Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 COMC purchases: defense wins championships

I'm writing this post while watching the Packers/Seahawks game, and looking forward to the Colts/Pats tilt as well.  What all four of those teams know very well is that while lots of offense makes the game fun and exciting, defense is what brings you wins come playoff time.  With that in mind, all ten of today's cards share the theme of defense:
Brandon Graham 2010 Panini Rookies & Stars Rookie Holofoil Signatures auto (#125/299)
Brandon Graham 2010 Plates & Patches auto RC (#367/449)
Starting things off today is a pair of Brandon Grahams.  Graham played some DL in college but has been a LB for his Eagles career.  2014 proved to be a career year for the former first-rounder who was healthy enough to appear in all 16 regular-season games and compile 5.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

I managed to find two more of his 2010 (rookie year) cards, which makes sense because he actually hasn't appeared on any cards since then!  Both of these are from Panini sets and are sticker autos, but that's cool because they're not exactly high-end products in my opinion.  The pair gives me a new total of 19 hits of the rising star.

Marlin Jackson 2005 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror White Signatures auto (#087/100)
Next up is a lone signature of former CB Marlin Jackson, whose old team the Colts face a stiff test against Tom Brady's Patriots.  Marlin appears on this 2005 LCM parallel which is super shiny and features his generally legible signature on the type of holographic sticker I do like.  I'll have to see if I can track down any of the other versions of this card as I like the design overall.  Like Graham, Jackson has a new count of 19 cards as of today.

Mike Martin 2012 Absolute Spectrum Gold Autographs auto (#012/299)
Mike Martin 2012 Totally Certified auto RC (#110/290) and Blue auto (#77/99)
Heading back into the trenches we move on to DL Mike Martin.  A beast in college whose numbers were diminished by double- (and more!) teams, he hasn't done a ton yet with Tennessee, but he's still young so we'll see.  

First up is his signature from 2012 Absolute, and the look reminds me of something out of Topps' Gold Label sets from way back.  I must say I like it, including the choice of action photo.  Along for the ride is a pair of Totally Certified autos from the same year--the "base" version, which is red and numbered to 290, plus the Blue parallel that's limited to just 99 copies; gimme the Blue any day of the week!  I think Panini overdid the foil on that design since I'm not a big fan of cards that just have the player in front of a generic background.

Martin's moving up in the world as he now has 13 hits to his name in my PC, all of which are autographed.

Charles Woodson 2001 SP Game Used Edition Authentic Fabric jersey
Charles Woodson 2002 Fleer Authentix Jersey Authentix Ripped jersey
Charles Woodson 2002 Playoff Piece of the Game Materials jersey
Charles Woodson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror White Materials jersey (#155/250)
Last but not least--and if we're being honest here, I'd say most--is Charles Woodson, who's pictured with the Raiders on all four of these cards but saw the most success with the Packers, winning Super Bowl XLV four years ago.  His first Oakland stint lasted through 2005 so today is 100% Raiders.
First we have Woodson on a 2001 SP Game Used relic from closer to when such cards were still a novelty.  It's not the hugest swatch but the card design is pretty cool.  That's followed up by a pair of 2002 issues from Fleer and Panini.  The Fleer card changed things up a bit with the ticket motif, and I believe the included ticket is from Oakland's 2002 season-opener, a win over the Seahawks on the way to a Super Bowl berth.  The Playoff card is comparatively conservative but includes a nice swatch.  Finally, a Panini brand is represented with the final card, a 2004 LCM jersey.
The big winner on the day, Woodson makes a big move up the charts as his four cards give him a new total of 14.

Sticking with numbers, the new football PC total now stands at 989 with one more COMC post to go!

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