Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today's Collection addition is one of the best Quarterbacks of All Time

Some people may debate whether Drew Brees is one of the best QBs of all time but he's got to be in the top five for sure. This future hall of famer was one of the primary reasons that the Saints don't suck anymore. I don't know if you remember the perennial celler-dweller days but they had a whole carousel of bad draft picks, worse trades and coaches who invariably got lead to the chopping block. Anyone remember the Mike Ditka, Ricky Williams trade of 1999? While Williams proved to be an exceptional back for a few years he never really found his stride in New Orleans. "Mike Ditka went all-in on Williams in 1999. And the Saints then finished Williams’ rookie season 3-13, Ditka was fired and the franchise dealt Williams to Miami two seasons later. New Orleans at least saved a little face with that 2002 trade with the Dolphins, scoring a pair of first-round picks and four draft choices overall." (Burke, 2013)

When the Saints got Brees from the Chargers in 2006 it was anything but a sure fire home run. Brees had some nagging shoulder issues and the Chargers if you remember had drafted Phillip Rivers in the first round in 2004. That was the year that Eli Manning would have been drafted by the Chargers but essentially pulled a John Elway and refused to play for them. Rivers has also developed into a top tier QB but nowhere near the talent and playoff success of Drew Brees.

In other news I'm looking at the box breaks for 2014 Leaf Best of Football on YouTube and gotta say, what a money burner. I like the idea of getting unopened boxes hidden in another box but some of the boxes have been pure garbage. I saw a 2007 Classics box that got opened to reveal nothing more than a few dollar bin jersey cards and a no-name rookie free agent that never played a down as the hit autograph. While the box also contains a cut hall of famer autograph to soften the blow there really are way better ways to spend 175.00 in the hobby that will make you much happier. That's just my take on it. Not only are you gambling that you'll get a good box here, you're also gambling once again when the box is opened that it will yield the sweet card that everyone is chasing. Most of the times these boxes just are not delivering. I did see a box that had a 2013 Museum box in it, this one had a Peyton Manning Metal framed auto numbered to 25. That was the only one out of 8 or so boxes I saw broken that was remotely worth the price. I'd say stay away from this one unless you love the thrill of old boxes and have a ton of money to spend.

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