Happy Devil’s Night!

Devils Night 2013“Here’s to Devil’s Night, my new favorite holiday.”  – T-Bird “The Crow” (1994)

Being from Michigan we thought we’d offer up a little information on our beloved Devil’s Night.

Taken from Wikipedia:

Devil’s Night is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween, particularly in Detroit, Michigan.

Devil’s Night is a long-standing tradition predating World War II, with anecdotal incidents occurring as early as the 1930s.  Traditionally, youths in Detroit engaged in a night of criminal behavior, which usually consisted of acts of vandalism (such as throwing eggs at the homes of neighbors, scribbling on windows with bar soap, or stringing toilet paper in trees) .  These were almost exclusively petty vandalism acts, causing little to no property damage other than perhaps a damaged mailbox or eggs hardening on windows.  These acts still go on today.

However, in the early 1970s a dark side of this holiday emerged and the vandalism escalated to more severe acts such as arson.  This primarily took place in the city but surrounding suburbs were not entirely immune.  Property owners unable to sell in the rapidly declining Detroit city housing market would use this night as an excuse to burn down their homes to collect insurance money.  These incidents were blamed on Devil’s Night hooligans, greatly adding to the notoriety of the night.

The crimes became more destructive in Detroit’s inner-city neighborhoods, and included hundreds of acts of arson and vandalism every year.  The destruction reached a peak in the mid- to late-1980s, with more than 800 fires set in 1984, and 500 to 800 fires in the three days and nights before Halloween in a typical year.

The above “Devil’s Night” trading card is available in our Artfire Shop in the Shadowed Michigan Series No. 2.


Cardboard Shivers – The Loch Ness Monster

The legendary creature said to inhabit the dark, cold waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness, The Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie” as it has become affectionately known, has been sighted in the loch hundreds of times since the 6th century.

The creature established world wide recognition in 1934 when Dr. Kenneth Wilson photographed the head and neck of Nessie.  “The Surgeon’s Photograph” as Wilson’s image became known soon became the most publicized picture of the creature and is the basis for the two (2) trading cards below.

During the 1990’s several claims that the The Surgeon’s Photograph was a hoax surfaced.  The most detailed accounts of trickery purport that the “creature” depicted in the photograph is actually a toy submarine with a sculpted neck and head attached to it.  However, there are others that have studied the image extensively and still say that it is legitimate.

Whether or not the photograph shows the genuine Loch Ness Monster or is an 80 year old prank, it remains a tantalizing sign post that leads to the question of what resides beneath the dark waters of Loch Ness.

2012 Panini Golden Age – Card No. 31 – Loch Ness Monster

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter – Creatures of Legend, Myth & Terror Card LMT2 – The Loch Ness Monster

Shadowed Michigan Trading Cards – Series No. 3 – Now Available

Now available in our Artfire Shop for $6 a pack is the latest installment of the Shadowed Michigan Trading Card series.

Series No. 3 features cards of The Paulding Light, H.H. Holmes, The Ridgeway Monster, Flight 2501 and The Ada Witch.

Each hand numbered wax style pack is limited to 40 and contains all five (5) Series No. 3 cards.

Look for randomly inserted antiquated parallel base cards aged to look decades old.

Also, be on the lookout for randomly inserted hand numbered to six (6) Paulding Light “Glow Effect” cards.

Each card features original artwork and and a detailed re-telling of each shadowed legend.

Also in our Artfire Shop look for the Shadowed Michigan Trading Card bundle.  This discounted set contains all 15 Series No. 1, 2 and 3 cards for $15.