Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today's Add, one of the best Pats tight ends ever!

Here's a great photo of card #35A in the 2013 Topps Chrome set. "Gronk" scored 17 TDs in the 2011 season and immediately became an impact fantasy player in everyone's mind.

Today I missed much of the NFL action because I hiked an "almost" 14er (the summit was 12,400 feet up) here in Colorado but to me this type of thing makes it worth it to miss a little football. Feet are sore, I'm happy and will settle down to watch the night game!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A couple more Topps Chrome base cards in the books

Here's a pair of really cool cards, albeit the most common cards you can get out of a box of Chrome. I like how the Dalton they chose to go with a horizontal layout. I don't think I've seen this too much in issues past. Either they went all horizontal or all portrait but not too much mixing and matching from what I remember. Andy Dalton had a great 1st game and collectors might see that this guy is undervalued despite the hobby black hole of a team he's playing on as well as his "choke in the playoffs" misconception that he's being assigned. You have to remember how ineffectual the Bengals have been for most of their existence. Dalton is the sole reason why they went to the playoffs so it would be wise to remember this.

The Ed Reed card should look strange to long-time collectors since he's in a new uniform. 2014 brought him to his third team, the New York Jets. He may do better in his new environment because the Jets have a far better chance this year of making the playoffs. Reed seemed to be poorly motivated and perhaps not himself last year, could have been the front office, could have been his age but he wasn't the same player that Houston thought they were getting. Now expectations have been reasonably lowered perhaps he can have a better season somewhere else.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2013 Topps Chrome Add (card #32A)

Today's addition is another base card from Topps Chrome. This is another one of the "two variation" cards that I mentioned in an earlier post. Being one of the top fantasy players often nets you a spot in every base set and this guy's no exception. The more time goes by the more that the rookie class of 2011 sticks out to me with guys like Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, AJ Green and Julio Jones not to mention defensive greats like JJ Watt and Von Miller. Even with a couple of years of production it's not hard to imagine any of those guys in the hall of fame someday. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Today's addition Vintage style

Now this one's Really Really vintage compared to most of the cards I collect. I love the modern card but there is a certain appeal to holding a piece of football history like this in your hands. This is a 1948 Bowman Football card # 55 Frank Reagan RC who was a back for the New York Giants. This is considered his rookie card although the back of the card states he'd been in the league for 4 years. Back in these days they didn't go rushing out and producing 4,000 rookie cards a year for any given player. Before 1948 there were not any nationally recognized main releases for football so this is kind of a landmark set. This card is in good, but not great condition, pretty average for a card that is 66 years old. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had 10-12 of these cards and was trying to build a set but needed some quick cash so I ended up regrettably selling all of them. The thing I've noticed is that prices really aren't much more than they were 10 years ago on these cards, at least for the commons. The best card I had previously was a Steve Van Buren (HOF) rookie that was graded a SGCC 50. I'm not sure what those even go for any more but there are a few ungraded examples on Ebay as we speak. Cards are always replaceable except for the very rarest examples.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autographed Addition today

I haven't had much time for blogging or buying cards lately because I've been studying for my CompTia A+ Exam (it's a computer certification). I took the first half of the test on Friday and passed by a comfortable margin. I figured I'd hop on and show off this beauty. I've been working (slowly, very slowly) on the 2012 Spx set and am about halfway done with it. I've only gotten 3 cards this year, most of the cards I have from the set are from Ebay and a box I broke in 2012. It's not often that you see an offensive lineman featured on a card, much less an autograph. He was injured his rookie year but many sources think that this could be the year he puts in a Pro Bowl type season for the Steelers.

Football season kicked off with a bang and we had quite a few upsets (Dolphins over the Pats, Falcons over the Saints) as well as some huge hobby gains for some rookies around the league. Carlos Hyde for the 49ers shone in limited action, Brandin Cooks for the Saints looked awesome as did Kelvin Benjamin for the Panthers. Expect to see those card values bump by 50 to 100 percent as auctions end this week, If you pulled these guys I always say sell when the iron is hot because the NFL season is full of ups and downs, huge gains and huge losses in card values.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today's card #22 Alex Smith in a new uniform

Here's my first Alex Smith card as a Chief! He's been in the league a while and was considered by many to be a bust. The last few years he's done more than a serviceable job for the Niners and the Chiefs. One thing I've noticed about sellers on Ebay is the funny trend of trying to recoup those first round draft pick dollars that they spent on him in 2005. You will see many WAY overpriced cards on Ebay and it's like, hey, you do realize this guy's only thrown for 81 TDs in his 9 year career? Never won a Superbowl? Paying several hundred dollars for any of his rookie cards is bordering on insane. Paying several thousand, even for a one of one like this? You gotta be out of your goddamned mind to think anyone would pay the price of a small car for this card. Anyway, I'll enjoy my 50 cent card here and let the sellers continue to dream and list their cards that will never sell for years on end...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nice base card from 2013 Topps Five Star Football

2013 Topps Five Star #15 Matt Ryan

Today's addition is from a box of Five Star that I opened in April. This is the base card of Matt Ryan, it's number 15 in the set and is limited to 208 copies. I've only added one card so far of the 8 that came from the box. Just trying to savor the beauty of these cards since it's not often I can afford to drop money on a box like this. I intended to keep all of the cards but just add them slowly to the collection so I can fully appreciate them.

I've really gained a ton of interest in vintage cards. I used to have a real tiny starter set (I think 10 cards of the 108 in the set) of 1948 Bowman football. These black and white undersized cards were one of the first main issues of football cards making them historically significant and yet undervalued in some collector's eyes. If you have any interest in this set and want to see what these look like you can find a complete gallery here

For financial reasons I had to sell off this starter set a few years ago but it's time to get some of the lower priced singles again and see how far I can get. I'm not one of those collectors that is super concerned about condition. I don't want a card with super bad corners, bad stains as these tend to get, wrinkles in the card or really bad off centering. What's interesting about the 1948 Bowman set though is that every 3rd card is a shortprint! This makes for a very challenging set but if I'm willing to put up with some poor examples I can probably put this together over a long period of time. As with any set builder has to be, you gotta be patient.