Beckett finally returned my cards

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I received my eight graded cards in the mail that I sent off about two months ago.   Click the picture below to see a larger image.  The cards graded as below (on a scale of 1 through 10):

  • 1958 Topps Willie Mays – 3.0
  • 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle AS – 3.5
  • 1966 Topps Brooks Robinson – 6.0
  • 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn RC – 7.5
  • 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas RC – 9.0
  • 1992-93 Stadium Club Shaquille O’Neal RC – 8.5
  • 1992-1993 Ultra Shaquille O’Neal RC – 9.0
  • 1992-93 Upper Deck Shaquille O’Neal SP RC – 9.0

I’m happy with the Shaq’s.  I will save those.  The rest I’m probably going to sell on eBay.  The Shaq’s can only increase in value with such high grades.  The other won’t do much.  I can still probably get $40 to $50 each for the Mantle and Mays, and less for the others.

Just be careful.  If you have a lot of old cards and want to get them graded, don’t expect much unless they are top condition.  I didn’t expect much, but even a 3 and a 3.5 is lower than I thought I would get.  Oh well.  At least the Shaq’s graded high.  I now see having them graded as an investment.


The spot for MetLife Bank

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This is the :10 spot I did on Wednesday for MetLife Bank.  Short and to the point.  Again, all I did was read.  I know it’s not the hardest job in the world, but let me know what you think.

Another spot and "V"

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I got to do a voiceover for another spot today at Emmis.  A :10 spot for MetLife.  I got it in one take, because I’m already a pro at this stuff.  Not really.  I did get it in one take, but that’s probably because I was lucky.  Drew asked me to do the voiceover right before I left for the day, and I agreed.

I don’t know when the spot will play or which stations it will play on, but I’ll provide a link to the spot on this blog whenever I get a copy of it, which will probably be on Friday.

I watched “V for Vendetta” last night.  That was an excellent film, and I recommend everybody rent it (or download it) as soon as they can.  Now I’d like to read the comic book series it was based on.  If you’re not a fan of comic book movies, don’t let that deter you from this one.  It’s not what you’re thinking.  I can recommend this as a non-comic book film.  It’s a politically-charged film set in England, in a near-future where the people allowed their rights to slowly be taken from them until they found themselves living in a world with curfew laws, a media that says whatever lies the government tells them, and government surveillance of the people reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.”

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November.”

Fall TV

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Dammit.  Fall is here.  That means I’ll be watching more television than normal, instead of doing things I need to do.  Luckily I have a DVD/HDD recorder, so I can watch the shows when it is convenient for me.  I’ve had this thing for three years now, and it is beautiful.  While it doesn’t have the ease of use associated with a TiVo, it gets the job done.  Switching from cable to satellite certainly hasn’t made programming it any easier, but I’ll manage.

Along with Smallville, The Unit, Las Vegas, and House, there are four new shows I have decided to give a chance.  I went through the current issue of TV Guide to help me choose.  They are Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, 30 Rock, Heroes, and Shark.

The first two are both fictitious behind-the-scenes looks at live sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night LiveStudio 60 is a drama, while 30 Rock is a comedy.  I’ve been a huge fan of SNL for years.  I even watch when the show sucks, as it has been for the past several years.  I’m hoping at least one of these two shows can deliver the goods.  And hopefully Tina Fey can write better material for 30 Rock than she did for SNL.

Heroes is for the comic book nerd in me.  It’s about people all over the world who discover they have various powers, such as flight, mind reading, invulnerability, etc.  Then these people must discover what they hell they are going to do with their powers.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Finally, there is Shark.  I like James Woods, and from what I’ve heard and read, this show has some high expectations.  Woods is a defense attorney-turned prosecutor, and he’s a jerk.  I think it will be good.  So does everybody else.  I can’t wait.

I won again

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I just found out I won a 1 GB portable flash drive by being a member at  I was one of the 100 most active members as of today.  Hooray for me.

I already have a 256 MB portable flash drive, but now it will be put aside as I use a far superior 1 GB model. kicks ass.  I’ve already won my prize, so now I can recommend the site to you and you won’t think I’m just trying to win something.  It is a great site.  Just ask Kenny about his Aristocrat towels.