Pack War Trade

At the end of 2014 I sent out close to 1.5 lbs of cards to Pack War.  I’d been desperate to move some of that stuff for ages, and fortunately it seemed to have found its mark quite well.  So now, I present the return.

Valor & Triple Threads..

Valor & Triple Threads..

Valor looks great.  I dunno about Marshall & courage going together, but that parallel is #’ed /399.  I like the way the Triple Threads kind of pop out of an actual background.

Chrome RCs, crazy shiny TD, '98 StarQuest..

Chrome RCs, crazy shiny TD, ’98 StarQuest..

For real though, even with the protector, you can see your own reflection in the silver parts of that wonderful Terrell Davis insert.  Unless you’re a vampire, in which case… *runs away*


*cautiously returns* Is… Is the vampire dude gone?  Okay… *deep breath*  Where was I?  Oh yeah.

I’m happy to have some of the year’s best rookies in Watkins, Bortles, & Beckham Jr.  I don’t chase RCs from any other sport near as hard as baseball, but I do like getting them when I can. 😉

Then we have these StarQuest.  But they are no ordinary StarQuest, oh no!  For when you flip them over, you reveal…



…They are also RookQuest!  Two of the finest to ever lace ’em up at that.  Such connections they have.  Can you imagine if they had put Ryan Leaf and Yatil Green on the back of Elway & Rice?  That would’ve been embarrassing.  And now Peyton and his giant forehead of doom is playing for ol’ horseface.  Even better.  I’m not high I swear.  MOVING ON.

'Nique Jamfest Artist Proof..

‘Nique Jamfest Artist Proof..

Here’s the lone basketball card in the package, and the obligatory “doesn’t scan well/looks way better in person” card, a Pinnacle Jamfest Artist Proof of Dominique Wilkins.

Baseball Rookies!

Baseball Rookies!

Like I said, I’m always down for RCs of baseball stars, even when I have more than one, ala Mr. Posey here.  I have three of him now: Flagship Topps, Bowman Platinum, and this here A&G.  Or, and speaking of being high, in Ricky Williams’ case, baseball RCs of football stars.  Alleged egotistical weirdo Alex Rodriguez and 2005 World Series MVP Jermaine Dye round out the rookie card scan.

Ichiros, Big Hurts, & Rynos (oh my)..

Ichiros, Big Hurts, & Rynos (oh my)..

Coming down the home stretch, starting with a pair of low numbered (but not really) black parallels of Ichiro Suzuki from the infamous disaster that was Topps Moments & Milestones.  I like to think of it as the Showgirls of card sets, because I imagine its existence had to have ruined a few careers.  Next up a pair each of north and south side’s most recently retired Hall of Famers, including a nifty Jiffy Pop disk that’s just sliiiightly too big for its own good.

You'd think his lack of depth perception would cause problems playing baseball, and you'd be right!

You’d think his lack of depth perception would cause problems playing baseball, and you’d be right!

And that’s all for this trade.  Thanks, Shawn!  Hope we can do it again sometime.  And *points at screen and winks cheekily* thank YOU for stopping by.

It was fun.  Oh my…

Flea Market Finds #13: Tenth & Eleventh Binder Page

Almost done! We’ll get two of the last three binder pages done today, and finish it off just before I head out on Saturday.  Also, I blew the days in a row streak again, due to being up pretty close to 24 hours into yesterday afternoon (thanks in part to coloring sketch cards), and sleeping off & on until about 3:30am.  Oh well, someday I’ll get an entire week of posts in without missing a day.

In other news, you may have noticed more work has been done on the player collection pages, and I’ve even finished updating a few baseball players to the best of my ability.  The bigger collections like Aramis & Big Z (also Kosuke, Ichiro, Vlad, maybe some others when I get them finished) a card or two may still turn up for, but likely nothing major.  Now, onto the binder pages!

1968 topps Tom Nowatzke, Billy Ray Smith, (Beef) Stew Barber (5x Pro Bowl, 2x First-Team All-Pro), Paul Flatley (1x Pro Bowl), 1970 topps Joe Scarpati, '68 Jerry Stovall (3x Pro Bowl), '70 Jake Kupp (1x Pro Bowl), Bill Thompson (3x Pro Bowl, 1x First-Team All-Pro), 2005-06 Upper Deck Slam Martell Webster RC

Why Purchased: Vintage Football!  … And a random mid-2000s basketball player.

Keepers: None.  Saints and Giants are likely going to BA Benny unless someone else calls any of them.

Notes: I’d say “One of these things is not like the others”, but I just know some random jackass would call me racist or something.

Stew’s middle name is apparently Clair.  Just pointing that out.

Somehow, the font size on the captions and the regular writing just reversed itself.  It doesn’t appear that way in the preview for the actual post, but WTF??

Jerry Stovall’s helmet is weird.  But I bet it’d be way easier to draw than the one in the Seneca Wallace sketch card.

Mind-Blowing Statistic: Joe Scarpati got no awards love, but had an 8-interception/182-yards season in 1966.  Similarly, Billy Ray Smith’s AV (Approximate Value) in 1968 was amongst the league leaders at 17 (the rest of his career it was middling at best).

Next page!

1982 topps Dewey & Lee Roy Selmon (6x Pro Bowl, 1x First-Team All-Pro, Hall of Fame Class of 1995), 2005 UD Rookie Debut Peyton Manning (Blah blah blah), 1968 topps Dan Grimm, Paul Martha (no accolades at all, but actually put up decent numbers), Obert Logan, 1970 topps Chuck Walker (1x Pro Bowl (1x First-Team All-Pro), 1971 topps Gerry Philbin (2x Pro Bowl, 2x First-Team All-Pro), '70 Haven Moses (2x Pro Bowl), Willie Richardson (2x Pro Bowl, 1x First-Team All-Pro)

Why Purchased: I believe we have established the reason as being VINTAGE~!

Keepers: None I guess.

Notes: Honestly, nothing much coming to mind here

Mind-Blowing Statistic: Bill Thompson and Haven Moses are by far the best of the vintage commons from a measurable statistic standpoint (remember, sacks & things weren’t counted till much later).  Thompson intercepted 40 passes in his career (784 INT return yards) and 3 touchdowns off of INTs, plus 4 more TDs from fumble recoveries.  He was also a pretty good punt returner in the first half of his career, averaging a solid 11.6 yards per return on 157 tries (plus a very good 25.1 on about a season’s worth of kick returns in his career).  There are safeties with more INTs and touchdowns off of them, but not so many when it comes to total defensive touchdowns.  And with the added value of being a good returner, he should maybe get some Hall of Fame consideration, just sayin’.

Haven Moses’ 8091 receiving yards was top-10 all-time when he retired.  He’s way down the list nowadays, but the league wasn’t so pass happy then.  He’s not a Hall of Famer because he’s like 77th all-time now I guess, but still hugely underrated nonetheless.

That’s all for this one.  I’m going back to sleep now.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Until our next…

Flea Market Finds #5: 25-card $1 Grab Bag Pack

Here be the first of the two 25-card $1 grab bag pack things.  This be the football version.  Here’s the pack in order (accomplishments via Pro-Football-Reference):

1970 topps Ernie Koy (1x Pro Bowl), Roy Jefferson (3x Pro Bowl; 1x First-Team All-Pro), Dan Abramowicz (1x First-Team All-Pro), Don Herrmann, 1968 topps Gino Cappelletti (5x Pro Bowl; 3 double-letters in one name!), Carl Kammerer, Earl Gros, '70 Tim Rossovich (1x Pro Bowl), Chuck Howley (6x Pro Bowl; 5x First-Team All-Pro; 1x Super Bowl MVP)

Vintage, it’s all vintage!

1970 topps David Lee (1x First-Team All-Pro), Dave Osborn (1x Pro Bowl), Jon Morris (7x Pro Bowl; 1x First-Team All-Pro), Jerry Smith (2x Pro Bowl; 1x First-Team All-Pro), 1968 topps Sam Baker (4x Pro Bowl), ’70 Les Josephson (1x Pro Bowl), ’68 EJ Holub (5x Pro Bowl; 2x First-Team All-Pro), 1971 topps Greg Landry (1x Pro Blowl), ’70 Dennis Partee

1970 topps Bill Munson, 1971 topps Floyd Little (5x Pro Bowl; 1x First-Team All-Pro; Hall of Fame class of 2010), 2010 topps Peyton Manning (11x Pro Bowl; 5x First-Team All-Pro; 1x Super Bowl MVP; 4x NFL MVP; 1x Offensive Player of the Year), 1994 Upper Deck Troy Aikman (6x Pro Bowl; 1x Super Bowl MVP; Hall of Fame Class of 2006), 1990 Fleer All-Pro Joe Montana(8x Pro Bowl;3x First-Team All-Pro; 3x Super Bowl MVP; 2x NFL MVP; 1x Offensive Player of the Year; Hall of Fame class of 2000), Jerry Rice (13x Pro Bowl; 10x First-Team All-Pro; 1x Super Bowl MVP; 2x Offensive Player of the Year; all-time leader in rec/rec. yds/rec. TDs/TDs/yds from scrimmage/all-purpose yds; Hall of Fame class of 2010), Barry Sanders (10x Pro Bowl; 6x First-Team All-Pro; 1x NFL MVP; 2x Offensive Player of the Year; 1989 Offensive Rookie of the Year; Hall of Fame Class of 2004)

Vintage Hall of Famer!  Yes, this was basically the best $1 grab bag pack thing ever.  Pretty much puts that McDonald’s dollar menu commercial to shame, eh?

Also, 1994 Upper Deck football is pretty.

Pretty much everything but the Jerry Rice is available for trade.

That’s it for this one.  So long, and thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…