Thursday, December 18, 2014

Standard base card from 2005 but it is Peyton Manning!

Today's card is just your average base (#136 from 2005), not quite a good as some of the additions I've been lucky enough to book lately but certainly a good card for me. The last Manning card I added was the 2013 shortprint version, #1B about a month and a half ago. There were a few different versions of 2005 Topps chrome that were available for Peyton. He had this base card and then some other base cards in the set like you'll see with some stars in larger sets, "League Leaders" being one of those subsets. This was one of the first years that the 1/1 printing plates were released so there are 12 total cards that are printing plates (3 card types, 4 colors). With 2004 being a banner year for Manning (a then record of 49 TDs) he had all sorts of cards released in 2005. I couldn't even venture to guess how many new cards of him are released per year but if Beckett is correct there were over 700 cards of Manning released in 2013.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today's card is another 2013 Topps Chrome Football Shortprint Rc

Here is today's addition, a 2013 Topps Chrome #218B Mike Glennon RC. This is an interesting pickup because I'm finding that these cards are commonly selling for .99 cents plus shipping, a deal you'd never be able to find in a card shop. The demand on these shortprints is extremely low, especially now that the 2014 cards are out for people to chase. The trend I've noticed is that for all cards except for the really popular players values plummet a few weeks after release. I am pretty sure this is due to all the overproduction and over saturation of the market with hundreds of thousands of different football cards being released every season. After about 20 years you start to see values slowly pick up, once a set is 50 years old I think you see drastic increases, even commons from that many years ago are typically a few dollars. The lesson here is hang on to your cards. They might not be valuable right now but many years down the road that could change. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

3rd Aaron Dobson addition this month!

Today's card is the second AD card autograph of the month and the third overall card. The patch card from 2013 Finest was one of the better card designs of the year. It gave collectors a chance to pull some really cool colored patches out of every box, no small feat for Topps. Although the sticker autograph is prevalent here the design team did a good job of transitioning it so that it looks natural and doesn't hinder the look of the card. While this particular player may have cooled off considerably this season due to injury (only 3 catches this season) I love the look of these. 2014 Finest was not as well executed in terms of design. Here's an example of 2014:

Sorry Topps, you need to try again!

Monday, December 15, 2014

First card from 2014 Topps Chrome, one of the 73 RC autographs...

Most people would complain that this is a seventh rounder that will probably never become anything. Personally I like the card because the autograph is on-card and the piece is very well designed. I did a case break at Mike's Stadium Sports cards and bought 3 spots (Patriots, Bills and Cowboys) I didn't hit any of the autographs so I grabbed this one on Ebay for a few dollars as I mentioned in a post last week. While our case certainly wasn't very awe inspiring I'd like to remind people that this is a hobby. If you go into it expecting to make money, unless you are more savvy than most, don't expect to. Certainly you're not going to make money breaking boxes of cards. I got quite a few cool cards in the process, had fun and since I didn't hit any autographs I just made use of Ebay which is full of the rippers and flippers. Many people sell their cards for whatever reason and I got the hit out of a 50.00 box for a few bucks. What's to complain about? The hobby is much different than it was even 10 years ago and we just have to adapt. I like a combination of box breaks and Ebay since you get the best of both worlds. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Today's card is an encased X-fractor!

Today's card is a beautiful box-topper X-fractor card from the 2004 Topps Chrome set. The original holder has some scratches on it and the little Topps sticker is lifting up. I got it in some lot years ago and it's been forgotten until today. I'm not real sure what the Gold Xfractor configuration was but it was probably 1 per box. Some of these were autographed as well. I remember the Tatum Bell (former Broncos RB that was super hot in 2004) being a card that I wanted for the longest time. Now it's only a few bucks it's a good thing I didn't spring for it at the time. Doing a search on Ebay revealed around 1500 Tatum Bell cards on sale right now which is kind of amazing. Some sellers are wanting 2004 prices too which goes to show how delusional Ebay can be. Only 47 Bell cards have even sold in the last 3 months so there's tons of stock that people just can't get rid of.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another pair of cards from 2004 Topps Chrome

Here's the next couple of cards I've added to my collection. The 2004 design is so clean and the refractor version is even better as you can see. This 2004 set is larger than the last few base sets in Topps chrome with the 2004 set being 275 cards deep and 2013 and 2014 having 220 cards. The flagship base Topps sets are always considerably larger than the chrome sets. I would imagine this is for condensed product although the chrome has more variation refractors to chase. Back in 2004 there were only 4 variations. The black was always my favorite back then because it looks so classy. The black still has that appeal now but I'd say my favorite refractor now has to be the sepia. The team logos look so much cooler when everything is muted to a monochromatic scheme like this.

This is what I'm talking about:

How cool is this card?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2004 Topps Chrome Ernest Wilford #192

Today's card comes at you from a break I did in 2004, as with many of these cards it just hasn't seen the light of day for many years. Wilford never really did much, but as a 4th round draft pick it wasn't ever likely that he would have much impact Reading the back of the card I found out he was a converted DE in college (VA Tech) and was thinking I hadn't heard of too many defensive ends converted to wide receiver. This was part of the trend of really big WRs that we saw in the late 1990s to the end of the 2000's. I'm not saying this trend is over but with the exception of Megatron most of these guys end up being too slow or too easily injured. David Boston was one of those monsterous players that had issues with being oversized.

Wilford ended up moving to tight end and signed with the Dolphins in 2008. He resigned with the Jags in 2009 and his last year in the league was 2010. He's now been the subject of legal troubles due to resisting arrest in a Jacksonville bar. Overall he had 156 catches in 6 years. Team buyers and set collectors like me are still happy to get his cards but that's about it!

 This cards would be relegated to the common bin forever.