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Friday, July 12, 2024

2023 COMC BINGE - PART 17: CANADA COOKIE

NORMALLY ON MY COMC BINGES I ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO PICK UP A VINTAGE BRAVES SET TEAM NEED AND A MARK LEMKE CARD I DIDN'T ALREADY HAVE. THIS TIME I DID NOT DO SO AND SINCE REALIZING THIS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY I WAS THINKING. VINTAGE BRAVES ARE ALL EXPENSIVE NOW, I GET THAT. THE ODDBALL LEMMERS I AM MISSING CAN GET A LITTLE SPENDY, SURE. THIS WAS AN EXTRA-CHEAPSKATE BINGE WHERE I CONSISTENTLY CHOSE QUANTITY OVER QUALITY. STILL, NO BRAVES OR LEMKES? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME??

OH WELL, SCREW IT. HAVE A COOKIE

1975 O-PEE-CHEE #169 COOKIE ROJAS


MY 1970S O-PEE-CHEE GAME IS PRETTY DIRE. ASIDE FROM SOME BRAVES I HAVE ACCUMULATED THROUGH THE YEARS I HAVE MAYBE TWELVE CARDS TOTAL FROM THAT DECADE INCLUDING THE ONE THAT SERVES AT THE BACKGROUND FOR THIS BLOG. THIS MIGHT EVEN BE MY FIRST 1975 OPC BUT I CAN'T CONFIRM THAT BECAUSE MY CANADIAN BASEBALL CARDS AREN'T ORGANIZED ENOUGH TO KNOW FOR SURE. I AM ALMOST CERTAIN THIS CARD GOT GOT AFTER I WAS DISCOURAGED BY SEEING MARK LEMKE PARALLEL CARDS WITH SALE PRICES OVER FIVE BUCKS AND THEN SEEING THIS FOR LESS THAN TWO QUARTERS WHEN SEARCHING FOR COOKIES. AND WHY NOT? A NICE LOOKING COOKIE, A VINTAGE O-PEE-CHEE CARD AND A MISCUT? HOW COULD I PASS ON THAT?


I WISH THE 2024 HERITAGE CARDS USED THIS CARD STOCK COLOR FOR THEIR BACKS, IT'S SO MUCH EASIER TO READ. I ALSO LIKE THE CARTOON ON THIS ONE, LOOK HOW FAT THEY DREW POOR BABE RUTH. AS YOU CAN SEE THIS CARD IS A TINY BIT LEFT/RIGHT OFF CENTER. MOST PREFER 1975 CARDS TO BE OFF CENTER IN THE OTHER DIRECTION SO YOU CAN GET A NEW TEAM NAME ON THE BOTTOM BUT I'M OK WITH THIS ONE. THERE'S ONLY A TINY SLIVER OF THE TEAM NAME ON THE LEFT ON THE FRONT OF THE CARD WHICH NORMALLY WOULD MAKE HUNTING FOR THE PLAYER ON THE OTHER CARD ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. FORTUNATELY FOR ME, THE TEAM NAME ENDED WITH X INSTEAD OF S SO THE AMOUNT OF POSSIBLE CARDS IT COULD BE WAS GREATLY REDUCED. I CAME UP WITH TWO POSSIBILITIES: TERRY HUGHES OF THE RED SOX AND STAN BAHNSEN OF THE WHITE SOX. ODDLY ENOUGH, THE SCAN ON TCDB FOR BAHNSEN WAS ALSO MISCUT AND SEEMED TO FIT WITH MY COOKIE


I WISH I MY PICTURE WAS TAKEN STRAIGHT NOW. THIS WAS A FUN COINCIDENCE BUT I WOULDN'T BE CONFIDENT IT WAS COOKIE'S ACTUAL PAIR UNLESS I COULD GET MY HANDS ON AN UNCUT SHEET. OH WAIT, I HAVE THE INTERNET. A FEW IMAGE SEARCHES LATER I FOUND THIS GOLDIN AUCTION FOR A FULL SHEET INCLUDING DAVE WINFIELD, STEVE CARLTON, FERGIE JENKINS, CARLTON FISK AND PHIL NIEKRO. AND STAN BAHNSEN AND COOKIE ROJAS! HERE'S A SCREENSHOT FOR POSTERITY SINCE WHO KNOWS HOW LONG THIS LINK WILL LAST


HOORAY! WE HAVE OUR PAIR CONFIRMED! MAYBE THAT ONE ON TCDB REALLY IS FROM THE SAME SHEET

Monday, July 8, 2024

2024 ONLINE BLASTER(S) - NEW BATCH


    IT'S ANOTHER SHIPMENT FROM BASEBALLCARDSTORE.CA! I'M STILL WORKING ON POSTING STUFF FROM FOUR BOXES AGO SO I THINK THIS KILLS ANY CHANCE OF ME ACTUALLY POSTING EVERY CARD FROM THESE BOXES UNLESS I MAKE THIS MY FULL TIME JOB. I CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW MY FULL TIME JOB IS 100 PERCENTING STARSTRUCK VAGABOND. JUST GOT ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS! ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WHEN RECEIVING A PACKAGE IS SEEING THE PACKAGING. THIS BOX USED TO HOUSE A 1993 TOPPS SERIES TWO SET. THIS ONE COST TWENTY BUCKS! I AM NOT SURE IF THAT IS A GOOD PRICE OR NOT, WHICH SERIES IS JETER IN


HERE'S ALL THE CARDS. ALMOST HALF OF THEM WERE WANTLIST STUFF WHICH I HAVE ALREADY CATALOGUED. AT LEAST I'M GETTING SOMETHING DONE COLLECTING-WISE. OF THE REMAINING CARDS I GRABBED FIFTEEN CARDS THAT LOOKED INTERESTING ENOUGH TO SHOW OFF IMMEDIATELY IN CASE THE REST DON'T GET POSTED UNTIL 2027. NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST CARDS BUT THE ONES THAT REALLY CAUGHT MY EYE. LET'S GO

1994 LEAF LIMITED DAVID JUSTICE GOLD ALL-STARS #09431/10000


CATEGORY - BRAVES, INSERT

QUITE A FEW OF THESE CARDS WERE SPECIFICALLY HELD FOR ME INCLUDING THIS LEAF LIMITED INSERT. THIS FIRST LEAF LIMITED SET IS STUNNING AND THE INSERT SET IS BASICALLY THE BASE CARDS WITH GOLD TINT AND A SERIAL NUMBER. I BELIVE THIS IS THE FIRST ONE OF THESE I'VE GOTTEN AND PRIME DAVE JUSTICE IS A NICE ONE TO HAVE


THE BACK EVEN HAS GOLD FOIL FOR THE CARD NUMBER, THAT'S SUPER CLASSY. IT ALSO HAS THE OLD STYLE SERIAL NUMBER BEFORE LEAF WENT TO THE GOLD FOIL STAMPING THEY USED FOR YEARS. THIS STYLE NUMBERING ISN'T ON A TON OF CARDS, IT'S NICE TO SEE IT

2021 METAL UNIVERSE CHAMPIONS JALEN JOHNSON


CATEGORY - HAWKS

I RECENTLY ACQUIRED A BOX OF 2022 METAL UNIVERSE AND IT WAS PRETTY GREAT! THAT'S ONE OF THOSE POSTS LANGUISHING IN THE DRAFT FOLDER BUT I'LL GET IT WRITTEN EVENTUALLY. THIS IS THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S VERSION OF METAL UNIVERSE AND WHILE I FEEL THE DESIGN IS OBJECTIVELY WORSE IT IS STILL A NICE LOOKING CARD AND HAS THE OLD-SCHOOL METAL FEEL. IT DOES CAPTURE THAT LATE 90'S SKYBOX JANK REALLY WELL. THE 2021 SET BEATS 2022 IN THAT THE HAWKS' REPRESENTATIVE IS FUTURE ALL-STAR JALEN JOHNSON INSTEAD OF CURRENT ROCKETS' BENCH PIECE AJ GRIFFIN. THIS CARD IS SO NICE I BOUGHT IT TWICE

2022 TOPPS HANK AARON DIAMOND GREATS DIE CUT


CATEGORY - BRAVES, INSERT

HANK AARON DIE-CUT INSERT! NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN THAT. HANK AARON DIE-CUT INSERT!! 

1993-94 STADIUM CLUB ATLANTA HAWKS SUPER TEAM


CATEGORY - HAWKS

THE SUPER TEAM GIMMICK FROM STADIUM CLUB WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED. EACH TEAM GOT THEIR OWN SUPER TEAM CARD AND IF THEY WON THE DIVISION, CONFERENCE OR NBA TITLE, YOU WIN SOME CARDS. THE HAWKS DID INDEED WIN THEIR DIVISION THIS YEAR BUT WENT NO FURTHER AS THEY TRADED NIQUE AND BROUGHT A CURSE UPON THE FRANCHISE THAT HAS YET TO BE BROKEN. THE CARDS HAVE A SPECIAL DIVISION WINNER STAMP ON THEM AND ARE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE IF YOU CAN FIND THEM

1994 COMIC IMAGES GIL ELVGREN'S CALENDAR PINUPS 2 TRYING IT ON FOR SIGHS


CATEGORY - NON-SPORT, CHEESECAKE

I HAVE A PROMO CARD FOR THIS SET THAT I PICKED UP QUITE A WHILE AGO BUT NEVER SAW ANY OF THE BASE CARDS UNTIL A COUPLE POPPED UP ON THE SITE. I LOVE OLD PINUP ART AND AM HAPPY TO FIND THESE WHEN I CAN. IF YOU'RE SURPRISED THAT THIS KIND OF STUFF IS ON A TRADING CARD MAY I REMIND YOU THAT THE 90S WERE A WILD TIME AND THERE'S WAY MORE SETS LIKE THIS THAT YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE

1998 STUDIO MIKE CAMERON GOLD STUDIO PROOF #141/300


CATEGORY - INSERT

I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE MY PURSUIT OF COMPLETING STUDIO SETS AFTER ABOUT 1994 HAS ENDED BUT I STILL WOULD LIKE TO GET A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF EACH WITH THE INSERTS. I HAVE A FEW PRESS PROOFS FROM 1996 AND 1997 BUT NOT MUCH FROM 1998 AND ZERO GOLDS. THESE WERE PRETTY TOUGH TO PULL AND MIKE 'FOUR HOMERS' CAMERON IS A GOOD ONE TO GET


UNLIKE PREVIOUS PRESS PROOF CARDS THE 1998 VERSION ACTUALLY HAD SERIAL NUMBERS ON THEM. THE 300 CARD PRINT RUN WAS THE SECOND LOWEST BEHIND THE SILVER ONES FROM 1996, WHICH WERE ONLY INSERTED IN MAGAZINE PACKS AND LIMITED TO 100. IT CONFUSED ME FOR A LONG TIME WHY I COULDN'T FIND ANY 1996 SILVERS SO IF YOU SEE ONE IN THE WILD GRAB IT

1993 TOPPS FINEST KEVIN BROWN


CATEGORY - HIGH-END

I CONTINUE TO PICK UP SOME FINEST WHEN I CAN AND HAVE EVEN TAKEN THE TIME TO PUT TOGETHER A NINE CARD GROUP OF MY BEST FROM EACH SET RELEASED. I HAVE NOT TAKEN THE TIME TO GET SOME PLASTIC SHEETS TO PUT THEM IN BUT THAT'S THE EVENTUAL PLAN. I WILL PICK UP 93S ANY TIME I SEE THEM THOUGH AND SNAGGED THREE MORE IN THIS BATCH THAT I DIDN'T ALREADY HAVE. I WAS PLEASED TO FIND THAT THE KEVIN BROWN CARD HAD SOME WONKY FOIL THAT CUT OFF RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE PLAYER NAME LEAVING A WHITE STRIP AT THE BOTTOM. THESE 90S GOOFS DELIGHT ME AS IT'S NOT EASY TO FIND MORE MODERN EXAMPLES OF PRINTING ERRORS AND THIS ONE ADDED TO A SMALL PILE THAT I'VE FOUND SO FAR

1993-94 ARENA SPORTS MANON RHEAUME


CATEGORY - PLAYER COLLECTION, ODDBALL

ANOTHER STRANGE ONE FOR MY GROWING MANON RHEUME COLLECTION, THIS CARD IS FROM A GROUP OF ARENA SPORTS CARDS THAT WERE RELEASED IN 1993-94 THAT ALL HAVE THIS GOLD CRACKED ICE FOIL ON THEM. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY WERE DISTRIBUTED AS SOME HAVE CARD NUMBERS AND OTHER LIKE THIS ONE WERE 'LIMITED' TO 15000 CARDS BUT I KEEP SEEING THEM TURN UP SO OFTEN I KINDA WANT A BIG PILE OF THEM NOW. I PREFER MANON CARDS WHERE SHE IS IN AN ATLANTA KNIGHTS SWEATER BUT I'LL TAKE WHAT I CAN GET 

2013 PANINI COOPERSTOWN CARLTON FISK COLGAN'S CHIPS


CATEGORY - INSERT

I'VE BEEN A FAN OF FISK SINCE I WAS A KID AND I THINK HE WAS THE FIRST PLAYER I EVER COMPLETED A FULL TOPPS RUN OF HIS CARDS SO I LIKE TO FIND NEAT CARDS OF HIS WHEN I CAN. I REALLY LIKED THESE COLGAN'S CHIPS INSERTS THAT CAME IN COOPERSTOWN PACKS IN 2013. I DID NOT LIKE THE $3.99 PRICE TAG HOWEVER SO ONLY GOT A COUPLE OUT OF PACKS. THEY SEEM TO BE EASY TO FIND IN BARGAIN BOXES THOUGH AS ROUND CARDS ARE WEIRDLY UNPOPULAR FOR SOME REASON

1991 MONSTER IN MY POCKET COATLICUE


CATEGORY - NON-SPORT, MONSTERS

MONSTER IN MY POCKET CAME OUT AT THE EXACT WRONG TIME FOR ME. TEN YEARS EARLIER AND I WOULD HAD A GIANT PILE OF THE THINGS. TWENTY YEARS LATER AND I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT BLIND BAGS LIKE MAD. THESE CAME OUT IN THE EARLY NINETIES WHERE I WAS NO LONGER INTERESTED IN TOYS. I WANTED AN EXAMPLE FROM THIS SET FOR MY MONSTER BINDER AND TWO HEADED SNAKE LADY WAS THE ONE I GOT. I LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS CARD. THESE WERE APPARENTLY PRODUCED BY TOPPS EVEN THOUGH THE ONLY INDICATION ON THE CARDS ARE COPYRIGHT MORRISON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. ONE OF THE ARTISTS, JENICE HEO, WON A GRAMMY FOR THE PACKAGING OF A NEIL YOUNG BOX SET. COATLICUE HERSELF IS AN AZTEC GODDESS WHO WEARS A NECKLACE MADE OF HUMAN HANDS, HEARTS AND SKULLS AND A SKIRT OF LIVE SNAKES


CHECK OUT THIS PRETTY LADY WITH THE IMPECCABLE FASHION SENSE. I'M GLAD I PICKED THIS CARD INSTEAD OF A BORING OLD ZOMBIE. ALTHOUGH TRUTH BE TOLD I'D LIKE TO RIP A FEW PACKS OF THESE THINGS, IT'S GOT A GREAT CHECKLIST OF FUN BEASTIES

2000 FLEER ULTRA JD DREW CRUNCH TIME


CATEGORY - INSERT

I AM NOT A HUGE JD DREW FAN BUT I AM A FAN OF SCARCE FLEER ULTRA INSERTS. THESE CRUNCH TIME CARDS WERE FOUND ONE IN SEVERNTY-TWO PACKS IN 2000 AND THIS IS THE FIRST I'VE SEEN OF ONE DESPITE RIPPING QUITE A FEW PACKS BACK THEN. THE FRONT HAS A TEXTURED MATE FINISH AND EMBOSSING ON THE SEAMS



YOU CAN SEE THE EMBOSSING ON THE BACK GOING AROUND JD'S HEAD. THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DOLLAR BIN PICKUP FOR ME

1989-90 7TH INNING SKETCH OHL DENNIS SCOTT


CATEGORY - TRAINER

I'VE BEEN A SOMEWHAT ADDICTED TO PICKING UP MINOR LEAGUE TRAINER CARDS LATELY. I'VE BOUGHT SEVERAL FROM THE SITE AND PICKED UP A FEW OUT IN THE WILD AS WELL. THIS 7TH INNING SKETCH SET HAD SEVERAL GREAT CANDIDATES BUT I SETTLED ON DENNIS HERE JUST BECAUSE HE LOOKS SO HAPPY. PLUS JUST THINKING ABOUT NIAGARA FALLS MAKES ME GIGGLE. THE BACK IS GREAT TOO


TRAINER AND COACH CARDS JUST GET A GIGANTIC TEAM LOGO AND THIS ONE OF THE NIAGRA FALLS THUNDER IS MAYBE ONE OF THE MOST BORING LOGOS I'VE EVER SEEN. THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS JUST AMAZING. I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND HOW THE MANUFACTURER OF HOCKEY CARDS HAS A BASEBALL PUN FOR A NAME. THERE ARE ALSO NO SKETCH CARDS IN THIS PRODUCT AS FAR AS I'M AWARE

2022 TOPPS CHROME JOSE ALTUVE HEART OF THE CITY


CATEGORY - INSERT

GREAT GOOGELY MOOGELY I LOVE THIS INSERT SET. I'M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE AN ALTUVE AND HONESTLY I MIGHT TRACK DOWN A FEW MORE NOW SINCE THEY ARE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE. THANK GOODNESS FOR CHROME BREAKERS WHO ONLY WANT AUTOGRAPHS. I'VE ONLY BEEN TO HOUSTON ONCE SO AM NOT OVERLY FAMILIAR WITH THE SKYLINE BUT I HOPE IT MAKES HOUSTON RESIDENTS FEEL LIKE I DO WHEN I SEE FREDDIE FREMAN'S CARD

1987 PROCARDS JOHN SMOLTZ


CATEGORY - BRAVES

THIS IS ANOTHER CARD THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY RESERVED FOR ME WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NABBED OFF THE SITE IN ABOUT THREE SECONDS OTHERWISE. THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO SMOLTZ CARDS OF HIM IN THE TIGERS ORGANIZATION. YOU CAN'T SEE JOHN'S EYES ON THIS ONE BUT I LOVE THAT GLENS FALLS TIGER LOGO. THERE'S AN EVEN BETTER LOGO ON THE BACK


QUINCY'S! BASEBALL CARDS AND COMICS! AND UHHH GIFTS? AND GREETING CARDS? NOW THAT'S A CARD SHOP! THERE WERE SO MANY BASEBALL CARDS SOLD IN SHOPS THAT WERE DEFINITIVELY NOT A BASEBALL CARD SHOP BACK IN THE DAY AND I MISS THOSE PLACES. I CAN ALMOST SEE THE BOXES OF CARD PACKS NEXT TO THE LONG BOXES OF COMICS BY THE HUGE RACK OF HALLMARK CARDS IN MY MIND

1980 TOPPS WACKY PACKAGES 4TH SERIES RERUN BEANBALL

CATEGORY - NON-SPORT

I THINK THIS IS THE THIRD OR MAYBE FOURTH DIFFERENT COPY OF THIS CARD I HAVE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PARTICULAR WACKY PACKAGE CARD. IT'S NOT JUST THE BASEBALL CARD PACK THEME. IT'S NOT JUST THE TOPPS NON-SPORTS ARTISTS COMPLETELY DUNKING ON THE SPORTS CREW. IT'S NOT EVEN JUST THAT THE FICTIONAL TEAM IS VERY CLOSELY COPYING BRAVES' UNIFORMS. IT'S THAT GORILLA PLAYING BASEBALL. I LOVE GORILLAS AND I LOVE BASEBALL, IT'S A PERFECT MATCH. IT DOES RAISE SOME QUESTIONS THOUGH. WHY IS A GORILLA PLAYING BASEBALL? WHY IS THE TEAM NAMED THE APES, IT IS A NAPOLEON LAJOIE SITUATION? WHY IS THE GORILLA USING A RUBBER BAT WITH A HOLE IN IT? WHO WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO THROW AT A GORILLA'S HEAD? IMAGINE THE ENSUING BRAWL! ESPECIALLY IF THE ENTIRE TEAM IS MADE UP OF APES. IMAGINE A BENCH CLEARED OF CHIMPS, GORILLAS, GIBBONS AND ORANGUTANS ALL BEATING UP THE NEW YORK METS. SOMEONE MAKE A MOVIE OF THAT AND SAVE THE THEATER INDUSTRY

UP NEXT: WHO KNOWS! IT'S A MIRACLE THIS GOT POSTED AT ALL

Friday, July 5, 2024

2023 COMC BINGE - PART 19: FLAMING PHIL

HERE'S THE SECOND AND WEIRDLY, LAST ADDITION TO A VINTAGE TEAM SET. I DECIDED TO POST THE BRAVES PICKUP NEXT WEEK BUT THERE WASN'T ONE. NOT SURPRISING SINCE PRETTY MUCH EVERY CARD I NEED FOR VINTAGE TEAM SETS NOW IS EITHER A HALL OF FAMER OR A HIGH NUMBER OR BOTH. NOT SOMETHING GOOD FOR A PICK UP AS MANY COOL CHEAP CARDS AS POSSIBLE BINGE. THIS ONE IS QUITE CHEAP AND COOL HOWEVER AS IT COMPLETED THE FIRST TOPPS ATLANTA FLAMES TEAM SET

1972-73 TOPPS #109 PHIL MYRE


I HAVE BEEN TO HOME GAMES FOR ALL THREE OF ATLANTA'S FORMER HOCKEY TEAMS. THE FIRST FLAMES GAME I WAS AT WAS IRONICALLY AGAINST WINNIPEG. THERE ARE RUMBLINGS OF A POSSIBLE EXPANSION TEAM COMING TO THE METRO AREA IN ALPHARETTA OF ALL PLACES BUT I THINK I'LL PASS ON THAT ONE. FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME, FOOL ME THREE TIMES, YEP I'M A STILL A FOOL, FOOL ME FOUR TIMES? CAN'T GET FOOLED AGAIN. I STILL LIKE THE VINTAGE CARDS THO AND WAS LOOKING THRU MY FLAMES/1974-75 SET BINDER LAST YEAR AND WAS SURPRISED THE 72-73 TEAM SET WAS MISSING A CARD. I CHECKED COMC, IT COST FORTY-THREE CENTS, TEAM SET COMPLETE. HOORAY! THERE'S SEVEN MORE PLAYERS I DON'T HAVE (INCLUDING MY FAVORITE FLAMES PLAYER DAN BOUCHARD'S ROOKIE CARD) IN THE O-PEE-CHEE SET THAT I DON'T HAVE I WILL ENJOY THIS WIN FOR NOW


MYRE WAS THE FLAMES' FIRST PICK IN THE EXPANSION DRAFT AND SHARED GOALTENDING DUTIES WITH BOUCHARD UNTIL HE WAS TRADED TO ST. LOUIS IN 1977. LATER IN 1980 HE PLAYED FOR PHILLY IN A CUP FINAL WITH HIS FORMER TEAMMATE PAT QUINN AS HIS COACH. I'M HAPPY FOR PHIL BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF PLAYOFF SUCCESS IN ATLANTA


HERE'S THE WHOLE TEAM SET PLUS A 73-74 CAMEO. THIS IS AN ODD BUT FAIRLY ATTRACTIVE DESIGN. I LIKE THAT 'GRANDFATHER OF COMIC-SANS' TYPE FOR THE TEAM NAME. SINCE THE FLAMES WERA AN EXPANSION TEAM ALL THE PLAYERS ARE IN THEIR ORIGINAL TEAMS' SWEATERS WITH THE LOGOS TACTFULLY REMOVED. I ORIGINALLY COLLECTED ONLY TOPPS VINTAGE HOCKEY BECAUSE QUITE HONESTLY THAT WAS THE ONLY THING I COULD FIND EASILY WAY DOWN SOUTH. I KIND OF REGRET THIS NOW AS THE O-PEE-CHEE SET NOT ONLY HAS MORE PLAYERS BUT HAS PICTURES OF THE GUYS IN A FLAMES SWEATER INSTEAD OF THESE AIRBRUSH JOBS. THEY LOOK REALLY GOOD! THESE ARE WAY MORE NOSTALGIC FOR ME THOUGH AS MOST OF THEM WERE PICKED UP IN THE 80S OR 90S

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

2024 ONLINE BLASTER - PART 13: BASKETBALL STARS

IT'S THREE HOURS BEFORE I FIND OUT TO WHAT EXTENT THE ATLANTA HAWKS HAVE FURTHER TRAINWRECKED THEIR FRANCHISE. WILL IT BE JUST A MINOR BLIP THAT STILL GIVES ME HOPE THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY MAKE IT TO THE PROMISED LAND ONE DAY? OR WILL IT BE A THOROUGH CATASTRASTROKE THAT WILL DESTROY ANY CHANCE OF THIS TEAM BEING GOOD AGAIN IN MY LIFETIME? ONLY TIME WILL TELL! IN THE MEANTIME HERE'S SOME RAMBLING ABOUT BASKEEBAWL CARDS I LIKE TO BUY WHEN I SEE THEM CHEEP BECAUSE I NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO CALM MY NERVES. IF THERE IS NO CATEGORY LISTED, ASSUME SUPERSTAR

2022-23 DONRUSS TRAE YOUNG PRODUCTION LINE


CATEGORY - HAWKS, TRAE

TRAE YOUNG IS MY FAVORITE PLAYER BECAUSE WHEN THE HAWKS PICKED LUKA AND AND THEN INEXPLICABLY TRADED HIM I MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO GET UPSET ABOUT A PLAYER I HAD NEVER HEARD OF A MONTH EARLIER AND INSTEAD GO ALL IN ON TRAE FANDOM. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD MOVE FOR ME SO FAR AS TRAE HAS BEEN AWESOME EVEN WHEN THE TEAM, COACHING, MANAGEMENT, FANBASE AND OWNERSHIP HAS SUCKED DONKEY BALLS. I WILL CONTINUE TO BE A TRAE FAN EVEN WHEN HE IS EVENTUALLY TRADED TO THE LAKERS OR (SHUDDER) PELICANS. FORTUNATELY, EVERYONE HATES TRAE NOW SO I CAN PICK UP COOL CARDS CHEAP. EVEN THE LOCAL CARD SHOP HAS CUT PRICES AND TWO YEARS AGO THEY COULDN'T KEEP EM IN STOCK! OF COURSE I ALWAYS FIND CARDS CHEEP ON BASEBALLCARDSTORE DOT CA AND THIS PRODUCTION LINE INSERT IS VERY NICE

2019-20 CHRONICLES PANINI TRAE YOUNG


MY CHRONICLES HOARDING HAS DROPPED OFF A BIT LATELY DUE TO GETTING DISTRACTED BY A DOZEN OTHER SETS AND BEING TOO LAZY TO GET A SOLID NEEDS LIST TOGETHER. I WILL ALWAYS PICK UP PLAYERS I LIKE THOUGH EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM ONE OF CHRONICLES' MORE BORING SUBSETS. I THINK THE PANINI BRANDED BASKETBALL SET ONLY LASTED A COUPLE YEARS BUT CHRONICLES WILL DIG UP ANY OLD THING TO RECYCLE. DESPITE THE MINIMALIST DESIGN IT'S STILL A PRETTY GOOD LOOKING CARD WITH THE RIGHT PHOTO CHOICE. TRAE'S ALWAYS GOOD FOR A BUCKET

1991-92 SKYBOX MICHAEL VS. MAGIC


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, WANTLIST

MICHAEL JORDAN AND MAGIC JOHNSON ARE TWO PLAYERS I WILL RARELY PASS UP IN A BARGAIN BOX. ESPECIALLY JORDAN AS HIS CARDS USUALLY CARRY A PREMIUM PRICE TAG. MY 91-92 SKYBOX COLLECTION IS ANEMIC AND I COMPLETELY MISSED MY CHANCE TO BUY SOME BOXES FOR LESS THAN THREE FIGURES SO THIS WAS A QUICK PICKUP

1991-92 SKYBOX MICHAEL JORDAN SKYMASTER


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, WANTLIST

ANOTHER SKYBOX JORDAN THAT FILLS A HOLE IN A SET. THIS WAS IN THE DOLLAR BIN BUT WAS HONESTLY A BARGAIN. I MEAN, LOOK AT THE CARD. IF I FOUND THIS IN AN ANTIQUE MALL IT WOULD HAVE A $20 STICKER RIGHT ON THE CARD

1991-92 FLEER MICHAEL JORDAN TEAM LEADER


I HAVE THIS COMPLETE SET ALREADY BUT IT'S JORDAN. PLUS I'M ONE OF LIKE THREE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIKES THIS DESIGN. COLORFUL = LOGOS = MY KRYPTONITE

1992 SKYBOX USA BASKETBALL MICHAEL JORDAN


I'M NOT SPECIFICALLY COLLECTING THIS SET BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE NEAT TO HAVE A CARD OF EACH PLAYER FROM TEAM USA AND I DIDN'T HAVE A JORDAN SO IT'S A WIN FOR ME

1993-94 UPPER DECK MICHAEL JORDAN NBA FINALS


I MIGHT ACTUALLY NEED THIS CARD? I DON'T REMEMBER. EITHER WAY IT'S A NICE CARD OF A PLAYER I HATE. YES, I DISLIKE MIKE. BEING A NIQUE FAN WILL DO THAT TO YA. IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I DON'T HAVE AS MANY JORDAN CARDS NOW AS I WISH I HAD

1996-97 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE SHAQUILLE O'NEAL


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, SHAQ-FU

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL MANIA HAPPENED AT A VERY INFLUENTIAL TIME IN MY LIFE SO I'LL ALWAYS HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE BIG LUG. HIS CARDS ARE WEIRDLY CHEAP TOO? MAYBE DUE TO HITTING DURING ONE OF THE MOST OVERPRODUCED ERAS FOR BASKETBALL CARDS EVER. YES, EVEN COMPARED TO NOW. I HALFWAY THINK I HAVE THIS CARD ALREADY BUT FASHION SHAQ WAS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP

1996-97 SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ON THE BLOCK


FOR SOME REASON I'M NOT TRYING TO COLLECT FLEER ULTRA BASKETBALL SETS. I ALREADY HAVE A TON OF ULTRA CARDS BUT I FEEL NO NEED TO BUILD THE SETS FOR SOME REASON. I STILL LIKE FINDING ULTRA CARDS THOUGH, THEY USUALLY LOOK PRETTY GREAT

1996-97 SKYBOX E-XL SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 


I LOVE LOVE LOVE SKYBOX E-X AND THIS SECOND YEAR RELEASE LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN THE BASEBALL VERSION OF THIS SET. I DON'T KNOW WHY THE THICKER FRAME BORDERS WORKS BUT IT DOES. MAYBE BECAUSE THE EDGE DOESN'T HANG ON THE BORDER WHEN YOU'RE SHUFFLING THROUGH THEM

1994-95 STADIUM CLUB SHAQUILLE O'NEAL DYNASTY AND DESTINY


THIS IS THE DESTINY VERSION OBVIOUSLY. THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN SHAQ BASE CARDS ARE SHAQ INSERT CARDS

1995-96 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE SHAQUILLE O'NEAL PLAYER'S CLUB


I STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL ABOUT COLLECTOR'S CHOICE, SOME DAYS I WANT TO COLLECT THE WHOLE RUN, OTHERS I WANT TO THROW THEM ALL IN A CARDBOARD BOX AND DUMP THEM AT A THRIFT STORE TO FREE UP SOME STORAGE BOXES. STILL NOT PASSING ON A PARALLEL OF SHAQ THOUGH. UNLIKE THE FOIL SIGNATURES ON THE BASEBALL PARALLELS, OTHER SPORTS JUST GOT A FOIL STAMPED LOGO. BOO 

2021 UPPER DECK SPACE JAM A NEW LEGACY LEBRON JAMES


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, OFFICIAL GREATEST PLAYER EVER

I'VE SAID IT ONCE, I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. IF THE ONLY LEBRON JAMES CARDS I CAN GET CHEAP ARE FROM A SHITTY CYNICAL ANIMATED MOVIE, I'LL TAKE IT. GLADLY

2021-22 PRIZM WILT CHAMBERLAIN


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, ANOTHER GREATEST PLAYER EVER

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT PANINI PRODUCTS IS THEY USUALLY HAVE A FEW LEGENDS CARDS SPRINKLED HERE AND THERE. I ALREADY HAVE A FEW PRIZM HALL OF FAMERS AND WAS HAPPY TO FIND ONE OF WILT. DON'T THINK I DIDN'T NOTICE THAT BILL RUSSEL CAMEO

1989-90 HOOPS DAVID ROBINSON


CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR ROOKIE

OH MAN OH MAN, THIS CARD WAS THE SHIT BACK IN THE DAY. LIKE, SUPER EXTRA DOUBLE ICONIC. OK, TIM DUNCAN SORT OF STOLE THE ADMIRAL'S THUNDER BUT ROBINSON HAS THE BETTER SMILE. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT DUNCAN'S ROOKIE CARD LOOKS LIKE OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD? THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT

2012 GOODWIN CHAMPIONS BILL WALTON

CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, RIGHTEOUS DUDE

RIP BILL. WALTON HAS BEEN ONE OF THOSE GUYS LIKE BIP ROBERTS THAT MAKE ME SMILE WHENEVER I SEE THEIR CARD SO I PICK THEM UP  WITHOUT THINKING TOO HARD ABOUT IT. HE HAS A SURPRISING NUMBER OF MODERN CARDS INCLUDING AN INSERT SET SO IT'S EASIER TO FIND THEM THAN YOU WOULD THINK. EARLY GOODWIN CHAMPIONS WERE ALWAYS CONTROVERSIAL FOR THEIR ART STYLE AND ODDBALL POSES BUT THAT JUST MAKES ME LIKE THEM MORE. I KNOW THAT'S NOT A GIGANTIC CLOUD OF SMOKE IN THE BACKGROUND, BUT IT COULD BE

2010 UPPER DECK WORLD OF SPORTS BILL WALTON

HERE'S BILL IN ANOTHER ODDBALL MULTI-SPORT SET. I THINK THIS WORLD OF SPORTS SET WAS UPPER DECK'S REACTION TO LOSING THEIR BASEBALL LICENSE AND I DON'T REMEMBER IT BEING SUPER POPULAR AT THE TIME. IT'S GOT A PRETTY AMAZING CHECKLIST THOUGH FOR A MULTI-SPORT SET EVEN IF THE SHORT-PRINTED STARS ARE UNFORTUNATE

2021-22 DONRUSS OPTIC ANTHONY EDWARDS T-MINUS

CATEGORY - SUPERSTAR, BULLDOGS

ANTHONY EDWARDS WAS A BIT OFF MY RADAR AFTER LEADING MY GEORGIA BULLDOGS TO ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE AND THEN GETTING PICKED UP IN THE DRAFT BY MINNESOTA. I'M ALL ON BOARD NOW AND AM NABBING SOME COOL CARDS OF HIS AS I SEE THEM. THIS T-MINUS INSERT CARD WITH THE FREAKING SPACE SHUTTLE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNS AND I WAS SUPER HAPPY TO PICK THIS ONE UP TO GO WITH MY TRAE VERSION OF THE CARD

 2019-20 HOOPS PREMIUM AL HORFORD

CATEGORY - PLAYER COLLECTION

WE BRING IT BACK FULL CIRCLE FROM MY CURRENT FAVORITE PLAYER TRAE TO MY ALSO CURRENT FAVORITE PLAYER NBA CHAMPION AL HORFORD. PICKING AL HORFORD THIRD OVERALL IS MAYBE THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN ABOUT ANY ATLANTA HAWKS PICK EVER AND AS A RESULT HE IS A PERMANANT PLAYER COLLECTION GUY FOR ME. I'VE SHOWN OFF MY HEYWARD-HORFORD-TUGGLE BINDER PRETTY RECENTLY AND NOW I CAN FINALLY PUT THESE ONES AWAY. I GENERALLY HAVE NO USE FOR HOOPS PREMIUM OTHER THAN CASES LIKE THIS BUT I DO AT LEAST APPRECIATE HOW PANINI USES DIFFERENT PHOTOS ON THEIR PLAIN PAPER AND FANCY CHROMIUM VERSIONS OF THEIR SETS. UNLIKE SOME OTHER COMPANIES I KNOW

2020-21 HOOPS AL HORFORD

I'VE RECENTLY LEARNED THAT PHILADELPHIA FANS HATE HORFORD WORSE THAN HAWKS FANS DO. I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYONE COULD HATE AL, HE IS A TREASURE AND A DELIGHT. IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE HE HAS A RING AND MIGHT GET ANOTHER ONE NEXT YEAR SINCE HE'S NOT RETIRING EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE MADE FUN OF HIM FOR BEING OLD IN THE FINALS. NO ONE MAKES FUN OF LEBRON FOR BEING AN OLD GEEZER, WHY THE AL HATE. I STILL LOVE YA AL

2020-21 MOSAIC AL HORFORD

FINISHING OFF WITH WHAT I THINK IS MY FIRST CARD OF AL IN AN OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UNIFORM. I ALREADY HAVE ONE WITH AN OKC LOGO BUT HE'S STILL IN A PHILLY UNI. THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF CARDS OF AL IN THE THUNDER JERSEY WHICH MAKES SOME SENSE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T PLAY ALL THAT LONG IN ONE. I LOVE HAVING AT LEAST ONE CARD FOR EVERY TEAM A PLAYER WAS ON IN MY COLLECTION SO THIS ONE'S BIG FOR ME

ALL RIGHT THEN, GO HAWKS! PICK SOMEONE AS GOOD AS AL TONIGHT! PLEASE