Saturday, 20 April 2019

40 Card Value Pack - 2018 Panini Playoff Football

In my continuing search to actually get a Baker Mayfield card in a Browns uniform, I decided to grab a 40 Card Value Pack of 2018 Playoff Football cards.

Let's see what I found:


I needed the Gordon card. Nice start to the pack.



This may be the first Khalil Mack card I've pulled that shows him in a Bears uniform.



A couple of good, young quarterbacks among these four cards. Hopefully Mayfield will surpass them in the AFC in the long run.



A second Browns card, which is making it a good pack, but I already have the Njoku card.



I like how the card border colors are by team colors, especially on the Dolphins card.



I like how Anderson seems to be watching the ball right into his hands.



The Seahawk green on the border of the card blends in to the field that Baldwin is running on.



Here are the last two cards that bring about the end of the veterans section of the pack. 

Time to move on the Goal Line parallels, inserts, and the rookie cards.



First two parallels, and then, what's this?!?!




Success!

That makes this a great pack for me, but I still have the rest of it to show.



Both of these inserts are a little shiny, which I like, but I definitely prefer pulling the Zach Thomas card over the Steeler.




Adams and Landry both had good rookie seasons. I'm sure their teams will expect them to take another step forward in their second seasons.



It will be interesting to watch how Lamar Jackson progresses as a passer. Watching him in the final regular season game against the Browns last year, you could really see what a good runner he is, but if his passing doesn't progress then I think teams will learn how to play against him and limit him in the future.

Well, that's the pack, and as you might expect, I'm pretty happy that I bought it.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

A few random packs

I stopped by a local card store to see if they sold Ultra-Pro 2 pocket pages by individual pages. They did, and I picked up what I needed, but as I looked around the store, I noticed that they had a small box of cheap loose packs by the entrance. I looked through them and decided to buy these three packs.


This pack of 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch was fifty cents. As you can see, it contains five cards, one of which should be an insert.


(L-R): 2006 Upper Deck First Pitch #94 and #34

The pack started with two Cubs, with Burnitz being a former Met.

I like the layout of the cards. I like seeing the division on the card with the team logo. It seems different to me.


2006 Upper Deck First Pitch - Goin' Deep #GD-3

Here is my one insert. I kind of like it. It reminds me of playing in the home run derby on one of my friends' video games.


2006 Upper Deck First Pitch #171 and #2

An enjoyable open for fifty cents.

The next pack cost me a dollar, and it was the only one there. I would have bought more if they had them.


So we should have 14 cards plus a special insert. I didn't see any odds on the other inserts listed on the front.

L-R: 1994 O-Pee-Chee #11 and #199

I think this is the second year that the O-Pee-Chee cards had different designs with the Topps cards. Branded with an O-Pee-Chee logo, you can see with the position on the front in both English and French.

1994 O-Pee-Chee - All-Star Redemptions #8

This counts as my insert card. It is a nice Ken Griffey card, but should your insert really be a mail away offer card?



I don't remember ever actually following up on one of these mail away offers.


1994 O-Pee-Chee #169 and #241

1994 O-Pee-Chee #12 and #31

I forgot that Howard Johnson moved on to finish his career with the Rockies.


1994 O-Pee-Chee #7 and #162

Okay, I'm not a Braves fan, but this is an awesome catcher's card of Javy Lopez. I think it is a pretty good use of a horizontal card. I wish it was pulled back a little bit to see if the plate is right there, and to get his full glove in the shot, but it is pretty good as is.


L-R: 1994 O-Pee-Chee #254 and #206

1994 O-Pee-Chee #251 and #235

1994 O-Pee-Chee #21 and #262

I still don't know why some card sets still went with Denny for El Presidente, as opposed to Dennis. I wonder if he was even asked what he preferred.

I also like the swing on the horizontal card. That is a photo that could be used on one of the unlicensed cards.

Here is a look at the back of the cards:


If you look at the Raul Mondesi card, you'll notice that it is missing the card number on the back. It looks like it is an uncorrected error.

It is great to see the complete stats on the back of the cards, including the minor league stats on the newer major leaguers like Mondesi was. The Mondesi card has the bilingual text on the back.

A veteran like Martinez had no room for a write-up, but it is nice to see stats for his whole career.

I also like that the backs have different photos on them than the front.

I may have bought the odd pack of these cards back when they came out, but I was more into mostly collecting NFL cards in 1994. I don't remember what these packs originally retailed for. If I saw more for a dollar, I would probably pick them up.

Finally, in the discount pack bin, I found one single pack of football.


I already have my Browns team set for this set, but I still figured that I would buy this 1995 pack for fifty cents.



There are no card numbers on these cards, so there is no real identifier to use as a caption for the scans.

It is nice to get a Browns card as the second card in the pack, and it is one of Gavin's Guys from Granite. I don't believe that this Vardell card was among those that I sent him recently so I will put this one aside for him.



And the next card in the pack is a Browns card too! Awesome! The funny thing with the Byner card is that Byner wore the number 44 in his first stint with the Browns from 1984-88. When he came back to the team in 1994, Vardell was wearing his old number.



I notice that some helmets in this set don't have their logos on them. I'm sure there is some licensing aspect to it, but I don't know any details behind it.

Robert Smith had a really good, short career. He retired after the 2000 season, his eighth season in the league, after rushing for over 1500 yards that year.





The twelve card pack had three teams represented with two cards each. That is a little surprising. I'm sure that some people would complain about getting two Browns in a pack, but that sure makes it worth the fifty cents I spent on the pack.

I think opening these packs, and getting a post out of them, was definitely worth the two dollars (Canadian) that I spent.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Some Mets cards from a friend

Quite a while ago I posted about giving an old Bowman card to a friend. Well, after coming back from the Syracuse card show, I was talking with him about the Mets photos that Night Owl gave me, and about my Mets Opening Day Starting Lineup Project.

My friend expressed interest in seeing the binder of Opening Day pages that I have, and I brought it in to our local bar for him to look through during one of my trivia nights.

I wasn't aware that he copied down some of the names and years of players that I needed, but he surprised me tonight with some cards from his collection. As you'll see, they are a little rough, but they are perfect to have for my collection.

1962 Topps #436


I know that the 1962 cards are not going to have the players in Mets uniforms, but I am willing to forgive it for cards from their expansion year.

1962 Topps #213


After doing my research on the photos that Night Owl gave me, I discovered that both Felix Mantilla and Richie Ashburn only played the 1962 seasons with the Mets, so it is nice to have these two cards from that year.


1962 Topps #478


A bunch of creases, wax stains on the front...love it! I suppose the only thing that is unfortunate about this card is that they managed to acknowledge his trade to the Reds on the card. I would have preferred for the card to still say New York Mets. Oh well, what can you do?

These three cards completed my 1962 lineup.


1963 Topps #197


Roger Craig started the first two Opening Days in Mets history. I love that I now own his cards from both years.

1963 Topps #27


Choo Choo Coleman only started the 1963 Opening Day for the Mets. I'm happy he did so that I get to have a card of him in this collection. It would have been missing something without him in it.

1963 Topps #174


This card is probably in the roughest shape of the bunch that I was given. It has a small tear through the card just above his head on the front that you can see on the left of the card on the back. I don't have a problem with it.

These three cards double the cards in my 1963 lineup. Three more to go.

My friend also noticed that I needed a Billy Cowan card for 1965, and gave me one.

1965 Topps #186


Unfortunately for me, for my project I want to have cards of the players in Mets uniforms. (With the exception of the expansion season where I don't mind getting the 1962 card labelled as a Met even if the uniform isn't right.)

Billy Cowan played 82 games for the Mets in 1965 before being traded to the Milwaukee Braves. He doesn't have a Mets card in a mainstream set. For this project, I will have to find a copy of a card from a 1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz New York Mets set.

I'm thankful to my friend for the cards, and for his thought of helping out with this project.