Monday, February 20, 2017

Reminiscing 90's:1996 TY Beanie Baby Scoop The Pelican

As promised, the winning return of Reminiscing 90's is back.

This time around for the segment, I decided to do away with the card portion and just focus on the featured item at hand and what memorable moments were happening in the 90's on this day and based on the year of the item.

There were many trends and fads in the 90's but none bigger to me than collecting TY Beanie Babies. Card shops, card shows and even roadside setups had them for sale or trade. They had actually become so popular, that even card collectors like myself had to take a little dive and find some.

The plastic pellet stuffed animals came out in 1993 but didn't begin to get hot til 1995 where they took over til 1999 when the trend died down some. They did come back in 2000 due to some demand and still are continuing today. However, it's not even close to as popular as it was from 95-99.

Just like with cards, the made some of these tough to find and rare variations to others which made the toy even more popular as collectors were looking to chase down those one-of-a kinds. One of the supposed most valuable bears is the Princess The Bear that commemorated Princess Diana and had the proceeds from each sale donated to her fund.

The TY I present you today comes from 1996. It's not rare and can be found pretty easily. I acquired it a few summers ago in a yard sale that came with a bunch of them for $5. I saw the price and couldn't say no. You know, helps reminisce.
Alright, let's take a look back to 1996 near February 20th and see what else was hot.
Day Of The Week:Tuesday
President:Bill Clinton
Popular Song:One Sweet Day By Mariah Carey
Popular Movie: Bottle Rocket
Popular Book:The Rain Maker By John Grisham
Popular TV Show: Remember WENN 
Popular Video Game:Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds
Thoughts on today's item or any of the memorable things listed above are welcomed in comments!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday's With Rodney:1991 Pinnacle

Today, we take a bit of a trip back to Rodney's sophomore year with the Giants after coming off a decent rookie one.

This 1991 Pinnacle card is brought to you by Project Pedro Blog who I just traded with to bring in this need. There isn't a whole lot spectacular with the card and the design is quite dark and filled, but is another one crossed off the list and brings me to Hampton #440
 
Thoughts on today's card are welcomed below.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:Dealing And Winning

For the second week in a row, you are well treated to a Mail Day Saturday double feature. I could had posted Part 2 of my Project Pedro Blog mail day, but I will let Part 1 sink in for the week to build up to part 2 next Saturday.

Instead, I am posting another latest trade and a contest win.

Up first, a contest win from Sports Card Info blog. He was hosting a contest for a Leaf Limited auto rookie of Giant Clint Sintim. Sintim's promising career was cut short due to an ACL injury which I know all to familiar. He is currently a LB coach at Delaware.

A big thanks goes out to Sports Card Info for the card and contest. If you haven't checked him out yet, please do. Weekly contests, cool segments and reviews.
 
Up next, this was technically my first Pete Rose auto card and it came in a trade I did with @Ryansawyer24 a few weeks ago. This one is different than another I just acquired. This ink is black and the photo is different so it goes well with my other one.
 A big thanks goes out to @Ryansawyer24 for the trade and I look forward to future deals with you.

Thoughts on either card in this edition of Mail Day Saturday are welcomed in comments!

Mail Day Saturday: Project Pedro Blog Trade PT 1

As I have stated a few times this year so far, I am a tad behind on posting some cool stuff I have picked up in a variety of trades and mail days. But, I am really excited for the direction of this blog with the current segment setups I started at the beginning of the year, which only allows me one day a week to post a mail day. So I will probably be behind for awhile as I have a few trade posts to put up along with some more Grady M reader mail day posts. Not to mention, the fun stuff I picked up myself.

So I decided today I will take a break from the Grady M reader mail day posts and get my latest trade with Project Pedro blog posted. This trade will be in two parts as you guys have read in the past that he and I pull off some pretty epic trades that I can't just show off in one post.

Today, I am focusing on the biggest lot of cards from the trade and will show off the Top 5 cards I acquired next week.

Up first,  new group of Eli's for the Giants PC. The Unparalleled is pretty cool.

Tiki, Sinorice swatch, Giffords and Simms grouping.

A couple of swingin' new Griffey adds.

Carmen Electra shiny card that's numbered. Pretty....

And some Knicks. Yup, I went against my norm and traded for some NY Knicks just because he was looking to unload some basketball and I just felt like adding a few cards.

I am always a fan of these. Gotta love basketball relics.

Letterman! Not sure if these will help me spell out Sport Card Collectors, but I am always in the market for these no matter what. Henderson not the worst addition either.

I thought this was really cool. It's Spx, Knicks and Patrick Ewing Jr. Just too bad he didn't fill his father's shoes and instead was a flop.Knowing pops was one of my favorite All-Time Knicks, I thought this was a nice addition just to say I have one. Ewing Jr is currently Georgetown's director of basketball operations.

And speaking of pops.....
A solid start of showings in this mail day. There were other cards included to but I just focused it onto a few so I wouldn't have to make this longer than a two-series post.
Stay tuned for next weeks Top 5 cards I got from this trade. Some pretty cool additions including a rarity from the 90's.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:2013 Upper Deck Football

2013 became the first time I started to appreciate NCAA football cards from Upper Deck. Not being a big college football card fan, I mainly strayed from collecting it even though I have always loved what Upper Deck brought to cards.

But, something with 2013 caught my attention and I started to collect and appreciate Upper Deck's college football efforts more even though NFL still took more of my money. It must have been that highly touted football rookie class that turned out to be a flop. But at the time for me, it was all about finding Geno Smith in packs as I thought he was the next big thing.
 
Four years later, I am still wrong about that. At least I got some enjoyment of opening this product and pulled my first ever high-number Sp from a few hobby packs I picked up.

So how bout you guys? You bust lots of 2013 UD looking for those top notch rookies? Do you bust it now? Thoughts in comments are welcomed as always!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why I don't Watch UFC, But Collect The Cards

In the first of this series, I discussed why I don't watch the NBA anymore but still collect the cards.

Today, is a bit different of a sport, UFC. I can't say I have ever watched a match. I just have absolutely no interest in doing so and same goes for boxing. Watching someone annihilate another person til they are down just doesn't do it for me. I will say though, these athletes have gotta be some of the toughest ones out there..

However, collecting UFC cards does do it for me.

Most of the time, On-card autographs


and the sometimes colorful fighter worn relics add some flair to cards.

I think even a few years ago as a unique finding in boxes, Topps came out with fighter used mouth guards. That's stinkin' sweet.

 

So as you can see, I like collecting the cards, just don't think I could ever watch the sport itself.

How bout you guys? Big UFC fans? Collect the cards? Just watch but don't collect? Collect but don't watch? You do both? Let me know in comments!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nuttin But The Hits:2004 Just Minors Just Rookies

Just Minors is exactly as it states, Just A Minor League product. This time it comes in set form from 2004 and comes with 2 autographs per set. One set in each master case will contain a randomly inserted black -bordered parallel version of the base set that's numbered to 50. You can find these for pretty much next to nothing at $12 for a chance to hit some key players I found it worth the risk.

Key Players in the set are, Homer Bailey, Billy Buckner, Billy Butler, Asdrubal Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Jon Lester, Louis Marson, Jacob McGee, Jon Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Sweeney, and Ben Zobrist.

Key Autograph Cards are cards of Homer Bailey, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jon Lester, Jon Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Gio Gonzalez, and more.

The Just Rookies 2004 set contains 90 cards, including more than 50 players from the 2004 draft class. Knowing how much I like rookies and autograph rookie cards, I thought I was at a win here no matter the results.

So let's see em...



The base set looks just like the autographs without the autos, a whole lotta white so I didn't picture them here.

The autographs were packed in the set between two pieces of cardboard. First player, Adam Harben. Harben has bounced around from organization to organization never really catching on.


Second player, Louis Marson. Marson is currently I believe in the Angels minors organization. He has shown potential but never fully reached it.
Not particularity the players I had hoped to find but did expect to find.

What are your thoughts on this product? You bust any? Hit anything good?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AND IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Will Always Love YOU!

Super Bowl 25, one that most Giants fans won't ever forget. Bills fans probably won't either. It sometimes makes me think of Ace Ventura with Ray Finkle's "Laces Out" like some crazed up Scott Norwood is still thinking about "wide right".

But, it was a game for the decades and had one most spectacular renditions of the Star Spangled Banner by one of the biggest voices in music, Whitney Houston.

For years now, I have been searching for a card I thought I had. Some call it Whitney Houston's rookie card and it was a hot seller, sadly after her passing. But, I wasn't looking to sell it, I wanted to have it for my Non-Sport PC and my Giants PC.

Finally after doing my sorting project, she was found in an miscellaneous box. So here is that somewhat iconic card from 1991 Pro Set,


Very happy to had finally found it. I wished companies today would add in special cards and performances like this is some products. Would be another fun chase.

Thoughts on this card, Whitney and if you would like to see cards like this today are welcomed in comments below!