Did I already use that title for a post before? Maybe. Am I gonna bother checking? No.
I'm not really a fan of basketball and I barely collect that sport on cardboard, but today was a pretty big day for the Wolverines as they beat #4 Michigan State in East Lansing, which is kind of a big deal. Of course Michigan would be them in their sport when the Spartans beat the Wolverines in football last season, because reasons.
Anyway, let's celebrate, but with football cards I was already gonna post anyway! As the title suggests, we're gonna take a gander at some stuff I found of blog favorite QB Chad Henne on Sportlots late last year, featuring some Maize and Blue cameos!
The next two are SAGE brands with the first being Aspire (which is apparently cataloged that way, so alphabetically it should have been first here) and the other a Glossy parallel of a card Chad shares with Mike Hart in the HIT product (which you saw last post).
Speaking of glossy parallels, another one popped up in the form of a parallel of Henne's 2008 Score rookie, a card that's joined from that product by a Hot Rookies insert. I also have a numbered Scorecard parallel of the latter.
Card #7 is a puzzle piece from Topps' low-end 2008 Kickoff product. As you can see on the back,
Card #8, from UD's 2008 Rookie Premiere set, ended up being a double so we'll skip that. And the ninth card finally gets us out of that year thanks to another Glossy parallel, this time from Score's 2009 set.
We then begin a nice run of 2011 Panini stuff with the day's worst card: the Topps Attax-like Adrenalyn XL, which is so extreme to the max that when you flip it over a backwards-hatted skateboard jumps out, hands you a Mountain Dew, and yells "RADICAL!" Thankfully the year is redeemed by more design excellence from Certified, Donruss Elite, and Prestige. Panini may have plenty of products that should go away but these three aren't among them.
Jumping ahead to 2014 I have two cards with Henne on his current squad, the Jags. Another nice Score design contrasts nicely with a 90s Pacific-esque Totally Certified.
2008 Captial One Bowl foe Derrick Harvey of Florida. Henne's Wolverines had the last laugh in winning by a 41-35 margin, but the future first-round DE had himself a day as well with three tackles for loss including two sacks plus a forced fumble.
Next up is a solid horizontal design for another example from Playoff Contenders. I think I prefer the 2010 version above by a bit, but this one's cool too.
Last is a pair of 2011 Panini products in Threads and Playoff Contenders. I don't know that Threads was that useful but the threads along the right edge are kind of fun, I guess. And the Contenders card from that year is probably the best of the three year run I showed today, in my opinion. That's mostly due to my preference for a whole photo instead of the player on a random background, but the left section is nice itself.
That's a nice total of 31 new Henne cards which puts his collection up to 257, another fun little milestone.
I'll be finishing up this series soon with a post (or two) centering on one more football player. See if you can guess who it is!