Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wanna get Blasted in the New Year?

Our good friend over at Play at the Plate is having a year-end, ring in the New Year with cards contest.
Trick is, you have to go enter. And the cards will not be available until they become available...
Confusing? go read and enter...

and as always, tellem ole Dawgbones sentcha!!

thanks for reading,
Have a GReat and

Please be responsible and designate a driver if you are going to be out celebrating. I am my wife's DD as I have been sober now going on some 16 years. Have fun, be safe!
I would love to see all my blogger friends arrive safe and sound in 2014!


Friday, December 27, 2013

brains, BRains, BRAINZ, BRAAAIIINNNZZZ!!! part two...

So Mrs. Dawgbones hit the mall for some Bath & Bodyworks supplies yesterday morning. Directly in front of that store in Greenbrier Mall was a little kiosk, selling sports related knick knacks and whatnots. She had seen a few items there before Christmas but didn't want to spend the prices they were asking.
Yesterday, everything was marked 50% off, AND she spied this little beauty!!

Yep, my Christmas zombie now has a pin-striped bigger brother!! Thanks honey, YOU ROCK!!

thanks for reading,
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!!
Designate a Driver if you are away from home celebrating. Or call a cab...
Be safe everyone!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

brains, BRains, BRAINZZZZZZ!!!

Another GReat Christmas day, spent unwrapping gifts, and waiting for dinner to finish. Mrs. Dawgbones has outdone herself, both with the gifts as well as the Lasagna she has prepared for our meal!
My mother and father stopped by with gifts for us, and mom really nailed it down this year, buying me a Phillies statuette for my collection that my wife quickly stole!!

She is into the cheesy horror flics, and absolutely loves anything to do with Zombies!
GReat job mom, I think my wife will really enjoy him!!

As we celebrate this season, everyone please say a small prayer for those less fortunate than we and especially for our heroes currently deployed and serving away from their homes and loved ones that they may know they are loved and appreciated for all they do as well that they stay safe from harm.
Thanks for reading,
Hope everyone has a GReat Christmas.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The price just went up!!

Everybody writes a post about the high cost of collecting little bits of cardboard.
These posts normally start with a question:
How much is the most you've spent on a single purchase or single card?

I've answered this question on occasion myself, once here. At the end of said post, I reported having spent less than $20 on 1 single card, and that one wasn't even for me!

Well, that price has almost doubled in the last few weeks! I managed to sell a few things on eBay, and one of them netted me quite a bit more than I had expected. After paying the associated fees and giving a little love to my bank account, I decided to splurge and buy a card that I've been looking for for a few years. 2011 to be exact. Topps issued several inserts including one of my favorite pitcher, Jamie Moyer, that had coins inserted in the card. I don't normally go for manufactured relics, as extolled here. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, this particular card got it's hooks in me, deep, and I just had to get me one of them!

So, here it is, in all it's 1962 coppery goodness! The 2011 Topps Heritage '62 Mint for Jamie Moyer.

Question: When one calculates the "most spent" on a card, does one include postage? This one set me back just over $27, shipped. plus another $2.60 for the fancy magnetic case to put this uber-thick card in... (almost 4mm thick!!)

and I knocked a white whale out! (the only card I had considered for this moniker at this point)

and there's another factoid that makes me like him even more! Mr. Moyer shares his birthday with one of the most influential people in my life! No, not talking about Hammett, though that is pretty cool. Nor am I talking about the world's most famous mouse... nope, not him either... These three folks share the same birth date as Mrs. Dawgbones! Yep, my wife, Mickey Mouse, Jamie Moyer and Kirk Hammett were all born on November 18th. very cool!
thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Any Lions fans in the house today?

So, the other night while the missus and I were enjoying a nice new Chinese Buffett in town, I noticed they had some of those quarter machine-big head football figures.
Much to my wife's dismay, I plunked four quarters in for a chance at....

anything actually, cause I don't watch football, nor do I collect much football stuff either.
So, I got a nifty little bit of plastic from your favorite Detroit football team, the Lions.

And he's up for grabs if anyone is interested.
Drop me a line.

Thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!!

P.s. I created this post entirely with my iPad mini!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Contest Winnings...

So, as an avid reader of the Sports Card Info blog. I am also an avid entrant in his numerous weekly contests. At least the ones that DON'T involve twitter (Dawgs don't Tweet, Tweety Boids is for Puddy Tats!).

Anyways, Ross had a contest for two packs of NBA Teenymates figures and I won!! They showed up in yesterday's mail and here are the results:

one slightly ripped package.

one of the included checklists.

two figures per package netted me: Indiana Pacers, Sacremento Kings, Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets.

nice evil-little smirks they got going on there!

and each package also has two puzzle pieces.

Needless to say, I will not be pursuing anymore of these figures as I am not into basketball, so that means these lil guys are available to a good home as well.

Thanks for the contest Ross, you rock DUDE!!

Thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Today's my Favorite November Holiday...

Happy Veteran's Day to all whom have gone in harm's way to protect all that I hold dear. They share a special bond that those who have never served couldn't possibly understand. On this day that has been set aside to honor those who have served or are serving, I stand with my head bowed and offer thanks for those that have survived to retire, and a prayer for those currently serving, that they remain safe until such time as their services are no longer required and they too may come to know a life of ease and retirement after a job WELL DONE.

I would also like to give thanks and pay a special respect to the families who supported their Veteran during their time of service or are currently supporting their Veteran. They are the ones who have stood by or are standing by during times of trouble as their Veteran answered or answers the call of our country.


My father, Richard H. Nebe Sr., SCPO USN retired, spent 28 years in the U.S. Navy.
Thanks for that Dad.

I know there are a few of my readers and fellow bloggers that have volunteered for a stint or two in our Armed Services and today is a day when I want to personally say thanks to you for a job well done. And thanks to your wives, girlfriends, family and friends that stood by your side and sacrificed while you served.

Thanks for reading,
Have a GReat Veteran's day!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallo....


a Very Happy Halloween everybody!!

and please be careful on your drive home this evening as all the little ghouls, ghosts, and goblins will be running this way and that for their candy. We need to be extra careful for them as they enjoy their night of tricks and treats.
thanks for reading,

Have a GR... SQUIRREL!!!


Monday, October 14, 2013

I'm Despicable...

My wife and I ventured out towards Louisville over the weekend before last to visit her father and pick a few things up that he wanted to give her. Whilst running around the greater Louisville area on Saturday, we popped into a local K-Mart, looking for the Despicable Me 2 figures,

specifically, I was looking for the two Firemen figures. I did not find them. And yet again, I am refusing to pay secondary market pricing. Originally selling retail for less than $10, they are fetching upwards of $25 or more opening bids!!

But she picked up four mystery packs of the Despicable Me 2 mini-figures,

hoping to score herself a unicorn... we were not fortunate with these either, scoring 3 out of the 14 figures shown on the "checklist". So, who did we get you ask?

 Dr. Nefario

and... Stuart!!

not a bad start to my minion army... now if I could only find her that unicorn??

Have a GReat week everybody!
Thanks for reading,

P.S. It now being October and the month for awareness, take a moment and say a prayer or two that a cure is found.

and more in keeping with the theme of our blogs:

Big or small, Let's SAVE'EM ALL!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Psst! hey you, Pssst!

Over here. Yeah, you, my faithful customers, er, uhh, I mean readers.. I feel like some demented dealer, peddling CRACK. Yep, that's right, it's that time of year again, which can only mean three things...

1. You're OUT... yesh, my beloved Phillies are done, posting the first losing season in 11 years going as far as falling to fourth over the last week's play.

2. You're IN... Post-Season 2013 and I think this could be Boston's year as they did not finish the year with the best record...

3. The Cynical One over at Collector's Crack is having his season ending

3rd Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web

so go on over there and get yourself some crack. And tellem yer favorite dealer is Dawgbones!!

have a GReat day!
Thanks for reading,

Friday, September 20, 2013


If you read the Daily Dimwit, you know he busted a bunch of Ginter's this year. Luckily for me, he decided to sell a bunch of it off to recoup some of the outlay for his fun. A few quick emails, and we had a deal for one of my missing full sized Phils, a few other base cards for my PCs, a Wiggy silk card, and the entire One Little Corner insert.

The Wigginton is my first silk card and it is definitely a very cool addition to my Phillies collection. The main reason for this little deal is that top dead center card of Mr. Schmidt, and the last of the full sized Ginter cards I need for the Ginter's Phillies team set for 2013. The Wynn card is just cause... just cause I have an 8x10 autographed photo of him hanging in my cubicle at work from a contest I won early on in my blogging history.

The second reason for striking this awesome little deal with Sam is the "One Little Corner" insert set. I really love this insert from Ginter's and was able to get the entire set from Sam at what I think is an awesome price (kinda think I stole it actually!!)

I don't know about you, but I'm excited at the possible prospect of mankind stepping foot on mars, perhaps in my lifetime.

I have the proper telescope filters for daytime viewing of our closest star. Every now and then, I have to remind folks that what we commonly refer to as the sun is actually the closest star to the earth!!

The main reason I purchase my 4.5" telescope is to get up close and personal with the earth's closest celestial neighbor. I've also viewed Saturn and it's rings, total size across the rings comes in less than the diameter of a no. 2 pencil eraser, but still pretty impressive for viewing at between 746 million to  just over a billion miles!

The furthest gas giant from the sun. When I eat a few too many veggies or beans, I begin to feel like a gas giant myself!!

From Wikipedia: "Because of its unstable nature, astronomers now consider the scattered disc to be the place of origin for most periodic comets observed in the Solar System"

Thanks for the cards Sam.

thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Promise fulfilled...

Have you ever joined a break, hoping for a good card? and not received it... but got something else you totally weren't expecting?

Early this month, Dave over at Tribe Cards, held a small group break for a box of 2013 Allen & Ginter's.
Though I'd already secured most of my A&G Phillies, I decided to join, hoping for something good. Ok, well actually, I was hoping for 1 card, the Mike Schmidt Across the Years insert that I was missing.
I didn't get it, ok, honestly, I knew ahead of time that this card was not in there, but I took a chance anyways.

It paid off, namely with my first Allen & Ginter's no-numbered, red-backed mini #10/25:

I had promised a better scan once this lil puppy was in my grubby little paws, so here we are. Is it just me or does it seem very odd to number a no-numbered card??

Yep, thought ever so briefly about selling this one, but decided against it. Sometimes, just sometimes, personal greed does trump outright profit.
What say you?

thanks for reading,
Have a GReat night

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

An In-Person auto...

(editor's note: I've been planning this post for some time now, and today seems like a perfect date for it.)

You got your average everyday sports heroes, but every now and then, life throws you a curve ball.

Through happenstance, twist of fate, or whatever you want to call it. My life and family have led me to this point in time.

A few years back, a dear family friend passed (my sister's best friend), but prior to her death, I had the good fortune to meet her mother-in-law. This dear, sweet lady is also a widower, which brings us to her current beau, Howard. I met him at my sister's house during one of our family gatherings for one occasion or another and we struck up a conversation.

Learning that Mr. Lee was a retired Marine, there are no such things as "former" Marines, I thanked him for his service as I do with every service member I meet. But, I also knew another interesting little tidbit of information that really made me want to meet this man and offer my sincerest thanks.

You see, my wife's uncle, an Army veteran himself, had previously met this lady and Howard through their social circles. He informed me of Howard's service to his country. You see, my dear readers, Mr. Howard V. Lee, or more properly, Major Howard V. Lee, is one of history's few living Medal of Honor recipients.
There are currently 79 living recipients. (Since 1941, more than half of the Medals of Honor have been awarded posthumously as the actions that garner this award normally prove fatal.)

For the record, and one of my biggest pet peeves, this medal has NEVER been won!! This medal is awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. I am only too sure that each recipient has felt his or her actions did not merit this distinction, and they would most definitely have chosen NOT to have been placed in the precarious position that prompted their actions.

I managed to find a very good looking picture of my friend on this MOH page and printed it out, asking him last night if he would be kind enough to sign it for me. He told me that he'd be honored and that he gets requests through the mail all the time. (he also told me that he'll sign every one that he gets as long as the return envelope/postage is included)

without further adieu, I present my latest (and favorite) in-person autograph of a tried and true Hero:

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer, Company E, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division near Cam Lo, Republic of Vietnam, on 8 and 9 August 1966. A platoon of Major (then Captain) Lee's company, while on an operation deep in enemy territory, was attacked and surrounded by a large Vietnamese force. Realizing that the unit had suffered numerous casualties, depriving it of effective leadership, and fully aware that the platoon was even then under heavy attack by the enemy, Major Lee took seven men and proceeded by helicopter to reinforce the beleaguered platoon. Major Lee disembarked from the helicopter with two of his men and, braving withering enemy fire, led them into the perimeter, where he fearlessly moved from position to position, directing and encouraging the overtaxed troops. The enemy then launched a massive attack with the full might of their forces. Although painfully wounded by fragments from an enemy grenade in several areas of his body, including his eye, Major Lee continued undauntedly throughout the night to direct the valiant defense, coordinate supporting fires, and apprise higher headquarters of the plight of the platoon. The next morning he collapsed from his wounds and was forced to relinquish command. However, the small band of Marines had held their position and repeatedly fought off many vicious enemy attacks for a grueling six hours until their evacuation was effected the following morning. Major Lee's actions saved his men from capture, minimized the loss of lives, and dealt the enemy a severe defeat. His indomitable fighting spirit, superb leadership, and great personal valor in the face of tremendous odds, reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


Kinda makes dealing with rush-hour traffic or any of my worst daily offenses seem super-insignificant, doesn't it??

I can hardly wait to find a nice frame so I can hang this on my desk at work. It will be a constant reminder of all that I have and hold dear, the freedoms I enjoy each and every day, and the men and women that face and have faced tremendous odds defending those freedoms.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Howie, I'm proud to know you and call you my friend. And to all my service connected readers, thank you for your service as well.

thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!!
Richard H. Nebe Jr.
proud son of a 30 year U.S. Navy Veteran!!

P.S. since you've hung in there this long, I do have a second signed picture if anyone is interested...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Help from the Blogosphere

This time It's Like Having My Own Card Shop sent me 1 card for my 2013 Opening Day Mascots set.

YAY!! That's one more I don't have to track down!!

The Wilsons also sent along some wayward Phillies for my personals...


The Bottalico/Rolen cards are awesome, first time I've seen them. they have a little burnished, pressed copper-looking insert plate in the center that adds a nice touch of shiny to the card, and they're numbered.
An just for the record, the On the Record Carlton is cool as well. I love the "mini-page" look of this 02 Don Russ design. Anything that has a newspaper print or magazine cover design is cool to me.

thanks for the cards Daniel!
Thanks for reading everybody,
have a GReat weekend!

P.S. Head on over to the Card Shop, he's having a mini-contest of sorts...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fan of Dawgbones...

Perhaps one of the best benefits to all of the Ginter madness infecting the blogosphere lately is the ability to trade/beg/borrow/or steal all you could want of the new stuff without the hassle of actually buying and busting packs.

Not having a whole lot of scratch for new cards this season, let alone buying a box (or case), I've been perusing each and every post, whether it be Gint-a-Cuffs or just be-cause.

This has allowed me to buy a complete base card set for my Phillies and a few extras for some of my other collections.

Enter Chris, over at Nachos Grande, he buys and busts a bunch of Ginter, selling off the extras to finance future Ginter goodness.

I struck a deal with him for three cards:

Mr. Worley is a former Phillie, as well as a current Twins.

Mr. Doerr was my very first TTM success, for which I will be eternally grateful.

and I just could not pass up a pin stripe from one of my boys, Mr. Lee. He had another steller performance against the dredded Mutts last night! (as both these teams have resided in 3rd place for most of the season, fighting damned hard for that 4th place slot!!)

Little did I know that my "GReat" deal would end up costing a good portion of his proceeds in postage!!
So I sent the additional $$ to cover that goof-up! Thanks for the cards Chris, it's always cheesey trading with you!

thanks for reading,
have a GReat day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Your 2013 Allen & Ginter Phillies:

Loving the fact that they've included both Roberts and Bunning in this set. And you can't go wrong with a Schmidt card from any set in my book!

I have a couple of relics from Mr. Kruk, and with the inclusion of the three minis (plus the TOO awesome red-backed Howard mini from Dave's ever-so-generous break),

Will get a better scan when this lil puppy is in my grubby lil paws!!

I am about 25% of the way to the mini-set of Phils as well! All I need to finish my full-size Ginter Phils is the Across the Years Schmidt card that Mr. Dimwit has promised to set aside for me! Thanks Sam.

Even got one of the framed mini-relics from one of my favorite first basemen, Mr. Howard. And I managed to pick all of the above up off of eBay for about the cost of 1-1/2 jumbo packs! Including shipping! The seller had the best offer option available and I threw what I thought was a low-ball offer at them, only to have it accepted in less than 30 minutes!! I wonder how much lower they might have accepted??

My wife will be relieved to know that I will not be buying any retail (or hobby) packs of Ginter this season! It may be cheating to get my Ginter Phils this way, but I feel as though I'm saving a lot of money this way! And even more personal credit between me and the Missus if you catch my drift!!

thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!