I am currently back in Northern California teaching in the Sacramento area. I got hired in December as a replacement teacher, so I've been busy since then. But over spring break I finally to unpack my room, set up my recording studio, and finally got to look at the SWEET SWEET Tormod's Crypts that Prospero mailed me last year after my cards got stolen. (Prospero's from Europe, )
I will edit this more tomorrow, just wanted to get Prospero's shout-out out there cuz I couldn't figure out how to reply to our private conversation.
Hey. I'm 45, lost about 100lbs in the last year, got my recording studio up and running for the first time in 15 years, gave up teaching, and will now hit the road, turning my life towards music.
Here is a little selection of what I have been doing.
Also, I have CD's, but have no idea how to market them. Contact me if interested.
Jesse The Surgical Tech
Urine Fashion 2K17
Tax Day Jam
I post at www.youtube.com/teamvacaville
Let me know what you think, feel free to ask any questions!
- Jeff Neilson aka LotusHead
I followed up investigation by going to Davis PD, and an officer met me at the shop in Davis where cards were found. He was as helpful as he could be without say, helping. (He is not sure that the cards can be proven to be unique as there are no serial numbers etc. )
So I will have to find the seller of my cards myself. I'm thinking of making a fun video (since I have a studio and jump at any chance to use it) to get the seller to come to me.
Now I have to go to work, but I thought I'd leave this update here in case there is a better plan that what I have come up with.
List of cards with detail are on my Google Doc, I will post in all the FB sites where Magic happens in NorCal, personally contact each store to let them know how to find list of cards in case they got any of them at their store. Make video to get seller to come to me.
THEN hand off to police.
@Prospero What was returned was the 3 Wastelands, 1 Foil WurmCoil Engine (with unique damage), 3 Triskellions (1 foil Mir, 1 Foil French Mir, 1 asian non-foil), bent foil Duplicant and non-foil DSC. All but DSC was in Shop Deck with power, and my google doc has specifics on each card (ie, Mox Jet and Mox Emerald I can differentiate, but Saphire and Lotus are just like any other sapphire or lotus.
@Prospero Aahz and BC from TMD allready hooked me up with a start on a Vintage shop deck a few months ago (tangle wires, spheres, a few more lockpieces and robots), but with these 9 cards, I'm closer than ever. Hell, if you are gonna force a Tolarian Academy and Ancient Tombs and Mishra's Factories on me, that would help. But I may just uncover more now that I am being more public about it.
But I'm just lucky that any sign of them at all showed up. Incredible luck for someone who lost all their cards!
I did find my underpowered EDH deck (lost in trunk for 2 years, so I still have Unl Chaos Orb, Alpha Demonic Hordes, and the Berzerk I opened from my first pack of Magic in '94.
Well, here's a rough draft of what my MTG App has listed, plus filling in some gaps from memory.
List of Cards on google docs
Talked to FFPD in person again. They want this list, and for me to talk to Davis PD (where cards were recovered, to pick up investigation from there, so that's what I'm doing. Making list. Will contact Davis PD soon.
@LotusHead Online police report was rejected, and said I had to come in, which I was more than happy to do. Cops listened to me explain situation again, and they want me to contact Davis PD once I have my list of cards typed up. (I live in Fairfield, cards stolen in Fairfield, cards recovered at Bizarro World in Davis. )
Once list types up, will post to all the MTG stores/FB groups to see if cards were unloaded elsewhere.
I recovered Promo WurmCoil Engine (that had crease where chair ran over it), Foil Triskele (French Trike), Foil Triskellion (Not french), Asian Triskelian from Anthologies most likely (not foil), Foil Duplicant from Mirroden block (bent as foils sometimes are). These were all in same deck (with power, wastelands etc), but Altered Gilded Lotus and Altered Sundering Titan (all three with silver sharpie and similar art styles) were recognized as "yeah, I saw that, it sold a long time ago". But stuff not found are say, Vintage Dredge with 3 proxies (Bazaar Bazaar and Bazaar with art by BC), Affinity.dec with Arcbound Ravagers with sharpied borders cuz my teammates were idiots, Ancient Tombs (likely foil) and Tezzeret Agent of Bolas (don't remember if anyone ever gave me the foil one), Melek EDH Deck, Sliver EDH deck (with Sliver Token that looked like a token for an arcade game hand drawn), Proxied up Oath of Druids, Blue Mentor, Auriok Salvager deck with 1 Foil, 1 altered Salvager, 4 foil Trinket Mages from 5th Dawn, a playset of signed Ice Ace Brainstorms (signed by Chris Rush in black sharpie) and so forth. Will write up list and distribute it here and to all the FB pages and store pages I can.
Also, will update police report to have actual contents described.
Will also shop around the name I have to see if anyone I know knows this person (it didn't come up on FB, but not everyone does FaceBook.
I'm heading out to recover my cards from the store now. Once we see what is still at the store, hopefully the store owner will narrow down who sold the cards. (To recap, I assume whoever sold the cards didn't now they were stolen. I just need that confirmed name to let the Police take over.
Who's got two thumbs, a BLACKER LOTUS (signed from Unglued), and just found his MTG Familiar app on previous phone that had a running total of the choice cards in my backpack?
<<<<<<====------- This Guy! Whoot!
Anyways, the Shop owner has hinted that now that he's thought about it, he has some likely candidates in mind. Now that I got my ACTUAL LIST (yes, I made a short vid. Should I post? or keep secret?), I will probably be there 11AM tomorrow.
@Khahan Current plan is to
A) Get my last wasteland from the guy who has it.
B) update police report online to have a more specific list of what was in the backpack
C) Try and get the store owner to remember who sold him these cards (This means finding out how many of my cards are still at the store, to see if anything jobs the owner's memory. Even if it's just to establish the time the cards were bought). Basically, get a name of who sold the cards to the store. This will take work, but reaching out publically to get that person to come to me is another way of going about it.
I prefer the plan to find out what else of mine made it to the store (recover what I can if there is more to be recovered at this site).
D) Turn that name over to cops and let the professionals take over.
E) Contact similar stores. Having the exact date would be helpful.
My timeline is approximately one month, then I plan to move out of state. So I would really like to get that name first.
Hopefully this works. Been a long time since I tried pics.
So my 4 Wastelands and altered BSC have been recovered at a local store (The store is blameless, but can confirm who sold them the cards if I find out who did.
I am sure that whoever sold the cards to the localish store did not know they were stolen, but knows where they got them from. I plan to use social media to reach that person and have them contact me to help with my investigation. That's when the cops are willing to do more on their end. Tomorrow I will get the 3rd Wasteland (the 4th was not altered so was not actually unique like these are) and figure out how to get my message out. I will give the cops a detailed report of what I remember was in the backpack, contact the person who sold the cards to the store, then hand back to cops/works with cops who are the professionals.
Enjoy the pic! Thanks for all your advise, and I'm sure I will make a list of the power/notable LotusHead cards (Who recently got a playset of Foil Chalice Of The Void, or Vintage Dredge Deck, or Modern/Legacy Robots Deck, Or Melek EDH or Sliver Queen EDH, or Proxied up Vintage Oath decks, etc.
@desolutionist all of this happened in the last 24 hours.
All I know is that my cards were sold (as valuable Magic cards do), and ended up on the shelf of a store. I am fairly confident that I can solve the mystery of who sold the cards to the localish store, but I have no idea how much the police will help.
I have 1 vote for #4 (pester police).
Last year, two backpacks were stolen from my care. One of those was my magic backpack, the other my teacher backpack. A police report was filed, but what else can you do? Hope someone sells it and it gets seen by people that know my cards?
Well, that happened. One of my custom Wastelands were bought from a relatively local store (within an hour of where I live) and spotted by a fellow EDH player familiar with my pimp shit.
I will edit in pics later, but I went to said store, talked to owner and was able to recover my 3 altered Wastelands and an altared Blightsteel Collossus that was also in the display.
So obviously I have some info on who sold the cards to the store. I am totally willing to let the police take over, assuming they plan to follow up on any of this (I have no way of knowing if the police are going to want to investigate a lead on a 15K stolen collection or not.
I am posting this much here, on TMD because people here care. Any advice?
Things I am considering:
- say nothing more till cops talk to me (ie, wait for the professionals)?
- Do what I'm doing and find more clues by reaching out actively in MTG groups on social media?
- Go nuts, make a film out of this because I am leaving behind my life as school teacher, and moving out into the world pursuing a life of music and art? (and if the cops help, great, but wait, what?)
- Get a lawyer/PrivateDetective/CallPoliceStation and actively get the cops helping solve this crime now. This is 15K worth of cards, and this is what cops are for. Make a stink. ?
I am currently doing step three, and got interrupted by this bizarre thing called "getting hella lucky" by having my unique cards surface.
I don't know if my posts about my cards being lost are on this version of TMD, but TheManaDrain gets the first scoop bitches!
After having my Vintage backpack stolen last May, I've been out of the Magic thing, except for some local proxy Vintage tourneys (TMD's BC always has an extra deck).
But more importantly, after 15 years, I finally got a recording studio up and working. LotusHead is my "Band Name". and has been since the mid-90's. Also, the internet smartphones and YouTube are all a thing now. So while I am crushed that 20years worth of magic cards are gone, I at least have my other hobby back: making stuff!
Behold, LotusHead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aua9JmKP0h0
It's "rock" and is not related to MTG (I wrote the lyrics in 1992). But it's a video showcasing "my mad editing skills". Also, I wear a costume directly ripping off FSociety from Mr Robot.
In otherwords, feel free to share it with anyone wants to know about actual bands based on Magic Card Names.
Also, super props to BC and Aahz for hooking me up with some excess Workshop pieces, so I can rebuild a 15 proxy deck.