Monday, February 3, 2014

Helmet Technology...

1991 Upper Deck Football - #372 - Steve Deberg


...sure has come a long way since the early '90s.  I think the "enclosing the top" part of the helmet was the greatest stride.  Maybe the "replacing the visor with a facemask" was pretty important, too. 

I can just picture Reggie White coming through the line and clobbering DeBerg's visored head right to the turf.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Do Yu like this retail hit?

It's winter, I have a preschooler, so it is expected that we will all be sick around here (we are).  On a trip to Rite-Aid last night, I was buying a bunch of stuff for the family -- Baby Tylenol for the infant, toothpaste for the 4-year-old, and unmentionables for the wife.  As I was heading to checkout, I said, let me see if there is anything I should get for myself. 

This Rite-Aid does not have a card aisle.  It has a "card section" which consists of whatever will fit on 4 little hangers below the Yu-Gi-Oh cards.  Right now that is 2013 Topps Update baseball and various Panini football rack packs.  I'm not much of an impulse purchaser, but I saw the 2013 Topps Update and figured that splurging on a $2 pack would be fun.  Maybe I'd get a Royal!  I didn't have any of the 2013 Update yet, so no dupes...

I grabbed it, checked out, took it home, treated the kiddo, then settled down to see if I got anything good.

First - Chris Getz -- a Royal! casualty of the offseason priorities.

Then, I noticed that the remaining stack felt thick and fairly firm.  What's that in here????


2013 Topps Update - Yu Darvish - All-Star Stiches Relic Card

 That's surprising!   So I guess I made the right choice on that pack.  :-)  This is only the 2nd-time I have ever pulled a retail hit, and my first time from a Topps product.  It's got good colors, and even though I don't collect the Rangers, I think I'm gonna keep it as a reminder to always be selfish when at the store....errr......rather as a reminder of my good fortune.   

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New Stuff In My Life

My last post was in October -- so where have I been?  I guess I've just had some new stuff in my life that has taken over my card blogging/collecting time.

Stuff like what??  Well, this is new:

This is new, too:

Once I unpack all my cards in the new house AND put the baby to bed (and rock him and change the diaper)....then maybe you'll get some new posts out of me.  :-)  I've still got a "Ton of Bricks" from JBFJ to post...

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Best Part Of This Post Is The End

In the seemingly never-ending string of packages that Wes/Jaybarkerfan has been sending to my door, he hit me with another mailer.  It was full of Royals, of course, and I finally got it all entered into Zistle and scanned here.


I liked the oddballs that were part of it, and wanted to show those off here.

Baby Billy Butler.

Bubble-Blowing Brett.
Unscannable Hal.

Jimmy Dean, the Sausage King of Kansas City.

"Tetrad?"  Never heard of this.  Lucky for me, there were ONLY 45,000 of these made, so good luck ever tracking down another.  Suckers.

Finally, it's not a JBFJ package without a little intrigue.  This internal envelope was awaiting me...

Oh man!  It's probably a George Brett Rookie - GEM MINT 10 - I CAN'T BELIEVE IT I'VE WAITED SO LONG WES IS THE BEST WES IS THE BEST WELL EVEN IF IT ISN'T THAT IT'S GONNA BE A BILLY BUTLER AUTOGRAPH OR JOAKIM SORIA OR DAVID DEJESUS OR SOMETHING TRULY GREAT!!!!!!

AND THE RESULT IS.....









I just got "Grimace"-Bipped.  There was no photoshopping involved in the above picture -- I just threw them all on the scanner.  Well played, sir.  :-)


Ken Harvey was an outstanding 1B for the Royals.  See his fielding prowess below.
Yep.  He was our All-Star.  Thanks, Wes!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What You Need?

My mother-in-law gave me a Series 2 rack pack from Target for my birthday (she's pretty cool).  I snagged the Royals and a few other cards out of there, but have a bunch for trade if anyone needs these.  I scanned the ones below, and also have a stack of base up for grabs.  Between the A's/Wright/Dodgers/Braves/Indians collectors out there, I figured this would all be spoken for pretty soon.  So...if you need these, let me know in the comments what you want.


(The Snider is a die-cut...Ryu and Smith are the Target parallels.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

2013 Super Bowl Champion...

...Kelechi Osemele!

2012 Fleer Rookie Sensations - Kelechi Osemele - RS-96
Kelechi was a late 2nd-round draft pick for the Ravens in 2012 and he won a starting job on the O-Line.  He parlayed his protection of Flacco into a Super Bowl ring during his rookie season.  Not too shabby of a way to start off!  He's an Iowa State alum (obviously). 

This one was a Listia purchase.  I got it for 1,700 credits...I was prepared to do at least 3,000, if necessary, so I was happy.  This seller threw in several extra cards for me in my package, so if you are looking for autos/relics...check him out.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Alex Gordon - Bowman Heritage

The last month has been a blur.  Working, parenting, living, traveling, celebrating, surviving.  We're still shopping for a house - hoping to get moved before the new baby comes at Thanksgiving, but that is looking less likely with each passing day.  The card packages are piling up (including good ones from Junior Junkie and JaybarkerFan's Junk).  Not everything will get the publicity it deserves due to the time constraints, but please know that I appreciate everything that has been sent my way and will try to honor it, even if it is a quick post.

In response to some stuff I sent him, Kerry at Cards on Cards sent me a great package (in July) that I finally got entered into Zistle.  It was chock-full of goodies, but the crowning piece was this card that was on the end.

That is an on-card Alex Gordon auto from 2006 Bowman Heritage (SG-AG).  It is my first Alex Gordon auto, and quite a beauty!  Thank you so much, Kerry.
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