Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Passing Of Rashaan Salaam

Another former NFL running back lost his life in a tragic event Monday night in Boulder, Colorado. A passer-by found Rashaan Salaam’s body in a parking lot at Ebin G. Fine Park in Boulder on Monday night, he was 42-years old. The Boulder Police said that there does not appear to be any foul play and that an autopsy will be performed shortly to determine the cause of death.
Salaam was one of my first football player prospects, he had won the 1994 Heisman Trophy and when the Chicago Bears selected him in the First Round of the 1995 NFL Draft I thought he was a lock. I had received a promo pack from Collector’s Edge which included a very cool acetate and die-cut Rashaan Salaam card and I was hooked. I picked up what I could of his and after he became the youngest player to rush for 1,000 yards (1,074 yards and 10 TDs his first season) his future was bright. Sadly, he went on to have a couple of injury plagued seasons and never returned to be that shining star and was cut by the Bears in 1998. Over the next six seasons he signed with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Memphis Maniax (of the XFL), San Francisco 49ers and finally the Toronto Argonauts (of the CFL). In all he played a total of 33 games, rushing 471 times for 1,684 yards and 13 touchdowns.  

In a follow up to the shooting that took the life of former Jets running Back Joe McKnight, the shooter Ronald Gasser was arrested yesterday and charged with Manslaughter.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Very Appreciated Care Package

Shortly before I moved Angus from Dawg Day Cards sent me a care package of early 90s Griffey cards, plus one Buhner card with a Griffey cameo on the back, which was very much appreciated but they got packed away quickly before I had a chance to sort them. As I said last week I recently moved back to Arizona, a very quick and emotional move, and now that I am back in Arizona I have taken on as a caretaker for my elderly parents. Needless to say stress has compounded daily and any break away is welcome so thank you Angus.

I finally had a chance to sit down and spend some time just focusing on a hobby that helps clear my mind. In all there were 58 cards that I needed for my collection, including some new to me cards and a couple of ghost cards, and with this bundle I topped 1,100 unique Griffey cards.

Here are some of the more interesting cards:

1992 Fleer 7-11 Citgo

1992 French’s Mustard

1992 Promark

1993 Cartwrights

1993 Fleer Atlantic Collector’s Edition

As well as a couple of ghost cards that disappeared in “The Purge”

1993 Topps

1993 Ultra

1995 Upper Deck

1996 Upper Deck Retail Predictor

And of course the Jay Buhner, 1993 SP, with Griffey mugging for the camera on the back

Monday, December 5, 2016

More Notorious

At UFC 205 last month Conor McGregor became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously. I ordered the Topps Now card as soon as Topps made it available on their website.

Before I even got the card there was news out of the UFC stating that Dana White has asked McGregor to relinquish the featherweight title since he has not defended it in over a year. White went on to say that Max Holloway will fight Anthony Pettis for the interim title at UFC 206 with the winner then fighting Jose Aldo to solidify the title sometime next year.

The problem is that McGregor does not subscribe to that storyline. At an interview in Belfast Friday night he clearly said he has neither relinquished the belt nor was he stripped. He still has both belts in his home and if anyone wants the belts from him they have to come take them from him physically, all while drinking a beer.

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Senseless Murder

Yesterday former NY Jet RB Joe McKnight was shot and killed following a case of road rage in New Orleans. Around 2:45 pm Thursday afternoon a witness saw McKnight and another man, later identified as 54-year old Ronald Gasser, arguing in an intersection. McKnight was seen apologizing for the incident when Gasser pulled out his gun and fired multiple shots in to McKnight at close range. Then for some reason the shooter felt it was necessary to stand over McKnight’s body, still screaming and firing one more round.
This is a completely senseless crime; at no point does one person need to shoot another person over an accident. Sadly, just 8 months ago New Orleans Saints DE was shot and killed in a similar situation in New Orleans. Smith’s murderer Cardell Hayes is set to go on trial next week for Second Degree Murder.

*EDIT: It has now been reported that Mr. Gasser was still in his card when he fired at McKnight and has been released without being charged yet.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Marshawn Rainbow Attempt

I decided to try and work on a rainbow of Marshawn Lynch’s 2013 Topps Chrome #6 card. This card is one of my favorite Lynch cards and since there is nothing major special about the card I figured it would be a safe chase. I went in to the challenge with the expectations that I would not chase the Superfractor or printing plates so that left me hunting 14 cards, which includes the base card. I am currently at 11 cards, missing the Blue (Not the Blue Wave) #/199, Gold #/50 and Red #/25 parallels.

I am really surprised that the Blue refractor is difficult to come by, it isn’t exactly a rare card with being #/199. I have seen one show up alone, they are always bundled with other cards and I do not want to buy a bunch of cards because I need just one of the cards. But this is the thrill of the hunt.



X-Fractor (Retail only):


Blue Wave:

Purple #/499:

Military Camo #/499:

BCA Pink #/399:

Prism #/260:

Black #/299:

Sepia #/99 (Hobby only):

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One Of Those "I Finally Got Around To It" Posts

This is one of those stories that just sits on the back burner indefinitely until one day you decide to cobble it together and make a post about the cards.

In the 1990s there were plenty of sports card related magazines, each with their own charm, but if you wanted pricing you had two options Beckett and Tuff Stuff. I read both but as far as pricing goes Beckett was the leader then and the only print option now, but Tuff Stuff had better stories. The two magazines battled it out for over a decade but around 2009 Tuff Stuff became an online only webzine and Beckett won out on the magazine front. For a couple more years Krause Publications kept the site active but in 2011 the project was halted and Tuff Stuff died unceremoniously.  

In 2006 Tuff Stuff worked in conjunction with Upper Deck and released a special card set with 4 cards included in each issue over the 12 months for a total of 48 cards total. There were 24 baseball players and 24 football players with a mix of rookies and stars. Some were hits and some were duds.

The checklist:

1.      Reggie Bush

2.      Matt Leinart

3.      Vince Young

4.      Jay Cutler

5.      Derek Jeter

6.      Ken Griffey Jr

7.      Albert Pujols

8.      Ichiro

9.      Pedro Martinez

10.  Derek Lee

11.  Mark Teixeira

12.  Kenji Johjima

13.  Tom Brady

14.  Ben Roethlisberger

15.  Payton Manning

16.  Brett Favre

17.  Santonio Holmes

18.  Mario Williams

19.  DeAnagelo Williams

20.  Laurence Maroney

21.  Francisco Liriano

22.  Justin Verlander

23.  Ryan Howard

24.  David Wright

25.  Jared Weaver

26.  Stephen Drew

27.  David Ortiz

28.  Chase Utley

29.  Kellen Clemens

30.  Joseph Addai

31.  Vernon Davis

32.  Chad Jackson

33.  Greg Jennings

34.  AJ Hawk

35.  Maurice Jones-Drew

36.  Devin Hester

37.  Chien-Ming Wang

38.  Jose Reyes

39.  Roger Clemens

40.  Ryan Zimmerman

41.  LaDainian Tomlinson

42.  Tony Romo

43.  Drew Brees

44.  Larry Johnson

45.  Justin Morneau (Error w/ Chein-Ming Wang back)

46.  Brandon Webb (Error w/ Jose Reyes back)

47.  Hanley Ramirez (Error w/ Roger Clemens back)

48.  Johan Santana (Error w/ Ryan Zimmerman back)

I made sure to pick up each issue so I could complete the 48-card set, that was the last time I really paid any attention to the sports card magazines because by this time online options were readily available. If I am not mistaken I only picked up one more print magazine since 2006 and that was a special edition Beckett where they covered sketch cards.

I can finally delete the folder that contains all of these cards, it has been sitting on my computer for well over a year.