Bankrupt By Beanies

Those things.

“No Sweat”

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A Barry Bonds wristband

(Thanks Rog!)

Learning The International Code of Signals

With the help of “beauties” from early 20th century cigarette cards

LEGO Goes Back to the Future

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Available globally August 1st.

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Haaa! I kill me.

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For those that have a recollection of the eighties, chances are that ALF brought some moments of joy to your life. For this weekend only, you can take a trip down TV memory lane at Young & Reckless’ ridiculous pop-up show inside Known Gallery featuring ALF collectibles and inspired art by Morning Breath, Grant Cobb, Tristan Eaton, Cleon Peterson and OMENS. We caught up with our friend Roger Gastman who put the show together for a chat about all things ALF.
 
Why Alf? What’s your connection to this fuzzy little dude?

I have been down with ALF since ’86 when he came out! I had posters in my room, t-shirts. I was a fan. I had bootleg DVDS of the show before they got released for real. I pick up various pieces of ALF junk when I see them. A few years back in 2012 when the whole let’s vote for the president thing was going on, I didn’t really like either guy so I went out and bought “Gordon “ALF” Shumway for president badges and handed them out to friends.
 
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Cat Breeds on Cigarette Cards

From simpler times

$21,500

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The price paid at auction by President/CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Masao “Charlie” Watanabe for Colonel Sanders trademark white suit.

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“That was a $75,000 tear”

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A home contractor working on his own for the first time, found a copy of the 1938 Action Comics #1—”The most important comic book in the history of comic books”—stuffed in a wall while doing renovation. What followed was excitement and a heated argument with his wife’s aunt during which she grabbed the comic book. When he went to take it back, she held on, and the cover ripped, downgrading “the comic book’s condition to a 1.5 on a 10-point scale.” In-laws, they’re the worst.

People Collect Everything

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Jordan Viray, vintage backpack collector

Los Angeles Gang and Prison Photo Archive

Recently, a two-album collection containing 400 images of Los Angeles gang and prison photos taken between 1977 and 1993 sold for $45,000. Pete Brook of Prison Photography writes about the the journey the collection took to market, and ponders the difference between moneyed collectors and preservationists.

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$1,800,000

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The current bid for a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, one of only five in existence.

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Poor Old Baseball Cards

One man’s blog about his collection of cards “that have been put through the wringer.”

Pete Rose, Memorabilia Comedian

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The first time we saw the inscription “I’m Sorry I Bet On Baseball” on a baseball autographed by Pete Rose, we felt a pang of sympathy for the guy. But now—as evidenced by these new signed baseballs—those feelings are gone.

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Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner

A Grantland 30 for 30 all about that card.

via, kottke

The 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics

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The first dated baseball card (only one other known in existence) was discovered at a yard sale in the tiny town of Baileyville, Maine on the Canadian border.

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Hoverboard Steez

“includes authentic “whooshing” sounds sampled directly from the film”

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Steinbach Mountaineer Nutcracker

Designed exclusively for Eddie Bauer “in colors that commemorate the first American ascent of Mt. Everest in 1963 by Jim Whittaker, outfitted by Eddie Bauer.”

Other menswear brands, you’ve been served notice to step up your holiday collectible game.

J Dilla – Donuts – 45 Box Set

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“This box set includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with “Signs” from the long out-of-print Donuts ‘Fan Club 45′ b/w DOOM & Ghostface’s “Sniper Elite & Murder Goons” – two tracks over Donuts beats which were recorded in late 2005 prior to the original release of the album. These two tracks were released digitally in 2008, but have never before appeared on vinyl.

Side D contains the “Donuts Outro/Intro” appearing as an interlude at the beginning of “The Diff’rence” which dates back to the first, original sequence of the album.”

It’s Suntory Time For The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones milestones and corresponding malts used in the The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Whisky.

1962: The Rolling Stones formed Yamazaki malt
1971: Lips and tongue logo completed Yamazaki malt
1972: Exile on Main St., the album including “Rocks Off,” used in Suntory TV commercials is released Yamazaki malt
1981: Signature song “Start Me Up” released Yamazaki malt
1990: First performance in Japan’s Tokyo Dome Hakushu malt,Chita grain

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