Saturday, February 13, 2016

And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? They call it Royale with Cheese.

So I'm going to Paris in about a month and a half.  Wife wanted to do something over my school's Spring Break, and found some (relatively) cheap plane tickets, and now that's happening.  I'm pumped - I've been to Europe once as a 23 year old (Scotland, London, and various parts of Italy over a month) and loved every minute of it.  Paris should be cool, especially the Musee d'Orsay, and we might day trip to Brugges, which would be amazing because then I can pretend to walk a mile in Colin Farrell's shoes.

So the title of this post kind of has two purposes.  One is the above Paris mention - the other is that all these cards are Crown Royale parallels from my most recent COMC purchase.  So let's check 'em out!

Occasionally these parallels are non-numbered, but still die cut.  Such is the case with two Shyrone Stith needs I picked up, which are the base and then the retail parallel:
The retail one appears to be the red tinted one, which goes really nicely with the Virginia Tech colors IMHO.

I grabbed two 2010 Crowns from several years later too.  These are both blue parallels /100:
I actually really love the way they used the team color as the accent color.  Seeing these side by side makes me also wish that Jarrett Brown had a Browns version of this card.  Couldn't be too hard to make right - just switch up the background colors a bit and photoshop in a new helmet.  That'd be cool.

I also just noticed after adding the images that Brown's card is differentiated with that little rookie banner around the 49ers logo.  That's a cool minor detail, I like the way it looks.

On next to a few /99 editions of some Crowns.  Both are B.J. Daniels, with one being a holofoil gold and one being a red:
The holofoil shines like crazy, and almost looks refractor-y or something which is cool.  The red just goes real nice with those 49ers colors - which Daniels and Jarrett Brown above both wore for such a short period of time.

I guess this post is all about matching team colors, because my 2nd to last Crown is a J.R. Redmond blue parallel /75:
I love the way they put the serial numbering stamp on the front on these - it's a nice looking stamp.

If you've been paying attention, you've probably noticed that these cards are working their ways down in terms of rarity.  So of course the last is the rarest - A Thaddeus Lewis gold parallel #'d 25/25 - always a neat bonus when the card is the final one of a print run:
I wonder where "The Champ" will end up playing last year.  After one nice start with the Browns and several nice starts with the Bills, he's wandered around from the Texans to the Eagles without getting anymore playing time.  I hope he gets another chance to start, because when he does he's a poor man's Tyrod Taylor and that ain't too bad!


  1. Nice stuff! You often never knew which Pacific would show up, good or bad, but Crown Royale stuff was almost always good.