Friday, August 28, 2015

Germain Lussier interview, Classic Art 2, Women of Star Wars

Joining us this week is entertainment reporter Germain Lussier, the author of How the Hell Is This JPG of Han Solo Worth $225? He's been trading cards since nearly the beginning, and wrote the article to introduce the app, who runs it, and the community surrounding it, to people not already in the know. He gives us a background into how he got pulled into the app, the approach he used for the story, and extra bits from the people he spoke with at Lucasfilm and Topps that didn't make it into the article.

In other news, Michael's bold predictions fell flat last week: Topps stays silent on TK and storyboard...Topps gently put us in our place, reminding us that our predictions come true or not at their whim. So, thus humbled, we rein in our projections for this week, which, is probably a safe hedging of our bets, given what may be launching on Force Friday. We discuss the new sets, including the changes to the Classic Art format in #2, and Women of Star Wars, overall giving both a thumbs up due to the info we've been asking for, set length, awards to be had, etc., at their launch.

Also, of course, our R2 unit reveals the final clues for the Black Sun Card Cantina contest! Join the group and collect the clues from this month's episodes for a chance to win 7 marathon cards!

Follow Germain (and us) on Twitter, and stay close with us as we approach Force Friday!

Friday, August 21, 2015

No New Sets, Two New Pink, and How Did GM Go Wrong?

Like the groundhog seeing his shadow and adding additional weeks of winter, Michael's prediction of "no new sets" two weeks ago has somehow frozen the introduction of them for a second week. We discuss this strange phenomenon along with a potification, or dare I say, rumination about the reason for the GM variants that just won't seem to go away. And if you're following along with the contest brought to us by the Black Sun Card Cantina, note that once the final clues are revealed during next week's podcast, you'll have time to privately send your answer in, instead of having to be the first to post it. The winner will be selected at random from among all correct answers submitted in time. Finally, Michael pokes his head out of the ground again to make a new bold prediction. Tune in to hear it!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

65 1977s, Pink Yoda, Rising Odds

Michael's prediction came true: after a blistering schedule of seven sets released, Topps released absolutely no new sets. That's not to say there's nothing to talk about...there were two new kinds of chases that came in both gold and pink. One was more noteworthy than the other. Possibly the biggest kerfluffle in the community was the inadvertently exciting conclusion of what had otherwise been one of the most stable reliable sets in the game. And unfortunately the excitement was not due to the surprise of the 11 award cards that were announced. Are you part of the '77 family? How do you feel ending up one short of the expected number? Let us know on Twitter, @CT_Illuminerdy, and of course keep tuning in during August for additional pieces of the puzzle that, if you're the fastest to solve when all the pieces are given out, could net you seven marathon cards courtesy of the Black Sun Card Cantina.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Seven new sets in a week: From Prism to Naboo

"I'm thinking a new set between now and the next time we record." Michael, Thursday 7/30/2015.

I don't know if his prediction was accurate, or wildly inaccurate. Prism was released that afternoon and made his prediction true, but then 6 other sets introduced after that made something of a mockery of "a new set or two." Posters of the Rebellion, Mechanical Evolution, Icons, Light Side, Street Art, and Naboo have followed so fast and furious that our usual reflexive refresh of the Transmission feed has been tempered somewhat, lest it reveal another set and associated packs to vie for our at
tention in the Cantina. Speaking of which, at the time we recorded and our posting this, we count 18 different packs for sale in the Cantina without master pack access, and a whopping 37 total if you've got access to that. Don't say they never gave you enough options about where to spend credits!

Our contest in association with the Black Sun Card Cantina continues; listen for R2 to get another couple of letters for the prize hunt.

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