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado.

...or should I say "Punkacle" Aficionado?

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Smart Brothers...

I apologize to any of my "baseball card" readers in advance... The title of this blog IS "life on the fringes of the baseball card & music industries." So I am gonna share a little music with you. Do yourselves a favor, and check these guys out.

The prodigal sons have returned! The Smart Brothers are back in San Diego! Their '08 Summer Tour may have led them to a new home base, but for a weekend they are in their old stomping grounds. They are only playing one show. I imagine, some (weak) excuse about spending time with family on Easter Sunday is keeping them from playing more than one show. I would skip Easter with MY family to see the Smart Brothers. You would think they would at least return the favor.

In fact, my parents are flying in from Seattle today, and you can bet that I am dragging there butts out to see the Smart Brothers. (Hmmm. My mom says that they have a wedding to go to... Whaaaaa!?!? PRIORITIZE WOMAN!!!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Opening Day...

My first season since 1996 without Padres season tickets, but I couldn't miss opening day...

I am sitting somewhere over here...
Yeah, that's my Fantasy Baseball team's starting lineup. Yes, I AM that big of a geek.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Code Breaker Exclusives...

In the last couple of days, I have had the pleasure of email-versating with Jason Wong. For those of you that don't know Jason, I am sure you will soon enough. He will be card #338 in the 2009 Allen & Ginter set. Jason is the guy that cracked the Allen & Ginter code.

I remembered reading a "how I broke the code" post he wrote before I even pulled my first code card. I love puzzles, word games, and codes, so it was totally fascinating to me. Way beyond my skills, but fascinating.

I recently read a cool post by Jay Bee Anama on his always great bdj10's Topps Card Blog. He had a good experience dealing with "the codebreaker." I decided to drop the guy an email, congratulating him on his upcoming card. I let him know I could have saved him a lot of time and effort. If he wanted a card THAT bad, I would have made him one.

Turns out he's a pretty nice guy. He likes the punkrockification process that we apply to cards here at PunkRockPaint. We decided to work out a little trade. He's gonna send me an autographed code ad. I sent him the un-pixelated versions of the cards below:

1977 Topps - Jason Wong #661

1977 Topps - Jason Wong Code Breaker #662

We decided to save visage of the mystery man until the release of Topps' Allen & Ginter 2009.

Uni Watch (Grabowski Shuffle edition)...

From the fine folks that bring you Save vs. Death and Bulldog Vintage, please welcome Grabowski Shuffle to Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball and the Card Blog League:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Uni Watch (Nennth Inning edition)...

My Card Blog League week one victim... err, honorable opponent. Fellow San Diegan, The Nennth Inning: