We start with a bang...a Patriots patch that I had long admired but constantly skipped over as a) it seemed too good to be true (i.e. maybe fake) and b) it was always a tad too much for my budget. Well given how much I've sold lately, the b part went out the window, so the a part seemed worth the risk. And thus this patch is mine:
Yes, I am aware Laurence Maroney is no longer in the NFL. But THAT PATCH THO. This may honestly be the nicest patch in my entire collection. Event worn be damned, player in question be damned...this card is fairly epic. And best of all, now that it's in hand, it looks VERY much non-tampered...meaning I think it's authentic. Here's the back:
It's /25, which certainly also aids to its legitimacy. Of course it's also event worn...but that really doesn't bug me when I'm grabbing a card for looks over game used-ness.
Speaking of game used, this next card was very much bought for its game used qualities. it's a Marcell Shipp Leathers and Laces used ball piece, /250:
Marcell Shipp was supposed to be something, but really amounted to little more than a touchdown vulture during his time in the NFL. But I always vaguely followed him since he was a star at uMass Amherst, the localish college that a lot of my friends (including my high school sweetheart) attended. I always wanted to grab a cool card of Shipp as a result, and I'd say this fits the bill.
The back is the best part though:
Now I posted in the title that the weirdest card ever would be in this post...I did not lie. Check it out:
The coolest thing about this card is I mentioned it on Blowout and another guy immediately bought his own copy. So clearly I'm not the only person this card called to.
It's weird to say I have the best Tim Couch patch you've ever seen...but I probably do now.
To finish, I grabbed some vintage-y stuff. I've seen this Mickey Hatcher card so many times it just had to be mine:
And then finally, way back when when Topps did the Million Card Giveaway (which I loved), he blogosphere helped me get an entry and turn that entry into this vintage Dick Lines card: