Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Updating my All-Autograph Team

I participated in the Blog Bat Around last April for an All Autograph Team. At the time, my team was one man short. I didn't have a kicker.

A few weeks after that post, I decided to remedy the situation. I probably should have posted this purchase during the summer, but I didn't.

Here's my kicker:

1998 Ron Mix HOF Autographs - Platinum (#/2500)

It's nice to have a complete team. Should I insert this card into the previous post as an update?

Buying the Groza left me two cards short of the Browns team set. I decided to pick them up too.

1998 Ron Mix HOF Autographs - Platinum (#/2500)

I think that I might have to replace Leroy Hoard as the second running back on my team. Again, if I had a Jim Brown autograph, he would be on the team, but this Hall of Famer beats one of my early 90 favorites.

Speaking of replacing cards on the All-Autograph Team, I think this card may replace the Pro Line Otto Graham card that I have.

1998 Ron Mix HOF Autographs - Platinum (#/2500)

As I said earlier, these three cards complete the nine card Browns team set from the Ron Mix HOF Autographs - Platinum set. I was surprised to not find either Paul or Jim Brown in the set, but that sure saved me money. I'm happy to have this one complete.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Five minute post - five random cards from my collection

So, reading Daniel's blog, It's like having my own Card Shop, and his five minute posts, and then Fuji trying it himself, and also seeing that the Trading Card Database has a new 'random card from your collection' feature, I figured I would make a five minute post, and possibly make it a weekly series.

I have my own version of doing so, in that I will set up the scans, copying the images from the Trading Card Database, and set up the skeleton of the post. I will then take up to a minute to post about each of the five cards.

Let's see what cards I wind up with!

1992 Game Day #245

Kosar was a favorite growing up. I had a poster of him hanging on my wall. I bought a box of 1992 Game Day when it came out and assume that I pulled this card from the box. I like the oddball size.

2000 Pacific Crown Royale - Cramer's Choice Jumbos #1

Another oversize card, another quarterback. I either got this from Sportlots or on eBay, but I think it was Sportlots. I really think Couch was ill-served by the team with a poor offensive line that caused him to get hurt all the time. Nicer card in person

2016 Score #77

Duke Johnson had a good game today. I would like to see him used more.

I really like how Score has a wide selection of players per team in their sets. I think this is one of the brands from Panini that I look forward to each year.

2007 Topps Performance #82

Another card that I think is nicer in person. I enjoyed Edwards with the Browns, he had a lot of talent and made the Pro Bowl. Sadly, the drops hurt and then he was a little bitter with the fans when he was traded.

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia - War Room Materials Autographs #16, SN 45/49

Another nice card, and it is one of my scans used on the database, so I know that this is my serial number.

Little is another receiver that was maddening to watch with the drops. I heard he was trying out for some other team in the NFL this year, perhaps Arizona? Didn't hear about him making it though.

Well, there it is. Five random cards from my collection, and a pretty quick post. I had a stopwatch going for each card, and didn't go over a minute on any of them.

Daniel, thanks for the idea of the five minute post!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Cards from other bloggers

I've got three bloggers to thank for sending me cards, one from early summer, one from about a month ago, and one from last weekend.

First up is the longest owed thank you, and that is to Corky at the Pack War blog.

He sent me some really cool items, and it is a shame that I've taken so long to acknowledge the cards on my blog.

Here are a couple of amazing oddballs that Corky sent. Both Otto Graham cards from the 1952 Wheaties set!

I'm always amazed to see cards cut from boxes survive this many years.

Jumping a few decades, he also sent this:

The Yellow Printing Plate for Kevin Johnson's card in the 1999 Stadium Club set.

Kevin Johnson became a wide receiver at Syracuse after losing a competition for the quarterback job to Donovan McNabb.

Corky also included a copy of the actual card to go with it, so I'll add it so that people can compare.

Thanks, Corky! These are cards that you don't get in packages very often.

The second package came from The Chronicles of Fuji.

A sticker-sealed card protector jumped out at me right away.

Sweet! A 2001 eTopps card of Quincy Morgan. I didn't own any of the eTopps cards from that year.

I will normally open graded cards, or redemption cards that come with a sticker keeping the card in its holder, but for cards like this that were actually distributed in a sealed holder, I leave them there. I know I'll get some people telling me that I should free it.

The top JuJuan Dawson card is from 2001, and it is so funny to look at the back of the card and see a photo of his jersey with the caption saying, "This is a photo of the actual jersey from which this swtch was taken." I guess the photo furthers the claim.

The bottom Luke McCown card is from 2004.

Both of these cards are from 2006.

It's funny how time passes. At various times, it seems both "not so long ago" and "a long, long time ago" that Braylon Edwards was playing for the Browns, and filming a commercial catching passes while blindfolded. It has almost been a decade. I don't know what to think.

Thanks, Fuji, for the great cards!

The most recent cards were handed to me by Night Owl when I met up with him to go to a card show last Sunday.

He had some football content for me.

Kenny Britt was a letdown for the Browns, but as a team collector, I still need to get his cards. Although I had quickly looked through these cards before going into the show, his card didn't register in my mind. While digging through a dime box, I put a copy of this card on my pile only for Greg to notice and tell me that he had just given me a copy of this card. Woo hoo! He saved me a dime! (Oh, and upon getting home, it turned out that I already had it. Speak about a card not making an impression on me so that I don't remember that I have it.)

The rest of the package consisted of Mets cards.

It was nice to see Conforto bounce back from his shoulder injury. I can't wait to see how he does next year.

These two catchers have something in common...injuries. I don't know if d'Arnaud will ever live up to the potential that everyone raved about.

Looking at the back of John Stearns' card reminded me that I forgot that he had 25 stolen bases in 1978. At the time, that was the National League record for a catcher.

A couple of this year's injured outfielders. The Cespedes card is a Silver parallel, numbered out of 99. It will nicely fill his spot for 2018 in my Mets Starting Lineup Project.

Here are two more cards that I will use to fill 2018 spots in the Starting Lineup Project.

I prefer the Rosario insert card to the 2018 Opening Day card that I used to have in their, and I think I like this Pink parallel more than the Syndergaard card that I bought at the show.

Thanks for the cards, Night Owl!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Birthday Box Break - 2018 Panini Certified Football

As I went out to renew the sticker on my car's license plate, I decided that I would use some of the money my mom gave me for my birthday and go to a local card store that I don't manage to make it to too often. They usually have a little football so I thought I would see what they might have.

As it turns out, they only had one box of 2018 football product, and that was a box of Certified. It was a good price, so I decided to pick it up.

Baker Mayfield on the cover, that's a plus. I don't own a card of him in a Browns uniform yet. I hope he's in the box. 

Ten packs, with five cards per pack. So few cards. Four will be autograph or memorabilia cards. Without seeing any breaks, I expect that it will probably be two of each. I guess I'll see soon enough.

Let's see what I get!

Pack 1:

Well, it didn't take long to find my first hit. It is good to get an autograph of a rookie quarterback, but unfortunately it isn't one of the big five from this year's draft. The Luke Falk card is numbered out of 99.

The Isaiah Crowell card still has him in a Browns uniform, so it will go into my collection.

Getting Wentz and McCarron is funny, as there are a lot of Browns fans that were upset that the Browns passed on Wentz, and then the Browns tried to trade for McCarron last season, but botched the paperwork before the trade deadline. That doesn't make either of their cards fit my collection though.

I like the Namath insert.

Let's take a quick look at the backs.

Okay, the base card back is fine, but nowhere on the card does it give the player's position. I also like the backs to say the player's college and where they were drafted.

I guess it is good that the Luke Falk card gives his position on the back, but that back is very generic and boring.

The Namath back is the best of the bunch.

Pack 2:

Again with two quarterbacks for my base cards. The foil is tough to read on the base cards, they are Aaron Rodgers, T.Y. Hilton, and Deshaun Watson.

A parallel of DeAndre Hopkins, numbered out of 499.

An insert of a hated Steeler.

Nothing for my collection here.

Pack 3:

A good pack, but again, nothing for my collection.

I'm not going to complain about pulling Miller and Gurley for base cards, along with a Taven Bryan rookie card numbered out of 999.

A very nice hit of Ronald Jones, numbered out of 25.

The J.J. Watt insert talks about the money that Watt raised for Hurricane Harvey relief. It's a nice card.

Pack 4:

Allen, Beckham and Green give me a trio of receivers for the base cards, and the Mixon parallel numbered out of 225 makes this a Bengals heavy pack.

I really like the Bradley Chubb Gold Team insert.

Pack 5:

Nice to get the Tyrod Taylor card. Unfortunately it is a double as I picked it up at the card show on Sunday. Jimmy Graham and Marcus Mariota with him.

I'm surprised to find a third hit in the first half of the box. It's a nice color swatch, but the card itself doesn't really blow me away.

I like the Freeman insert.

Pack 6:

Base cards of Robert Woods, Landon Collins, and Andy Dalton.

I really like the Bruce Matthews parallel, numbered out of 225. Nothing I liked more than watching Cleveland/Houston games and seeing Bruce go up against Clay. Now Clay needs to join Bruce in the Hall of Fame.

The Seal of Approval inserts are nice. I'm not going to complain about getting another one. The back talks about how Hunt's father is named after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It also mentions that this Kareem has the middle initials A.J.

Pack 7:

The base cards provide three different tales - Mahomes and his hot start, Bell and his holdout, and Edelman back to playing again.

My fourth hit of the box is a rookie. I guess that's not bad, but it is a rather plain jersey card. Sadly I couldn't pull a Browns hit.

Another nice Gold Team insert.

Pack 8:

Base cards of Chandler Jones and Alvin Kamara, and a rookie card of Duke Dawson numbered out of 999. Dawson is on injured reserve.
A couple of nice veterans in Charlie Joyner and Drew Pearson. The Joiner card is a parallel, numbered out of 499.

Pack 9:

Base cards of Matt Ryan, Jerick McKinnon and Sean Lee.

The Immortals card of Rocky Bleier is the base version, numbered out of 999. The D.J. Moore Gold Team card is the Blue parallel, numbered out of 50.

Well, I'm down to one pack left, and will keep hoping for Baker Mayfield. Let's see what the last pack brings.

Pack 10:

First impression of the pack, no Browns. Regular base cards of Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins and Jalen Ramsey.

But what's that? A 1 of 1 Black parallel of Alex Smith? Wow! I don't think I've pulled a 1 of 1 that wasn't a printing plate. Pretty cool.

And a final Seal of Approval card of Case Keenum. After opening this last pack, I looked at the checklist for this insert set, and saw that there is a Jarvis Landry card. I'll have to find it.

So, I definitely got some nice cards in the box, but didn't get any parallels or hits for my actual collection. I feel some buyer's remorse. It's fun to open a box, but the money could have got me more for my collection at last weekend's show, or on COMC or Sportlots. Pretty much everything from the box is available for trade.

Along with my box, the store owner threw in two promo packs of 2018 NFL Player of the Day. Here are the four cards that I got:

It will be bittersweet for one of my friends when I give him this Khalil Mack card. He still can't believe the Raiders traded him.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Traveling to a card show with Night Owl

Okay, I didn't really mean to go six months without a post. It isn't though I've retired like Matt did, although I see he posted today. I really don't have an excuse, other than apathy. I've had to cut back on spending, but have picked up cards here and there, and I owe a post to Corky and Fuji for envelopes that they have sent to me, but as seen on Night Owl's blog, I went to another card show with him and figure I should actually post about that.

Yesterday was a good day. I got to spend time at a card show with a friend, and the Browns won.

Things started with meeting up with Night Owl in Watertown and giving him some cards that I had put aside for him. It being my turn to drive to the show in Syracuse, I subjected him to my music choices as we drove both ways.

Last year, I discovered the very talented Aubrey Logan, and went and went and saw her in concert in NYC. I had myself added to her mailing list, and at the start of summer received an email that she would be appearing on an album and touring with Dave Koz. I decided to make my way to their concert in Rochester, really enjoyed it, bought the album and subjected Night Owl to it on the way down.

Sorry for the lengthy intro, the music starts at the 2:00 mark if you just want to listen to it.

We got to the show, and when he started digging through player sections of Seager, Kershaw and Piazza at one table, I moved on to the next table and found a box that had football cards in them, and a sign saying 50% off on it. The problem was, when I started looking through the cards, there were no prices on them, so I wasn't sure what the sale prices would be.

After taking out a few cards to get an idea on his pricing, only for the dealer to look at it and say, that each card might be a dollar or two, I really didn't care about the 50% sign, and dug through the box to find Browns cards.

I passed him a pile of 18 cards, and waited for a price. He said, "How about $30?"

I couldn't pull out my wallet fast enough.

Sadly, all my purchases were mixed together, but I know that these were 12 of them.

Not having had much luck with the odd pack or blaster that I've bought this year, these are the first two Baker Mayfield cards to enter my collection. I'm so happy with what I am seeing from him.

A pair of 2017 draft picks that are no longer with the Browns.

I really liked Matthew Dayes, but with Hyde, Chubb and Johnson on the team, he just couldn't crack the depth chart to remain on the roster. I was shocked to get a card numbered out of five in this deal.

This is my first Kizer autograph card. There were many others to be seen, but nothing at the prices that I wanted to pay at the show.

I found a lot of the college autograph cards at the show, but if they are Browns draft picks, I want them.

Some more college autographs.

Scooby Wright was drafted by the Browns in 2016, but didn't make the team.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun was an undrafted free agent signed by Jacksonville in 2016, and claimed by the Browns on waivers at the end of that training camp, and has played very well for the Browns since then.

You'll see quite a few Corey Coleman cards from the show. I know at least one other one also came from my first purchase, but I don't remember which. None of the Colemans that I picked up was more than $3. I guess that is the joy of collecting recent Browns players. As a collector, I'll be sad to see that change if the Browns become successful, but as a fan, I hope to see the Browns  get better and better.

The show continued, and I hit some good tables, managed to find cards that I needed out of a couple of dime boxes, and I stayed under my budget.

On the way out, the dealer that I first purchased from was still there, and I quickly went through a dollar box that I didn't get to earlier. I found ten cards, and he asked for $5. I'll have to try to remember him for next time.

Anyway, as I said, I don't really remember exactly who I bought what from, so I'll just show the cards that I bought.

In a way it was sad to say that these were the two oldest cards that I bought at the show. I guess it was just because of the boxes that I was looking through.

The James Wright card is from 2000, and is numbered out of 1000.

The 2013 D'Qwell Jackson card is numbered out of 299.

I'm pretty sure that all of these cards came from the second table that I went to. I think that the Absolute card was in a dollar box (it has Eric Ebron and Bishop Sankey on the back), while the others were in a three dollar box.

The Terrance West card is numbered out of 25. I like the Topps Valor cards.

The dealer wondered what happened to Connor Shaw, as he remembered his one start against Baltimore. Sadly, it was injuries, both with Cleveland and then Chicago. Too bad, as I liked him. Wikipedia mentions that he is now a tight ends coach at Furman University.

I'm pretty sure that the Championship Ticket parallel Josh Cooper was the most expensive card that I bought at the show, but I don't remember how much it was individually. I bought it from a dealer with some other contender cards and don't remember the price breakdown.

I'm pretty sure the Duke Johnson rookie relic was in one of the dollar boxes I was looking through.

Here are a bunch of Corey Coleman rookie year cards, all of which were three dollars or less.

First round busts - bad for the team, and my cheering for them, but good for my collecting!

A whole bunch of 2016 cards that I needed - parallels aplenty!

Some Kizer cards to start off the 2017 purchases.

I really like the Air Raid Kessler card.

To show the value of meaningless parallels, the two Press Proof cards were in a dime box.

Jim Brown for a dime. Okay.

There was a Jeff Garcia Browns card put out in 2017? I didn't know that.

I think the Corey Coleman, numbered out of 25, was two dollars, but it may have been only one. It went on to a pile with the second dealer that I spent a lot of time with. I got great cards from that dealer, but felt really bad for him when he noticed an empty spot on his table that used to hold the Cal Ripken rc, and Traded cards. Someone swiped them off his table at some point in time. I didn't see it happen and think that it was before I arrived. Sucks for him though. I hate thieves.

I didn't have a lot of 2018 cards going into the show. I added a number of them that I found for mostly a dime each. There were a few parallels that I think were a dollar each.

I pulled the base Jarvis Landry card out of a pack, but was happy to find this Blue parallel for a dime.

Now that I see them, I think the second dealer showed me the two bottom parallels after I moved on to his dime box, and asked me if I was interested in them. I believe they went on to my dollar pile.

Wow! I like how these Unparalleled cards scanned!

I was very excited to see this Dan Vitale card, and the Joel Bitonio card in the previous scan. I love getting cards of players that get so few of them.

I'm happy to add another Colt McCoy card to my collection. Good to see him still in the league with Washington.

I also grabbed two Mets cards from a dime box with the intention of using them in the 2018 starting lineup, but after looking again at some cards that Night Owl gave me, I think I'll end up using a Thor card that he gave me instead.

That concludes the cards that I bought that I needed for my collection. As per usual, I did pick up some cards that wound up being doubles, but figure that they totalled less than five dollars, and that's not too bad.

I opened with music from the ride to Syracuse, so I'll finish with music from the way back to Watertown.

I subjected Greg to the a cappella group Straight No Chaser, and present the video for their movie medley:

Thanks, Greg, for a fun day, and I hope to post a little more often.