Mail week roundup and some thoughts…

I thought Sunday night would be a great time to do a weekly recap of the cards that came into my house during the week.  Mostly they will be eBay pickups.  Some will be from my two close-by LCS’s, Hoody’s and The Sports Room and there may even be a Sportlots delivery or COMC soon…oh yeah, possibly some Topps stuff too.

Sunday’s around our house are normally filled with chores.  Chores of all kinds. 

Laundry

Vacuuming

Bedroom cleaning

Yardwork

Maybe even some Washington Football Team viewing.

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That last one is a must.  I’m an incredibly loyal fan, ride or die with a team that’s been killing me for nearly 40 years.  The good ol’ days are so far gone at this point that I can barely remember them.  Good players have come and bad ones too, it’s just the ebb and flow of a team that isn’t too consistent.  You get a lot of turnover during the rough years.

Well, I honestly feel like the team is beginning to make a turn for the better.  Yeah, they are now 6-8 after losing 15-20 to the Seattle Seahawks this morning…but they are still in FIRST PLACE IN THE NFC EAST!!!  Thanks to the Giants losing at home to Cleveland this evening.  What a season, eh? 

Bright spots abound for my favorite team and they are centered around this young man, at least on Defense.  To see his helmet-less face, you feel the desire to card him and make sure he’s supposed to be here…maybe it’s just me being old, but he looks like he’s still in his teens. 

A champion!

A leader!

The cornerstone of a defense that is on the verge of something special.  Chase Young ya’ll

Being one of the worst teams the past decade plus you get to collect some great players at the top of the draft.  Franchise changing players that can catapult you into a different stratosphere of winning and potentially a dynasty.  Now, let me pump the brakes here.  I don’t foresee this team being the next Patriots…I’m not nuts.  But I do see them gaining some traction and having an impact on the league in the next 5-8 years with their young talent.  The coaching staff is doing a great job and putting the team first and winning should hopefully come from that.

Being one of the worst teams the past decade plus you get to collect some great players at the top of the draft.  Franchise changing players that can catapult you into a different stratosphere of winning and potentially a dynasty.  Now, let me pump the brakes here.  I don’t foresee this team being the next Patriots…I’m not nuts.  But I do see them gaining some traction and having an impact on the league in the next 5-8 years with their young talent.  The coaching staff is doing a great job and putting the team first and winning should hopefully come from that.

Along side Chase is a player that was drafted last year.  A guy that I loved watching in college and was drafted in the first round of the 2019 draft.  Montez Sweat.  His rookie year showed lots of flashes of potential, but teaming up with Young this season has had a tremendous impact on his defensive pressure and overall play.  Both are going to be so much fun to watch the next few seasons.

Another pickup from the week is a great young RB that i’m just not sure will make it in the NFL…again, i really hope he does whether it’s with Washington or somewhere else. I’d love to see him healthy and starting somewhere…the Football Team sure could have used him this week with Antonio Gibson out again. Really hoping Bryce Love can get to 100% for 2021.

The last guy I wanted to talk about was the starting QB for the game today.  Dwayne Haskins Jr.  Quarterbacks these days aren’t allowed to develop like they were way back in the 90’s.  They are expected to start from day one and have an impact on day one.  Fair or not, that’s the way it has become.  Haskins is young, he’s athletic, he’s strong…but he’s young.  He also was a one year starter for one of the best college teams, Ohio State.  Putting up big numbers wasn’t the greatest challenge you could have every Saturday, and he took full advantage of it. 

Now, don’t get me wrong here.  I love Haskins and want him to be the guy.  I think he can achieve an extremely high bar of success in the NFL.  I just don’t think he’s there yet and I’m not sure he will get there next season either.  If this was the older NFL days, he’d be on the bench for a season or two before he was thrown into the fire…he hasn’t gotten that chance.  I hope he does and I hope he remains in Washington to be part of the rebuild.  I would love to see Haskins Jr. hoist a Lombardi trophy next to his college teammates Young and McLaurin.

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Thinking of Sweat and Young, I’m reminded of Keith Sweat…when I was young.  Man I loved 90’s R&B.

4 responses to “Mail week roundup and some thoughts…

  1. Wow. Don’t see Keith Sweat pop up on card blogs very often. I remember “bumpin” Make It Last Forever back in high school on my Technics turntable. Anyways… your team sure gave my team a scare yesterday. Hopefully they’ll meet again in the postseason.

    • man, i loved Keith Sweat…still do. Not sure i’ll ever adapt to the new R&B sounds of today…man i sound like an old fart.

      i thought WFT was going to pull it out at the end, but the two sacks kinda bagged it up. If Seattle doesn’t win the West, i think they may be in line for another visit to FedEx…assuming my team can make the playoffs. Should be fun!

  2. Hey you mentioned two card shops how are they price and selection wise? Worth travel from NE Portland?

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    • Hey Rod! Hope you’re doing well…it’s been a while.
      For the card shops, i would say that they are worth a trip at least to check out and see if they can fill some collection needs you’re looking for. Hoody’s is close to Washington Square Mall – closer to the Sports Page bar. They are super friendly, family owned and run shop. They do deal in higher end stuff and focus on boxes. There a few singles that are good to look through, but with COVID those selections have been minimized quite a bit. Typically i purchase from them on ebay and do an in-store pick so i avoid any shipping costs.
      The Sports Room is on Hall Road close to Cedar Hills and the in the general vicinity of the Beaverton Powell’s. The shop has been there for a while and has gone through four owners since i started going there about 10 years ago. Forgot the first guy’s name, but he sold to Rick (RIP), before Rick passed he sold to Brian, and he then sold to the new guy, Chris. Of the two shops, i’d say this is my favorite since they are closer to me and they have a greater selection of things i collect. Chris is a nice guy…not as chatty as Brian and Rick were though. I really missed talking to them. I’d stop in, look around for 20 minutes and then have an hour long conversation about the hobby with those guys.
      I would definitely check them out if you’re around Beaverton. Totally understand the distance issue though.

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