Saturday, July 6, 2013

What Do I Collect?

I love getting mail and hearing comments about Cardboard Connection Radio -- good or bad. Keep em coming. In fact we need to make a regular weekly segment of reader mail and comments. If you want to ask a question, make a statement or just say hi, you can always reach us at

OK, that said, easily the most asked question is what do you collect. If you listen to the show, you know I am picky. I only really collect obscure Reggie Jackson cards, Kurt Warner autographs, Kyle Busch autographs and some oddball entertainment autographs. Right now I am chasing the Panini Golden Age Bad News Bears autos as well as a couple of TNA and Leaf Wrestling stragglers I missed out on after opening up some of those products. I'm always looking to add autographed cards of Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, & Sergei Federov to my collection, and I am in pursuit of autos of Brett Favre in a Vikings jersey and Brett Hull in a Red Wings jersey.

Recently I picked up some items to add to my personal collection, you know, things I just wanted...

They range from comics, to action figures, cards and even a sweet hat.

Here's a look...

L to R: Iron Patriot Action Figure, 2 Ken Shamrock Leaf Originals Wrestling Cards, Budd Lynch Bobblehead, Austin Aries TNA Live auto, Boba Fett cap, Essential She-Hulk Vol. 1, Kyle Busch Redline auto, Iron Monger build-a-figure & Paul Rudd Parks & Rec auto.
Pretty outlandish? Nah, I just like a wide variety of weird things and refuse to grow up. Do you collect anything special to you that you think is weird? Drop us an email and let us know. Maybe it could be a new segment on the radio show -- Collections of the Weird and Exotic?


I was cleaning up the office today and found 3 other recent items I acquired. The first was an autograph I wanted to add to my collection for a long time. I wish it was on a card, but this is a pretty awesome item too. He recently did a signing at a local book store, no brainer!

This was a surprise. I was at ALA, a librarian convention and I was extremely happy to find Gail Simone, Brian Azzarello and one half of one of my favorite creative teams (Batman: Dark Knight) writer Gregg Hurwitz sitting together doing a signing, so I got this gem.

 Finally, one last thing you probably don't know about me is that I collect Star Wars books. From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker to present, I am kinda obsessed with the stories of Star Wars. I don't dress up like them or anything, but I think I can attest a lot of the things that go on in my mind, as well as my vocabulary to reading Star Wars novels. When I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7 I sat witha dictionary and a book and looked up words like corridor, bureaucrats, obstinate, and some that weren't in the dictionary such as Jedi, Corellian and hyperspace. Timothy Zahn isn't exactly my favorite Star Wars author, that designation goes to Troy Denning. But I owe Zahn something, and this is a really cool edition/addition to my collection. He wrote some great books and brought Star Wars books back to prominence with his Thrawn Trilogy and Heir to the Empire novel. His latest book follows Han Solo and Chewbacca shortly after they played a part in destroying the Death Star. I sure hope its good!


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