Monday, December 10, 2012

COMC haul #17: Avant Cardes have me hoping for 800 more

(Note:  all COMC haul posts can be accessed here)

HI!  The subject of today's post is Jason Avant.  You may remember him from such posts as "Merry Avantmas!" and "All Avant For Christmas is a Good QB."

I was inspired to post Avant stuff today after his ridiculawesome catch in yesterday's win over the Bucs.  What catch am I talking about?  Peep THIS:
From MGoBlog
Of course, Wolverine fans like myself weren't as surprised as the rest of you that he was able to pull off such a difficult grab, considering he did THIS against Northwestern while still in college:
From MGoBlog
The bigger surprise is that the Eagles actually got the ball to him--a LOT.  While he hasn't been racking up TDs this season, he's starting to accumulate some nice yardage now that his QB isn't Injury McCan'tThrow.  What a revelation for Philly that their possession receiver who showed excellent hands in college is able to catch passes when a semi-competent QB is throwing his way!

Anyway, here's a TD's worth of cards of Avant I picked up from COMC the last few months:
Jason Avant 2006 Absolute Memorabilia RPM jersey-ball-jersey auto RC (#033/100)
I already had the non-auto version, so why not grab this one too, since it's 100 times better when signed?
Jason Avant 2006 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor auto (#35/50)
Here's another instance where I already had a lesser version of a card, then found one that was waaaaay, way better.  The scan doesn't do it justice?  The scan doesn't do it justice.
Jason Avant 2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear Rookie Jerseys Trios jersey-ball-jersey (#36/50)
Nope--I didn't already have a version of this one, but it was a nice frugal pickup in either my Black Friday or Cyber Monday package, I can't remember which.  For under $2 I got a sweet triple relic of a great WR.
Jason Avant 2006 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Blue Materials jersey-ball-helmet auto (#24/50)
Ok, ok, this is the last triple relic of the day, and quite possibly the highest-end card, with stiff competition from the BowChro Goldy.  What sets this one apart from some of my other hits is the presence of a piece of helmet, which you don't get all that often these days relative to jerseys and pieces of football.  This is easily in my Avant top-10 thanks to the great triple relic variety, a sweet signature, and the Blue parallel.
Jason Avant 2006 Press Pass Legends auto
Avant will never go down as a legend at the school, but he'll definitely be remember as one of our better WRs to go on to the pros.  What we have here is a typically nice Press Pass design:  solid photo, nice area for an on-card auto, and as always, players in college unis.  Hey Jeff, ::CollegeUniHighFive::!
Jason Avant 2006 SAGE Autographs Red auto (#636/999)
More college uni goodness on a pretty good SAGE card, though I wasn't as high on the years where they used the holographic stickers that really obscure the autographs.  Still, it's a parallel of the Bronze version I already have.  Will I try to grab the rest eventually?  You never know!
Jason Avant 2006 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects Class Marks auto
Last one, and it ALSO includes a nice college uniform shot.  Thanks to this one, I now have Topps DPP Class Marks autos from 2005 (Marlin Jackson), 2006, and 2007 (Steve Breaston).

And now, what I know you've all been waiting for:  milestone time:
  • Avant jets up the football PC leaderboard past 30 with his new total of 34
  • More than 20 of those now feature autographs, which I thought was worth mentioning
  • His 34 cards put him in a three-way tie with Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham for 5th in football
  • Football stands at 599 cards.  Who'll be #600?  I dunno, we'll see when I post next!
  • And today's biggest news:  the Michigan all-sport count has cracked the 800 mark with a new total of 804.  With all the other marks being attained around here, including 150 baseball hits and (soon-to-be) 600+ in football, this is also a very exciting number to hit.  At some point I'll have to put together a post that charts the progress of when I hit certain totals
So have a Merry Avantmas, everyone, and come back for football hit #600 soon!  And the next time life throws something difficult your way, just ask yourself, What Would Jason Do? and haul that sucker in with a one-handed catch.


  1. Merry Avantmas to you too. I hadn't seen that catch from Sunday but I love that MGoBlog has been doing a lot of those .gif's lately.

    Nice pickups, especially the Michigan uni's, you know I like those best.

    1. Yeah, I didn't see that catch live either, but saw it plenty afterward. Thanks, and color me shocked that you enjoyed the last three cards the most!