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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The "Checkers" Speech

Ok, so this is me, on my 7th birthday, exactly thirty years ago today. It was quite the birthday haul, so much so that it left me plum exhausted and passed out on the floor of our cabin in the Poconos--a Shogun Warrior (Mazinga), some Star Wars items not pictured, and a DC Superheroes Checker Set. And therein lay the tragedy.

Over the years, I have been able--if I ever wanted to--repurchase all the wonderful toys I had as a kid, except,
for some strange reason, this DC Superheroes Checker Set. I have never seen it on eBay once, or at a convention, ever. The only evidence I have of its existence outside the above photo is this shot of it from a catalog:
...as you can see, its way cool. Its got little pieces featuring the usual suspects like Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but also The Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Dr. Light, Hawkman, and Black Canary!

Over the years, my desire to own this thing again has grown in direct proportion to my inability to find it. If I saw it on eBay all the time, I'm not sure I would even want it all that bad. Its because I can't find the damn thing that its become one of the Holy Grails of Aquaman Collecting.

So, basically, what I'm saying is, if one of you out there ever finds one of these, can you please let me know? You'd make the seven year-old me--and the + thirty years older version--very happy.


Bubbashelby said...

I totally understand your plight. I had a similar holy grail quest myself. With less to go on, and a much more obscure item to find, I was finally able to succeed: http://tinyurl.com/6f3cxz

I'm sure you will too one day.

I'll be keeping my eyes open for you!

Plaidstallions said...

Happy Birthday Rob! I'll keep my eyes open for this at every show. I hate to mention that I've seen it....

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Rob!

Hatter J said...

Happy Birthday!
I have one comic store that's more of a toy store, and I'll check there periodically for you.

Anonymous said...

Again, Happiest, (Tricky) Rob!
-Craig W.
(Big 5-0 two weeks ago - old enough to get your subject heading joke!

Paul Kupperberg said...

Happy birthday, Rob, ya ol' sea dog!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Rob, I'll be keeping my eyes open for that item!

Bubbashelby said...

I forgot to mention: Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy B-Day, Rob! I'll join the posse saddling up to track down that checker set for you.

BTW: Another Aquaman / Phelps mention in the NY Post today! Here's a link to the online edition:


chunky B said...

Happy Birthday Rob!

Include me in on keeping an eye out for this wonderful checkers set!

John said...

Feliz Cumpleanos (someone had to be a little different). I'm not quite 50, but over 30+, so I got the "Checkers" reference, too. Peace.

Scurvy said...

Happy Birthday Rob. I think we all have our Aquagrails, but that is one I have never seen.

Adama said...

That's a cool set! I'll keep an eye out at Dragoncon for you!

Happy Aqua-Birthday rob!

Anonymous said...

See this is why I love this site. I never knew anything like this checkers set even existed.
I hope you find it one day.
Anyway Happy B-Day!
Cindy Healy

The Irredeemable Shag said...

Rob - Happy Birthday, you old sea dog! I hope it was a great one!

I'll keep my eyes out for you on the checkers set.

Take care,
The Irredeemable Shag

Jon K said...

Hey, Rob... Happy Birthday! I've seen this one show up on eBay a couple of times (I have at least one photo in my archives). If I see another one pop up, I'll definitely alert you ASAP!


Doug said...

Er, um, happy birthday…?

Sorry I missed it, hope it was a great one!