Monday, January 31, 2022

Something In The Water

*takes a sip, takes a bite of bagel and gets ready for a new cards over coffee post*

I realize a lot of my recent posts are based on music, but to me, music and cards go together just like cards and coffee. There are even days I will listen to music while I blog. Music is inspirational, music gets you motivated and music drives nostalgia. I am sure each of us can think of a song off the top of our head that attaches to a memory.

So, when I post about music, it usually has to do with a memory.

*takes a sip*

Before I show off today's cards, I have an update from my last music post that featured Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath. I mentioned in that article how great of a person McGrath is and how he is always interacting with fans and how I hoped he would see my post.


As you can see, he did and even interacted more with the tweet. I will admit the 90's kid in me was very giddy.

Now onto today's singer.

*takes a sip, another bagel bite before moving onto the rest of today's post*

This one doesn't have a lot to do with 90's nostalgia and more to do with newer nostalgia....and maybe a slight crush. She is only 9 days older than me.

Carrie Underwood was Season 4's American Idol winner, a show my wife enjoys while I sort cards. Me personally, I only enjoyed the mishaps and terrible singers they used to show in the auditions. That's basically it for the nostalgic tie in here as well. My wife watched the show while I sorted cards. Kinda lame probably for some of you, but a memory is a memory and if there is a way to tie it in and hold onto it, you do it.

I have had my eyes on a rookie card of Carrie for a while now and thanks to Shane from Cheap Wax Wednesday fame, I was lucky to land it and a couple others.
The 2005 Fleer American Idol card was Carrie's rookie card. The product also featured her in a couple of subsets as well. But, this one featured here is the "true rookie".

The set also featured autographs and she was one of the signers. The card is too far of a reach for me to ever acquire.

Thanks to Shane for the help in snagging these for me.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I doubt Carrie will see this post or even interact with it like Mark, but I will tag her regardless.

As I have stated many times before I don't like country music but will honestly admit I do enjoy a couple of Carrie's songs. This is the only time I will admit to liking any form of country music. There must be something in the water.

In comments today, let me know if you watch American Idol, who your favorite winner is and what you favorite Carrie Underwood song is.

Have a great Monday!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

A Rough Blog January

 I don't know about the rest of the bloggers, but January was an awful month in views, comments and lost followers on here. Probably one of the worst months in the history of this blog.

It's not like I missed a day off or haven't posted something about cards every day, I know in the past some toy posts really didn't view well, it is just weird and not something I hope continues as the blog moves closer to its 10-year anniversary on March 1st.

Just like in life, I always have a bright outlook and hope that it improves.

While I am also just doing a short plain post for today, I am going to toss out Cards Over Coffee again. I am still working on building that following as well. Will do a contest once that blog hits 100 followers. Right now there are 41, so a ways to go.

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And spread the word! Add to your blogroll and follow the blog for a future contest as 100 followers.

Sunday, January 30, 2022


The King Of Horror

Some Cards From Wes

*the coffee is hot, the cards are hotter. takes a sip, gets ready for a new post on #CardsOverCoffee*

I have known Wes, formerly of Jay Barker fan/Area 40 blog, for many years now. We have become good friends, or you can probably call it brothers in that span. He knows many things about me not the average person would know, and I assume the same goes for him.

It's like having a childhood best friend, but from a long distance.

The last couple of years, Wes and I have done a Christmas gift exchange where the other person doesn't know what they are getting. The problem is, having that kind of exchange with the legend of giving, is like Tom Brady in his prime Super Bowl Patriot years vs the Detroit Lions. There is no chance to have the upper hand against Wes. I think many of you guys know this already.

Though this year I did send my biggest mail day to him yet, he still outdid himself and outdid what he sent last year, something I didn't think was possible.

I won't be posting all of the cards from this massive mail day, but I will be posting some of them. So, get your coffee ready, try not to spit it out on whatever screen you are reading this on when you see the cards, and be sitting down. That's how I opened his mail day knowing I could take a tumble.

*takes a sip, begins to show off some cards*

*well, stops, gets up, grabs a bagel, toasts it, puts a thin spread of jalapeƱo cream cheese on and gets back to sitting. takes a sip, a bite, a sip, a bite and tries not to get any on hands. grabs cards, begins to show them off*

Today, I am showing off just a few of the key cards. Some will be for separate posts, some didn't upload into the blog, and there is just too much overall to cover.

The first card was this stunning PSA10 1st Bowman of top Yankee prospect Jasson Dominguez. I don't collect a lot of Yankees anymore, but I have been collecting Aaron Judge, Derek Jeter and Jasson Dominguez still.

The next card I thought I had a ton of copies of but turns out I had none until now. The 1991 Upper Deck Michael Jordan baseball rookie. I don't mention this often, but I do have a side PC of Jordan cards as well. He was simply the best as Tina Turner would have said. No basketball player will ever be as dominant as he was.

Kevin Sorbo autograph. This one was on my needs list for his roles on Hercules TV series and the God's Not Dead movie.

I don't listen to country music but have been collecting the autographs from Panini's Country Music product. Especially the names I have heard of and Atkins falls into that category.

The final card of the day is of NFL reporter Chris Mortensen. This was another card on my want list along with John Clayton who I also got in this mail day but didn't get uploaded. Being a huge football fan, I enjoy watching both guys give their insight. Now if only I can land an Adam Schefter autograph.

Thanks again to Wes for these cards. I also hope you were able to keep the coffee in your mouth and not on the screen. 

Also because of Wes I will need to update my overall want list.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I have already begun trying to plan how to outdo what I sent last year to Wes as I am sure he is already working on his end.

Thoughts on my mail day today are welcomed in comments. 

I hope everyone has a great Sunday and God Bless.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

The Grady Chronicles: NASCAHHHH

The latest Grady box installment brings me to NASCAR. I definitely don't watch the sport anymore and don't know many of the names like I used to when I was a big fan pre-2005, but I still collect the cards.

Especially the shiny stuff and there was plenty of that to be found in this mail day.

These Titan cards I have always like from Panini. Not sure why Panini never made this a product. The design is out of this world!

Another Grady mail day show off is done, still a few more to go in this series. As I stated from the beginning, this mail day was stacked.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

The Grady Chronicles: No Judging

A couple of months ago, I finally decided that it was time to move on from my Aaron Judge PC and did so by trading all but five cards away.

Fast forward to today, I sometimes question why I did so.

I started collecting Judge back in 2017 when he came out of nowhere and I grew a 200 card PC or so with 4 autographs as well. But, decided it was time to move on as my interest in baseball cards has become less and less.

But, my recent mail day from blog reader Grady M, has sparked my interest again.....some.

Beautiful Mosaic parallels

And a nice mix of base and inserts.

I also found other Judges in the boxes but for some reason, my photos didn't upload. I hate when that happens.

I am not sure how long my interest in Judge will last for, but for now it's there and I am looking to rebuild my PC.

Now I pass it onto you, have you ever let a PC player go and then regret it afterwards? Post it in comments!

Friday, January 28, 2022

The Grady Chronicles:Mosaic Baseball

I kinda dug Mosaic Soccer, NFL and NBA and am happy to see the baseball version out. Notice that I didn't put MLB on it.

Yes, I know and have heard it over and over, Panini doesn't have MLB logos and yes I will preach it back, not all of their products are bad because the logos are missing. You have to push through the logoless cards and look at the cards. LOOK AT THEM!!

These look soooooooooooooooo cool.

It really doesn't matter what color they come in. Which looking at pink always makes me think about Collecting Cutch.

Orange doesn't look too bad either.

Do you notice logos on this Ichiro or do you see a work of art...I thought so.

And more shininess which is distracting for your eyes not to notice the logos missing. At least for me.

That does it for today's Grady Chronicles. There is still plenty more to show off and more cards that I won't show off because this series would go on all year.

Thoughts on Mosaic baseball is welcomed in comments!

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Only Time I Want The Edge

*sits down on this frustrating day so far. cold temps to -30, internet being down for 11 days, and other frustrations have led to a calming moment to do a new cards over coffee post with an afternoon cup of delight*

*takes a sip...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. that hits the spot*

There have been arguments since the beginning of time over the edge piece of any baked goods, especially brownies. For me it's no argument, you go for the gooey center every time. This is not just for brownies and desserts, for me, as it's the same way with pasta dishes and anything else you bake. I just am not a fan of the outer edges. I don't like the crunchiness or over cooked parts. Give me chewy over crunchy any day.

I am anti-edge.

The only time an edge is acceptable to me, is when it's a Collectors Edge which I have plenty to show off of with my recent trade with Shane from Cheap Wax Wednesday.

*takes a sip before showing off today's cards*

Shane had gone to a card show to hunt for not only things for himself, but to hunt for things for our trade. He knows how much I am always on the hunt for 90's inserts and parallels and he found plenty for me. 

Today, I am just showing off the Collectors Edge that he found, and I am not going to even comment on each card. I will let the cards do the talking for themselves. So, sit there, scroll slowly, take a sip of coffee (or another beverage if you choose) and enjoy. If it comes to it, grab a snack.

You will quickly see why this is the only time I want the edge.


How was that? I bet those made your day. I know they made mine seeing them again, I needed that pick-me-up.

A lot of those cards fit some set chases I had already begun, so when Shane had shown me what he had picked up, I knew it was a double PC find.

Thanks again to Shane from Cheap Wax Wednesday for not only having good taste in pickups, but for snagging these for me.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

Whether you are an edge or a middle of the dish person, I think we can all agree that Collectors Edge brought a lot to the plate. See what I did there. It's too bad they didn't keep on rolling until today. For those of us that collected in the 90's, we were pretty lucky to have brands like Collectors Edge.

If any of you have any of these for my set chases, let me know and I will give you my list of needs.

In the meantime, comment below if you are an edge or middle person and your thoughts on Collectors Edge and the cards I featured today.

Have a great Thursday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Oren Sends A Variety

My latest mail day from Oren arrived a while ago, but I am just getting to posting it. That's how far buried I am in posts on here as we creep towards February where I am hoping to finally get caught up.

But first, let's tackle my latest Oren mail day that features a variety from a variety of PC's.

Playbook die cut Title Quest of Drew Bledsoe

Pacific Saved By The Bell Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Great card, may need to chase down more.

Time Capsule CD from Powerdeck

Ultra relic of Corey Dillion, who is a side PC.

Ulf Samuelsson Crunch Crew, recently these early 90's subsets have really grown on me

Mickey Mantle...reprint insert from something.

And finally, some Masters Of The Universes cards. These are quite unique and nothing I have seen before. I used to love watching the show but don't remember anything about it other than He-Man and Skeletor. Which I will also toss out there if any of you have the Battle Damage He-Man or Skeletor, I would trade cards for those.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed in comments.

Thanks again to Oren for another awesome mail day and I am looking forward to our next trade!