Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pro Line Portraits

It's time to go back into that big box of goodies that came from P-Town of Waiting Til Next Year blog.

This time we are looking at 1991 Pro Line Portraits. The unique set that focuses on taking a portrait picture of a featured player and putting them on card board. Some of the photos they used were fun, others were funny and even some that were quirky.

P-Town had quite the pile of them he sent my way and I pulled out the best to showcase on here.



Jerry Rice. Back when he had hair


Michael Irvin looking mean and lean. He could have used this for a dating profile pic.


OJ Simpson back in his good days. he is also sporting one of those popular 90's Starter Jackets. Who didn't own one? I  know I did. Wonder if that's where he stored the white gloves?


Someday this kid will want this card. I love cards that capture special moments.


Dan Marino. Kind of cool angle.


Steve Young posing. Gotta appreciate a lefty QB with his talent and a great smile. They must have told him he would play the Chargers in the Super Bowl.


Roger showing off his Cowboy pride.


Up and above!


Gotta love Boomers hair. It looked better than he did on the field. I still think it's odd to see him in a Jets uniform sometimes.


Troy working out. Very weird photo to feature, but unique.
 

There were some others that almost made the photo gallery cut. But, maybe I will save those for another feature down the line. Still two more breakdowns from this big box of cards to go and that's not even featuring them all. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dribbling Back At Some Memories

It's time to go back into that big box of goodies that came from P-Town of Waiting Til Next Year blog.

Today we take a glance at some NBA cards that come from an era I loved the game. I never missed a game on TV. Well, the only option I had was NBC as our antenna didn't pick up the big channels and my parents couldn't afford cable. So I would go out in the middle of winter while my father sat inside watching the TV to make sure I hand turned the frozen metal in ground antenna til the channel was clear or close to it. I didn't mind being the one going out to do that as I didn't want to miss my basketball games.

Now I have satellite and skip by any games that are on. This era of the NBA seems greedy, the players bounce around from team to team, same teams win, and the game has just changed. Terrible.

The group of NBA cards had a good amount of cards from 1992-1993 Topps. I didn't post them all and only did the important ones.

It felt like every rookie card was in there except the biggie, Shaq. But these will still go well in my NBA rookie binder
 

Here were some of the bigger names I recognized from the group.




There was even some gold parallels of a couple of rookies along with some vets in the 92-93 Topps mix,
 

And this guy who we all know.

Speaking of rookies, here are a couple more I found in the box.


There was even this guy in the box as well. Love me some Wilt.


And then I stumbled across a winning coach with some amazing hair...


And finally dug these out to post on my 90's Twitter page. There were a few reminders in P-Towns box of why we need Upper Deck to be more apart of our hobby again.

These Collector Choice cards I grew up collecting. It was an affordable fun product. The base cards always caught my eye as a youngin' because of the photography for some of my favorite players.




 

Some good NBA adds here for my PC or simply just discussing material that has attached memories. Sometimes the memories are what mean most to me.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Help Received

My intention when I posted the Sets Of My Childhood series was hoping other collectors would be able to help me locate or trade for set help. What i didn't know was how generous they would be about it.

When I posted set help for 1995-1996 Fleer Flair Hardwood Leaders, I had a ton of quick feedback that help could be on it's way. What I didn't expect was that it would involve so much generosity.

@pdxGraphin on Twitter was the first to jump on sending me some set help. He knocked three down off from my needs with Mitch Richdmond, Dana Barros and Cedric Ceballos.

 
Then he tossed in some sweet Knicks cards as well. They consisted of my favorite 90's Knicks players that I enjoyed watching and "being" in the backyard. I used to be the Knicks starting five playing against the NBA. They wouldn't always win either because where is the fun in that? Rivalries were more intense and I would statistically keep everything in a note pad of who score what and what the final score was. I used to determine quarters by whoever got to 20 points first.
 
Seeing these cards really took me back to that time...

I would make a few spin moves and then a jump back shot and yell out..

Allan Hooooooooouuusstooonnnnn



 
Then I would take a deep shot and go Starks for Three....NAILED IT! (except sometimes it was a complete miss. By the way, this is one of the greatest Finest designs ever)



 
Then other times I would get under the hoop for a rebound and/or do a hook shot. It was Ewing time.








Thanks goes out to @pdxGraphin for the set help, the Knicks cards and for taking me back for some great times in my life.

Other set help came via PWE in a surprise I wasn't expecting. Actually, that was a pretty solid Monday in June. I came home to roughly 8 packages. Most I have ever seen in a single day. It was from all of the trades I pulled off and a couple contest wins.

Thanks to Jon over at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts passed these along to me:

Chris Webber. The Washington Bullets. I will admit I do like the Wizards uni and name better. But, it's nice to see a throwback.

 
Speaking of Throwback, the Seattle Supersonics. I know many were upset when they left town. Maybe they will make a come back some day like the Hornets did.

 
Cedric Ceballos. Well, I tried to cross off these as I get them but it may lead to a couple of doubles. But, I don't mind at all.

 
And finally one of the greats, David Admiral Robinson.
 
 
Thanks for the set help Jon!
 
It simply amazes me the amount of generosity we have in our hobby community. I am glad to be on the both ends of the giving and receiving. So much fun. 

You can check out all of my Sets Of My Childhood needs here,

Monday, July 16, 2018

Bleeding Blue From The Top


Football is in my blood. No it really is.

Well, at least it's something I got from my parents.

I love this picture of my parents. It really shows their character. On the walls of their bedroom they hung NY Giants stuff on one wall and Dallas Cowboys stuff on the other. My mom is not one to take pictures so to get her in one and see her unimpressive look on her face when I said, "Smile and Go Giants!" is simply awesome. This is one of the last photos I own she was in other than my high school graduation ones. So this is one I will always cherish.
 
Recently my football blood came through with another trade with my father. Both of us have been chasing the same people recently. Saquon, Judge, Gleyber. For me, football is a year round sport so I am much more passionate about adding new Giants to my collection first.

As everyone knows who reads this blog, I have been on a Saquon run-see what I did there-I want any and all of his cards I can get my hands onto. My father will only trade dupes of players we commonly collect and I will only do the same as well. Like father, like son. Hmmmm. Maybe we are Goofy and Max then of the Goof Troop. Anyways, he has been busting tons of Elite draft packs at Walmart and managed to get doubles of both base and Sp cards of Saquon so I traded for them.

I really like the shine.



 
He also had this Griffey I needed so I added that as well. I hadn't ever seen one of these Ultra inserts.


And in a separate trade roughly a week later, he needed a few cards I had so he could pull off a trade for a Mike Trout rookie card, so I passed them along and got this in return. It wasn't very easy of him to give up being it was his only copy. He pulled this valuable bad boy from a Walmart rack pack. It's numbered to 20. And yes, that's an Odell rookie relic on there. Eight piece rookie relic.



It seems like our trading never ends and I don't ever want it to. I was glad I was able to get him to come back into the hobby after his long hiatus. Other than discussing old times like the photo above, we also get to discuss the hobby as well.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Never Too Early For Football

Every few months, I usually can expect a mail box with a box full of goodies in it from my friend Grady M who has been a Facebook follower, blog reader and Twitter friend for a long time now. I am not sure what drove him my way, but I am so lucky and fortunate to know him. Really nice guy.

In May, I got yet another box packed to the rim full of inserts, base card and PC specific cards. I really love digging through and sorting it all. I usually take my time when doing so enjoying every moment.

This was once again another hefty round full-o-goodness so it will take a few posts to cover it all.

Today, we stick to the football specifics.

Odell Beckham Jr. I really like the Illusions card. I didn't get that from my box break.


My first taste of 2018 Score Giants. Hopefully I can get more football cards this year unlike last year. But, we will see.


A couple of rookie cards from 2017. Travis Rudolph who had such an impressive preseason last year kind of dropped off when he had a chance to play. But, I think the kid is talented and hope he makes the cut this year. The other rookie here is Evan Engram. This guy should be pure heat this year as long as he fixes the drops he had last year.


Ron Dayne who never really panned out for his high draft status. Was a great collegiate player however. And Landon Collins who more than panned out. One of the leagues best safeties.


Will Tye Prestige parallel. Big weapon but way too many drops. He has since moved on in the Giants house cleaning And of course the Captain, Mr Eli! He was voted the most overhyped player going into 2018, but watch out this year, he will prove critics wrong.


A start of a letterman run? Now I want the rest of these. Would be fun to display. Trading buddies, keep an eye out for these.


Kyle Carter was claimed off the Viking waivers to be one of the backup Tight Ends. I assume the Vikings former offensive coordinator now Giants head coach saw something in him .
 

Well, that's it for the Giants in the box. There is plenty more to come so don't worry!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Coached

So far my July posts have been a lot of mail day ones.

That will have to be a common thing for this month.

Some of the mail days this month were big and some were small but were all equally great and appreciated.

One of the bigger ones came from P-Town of Waiting Til Next Year blog. As I previously mentioned, there was so much in that mail day, that a breakdown had to happen as it wouldn't all fit into one post. Not even close.

Today we look at a few coach cards I found for a coach PC I don't speak much about. I mostly look for the guys I knew growing up but will add some of the newer coaches of today when cards are made of them. It's definitely becoming a less common thing with smaller checklist sets-most sets seem to have 100 veterans and 50 rookies-and more autograph or material content. It's probably why I don't set collect anymore. As a team collector, I want the team. Give me that head coach, top olineman, punter, kicker, and full back. I want em!

Since those don't exist much, let's take a look at a few I found in a time period where they did.

Marv Levy. I best remember him coaching the Bills through most of the 90's. He took them to 4 straight AFC Championships but couldn't ever win the big one.


Jerry Sloan was an incredible coach for the Utah Jazz. Another coach like Levy however that went to the big game, but couldn't pull off a win. Of course when you face the games greatest player in MJ, that task became a 100 times harder.


Tom Landry on the other hand, big time winner. Landry won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), five NFC titles, and 13 Divisional titles. He holds the NFL record for longest tenure with one team.


Another Super Bowl Dallas Cowboy champion coach was Jimmy Johnson. He won two titles with the team as well with the big trio of Aikman, Smith and Irvin and now I watch him on the NFL Fox pregame show. One of the best NFL pregame shows out there.


And finally, Joe Gibbs. He won three Super Bowls all with the Redskins. He did so well that Washington brought him out of retirement in 2004 in hopes he could replicate his performance. Well, I think Joe forgot how much the game changed as he struggled two out of four years and the other two he suffered early playoff exits. But, he still will always be remembered as one of the coaching greats.
I also failed to mention he is a NASCAR team owner. Guy has always kept himself busy. He at one time employed one of my favorite racers in Tony Stewart where Stewart won two championships.

I keep wishing there was at least one product for each sport that incorporated coaches. I know Panini did with it's Prizm basketball and that was cool. But, baseball and football need their love soon to. Hopefully one of the companies will read this and jump on it. I am sure I am not alone in wanting at least one expanded product.