Monday, December 10, 2018

Question Day - Card Gifting?

Today is question day:

Do you give or receive cards for Christmas or Hanukkah?

When my kids were younger, I would give them packs or blasters, but they are both in their teens now and neither collect anymore. I have never received cards for Christmas besides the occasional box I purchased for myself from a Black Friday weekend sale. I have received eBay gift cards, which I did use to purchase cards.

Friday, December 7, 2018

What I Got From My Trip To Mars

Each of the 2017 Topps Mars Attacks Revenge boxes includes the 110-card base set, 25 green parallels, one sketch card, one additional hit (autograph or medallion) and then a random selection of parallels. I did quite well with my box, I am very satisfied. 

I am working on the Mars Attacks sets, now I will turn my attention towards the 2013 Invasion set and the 2015 Occupation set.

I got 25 Green border parallels

10 Yellow border parallels #/199
2 Red border parallels #/99

1 Black border parallel #/55

1 Bronze border parallel #/25

1 Gold border parallel #/2

1 Artist (Layron Dejarnette) Autograph parallel #/10
1 sketch card by Andrew Lopez

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Are You Ready For Some Spring Football Leagues?

Today two semi-pro (?) football leagues made announcements. The XFL announced the locations of the 8 teams of the inaugural (2020) season. The other league, the Freedom Football League, which was founded by 50 former NFL players including Rickey Williams, Terrell Owens, Simeon Rice and Mike Alstott, announced the leagues foundation and the location of the 10 teams when the league begins.

So for the foreseeable future, Spring football will be quite packed. The Alliance of American Football begins in 2019, the XFL in 2020 and the Freedom Football League does not have a start date that I can find.

So, are you wondering about team locations?

AAF: If you want to see what the uniforms look like, the AAF posted them on their Twitter
Arizona Hotshots 
Atlanta Legends
Birmingham Iron
Memphis Express
Orlando Apollos
Salt Lake Stallions
San Antonio Commanders
San Diego Fleet

New York
St. Louis
Tampa Bay
Washington, D.C.

Birmingham Kings
Connecticut Underground
Florida Strong
Oakland Panthers
Ohio Players
Oklahoma City Power
Portland Progress
San Diego Warriors
St. Louis Independence
Texas Revolution

Do any of these leagues have a chance to last in to a second season?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Seattle = NHL

Seattle was selected today for an NHL expansion team, they will begin play in the 2021-22 season. The name and colors have yet to be selected, but if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me post up in discussions about the name. Initially I liked the idea of reviving Seattle’s original hockey team name, Metropolitans, but I have come around to Steelhead or Kraken. Colors would be an easy choice if the team selects a water related name, blues and maybe some greens. 

The alignment hasn’t been decided either, but it is rumored that the Seattle team will be placed in the Pacific division and the Arizona Coyotes will be moved to the Central division.

Uni Watch ran a contest for uniform designs, and here are a couple that I like because of the color combinations,
Andrew Arena: Seattle Metropolitans
Michael Jarvie Jr. Here he used the name Greys (for Grey whales) but I could see this working for Steelhead too.

Jim Brester: Seattle Kraken

Nest stop…the NBA do the right thing and give Seattle an expansion team (Sonics reborn baby) and to balance the conferences, give Louisville an expansion team.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Question Day- Take Me Back

Today is question day:

If you left the hobby, what brought you back?

I quit collecting in 1987 and returned in 1993, it was the Shaq Attack that brought me back. I had two friends that weren’t really in to collecting but were also excited about Shaquille O’Neal and someone had told one of my friends that 1992-93 Stadium Club was the set to get. We went to two different cards shops, Northwest Trading Cards (still open in Federal Way and online) and another shop in Tukwila (long time closed) and would buy whatever packs we could get our hands on. We each eventually got a Shaq RC and I was hooked.

Friday, November 30, 2018

More Martians?

Well, here it is, the first box I purchased since 2014. This 2017 Topps Mars Attacks Revenge box contains the entire set as well as a collection of parallels and hits.

I was expecting packs but instead Topps packed it out like a factory set with the base cards to the right and the parallels and hits to the left. One thing that got me wondering, why wasn’t the set packed in numerical order? The cards were in random order.

I went through the box quickly last night, I will collate the set and post what I pulled next week.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Panini Rewards? Well, At Least In Name

After sitting on Panini Points for longer than I can remember, I decided to just pick something because I was tired of waiting for anything special that fit in my collection. I scrolled through the dozens and dozens of cards from products like 2009 Elite Extra Edition baseball, 2011 Totally Certified football and 2014 Threads basketball for the teams I collect, and I was down to a couple of options. I ended up selecting a 2013-14 Spectra Indelible Ink of former University of Arizona great, Sean Elliott, and a base purple parallel 2018 Panini XR Football Russell Wilson. The Wilson card sent to me turned out to be a Christmas card, so that is pretty cool.

Toss in $5 for shipping and boom! Wait… I still have 200 points (facepalm)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bear Down On Cardboard

Many moons ago, almost 7 months ago, Angus from Dawg Day Cards sent me an email asking if I was interested in a box of 1990 Collegiate Arizona Wildcats that he picked up. I am always happy to add any University of Arizona cards to my collection and having an entire box of Wildcats is even better. The box got put in a drawer with cards to be sorted and supplies and ended up getting covered before I unearthed it Tuesday night. 

The set was released in 1990 so busting this box brought back some wonderful memories for me when I was growing up in Tucson from 1979 through 1988. Adding to the fun was that some of the players, like my mini-PC Steve Kerr, had multiple cards in the set. 

Chuck Cecil was one of the hardest hitting DBs in the NFL playing for the Packers, Cardinals and Oilers. After his playing days he went on to coach for the Titans from 2001-2010 and then spent 4 years with the Rams. He is currently the Director of Player Development for the U of A. He is my second favorite Wildcat after Steve Kerr.

Kenny Lofton, best known for his 16 year MLB career, initially came to Arizona on a basketball scholarship and didn’t even try out for the baseball team until his junior year. He made a Final Four appearance backing up Steve Kerr in 1988.

Coach Jerry Kindall had a very unmemorable 8-year MLB career but while coaching the Wildcats he won 3 College World Series titles and the baseball field is now named after him. 

The final card I am highlighting is not someone I would expect most people outside of Arizona would know, Mo Udall. Following his freshman year at Arizona he went in to the Air Force during WWII (1942-1946), returning to the University after his enlistment was up. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1948, becoming the first basketball player from the school to play professionally. He eventually went on to Congress, spending 30 years in the House of Representatives.
Thank you for the box Angus, that was very kind of you to think of me when you came across it. I was able to put together the entire 125-card set with three packs left and plenty of dupes. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Can 5 Cards Make You A Supercollector?

Many people look up to Pat Tillman, myself included. The man gave up a career playing in the NFL to join the Army along with his brother, who gave up a career in baseball after signing with the Cleveland Indians. In 2004 he was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. 

Pat Tillman’s NFL career was brief (1998-2001), and he only has a total of 8 cards, though TCDB only lists 6. The others being one that I believe was part of a 2001 Pepsi promotion and the other a mythological 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signatures Update #642.

I have five of the cards, I have seen the Pepsi card and the front of the 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts- Legendary Cuts while the Leaf card is a mystery to me. I see the 2010 Leaf card as one of those “If there are no pictures, it didn’t happen” situations. I don’t believe it exists unless someone can verify it. Either way, the 2017 Donruss and 2010 Leaf cards are listed as #1/1 so I have no hope of ever owning them, so the Pepsi card is now a White Whale.  

2001 Fleer Tradition #325
2001 Fleer Tradition Glossy #325
2001 NFL Showdown #13
2001 Upper Deck MVP #7
2001 Upper Deck MVP F/X #7

Monday, November 26, 2018

Question Day- Did You Take Part In The Sales?

Today is question day:

Did you take part of any of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales?

For the last few years I have taken part of COMC’s weekend sales, I prefer picking up singles over gambling with a box. Two years ago they included scratchers in the orders where people could win COMC credit or free shipping but they didn’t do it last year or this year. Instead they include $5 COMC credit with every 100 cards you have included in your shipment. This is part of the reason I don’t request shipment throughout the year until Black Friday.

This year I did something I haven’t done in a long time, I ordered a Mars Attacks Revenge box from Dave and Adams. This will be the first box that I have opened since 2013 or 2014 but this was just an exception due to the product. It was $29.95 and each box includes a complete base card set, 25 green parallels, a sketch card and one additional hit (autographs or printing plates). I am working on the Mars Attacks sets, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased the box.