Rickey goes to a card show!

It’s been a very long week over here.  I’ve been fighting this sinus infection and dealing with all the fun things that come with that…lots of drugs and kleenex.  Lots of coughing and sneezing.  Lots of uncomfortable days and bad nights of sleep…but i had something to look forward to this week.  A card show, not just any card show, but the first one of the year!  We are quite lucky here in Portland to have a show or two each month, but it’s become more and more difficult to make each one with family responsibilities calling.  We almost had a scheduling conflict that would have made it impossible for me to attend the show but nana stepped up and took care of the kid for a couple of hours.  Good on you Nana!

When i got to the show, i had a plan to take a wallet card photo at each table i visited but then chickened out…or maybe got distracted once i got there.  I did manage to get one photo taken while at Tom’s table and pulling a bunch of 2014 Redskin cards.

86 T WC 01:31 card show

his was a pretty good show.  My favorites were there, Kim and Tom.  Both had some great items pulled aside for me…as well as another dealer that always pulls items aside for me although his name escapes me now.  He’s become my go to guy for knocking out a ton of my common Redskins especially the years during my non collecting time between the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s.  Lots of commons but great checklist items.  I will be posting them later this week…hopefully.

Today’s post though, is about Kim’s table.  Kim has tons of great relic, auto and serial numbered cards for every sports team in every sport.  He also has great prices for the cardboard.  The kind of deals you really can’t get anywhere else.  He’s often thrown in items at the end of our deals…you know…just to keep me coming back.  Since i picked up quite a few items at his table i wanted to focus on the landscape collection.  These are the landscape cards from Kim!

This card was essentially a toss in as it’s neither a relic nor an auto…but it is numbered to 99.

12 PC Niles Paul 5:99

Next up is the Roy Helu Jr. card which Kim was extremely excited to show me and REALY  wanted me to take it home with me.  So I did…i was a little worried that i already have this one but after double checking when i got home i was happy to see that i had not picked this one up yet.

12 PC Roy Helu Auto

Malcolm Kelly.  A very sad bust.  Actually probably someone that should not have been drafted as high as he was by the Redskins…but those days are gone and there is no sense in looking at the past.  One of the difficult things about obtaining EVERY SINGLE Redskin card made is that you have to make these kinds of pickups.  A pretty short print autograph (albeit a sticker) with a game worn jersey that books much more than it should.  This is a card show though and the book doesn’t work here…or if it does, you probably won’t have much business at your table.  Honestly can’t remember what this one cost but the sticker had it at $18 which i’m certain is not what it cost when the deal was done…maybe $5?

09 TT Malcolm Kelly Auto 5:10

Next in line is this really lovely London Fletcher game worn jersey card from last years Spectra set.  I love the burgundy jersey swatch here with a slightly unbound thread coming out of the card…not sure how visible it is, but it’s a nice touch to the card.  The shiny blue (purple?) card is pretty sweet too.

13 PS London Fletcher GW 90:99

Last one and the card that was one of my favorites from Kim is the Jordan Reed Bowman Sterling player worn refractor jersey card.  It’s always nice to get a card that has a portion of the number or nameplate in the swatch portion of the cardboard.  This one was number 41 of 75.

13 BS Jordan Reed Relic Jersey 41:75

Redskins lose 14-24

It’s a sad day in our house as the Redskins season has come to a sad ending…At the end of the day, the big difference was an unhealthy RG3.  He lead the team all season and did everything he could the last 7 weeks, but it just was not enough.  It’s always tough to lose a game when your leader is injured as you are filled with the what ifs…Although the season ended in a manner that I am not happy about, the 20123 season was filled with hope and a very bright future.  There were lots of ups and downs and the a ton of players got some playing time due to some major injuries.  I am very excited to see what 2013 has to offer.  The Redskins will have all the guys back and healthy, hopefully including Robert Griffin III…pending the MRI tomorrow morning.

One of my favorite Redskins, Brian Orakpo, was injured in the game agains the Rams early on which led to plenty of playing time for Rob Jackson and Perry Riley.  Here’s hoping Rak can get his shoulder back to full strength in the off season and come back strong in September.  The card below was part of a blaster box I picked up at Target last week and decided to open before today’s game.  It is one of my favorite cards or Rak’s…although this photo is very similar to his Topps issued card.  I’ve always loved his passion for the game and this card definitely captures that.

Brian Orakpo 2012 Gridiron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Helu Jr. is another guy that missed the year due to injury with an achilles injury.  Assuming good health, he will be a great compliment to Alfred ‘the butcher’ Morris next year.  You can never have enough running backs and his speed will be a nice addition to the Redskins running game.

Roy Helu 2012 Gridiron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Pierre Garcon’s first season, he had some huge game changing plays and showed off his #1 Receiver ability.  Although he had to deal with injury allyear he still managed to step up down the stretch run and play big during the 7 game winning streak.  Here’s hoping he too can get healthy and come back full strength next season to dominate for 16 games.  The Garcon card below is one of the reasons i don’t care for the Gridiron design by Panini.  I have seen a ton of great hits online from this product, but their base cards tend to be cluttered with too much ‘stuff’ in the background.  If i didn’t know any better, i would have thought this was a Redskins team card rather than a Garcon card.  You can clearly see Fred Davis and Adam Gettis on the card celebrating with Petite Waiter (see Tony Kornheiser for reference) would be nice to see him isolated on his own card.

Pierre Garcon 2012 Gridiron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last guy that i am curious about is Kirk Cousins.  Right now, there is no telling what to expect from RGIII’s injury and if he will miss any games next year.  If he needs any type of surgery, i hope he consults Adrian Peterson prior to getting cut on or rehabbing.  Next season will also be his second year in the system and he appears to be a quick learner and smart QB…exactly what you need for a backup, especially if they have to start a few games.  The two cards below have been sitting around my collection for a couple of weeks now.  I managed to pick up his Score autograph the Saturday before the Ravens game for a nice price.  His cards have since gone up in value and anticipation that he will get a chance one day.

Kirk Cousins 2012 Gridiron

Kirk Cousins 2012 Score Auto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although i am filled with dissapointment right now, all Redskins fans should look back on this season and be proud and excited about the future…there is a lot to build on and a lot that needs to be addressed, but the foundation is definitely there.  As always Hail to the Redskins!

With the season over, future posts will be directed towards cards that i purchase and my opinions on their design, content and price.  Baseball cards are coming out soon too, so that should be fun to explore and review. -HTTR!