Friday, February 15, 2019

Coming Up For Air!

First thing's first.I got a new phone and I'm not really thrilled with the camera's capabilities.Even with the flash the pics look grainy.I may just go back to using my Coolpix but ,damn,my last phone was so much better and much more convenient.This top pic was taken without flash,the second with.Oh well.Anyways,yeah,I'm taking a break from Starting Lineup.Coming up for air ,you might say.For a while they were all I could think about collecting.They're cheap with such a wide  variety of players  to choose from,addiction Is almost inevitable.It's time for a break ,though.I thought about going after some of the NFL and NBA figs but that will have to wait ,too. I'm bookending my 90's Starting Lineup display with these two 1997 edition Bonds and Griffey,Jr. figures. 

Here's my 90's display .I'll eventually take that Bonds out of the packaging.Counting the figures on my wall display,I have 50  In all.A nice even number to stop at.At some point I'd like to display them all together . 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Marchon M-Force - Rizzo

A while back I posted about a figure made by a toy company called Mel Appel .These  were pretty much clones of  a 1986 line of larger scaled military figures made by Marchon called M-Force.At that time I though the Mel Apple figures were just spin offs with a different name.I was wrong.They were not only smaller In scale ,but cheaper In quality.The legs and arms were made out of a cheaper ,softer plastic than the torso and head sculpt .I liked It but always longed to own the real deal,  Marchon  M-Force figure!I had a couple of  them as a kid ,using them as a supporting cast to brand named Rambo figures.I was able to find one ,incomplete, with bandoleer ,utility belt ,green beret and dog tags.In really good shape and most importantly, cheap!Say hello to Rizzo!

As you can see,the Mel Appel figure Is alot shorter and shittier looking.Luckily the weapons and accessories are fully interchangeable!I was able to attach the Mel Apple figure's gun holster onto Rizzo's utility belt.(If I colored the Mel Apple figure's hair black ,they could be exclusive Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan figures from the sitcom My Two Dads,lol!)

How cool are those dog tags,tied around his neck with an actual piece of string! 

So cool!And not at all cheap or flimsy.Just a solid knock off military figure.

I'm not gonna go crazy with this line.I only want a couple more figures out of the set .That may change,though,as this figure is already starting to grow on me.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ultra Pro Baseball Card Stands

I've been wracking my brain lately,trying to create a makeshift card display.Brainstorming for ideas and coming up empty every time.Finally I gave In and took to eBay to see what was available.I wasn't looking for anything fancy schmancy,just a small stand,strong enough to hold up one card In a top-loader.I'm not sure how many of you out there collect trading cards ,but If you do then you know that Ultra Pro has all of your trading card supply needs.Unless there's something else out there that I don't know about,Ultra Pro Is my go-to brand.Needless to say, I wasn't surprised to find this  affordable set of 5 Ultra Pro card stands for just under 5 bucks shipped!

The cards look great when displayed on the transparent stands.The stands ,however,are pretty lightweight,so you're not gonna keep anything much bigger than your standard sized top loader or screw-down from tipping over. 

I thought I might be able to display some action figure card backs on them but any and all attempts were fruitless.

The smaller card backs held up nicely.

Also,If you've got any vintage Joe file cards laying around and your looking for a decent way to display them ,these Ultra Pro card stands will do the trick.

This Is what I ended up using mine for.I got a 5 pack because anything more than that would have cluttered the display.My sole intent was to showcase some of the cards that came with the figures for reference.Although, I might pick up more to make a separate display of just sports cards .

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1992 Starting Lineup Roberto Alomar

This particular series of Starting Lineup figures as well as the funky card design has really grown on me.You get alot of bang for your buck .Not only do you get a great figure but you get a poster and baseball card ,too. From 1990 to 1993 ,Kenner added an extra collectible to compliment the figure and baseball card.An extra card In 1990,a coin In 1991 ,a poster In 1992 and then back to an additional card In 1993. 1993 would mark the last time Kenner would include a second collectible with their figures (not counting the deluxe sets),offering just the figure and a baseball card for lines released from 1994 to 2001.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Ryan Express !

Nolan Ryan Is the latest addition to my growing collection of Starting Lineup figures.To me,the name Nolan Ryan Is synonymous with the Texas Rangers,even though he's played on three other teams before them.Crazy to think he never won the Cy Young award.

Monday, January 28, 2019