Sunday, 26 February 2017

2011 Topps Football Jumbo Box Break - Pack 7

And here goes another one.

Champ Bailey
Carlos Dunlap
Steve Breaston
Tom Brady - I really love weather porn photos. It is really nice to see one go to a marquee player as well.
Arian Foster
Curtis Lofton
Jonathan Vilma - Those eyes should shoot fear through some poor QB. Beautiful photo choice.
Vince Young
Kevin Kolb
Brian Cushing
Todd Heap
Cowboys Team - Leapfrog doesn't make enough appearances on cards.
Antonio Gates - Throwback!
Austin Collie
Rams Team
Saints Team
Panthers Team
Ray Rice
Jon Baldwin - Time to start the 1st batch of rookies.
Julius Thomas
Phil Taylor
Rob Housler
JJ Watt - There is another rookie that I'm glad I won't need to buy to finish the set.
Greg McElroy
James Starks - Another throwback, this time on a parallel!
Roddy White - Toppstown
Super Bowl Legends - Bart Starr - Should it really be a Super Bowl Legends card when this wasn't a Super Bowl? It even says that on the front of the card.
Adrian Peterson/Percy Harvin - Faces of the Franchise - Stillwiththeteam-ometer at 4/14.
Dwayne Bowe - Game Day
Jamie Harper - 1950 Bowman parallel
Dwayne Bowe - And the second batch of cards starts with another photo type I like, ones where the player isn't touching the ground.
Nate Burleson
Cedric Benson
Sam Bradford
TJ Ward
Charles Woodson
Earl Thomas
Pierre Thomas- Back-to-back Thomas! Second straight pack with that, following Joe & Mike.
Adrian Peterson
Stephen Tullock
Patrick Willis
Julius Peppers
DeMeco Ryans - DeMeco wins the 'best name' in the pack.
Mario Manningham
Tandon Doss
TJ Yates
Kyle Rudolph
Marvin Austin
Muhammad Wilkerson

And there you have it.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 6: Fleas!

My first flea market trip of 2017 meant I had to pick up the usual $5 brick of cards. These consist of about 50 or so base cards from recent releases, with a hit in the middle. Time to dig in!
2015 Showcase - Bobby Hull - I picked up this one for this visible card. Hard to resist a visible HOFer.
2013 Select - Evgeni Nabokov
2005 Ice - Chris Drury
2012 Certified - Andrew Ladd
2013 Select - Gabriel Landeskog - Here's a Rangers alum.
2015 Full Force - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2015 SPA - Jarome Iginla
2015 SPA - Max Pacioretty
2016 Trilogy - Braden Holtby - A simple design on the mask, but I'll still fit it into the mask binder.
2016 Trilogy - Henrik Zetterberg
2016 Trilogy - Patrick Kane
2013 Select - Mike Bossy - Here's another Hall of Famer.
2015 Ice - Eric Staal
2015 Ice - Evgeny Kuznetsov
2016 MVP - Steve Mason - Puzzle Back - Whether in the mask binder or the Rangers alum binder, this one is guaranteed a new home.
2007 Black Diamond - Bobby Holik - Here's a guy whose career started in the junk wax era, and lasted way longer that I remembered.
2015 Showcase - Theo Fleury
2015 Showcase - Ben Bishop
2014 UD - Carey Price - Just a base card, but a really cool photo.
2005 UD Game Jersey - Jay Bouwmeester - Here's the hit! And of someone who is still active!
2015 Ice - Jari Kurri
2015 Ice - Adam Henrique
2015 Full Force - Henrik Lundqvist
2015 Trilogy - Alexander Steen
2015 Ice - MAts Zuccarello
2011 Contenders - Ondrej Pavelec
2015 Platinum - Tyler Johnson
2014 Showcase - TJ Oshie
2014 Showcase - Dale Hawerchuk
2015 Trilogy - Ray Bourque - Ray is always worth showing off a scan of.
2016 Trilogy - Claude Giroux - While I'm not a fan of all the gold on the base design, I do like how it works with darker jerseys.
2016 Trilogy - Duncan Keith
2016 Trilogy - Daniel Sedin
2016 Trilogy - Steven Stamkos
2015 Showcase - Peter Forsberg
2015 Contours - Henrik Zetterberg
2008 Ice - Saku Koivu
2015 Platinum - Cam Talbot
2015 Platinum - Kyle Turris - Sens content!
2015 Ice - Jimmy Howard

2015 Ice - Gabriel Landeskog - And another Landeskog for the Rangers binder.
2013 Contenders - Ben Bishop
2013 contenders - Henrik Lundqvist
2009 SP Authentic - Sidney Crosby - These always seem to contain a Crosby, Gretzky or Ovechkin.
2014 Showcase - Jaromir Jagr
2014 Showcase - Zack Kassian
2014 Showcase - Eric Staal
2014 Showcase - RJ Umberger
2016 Trilogy - Jaden Schwartz - May the Schwartz be with you! Confession: I've seen Spaceballs more often than all 7 of the Star Wars movies combined.
2016 Trilogy - Vladimir Tarasemko - Fin.

Not as many sure keepers as usual, but still a fun break.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

One Card Only: Facts on the Back

This is a case where the information on the back of the card is far more interesting than the front of the card. Considering this isn't a game photo, that wasn't too challenging.
The quadruple-double that got mentioned on the back certainly qualifies as challenging, especially doing so in the less lengthy NCAA game. He's still the only one who done so in Division 1.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Breaking Basketball

Let's dig into the group break mailbag today, with some cards from an inexpensive basketball mixer. I grabbed the Raptors slot, and decided to take a low-priced gamble with the Kings, hoping for some old-school niceness. I waffled between Sacramento and chasing Jamal Murray with Denver, and in the end I made the better choice.
The Raptors landed me a grand total of one card. It is a pretty nice one. I joke about having more autographs of Jonas in my possession than his agent, but this one is only my 5th. It is actually the prime swatch that is the most interesting to me here, landing my first bit of grey/silver from the uniform.

In terms of volume, Sacramento hit far better for me. I started off with this nice base card. I always love then the team logo is in the background of a design.
And then there's this. This might look like it is from 2012-13 Panini Signatures, but this is actually from 2015-16 Replay. It is sort of a buyback auto product, but most of the cards look to be unredeemeed redemptions as opposed to cards that are bought back and then auto'ed. At $200 for the original price, I admire Panini's brass ones to charge that for a product that includes Greg Stiemsma, Peyton Siva and Rodrigue Beaubois. Still, with Isaiah Thomas being a redemption in his rookie season, that means there are a lot of his cards in the product, which, given his current season, might be the one plus about this release.
Enough about that, let's look at something really nice as I return to Noir for a beautiful card. An on-card autograph with a gold pen on the black background is a perfect combination. Adding a HOF autograph to my collection? Even better.
And even the back of the card is nice. If you're gonna re-use a photo, using a black and white shot as contrast to the colour one on the front is the way to do it.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

2011 Topps Football Jumbo Box Break - Pack 6

Pushing past the halfway mark, with an outside chance at this box being finished by spring.

Derrick Johnson
Matt Hasselbeck
DeSean Jackson
Anquan Boldin - Much like with baseball, these cards with the Record Breaker/Highlight base cards are also checklist cards. The record in question this time is Boldin getting the quickest 600 receptions.
Redskins Team
Terrell Owens
Benjamin Watson - A little off on the foil stamping in the lower left.
Jordy Nelson
Mike Sims-Walker
Wes Welker
Justin Tuck
Darren McFadden
Chad Ochocinco
Browns Team
Seahawks Team
Danario Alexander - Looking more like he's kicking his opponent in the gut.
Blair White - Wish they were able to get the ball into this photo.
Quinton Carter
Delone Carter
Stevan Ridley
Rookie Premiere Team Photo
Jerrel Jernigan
Lee Smith - How many of you knew there was a football player named Lee Smith? He never played for the Pats, but did spend 4 years in Buffalo and is now in Oakland.
Tim Tebow Gold Parallel - A future Met!
Greg Jennings Topps Town
Terry Bradshaw - Super Bowl Legends
CJ Spiller/Marcell Dareus - I pass the halfway point of these with the third player of the 12 on this subset still with the team.
Sam Bradford - Game Day
Mike Wallace - Bowman Mini - And thus ends the inserts.
Drew Brees
Jermichael Finley
Jimmy Clausen
Broncos Team
Joe Thomas
Mike Thomas - Back to back Thomases!
Lofa Tatupu
Ryan Terian
Matt Ryan
Arrelious Benn
Andre Johnson
Derrick Mason
Matt Schaub
Mark Sanchez - The pack/box cover boy.
Ben Obomanu
Aaron Williams - More Bills content!
Jacquizz Rodgers
Shane Vereen
Taiwan Jones
Danny Watkins - And ending on some CanCon.

Nothing too major here, just continuing to hammer away on the base set.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Help A Brotha Out!

I just became aware of this card:
It is on ebay, and it is, to my knowledge, the only Raptors card of Jason Thompson. You also have the bonus where he didn't get the 'extra fine Sharpies only' memo. If one my usual trading partners wants to pick this up for a future mailing, it would make me feel like a happy king! I don't want to shell out $18 for shipping for a $1.30 card.

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 5: The Dollarama Two Step

The Two-Step means a 15-card hanger pack and a Surprise Bag. Let's see everything!
Starting with the 15, which saw me cut off the bottom 3 through cropping incompetence. That's a Kevin Hatcher, Stephan LeBeau and a Henrik Zetterberg on the bottom. I grabbed this one because a parallel was visible in the Okposo, but this really got interesting with some of the middle cards. There's a great and appropriate appearance of Stanley on the Penguins team card, an Aaron Ward for a Wolverines collector, and a Milan Hejduk for the 2/14 collection. This is the second time in two consecutive repack posts where that happened with a Hejduk.
The Surprise Bag's contents.
I'd already put this base set together, so I was hoping for a new insert card. Alas, that didn't happen.
As usual, the 70s/80s pack was all 80s. But Craig MacTavish played in the 80s. That counts, right?
Some mask binder content in the goalie repack. The more obscure the player, the better, so Payton Lee is the big winner here. He's still in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice, and is undrafted at this point.
And the HOF pack ends it. These are usually some early 90s base card, so getting something outside that era is nice with the Shanahan. And there's a gold parallel as well.

Two parallel cards. Some mask binder content. A new 2/14 card. Stanley! That's an effective $3.