Barry Larkin 2000 Topps All-Topps
I grabbed a pair of Larkin inserts this time because even though I might have already had them it's not like I don't have other people that would take them off my hands. Of the two this one was new, though I have a few others from the set in my collection. Topps overdid it a bit on the border but this is otherwise a nice looking card to own. According to the back, Barry topped all active (through '98) NL SS in a group that included Rich Aurilia, Alex Gonzalez, Rey Ordonez, and Walt Weiss; not exactly stiff competition, eh? In case you were wondering, the retired NL SS All-Topps group includes, in order: Ernie Banks, Luke Appling, Pee Wee Reese, Ozzie Smith, and Honus Wagner. Mr. All-Topps here now has 246 cards in his PC.
Next I grabbed a few things for my Michigan Football inserts PC:
Todd Collins 1995 Sportflix Rookie Lightning
A trade with Doug last month netted me Collins' '95 Sportflix RC and now a month later I have an insert of the QB from the same set. You never know how these'll scan so I'm fairly happy with how Todd's card turned out. Now I kinda want to get his fellow rookie (and new Michigan RBs coach!) Tyrone Wheatley from the same set.
Chad Henne 2014 Prestige Extra Points Silver Holofoil (#18/25)
The most expensive card in this post at a cost of $1, this Henne card surprised me when I found it in the dollar box until my eyes finally took notice of the hard-to-see serial number in the upper-right. I'll gladly throw down a buck any day for a Chad Henne limited to just 25 copies! The 2014 Prestige design isn't exactly exciting but a rare card is a rare card, plus it helps that it happens to be one of my favorite Michigan QB.
Leroy Hoard 2000 Score Scorecard (#1733/2000)
Hoard doesn't get a lot of face time on this blog, but the MVP of the '89 Rose Bowl was a pretty good RB for Michigan, and he had a solid NFL career as well. Early on with the Browns he was an effective receiving back and caught 9 TD passes in '91, and then he went on to pick up 9 and 10 rushing TDs--career highs each time--for Minnesota in his final two seasons. Here he is with the Vikings in his farewell campaign on a cool Score parallel numbered to 2000. Hopefully I can find more stuff of his to show off here!
Mario Manningham 2008 Donruss Classics School Colors (#0300/1000)Hey, this guy's name sounds familiar! I actually started using a "Michigan uniform" tag not too long ago for just such cards. I thought it was interesting that this was a Classics card because the School Colors insert is usually associated with Elite. Since the design is pretty much the same I can't say it really matters to me because either way I get a really cool Manningham insert out of the deal!
Since it is winter and all I don't suppose I could have left the show without picking up at least one hockey card:
I headed home with most of my money still in my wallet and now I'll put that to good use elsewhere, and hopefully next time I'll have even better luck!