Friday, May 27, 2016

NeonMob - A New Way to Collect Art Based Digital Trading Cards

"Honeymoon Phase" Very Rare from the Fractal Emotions Set

I love trading cards, have since I was introduced to Baseball Cards by my dad in the 70’s.  I remember for a time he worked as a LA Times deliverer in the early morning, and he would often stop for coffee and a donut at this place that used to be on Barrington and Santa Monica (it’s a Starbucks now don’t you know), and I guess they sold baseball cards, because he started to bring them home to me.  We started a collection, and I was hooked. 

"Chewbacca" - a Rare from the Star Warhols set
Of course when Star Wars cards hit a year or so later I was hooked again, I even remember I bought my first packs at the market that would become the Trader Joe’s on Westwood and National Boulevard. 

Nowadays I don’t have room to keep a lot of trading cards and I’m trying to liquidate a bunch of my collection.  This is where the digital apps come into play, I can have a huge collection online and it takes up zero room.  Plus I can trade to my heart’s content.  I’ve been a member of the Topps digital apps for quite some time, though I’m not always active.  I recently got into the Upper Deck E-Hockey cards because I love Hockey and I want my Kings, plus it’s kind of hard to get packs of Hockey cards in So-Cal.

Yesterday I found another digital trading card app, this one is all based on art, which also interests me to no end.  It’s actually quite cool because if you’re so inclined you can create your own trading card set and put it up.  It’s call NEONMOB, here’s my unique link to sign up, if you do we both get free cards:

Minion Galaxy - a "Chase" from the Galaxies Set
Some of the sets are quite striking, there’s plenty of space art and surrealism to go around.  Dark characters and themes are abundant as well.   There’s quite a few different sets available, at least two dozen at last count, some are already retired too.  Each set has at least 5 cards available and most count 20 and above.  There’s also the common, uncommon, rare, ultra rate, etc. paradigm going.  Sets are limited also, when they’re sold out they’re retired. 
It’s all free, unless you want to pay for more.  You can even get posters of some of the cards.  I highly recommend it.  So sign up and make me a friend, let’s trade!

"Monk's Mirror" - a common from the Alien Creatures Set

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Upper Deck E-Pack Application

Yeah yeah I know, I said I wouldn't be posting anymore, well I lied.

Here's a new program that I'm definitely participating in, it's called Upper Deck E-Pack, and it's basically an online version of their flagship Hockey set.

Some of my better Kings inserts

Online?  Yep.  Digital?  Yep.  Trading?  Yep.  On phones?  Soon.  Can you get physical cards?  KIND OF.  Free to play?  Yeah, sort of.

Wait, what?


Every day you log in you can get a 3 card pack for free, they're all base cards, no inserts.  So you CAN play for free.  If you collect 10 copies of a base card you can trade them in for a foil version of that card.  Base cards are only digital though.

Foils, Canvas and an Insert
Packs of 8 cards cost $3.99 plus tax.  Just like in normal stores I guess.  I haven't bought any packs lately.  Each pack I've bought (and I've bought a few) has an insert, anything from the lame-o Shining Stars to Young Guns, and Jerseys.  Odds seem to be the same as a physical pack.

Jerseys?  Digital Jerseys?

Yeah, all the inserts are physical cards that UD scanned supposedly.  AND you can have them shipped to you directly or transferred to your COMC account (for a fee unfortunately)

And you can now trade.  Young Guns are by and far the most popular trade bait, everyone want's em, because you can foil them too.  Foils are digital exclusive.  There's also two digital exclusive sets that aren't available in any physical packs.  One is called Code to Greatness, and if you can collect the entire set you get 2 bonus cards.  The other is Instant Impression.

One nice thing is that they tell you exactly how many of any given card there are in the app at any time.  For example, I know that when I traded my Young Guns Panarin for a Clear Cut Doughty, there were something like 300 of the Young Guns and only 8 of the Doughtys available.  Pretty simple math to me.

Base plus Young Guns
My user name is GRENDELSON over there, if you want to trade I'm game.  I have more than a few inserts, and I'm ONLY collecting LA Kings Cards.  I'm not looking for any more base LA Kings, but if you have inserts I'm ready to trade.


Drew Doughty Clear Cut Superstars.  So far there are only 8 of these in the app

Part of my "Wish List" - Helps in Trading

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ebay Listings

Forgot to include this in my last message

I will be posting a lot more in the near future.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The End of the Budget Collector

The Budget Collector is no more.

I have no more Budget.

My wife and I just lost an eviction trial on Friday, we were late with rent in January, and even though I had a well prepared case we were unable to settle and lost at trial.  The judge stayed the order of execution for the judgement and eviction until March 1, giving us a few more weeks, but we will have to vacate our apartment and find new places to live.

My wife and I are also separating at this time due to the incredibly toxic and unhealthy situation between us.  So we are now looking for separate apartments.

She is moving to North Hollywood to be closer to her work, I need to find a studio or roommate situation on the West-Side as close to Brentwood as possible.

We both have full-time jobs, and we have a 9 year old daughter.

We've set up a Go-Fund Me and to date have raised $2,500 towards our relocation expenses.  This is actually the amount of the judgement against us, so we still have a long way to go.

Having to reach out and ask for help is the hardest thing a man can do.  But it something you HAVE to do as an adult some times.

I am in the process of selling off most if not all of the accumulated things I've collected over the last 30 years.  Some is on eBay already.  Others are at  Big Lous  and still more will be sold over the course of the next few weeks.  I hate to do this, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Any further posts here will probably just be updates.

Thank you and I love you all.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Superbowl 50 - Denver 13 Carolina 7 6:28 2nd

I dont have a lot to say.  Pretty decent game thus far

Superbowl 50 - Denver 10 Carolina 7 11:25 2nd

There;s the Cam Newton that we hadn't seen just yet.

And the games starting to get chippy.

Superbowl 50 - Denver 10 Carolina 0 6:34 1st

The Marmot ad was very very cute.

The babymonkeypuppy ad was very disturbing

Carolina was ROBBBED on that catch, it was a catch.  No way

Oh boy, this might not be Cams day...

That did not look good.

10-0 Broncos.