Thursday, March 26, 2015

Every Copy of 2006 Bowman Prospects #B36 Samuel Deduno (and its variants) Collection

So I've gone back and forth in my debate to collect every copy of this card, and decided to go full bore.  Wonderful Terrific Monds III got me into the world of card blogging, but no card officially gave me the card collecting bug more than Samuel Deduno's 2006 Bowman Prospects #B36 since the day I found it in a dime box at a card store in North East Ohio.

So I'm going all in.  I want every copy of every version of the card (15 versions total, counting printing plates as one version for four plates).  I want every one of ALL OF THEM!  I'll also grab random other Deduno cards from time to time as he's a pretty cool dude whose career has been fun to follow...those other cards will be listed at the bottom.  But the focus will be on those 2006 Bowmans - so hit me up if you have any to spare and I'll try to make it worth your while!

2006 Bowman Prospects #B36 (the base version) - 1 copy
2006 Bowman Prospects Gold #B36 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Prospects Blue #B36 /500 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Prospects White #B36 /120 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Prospects Red #B36 /1 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Prospects Printing Plates (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) #B36 /1 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BC36 - 1 copy
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractors #BC36 /500 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Xfractors #BC36 /250 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractors #BC36 /150 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Gold Refractors #BC36 /50 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Orange Refractors #BC36 /25 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Refractors #BC36 /5 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Superfractors #BC36 /1 - 0 copies
2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects Printing Plates (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) /1 - 0 copies

Other cards:
2011 Topps #412

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The start of something crazy...

So I took out my random card (i.e. everything that isn't Seneca Wallace or on display) binder the other day.  It looked pretty...plain:

So in these upcoming weeks, I'll be changing that.  For now my start is a few Gary Sheffield stickers...but I've got much more to come in the not so distant future...
Here's the non-boring binders!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Too Many Stiths (and a Dantzler!) from Michigan

Dennis, who has Too Many blogs, is easily my most common trade partner in the blogosphere.  He likes a lot of football like I do, so we always match up well, and he's also always finding new stuff at flea markets or on various card sites.  It's a good thing.

This time around, he found a whole ton of Shyrone Stiths that I needed.  I'm starting, however, with the non-Stith need of the package - my third Woody Dantzler hit and 2nd auto, his Playoff Contenders rookie ticket:
Contenders is always "the" card to own of a guy, so it's cool to have a copy of Dantzler's finally.  I like that his number is listed as 35...and then he signed it with a #10...and then his jersey on the card has #11 on it.  Dantzler switched numbers and positions so many times at the pro level that it's honestly kind of ridiculous.  Guys like Kordell Stewart may have dabbled with WR-dom, but only Dantzler was a QB/RB/S/KR/PR all at once, and I love that.
Here's the back...very typical for Contenders, nice and clean with the serial numbering very prominent.  Kind of crazy that Dantzler only had 185 base rookie ticket autos...usually the print runs are a lot bigger, so maybe he didn't sign that many?

One guy who did sign a TON his rookie year was Shyrone Stith.  He had the whole range of Sage autograph cards his rookie year, so that meant signing upon signing upon signing.  This one is /200:
Per usual the Sage stickers show up crappy in a scan - all you see is darkness and fingerprints.  But the stickers always look pretty nice in person to moi.  I won't scan the back though...there is never any variation in the back so it's kinda just a waste of matter how nice the fronts are!

I also got a cool Pacific parallel...I like these ones where the card brand is diagonal across the card:
And the stamping is on the front too.../299.  Very nice.
This card is from 2001, so you get that one year of Jaguars stats, which is pretty awesome with a guy like Stith who only has like 11 2nd year cards total.

The next card finishes off my Emerald autos set:
I had the square one, now I have the die cut.  Kind of a funky die cut, but it is pretty excellent in person.
The back is the exact same, just cut out...looks kind of like the stuff I did to cards as a kid.

This next card is dead's /50, and is the shiny version of the 2000 Leaf Limited card:
I like that the card set is Limited, and this is the Limited Edition of Limited.  That's like...crazy limited.  Limited on top of mind is sufficiently blown.
Here's the /50 numbering, as well as a nice little write up about his rookie year.

Home stretch, here we have a Collector's Edge Odyssey parallel that is crazy technological looking:
I can dig it, even if the only real different from the base is more gold.
And the back is /500.

And our last new card is this Gold parallel of the Press Pass card.
It's subtle, but the name down bottom is a different color variant from the typical card:
The back is the same though...but that's cool because it's kind of informative and looks great.

Thanks as always Dennis...I'll keep looking for Michigan stuff on COMC!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

COMC splurges of late

So now that I actually make money on COMC, I have to decide where to spend it.  Occasionally I buy up cards for my main PCs, occasionally I cash out some credit to pay some bills, and occasionally I buy stuff for fellow bloggers.  But when all those options have been exhausted for the moment, I buy random stuff that catches my eye.  Here are my four most recent examples of that latter option.

For one, I always wanted a 2 or more color Barry Sanders jersey in my collection.  I know that seems like a really random want, but he's easily one of the best RB I've ever seen, and I associate him with a lot of good Thanksgiving memories, so that's part of it too.  I also wanted to make sure the swatch of jersey was really genuine...which narrowed my choices considerably.  I then looked for such a card for a long while before, recently, finding it:
Ain't it nice?  I used to have a Kevin Johnson from this same set, and a lot of the cards have patches.  This one looks pretty nice - to be honest if the first down marker wasn't there it might be even better, but it's not like the first down marker kills it for me.  And it's got a two color patch, which is simply great.
And THERE'S the authenticity I like to see - actual picture of the jersey on the back of the card.  Basically as good as it gets...and makes me feel really good about my Barry Sanders patch card!

After I bought that Barry Sanders patch card, I remembered I also some day wanted a Tom Brady patch card.  Same elements apply - I wanted it guaranteed - and so my options were very limited here since people buy up Brady more than they do Sanders nowadays.  Luckily I found a guy selling a bunch of Brady jerseys right before the Super Bowl and was able to snatch a dual that was right up my alley:
I mean, as a Pats fan, this card is insanely awesome.  You've got a three color Brady patch, which is great in its own right, but you also get a three color patch of 2-time Patriots Super Bowl winner Antowain Smith.  It's marvelous to look at, and it really is a nice get as my first Brady patch card.
Then check this back out.  TWO jersey pictures to show where the swatches came from, and it's serial number stamped.  All cards should be this awesome - this is definitely like a top 10 card in my entire collection now.

Moving in a fairly different direction, I occasionally browse former Ice Cats players to see what's out there of them since I loved the team so much.  I was searching Brent Johnson the other day and found this crazy multi-player card that I just had to have...because of the helmets displayed:
Chris Osgood...whatever.  Brent Johnson was the IceCats goalie for most of the games I saw, but he's all Blues here.  Curtis Sanford and Reinard Davis both have Cats helmets here, which is AWESOME, and I remember reading about their goal-er-ly pursuits in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette on the daily back in the day.  And lastly we have Cory Rukowsky...he obviously spent a little time with the Cats too, but at this time he was actually playing in the ECHL with Reading.
The back kind of echoes what I said.  I think I just like seeing Worcester on the back of a card...their current AHL team (the Sharks) are leaving after this season, so it's nice to remember a time when hockey was really bustling in Central Massachusetts.

Last but not least, let's get back to crazy patches.  I found a Topps collegiate card that was way underpriced in my search for flips, and that reminded me that I have a sick logo patch of Seneca Wallace from one of those sets.  So I searched a bunch of those sets for similar, cheap logo patches, and found one of Talman Gardner.  He's a Madden 2004 guy AND he reminds me of that song "She's so high" by Tal Bachman so I had to purchase it for less than $2:

Gardner was on the team that faced Seneca in the Senior Bowl, and I didn't put in the logo legwork to see what this logo said, but I do know it's a five color patch that I got for less than 2 I don't even care.  I just love nice patches that were truly game the like 2002-2005 time period was a great time for patches in sports cards!
Here's the back...sadly no picture of the jersey in question (Topps didn't do that unfortunately) but I like the design and I like to believe the jersey piece is authentic.  Who would fake a Talman Gardner jersey, right?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Nice little Ebay Twofer, and my first purchase for my Casual Collections page

Digging around Ebay the other day, I noticed a very nicely priced, rare, Shyrone Stith card that I needed.  I threw in a bid and was going to just stop there, but I looked at the seller's other items for funzies and found another one I liked ending 4 days later.  Did I win both cards?  Well given what I called this post...I think you can safely assume yes!

Here's the first card, the target card, which is a Shyrone Stith Rookies and Stars Longevity /30:
Pretty nice little front, although aside from the shininess the only real different from the base card is the LONGEVITY wording.  Rookies and Stars did this for years, as I also have a few Seneca Wallace Longevity parallels...but I dig them because I am a sucker for stamped parallels.

Speaking of stamps:
There it is right down the bottom, 24/30.  It's always a good day when one of these falls into my lap for under $5 shipped.

So that auction ended, and I had four days to wait on the other card I wanted.  I messaged the seller to ask if it was okay to wait to pay...after all this was the difference between another $2.99 shipping or $0.25 for an additional item shipping...and he said that was fine.  So I held my breath and only exhaled when, four days later, this baby was mine:
That's right my brothers and sisters - it's a nice little parallel of Thad "The Champ" Lewis.  You probably don't know him, but if you do it's either from this blog or from his starting stints in Cleveland and Buffalo (as well as a backup job last year in Houston).  I have followed this guy ever since he and Seneca battled it out for QB spots in Cleveland, and so I've always been mildly interested in acquiring his cards.  And this one is especially nice:
Because it is #'d 18/25!  With a 99 cent opening bid and the extra 25 cents shipping, this one was a no brainer for me.  And it's what, in part, inspired me to start my Casual Collections page.  I'm always going to buy up cheap/nice cards of certain players, but I don't want to full on collect every player in the world.  So I took a page out of Baseball Card Breakdown's book and made myself a little page for the players who I know I'll always grab cards of.  I think this Lewis is a great way to start and can't wait to see what else comes of it!