Introducing: My Life is Fiction: The Coaching Diaries

June 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

I am proud to announce the release of my book. You can find the paperback of My Life is Fiction: The Coaching Diaries, on Amazon right now. Pre-order is up for the Kindle version. It will go live next Friday, June 30th. The Kindle version is much cheaper, and the version that I strongly recommend. Plus the Kindle version is at an introductory price of $2.99. So grab it before it goes up to $3.99 soon.
The Coaching Diaries is a fictionalized version my experience coaching youth baseball.

Read in real time journal entries the thoughts of a coach throughout a season. Seen through the eyes of a coach who is battling depression. Join the ride with him as he takes you through two season in a competitive youth baseball league; coaching kids ages three to six.
At times situations are funny. Others are sad. This book has it all.
This book covers two seasons so it is essentially two books in one.

It is a great value at 280 pages. Truthfully you can probably get through it in three or four bathroom sittings.

Why My Life is Fiction? For starters, I might write more books under this heading. I write what I know best, and allow myself to be a character. So you are getting a fictionalized version of Daniel A. DuBay

 

June 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

Going to give it to your straight readers: I did not do any card activity at all this week. My budget simply didn’t allow it.
I have two packs of cards that I need to open but am waiting until I absolutely need to squash my appetite to open some packs; even though the packs I have are retail. I even have a few posts written as backup in case I have a week where I am sick. I am just using this entry to point out that even though I wish that I could have something newsworthy to my card collection every week, it is not doable.

I am working on a e-book. Look for announcement on that soon.

In the meantime visit these great sites:
– https://beansballcardblog.com/
– https://blowoutbuzz.wordpress.com/
– http://projectpedropc.blogspot.com/
– http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/

 

I have been obsessed with this site of late:
Punched.com <<<Check out the “Knockout Deals.” I have been able to load up on gifts for my my loved ones.

Random Review: Fast Break Walmart Hobby RePack Product

June 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

I have been so good about not buying blaster boxes this year and only buying packs or singles; until May that is. I saw a repack product with hobby packs that had Prestige basketball on the cover and took the dive at $11.99.
They also hooked me with the 2 jumbo packs, which I was curious about.

To my surprise, every pack shown on the box was what they gave me.

I started with the Prestige pack. 2 of the better rookies from the set in Noel and Dieng.

Pinnacle has always been one of my favorite products. This pack didn’t disappoint. I got an Artist Proof and a jersey card.

The Hoops pack was also fun. Pulled a Dennis Schroeder and Noel rookie. The only thing better would have been pulling a Giannis or CJ McCollum rookies.

NBA Hoops had some seriously underrated insert sets. My personal favorite are the Hoops Dreams inserts; something about the design screams premium insert to me. I also liked the Class Action insert. Look at the photography on the Howard card.

Overall I was very happy with this product. Of the 88 cards in the box, I will only donate the ones below, the rest all keepers. Basketball is my main personal collection so I might be more enthusiastic about this product compared to the average person. Definitely worth a flier if for under $15.

This is what’s great about the hobby: Thanks Bellafan24

June 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

With Extreme Rules on in an hour, I find this pickup very fitting. Thanks BellaFan24 for the mail day. Check him out on Twitter.

 


A numbered Bayley card, my new favorite wrestler since AJ Lee and Layla left the WWE. AJ Lee’s character reminded me of a lot of girls that I have known over my life.

Pickups: Rich Buckler comics

May 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

In remembrance of my uncle, one of the first things I did when I found out that he died, after asking my mom a thousand questions like is she okay, was hit Ebay to snatch up his work that was on my want list. Random side tangent, despite being in the business, artist and their families have a bad tendency not to appreciate what they do. Drawings are just work supplies to them like does a tattoo artist keep his multiple rough drafts, no he tosses them. Well that is what comic book artists have had a tendency to do and that is why original artwork from back in the day is so scarce. (My experience relates to hearing a bunch of these stories second hand and also experience with my dad Bill DuBay, not my Uncle for the record.) My family wishes that we kept all of my dad’s old stuff. Tangent over. Although that does lead me to one of the pics. I thought that I was getting a steal and buying original artwork but in my haze regarding my uncle’s death, I realized that I overpaid for a print. All is well that ends well though as I will definitely hang it up.

As a low budget spender to begin with, I didn’t have much to but I bought a few things. I mainly bought what I would regret passing on, if in hindsight said comics don’t turn up for sale again. Thank you credit.

So 4 comics, 1 print. I spent about $30 and don’t regret it, even if I thought I was getting something better than I actually did.

I had to grab a bunch of his Ninja Turtles work. They were a special part of my childhood. I had no idea then that my uncle worked on these until very recently; interestingly my mom didn’t either because if she did, I would’ve had these around as a kid. These comics predate the Turtles phenomenon as they were made in 1986 so it is cool that my Uncle got in at the ground level of one of something so relevant to me. Seeing his name next to Kevin Eastman is as cool to me as him working with Jack Kirby is to most comic book lovers; seriously though my uncle worked with greats and I am so proud to share the same blood as him because he was great himself.


I took a $2 flier on a Ninja Turtles parody type deal that he did. Below is the artwork that will be up on my wall soon. I regret not getting an original piece of his when he was healthy.

May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

It took a while to hit me but I am finally melting over losing my uncle. Probably because my mom is back in town after traveling to his funeral. The amount of people that have come out of the woodwork to send their condolences has been amazing. I am passing them all along to my mom who appreciates all the love. My family has had a field day sharing all of the links and photos that people have shared.
It is crazy to think that my mom would have never met my dad if it wasn’t for my dad being roommates and fellow artist with my uncle. They were struggling artists trying to make ends meet by doing something they loved. Comics literally helped breed my immediate family into existence.
Anyway, I am sick of writing about me on here. A lot of tributes have come in for my uncle and below is just a small glimpse:

 

Marvel posted a nice remembrance that can be found here: https://news.marvel.com/comics/65645/marvel-remembers-rich-buckler/

5 Rich Buckler comics you must read: http://comicbook.com/comics/2017/05/23/5-rich-buckler-comics-you-need-to-read/#1

Not sure how legit this is but someone started a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name: https://www.gofundme.com/RichBucklerScholarship

Bleeding Cool seems to be the go to source for his obituary as many places are linking back to their article on his death: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/05/20/deathlok-star-squadron-co-creator-marvel-dc-comics-artist-rich-buckler-passed/

Hollywood Reporter was on of the sites that mentioned the Bleeding Cool article: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rich-buckler-dead-marvel-dc-comics-artist-was-68-1005867

Smash Pages has a well written piece on him: http://smashpages.net/2017/05/26/remembering-rich-buckler/
Mentioned in the Smash Pages article was this: http://www.inkwellawards.com/?p=5853

This post mentions his “how to” books. Those were fun reads as a kid: http://www.ibtimes.com/rich-buckler-facts-things-know-about-marvel-dc-comics-artist-deathlok-co-creator-2541672

A comic book artists death covered appropriately on ComicBook.com: http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/20/rich-buckler-passes-away-marvel-dc-comic-artist-deathlok-creator/

I also wrote a letter to him following his death that gained this site traction. That can be found here: Dear Uncle Rick

More can be found:
http://www.cbr.com/rich-buckler-deathlok-all-star-squadron-has-died/

http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1395679

The tributes on his Facebook page have been beyond amazing. Over 150 people from several different countries, and even in different languages have shared their well wishes; amazing. (Side note: this also happened when my dad died but it still crazy to see the impact that my family had on people. I still can barely comprehend it.) I wish that I had enough room to share all the screenshots that I have taken of the tributes. Instead here is a sampling:

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“The Hendrix of comics art.”

 

Tomorrow I am going to post some of my pickups of his stuff. I will gladly add your link if you wrote a memorial on my Uncle, just Tweet me or any other avenue.

Pickups: 6 month old package I never opened

May 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

Quick one off post: I had this sitting on my desk since the end of last year and never opened it. What is that, six months?
This is an Allen Robinson signed hat compliments of Vizio from their Fandemonium program. It was one of those programs where I paid attention to it for a few months then off and on every few weeks. The points added up though. It didn’t come with a certificate of authenticity or anything. No big deal.

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Here is my refferal link: https://www.vizio.com/customer/account/login/register?_cts_=0V8rOknc
Program isn’t exciting but it added up. If you buy Vizio products, I do recommend it though. Robinson has turned himself into a heck of a player.

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