Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Check out my blowout: day 13: brought to you by the letter "W"

Previously:  day 1day 2day 3day 4day 5day 6day 7day 8, day 9day 10day 11, day 12

We're just about winding down the CoMB stuff here as I anticipate something like three more posts after this one.  Today's theme--because I wanted to have one--is the letter "W."  And really, that's about all that ties these five cards together:

Donovan Warren 2010 Press Pass PE Sideline Signatures Gold auto

Donovan Warren 2010 Press Pass PE Sideline Signatures Gold Red Ink auto:
Warren was a highly-touted CB who often played well but made an ill-advised pre-senior year departure, and ever since it's been pretty clear that the door DID hit him in the ass on his way out.  Wikipedia says he's now on the Bears' practice squad, and considering how much he's bounced around, I doubt he'll ever become much more than a reserve player.  But here at TMM we tend to reminisce about great college players instead of focusing on their NFL careers.  That being said, I'm happy to have my second and third (here's the first) autos of the erstwhile Wolverine.  Would you believe, out of all of these packs of that set I opened, I didn't pull a single Warren?
Anyway, he has a pretty cool, if somewhat incomplete signature.  At least he doesn't totally go the lazy route with his first name; I respect him more for making it clear you're getting his first initial and that's it.  It's pretty obvious between the two cards that there's a variance in how he signs his last name.  What's interesting is that there's actually fewer copies (supposedly 50 total) of the Red Ink version, yet that's the one that looks lazier, but maybe he signed all of them on the same day and hit those last.  Regardless, a pair of cool cards, and I think Jeff would agree with me.

Marquise Walker 2002 Bowman's Best Blue jersey:
If this one looks familiar to you, thanks for being so familiar with my collection, I love you.  Second, that's because this is the "Blue" parallel version of a card I already have

Marquise Walker 2002 SAGE Autographs Bronze auto (#244/500):
Here's this post's requisite Michigan uniform card.  This is from one of those previous SAGE sets where the stickers absolutely suck to scan because of the obnoxiousness of the holograms in the background.  So you'll have to trust me when I say that it definitely looks better in-person.  By the way, this is my first Walker in a Wolverines uniform, which is a big plus.
Marquise Walker 2002 SPx jersey auto RC (#491/999):
Possibly my favorite from the Walkers in the package because it's an autograph/jersey RC, but also because I got it for so ridiculously cheap.  Well, all that, and it features a nice touch that I've come to love on some Upper Deck cards:  that beautiful, pristine white autograph "window" which really makes signatures pop on this kind of card because of the color contrast and because they give the player such a nice surface on which to sign; more examples are here and here, to name a few.

These five run the football total up to 484, making the new four-sport total 624.  I've already spoiled it a few times, so I'll remind you that 500 will happen by the end of CoMC, and you'll be treated to a few other milestones soon as well!


  1. I'm not sure why Warren left, I certainly didn't think he was ready for the pros. And his career thus far has proved that right. But regardless of his pro career, he will always be a Wolverine to us. So you know I love those cards in the winged helmets.

    1. Yeah, I dunno if it was because of RichRod or something else. But we'll always have the crazy game-clinching "interception" against Indiana in the "gum toss" game of 2009!