Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2013 Allen & Ginter Blaster

I meant to post this before 2014 came out.  Oops.  Oh well.  I'll just leave these pictures here without comment.  Enjoy!










Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Magic


I want to talk to you about the pros and cons of magic.  Of course, I'm referring to the professionals and convicts that can be found in a blaster of 2012 Topps Magic.


Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and LeSean Mccoy are professionals.  Sorry Arian Foster, you were arrested in college following a fight at a night club.


Christian Ponder is a professional, and that is a great looking card.

Nelson and Flacco? Supernatural and professional.


Brady and Tebow have to be pretty far down the list of guys that are likely to commit a crime.  Professionals without a doubt.


Doug Martin is very much a professional.  He's also quite enchanting according to this card.


Michael Vick...hmmm...tough to say....yeeeahhh...

DeSean Jackson plead guilty to disturbing the peace as part of a plea deal, so this card is completely screwed.


DUI, DUI, Marijuana.  This box is taking a bad turn.

Mini professional HOKIE!!! Woohoo!


The rest of the minis to close out the blaster:

Malcolm Floyd, Mario Williams, Prince Amukamara, Mark Ingram, James Casey, and Marques Colston are all clean.  Sanchez was arrested in college, though the charges were dropped.  He still faced team discipline.  The buttfumble was straight criminal.

18 Pro
5 Con

20%, you know what that means...


Actually you don't know what that means.  Neither do I.

I'm not going to stop watching the NFL.  As long as those who commit crimes are punished in accordance with the law, I don't really care what the league does.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NFL Score Streak: Week 2

We're down to 19 teams after 1 week.

(stock photo)


This week, we have another 2008 Score Jumbo.  With just 32 cards, we should see another good chunk of layoffs.

ARIZONA CARDINALS



ATLANTA FALCONS



CAROLINA PANTHERS



CINCINNATI BENGALS - Eliminated



DENVER BRONCOS



DETROIT LIONS



GREEN BAY PACKERS



HOUSTON TEXANS - Eliminated



KANSAS CITY CHIEFS



MINNESOTA VIKINGS - Eliminated



NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - Eliminated



NEW YORK GIANTS



OAKLAND RAIDERS - Eliminated



PHILADELPHIA EAGLES



SAN DIEGO CHARGERS



SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - Eliminated



ST. LOUIS RAMS - Eliminated



TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS



TENNESSEE TITANS



So, we eliminated 7 more teams to get us down to 12.

Here's a look at the notable cards that showed up from teams that had already been eliminated:

SCORECARD #/649
What a weird picture on Merling's card.

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Flair Showcase Football Box Break


For various reasons, including Virginia Tech and Bud Foster's dismantling of Ohio State on Saturday, I decided to treat myself to a box of 2014 Flair Showcase football.  From what I'd seen online, it looked pretty good.  It's a UD product, so the players are in their college uniforms, which is right up my alley.  The only Hokie on the checklist is Logan Thomas, but he's on there quite a bit.

The box format is 12 packs with 6 cards per pack.  Each box averages 1 auto and 1 relic.  Additionally, each box should have a patch auto, Precious Metal Gems parallel, or Jambalaya insert.

The base+SP set consists of 200 cards.  The first 100 are called Row 2:


The fronts are well done as are the backs.  It definitely feels like Flair Showcase.

Cards 101-150 are Row 1 and fall roughly 1 per pack:


Again, I think the design looks great.  The Row 1 cards drop the background player making the subject jump off the card.

Cards 151-200 are Row 0 and feature 25 rookies and 25 veterans.  They are 1:3 packs, or 4 per box.


The Row 0 cards are horizontal with a background player image.

Here's a look at all three together:


These three Ka'Deem Carey cards all came from the same pack.  Pretty cool if you ask me.

I managed to get the Row 2 and Row 1 Logan Thomas cards:



I love that you can tell they got pictures from more than one game.

Each Row has blue Legacy parallels that fall ~2 per box.  I got two Row 2 parallels, each numbered to 150:

Stephen Morris and Devonta Freeman
The only real insert is Metal Universe, which fall 3 per box:


Peyton and Johnny are two of the best names to pull, so I was happy about that.

Now, on to the hits.  Relics/Autos also have the three Row levels.

My relic was a Row 0 relic of Johnny Football:


I love the Aggie Maroon swatch.

Here's my auto, it's a Row 2:



Wowzers that card is awesome.  Watkins is a beast, and the gold ink looks amazing on the gold-foil-accented card.  Before I show the last hit, I can already tell you I loved this product.  I think it has a great design, and my box was a pretty good one.

My third "hit" was not a PMG or case-hit Jambalaya.  Instead, I got a patch auto, but not just any patch auto:


Logan Thomas Row 0 Patch Auto #17/49


It just doesn't get much better than that.  I think the cardboard gods were looking out for me after the Orel of Destiny.

I know I've praised this set enough, but I have to point out something awesome.  Looking at my three LT cards, there are 5 unique images on the card fronts.  Judging by the jerseys/helmets, I can tell you they came from 3 different games.  5 unique images from 3 different games.  That is unreal.