Sunday, January 25, 2015

Another Clinton Portis card!

      Breaking off from the standard cards I've been adding is a 2009 Bowman Chrome Xfractors card of Clinton Portis numbered to 250 copies. This is my 121st card of Portis. I started collecting him in 2002 but have mostly concentrated on sets. This design is a bit busy for my liking with the stripes going through the design AND the xfractor pattern showing in certain lights but Bowman Chrome has an intense following, mostly for baseball collectors. The seller with the Grant Wistrom 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor rookie had some Broncos cards and this Portis card that I picked up for cheap. Combined shipping is the way to go, especially on individual cards like this that don't sell for very much. If you pay for shipping card by card often you are having to pay too much.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three more days of cards, another 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor!

Here are a few more additions to my collection. We have a couple of base cards from 2014 Topps Chrome, two stars of the game for sure. The one I was really waiting on was my third 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor RC of Grant Wistrom. Largely forgotten in all but Rams collectors minds he was a member of the 1999 Super Bowl winning team and was also a member of the Seahawks 2005 Super Bowl appearance. He was instrumental in both of those seasons and really was a great player. These old Ram uniforms changed the very next year but as anyone who watches this team knows, they occasionally go to these throwback unis every once in a while. Perhaps one of the ugliest uniforms in football it was apparent why they made the change. The 1998 card is my third of the 165 card set so, I have quite a ways to go. I thought I had tracked down a checklist this week. I hit the BIN on eBay but then was informed that the card was no longer in stock. We'll see if I can find that damn checklist because as I said in an earlier post, I think it's going to be very hard to track down.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pair of 2014 Topps Chrome defensive base cards

Today and yesterday's cards might be somewhat blase to the high end collector but they are my 12th and 13th base cards to the 2014 Topps Chrome set. One problem I'm noticing on this set is that the player really doesn't jump off the photograph for some reason here. Perhaps the contrast is not set high enough. The design team may have done this on purpose because the rookie cards are immediately apparent, not just from the small RC logo on the card but because each rookie is shown on a green background (presumably the field at the RC premier or training camp) whereas the vets are shown on really dark backgrounds. Generally I like the idea of making the rookie cards immediately noticeable but the vet cards should look cool too and they don't.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Today's card, another 2014 Topps Chrome base

Today's card is a 2014 Topps Chrome base card of which I still have plenty to add. This one is #73 Matthew Stafford. I'm surprised there isn't  shortprint variation of this card as he's a popular player and a playoff quarterback this year. An odd decision by Topps but he does have an autographed card or two in this set so there are plenty of opportunities for collectors to get some great rare cards out of this series from him.

I'm a little upset that the Seahawks won the NFC championship but they played their hearts out and deserved to win it. That game was what playoff football is all about. The Colts and Luck will have to wait another year at least, I just feel bad for collectors that spent such high dollars on his cards this season. They too will have to wait to see if their investment panned out. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The next card in my challenge, this one was worth hundreds back in the day!

Today's card is #66 Ryan Leaf. I found this PSA 10 ending very soon on Ebay so I just put in a bid, ended up winning it for 6.85 shipped. I've made the mistake of purchasing cards for big dollars soon after they come out only to have them plummet in value years later. This card can't get any lower (and I need it for my set) and it's somewhat of a conversation piece. Remember that part in the movie "40 Year Old Virgin" where Steve Carell is asked "Why do you have that?" in reference to one of his many obscure toys? I'd say this card falls under that category.

This is the second card in the set, 163 more to go. I think the checklist may be one of the hardest cards to track down if I had to guess. The fact that they made a checklist as a refractor card is sort of a strange decision, who honestly would be happy about pulling that from a box of cards? You only get 2 refractors a box in this product so I can see how that one might have made some collectors upset back in 1998 when this product was being furiously ripped in search of the card above and the Peyton Manning.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Challenging set started!

The first card in my challenge set is #77 Ben Coates. This is from the 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor set which could be found at 1:12 packs. Refractor technology was new at the time so at first glance these resemble the base set. If held to certain lights however, the shine of the card does come through. Every time I get one of these cards I'll find another on Ebay. The difficulty of putting this whole set together exists because of the age of the set and the rarity of the cards. It will be easy to find (but not pay for) rookies of Peyton Manning and Randy Moss. It's finding the base cards like these that will be come more difficult as time goes by. I've noticed that with small time cards you don't have sellers that are motivated to put them up or list them individually because there is no profit in them. We'll see how this chase goes along but I've already got the next on enroute. I laughed at how  much I paid for it but I also think it's a cool card, historically at least. You'll see what I mean when it comes in.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Topps Chrome #105 Julian Edelman

Today's card is probably my first Julian Edelman card. This WR is built in the mold of Wes Welker but at least was drafted in the seventh round. The Patriots seem to have a knack for developing players that would have fell by the wayside on other teams. 2013 was a great year for Edelman as he made 105 grabs, an astonishing number for a seventh round draft pick. When your team has a great quarterback they can make any wideout look like Jerry Rice. 

Card ramblings: Don't know if anyone heard about that shop owner in Akron OH that got shot and killed in what looks to be another burglary; the shop had several since 2011. This is a sad state of affairs when someone with such a kind heart in such an innocent setting (a card store is the last place I'd think of violence) gets murdered for a little bit of money. I sure hope they find the asshole that did this and puts him on death row. You can read the story here