Monday, August 28, 2017

Holy crap, I still needed that?

When you collect a guy to the extent that I have, you come across some cards that may have never happened.

Maybe a company was going under, or the guy didn't sign, or something...and so a card on the checklist never ends up existing at all. 

There have been a few times where someone said this was the case for a Seneca Wallace card.  Heck, there's a time where I messaged upper Deck about a card and they said it didn't exist.  Of course, it did, and I own it, but that's another story.

Anyways, when I was putting my newest Seneca cards in my binder, I realized I hadn't shifted my collection yet to cover the "non-existent" 03 Fleer Authentix Luxury Box Boosters card.  I decided, before moving cards, to make one last google search for it.

It was on Amazon for a little over $10.

It's mine now:
Totally stunned this even exists.

Lesson: Don't give up on a card, even when people tell you it was never made!

(Now, officially, every card I need has a print run of 55 or less).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Full Seneca Haul

So it's been almost a week, and I still can't believe the LCM Black is mine!  But I figured I'd share some of the basics of the story, as well as pics of the rest of the cards, now that some time has passed.

I mentioned before that the seller contacted me this time around, looking to move his Seneca collection.  In the past I had been contacting him, and he had seemed reluctant, so this seemed promising.  That said, last time he talked we were looking at $450+ for the Mirror Black alone, so I was ready for this negotiation to potentially take a while.  

In the end though, seven of the nine cards were actually pretty easy to make prices for.  The toughest cards to price ended up being the Donruss Elite Status /15 
and the Rookies and Stars Longevity /10.  
I'd never seen them online other than his collection, and last time he was quoting $60+ for them.  But after coming up with prices for the other cards, we added on a compromised price for the two beauties above and the package was in the mail the next day.

Now that makes it sound simple, and it wasn't all that.  You could tell my initial offer seemed low to the seller, and he actually went looking for other Seneca PCs to sell too.  What was hilarious is that he found this blog and messaged me through my email here!  I just laughed it off though - I know they were his cards, and he was just trying to get the best deal that he could.  So that didn't hang up any of the negotiations.

Plus, we already knew that six of the cards would be mine.  I sold him those six before, remembered the prices, and he was fine getting that back.  So the LCM Emerald /5
Absolute Spectrum /25
 Secret Weapons Gold /15
  Gold Spotlight /25
Rookie O's /25
and Flags /25
were all very welcome returns to my collection where they once belonged.

The real cool thing was that the seller threw in a double too.  He didn't tell me, I just kept counting ten cards instead of nine and finally figured it out.  He said it would be nice in my collection or I could trade it/sell it someday.  It's another prep patch /25
And with that, we have the entire package he sent me.  Minus the LCM Black of course, which is so fantastic
So glad he and I could finally work out a deal!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Added a trade bait page for selling and trading purposes

So after I reconfigured my collections, I made a trade bait page for everything I'm not planning on keeping.  You can find it here, and anything really fancy (Like relics or autos or plates) will have a scan below that card.

If you ever want to trade for something there or buy something from it, just let me know and we'll work out a deal!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Finally.

By george...we've finally done it.  The LCM Mirror Black 1/1 is in my possession.

And because no one ever scanned them all together, here's the big happy LCM family:
(Base is /1250, Red is /150, Blue is /50, Gold is /25, Emerald is /5, and Black is /1 obviously)

Details to come.  But I just wanted to triumphantly post for now!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quads from Matthew - #10 Cowboys

A long while back, I got a return trade from Bob Walk the Plank for some something I sent him at some point.

As I then didn't scan anything for months, the three 2002 Heads up Quads he got me just sat on my desk.  I didn't even mark them as haves on my checklist.  Those were dark times indeed.

Well now, after finally scanning everything I had on the desk, including the Quads, I can post about them!  So here's the first post, which features the early 00s Cowboys as they tried to get back to their glory days.
Joey Galloway is probably remembered most as a Seahawk and a Buccaneers (And also a Buckeye), but in between those pro stops, he spent a decent four years in Dallas.  After an ACL tear led to a one game long initial season, he had 147 catches over his next three years with the team, scoring 11 touchdowns.  It wasn't quite up to par with what he had done in Seattle, but it was enough that Tampa Bay was willing to trade Keyshawn Johnson for Galloway straight up after the 2003 season.  He then had another injury riddled season before breaking off three straight 1,000 yard campaigns, putting the Buccaneers in the "win" category for that trade (Keyshawn spent just two years in Dallas and never had 1,000 yards receiving).  Galloway later finished up his career with short stints in New England and Washington.

I personally loved Galloway since NFL Quarterback Club '98, so he was on a lot of Madden 2004 teams for me.  So was Ken-Yon Rambo, a 7th round pick (Also out of Ohio State) by the Raiders in 2001 who quickly made his way to the Cowboys and hung around for a few seasons.  In two seasons of play, Rambo caught 17 passes for 239 yards.  He was later a New York Jet, but injuries led to him falling out of the NFL in 2004.

"Rocket" Ismail was supposed to be the next big thing in the NFL when he declared for the draft in 1991.  Projected as the number one overall pick, he instead signed a huge contract with the Toronto Argonauts, $18.2 million over four years.  This doesn't feel like a ton today, but at the time it averaged out to more than the CFL's salary cap per team (Which was $3.8 million) and was the highest contract in football history anywhere.  Season one went great, with Toronto winning the Grey Cup (Their Super Bowl) and Ismail scoring touchdowns.  In season two the team slumped and Ismail was less happy, and tied with financial issues Ismail moved to the L.A. Raiders after that second season.

The Raiders owned his rights because they drafted him with pick 100 in 1991, and he was somewhat of a letdown in his three years with the team, with just nine touchdowns total and none on returns.  So they traded him to Carolina, where he had two more humdrum seasons followed by a third where he went over 1,000 yards finally.  This inspired Dallas to sign him for the 2001 season, and he did go over 1,000 yards that season, but his next two seasons were beset by injuries before Ismail fell out of the NFL.

As for Emmitt Smith - well the guy is obviously a legend.  He was the 2nd all time leading rusher in High School history, and he ended up topping that as a Hall of Famer and the all time leading rusher in the NFL.  He also won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and was the league MVP in 1993.  

One of the most shocking things about Smith, in my opinion, is that he was only picked 17th overall in the 1990 draft.  The Cowboys should have actually picked #1 due to their record, and they might have picked James Francis there, but they forfeited this pick due to picking Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft the year before.  As a result they picked 21st, and they actually traded up to 17th (With the Steelers) as they saw Smith dropping, seeing a potential value pick.  There were some real good picks above Smith, including Hall of Famers Cortez Kennedy and Junior Seau and Pro Bowlers Mark Carrier, Richmond Webb, Renaldo Turnbull, and Lamar Lathon, but there's no question Smith probably should've gone number one, especially compared to actual #1 pick Jeff George and #2 pick (and first RB selected) Blair Thomas.

That being said, John Randle, Hall of Famer, went undrafted in 1990, so Smith was hardly the worst slight of the draft.

Who wins the card? There's no question it's Smith, who had an amazing career with the Cowboys.  If I had to pick a 2nd place it'd probably be Galloway, as his overall career was a lot better than Ismail's and his Cowboys' career was a little bit better as well.