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!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3-31-17 card show report: sideline to sideline and stretching the field

As I said over on TMV this evening, I had an enjoyable card show experience last Friday after a terrible one earlier last month.  That quarter box success extended to my Wolverines collections as well as you'll see from my haul here:
Let's start with five great 90s/early 2000s base cards of coach Jim Harbaugh!  These cards give me an excuse to post this tweet from Monday:
I love our coach.

And now for some horizontal inserts:
Arrington's card is a 2008 Playoff Prestige Prestigious Picks Red insert (#364/750).  Beer/nachos/football lover Gerry Ford is represented on a 2004 Topps Presidential Pastime card from a baseball product, but he played football here, so in my football collection he shall go.  WR Devin Funchess is Chromed out on a 60th Anniversary Rookies insert from 2015.  Mike Hart (109 cards) appears on a beautifully colorful draft-related insert from 2008 Playoff Prestige, making its second appearance here.  The third is Super Mario Manningham's (136 cards) Black version of the previously-seen Prestigious Picks insert (#275/500) for our third taste of Maize and Blue goodness.

For the rest of the bunch we go deep and go vertical:
Retired WR Jason Avant appears on a second-year Chrome Silver insert (#198/299) from 2007 Topps Draft.  I found a pair of cards of fellow WR Braylon Edwards:  a 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor (already had it, oops), and 2008 Triple Threads base card (#523/779).  Leon Hall is my lone defensive player today with one of his several appearances in the SAGE HIT Big-10 insert.  I then made a bit of progress towards my Michigan Football RC collection with my second rookie of former transfer QB Jake Rudock, this one hailing from 2016 Panini.  And finally, I found one last Michigan uni (heavily airbrushed though it may be) card, a 2001 Ultra College Greats Preview of Michigan WR great Amani Toomer.

Needless to say, this show excursion made both my wallet and my Michigan Football inserts collection very happy!

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 trade package #5: the Daily Dimwit

I'm guessing most of you reading this are heading over from this evening's TMV post which saw the glorious return of a Daily Dimwit trade package to my mailbox.  In that post you got to see a great new Jim Abbott for my collection, and I'm also happy to have something to show off over here tonight:
This isn't the card in question, but the fact that it's a 2015 Prizm card of former #1 WR Devin Funchess makes it a nice teaser for what I'll be showing in a second.  More than just a nice unexpected throw-in, this is one of Funchess' 24 RCs from that year.
Now here's the main event.  The official title for this guy is 2015 Panini Prizm Rookie Autographs Prizms Red Power Prizms Red Power (I don't know why "Red Power" gets repeated but whatever).  All I care is that it's a very cool looking autograph of Funchess, making that the first such card of him in my football PC.  Sam pulled this very card, #d 04/75, from a box purchased around Black Friday of 2015, and I was able to land it along with the previously-mentioned Abbott for a nice haul of Astros stuff.  It sure is nice to have a Houston collector to trade with once again!

Thanks again, Sam!  Let's not wait so long to trade again next time!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 trade package #4: the (Pedestrian) Collector

I recently received my second trade package courtesy of Chris who runs the (Pedestrian) Collector, and this time I was happy to find some Wolverines to go with the rest of the contents.  If you read my TMV post from this evening you saw that I showed off a pair of cards relevant to that blog, but those make up a tiny fraction of the contents.  In fact, I like to think Chris was doing his best impression of Doug with this package based on the attention to detail he put into finding some Michigan stuff for me (and that's high praise!).

Here's a look at what Chris sent:

The five-card football portion starts with a QB club of three cards.  First is a '98 Topps Chrome of Elvis Grbac, a former Niner/Chief/Raven who had a nice Michigan career from '89-'92.  Next is a nice pair of cards featuring current Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.  These hail from '95 Playoff Contenders and '97 Finest.  Shiny and higher-end seems to be the theme of the day!

The fourth card represents two of my football collections:  rookies and vintage.  It's an '81 Topps first-year of 17-year Atlanta Falcon T Mike Kenn, one of the school's most successful NFL products.  This one doesn't fit in with the shiny theme but is high quality for sure!

The fifth and final card gets us back on track with the others, and it's also from about the same time period:  a 2001 Topps Chrome base of Tai Streets, a WR who played for the '97 national champs and went on to a brief NFL career with San Fran and Detroit.

Now that's some good football content!  On to hockey:

It's a Mike Comrie hot page!  The first five cards represent the former Michigan C who's pictured with his original team, Edmonton, for whom he skated from 2001-2003.  The former Mr. Hilary Duff appears on cards from
  • 2002-03 Pacific Heads Up
  • 2002-03 Private Stock Titanium
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck High Gloss Parallel (#24/25)
  • 2001-02 and 2002-03 Atomic
This is a really nice bunch, especially thanks to the pair of die-cut atomic cards, not to mention the low-numbered UD parallel, which may be my best Comrie that isn't a hit to-date!

Two other players came long for the ride, and one is this '94-'95 Electric Ice parallel of LW (and Kitchener, Ontario native) Cam Stewart's Upper Deck second-year card.  It goes to show that Upper Deck's penchant for quality design goes way back.

Finally, Chris included a pair of cards of blog favorite goalie Marty Turco, both showing him with the Stars, the team that originally drafted him.  These come from 2002-03 Private Stock Titanium and 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee (which was being handled by Upper Deck at the time).  They give me a nice pair of action shots with Turco in both away and home unis.

Once again, thanks a lot for a great package of Wolverines, Chris!  I'll work on sending you a nice response as soon as I can acquire stuff I know you'll like.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 trade package #3: Sports Cards From the Dollar Store

First, a quick thanks to Jeff who put up a post last Monday since I've been pretty lazy with posting lately!  I should try to follow his example and pick up some nice stuff of Trey Burke.

Anyway, in trade package news I already received my second envelope from Doug, my prolific trade partner who runs Sports Cards From the Dollar Store.  It actually arrived early in February (I think!), way before I'd even responded to the first great package he sent me.  Unlike that stack of cards, this one was all hockey, all the time!
Here's a page of base and inserts of enough guys to field a starting five skaters.  The "hockey Mikes" tag makes its return thanks to LW Cammalleri (2009-10 UD) and RW Knuble (2003-04 Private Stock).

Recent newcomer to the league Andrew Copp is our first of two centers, and he's represented by a 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours Rookie Resume insert (#239/399); I'll need to add him to my hits collection at some point!

Matt Herr is a guy I don't remember too well, but the Hackensack, NJ native spent four very productive years--72 goals and 133 points--in Ann Arbor before suiting up at center for the Caps, Panthers, and Bruins.  I'm always glad to learn about players I've missed, so thanks to Doug for including this 1999-2000 Upper Deck Victory base!

Blog favorite Brendan Morrison, like former teammate Herr, was also a C who appeared on a UD Victory base card, in this case from 2009-10.  One of these days I'll work on my Morrison collection so I have enough to scan in an album to show off.

Max Pacioretty is another left-winger, and like his former Canadiens teammate Cammalleri, he appears here in the form of a 2009-10 Upper Deck base card, with its excellent design including team-appropriate colors.

Lastly, our blue line tandem comprises Greg Pateryn, another former Canadien (2013-14 Prizm), and still-a-Jet-somehow Jacob Trouba (2013-14 Score).  Both of these are Panini-branded RCs.

The fun clearly didn't stop there, though, thanks to this fantastic addition:
Phil Di Giuseppe 2015-16 The Cup patch auto RC (#211/249)
Not only is this a beautifully done RPA, it also represents my first hit of former Michigan LW (2011-2014) Phil Di Giuseppe.  Phil was a 2012 second-round pick for Carolina, and after two-plus seasons in the Hurricanes system he made his debut last season, potting seven goals and 10 assists in half a season's worth of action.  While he's added just one goal to that total in 26 games this season, he still has a ton of potential.

Anyway, check out that patch!  This is clearly one of those instances where the patch outshines the signature--I guess he didn't feel like writing out his full name 249 times!  I'm happy to add PDG as the 48th member of my hockey PC.

If you thought that was a pretty sweet addition, well, I have news for you:  I saved the best for last.  And yes, it can get better!:
This here is a black-and-white postcard of former WolverWing (and current Michigan Hockey coach) Red Berenson produced by photographer J.D. McCarthy, who made such postcard photos for players to use to respond to fan mail.  Red indeed signed this one in nice blue ink and sent it to a fan in Chicago.  I can even clearly read the postmark from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, from 1972, when he was in his second or third season in Motown.

Honestly, a signed postcard from back then is beyond cool, but Doug really knocked it out of the park (what's a good hockey analogy?  "Really sniped one from the blue line"?) by sending me one of the former Wolverine as a member of the Red Wings.  This is an extremely cool piece that I'll add to the college game-used puck I had Red sign a few years back as part of my Michigan autographed sports memorabilia collection!

Thanks for yet another killer package, Doug!  I hope to return the favor again before long, but in the meantime I'm glad to see you're enjoying the stuff I sent to you a couple weeks ago.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Who's that guy?

I know what you're thinking, who's the new guy? I haven't been on this blog in a long time (It's Jeff, BTW). That's mainly because my specialty is picking up the cheap cards of our Wolverines and Dennis shows off some really great cards where as my cheap cards tend to get shown by him first, but not today. I went through his card gallery and I didn't see these cards there so I might have beaten him to them. It doesn't happen often so I have to brag when I can,

I don't know who knows and who doesn't but I usually only collect players in the Maize and Blue but I have started some player collections of players that I watched and grew to like while they were with the Wolverines. The following player would be one of them.

I picked up this rookie 2013-14 Panini Titanium relic card on Ebay for $1.84/shipped. You can see, sorta that it's also numbered 304/325. Of course, it says player warn material so I'm sure it's not game used but I only paid less that $2 so I guess I can't complain.

I also picked up this 2015-16 Panini Prizm Autograph of Trey Burke. I paid a little more than the first one at $3.04/shipped but still it's great autograph of a pretty good player that's making a name for himself. These 2 cards only make 7 for the Trey Burke Collection and they are my first relic and auto of him.

The only reason I happen to come across these 2 cards is because they were free shipping and the starting bid was under a quarter. I don't usually come across these types of cards because of that but I lucked into these two, which is another reason you don't see me here often.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 eBay purchases: high-end Hennes (or HEH)

For any of you that headed over here from TMV this evening, consider this post a nice small desert after that heavy five-course meal of high-end cardboard.  You got to see five cards of some of my favorite Michigan Baseball PC guys, and now I have three more of a favorite football PC that came from a pair of January eBay purchases, Chad Henne:

Chad Henne 2008 SAGE HIT Autographs auto
I said yesterday that SAGE doesn't make their cards like they used to, and while that's a shame, I'll always have favorites like the 2008 product.  This is a design that's easy for me to like thanks to the fun college action photos, big swatch of blue (on the base versions), and notable stats up front.  I'm also fine with the stickers they used in this case since the autograph is easy to see on them.

My only other Henne from this product is the Gold version (#d /250) so I'm hoping to find the others eventually in order to show off a very nice rainbow.

Chad Henne 2008 Select Autographs Red Zone auto (#18/25)
Coming along for the ride with the SAGE card above for about $6.50 delivered was this blazing hot autograph from 2008 Select.  I was under the impression that I didn't have it until I went to put it in my Henne folder and found that I own #05/25.  Oh well, it was cheap and I can either flip it to another Michigan/Henne collector or just hold onto it for another 4% of the print run.

Chad Henne 2011 Prime Signatures Autographs Printing Plates Magenta auto (1/1)
And last up is the biggie.  I generally try to pay $15 or under for 1/1s with few exceptions, but I'll happily up that a bit if an autograph is thrown into the mix, and that's exactly what we have here.  Just my second 1/1 of the Jacksonville backup QB, this has to be my highest-end solo Henne card, and I had no problem spending $18 on it a few weeks ago.  This one's fun because, besides the signature, it's one of those unorthodox plates that's affixed to a very thick card, in what's probably an attempt to prevent pack-searching.

Despite today's haul being just two cards instead of three because of my mistake, I still have a very special Henne collection milestone to celebrate:  100 hits!  He's just the second player in my entire Michigan sports collection to reach that mark (of course Rich Hill was first).  In case you're interested, those break down into:

  • 36 relics (including multiples)
  • 32 autographs (just signatures)
  • 12 autographed relics
  • 5 patches (including manupatches)
  • 14 autographed patches/manupatches
  • 2 plates/1-of-1s
That's 101 hits, or almost half of the 205 I have in his collection to-date!  (I can math!)

Stay tuned for more trade package goodness soon.