Saturday, June 25, 2022

Eli's Card: 2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear Next Generation

Today's latest Eli Manning is brought to you by the letters MD. That's because the nice folks over at MD Sports World sent me a little surprise RAK a couple of weeks ago.

It's sometimes challenging to find an Eli Manning that I don't have unless it's numbered or a rookie card.  MD Sports World must have known this as they sent me a need.

I don't know much about this product or insert line, but looking at the fact the product name is in rainbow foil I can only assume this is a parallel as I assume the base version of this card would be basic or basic foil.

The card numbering also may give that away as it's /25.

Thanks again to MD for the Eli card.
Here is a plug-in for them as a thank you to them for sending me the Eli. Their eBay store has tons of fun stuff including some more NY Giants cards I have on my radar.

Thoughts on my latest add is welcomed in comments.

Hold My Hand

*sits down with coffee in hand...when doesn't anybody not find me with one. takes a sip, has a stack of new cards nearby and gets ready for the latest Cards Over Coffee post*

I mentioned a few posts ago that I wanted to jumpstart a Darius Rucker, lead singer of one of my favorite groups Hootie And The Blowfish, PC after acquiring my second autograph of him in that post.

I have now started my ground work on this collection.

So, Hold My Hand and I take you down to Tuckers Town and show off my collection thus far.

2014 Panini Country Music product makes up a good portion of the Darius Rucker cards out there. He has a total of 69 cards with only less than 20 being something not from Panini Country Music.

I spent a lot of tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmeee researching his cards.

I have 2 of the 3 base cards he has in the base card set.

Along with base, there are parallels. When aren't there parallels???  
This is an emerald green found in retail.

I have a decent start on this card run but still many to go.

An overall look at the parallels, 
Green, Blue /199, Purple /99, Red /99, Silver /49, and -Gold /25

It's not too bad in terms the amount of parallels. Anytime I see more than this I Go Blind.

Hootie, Darius, is also featured in some of the inserts as well.

They as well have the following parallels,
Green, Blue /199, Purple /99, Red /99, Silver /49, and -Gold /25
Top Of The Charts base insert and emerald green.

Backstage Pass Emerald Green

Many more needs for Country Music including the non silhouette autograph card, the relic card and the guitar pick card.
I did however add the second 2004 Playoff Honors Fans Of The Game Need. Now I have the autograph and the base insert. Only missing the parallel insert which I don't see listed anywhere.

If any of you have any Hootie I don't have available for trade, drop me a comment or an email! Or if your wife has any, take them and trade them to me. Just Let Her Cry!

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

Darius is the latest singer/actor I have added a PC of.

The others are, 
Chevy Chase
Elton John
RL Stine

Thoughts on my PC and if you have any that you don't need, comment below!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, June 24, 2022

Coffee Break:2022 Topps Tribute Baseball

*sits down, starts to download some older posts from The Product Breakdown as I have decided to do my box breaks back on here again and bring back my NY Giants blog. More on that another time. Uploads the content, 13 posts in all that will republish on here and takes a sip and gets the post coffee blog ready*

Today, I am diving into a box of 2022 Topps Tribute baseball. High end products and I don't usually equal success. Every time I have ripped a high end box the results have low end feels. Will today's product do that as well? Only one way to see.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

Every box of 2022 Topps Tribute baseball comes with 6 packs of 3 cards per pack. Boxes should have 3 on-card autographs along with 3 game used jersey cards per. Currently boxes are steep at about $450.

The base set is beautiful. Well designed, the cards are really thick and the touch of rainbow foil along the border of the player really adds a nice look to the already clean card.

The card backs are stat-less but come with some tidbits on the player featured.

There are 90 cards in the base set featuring veterans,
and Legends of the game.

Here are rest of the base that I pulled in my break,

There are also 10 base rookie cards to find as well. They are card numbers 91-100.
These cards are shortprinted as they fall 1:18 packs. Would make it challenging to put together a base set.

Green /99, Purple /50, Orange /25, Red /10, and Black 1/1.
Not a lot of parallels to find in a box as I found only one. This is a Xander Bogaerts purple as you can define by the border around the player.

Without any inserts to chase, here is what I pulled in this break,

Stamp Of Approval relics of Mullins and Rendon.

Triple Relic of Pedroia

Dual Relic of two Yanks, Pettite and Sabathia

Pitcher auto. ugh. I know Dodger fans would be happy with this one.

Winker autograph. Looks like a green parallel /99

And final hit, I assume an orange autograph /25 of another pitcher in Shane Bieber.

Well, I think the product is stunning in design. I even like the design of the hits as well.

The tough part is seeing what a box goes for and what I got in return. That is hard to swallow.

There are though tons of AMAAAAAZING hits I left for you guys to find, however. If you can't afford a box, I suggest picking up singles or jumping in on a box break. I can't promise you value back every time, but what I can promise you is that the cards would look great in your collection.

Thoughts on today's product welcomed in comments.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

My First Full 90's Rainbow

In the 90's, we didn't have 35 parallels in any set compared to some of today's products. Even the chromed products had only a couple at most. 

When I was recently checking out Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace, I ran into a product I didn't know had some many parallels.

1999 Playoff Prestige SSD was a product loaded with parallels for its time. There were five to chase overall and was probably the most parallels I have seen in a product since Pinnacle Certified.

The base card, which by the way looks spectacular as is, was not numbered.

But, all of the spectrum parallels were randomly inserted into packs and numbered to 500. 

Gold Spectrum

Green Spectrum

Red Spectrum

Purple Spectrum

Blue Spectrum

All of the cards look spectacular side by side. Graham was the only Giants player I could find on Burbank that had the entire run.

If you want to search Burbank for a rainbow like this for yourself, check out their Beckett Markeplace HERE and make sure you use the code 15Burbank to save yourself 15%!

Thoughts on this fun discovery is welcomed in comments and if you chased any 90's parallel rainbows?

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Health And Cards

*sits down and takes a sip. it's time for another new Cards Over Coffee post*

It's been awhile since I have updated my health status on here and since I recently had a Dr's appointment with all of the bloodwork, I have all of the updates.

I am happy to report that my A1C stayed out of diabetic range at 5.8, it's still on the higher end of the lows, but it's a working progress. My liver numbers look the best they have in years for my fatty liver disease and all of the other bloodwork was in normal range. Woo ha! My weight loss has been maintained at 18.5 pounds as well. I can't seem to lose that extra 1.5 I have been trying to lose to make my 20 pound loss, but as long as I maintain and my other numbers look good, I am okay with that.

Though I won't stop giving up.

*takes a happy little sip*

Just because I am maintaining and trying to lose the weight still, doesn't mean I can't treat myself to a fun breakfast occasionally as a reward. What fun is working hard if you can't? 

This blog has been known to show off treats and it has been a while since I have shown one-because I have kept my distance from them-I figured it was time to show one off I tried recently. If you are into coffee cakes at all and don't have the time or funds to run to a bakery or make one yourself, the best premade boxed ones I have tried came from Hostess.

I may or may not be rewarding myself this morning with one.

Eating something not-so-healthy for breakfast is better as you have the day to wear it off and with my 20K steps a day on Fitbit it doesn't take me much to do so. These also only have 170 calories so it's not like I am really killing it with one.

*takes a bite...mmmm that is good*

*takes a sip and gets back to today's post*

Since this is not only a snack and coffee blog, I have some cards to show off as well.

My recent trade with @Mackdogking55 hauled me in some new Marvel and DC stuff.
I have always wanted one of these 1994 Marvel Masterpieces Silver Holofoils since they look cool and now I finally have one. Though I really wanted the Carnage, Venom and Spiderman the most from the set.

I am not quite sure what the next cards are, but I saw Batman and that's all I needed.

And this one was shiny which made it even better.

Thanks again to Mackdog for another fun trade.

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

As you can see, it has been rewarding for me to do this weight loss journey as my health has improved. However, despite working out on a treadmill religiously every day, I don't feel I am in any better shape. Guess that what creeping up on my 40s must be like.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday. Let me know in comments your favorite card from today's post and your favorite coffee cake.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Show Me The Way:1998 Topps Stars Silver

I have introduced Rodney's Cardboard, Kerry's Cardboard, then Eli's Cardboard yesterday and today I am Showing You The Way!

The fourth major player I collect gets his own segment on Big Blue Cardboard as well.

One of my three newest Charles Way pickups from Burbank Sportcards is this Topps Stars Silver parallel.

The set comes with Base, Silver, Gold, Bronze and Gold Star Rainbow. 

The only difference between the cards is the foil used on the front.

And the numbering on the back. The silvers are numbered to 3999.

Thoughts on my latest Charles Way addition welcomed in comments.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cards That Only I Care About

*does morning blog reading in open windows, yes, I read other sport card blogs and will occasionally comment when there is time. remembers an article on Night Owl Cards that is an idea for today's post. clicks link, reads article again, takes a sip and gets stack of cards ready for the latest #CardsOverCoffee post*

The legendary Night Owl Cards put up a post on June 13th that I thought would make for a great Blog-Bat-Around. He posted some cards that only mattered to him and that's the way it should be as a card blogger. Sometimes I feel like I play reading the field and want people to read my posts and not ignore them because I posted something that may not interest them.

Well, today. I took on my inner Night Owl cards and I am posting cards that only I care about or seem to. So, if you don't want to see or read about them, there will be other posts for you another day.

*takes a sip*

The good thing about what I collect is that a lot of people are not chasing it. Even though there are a lot of NY Giants collectors out there, many are only after the star players and rare cards. Not myself, I take the low road because it's fun and sometimes nostalgic.

I am also the only one that card blogs about the Giants that I have found.

For example, my latest Kerry Collins additions. There are other collectors out there, some on TCDB, that have Collins cards in their collections because of Penn State, but I haven't yet met another actual Collins collector such as myself.

I am okay with being the only one liking cards like these,

(Flair Legacy)

And then there is Charles Way. The average collector/person may ask "who is this guy?" and I will just respond, he was a fullback for the NY Giants in the 90's.

With today's NFL and lack of Fullbacks, they may also ask what a fullback is.

Of course, I will sometimes mention that he was primarily used as a fullback to block for my Super Collection player Rodney Hampton.

I don't keep track of Kerry Collins collection on TCDB, but I do keep track of my Charles Way where I am way out front as the top collector. 

*takes a sip and gets ready to finish up today's post*

It's okay that you may not care about the cards I posted today, I am sure some of you collect stuff that I don't care about either. Which is okay to. That is the fun thing about collecting, we collect what makes us happy and not others. Though some cards may make others jealous whether it fits their collection or not.

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday.

Thoughts on my cards and if you will continue this blog bat around welcomed in comments.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*