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06-18-2008, 10:03 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>edited per Rick

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06-18-2008, 10:10 PM
Posted By: <b>Tom Boblitt</b><p>thank you for zapping it with your moderator ALLCAPS reduction ray gun.........and pushing the button to eliminate exclamation points.

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06-18-2008, 10:13 PM
Posted By: <b>Rob D.</b><p>Wow, I bet the GAI staff will be shocked when it returns to the office ... (wait for it) ... on Monday.

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06-18-2008, 10:23 PM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Leon, is there something we're supposed to do with this information?

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06-18-2008, 10:24 PM
Posted By: <b>jeffdrum</b><p>THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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06-18-2008, 10:40 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I am merely the messenger.....I think this could change everything, too.....

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06-18-2008, 10:42 PM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Has Barry seen this? He's probably taking out his red marker and editing it now.....

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06-18-2008, 10:51 PM
Posted By: <b>Anthony S.</b><p>Does this mean we can feed him after midnight?

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06-18-2008, 10:56 PM
Posted By: <b>Al C.risafulli</b><p>So what do I do NOW?!<br /><br />-Al

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06-18-2008, 11:02 PM
Posted By: <b>Tom Boblitt</b><p>...

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06-19-2008, 12:12 AM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>This whole second-person plural self-referencing has to CUT IT OUT! First "The Bruces", now "Gizmii"?

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06-19-2008, 03:17 AM
Posted By: <b>MikeU</b><p>Wow, strong power play by Gizmo. Leon, can we start a pool on the timing of the counter offer? <br /><br />I am certain those two offers on the table are very tangible. Can you imagine the lost business at GAI if one of the offer included:<br /><br />"Gizmo, former lead authenticator at GAI, is now on the Coache's Corner Team." Now that my friends, would be a game changing event.

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06-19-2008, 04:56 AM
Posted By: <b>Tim Kinserlow</b><p>Personally, I would not trust any signature authenticated from either GAI or Gizmo, just based on their word. I have enough years/experience in autograph collecting that I can spot the bad stuff that their "experts" routinely miss. They have authenticated some legit autographs, but I have seen more than my fair share of forgeries residing with GAI authentication attached to them.<br /><br />Honestly, I have seen so many bad GAI authenticated autograph pieces that it's sickening. Not sure if it was the great work of Gizmo, the former Justin Priddy, or another "expert" over there. <br /><br />They are not really helping the hobby with their autograph authentication services. I wish they would just get an authenticator in there to get it right, or cease the services. I can't imagine how many uneducated collectors have been burned by buying some of those forgeries GAI has passed.<br /><br />These are just my personal opinions and experiences.

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06-19-2008, 07:59 AM
Posted By: <b>Marty Ogelvie</b><p><P>Celebrity marriages, they never last!</P><P>Gizmo and GAI seemed like a match made in heaven.</P><br><br>martyOgelvie<br />nyyankeecards.com

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06-19-2008, 08:24 AM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>Who cares?

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06-19-2008, 09:11 AM
Posted By: <b>John Basilone</b><p>Thanks Leon for the laugh this morning. I just "snorked" my coffee.<br /><br />Too funny.

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06-19-2008, 09:23 AM
Posted By: <b>peter ullman</b><p>the gremlin from goonies was an authenticator?

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06-19-2008, 10:00 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I think your "snorking" of your coffee might just have overtaken the original event in terms of sheer importance....

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06-19-2008, 10:01 AM
Posted By: <b>Red</b><p>If GAI has stock it just increased.

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06-19-2008, 10:33 AM
Posted By: <b>Steve</b><p>For those unfamiliar. Rick Giddings, aka Gizmo, is a real superstar and a cunning linguist in the collecting arena... Just ask him.<br /><br />11/07, Gizmo typed; <br />"FUNNY THING WAS STEVE ROCCHI IS VERY CLOSE TO ME,ARE YOU AN IDIOT?AND I ACTUALLY JUST GOT OFF PHONE WITH STEVE,AND HE EXPLAINED THE SITUATION!SO TAKE YOUR KISS ASS ATTITUDE,AND JAM IT!I ALSO COMPLIMENTED MIKE BAKER FOR THE RECORD!AND STEVE IS NOT IN TOTAL CONTROL OF THAT COMPANY,WHICH HE PROBABLY SHOULD BE!AND HE ALSO ASKED US NOT TO JUMP SHIP,THINGS ARE BEING WORKED OUT!BEINGS I AM STILL THERE MIDWEST SUBMISSION CENTER,I THINK I KNOW STEVE A LITTLE BETTER THEN YOU!I APPRECIATE YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD GLOBAL,BUT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THROUGH WHAT ALOT OF US HAVE!SO WHEN YOUR DONE KISSING HIND ENDS,LET ME KNOW,OTHERWISE IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS BEEN THROUGH,SHUT YOUR FLAP!STEVE AND MIKE WILL DO FINE WHETHER WE MAKE IT OR DONT!JUST NEED TO GET SOME OF THE OVERPAYED,NON WORKING PEOPLE OUT OF THE PICTURE!MAYBE THEY CAN WORK FOR YOU?AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE ALOT OF BRAIN SURGEONS LIKE YOURSELF RUNNING AROUND KISSING BUTTS?"<br /><br />Brilliant!<br /><br /><br /><br />

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06-19-2008, 10:42 AM
Posted By: <b>Randy Trierweiler</b><p>Now thats the kind of spirit I like in my Autograph Authenticators!

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06-19-2008, 10:51 AM
Posted By: <b>Bottom of the Ninth</b><p>He is a regular Shakespeare and such an effective communicator. This clearly demonstrates anyone can sell cards. I am so proud to be in the same line of work as Rick. Congratulations to GAI on this one. <br /><br />By the way, has anyone here ever purchased one of Rick's "quality cards?" <br /><br />Greg<br /><br /><br />

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06-19-2008, 11:02 AM
Posted By: <b>Anthony N.</b><p>&lt;&lt;Gizmo, former lead authenticator at GAI, is now on the Coache's Corner Team." Now that my friends, would be a game changing event.&gt;&gt;<br /><br />C'mon Mike, even Coach's Corner has standards to uphold!

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06-19-2008, 11:08 AM
Posted By: <b>Jason L</b><p>Who is Rick Giddings?<br />Does this person actually refer to himself as Gizmo?<br />and <br />What is GAI?<br /><br />Much thanks<br />

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06-19-2008, 11:12 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>GAI's are now allowed to be legally married....it's a big deal...I guess...<br /><br />"Gizmo's" is the name of Rick Giddings sportscard company I believe....

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06-19-2008, 11:19 AM
Posted By: <b>Rob D.</b><p><img src="http://www.dispatch.com/wwwexportcontent/sites/dispatch/indians/2007photos/gizmo200.jpg"> <b>VS.</b> <img src="http://www.dispatch.com/wwwexportcontent/sites/dispatch/indians/2007photos/gazoo.jpg">

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06-19-2008, 11:32 AM
Posted By: <b>peter ullman</b><p>Can SCG's and PSA's be legally married now too?

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06-19-2008, 11:35 AM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>"Go out and authenticate, Dum-Dum!"

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06-19-2008, 11:43 AM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Rob, no one, and I mean no one, tops Gazoo.

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06-19-2008, 11:44 AM
Posted By: <b>Richard Dwyer</b><p>Goodbye DICK GIDDINGS! Please chime in here, so I can tear you a new one again. <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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06-19-2008, 11:45 AM
Posted By: <b>peter ullman</b><p>kazoo?<br /><br /><br />

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06-19-2008, 11:46 AM
Posted By: <b>Jodi Birkholm</b><p>Gezundheit.

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06-19-2008, 11:50 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Rick just called me again. He said he was blocked from the board but my guess is it's an AOL issue. I think we might have the privilege of a response SOON!!!!....

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06-19-2008, 11:52 AM
Posted By: <b>Rob D.</b><p><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zoSiKpqvD9Q&hl=en"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zoSiKpqvD9Q&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

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06-19-2008, 01:18 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Rick is an AOL user and is being inadvertently blocked from Net54 so he asked me to post this for him.....<br /><br /><br />per Rick this is being edited out...

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06-19-2008, 01:22 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>This is how GAI came back with a new and better business model? This is a baffling company.

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06-19-2008, 01:49 PM
Posted By: <b>PAS</b><p>If GAI eventually fails, as seems likely, one wonders what will happen to Mike Baker who, by all accounts, is an extremely knowledgeable grader notwithstanding whatever mistakes of businesss judgment he may have made along the way.

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06-19-2008, 01:54 PM
Posted By: <b>Scott Gutwein</b><p>This guy seems unsavory.<br /><br />The above e-mail reminds me of a similar correspondence I had with Greg of BOTN, another jerk I'll never give my business to.<br /><br />Scott Gutwein

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06-19-2008, 01:56 PM
Posted By: <b>Steve</b><p>Does anyone really care?<br /><br /><br />Steve

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06-19-2008, 01:59 PM
Posted By: <b>Cobby33</b><p>No.

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06-19-2008, 02:02 PM
Posted By: <b>Richard Dwyer</b><p>My ignorance? How about your's Dick? With your horrific writing skills, how do you get a job anywhere? Your name is mud. You'll lose all your customers with the attitude you have. Your parents need to put you back in Child Care. No one here gives a crap about you. Everyone here thinks you're a big joke. I'd be embarrassed to show up around here. Amazing how Leon forwards your messages when you slammed him here the last time around. GROW UP!!!

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06-19-2008, 02:15 PM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>RIP Harvey Korman aka The Great Gazoo<br /><br /><img src="http://www.headinjurytheater.com/images/S&M%20gazoo%20good.jpg">

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06-19-2008, 02:28 PM
Posted By: <b>Mark McKernon</b><p>Sentences end with a period.

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06-19-2008, 02:39 PM
Posted By: <b>Aaron Patton</b><p><br /><br />...holy smokes, after the afternoon I'm having, this is just what the doctor ordered.<br /><br />Leon, for the sake of The Board's comic relief, I hope you continue to act as courier for Gizmo Giddings hobby-altering postings.<br /><br />How the Gizmo/GAI relationship went south will be of paramount concern for the remainder of my very busy afternoon. <br /><br />HILARIOUS.

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06-19-2008, 02:47 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Rick called and asked me to edit his last post out...Since he could have done it himself, had he not been accidentally blocked, I did it for him. I would do the same for anyone. He did say the original post could stay....so there you go...Sorry to take away some of the comic relief.....

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06-19-2008, 02:52 PM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Selfish.

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06-19-2008, 03:03 PM
Posted By: <b>Cat</b><p><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1213902192.GIF">

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06-19-2008, 03:05 PM
Posted By: <b>DJ</b><p>What really amazes me about a genre of collecting that is riddled with fraud is that no matter what bad press is thrust upon them, they manage to survive and still prosper. Global may yet again change it's business strategy and there may again be a following that allows it to continue to act on the behalf of the collecting public. <br /><br />As SCD continues to prosper (exist?) despite the fact that it is has done more harm than good and refuses to listen to the advertisers and readers who continue to show it's distaste for the once prominent publication by reducing it to the thickness of an Olson twin, the hobby mavens refuse to see change as a solution. <br /><br />By the way, Coach's Corner's latest auction ends on Friday so get those bids in early!<br /><br />They say that a first impressions are important because you form an immediate opinion...like a kid with a mohawk on a job interview...you may have already formed an opinion in a negative light, I have to question the education of a person who throws himself out there with those grammar skills. <br /><br />This is the guy who is passing or failing my Babe Ruth ball? He can't even end a sentence properly. <br /><br />My two cents...<br /><br />DJ<br /><br />

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06-19-2008, 03:06 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Rick called back and asked for the original post to be edited out, so I did. This is unusual but since he can't post, due not to nothing he did, I helped. He did ask to take down, or edit, a few other posts but that is up to the original posters......Hope everyone understands and appreciates the issue. I also see no reason to lock the thread at this point. .....long day

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06-19-2008, 03:11 PM
Posted By: <b>Aaron Patton</b><p><br />Gizmo mind games. He has all of us right where he wants.<br /><br />

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06-19-2008, 03:15 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I think it's more like Rick got a call from someone and agreed to have it edited out....it's his call on his posts.....but, no, I doubt there was the capacity to play head games....

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06-19-2008, 03:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Aaron Patton</b><p><br />Leon. <br /><br />Tongue in cheek. Tongue in cheek. <br /><br />BTW, you're doing a helluva job. Keep up the good work!<br /><br />Best,

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06-19-2008, 03:21 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>thanks...sorry, sometimes I get so wound up being defensive I don't know the good from the bad.....I feel like a "push me pull me" sometimes.....I enjoy moderating except in threads like this.....though there was some humor and I very much enjoy that....<br /><br />For the record I will NOT edit anyone's posts if someone else asks me too unless the post is anonymous (then I have no mercy).....I WILL make sure folks know who it is that is saying things about them though, if they ask.....no wimpy anonymous posting on this board.....

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06-19-2008, 03:23 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>I doubt there was the capacity to play head games.<br /><br />Good one <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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06-19-2008, 03:29 PM
Posted By: <b>DJ</b><p>Funny, Barry.<br /><br />DJ

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06-19-2008, 04:01 PM
Posted By: <b>Jim VB</b><p>Leon, <br /><br />Just out of idle curiousity,does Gizmo use all capital letters when speaking on the phone also?

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06-19-2008, 04:03 PM
Posted By: <b>DD</b><p>Jim,<br />Only when he yells. He uses the small caps function when he whispers.

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06-19-2008, 04:19 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>No, not all caps but probably R rated....Not sure I would want my 11 yr old listening in.....

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06-19-2008, 04:20 PM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>Jodi: George completely agrees as to the abuse of second person plural self-referencing. It makes George mad. Jimmy too. <br /><br />As far as the news goes, yawn. GAI is a dead grader walking anyhow. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br><br>Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc

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06-19-2008, 04:23 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>The "Jimmy" episode was on yesterday. A very funny one indeed.

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06-19-2008, 06:32 PM
Posted By: <b>Steve</b><p>I heard they let him go.<br /><br />Steve

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06-19-2008, 06:58 PM
Posted By: <b>MikeU</b><p>"Rick called back and asked for the original post to be edited out, so I did. This is unusual but since he can't post, due not to nothing he did, I helped. He did ask to take down, or edit, a few other posts but that is up to the original posters......Hope everyone understands and appreciates the issue. I also see no reason to lock the thread at this point. .....long day"<br /><br />With this information, I must assume that Rick's power play worked and he has received a counter offer from GAI to keep him away from his other offers. Out of a courtesy for his strong relationship with Steve/GAI, he requested Leon to delete his original post while he mulls the offer. I can not think of any other tangabile reason for the text edit.

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06-19-2008, 07:27 PM
Posted By: <b>Gene Palmer</b><p>&lt;&lt;For those unfamiliar. Rick Giddings, aka Gizmo, is a real superstar and a cunning linguist&gt;&gt;<br /><br />cunning linguist? As Dave Niehaus would say..."My Oh My."<br /><br />This has to be one of the funniest threads I've seen on here in a long time! <img src="/images/wink.gif" height=14 width=14>

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06-19-2008, 07:59 PM
Posted By: <b>MikeU</b><p>"&lt;&lt;Gizmo, former lead authenticator at GAI, is now on the Coache's Corner Team." Now that my friends, would be a game changing event.&gt;&gt;<br /><br />C'mon Mike, even Coach's Corner has standards to uphold!"<br /><br />Anthony, <br /><br />Lets say Jeff L. hired you on retainer to buy a Ty Cobb, the best player in baseball history to wear spikes, autographed Boston Garter card and both Gizmo and Coach's Corner happened to have one available at the same time and you were forced to purchase one of them. <br /><br />1. Do you buy from the former lead authenticator of GAI? <br /><br />Or<br /><br />2. Do you buy from the forensic experts employed by Coach's Corner? <br /><br />There are no third choices.

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06-19-2008, 08:12 PM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>Can I buy back my introduction to both of them?<br><br>Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc

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06-19-2008, 08:44 PM
Posted By: <b>Richard Dwyer</b><p>Dicky Giddings is no longer an expert on the GAI website. He must have pissed them off, to have his name & picture taken down so fast.

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06-19-2008, 08:47 PM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Mike, you have described a doomsday scenario. My head and stomach hurt just thinking about that choice.

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06-19-2008, 09:54 PM
Posted By: <b>Jim VB</b><p>Jeff,<br /><br />Take the one from Coach's Corner. They have a Cobb signing scheduled for next week!

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06-19-2008, 10:15 PM
Posted By: <b>Jeff Lichtman</b><p>Jim, true, I did read that somewhere. Shame that Cobb's signings have slowed down so much ever since he died and all.

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06-19-2008, 11:00 PM
Posted By: <b>James Gallo</b><p>This guy is a piece of work.<br /><br />He asks Leon to post several messages thinking anyone here would give a crap. Leon does so and then the guy has the balls to ask Leon to remove the post.<br /><br />All I know of Gizmo is what I have read here and I wouldn't take anything for free from this guy.<br /><br />Everything from his posts, actions to reactions and "statements" all give me the slimy POS dealer feeling.<br /><br />This guy needs to leave this forum be.<br /><br />I don't think there are many left that care much about GAI and I am sure there isn't anyone that cares about gizmo.<br /><br />What is the problem with not user aol and using explorer which is standard on every computer I have ever owned.<br /><br />I think this guy needs to vanish like the great Gazoo.<br /><br />James G<br /><br /><br><br>Looking for 1915 Cracker Jacks and 1909-11 American Caramel E90-1.

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06-20-2008, 08:57 AM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>"Dicky Giddings is no longer an expert on the GAI website. He must have pissed them off, to have his name & picture taken down so fast."<br /><br />They made him an Un-Person. Very creepy Orwellian vibe...<br><br>Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc

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06-20-2008, 10:19 AM
Posted By: <b>sagard</b><p>Hold on. Are you saying GAI got something done? ......before Monday?

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06-26-2008, 12:03 AM
Posted By: <b>John Basilone</b><p>YouTube video of Gizmo sourced from an article on the SCD website.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/PcmY9sjLEmI"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/PcmY9sjLEmI" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

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06-26-2008, 01:09 AM
Posted By: <b>DD</b><p>I admire him for working for Global and selling only raw cards, but will trim down my praise for him, and alter my opinion from top to bottom and side to side, if someone can tell me why I should not admire him.

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06-26-2008, 02:25 AM
Posted By: <b>Jerry</b><p>Why do I get the feeling, The Giz, would make a good used car salesman.

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06-26-2008, 12:43 PM
Posted By: <b>Richard Dwyer</b><p>And I thought he was only 15 years old! <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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06-26-2008, 01:30 PM
Posted By: <b>Bob</b><p>I didn't know that "pre-war" now means pre-Vietnam war.

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06-26-2008, 07:47 PM
Posted By: <b>Gene Palmer</b><p>Anyone notice the lettering on his shirt is printed in all caps? <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>