Friday, 23 June 2017

Too Many 2/14s!

And now the 2/14 portion of the TMV/M mailer.
Football was definitely the theme this time around, as only a couple slipped outside that portion of the binder. Jim Kelly made 1 appearance, but still added his 70th card to the collection.
Next up, David Garrard got 3 cards to reach 37 total.
Steve McNair on the front. Drew Bledsoe on the back. I can't get enough of cards that feature a pair of 2/14 babies. As has been my policy, this results in a 1 card boost to both their totals.
But that addition of one was just a drop in the bucket to the overall additions to both Bledsoe's and McNair's totals. Even these 20 scanned cards aren't the complete additions, as both got about 15 individual cards each. In the whole bunch, I love getting 3 different gold label Bledsoes, and that Soul of the Game die-cut among the McNairs. For those playing the home game with the Gold Label, the one with the ball being released is Class 1, scrambling is Class 2, and just getting the snap is Class 3.The Sculpted card is actually a preview card.
The rest of the way home, it is time for some 1/1 plates for the collection. The final football card is my first Alshon 1/1, coming from 2016 National Treasures.
Yes. These plates of the relic only cards still count. Why wouldn't they? But it does mean that this isn't a football only post.
And a 3rd plate to end it, with this one being a Brandon Sutter and a perfect card to go alongside the Hejduk to keep it company.

Only a whole bunch of none of the above miscellany left for the 4th and final post covering this bubble envelope.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Redeemed! 1 Becomes 2!

Time once again to open up a redemption envelope from a card company - this time from Topps.
The product may have only been on the shelf for a couple weeks, so it was unexpected to see this turn into this:
so quickly. But here's by first George Bell auto. I love the 1984 design this is from, but only wish he'd been wearing the blues in that photo, since that look didn't debut until years later. But that is picking the nit of a really great addition to my Jays collection.

But wait there's more!
A week and a half from entering the code isn't really a delay, but I'll still take a bonus card.
Amazingly, it is a card for my other team collection. What are the odds? (Rhetorical question) This is my second auto of his, joining a '14 GQ. They will both be freed from their plastic prisons and moved into binders sooner rather than later.

To the picker of said bonus card, I thank you!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Bills! Bills! Bills!

Time for the Bills portion of the trade envelope from Dennis @ Too Many Vernlanders/Manninghams.

Very little in terms of base content among this.
The only base card in the whole thing for the Bills was the Marshawn Lynch rookie card. The other two are inserts. I'm really surprised I didn't land that Bruce Smith with all the Donruss from last year I busted.
How about a page worth of numbered cards to start. L-R, U-D, these are /350, /649, 750, /250, /199, /499, /2009, /2002 and /999. My faves here are the Spiller for the logo in the background, the acetate Price, and the Unrivaled of Jackson. The Jackson has a really nice look at the 50th anniversary logo.
Flutie mania on the second grouping of numbered cards, but my fave here is the Johnson, since he actually appears to holding onto the ball on a key reception. A rare photo indeed. These are /999, /99, /100, /2500 * 3 and /750.
The actual hits portion starts off with some appearances of Karlos Williams, who made a rather quick trip from penthouse to outhouse in Orchard Park. Some patches from some veterans and pretty good rookie jersey round out this grouping of former Bills.
The big winner in this mailer was Sammy Watkins, who gets 5 new cards with 6 jersey swatches. And my first autograph of his. If only he could stay healthy.
Technically, this Sammy isn't a Bills card. But, if I can add NCAA hits of people who made stops with other pro teams before becoming Bills short-term (Mike Gillislee, Anthony Dixon) I sure can add my 3rd plate to the binder, joining a McGahee and a David Nelson.

There you have it! 2 more posts to go for this bubbler.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Rangers Round Up

Namely a round up of the Kitchener Rangers portion of a recent envelope from Dennis @ Too Many Manninghams.
It really was only one thing, but it definitely deserves its own post. At first this appears to be some sort of mini-album. This could be nice for storing some of my favourite Rangers alum cards. You've got Evan McGrath on the cover and despite his not making the NHL, he's still a memorable player and...

Signature Album?

Oh yeah, it came with an autographed team set of 24 cards.

Nothing big.
24 spaces in the album, so 24 cards makes sense. We open with this octet of players. Only Lashoff played in the NHL, but Turple got to sit on the Thrashers bench and got a couple NHL-level cards out of that appearance. Azevedo and McGrath were mid/late draft picks, and although neither reached the bigs, they've had good careers in Europe.
Strong NHL content in grouping #2, with only Geynes and Thomson not reaching the NHL. Valabik is a 2/14 binder member as well, but this will stay in the Rangers binder for obvious completeness reasons. Kindl had been back and forth between the AHL and NHL for his career, and spent last year in the Panthers organization.
Here you have the final grouping. Only Oreskovich here played in the NHL, although Rizk was a late pick of Minnesota. You also get an appearance of an alternate jersey on Applebaum's card. The team was a black hole for penmanship this season, with mostly illegible scribbles. I can read Auffrey's first name - that might give him the nod.

And there you have one part of the recent trade. I still have 3 more parts to cover, probably in random postings over the next week or so.

Monday, 19 June 2017

One Card Only: What's In a Name?

In the case of Scooby Wright, his name translates to "I will be drug tested every day week of my life, and people will double check in disbelief that I passed.".

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Archival Jays

And some more group break goodies, this time some Blue Jays from Archives.
Here's the base set. Pretty much who you'd expect from a base set limited to 300 cards with no retired content for the Jays.
And yes, the Osuna did have the inset of the stadium on the back of his card. I really wish they'd used the panoramic photo instead of just the infield. The Zosky shot is obviously the Dome, but unless you looked closely and were familiar with the facility, that other one could be anywhere.
Retro Original! The oxymoron portion of the set.
Here's a parallel, the only numbered card I landed. This peach card is 110/199.
Time to flashback to the 80s for the Fan Favorites portion of the break. I might have to wait a bit, but eventually I should get by first autograph of the 1987 AL MVP. I'd think this might look nice on the 1987 design given that, but it seems this will be on the 1984 look.
The Jays had two autographs in the set, and I landed both of them with this Dave Stieb. A nice looking autograph aesthetically, and it comes from design year of his no-hitter from 1990. A logical choice.

And there you go!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Authentic Bruins

Today, the goodies from a group break of SP Authentic. I went back and forth deciding between the Bruins and Sens, and opted for the Bruins since the Sens only hit was an auto of Thomas Chabot, and his penmanship is terrible.
Your base cards. Typical SPA, but maybe a little louder with the starburst-ish background.
The Bruins had two cards for the Update portion of their flagship set. Here's a highlight card for Tuukka Rask's hot start to the season.
And surprisingly, a card for Tim Schaller. He signed as a free agent after a few years between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate, and saw the most NHL action of his career this year, appearing in 59 games.
Shiny! With the alternate uniform as well. I really don't care about the code on the back for the bounties or whatever.
And an auto. It might just be the initials and the number, but I'd still rather have this in the binders than Chabot's mess.

There you go! Tomorrow, Archival Blue Jays!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Admitting my Bias

I'll be biased when a trade package from Brian @ Highly Subjective... is as good as this one.
#1 and the best was this, a card that's been on my wantlist for awhile. This completes the 3 card run of cards for the 2/14/90 game in which Michael Jordan wore #12 for the game, due to his #23 vanishing mysteriously from the Orlando locker room. I might be strange for trying to shoehorn Jordan into my 2/14 collection, but it is worth it for one of the greatest ever.
Mets summarize the rest of the package, and the highlight among the Mets stuff was some vintage! Sure, this 1970 booklet was already scratched off, but this is now the oldest Seaver item in my Mets collection. WOO-HOO!
The only hit was this Gsellman. I'd pulled the Missing Back Plate variation from my 2 boxes of the product, and now the regular one goes nicely alongside it in the binder. Time to chase the rainbow! Or not.
Another highlight was likely the compete team set from 2014 Pro Debut. Best of all, 7 of these 9 guys are still with the team. Only Gant and Fullmer are elsewhere. That's a pretty good average. The Gant is the exact same photo that appeared on his Bowman card from 2014, only one (or likely both) has/have been photoshopped.
And some misc. Mets and parallels to end this post, although there were still more in the pack. The Trachsel is probably my fave in this group, due to the somewhat odd photo and being from Topps Total.

And there you go. I've still got a couple mailings left, one trade package that will require at least 4 posts, and some group break goodies as well. Until then...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

14 if by Sportlots

Not 4. 14. As in two orders, one of 4, one of 10.
Starting with somewhat of an oddball. This is from 1994 Classic Pro Line, and is just a reproduction of the newspaper announcing the arrival of the Jacksonville Jaguars, alongside their original logo. I pulled the Panthers one from a repack, and just needed their expansion cousins. Because I was bored, I actually looked up the other articles references at the bottom.

"Slaying of two hunters may be related" - Turns out they were, but the case went cold until 1998. 

"Amtrak train smashes into small truck" - No luck here. This had to be local, as my searches mainly brought up references to the 1993 Big Bayou accident.

"Key Tide player may be out of SEC game" - Looks like that player was Jay Barker. I don't think this would count as Barker card to JBF.

I didn't check out the Teen Wrap.
As a part of my never ending quest to add football cards of professional wrestlers into my collection, here's an appearance of the ill-fated Droz from his Broncos days.
And my list of needs for 2015 GQ drops to 1 with these additions. 2 years later, the end is in sight, interestingly with card #350 being my 350th.
I do believe these complete the binder. Almost 28 years later.
And since I was 2 away from the 10 card price level, let's add two more stickers to my 2/14 binder with my 23rd and 24th Dave Dravecky - these from the 1990 Panini release.

And there you have a Baker's Dozen +1 of sportlots mail.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 15.3 - Football Goodies

Time to end this repack box.
My favourite item in the box wasn't a card at all, but this Bills pocket schedule from 1999. Even though it did remind me that 1999 was their last playoff year. And this is 2017.

Despite the miserable years it reminded me of, I'll still rank the schedule over a new card for the 2/14 collection.
And it is a Promotional Back version too! Yay!
I also landed the Chris Warren version of that parallel.
Holograms! As usual, these look a lot nicer in hand than scanned. That's Marshall Faulk against a typical Hawaiian island backdrop.
Junior Seau rocking a throwback jersey on yet another promotional card. YES!
1 of 30000? Can I splurge and get 2?
A couple more random cards from random sets. The Favre and Davis cards bring us into the 2000s from 2000 Collector's Edge Graded. Since they were stuck together (see the bottom of the Davis), I won't be shipping them to Beckett any time soon.
Groucho might not have wanted to belong to any club that would accept him as a member, but if the Stadium Club accepted me and promised cards, I'd join.
A couple drawn cards end it.

I certainly got my $5 worth from it. And I still haven't busted those Pacific packs yet. I'll put those away from a rainy day. Where I'll forget about them. And probably find them 27 years from now like those Panini albums.