Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Blowout purchase #2: cards DO grow on 'Trees

I don't make purchases terribly often on the Blowout forums anymore, but occasionally something I want shows up and I take advantage of it.  In this case, I was flipping through the recent football box breaks (since there's a dearth of interesting baseball stuff right now), and at the time the big thing was 2013 Fleer Retro.  Why a product that came out in 2014 has the previous year in the title, I don't know, but I do like UD's throwback set to Fleer's days of yore.

I saw that one guy who busted several boxes pulled an autograph of a recent Wolverine graduate, and after just a bit of haggling we came up with a price of $5.50 delivered, which it turns out is close to half what I would have paid on eBay, so woohoo to that!  Here's what I scored this time:
Roy Roundtree 2013 Fleer Retro Fleer Rookie Sensations Autographs auto
Michigan uni hit FTW!  Here's 'Tree in his #21 Desmond Howard Legends jersey tearing up Northwestern in 2012, which was a nice choice since he led both teams with five catches for 139 yards in Michigan's OT win (it's always close against the Wildcats for some reason; see:  2013).  He went undrafted and signed with Cincy's practice squad, but that doesn't matter to me since I really wanted a card of Roundtree in the Maize & Blue anyway.

The set is a throwback to an insert from Fleer's '92 product, with the originals looking like this:
Upper Deck managed to capture the essence of its inspiration, including the football field background and tilted player photo, down to the "Rookie Sensations" logo and foil football.  Pretty cool, I say!  The rest of the product features some more great callbacks to past designs, such as the popular Precious Metal Gems, and I may have to track other Wolverines from the set down.

This is my second Roundtree autograph (the first one was a 2013 UD featured in this post, and fortunately there's more to be had, despite his limited number of issues overall.  Look for more over here as I turn them up!

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