Sunday, September 25, 2022

Trade Bait/For Sale

A long long time ago
I can still remember...
I used to have a trade bait/for sale page.  Well it's making a comeback!

In the interest of acquiring more cards, I decided to post my random stuff I still have sitting around for trade or sale.  If anything interests you, either comment here or email me at gsnhof@gmail.com and we can work something out.  My needs are anything in the right sidebar in the web version of my site, which typical means either Mike James or Samuel Deduno cards unless you have some weird rare need of mine hiding in the depths of your collection.  We'll figure something out!

But without further adieu...the cards!

1/1's
Three Bobby Crosby printing plates and a Nick Van Exel stamped 1/1

Patch/Autos
Jarius Wright (Top left) is /49 and has some patch window damage
Pierce (Top right) is /250
Bohringer (Bottom left) is /199
Wright (Bottom right) is /1353

Autos
Graham (Top left corner) is /25
Gerhart (Top row, 2nd from left) is /25
Konrad (Top row, 2nd from right) is /200
Gerhart (Row two, far left) is /171
Wilhelm (2nd row, 2nd from right) is /260
Banta-Cain (2nd row, fair right) is /620
Allison (3rd row, far left) is /50
Johnson (3rd row, 2nd from left) is /250
Ragone (3rd row, 3rd from left) is /155
Muscala (3rd row, far right) is /99
Lewis (4th row, far left) is /50
Gesser (4th row, 2nd from left) is /799
Gage (4th row, 2nd from right) is /690
Wrightster (4th row, far right) is /670

Jerseys/Relics
Keaton (Top left) is /350
Berrian (1st row, 2nd from left) is /50
Taylor (1st row, 2nd from right) is /50
Bennett (Top right) is /50 and has some patch window damage.
Fason (2nd row far left) is /750
Henne (3rd row fair left) is /50
Pead (Middle) is /25
Huard (Bottom left) is /175
Wright (Bottom middle) is /50
Washington (Bottom right) is /850

Other Serial #'d Cards
Sharpe is /299
Branch is /50
Massaquoi (Bottom left) is /649
Massaquoi (Bottom middle) is /50
Massaquoi (Bottom right) is /50

Team Issue Cards
The Syracuse set is missing both Fred McGriffs.
The Yankees set is incomplete.

Decent RCs

Parallels/Inserts

Random Cards from MLB/NFL/NBA

Sports Illustrated Tear Outs

Non-Sport

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Retail Therapy at the LCS

It's been a pretty stressful week for a Mooss, and I woke up this morning feeling off.  Usually I'll kill time on a Saturday with a movie or video games, but nothing like that sounded interesting.  And then a random thought hit me.

Let's check out the LCS!

I don't head to my LCS often since my needs/wants are so specific and dated in time.  If I've searched a place once for the cards I'm looking for, it's reaaaaally not worth looking again most of the time.

But I'm helping my Dad look for some cards as I mentioned in a previous post.  And I could always find some Dedunos or Mike Jameses I suppose.  Plus it's just fun to look at cards and memorabilia.  So I was off!

Now my local has a large amount of singles in boxes...we're talking tons.  Of course it's rarely refreshed, but there's plenty to find if you like to dig.  Boxes are roughly sorted - there's a vintage area sorted by year, baseball and football areas sorted by team, there's a few areas sorted by specific players (I laughed because there's TWO Ken Griffey Jr. sections - guy just never consolidated them), and then just random boxes filled with whatever a customer left after a case break.  When I say roughly sorted, I mean fairly roughly...years of no one keeping up on the cards meant there's a lot of crossover.  I also  briefly wandered over to the autos/relics boxes for $3 or 7 for $21 and found the cards I almost bought from a purchase I posted on Reddit 250 days ago...so cards rarely enter or leave these boxes.  So it was time to search!

I started with the Colorado Rockies area, since I figured that might be where Dedunos ended up if he had any.  And I found a Deduno!  But one from...the Twins?

Halfway through the Rockies, someone dumped a bunch of cards from a set break, and this Deduno was in that mix.  This card then started a Twins run within the Rockies area - like I said, roughly organized!

I had the black parallel of this card, but not the base version.  And as much as I don't consider myself a Samuel Deduno collector - just a 2006 Bowman Samuel Deduno collector - it's hard to turn down a card I'm missing of a guy I like when I know it's gonna be like 10 cents.  So into the pile it went.  Great start!

From there I went over to the random basketball area, in hopes of some Mike James.  In retrospect, I probably should've gone over to the Angels section to look for Mike James too, but streetballer NBA player Mike James is probably my favorite Mike James, so he won out for the moment.  I was going through set break after set break, and ended up finding no Mike James but lots of Tobias Harris, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, and Topps Gold serial #'d cards.  I started making piles of those guys with the idea of picking my favorite of each while combing through boxes.

At that point this dude came in who the owner knew as a fellow seller.  I wasn't sure if that meant a store further away or online, but this guy immediately inquired on the prices of the $3 or 7/$21 auto/relics.  He wanted to buy like...all of them.  So the owner quoted him $2 a card and the guy got to thinking.

Which scrambled my brain a bit.  $2 and auto relic!  I could bite on that if the dude passed on it!  But I knew I wasn't going to spend like $700 today, and I didn't want to mess up that deal for the LCS owner, so I had to kill time while they made their decisions.  I lost all track of the NBA cards and wandered over to the memorabilia section, closer to the autos/relics boxes, to snoop.

As they're chatting, I was looking through some Star Wars cards.  I almost put a few bounty hunter cards (Bossk, IG-88, Dengar) in my stack as well as a Liam Neeson and a fiiine looking Carrie Fisher, but those felt like purchases that were way too random for even my randomness.  So of course then I find out that Parks and Rec has cards (LOVVVVE THAT SHOW) and after a little digging I found my two next cards to purchase.

Perd Hapley is just one of the most joyous characters in a sitcom I've seen.  You can straight up call be a Perdvert, because his charisma and goofy sayings get me every time.

As for Adam Scott, I was a decent fan for a while but became a massive fan when I found the podcast that he cohosts with Scott Auckerman, "R U Talkin U2 2 Me?"  On it's face it's a band podcasts where they go album by album, but it's so silly and dumb and smart/dumb that it just always makes me laugh.  I kept listening as they covered REM ("R U Talkin REM Re: Me") and Talking Heads (R U Talkin Talking Heads to my talking head?") and RHCP and Staind and branched out into other Earwolf podcasts as a result.  It's basically what got me into Podcasts in general I suppose.  My wife and I even debated starting an Adam Scott career retrospective podcast during quarantine.  So now that I'm something of an Adam Scott megafan (HOW GOOD WAS SEVERANCE?) the possibility of owning a card of him was just too good to pass up.  Into the collection it goes!

At this point my brains just a total mess of different thoughts, and the auto/relic guy is calling his bank to put enough money into his account to make this giant purchase.  So I need to kill more time and remember my Dad!  I couldn't find either 1959 card he needed, but they had a lot of other older vintage, so I texted him asking for more wants.  He sent me his needs from 1971, and I found two binders and a whole 200 card box worth of cards to look at.  As with most vintage needs, they were all high numbers, so I was only able to find one card...but it's a goody!  Lou Brock!

Definitely feels good to buy a card for my Dad for once since he's purchased them for me for decades, whether in packs as a kid or singles as an adult.  Generational collecting is cool!

As I'm going through the 1971 binders, the other seller finalizes his bank dealings and makes his purchase.  He's getting every auto/relic box.  DANG IT!  So as I flip through pages, I watch him take like 6 giant boxes out of the store to his car.  Ah to be able to spend that much on random wax...

So I realize it's about time for me to finish up, since I'd been there roughly 2 hours by now just browsing.  A random box on the wall caught my eye, and it looked like it maybe used to be for serial #'d cards...so I checked it out.  Loved it enough to grab these two.

As I've been recollecting God Shammgod and Wonderful Monds, it's hit me just how much those weird parallels from the late 90s have drastically increased in price from when I started recollecting around 2009.  So it felt right to purchase a few of these in case they might similarly see a major value jump someday - and they're also cool cards of solid dudes.  The Sharpe is /299, and I loved that 2000 Ravens team so it's fun to have a card from that era.  The Faulk is a card I'll probably keep, given his role in Patriots lore, and I'm beginning to love some of these parallels for the sake of parallels that Pacific put out around 2000.  Yes I'm that much of a sucker for artificial scarcity!

I headed towards the counter to pay, but realized there was ONE box of auto/relics left.  I thought the guy had grabbed them all, but nope...one box remained.  It's supposed to be sorted basketball, baseball, football in three rows, but was basically just one row after years of disorganization.  So the random auto/relic lover in me met with the organization lover in me to do a quick sort and see if there was anything worth keeping.  I found one card worth it.

Graham is definitely the definition of journeyman kicker, playing for 14 teams over 9 seasons.  Of course he also spent 7 years with a 15th team, the Bengals, which is where this autograph comes from.  He was actually pretty decent in Cincinnati, and went to the Pro Bowl on the strength of the stats on the back of this card.  But a few missed FGs in the playoffs got his released a year later, and the meandering life was Graham's from that point forward.  Still, a pretty cool and rare card of a kicker with some longevity isn't a bad grab.  I've got it for sale on Ebay right now, but if it never sells I'll add it to the autograph collection so a win either way.

And so ended my retail therapy at the LCS.  I spent almost three hours at the shop and bought seven cards for $13.88, and came out feeling a little better about the world.  Job well done LCS!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Heads Up Quads #6 - One Good Quads deserves another

My last two posts were about a Head Up Quads card and Sportlots.  Looking back on those posts, it hit me - what if Sportlots has any of the Quads I need?  Strangely I hadn't checked, and sure enough they did.

So now I only have three cards left for this doozy of a set.  Can you believe it?

Anywho, let's see who is featured on Chicago Bears #6:

Jim Miller is one of those guys who had a bigger career than the stats would indicate.  A 6th round pick of the Steelers in 1994, he only truly saw action in 6 NFL seasons (27 starts).  But he was NFL active from 1994 to 2004, with highlights including a Super Bowl ring as a 2004 Patriots backup, a World Bowl championship with the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1995, and some Trent Dilfer style game management for the NFC North champion Chicago Bears in 2001.  Certainly some decent accolades for a journeyman-ish QB.  In recent years Miller has gone into broadcasting and seems to be doing pretty well for himself in the Chicago area.

Marty Booker was always a guy I felt a little bad for, one of those pretty good WRs who never really had a solid QB throwing to him.  The list includes Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Jim Miller (Sorry sir!), Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, A.J. Feeley, Jay Fielder, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Frerotte, Joey Harrington, Daunte Culpepper, Cleo Lemon, Trent Green, John Beck, Kyle Orton, Matt Ryan, and Chris Redman.  Not only is that a ton of QBs across an 11 season career, but most seasons had his teams start three different QBs and there wasn't a single season where a QB went all 16 games (Or even 15 with an end of season sit).  I mean...there's an argument that one of the best QBs he was in an offense with was Wildcat Ronnie Brown.  That's some rough stuff.

Given that though, and his 3rd round pedigree, Booker was able to amass a number of solid receiving seasons that included a Bears record 100 receptions, two thousand yard seasons, and a Pro Bowl nod.  He's actually 138th overall in career receptions, which feels about right and shows that Booker was a pretty decent WR with some longevity, even if he did fall off a bit in those Dolphins years.

David Terrell is a guy I remember as a Michigan dude thanks to Michigan Dennis' many posts.  I also remember him as kind of a draft bust.  Picked 8th overall in 2001, Terrell definitely struggled with some of the same QB issues that Marty Booker had during his time in Chicago, but did even less statistically.  His career totals across four seasons include 128 receptions for 1,602 yards and 9 touchdowns - and that's with lead WR number of targets during his final two Bears seasons.  Terrell attempted a few comebacks after his 2004 Bears release but never against saw meaningful playing time in the NFL.

Last but not least, Brian Urlacher was just super good at football.  When you think of those early 00's Bears you think defense, and Urlacher at the center of that defense for 13 solid years.  When it all ended, Urlacher had eight Pro Bowl nods, four 1st team All Pro selections, a ROY, a DPOY, and was named to the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.  He didn't get as many sacks or interceptions as some other linebackers, so the numbers don't always seem to jump off the page.  But the tackles and leadership were always there, and that's why he's remembered as an all timer Bear by most.

Who wins the card? Another pretty easy one - it's Urlacher.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Heads Up Quads #25 - The one I thought was going to cost infinity million dollars

I'm getting down to the last few cards needed for my Heads Up Quads set, and I'm finding that some of the talent on these cards are making them fairly pricey.  Of the four I have left, two have verifiable HOFers that jack up their cost (Brian Urlacher's Bears and Jerome Bettis' Steelers), one has a verifiable HOFer and is incredibly hard to find (Zack Thomas' Dolphins) and one is kind of randomly high priced (Brian Griese's Broncos).  Today's card features THREE HOFers (Like the Rams pants card from a few weeks back), and was somehow cheaper and easier to find than all of the aforementioned cards.  Go figure I guess!

Anywho, given the star power on this card, I think it has a firm chance of being the biggest card in the set from a combined accolade standpoint at the very least.  I mean the back of the card alone has two of the best players in NFL history.  Let's see if ya'll agree.

Zack Crockett is by far the least decorated player on this card, but dang did he have a pretty decent career.  Primarily a FB, he played a whopping 13 seasons in the NFL, which included four seasons with 6+ rushing touchdowns in the early 00s.  I always think of him as a younger FB when I've played Madden 04, but he's actually 31 in the game as he was actually a third round draft pick of the Colts in 1995.  I learned today that his greatest career achievement probably came in that year's playoffs too.  Marshall Faulk was injured, so Crockett started at RB and had 147 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Colts first playoff win in 24 years.  Not bad at all for a FB!

Tim Brown is a legend and a HOFer, but might still be third best on this card, which definitely speaks volumes about the card's flip side.  Brown made the Pro Bowl nine times and is 7th all time on the career receptions list, so he's certainly no slouch.  Two interesting facts about him.  One I forgot is that he actually didn't play for the Raiders in 2004, his final NFL season.  They cut him when he didn't want to take on a lesser role in the offense, so he moved on to Tampa Bay for his final season.  The second fact I have on Brown is that his first Pro Bowl nod came way back in his rookie year of 1988, and came primarily due to his special teams play.  As someone who was two in 1988 I mainly think of Brown as a solid possession receiver rather than a special teams ace, but he had league leading KR numbers in that rookie season and was returning punts at a solid clip as late as 1995 - solid stuff.

So here's the back of the card, starting with a man who needs no introduction - Jerry Rice.  Wikipedia gives him the nickname "World," which is...not a nickname I knew he had?  It's crazy he was ever a 16th overall pick (In 1985), because the man basically reset the entire receiving record book in his 21 years in the league.  He won Super Bowls, he made it to 13 Pro Bowls, he was top three in MVP four times (A WR has never won NFL MVP...and honestly if Rice couldn't do it I don't know if anyone can) - the guy did it all.  And interesting enough, like Tim Brown, 2004 was Rice's last season and it ended with a different team.  Only Rice's was Seattle.  I remember both Rice and Brown being fun adds in Madden 04, because they'd give you one solid season of production but then immediately retire during the first offseason.  Classic old guy stuff.

Last but not least we have Charles Woodson, the HOFer and nine time Pro Bowler who also won Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  He made it to the Pro Bowl in his first and last seasons, which is impressive for a guy with 18 years in the league.  I also constantly forget he was ever on the Packers, even though he spent seven years with them which included four Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl win.  No disrespect to Packers faithful with that comment...I just remember the young Woodson who came out of Michigan and the old Woodson who tied up his spikes as a Raider more than I do that middle years guy.  He was ridiculously good during all of them though.

Who wins the card? Tonssssss of solid players on this card, but it's Jerry Rice in a landslide.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

My Dad is great, and so is Sportlots!

Like a lot of people, I imagine, I got into cards from my Dad.  He's an absolute die hard sports fan and collector, and he's probably been collecting since at least 1970.  I remember him getting completed Topps sets as gifts when I was a kid, and he's always had almost completed sets around the house, just waiting for that extra time to work on building them to completion.  My brothers and I caught the itch from him, and all three of us opened tons of packs as kids trying to be just like Dad.  Good times!

This summer, due to a variety of reasons, my Dad decided to jump back into finishing his sets with both feet.  He's trying to complete a few sets, but he's mainly focused on 1959 Topps, and as of this post he's got two cards left - the Bob Gibson RC and the Mickey Mantle All Star Card.  I hope he gets them soon, as it's such an awesome set to complete!

Seeing his interest in cards revitalized has clearly brought back the itch for me as well, as I've been posting like a mad man (For me) in the past few months.  So I hold his re-interest responsible for me jumping back into the game as well.  Part of my revisit has involved me looking for cards he needs on old "side" sites of mine - the COMCs, Becketts, and Sportlots of the world.  Stuff he probably wouldn't check.  Now, I had no success in finding cards he needed, as any of those cards on these sites are like double the price they'd be elsewhere.  But these sites are perfect for weird obscure cards of obscure players...so of course I'd find a Shyrone Stith on there that I needed /42.  Ooo baby baby...it's a wild world.
For literally $2, I got myself one card closer to 100% Shyrone Stith completion.  I now just need 17 Stith cards, four of which are 1/1's, so that's...pretty dang wild!  I'm so happy I ended up deciding to collect Stith several years ago.  I thought he'd bring me less joy than Seneca Wallace since he has fewer autos and relics and a lot less NFL success but dang...then I get a card like this and life is so good.  Collecting is awesome you guys.  And so is my Dad!