Tuesday 28 February 2017

2011 Topps Football Jumbo Box Break - Pack 8

I've ordered a box of 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee in order to get a chunk of that set build out of the way, and figure I should finish off this box before I start that one. Incentive! So, time for Pack #8.

Joseph Addai
Josh Cribbs - Is it possible for there to be a great photo without the player's face visible? Yes.
Jon Beason
Jets Team
Reggie Wayne - STRETCH!
Nick Collins
Brandon Gibson
Braylon Edwards
David Gettis
Houston Texans
Jerod Mayo - The retro uniforms return!
Randy Moss - I completely blanked on his time with the Titans.
Logan Mankins
DeAngelo Williams
Visanthe Shiancoe - The best name in the pack.
Chris Long
Takeo Spikes - Another contender for the best name in the pack.
Brooks Reed
Jeremy Kerley
Vincent Brown
Robert Quinn
Evan Royster
Ryan Mallett
Ryan Williams - Toppstown
Terry Bradshaw - Super Bowl Legends
Darren McFadden/Marcus Allen - Still only 4 of these FotF still with the team in 2017, although I will give a pass for legends. 4/15 total.
Percy Harvin - Game Day
Greg Olson - 1950 Bowman
Bilal Powell - Game Day Autographs - Hey, the final promised hit!  Both rookie autographs in this box are still in the league! That's always a good thing.
Brent Grimes - This pack has had some really nice photos where the player's back is to the camera.
Felix Jones
David Garrard - 2/14 Baby!
Brandon Marshall
Jeremy Maclin
Darrelle Revis
Packers Team
Lance Moore
Michael Crabtree
Jason Snelling
Tony Gonzalez - The record in question is the first tight end to pick up 1000 receptions.
Ed Reed
Dustin Keller
Emmanuel Sanders
LaDanainian Tomlinson - Another forgotten late career sting, as with Moss.
Kris Durham
Adrian Clayborn
Roy Helu Jr
Prince Amukamara - Yet another contender for best name in the pack.
DJ Williams

And there's two more to go!

Monday 27 February 2017

4,000,000 Points and Counting

So, I might be a little bit addicted to doing COMC Challenges when time and availability allow for it:
Just a bit...

Which means this seems like a perfect chance to show off some random cards I've acquired through Challenge-earned credit.
I still don't have the original of the sombrero-clad Bip, This will more than suffice in its absence, though.
Because when I think of somebody with the last name of Chen, I immediately think of Panama.
Random cool photo #1!
Random cool photo #2!
Random Joe Carter!
And to end on even more randomness, not one, but two umpire cards! While it is interesting to add the HOFer card in Barlick, the back of the Sheridan gives a great biography.
So, the original chest protector was actually a hotel registry book? Awesome! Card backs rule!

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.