Crazy Card Show success!

This past Saturday, Mall 205 had their monthly show (although there wasn’t one in February).  I hadn’t been to a show since the end of last year (although I stopped at the Cedar Hills show for about 20 minutes) and was really excited to see some new product and pick up a few cards for my various personal collections (way too many of those things for me right now).  As usual, I stopped by Tom’s table.

Tom is always my first stop.  He’s extremely personable, easy to talk to and is more than happy to pull cards for the regulars…like me.  He also works at Check Out my Cards (COMC.com for the cool kids)…which is cool…really cool.  They seem to be one of the few companies that are working to strengthen the hobby rather than dictate it’s direction.  Their new plan for databasing cards seems like a wonderful idea and one that the hobby is in desperate need of.  I’m not really sure how the details work for the database creation, but that’s not my job to figure out…only to contribute in some way.

Now that i’ve completely lost track of what I was talking about…I should get back to the card show.

Tom’s table.

So a few weeks ago, I sent Tom a list of cards to fill my Redskins Topps team sets and didn’t think much of it.  Apparently Tom took the list very seriously and hit me off with a huge stack of cards from the 70’s and 80’s nearly obliterating my checklist.

Redskins Lot 1

So freakin’ wonderful.  Plus!  He put them all in penny sleeves and top loaders.  Double Plus!  He told me he pulled most of them off the COMC.com inventory, which saved me a few dollars in shipping and more than likely a few dollars in the asking price.

Redskins Lot 1:2Redskins Lot 2:2

Needless to say, I was blown away.  The only bad thing was the stack of cards was going to cost me my card show budget for the day.  I sifted through what Tom had and saw he had a few other cards I didn’t need.  Pulled the ones I wanted and needed and we made a deal that allowed me to troll around the show for a few other bargains. I was more than happy to part with a chunk of my cash for this chunk of cards.

I need to get my checklists updated for the 90’s and 2000’s now.  Gotta keep Tom busy, you know.  Once again, Tom, if you are reading this…thank you very much.  You saved me some money and no telling how much time.

Here is a peek of some of the other Redskins cards I got from Tom.  New stuff and some rando’s that will soon be crossed off a list thas has yet to be generated.  Yes, those are mini cards, not some weird proportion bending photo.

Redskins Lot 3

There were also these kids.  Some new rookies, some Cooleys and some 2000’s thingys.

Redskins Lot 4

I did pick up a few other Harper’s, Hanley’s and Strasburg’s at the show which I hope to scan and post in the coming days (months depending on the lil boys needs…)

 

Disrupted Reception

With all the turmoil going on with the burgundy and gold the past couple of days, I thought i’d post about something positive from the cards I already have scanned.  Well, nothing positive to see here.

Coming in to the season, I, along with a lot of football analysts had Leonard Hankerson on the list of football guys to have a breakout season.  He got off to a very nice start, but stumbled through the season until he was injured a few weeks ago.  I still love the kid and think he can have some type of impact with Redskins, but I don’t see him as being any type of breakout star.  Just a guy that has a couple of big games each year mixed in with marginal performances.

12 TC Leonard Hankerson Jersey 219:499

One thing about Hank that I love is his simple signature.  Normally, I frown on the laziness of these kids signatures but this one has a certain flair to it and seems to have been thought out.  I like it.

11 TP Leonard Hankerson Auto 30:50

I’m also thinking this could be Fletcher’s last season with the NFL.  Actually, I kind of hope this is his last season.  He’s not been as productive as in recent years and appears to be losing a few steps…quickly.  Still, he brought a ton of passion to the defense, not to mention an abundant amount of leadership.  They should build a statue for this undrafted free agent.

12 PL London Fletcher Gameday Jersey9:49

As always HTTR and hope you guys are having a good holiday season!

 

Cedar Hills Show – The low budget version ep.IV

I’m finding that scanning cards is an arduous task.  I imagine this is why so many bloggers choose to not scan that many cards or just eventually allow their blogs to fade to black.  So I’m going to ride out the next couple of posts with some more cards that are sitting in my queue.  As you would imagine they are all Redskin cards, so I understand if you stop reading from this point on…but you really shouldn’t bail…this is going to be a great visit.  I’m feeling wordy tonight and have a ton of stuff to show.

Buckle your seat belts.

Digging through dusty old boxes gives you time to think about things.  Things you could have done.  Things you should be doing and most importantly, things you completely struck out on.  That’s what this trifecta of young, future stars represents for me.  Justin Tryon and Malcolm Kelly were products of a Cerrato draft.  Those last two words are almost always followed by the following two words ‘…which sucked’.  Look at those crazy eyes!

cerrato_vinny

Vinny did all he could to single handedly destroy the franchise for many many years.  Constantly selecting guys that should have never been drafted or shouldn’t have been drafted so high.  That’s all assuming, of course that the Redskins had picks to make.  Cerrato hyped Kelly up so much that he mad me believing we had the next Art Monk on the roster.  Unfortunately for Kelly, he had Greg Oden knees and never really played that much…but made some nice money.  Tryon was supposed to be a nice kick/punt returner and future cornerback.  Neither really happened and he was eventually jettisoned to Indy.  Thompson was a free agent pick up for the Redskins in 1999, never really making an impact with the team.  BUT he was the homecoming King for Cedar Hill High School, so that’s a thing.  He did two things I will never accomplish. Play in the NFL and be called a King by anyone, ever…

00 Tryon Kelly Thompson

Speaking of big disappointments, Michael Westbrook.  This guy and Health Shuler should have been the next great QB/WR duo, but both never really panned out.  When these cards initially came out, they were probably going for $8-$10 each…now, you can pick the trifecta up for fifteen cents.  Don’t let your kids ‘invest’ in cards.

95 PR Michael Westbrook

This is a great trio right here.  B-Mitch, Stephen Davis and Champ.  Mitchell should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame already!  Dude is only behind Jerry Rice in all purpose yards for a career.  JERRY RICE!  That’s it.  Anytime you are on a list and the only guy ahead of you is Jerry Rice, you are a winner.  Davis is really special…He’s from Spartanburg, SC.  I have lots of family there.  I should write something about him soon, very soon.  Champ.  This is the guy that brought Portis to DC.  There was a time that I really disliked (read hated) Champ.  Anytime a player begs to not play for my favorite team, they might as well be dead to me.  But, being the forgiving man that I am, I have seen the light and appreciate his phenomenal career.  I just wish he could have had his success with the Redskins.

00 TO Mitchell Davis Bailey

The three greatest Redskin quarterbacks.  Sammy, Sonny and Joe.  Three photos.  Three face mask bars.  These guys are old school like suede pumas.  Sammy Baugh was a Texan and was one of the main catalyst for the forward pass in the NFL.  If money was no object, he is a guy that I would love to get some vintage stuff of…instead i’m relegated to reprints and new releases.  The Sonny card is pretty fantastic.  Love the colors and the determination in his eyes is priceless.  Plus I love the spear helmet.  The Theismann sticker is actually a duplicate, but i figured for a nickel, you couldn’t go wrong.

00 TU Sammy Sonny Joe

Mark Rypien was one of the three quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl under Joe Gibbs.  He’s sort of a local guy…went to Washington State and still lives in Spokane I believe.  He’s also made a few appearances in Vancouver just across the big river.

92 FL Mark Rypien Performance Highlights

Who loves parallels.  I always have to double check these things…’I know i’ve seen this card before…do I have this one or that one?’  #cardcollectorproblems

08 TO Cooley Portis Moss

08 TK Moss Portis Campbell

I’m losing gas here, so i’m just going to show you the goods.  Coles was annoying, so glad he’s didn’t last long.  LaVar was the first jersey I ever bought and Gardner goes along side Westbrook for good, but not as good as he could have been.

04 UD Coles Arrington Gardner

 

09 UD Campbell Fletcher Randle El

06 TO Cooley Betts Portis

00 Mayhew Davis Green

00 Gilbert Davis Portis

 

I love the Redskins.  This is MY team.  I love going through all of the old cardboard and seeing guys that had great careers.  Some players have the ability to meet or exceed their talent while others fail to live up to whatever standards have been set for them.  As a fan, it’s difficult to understand that these guys deal with a lot each day and sacrifice their physical health and well being to entertain us.  So that said, I would personally like to apologize to Champ Bailey, Lav….Coles (sorry dude, your name is weird), Michael Westbrook, Sean Gilbert and Rod Gardner.  I have said many bad things about you guys in the past and it wasn’t fair to you.  You have accomplished things that I wish I could have done…and made a lot of fans happy (or pissed! Vinny!)  That’s what I was really thinking about when sorting through these pieces of cardboard, not getting upset with these men in Burgundy and Gold.  They are doing their best.

This was probably one of the most rambling posts about nothing I have ever done.  It will get better…

 

I’m Back with a Break!

It’s funny how quickly you can get used to something and it become part of your routine.  I was on quite a nice little streak of doing a post a night, or at the very least one every other night for a few weeks…but it’s been 5 whole days since i’ve created a new post.

The reality is that i haven’t picked up many new things and i’ve been a little exhausted and wanted a break from work and collecting.  The drive from Texas took a lot out of me plus i’ve been riding my bike to work in hopes of losing a few pounds and getting in better shape.  Not to mention, the wife and I decided to take a couple days together and spend some time in Seattle with our son.  I have been jonesing to take him to his first baseball game and with the Yankees in town for a weekend series and a couple of day games, it was the perfect weekend…plus the weather has been fantastic!  So, now i’m back and will hopefully get a few posts up and running in the next few days.  I’ve missed the past two card shows, so i’m really excited about the one in a couple of weeks and am hoping to pick up some more of the new Redskins Draft Picks.  I always manage to walk away happy and pick up a handful of great new Redskin cards.

I received the Redskins (and Dolphins) cards from Colbey at Cardboard Collections for his 2013 Score Box Break prior to heading out for the weekend, but wanted to post what I received..  He was kind enough to send a whole bunch of other great cards that I will get to in my next post, but for this one, I wanted to show all of the Redskin cars and the rookie cards from the Dolphins.  This was my first online box break and it was cool to partake in the break.  It’s a great way to get the cards that I want without investing in a box for myself and being stuck with a bunch of cards that don’t excite me as much as the Redskin cards do…I hope to get involved in more for the future.

First up, the base cards of the two great Rookies that got the team moving in a whole new direction.  RG3 and The Butcher.

13 PS Robert Griffin IIIMy Redskins can’t catch a break in My Cardboard Mistress Football Contest, especially against those pesky Giants, but it’s really nice to see RG3 break away on a card against the New York Football Giants.

13 PS Alfred MorrisLove the landscape cards Score put out this year, really nice job…and i believe this is a photo of Alfred Morris’ first NFL Touchdown.

13 PS Santana Moss Pierre GarconI love both of the jumping receiver photos.  Santana was one of the few receivers that was able to catch a ball in that Steelers game where the recievers had 11 drops and did nothing to win a game that was very win-able.  The Garcon card is beautiful against the Cowboys in the Thanksgiving Day game.  I haven’t screamed at a TV in so long as I did this game…it started with screams of joy and excitement and moved to screams of panic and concern as the Cowboys inched back in to it.  Luckily the good guys won.

13 PS London Fletcher Ryan KerriganNo idea what games these cards are from, but I’m glad Fletcher will be running out of the fog filled helmet for at least one more year.  Also can’t wait to see how Kerrigan does this year with another successful season under his belt.  He could become an elite LB in the league if he can get some help from a healthy Orakpo.

13 PS Fred DavisSure hope Fred Davis can come back from the achilles tear and pick up where he left off…he can be a beast!

13 PS Robert Griffin III Franchise and AirmailHere is a couple of nice cards from ol’ Bobby Three Sticks.

13 PS Alfred Morris Future FranchiseI kind of think the future is now with this guy…although, running backs tend to have short careers.  Here’s hoping he has a great one that lasts a few years.

13 PS London Fletcher ScorecardA nice parallel of London Fletcher.

13 PS David AmersonDavid Amerson was taken in the second round and should become a nice player and hopefully can start before the year is out.  The weakest area for the Redskins in the past few seasons has definitely been their secondary.  The team did a good job of addressing that issue in the draft, now the players have to perform.

13 PS Miami DolphinsHere are the Dolphins rookies.  I’m kind of excited to see Dion Jordan play.  He was really solid at Oregon and can be a supremely talented Defensive End in the league.  One thing about these Score retro cards that i wished they would have done was make them a studio portrait like the originals…I think that was what made them classics.  A bunch of young guys with hopes of NFL stardom looking in to the camera lens…rather than some sideline photo.  They are still well done though.

#PaniniPylon Prizm 1/1 – London Fletcher

When Panini announced their auction for the inaugural season of Prizm Football, I was quite interested in what they had to offer.  Seeing that the cards were being issued as uncirculated 1/1 parallels.  I thought any and all would be way out of my price range or at the very least more than what i would want to pay for in a football card…even though they would be issuing 1/1’s of Washington Redskins.  So, in a passive approach I just watched from the sidelines as the Alfred Morris card went for $200+.  The thing that i noticed though, was that most of the other cards were going for $20 to $50.  Your basic ‘team favorite’ kind of guys.  These guys aren’t really superstars but rather guys that you like and that wear your teams jersey on Sundays.  This gave me hope that I could win a card or two without going buckwild.

I still need that diaper money son!

With the auctions ending at 10am PT, this created a bit of scheduling conflict for me and work.  I typically get to my desk around 7am and the project manager i’m working with rolls in around 7:30am, while the other architect on our team likes to stroll in about 9:30.  The straggler likes to get settled in and start asking questions around 9:58…2 minutes before the auctions ended.  My solution?  Hit the john with a fully charged iphone at 9:57 and bid my ass off!  Too much information, i know, but the details are important when telling a story.  This technique was crazy successful and turned me in to a winner in life and in parallels…plus i got some ‘me’ time during the hectic workday.

If wildside71 is reading this, i’m sorry you had to hear of my ill techniques this way, but the bidding wars were fun!

Enough with the rambling, here is the first card I won.

London Fletcher

 

12 PP London Fletcher Pylon 1:1As you can see, these cards come in a standard issues magnetic ultra pro snap lock case with a red Panini sticker covering the magnet.  The photo doesn’t do the card justice, but it is infinitely better than the my scan attempt.  I think Panini did a great job with this promotion (maybe it’s gimmicky for some?)  Being able to bid on a 1/1 rather than hoping to pull one from a box is much better for a team collector like me.  I’m able to get exactly the guy I want without screwing around with fruitless packs or boxes.  I get my guy each time.  PLUS the case these guys came in is pretty cool.  I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it seemed to be some type of plastic composite with black felt lining that the card was set in.  Great packaging for a one of a kind item.  My only critique would be that the box itself had the players name and team on the outside of the box.  I’m sure this wasn’t done to cut down on costs, but if you have multiples of these things, there is no telling who is in what box?  That’s a very minor issue though and i’m conjuring up ways to get the names on the boxes for proper storage and retrieval in the future.

This post is the first in a series of posts i will do on these cards.  I hope you enjoy them, and again, wildside71…no hard feelings.

-HTTR!

Box Break: 2012 Panini Prizm

Prizm has had a huge impact on the hobby this year starting with the basketball version, to football and now to baseball.  I picked up the football box a while ago and am just now getting around to reviewing it.  Spoiler alert, i really liked what i saw.

My favorite part of the box is that the cover image of RG3 was removable and created a nice box topper, top box-er of sorts.

12 PP Robert Griffin III Box Cover

Card Design – 5 of 5

The cards for this set are awesome.  Panini did a great job of bringing in the shininess that we like and adding in some texture as well.  The cards have a feel of something from the future and the future is really cool…and shiny.  Everything pops in the card and has a great thickness with the card stock used.

12 PP Andrew Luck Rookie

Photography – 5 of 5

Each image appears to jump out of the card.  The players blend in and out of the border of the card and each picture has a bit of a 3D affect to them.  Again, there is minimal processing and a very high image quality.  The best part for me is the slight recess that traces the border of the player putting the focus on their intensity and emotion.

12 PP Jarius Wright Rookie

Hits – 3 of 5

The hits for me were terrible, but hey, the base cards are great and I don’t think you buy this brand for the hits.  You buy them for the quality of card along with the strong visual and textural quality of each card.  There were a couple of nice inserts in the box that offered a wide variety of players from Page to Peyton.

12 PP Peyton Manning Brilliance Alan Page Dec Dom

The Luke Kuechly auto is really cool and he seems to be one of the next great linebackers in the NFL.

12 PP Luke Kuechly Rookie Auto 201:299

There was a redemption

12 PP Isaiah Pead Auto Redemption

and there was a parallel die cut

12 PP Stephen Hill Rookie Red

Review

This is a great product and something i will be picking up next year.  I’m not a fan of the baseball version since i can’t get over the lack of logos or photoshopped hats and jerseys.  The quantity and quality of cards was great and i was able to get some of the base Redskins cards in my box.

12 PP Fred Davis Pierre Garcon 12 PP Brian Orakpo London Fletcher

Top 12 All Time Redskins: Brian Orakpo

The second installment of my all time favorite Redskins is Brian Orakpo, or ‘Rak!

09 UB Brian Orakpo Lustrous Rookie Signature

Rak is entering his 5 year as a Redskin after being selected 13th overall in the 2009 draft.  The fact that he slipped to the Redskins at no. 13 was a complete shock to me as he was someone i followed at the University of Texas.  He was a beast of a talent at UT and dominated so many games for the Longhorns.  There were quite a few mock drafts that had him going in the top 5 and being the first or second DE taken that year.  I don’t believe there has ever been a real explanation for why he slipped, but i’ve always felt that many NFL scouts saw him as one of those ‘workout warrior’ guys that looked better working out than actually playing the game.  Rak was drafted as a DE which is what he played in college, but was drafted to play LB for the Redskins next to London Fletcher.  The transition has for him has worked well, but it has also exposed some of his limitations as a football player.  When the Redskins drafted Ryan Kerrigan in 2011, they developed a nice bookend with each other that were able to get to the QB and apply pressure throughout the season.  As with all football players, he does have limitations, but has proven to be well worth his high selection…in my opinion.

09 LL Brian Orakpo Phenoms Auto

Brian Orakpo would be higher on my list, but with the injuries he’s suffered in the past two seasons…i’m not really sure when he will be 100% again.  He has always managed to bring an extremely high level of intensity to the field and passion to the sidelines.  Watching him on the sidelines most of last season without football equipment was heartbreaking, especially with the new found success the Washington Redskins experienced last year.  I’m hoping he is able to get healthy and create a dominating tandem with Kerrigan and some of the other guys that stepped up in his place this year (Lorenzo Alexander, Rob Jackson and Perry Riley).

09 LC Brian Orakpo New Generation Auto

When Rak joined the Redskins i was all in on his cards and bid on his autos regularly on ebay as well as some game used jersey cards that will look great once i have a sports room to display them!

09 DT Brian Orakpo Rookie Class Auto Relic 09 SP Brian Orakpo Threads Letterman Auto Relic

One of my best memories of Rak was being at the first game of the 2010 season in Landover, MD against the rival Dallas Cowboys.  My first home Redskins game ever!  I had been to a few Cowboy vs. Redskins games, but they were always in Irving.  Rak was having a really good game and putting a ton of pressure on Romo all night long, but just couldn’t get to him…mainly because he was being held on nearly every play.  On the final play of the game with about 13 seconds and the Cowboys in the redzone threatening to score a touchdown and win the game.  Rak came around from the left side and just missed sacking Romo…as Romo completed a pass in the end zone to Roy Williams to tie the game.  BUT WAIT!  There was a flag!  The officials finally called holding on the Cowboys offensive line.  Game over.  Redskins win 13-7 on Sunday night in Landover.  Fantastic finish!

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#12 – The Hogs

#11 – Brian Orakpo