One of a kind

In my endless journey to collect every single unique Redskin card that man, woman and child has ever made, i have to understand my limitations.  Whether they are due to fiscal inability or levels of rarity that would make winning the lottery easier, i must pursue, pursue, pursue…or collect, collect, collect!  What that means is when i have the chance to pick up a card that is rare…10 copies or less…maybe, actually 5 or less…i gotta do it…assuming I can afford said card.  The real issue comes in to play when the old printing plates cross my eyes.

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Printing Plates are annoying.  I would venture to say that most of us would wholeheartedly agree to those four words.  They are FREAKIN’ ANNOYING!.  At first i thought they were a cool little insert in packs and something that was part of the card production process.  A truly unique, one of a kind insert.  But now, there are multiple printing plates for multiple card sets each year, and as a team collector it makes me feel the need to put them on my checklists…knowing good and damn well that i won’t ever get the majority of them…or possibly any of them.  They are One of One after all.  Last Saturday though, I had a chance to pick one up from Kim at the show and this was it.

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It’s from the 2013 Panini National Treasures set, card #100 of Robert Griffin III.  Now a former Washington Redskin(s).  The thing that’s baffling to me and printing plates is their price.  This card you see here was marked at $20 and i probably got it for around $10 (bought a bunch of cards so it’s hard to say exactly).  Now, i’m no economics expert, but neither is your President of the United States…but i would think that a second year card of an NFL QB that is the only one of its kind in the entire world would fetch upwards of $100.  Possibly even more, tens of hundreds maybe, but no, not today, not at this show.

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Now, i get that RGIII isn’t the same RGIII in 2017 as RGIII was in 2012…or 2013 RGIII.  But it’s still a 1/1 card!  I feel like a fool for complaining about this pick up, but it just seems really odd to me and my marginal understanding of basic economics.  Regardless, i now own it and am pretty pleased with the card.  it is quite lovely and has a nice weight to it.  It’s thicker than most of the other plates that i have, which is great because most of those are dinged or dented or bent(ed).  This one just has some printer roller streaking, maybe that’s RGIII fleeting career moving past him quickly and on to the next guy, not quite sure.

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Another thing that i think is a little crazy about these printing plates is that i normally end up with the Black versions, not the Cyan, not the Magenta and definitely not the Yellow.  I may have a couple Cyan and Magenta ones…but i don’t believe i have any Yellow plates.  Could it be that the Yellow Uno/Uno plates are even more rare?  Maybe the rarest of them all?

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Idiotic, i know…there’s one of each of the CMYK printing process plates randomly inserted in your packs, boxes and cases…but it just seems odd to me.  Cue Rod Sterling…

…That’s all i got for today

I saw The Founder tonight with Michael Keaton, he wasn’t physically there, he was on the screen, but it would have been pretty cool to see the movie with him.  I have a couple questions about Mr. Mom and Gung Ho i’d like him to answer anyways.  Getting back on track…It’s the story of Ray Kroc and how he brazenly took the McDonalds model nationwide worldwide and became a billionaire of the seemingly kind McDonald brothers.  (Nick Offerman is a man crush of mine.)  It was a good movie, not epic, but entertaining.  Watch it if you get a chance!

Here’s a one of a kind from Slug and Ant…AKA Atmosphere.

 

1/1 Moss Plate

In my current obsession of collecting plates, not fine china, but Redskin plates.  I picked up a 2012 Topps Printing plate of Santana Moss.  Funny enough, it is another magenta plate…again, i swear these things are far more frequent than any other color.  WHY!!??!!?

Here is the front…

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…and here is the back

13 TO Santana Moss Magenta Printing Plate Byou gotta love metal cards.

 

Alf Plate

Here’s another printing plate recently purchased by none other than me.  It’s of Alfred Morris aka Alf aka Fromo aka the Butcher aka A-Train…and so on.  H’e a really good player and I like him a lot.  The kid is crazy modest and borderline impossible to tackle with your arms.  Along with Garçon, he’s been one of the most consistent Redskins this season.  He’s also been a guy that doesn’t go blabbing to the media about how certain players don’t say ‘I’ or ‘Me’ enough…but that’s another post.

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Ok, so there is the card.  A magenta printing plate.  I don’t know about your collection, but the vast majority of the plates that i’ve come across are magenta.  It’s almost like there are more of them, but of course that doesn’t make sense since they are all 1/1.  Not like the magentas are in more packs…because, there’s only 1.  Get it?  I need to be on the lookout for a nice yellow printing plate.  Let me know if you see one…A Redskin of course.

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One thing about this lil piece of metal is that is slightly bent/rolled on the bottom with a slight dent on the bottom left.  No matter.  It’s a nice piece of metal from one of my new favorite players.  I have so many favorite players…

Metal Reed 1/1

Ok, it’s been a helluva long time since i posted.  My absence is due to many reasons, one of them is of course the fact that my Redskins have tanked this season.  I thought the first Eagles game was an aberration, but i was wrong…coincidentally, my last post was after the first game on Monday night.  I’ve still been collecting and picking up new items…just inspired or motivated to scan and post them.  But guess what bitches, i’m back!

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As i may have mentioned in an earlier post, i’ve been on a printing plate binge of sorts.  Focusing my collection on 1/1’s.  Plus I like light gauges of metal in the colors of C-M-Y and K.  Here is one plate that i recently picked up on the electronic bay.  Jordan Reed.  He’s Magenta, M in your 4-letter color coding system.  It’s cool to turn the metal over and see ‘Congratulations’.  Being an only child, i could never get enough accolades.  So seeing it on a Redskins card is pretty awesome even I wasn’t the first person to see it, but you can see it right here!

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Some of you fantasy leaguers out there should take note of this kid.  He’s going to be something special.  If only he can manage to stay healthy and on the field.  Seems to be struggling with that so far.  But i have high expectations for 2014.  That will be the Redskins year.  #HTTR

A prospect on a plate

I’ve been all in on the printing plates of late, and this is my latest addition.  I love the 1/1 aspect of the plates, not to mention to ultimate rainbow chasing of said plates.  Maybe i can start with this kid?

13 PP Jawan Jamison Printing Plate

This kid was cut and ended up on the practice squad, but don’t be surprised so see him rocking the burgundy and gold on Sundays later this fall.

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1 of 1 Moss

It’s been way too long, I know.

Blogging has become hard for me, almost a chore that needs to get done, but i don’t wanna do it!

It’s not that it’s difficult, it’s just hard to find the time or energy to scan, write and post something on a regular basis.  Something that I would be happy to put out there and hopefully entertain the readers.  It was too much, so I took a little break.  Hopefully the break ends here and I can keep up with my postings and get back some readership that I may have lost.  I know there are so many great blogs in the collecting community and i’m just trying to be a part of the gang and continue to be an active participant in our hobby.

Along with my lack of blogging, i’ve cut down quite a bit on my purchasing of cards as i’m REALLY trying to get organized.  I’ve said that many times, but this time it’s for real!  I hope.  I have a couple of boxes filled with R******s that need to be collated and organized.  We all know how fun that can be, right!

Part of the problem with my organizing conundrum is that i’ve been focusing on commons, which means I come home from a show with 75 ten cent cards…and put them in a white box next to the computer…only to sit there for months on end…BUT, i’ve also managed to pick up some nice autographs and jersey cards of my favorite players on the Washington Football team.

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Here’s one.  A one of one, Mr. Santana Moss.  I believe this is a genuine 1 of 1 cyan printing plate.  Although it seems  a little fishy to me?  There is nothing on the back of the card that says it’s a 1 of 1 and the printing plate is encased in cardboard.  I own a couple of other plates and never seen them packaged this way.  If i got duped, then i am out $8.  If it didn’t than i’m pretty happy with my first printing plate from the DC football team. -HTTR!

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anyone else overreacting to this Kendrick Lamar verse on the Big Sean track?

#PaniniPylon Prizm 1/1 – Brian Orakpo

I am going to break one of my rules and have multiple posts in one day in order to get a little caught up on the blogging.  I’ve been away from home and have had limited access to a computer the past few days as I was helping my move from San Antonio to Portland.  We had four full days of driving and managed to escape the flooding in Schertz and Cibolo to arrive safely on Tuesday evening.  Needless to say I was completely exhausted last night and the previous three nights…driving 10+ hours a day can do that to you!

The last piece of the of the Panini Pylon Prizm collection is one of my all time favorite Redskins, Brian Orakpo.

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‘Rak has been injured the last two seasons and missed all but two games last year with a muscle tear.  Here’s hoping this doesn’t become a recurring injury that limits him in the future.

This card went up for auction on the same day the Ryan Kerrigan card went up, so I had to double down and do some quick jumping from screen to screen in order to be the winner!  I had seen the upcoming auctions and knew this day was coming so I passed on the Fred Davis and Pierre Garcon cards in order to afford these two defensive linemen.  I would love to have gotten in on the Garçon card, but it went significantly higher than I thought it would and I just watched from the sidelines.  I also watched from the sidelines on the RG3 card as it went for an astounding $1200!  I guess that’s about right for a 1/1 parallel rookie card.  Wonder how much it would have gone for if it had an on card autograph penned to it?

Overall, I am really happy with the cards I won and would love to have pulled in the whole Redskin collection…but I am more than excited with what I did win.  If Panini does something similar to this again next year, I will no doubt be in line for the bidding.

-HTTR!