Monday, January 10, 2022

Christmas Cards!

I was updating my autograph page around Christmas, and realized I had a few favorite players whose autographs weren't yet in my collection.  So I asked for and received several autos - let's check those out!

This first one is kind of an obscure guys (Unless you play a lot of fantasy basketball where blocks and steals are important) in Robert Covington:
My family does a yearly league, and Covington generally is decently rostered since blocks and steals are so hard to come by and Roco is so good at getting both.  He's a high energy player and I've always loved his play style, so it's cool to finally add an autograph of his to my collection!

Next up is a more well known baller, Ricky Rubio:
Rubio has moved around a lot since leaving Spain for the NBA in 2009.  He's always good for some assists and steals, and I was pretty pumped when he joined my local Cavaliers this year and he was performing pretty well until he tore his ACL a few weeks ago, ending his season.  I'm hoping he'll stick around Cleveland so I get a chance to watch him play, but knowing him he'll move elsewhere once the season's done, bringing his veteran leadership wherever he goes.

Card #3 moves to football, with current Dolphins backup Jacoby Brissett:
I always thought he was a cool player as a backup for the Patriots, and then Brissett moved on to the Colts and did some okay quarterbacking there when their starting QB was injured.  He's moved to a backup role since, but I still track his career a bit, so I liked adding this gold sharpie auto to the collection.

The final Christmas card is a nice auto of a guy I love (But who is somewhat controversial) in Josh Gordon:
You're probably somewhat aware of Gordon - he was an absolute beast of a WR for the Browns for a few years, and then fell out of the league due to drug and alcohol issues.  He's since had stints with the Seahawks and Patriots and is actually currently an active member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he caught a touchdown this year.  A lot of people look at him as an example of how NFLers are bad dudes and get too many chances, but I look at him as an example of how addiction is like hell to overcome for many people even with all the support and resources in the world by your side.  I'm never going to stop rooting for Josh Gordon, so I'm definitely psyched to finally have an autograph of his in my collection!

The last two cards here are cards I actually purchased around Christmas rather than received from others.  The first was sort of purchased for me thought - around Christmas some parents get little gifts for teachers, and I got a few Amazon gift cards that I turned around and spent on this Josh Cribbs rookie autograph:
I used to PC Josh Cribbs and may again someday, as he remains one of my favorite NFL players of all time.  The guy was an absolute GOATED kick returner and wasn't too bad as a receiver, running back, or wildcat option either.  Nowadays he does local TV stuff with his wife and just overall seems like a really good dude.  Definitely a great autograph to add to the collection!

The final card of this post is a true PC one, and excitedly yet ANOTHER PC printing plate.  This time it's one of J.R. Redmond that popped up on Ebay super cheaply right before Christmas:
I was willing to bid pretty high since I didn't have a J.R. Redmond 1/1 yet, but didn't really have to as this magenta plate shipped for less than $11.  That means I now have 1/1s of almost every guy I PC - someday I'll reach that goal!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Feel free to follow me on Twitch if you want more random content in your life!

 Evening everyone!  It dawned on me that I mention my gaming happens now and then, but that I never formally linked this blog to my Twitch account.  I've been streaming off and on for like two years and tend to be on a few times a week, so if you're into gaming at all feel free to give me a follow and check me out when I'm playing!

My brothers and I mainly play Sea of Thieves at the moment, but we've also played Overwatch, NHL 2021, PUBG, Halo, Fortnite, Rubber Bandits, and really anything else that tickles our fancy at the moment.  I also used to stream a ton of Friday the 13th back when I was in a competitive league, so you'll see all sorts of clips from those days as well.

I'll likely add a link to some of my favorite clips on the blog at some point, but for now enjoy me asking our league manager his favorite WWF wrestlers in the middle of a league match!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Plates and Patches courtesy of Ebay and COMC

I continue to dip my toes back into the card world little by little.  If I'm being honest, it's likely mostly because of my renewed love for VHS that arose during the beginning of the pandemic.  I've been buying more VHS on EBay as I find cool stuff I like, and that's led to me looking for cards on COMC and Ebay more like I used to back in the day.  Hooray for physical media!

Anywho, one very cool aspect of getting more serious about my collections after taking some time away is the fact that some rare cards popped up for me to find.

Seneca Wallace cards?  When you have as close to 100% of a collection as I do, new cards appear pretty rarely.  But I did find a Rod Smart printing plate finally on COMC.  Here it is in all its yellow, bordered glory:

And staying on COMC, I was also able to pick up a yellow Thaddeus Lewis plate:

Two plates of guys I never had plates of before - how cool is that?  I might have to take a hiatus more often if that's the result!

With long sought cards coming in, I decided to also finally bite on an auto/relic of a guy I'd been seeking for years - Samkon Gado.  He's a pretty random running back from the early 00's who I remember as a Packer, and his autos have always been kind of expensive so I always passed.  But a BIN/BO hit just right and I grabbed this cool auto/relic of his:
Since retiring, Gado has gotten a medical degree and is working on improving healthcare in his native Nigeria.  Pretty remarkable guy, and makes me feel good about springing for a card of his finally.

The rest of the cards in this post were sitting in my COMC inventory, so I finally had them shipped when I shipped the printing plates.  The first is a really nice autograph of another former RB.  This guy's a little more well known - Jamal Anderson:
It feels like on-card autos are so hard to find these days, so when you find a crisp on-card auto of a legend it's hard to say no.  Nice to finally have a Dirty Bird auto in the collection.

I also grabbed a few Jaguar patches - longtime readers know I LOVE those patches:

I think the Leftwich one is especially nice - any time the Jaguar eye gets into the logo it's so dang cool.

Another random logo patch was this Bishop Sankey/Austin Seferian-Jenkins dual jersey card.  It's more like a helmet decal than a patch, but I dig it!

And finally, just two jersey cards I found neat of two colorful characters of NFL past, Pacman Jones and Ricky Williams:

I almost sold the Williams, but it's hard to part with a four color patch of such a cool cat.  Glad to have it in the collection!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Awesome Relics that don't fit elsewhere in my collection

 I'm going to do the same thing here that I did with the awesome autos post below - just cool looking cards of players that don't fit on other pages of my blog.  Hopefully you find a few as cool as me!

Here are the cards, organized by player last name:

Jerry Azumah

Cedric Benson

Blake Bortles

Brian Dawkins/Troy Vincent

Robert Edwards

Al Harris

Priest Holmes

Andruw Jones/Kenny Lofton

Derek Lowe

Tyronn Lue

Fred McGriff

Travis Prentice

Olmedo Saenz

Ricky Williams

Awesome Autographs that don't fit elsewhere in my collection

 Hello again bloggers!  Long time no see, but I've been meaning to post a list of cool autographed cards in my collection for my reference, and I finally found the time to post it.  It'll be a mix of former PC cards, guys who carried my team in Madden or Fantasy sports, and just random guys I thought were cool.  I'm still adding to this list occasionally (The Terrelle Pryor /25 and Banks/Brooks auto were shipments the week I posted this), so check back now and then for new additions!

But without further adieu, the autographs, organized by last name (After the first three, which are all from a set).

2000 Finest Moments Kevin Dyson

2000 Finest Moments Frank Wycheck

2000 Finest Moments Mike Jones

Jamal Anderson

Joique Bell

Jeff Blake

Brett Bodine

Wade Boggs Custom TTM

Deion Branch /25

Dewon Brazelton

Jacoby Brissett

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks (And Brad Banks)

Shin-Soo Choo

Robert Covington

Josh Cribbs

Johnny Cueto

Samkon Gado

Josh Gordon

Bruce Gradkowski

Az-Zahir Hakim

Raisel Iglesias

Cedric James

Rashad Jennings

Cliff Lee IP (Obtained from a friend)

Tyronn Lue

Fred McGriff

Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Pat Neshek TTM

Chris Ogbonnaya

Cody Pickett

Terrelle Pryor /25

Bobby Rainey

Francisco Rosario

Ricky Rubio

DeMeco Ryans

Michael Sam

Zac Stacy

Kywin Supernaw Custom TTM

Bobby Taylor

Nate Wayne

Ben Watson

Fozzy Whitaker