I'm also old enough to remember that the proper place to store your sports cards was in a shoebox, a fact referenced by Shane in the title of his fine blog: Shoebox Legends.
Really tired on Saturday, I noticed that my roommate must have collected our local mail from the day before, and there was a PWE waiting for me. Not having much time, but seeing Shane's name in the return address, I quickly opened it, looked inside, and then put it aside to check against my collection when I returned home. The cards looked familiar, but of course they would, they were mostly parallels, and with those I can never remember what I have and don't have.
Let's take a look at what I was sent!
|Top (L-R): 2004 Bazooka #180; 2008 Topps Chrome - Blue Refractor #TC147
Bottom: 2011 Topps - 1950 Bowman #44
Right away I knew that I had the Kellen Winslow and Mohamed Massaquoi cards, but thought that I needed that bright shiny blue Braylon Edwards card. As it turned out, I was right. The Edwards parallel is a very nice card to add to my collection.
|Top (L-R): 2012 Topps Chrome - Orange Refractor #66; 2013 Topps Chrome - Pink Refractor #13
Bottom: 2012 Topps Magic - Mini #217
I knew that I had multiple versions of each of these cards, and suspected that I already had the Jim Brown mini, but much to my surprise I didn't. I needed all three of these cards. Woo hoo!
The pink Maysonet card gives me six different of his 2013 Topps Chrome cards. I so love getting that many cards of a player that never made the team.
|Top (L-R): 2014 Topps Chrome - Pulsar Refractor #55; 2015 Panini Gridiron Kings - Red Border #119
Bottom: 2014 Panini Rookies and Stars - Crusade Blue #24
I hope that Josh Gordon stays clean and comes back and plays well for the Browns this year, but as a fan I'm really not counting on getting anything from him. He has tons of talent but anything he gives would be a bonus. I just wish I didn't hear so many stories this past off-season associating him with Johnny Manziel.
And Johnny? I hope that he turns his life around.
And it just wouldn't feel right to get some Browns cards without a Vince Mayle in there somewhere!
When I first saw these I knew that I needed the Gordon and Mayle, and suspected that I had the Manziel. Again, it turned out that I needed all three cards, so this was a really nice unexpected boost to my collection. Thanks, Shane!
I'm going to have a couple of posts ready to go while I'm away in Indianapolis. I hope that everyone has a good week!