Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Too Many Plates! Part 3: football

Previously:  baseball, basketball

Between May and June I won eBay auctions for a total of 17 different printing plates at a cost of a bit more than $100 (not bad!).  14 of those came from one awesome seller (markaguirre22), whom I can't recommend highly enough due to his great prices, excellent communication, and super fast free shipping.  A fellow Michigan collector, he was unloading some of his better stuff, and I was able to take advantage of quite a few great deals.  Better yet, over the course of my purchases he threw in three extra plates for free, giving me a nice round 20 to show off.  Several separate purchases rounded out the run on rarity.

All of the players are Michigan alumni that I collect, so you'll see most of them in three separate posts on here, one per sport, including this evening's post covering the football pickups:
Alan Branch 2007 Leaf Limited Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
#AlanBranchKillsQBs!  The "under center undertaker", the "tackle of terror", or the "ex-sack-utive Branch"--whatever you want to call him (and I could keep this up all day!), Branch is always welcome here, and he kicks things off today with this rookie-year plate from one of the higher-end offerings produced by Donruss/Panini.  Of my 16 Branch hits, this is the first that isn't a straight-up autograph; I'd say a plate is a fine way to break that streak.  At $5.50, this and another plate you'll see in a bit made up an order (from the seller I mentioned above) back in April close to when I started piling up these rarities.

Jumbo Elliott 1996 Pro Line Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
In my baseball post from this series (as seen on TMV), I showed off one of the three freebie plates I scored from awesome eBayer markaguirre22.  This is the second such card, and it happens to be my first hit of former OT John "Jumbo" Elliott, a longtime Giants/Jets tackle I mentioned briefly when showing off his RC a while back.  I didn't bid on this Pro Line plate when it was up for grabs because the provenance of such cards in the days before they were officially inserted into packs (especially pre-2000s) is a bit tricky, as tricky as determining what color this is without the usual identifying info on the back (which, in this case, is blank).  I could rule out magenta and yellow, and it seems to be more blue than black, so cyan it is.  Welcome, Jumbo!
Devin Funchess 2017 Score Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
May 1 saw the purchase of plate #1 of a guy who was no stranger to wearing #1 in Ann Arbor.  Better yet, at $2.79, the winning bid set me back less than the $3.50 shipping cost.  At that rate I could afford bunches of Funchess plates!  In this case the bluish cyan looks nice as it somewhat fits in with the Carolina jersey colors.  That'll be easier to verify once I own the actual base card, which I'll oddly be getting after nabbing a 1/1 version!

Brian Griese 2001 Pacific Prism Atomic Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
This Griese from another typically untypical Pacific product is the other plate I mentioned that I grabbed along with the Branch above in late April, and it also set me back $5.50.  Although I don't believe these were inserted into packs (like the Elliott above), it's at least helpful to see the bold stamp on the back, which includes the now-familiar "1/1" designation and plate color.  Hit #16 of Griese in my collection is actually my second plate as I already had this 2007 Topps Total three-player card handy.

Chad Henne 2008 Finest Moments Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
Chad Henne 2014 Score Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
Don't be too surprised that I spent more on these two plates than those of any other player you'll see in this series--I mean, Henne's is my favorite football PC!  Each ended up costing about $11, though I probably would have even gone a bit higher if necessary.  I didn't mind paying a bit of a premium for the Finest since it's a rookie-year card, plus it comes from a pretty cool insert, and it's yellow maize!  Pair that up with the plate equivalent of blue, a.k.a. cyan, on a 2014 Score base card (which I also don't have) and you get a very Michigan-hued couple of cards.  They double my count of 1/1s of Chad to four and raise his football collection-leading total to 104.

Chris Perry 2005 Topps Total Printing Plates Cyan Front (1/1)
It's easy to forget thanks to their dearth of creativity lately that Topps made some pretty cool printing plate labels in the past, like this one of former star RB Chris Perry.  You should also note that the "front" is specified in the name since this is one of those cases where you could also chase the plates used for the backs, which I could see being of interest to the folks that give the underappreciated side of cards some love.

Perry's card is the last one I purchased for this series, giving me an even 20, and it cost me a reasonable $6.50, split right down the middle for the winning bid and shipping.  I probably would have gone a bit higher too considering it allows me to celebrate another new member of my 50 hits club!  Chris is player #6 to hit that mark and joins Braylon Edwards plus four 2008 draftees:  Henne, Long, Hart, and Manningham.  I even have a few other players knocking on the door, but for today, that's just one milestone to announce.
Charles Woodson 2016 Prestige Plates and Patches Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
Ok, here's the card that kicked off this whole platefest to begin with, and it's a big one (at least for me).  Back in mid-April I was surprised to land a 1/1 of one of the greatest Wolverines (and maybe the best NFL CB) ever, Charles Woodson, for under $14.  This initial plate would allow me to put together a pentafecta of the '97 champ, and I might just have to get on that at some point soon!  That yellow sure would look nice paired up with something blue.  I'm sure I can find something appropriate among my 18 Woodson hits, and I have plenty of rookies from which to select as well.

Today's eight-spot puts my 1/1s count at 79 (and I still have the hockey stuff to show off!), plus it allows me to hit one more pretty nice milestone today:  1200 football hits!  1202 to be exact, and that's before taking into account some things I've grabbed from various sources recently.  Who knows?  If I keep at it I may just get to cross the 2000-mark for my overall Michigan Sports hits collection before the year's up, which would merit quite the celebration indeed!

Stay tuned for the final part in this series, centering on hockey (see what I did there?), soon!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Too Many Plates! Part 2: basketball

Between May and June I won eBay auctions for a total of 17 different printing plates at a cost of a bit more than $100 (not bad!).  14 of those came from one awesome seller (markaguirre22), whom I can't recommend highly enough due to his great prices, excellent communication, and super fast free shipping.  A fellow Michigan collector, he was unloading some of his better stuff, and I was able to take advantage of quite a few great deals.  Better yet, over the course of my purchases he threw in three extra plates for free, giving me a nice round 20 to show off.  Several separate purchases rounded out the run on rarity.

All of the players are Michigan alumni that I collect, so you'll see most of them in three separate posts on here, one per sport, including this evening's post covering the basketball pickups (in addition to the baseball guys over on TMV tonight).  That's right, I said basketball!
Darius Morris 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Printing Plates Black (1/1)
Today's pair came from the same aforementioned seller, just a few weeks apart.  Number one is erstwhile Laker (among four other NBA teams) Darius Morris on a five-ish-year-old plate from Panini's high-end National Treasures product.  Although it's my 11th hit of Morris (tying him with Cazzie Russell for the basketball PC lead), I don't actually have a copy of the auto it goes with, but that may just turn up someday.  Considering I like to keep my plate purchases under $10 in general (and probably less for my least favorite of the four sports), a bit under $4 was a fair ransom for this one, I think.
Nik Stauskas 2014-15 Panini Spectra Global Icons Printing Plates Black (1/1)
You know how I can tell I don't pay much attention to my basketball collection?  This is my third hit of Stauskas, a.k.a. "Sauce Castillo", and all three are plates!
Here he is on his other solo venture plus a trio (ignore player #4), both of which also come from a 2014-15 Panini product: Immaculate.

I couldn't tell you exactly why I got into a mini bidding war for this 1/1 of the former first-rounder of the Kings, now with Philly--he's not exactly a star or from a sport I love--but I still threw down a bit over $7 anyway.  I mean, it fit into my plate price preference (say that three times fast) and I was happy to continue giving business to a quality eBayer, so there's that.

This pair plus the two you saw on TMV this evening give me a new printing plate/1-of-1 total of 71 with lots more to come!  Make sure to stay tuned for the forthcoming football and hockey plate posts if you like that sort of thing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 eBay purchase: "Leatherhead"? Was your first choice "Taserface"?

If you headed here from this afternoon's TMV post then you just saw a new card I grabbed on eBay for my #1 PC guy in terms of baseball hits.  Here we'll be doing the same thing except we'll substitute football for the sport.

I reached the century mark for hits of Chad Henne back in February, and now I'm back to add to that total with this guy:
Chad Henne 2008 SP Authentic Rookie Leatherheads Autographs leather helmet auto (#059/150)
I grabbed this card for a bit over $6 shipped mainly because I like Henne autographs, but the shoot-worn leather helmet piece is kind of a fun bonus.  When you consider a lot of relics these days are "event-worn" it doesn't matter a whole lot what they are, so why not an old-school leather football helmet?

This marks my 102nd hit of the former Wolverines QB in my football PC and I believe the 59th that includes at least an autograph.

This seller was cool enough to throw in some freebies for three of my football player collections:
Besides Henne, he included base and inserts of Hart and Manningham.  I may have to pull a GCRL (now Cards As I See Them, of course) and rename this here blog to "Hart, Henne, Manningham, Woodson"!  Freebies are always nice, but landing this many, of players I love to collect, all in Michigan uniform?  A++++++ and some very positive feedback left, sir.

Stay tuned because I have LOTS more to show off, including some pretty rare eBay pickups, a new COMC haul, and more!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

5-6-2017 show report: in circulation

My monthly card show discount box diving proved to be reasonably fruitful for my Michigan PCs once again in May, this time with a heavy emphasis on football along with one hockey entry:
Most of this bunch is heading to my Michigan Football inserts collection.  Bray-Bray starts us off with an Upper Deck Rookie Prospects insert from his rookie season of 2005, plus a 2008 Donruss Elite Prime Targets Gold (#171/800) parallel.  I actually have the jersey version of that card as well!

Continuing the insert trend is a pair of rookie card parallels of longtime QB Brian Griese.  The first is the "50-Point" version of his '98 Collector's Edge Masters first-year (#0103/3000), a numbered, thicker version of the base set.  The other is a bit more recognizable, I think, a Bronze parallel of his Topps Stars RC from the same year.  Confusingly, these have the same print run, 8799 (this one's #4489), as the base cards, with the latter featuring red foil instead.

I landed an insert of each of my blogs' namesakes this time, and a 2008 Upper Deck insert called Potential Unlimited was my representative for "Super" Mario Manningham.  A number of UD base and insert designs from that year kind of run together so I was thinking I already had it but was proven incorrect when I got home, to my delight.

Between the bunch of Griffeys found in tonight's TMV post and the pair of football Giants here you might think you were reading Sport Card Collectors instead;  You'd be wrong, but I'd be in good company!  My other Giants entry is this foily insert of WR Amani Toomer called "Strike Force" out of 2000 Upper Deck.

That's three receivers and a QB, so how about we switch things up to the defensive side of the ball?  I was glad to find two more cards of another PC guy, Charles Woodson.  The first hails from his rookie year of 1998 and Upper Deck's UD3 product.  Chuck appears in this set three different times, and this card, #4, is not the one considered his RC, though I do own the one that is, #184.  Speaking of RCs, the other card I found of him is 2012 Score insert called RC Flashbacks.  I instantly recognized the design of his '98 Score rookie but did notice the different photo and was eventually able to put things together.
My last football entry needed to be scanned separately because I think we all know that uncirculated cards, as fun as they can be, are sometimes annoying to get just right.  This one, a 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor of Brian Griese, came out reasonably well, though.  I had no problem throwing down something like a quarter for what I think is the sixth uncirculated-type card in my insert collection.
Lastly, I was thrilled to find a beautiful Upper Deck base card of former Wolverine Dylan Larkin from the 2016-17 set.  The 2014 first-rounder wasn't as effective this past season, putting up 17 goals and 15 assists, down from 23 and 22 the year before, but he won't even be 21 until the end of July, so there's plenty of time for his huge potential to pay off.  I don't have many cards of his right now--other than what Doug's sent my way--and would love to land more (including a hit if possible), so turning up a gem like this is a big coup for me right now.

With another show just a couple days away, stay tuned for more pickups soon--maybe even within a few days of when I get them instead of a month this time!

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 trade package #6: Sports Cards From the Dollar Store

As I mentioned this evening on TMV, I went a bit more than two weeks without posting mainly for positive reasons, but I'm trying to put in some effort to give some great trade partners credit for sending me some fun stuff.

As usual, one of those folks is Doug from Sports Cards From the Dollar Store.  You may recall him from the more than 40 previous trade posts on this here blog alone (and more than 20 on TMV!).  I don't think I've even sent him stuff since the last time I posted cards from him back in February yet he fired another envelope over the border.  Here's what came my way this time:
Fun fact--Trey's actual first name is "Alfonso"--I didn't know that!  I mean, I knew "Trey" was a nickname, but never thought to find out what for.  Anyway, Doug sent my my very first signature of the former NCAA Player of the Year, #9 overall pick, and heralded NBA rookie in the form of this 2014-15 Panini Prizm Autographs Prizms Purple Pulsar auto, numbered #01/49.  It's a super cool signature of one of the biggest college stars to come out of Michigan, just my second Burke hit overall, and 70th card on my basketball collection, which isn't nearly as minuscule as it used to be.  Nice start!
One of two football entrants this time was this '90 Fleer base of Mike Kenn, an OL who played all 251 games of his excellent 17-year career with Atlanta.  I think he's still eligible for the Hall of Fame so I hope he eventually makes it in.
The remainder of the football content is this big-ass jersey (numbered 21/99) of former #1 WR Devin Funchess.  If ever there was a card that evokes "bunches of Funchess" then this is it.  Playing off the Clear Vision product name, the swatch area is covered by a clear plastic/acetate/whatever piece that includes the inset photo, giving the whole thing a shadowbox kind of feel.  The border colors really work well with the Carolina uniform too.  It's definitely a cool piece and a winner of a relic given how stale those have gotten.  Welcome to the collection, Funchess hit #5!
And of course, the hockey content.  I mean, these came from a Canadian, so why not include a pair of Canadiens?  One of those is a hockey Mike, in this case current New Jersey Devil Cammalleri.  The other, Max Pacioretty, just finished his ninth season with the Habs and put up 30 goals for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall.  Those two bookend cards of Jack Johnson (still with the pictured Blue Jackets) and the awesomely-named Jed Ortmeyer, pictured in his one season with the Sharks.
Last up is my favorite card of the package--yep, even with the cool autograph and giant relic present--this 1998-99 McDonald's Upper Deck issue of blog favorite Brendan Morrison.  And why shouldn't my favorite in this Canuck-sourced envelope be a card that was only available through Canadian McDonald's?  The design is fantastic, and while part of the card doesn't scan as well as it looks, the clear see-through photo--framed inside of a puck, nice touch!--really pops.  Cards like this one make me want to put more effort into my Morrison collection until I get enough to scan and show everything off.

Thanks again for another envelope full of Wolverine wonders, Doug!  I'm looking forward to returning the favor very soon.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Turning the NFL draft up to 11

If you weren't paying attention this past weekend, Michigan enjoyed a historically excellent draft, seeing a program record 11 Wolverines get selected (including two first-rounders), most of any school in 2017.  That total equals Michigan's production from 2013-16 and is the highest since back-to-back drafts with seven Wolverines selected in 2007 and '08.  In addition, out of the eight players that went undrafted, seven signed with NFL teams as free agents, meaning a crazy number of 18 new alumni could appear on pro rosters this year.  What a difference a few years make!

In celebration I thought I'd take a quick look at where and by whom each player was drafted and where they can be found on early cardboard in terms of rookie cards and autographs.  NOTE:  I own none of the cards pictured below, though hopefully I'll be able to add a few of them eventually!
Jabrill Peppers (Everything)
Cleveland, Round 1, pick 25 (#25 overall)
RCs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders;  Score

Taco Charlton (DL)
Dallas, Round 1, pick 28 (#28)
RCs:  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders;  Score

Chris Wormley (DL)
Baltimore, Round 3, pick 10 (#74)
RCs:  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Panini Contenders;  SAGE HIT Premier Draft;  Score

Jourdan Lewis (CB)
Dallas, Round 3, pick 28 (#92)
RCs:  Elite Draft Picks
Autographs:  None

Delano Hill (S)
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Seattle, Round 3, pick 31 (#95)
RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Amara Darboh, (WR)
Seattle, Round 3, pick 42 (#106)
RCs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders;  SAGE HIT Premier Draft;  Score

Ben Gedeon (LB)
Minnesota, Round 4, pick 14 (#120)
RCs:  None
Autographs:  Leaf Draft

Ryan Glasgow (DL)
Cincinnati, Round 4, pick 32 (#138)
RCs:  None
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Panini Contenders

Jehu Chesson (WR)
Kansas City, Round 4, pick 33 (#139)
RCs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders;  Score

Jake Butt (TE)
Denver, Round 5, pick 1 (#145)
RCs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders;  Score

Jeremy Clark (S)
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Credit:  maizenbrew.com
New York Jets, Round 6, pick 13 (#197)
RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Undrafted free agents:
Kenny Allen (K)
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Credit:  maizenbrew.com
RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Matt Godin (DL)
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Credit:  maizenbrew.com
RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Kyle Kalis (OL)
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RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Erik Magnuson (OL)
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San Francisco
RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

De'Veon Smith (RB)
RCs:  Score
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Leaf Metal Draft;  Leaf Ultimate Draft;  Panini Contenders

Channing Stribling (CB)
RCs:  None
Autographs:  Elite Draft Picks;  Leaf Draft;  Panini Contenders

Dymonte Thomas (S)
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RCs:  None
Autographs:  None

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Leaf Draft football: the Wolverines

As I said in today's TMV posted in which I showed of a two-blaster break of 2017 Leaf Draft football, I thought at least a few of you might want to see the Wolverines from the product in a bit more depth.

First, all five base cards in numerical order (front and back):
WR Amara Darboh

RB De'Veon Smith
TE Jake Butt

WR Jehu Chesson
DE Taco Charlton

Next up is the lone Wolverine I pulled out of the Gold Parallel set, Jehu Chesson:
I didn't bother with the back since it looks exactly the same.

Finally, both of Jake Butt's entries from the All-American insert, including the Gold parallel of that:
You'll notice the text on the back is the same as that of his base card, along with the photo being identical (with a different background).

Though I didn't manage to pull any of them, nine(!) Wolverines appear in the autographs checklist:

  • Amara Darboh (SSP)
  • Ben Gedeon
  • Channing Stribling
  • Chris Wormley
  • De'Veon Smith (SSP)
  • Jake Butt (SSP)
  • Jehu Chesson (SSP)
  • Ryan Glasgow
  • Taco Charlton (SSP)

While this is a great draft class, I don't forsee every one of those guys making it onto NFL cardboard, to say nothing of autographs, so as always I appreciate products like this for including the lesser known guys.  And I hope to have some to show off here eventually!

Along with those, I'm looking forward to adding even more nice college uni signatures from products like Panini Elite (along with some true RCs of guys like Jabrill Peppers!) and Leaf Metal Draft.  This looks like another great year to be a college collector!