Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Christmas Eve

Have you been nice?

Or Naughty?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spookshow Funnies

I have been asked by several people for a visual checklist of all the cards in my recent Spookshow Funnies Trading card ACEO set. I wanted some time to pass before I showed them so people opening up packs would be surprised with what they saw. I will also add all other info I have at this time. Here is the full set of 27 fronts, as well as the extra front for card #23 of which there were only 3 made before I pulled & replaced it with the Jack in the box version.

There were these following variations(Taken from my website):

I have made some changes which have affected the initial printing plates of the cards. I do believe now though, that all printing plates are as they should be. Several earlier printings still had some blue lines on the back, these are gone now.

Card #23 has 2 versions. After the initial 3 plates were printed, I decided the image was weak and replaced it with a stronger one.

Card #5 has 2 versions, each facing a different way. There are 6 copies of the figure facing left before it was changed

Cards #20, 22, 23 each have 5 versions with a puzzle back, all other versions have text

Cards #24, 25, 26 have 10 copies with a puzzle back, all the rest are text.

These variations are part of the intentional breakdown of the plates

Card #21 comes with 2 different puzzle backs & a text back

Cards #8 & 17 have 2 different puzzle backs in equal quantity

Cards #1, 4, 5, & 27 have either a puzzle back or text back

So far Out of the 50 copies of each card, the break down of what has sold so far is as follows:

#1 - 18
#2 - 17
#3 - 17
#4 - 8
#5 - 17
#6 - 11
#7 - 9
#8 - 13
#9 - 11
#10 - 9
#11 - 9
#12 - 9
#13 - 9
#14 - 16
#15 - 9
#16 - 9
#17 - 13
#18 - 16
#19 - 9
#20 - 15
#21 - 21
#22 - 21
#23 - 21
#24 - 13
#25 - 13
#26 - 13
#27 - 14

There are 5 complete sets that I know of so far.

A final shot of a mixed up ile of the cards. This has been a lot of fun to do, and I am glad the reception has been good as I am now working on a "Vile Valentines" set for February

Sunday, December 20, 2009

6 Down, 2 to go

These little & obscure Luhrs die cuts are some of my all time favorites. They certainly aren't the most attractive set Beistle put out, but something about their small size, unusual imagery & difficulty in finding them makes them a bit magical in my eyes.

These were available in the Beistle Bee-Line 1954 catalog, and I would imagine not many other years which would account for how hard to find they are. I haven't seen enough other catalog years to know for sure. They range from about 5" to 6" tall.

I got these 6 from the same source in Seattle, WA, and they each have a stamp on the back which says "MR.TILNER". Names on things bother some collectors, but I love knowing who had them at one time & the possibility of being able to find out just where they came from. This was one of those rare cases!

I assumed because the stamp said "MR." it was most likely a teacher, so I did some searching and it seems these would have belonged to Seattle School District's Jack Tilner, a teacher & Librarian during the time these die cuts were made. I like these little die cuts that much more knowing these were most likely hung up in a school classroom or library for all of the students to see.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's Christmas After All

A blast from the past, The "other" Shiverbones Group member with his 2001 Holiday Classic "Snowball In The Face"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Let's Give this a shot

I thought I'd never attempt this, my ADD isn't good for continued posting, but I'll see where it goes.

I'll start 'er off with my favorite photo of all time. I wish I remember where I found this, but it was many years ago on the internet. If anyone knows I'd like to give proper credit to the original poster.

From a 1950's Playground equipment catalog... The best photo ever!

Could you imagine how much worse it would be if there was a wasp nest in the mouth? Yikes!!!!