Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How does this guy not have a card?

Look, I have no attachment to snowboarding whatsoever.  I've never been snowboarding and I've never watched it for any extended period of time. 

The one thing I do know, though, is this guy is as dominant in his sport as anyone in any sport ever. 

Sure, he's got a couple SI for Kids cards...but those aren't real.  He also has some crazy short printed Olympic card, but that's not real either. 

Topps needs to get him in Allen and Ginter ASAP.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 5 Days to go

Oooohh, can you feel it...it's almost that day!

Makes me think of all my football heroes...Vick...the other Vick...that's all.  Speaking of heroes:

+1 for Wes Welker.  He's due for a big game.  I believe Colin Cowherd predicted 11 catches...
Too bad somebody dropped a Chris Long and Matt Ryan turd in these packs.

Awesome...I'm totally going to collect the Joe Satriani and Jimi Hendrix rainbows.  Wait...you didn't put Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani in the GUITAR HEROES set?!?!?! What the F***?!?!?! When you are making a list of Guitar Heroes, you simply write Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani, then, and only then, do you maybe add a couple more.  Until Jimi and Satch are on the list, you simply have a list of Guitar Guys that Play Guitar, not Guitar Heroes. What a joke. 

ahhh...saved by the beauty of these cards.
I guess I can't complain about the packs since I did get a hit...

...even if it is Brodie Croyle.  I still don't understand how this guy was a third round pick. 

With the Welker point, the score is now:

Patriots 10
Giants 6

Monday, January 30, 2012

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 6 Days to go

Less than a week!

Today's packs: 1 1/2 Retail packs of 2011 Prestige.

wait...how is it 1 1/2 you say?

Well, one is a ten-card retail pack, and the half is a 5-card Dollar Tree Pack

Speaking of Dollar Tree, did you know you can order things online in bulk from Dollar Tree?  This came in handy for my wedding, as we had to do a lot of decorating with not alot of money.

Anyway, back to the cards:

Those are some hideous rookie cards.
No points, but I did score a Hokie:

Too bad the 'Niners aaren't in it anymore, I would have given them tons of points for a Hokie.

Score remains:

Patriots 9
Giants 6

Sunday, January 29, 2012

LCS Trip Part 3 (of 3): Bargain Bin Finds

While digging for Wolverines (and Hokies, of course) I came across two cards that had no business being in the bargain bins. 

First, for all of 10 cents, I picked up this:

2008 Sage Hit Matt Flynn Make Ready Cyan #28/50
This guy's cards have gone up ever since his wicked performance in relief of Aaron Rodgers.  I understand why this was in the bin, but it's a lucky find for me.  I'm thinking trade or eBay.

The second card is just plain crazy for 50 cents:

2004 Press Pass Eli Manning Reflector #140/500
I'm no fan of Eli by any stretch, but I'm not stupid.  I had a feeling this card would be a good pickup, but I had no idea it would have a book value of $30.  There's one on COMC right now for $25 and one on eBay $30.  One sold on eBay a week ago for a little over $10. 


Sell on eBay the week before the Super Bowl, or gamble on a Giants win (with Eli as MVP) and sell the week after the Super Bowl?

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 7 Days to go

It's Pro Bowl day...aren't you excited!

Let's worship the early days of football with a pack of 2011 Tristar Obak:

Carr was president of the NFL from 1921 to 1939.  The NFL League MVPs received the Joe F. Carr Trophy from 1938-1946.  A new trophy of the same name was given to the NFL POY from 1955-1978.

Bob Kalsu was a standout tackle for Oklahoma and was drafted by the Bills in 1968.  He started for the Bills that year and was named Bills Rookie-of-the-Year.  After that season, Kalsu entered the Army to fulfill his ROTC obligation.  Kalso was killed in action in Vietnam on July 21, 1970 at the age of 25.

Henry Rutgers was a revolutionary war hero whose philanthropy helped create what we know as Rutgers University.  In 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played the first ever intercollegiate football game, in which Rutgers won 6 "runs" to 4.

Johnny Lattner, a halfback for Notre Dame, won the 1953 Heisman Trophy and was drafted in the first round by the Steelers.  He played one season before entering the Air Force.  During a game of football there, he suffered a knee injury that prevented his return to the NFL.

And of course, my mini:

There's just plain too much to say about Lombardi.  If you don't know who he is, why are you reading a post about football cards?  I guess if there was a mini to get, it would be Lombardi.  One fact I will state, is that Lombardi's first coaching job was for the New York Giants, so we'll give them +1.

In case I haven't mentioned it, all of the cards in all of these posts are available for trade if you are interested.

Current Score:
Patriots 9
Giants 6

Saturday, January 28, 2012

LCS Trip Part 2 (of 3): Random Hokies

I didn't originally intend to pick up anyHokies on this particular LCS trip, but while digging through the $0.10 and $0.50 boxes for Wolverines, I came across a few Hokies. 

While flipping through some Packers searching for Charles Woodson, I came across a load of cool Antonio Freemans.  The one in the lower right is so unbelievably shiny. 

The card on the left was picked up because I didn't have any Tyronne Drakefords.  The Vick is a nice VT uni card, so I had to pick that up.  The Humes card is awesome, as he was one of the big players while I was at VT.  He and Mike Imoh made an impressive 1-2 punch at RB. Yeah, so nothing off the charts crazy, but worth noting, anyway.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 8 Days to go

Today's packs: 2 retail packs of 2011 Topps

The base cards were all boring, so I only scanned one:

and I only scanned it because of this:

Yep, I'm saying -1 for the Patriots for that one.
The inserts:

That'd be +2 to the Pats for the Stevan Ridley Bowman mini 
current scoring?

Patriots 9
Giants 5

The Pats look to be pulling away.

Friday, January 27, 2012

LCS Trip Part 1 (of 3): More Olympic Cards!

I recently hit up Jersey's, my LCBSTSSC (local comic books store that sells some cards) to pick up some random Wolverine's for Dennis, and ended up picking up a few odds and ends for myself. 

First, I finally cleared out the rest of the Olympic cards, which I've posted about here and here. I purchase 5 the first time, 10 the second time, and 17 this time.  That makes a grand total of 32 packs.  Assuming they had one box, I bought 32 of the 36 packs.  At $0.25 apiece, it was only 8 bucks. 

I finished one complete base set, and have updated my want list with my needs for the second base set.  Unfortunately, of the 17 new Pogs/Fun Caps I got, I only got 4 that I needed:

While checking eBay for these, I came across this crazy auction. I also picked up two more of the Dufex Poster cards:

These cards are so awesome in person.  At 1:9 packs, I think, there should be 4 in a box, so it looks like I got all 4.  They were also in 4 in-a-row with #'s 6-9.  I was extremely thrilled to pull two of the Olympic Torch cards:

They aren't as nice as the posters, but they are twice as rare at around 1:20 packs.  I'm glad I beat the odds, though I'm not sure I'll ever finish the set.  I've updated my want lists for this set.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 9 Days to go

We're down to single digits now, baby!

Todays packs: 2007 Bowman Retail

+1 for the Giants for hitting Eli!
...and the Pats jump right back with a +1 of their own.
Ahmad Bradshaw chrome RC...sounds like a +2 to me!
The current score:

Patriots: 7
Giants: 5

Thursday, January 26, 2012


VinTage time!

While on COMC recently picking up cards for a bet settlement with Dennis of Too Many , I came across some Hokies that I desperately wanted to add to my collection.  So, I picked up the 5 cards I wanted most for pretty darn cheap.  The best thing: the newest one is 1986. Here they are, in order of newest to oldest.

1986 Topps #389 Bruce Smith RC
This was a must-have for a VT collector.  THE RC of THE legendary Hokie. 

1976 Topps #299 Don Strock RC
I love the picture on this. Strock, desptie being an excellent passer, is best known for being the coach at Florida International when they brawled with the University of Miami and had 16 players suspended. 

We haven't gone back too far yet, as the college is still "Virginia Tech"

1962 Topps #82 Carroll Dale RC
That's more like it: "VPI".  Dale is a member of the Packers HOF, and was on the winning teams of Super Bowls I and II. 

1960 Topps #6 George Preas RC
Preas was drafted in 1955 by the Colts' with the 51st pick.  In that same draft, the Steelers used the 102nd pick to take Johnny Unitas. Unitas was cut by the Steelers and later signed by the Colts.  Preas spent several years blocking for Unitas.

1959 Topps #78 Buzz Nutter RC
With one of the great names in VT history, Buzz is right up there with George George.  What's even better, is that his full name is Madison Monroe "Buzz" Nutter.  Nutter was a center for the Colts, and helped block for Unitas along with Preas. 

My VT collection lacked a certain depth of history until now.  I feel like I have now done right by the Hokies by bringing in some VinTage.   I'm currently working on a list of Hokies with cards, and with a plan to collect one card of every Hokie, and especially one RC of every Hokie that has one. 

Now that we are at the bottom of the page, go back and check out the card designs.  The '59 is just wild, and almost seems like the big brother of 1971-72 Topps Basketball.  The '60 design is very clean, and seems to be the big brother of the '76 design on the Strock RC.  I'm a fan of the football shape for the name plate.  The '86 design is just crazy, with its football field background and hint of '88 Topps Baseball.  I intentionally skipped over the '62 design to save it for last.  It is an incredibly awesome design.  Any brief thoughts of trying to collect that set get squashed immediately by these select few cards:

#17 Mike Ditka RC
#90 Fran Tarkenton RC
#1 Johnny Unitas
#28 Jim Brown
#36 Ernie Davis RC
#63 Bart Starr

You could get those six on COMC for a little over $700...not exactly in my price range.  Or, you could just grab a complete set for $850 on eBay.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 10 Days to go

Well, since I did college yesterday...how about some more college!

This time we're going with a full blaster of 2009 Sage Hit High Series

The great part is that I'm guaranteed two autos.

No points, but a consolation point for the Packers since BJ Raji is doing the squatting discount double check.
One weird thing I noticed while scanning these, is that the Sanchez card has a different logo on the back than all of the other cards in the set:

His card has the Collegiate Blah Blah logo while the rest have the Sage logo.  Strange.  Anyway,

Have I mentioned lately how ugly 2009 Sage Hit is?
That said, I'm close to a set, I may have to put a want list together.
Like Score, Sage Hit does glossy parallels, which are shiny ugly.

I also picked up one WVU card for my officemate:

But, you didn't come here to see the base cards, you came here for the big slamma jamma mojo hitz.

My two autos:

Nothing special, but the Mendenhall cracks me up.  Allow me to zoom in for you:

There's nothing quite like that moment when you realize you are running the wrong way.

Ok, who can beat my caption?

btw, the score is still Patriots 6, Giants 2.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

No, Justin, you didn't.

I appreciate the charity, but I can afford toilet paper just fine, thank you very much.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 11 Days to go

Up for today are 4 packs of 2010 Press Pass.

Since they are college, no points will be awarded, unless there is something good from a player that is currently on the Giants or Patriots.

Ok, a blue parallel of Aaron Hernandez is just too good.  +1 for the Patriots.

Current Score:

Patriots 6
Giants 2

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


This card found my mailbox thanks to Sam from the Daily Dimwit.  It goes well with the one that Plaschke sent me a few months ago.  This one has a red swatch, the Plaschke one has a gold swatch, and as far as I know, there is one other version with a black swatch.  Does anyone have that one?

Same also gave me a couple BJs...heh heh...ahem...

Sam, your cards should be out soon. <---I seem to say that alot these day...man...I'm getting slow.

Football Card Super Bowl Countdown: 12 Days to go

Today, we'll go with the other 2005 pack I picked up in Roanoke. 

2005 Bowman

Yet another Alex Smith.  Oh well. 

That's one hell of a WR trio, right there.
+1 for the Giants. Best card here is the Marion Barber RC
Vincent Jackson Bronze RC, nice.
No Pats, so the score is:

Patriots 5
Giants 2