Sunday, December 20, 2020

Newest COMC Package - Including one of my holy grails!

Hi again!  I know around the Summer I said I would post more, and that...didn't happen.  But I put in for a COMC shipment around then, and it JUST delivered with the 'rona doing what it does to USPS and small businesses, so I figured I'd share all the nicest patches and cool cards since there's quite a few of them!

I'll start with a card that's been a holy grail of mine for...years.  I've written in the past about how a lot of my football fandom ties in with video games, and one of those first loves was the 1998 Philadelphia Eagles.  I love bad teams, and they were awful in NFL Quarterback Club '98, so I played with them often.  Duce Staley was my favorite player, but their secondary was legitimately great, so I became a big fan of Troy Vincent, Brian Dawkins, and Bobby Taylor.  And I vowed if they ever had a card together I would grab it.

Well a trio has never happened.  But a duo did of Dawkins and Vincent, way back in 2002.  I found out about it around 2009, found proof it existed in like 2013, and then...crickets.

Until I found it on COMC for like $11 this year.  Easiest purchase ever.
It's simple, but I absolutely love this card.  Two defensives bosses in one, and I like that they went one green and one white jersey piece to give some variety.  Awesome card, good start.

Next up is the first legit patch of this package, and there are a few.  This one is a really nice Pro Bowl patch of Ovie Mughelli.

Mughelli probably isn't a name most of you know, but he was a two time All Pro, one time Pro Bowler, and a super good blocking back in his day.  He actually briefly held the record for biggest FB contract which is pretty damn badass.  So it's awesome having this tribute to a cool fullback.

Next patch goes to a dude I used to collect pretty hard, Tyronn Lue.  I had a nice patch of his back in the day but sold it to make some coin.  I decided I finally needed a new patch of his and I love the look of this one.
Pretty sweet little patch, I think it's from the L in Lakers.

The next patch is of an absolute goat...Nathan Peterman!
So anyone who follows football knows that Peterman is...not that great at it.  But he keeps hanging around, and I love underdogs, so one night I threw like $4 at this card.  I think it was worth it!

Moving back to basketball, Michael Redd was a player I always I went with a nice patch card of his.
Less sure what this is a from...maybe part of the words in Bucks  Maybe the 22?  Regardless I love it!

On to a patch that might be my favorite of the whole lot...the original Dirty Bird - Jamal Anderson!
I love these little corner patch's just a cool swatch to get.  So to get one of a RB who was a pretty big deal to me as a kid (Remember, 1998 had a big effect on my football fandom and the Falcons were the ultimate underdogs that year) is pretty dang cool!

Another great RB patch is this one of Domanick Davis, who later became Domanick Williams.
My brother was a huge Texans fan when they first came around (His 2002 was like my 1998), and so Domanick Davis was one of his absolute faves.  So once I saw this nice little patch on the cheap, I knew I had to have it!

Last RB of the post (And second to last card) belongs to this Ricky Williams football piece.  Ricky Williams drafting was a wild story, and his career was pretty equally wild, so I really wanted some material card of his in a Saints uniform.
So here one is!  Love the little bit of the football logo in the piece, and it's just a damn nice card all around!  Cool to have a good card for this fellow.

Last but not least is a card that will now come out around our house every year - another christmas hat card!
My wife loves "The Good Place," and one of the weird side parts of that show is a character who is obsessed with the Jaguars and loves Blake Bortles.  So when I found this card with its wacky Christmas spirit, I knew I had to have it!  So every holiday season now, this will come out along with my Seneca Wallace quad hat card and our little pope card XMas ornament.  Weird holiday season cards for the win!

Happy holidays to you all!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

A New Printing Plate appears! Plus the resolution of the Deduno shipment

Back when I was blogging and trading all the time, one of my biggest trade partners was Dennis of the Too Many blogs.  So when I wandered back into this realm, I wasn't surprised when he was one of the first bloggers who reached out to me.  He mentioned in a quick email that a Mike James printing plate was on Ebay for cheap.  So I took a peek.

It's a magenta plate, and it's mine now!

The really weird thing about this plate is the way they added thickness to the card:

I'm used to completely flat plates, but with this one they took the plate front and put it on some filler.  It's an odd look, but I guess it's probably more aesthetically pleasing than the nothing back or sticker you often see.  Here's the much more detailed back of this one: 

This marks my third Mike James plate to date, and a little search of my blog indicates that Dennis was involved in me finding all three of them.  Thanks again man!

I finish this post with a little update on the Deduno shipment I recently posted about.  The guy never got back to me via email, but a few days later I had a big yellow envelope with the last two Dedunos in it:
That now brings me to 71 Dedunos, and ends that Ebay situation happily with positive feedback all around!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

GSNHOF Nominee - Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is a dude who needs absolutely no introduction.  World champion, ten time all star, five time Cy Young award winner, Johnson was absolutely one of the most beastly pitchers of the modern era.  And as if there was any doubt, he was named on 97.3% of ballots in 2015 and made the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.  Johnson was clearly an all time great on the mound.

Something I overlooked for most of his career, however, was his all time great name.  I mean, Randy Johnson.  When I hear randy I think Austin Powers, and when I hear Johnson...more immaturity.  Put them together, and that's a chuckle worthy name.  

Johnson, however, gets a little more credit for his classic nickname - The Big Unit.

Now it's easy to continue down that lane of immaturity and continue the gigglefest, but the true story behind his nickname, which I just read today, is actually even funnier to me.  Allow me to share from Wikipedia:

"During batting practice in 1988, the 6'10" Johnson, then with the Montreal Expos, collided head-first with outfielder Tim Raines, prompting his teammate to exclaim, 'You're a big unit!'[63] The nickname stuck."

Such a goofy story, and I like that it led to the creation of one of the most iconic nicknames of the 1990's.  It's crazy how a name as long lasting as that can come from one simple moment.  Go figure.

So Randy Johnson was incredibly successful in his first time on a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot - will he be as successful on Ballot Nine of the GSNHOF?  I can't wait to find out!

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

What would you guys do in this situation?

So I grabbed some more Dedunos from Ebay the other day.

Four base cards:

And four chrome cards:

The problem is, there were supposed to be 6 chrome cards.  The seller posted this on top of the shipment:

This being Ebay, land of the feedback...what would you guys do in this situation?  I messaged him to ask what later might entail, and haven't heard back.  I hate to neg or neutral a guy or open a case or anything, especially over $2, but I have no way of knowing when later might be...or if later might ever be.  So I figured I'd ask the card community their thoughts.

My personal preference for now is wait to see if the dude responds and don't leave any feedback yet.  Hopefully later will be sooner than later.

On the bright side, I now have exactly 69 Dedunos.  Which is nice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Reader Casey - Wanna email me so we can talk Seneca cards?

I have a few dupes I can send your way...just email me at gsnhof at gmail and we can chat!