Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Added a trade bait page for selling and trading purposes

So after I reconfigured my collections, I made a trade bait page for everything I'm not planning on keeping.  You can find it here, and anything really fancy (Like relics or autos or plates) will have a scan below that card.

If you ever want to trade for something there or buy something from it, just let me know and we'll work out a deal!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Finally.

By george...we've finally done it.  The LCM Mirror Black 1/1 is in my possession.

And because no one ever scanned them all together, here's the big happy LCM family:
(Base is /1250, Red is /150, Blue is /50, Gold is /25, Emerald is /5, and Black is /1 obviously)

Details to come.  But I just wanted to triumphantly post for now!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quads from Matthew - #10 Cowboys

A long while back, I got a return trade from Bob Walk the Plank for some something I sent him at some point.

As I then didn't scan anything for months, the three 2002 Heads up Quads he got me just sat on my desk.  I didn't even mark them as haves on my checklist.  Those were dark times indeed.

Well now, after finally scanning everything I had on the desk, including the Quads, I can post about them!  So here's the first post, which features the early 00s Cowboys as they tried to get back to their glory days.
Joey Galloway is probably remembered most as a Seahawk and a Buccaneers (And also a Buckeye), but in between those pro stops, he spent a decent four years in Dallas.  After an ACL tear led to a one game long initial season, he had 147 catches over his next three years with the team, scoring 11 touchdowns.  It wasn't quite up to par with what he had done in Seattle, but it was enough that Tampa Bay was willing to trade Keyshawn Johnson for Galloway straight up after the 2003 season.  He then had another injury riddled season before breaking off three straight 1,000 yard campaigns, putting the Buccaneers in the "win" category for that trade (Keyshawn spent just two years in Dallas and never had 1,000 yards receiving).  Galloway later finished up his career with short stints in New England and Washington.

I personally loved Galloway since NFL Quarterback Club '98, so he was on a lot of Madden 2004 teams for me.  So was Ken-Yon Rambo, a 7th round pick (Also out of Ohio State) by the Raiders in 2001 who quickly made his way to the Cowboys and hung around for a few seasons.  In two seasons of play, Rambo caught 17 passes for 239 yards.  He was later a New York Jet, but injuries led to him falling out of the NFL in 2004.

"Rocket" Ismail was supposed to be the next big thing in the NFL when he declared for the draft in 1991.  Projected as the number one overall pick, he instead signed a huge contract with the Toronto Argonauts, $18.2 million over four years.  This doesn't feel like a ton today, but at the time it averaged out to more than the CFL's salary cap per team (Which was $3.8 million) and was the highest contract in football history anywhere.  Season one went great, with Toronto winning the Grey Cup (Their Super Bowl) and Ismail scoring touchdowns.  In season two the team slumped and Ismail was less happy, and tied with financial issues Ismail moved to the L.A. Raiders after that second season.

The Raiders owned his rights because they drafted him with pick 100 in 1991, and he was somewhat of a letdown in his three years with the team, with just nine touchdowns total and none on returns.  So they traded him to Carolina, where he had two more humdrum seasons followed by a third where he went over 1,000 yards finally.  This inspired Dallas to sign him for the 2001 season, and he did go over 1,000 yards that season, but his next two seasons were beset by injuries before Ismail fell out of the NFL.

As for Emmitt Smith - well the guy is obviously a legend.  He was the 2nd all time leading rusher in High School history, and he ended up topping that as a Hall of Famer and the all time leading rusher in the NFL.  He also won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and was the league MVP in 1993.  

One of the most shocking things about Smith, in my opinion, is that he was only picked 17th overall in the 1990 draft.  The Cowboys should have actually picked #1 due to their record, and they might have picked James Francis there, but they forfeited this pick due to picking Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft the year before.  As a result they picked 21st, and they actually traded up to 17th (With the Steelers) as they saw Smith dropping, seeing a potential value pick.  There were some real good picks above Smith, including Hall of Famers Cortez Kennedy and Junior Seau and Pro Bowlers Mark Carrier, Richmond Webb, Renaldo Turnbull, and Lamar Lathon, but there's no question Smith probably should've gone number one, especially compared to actual #1 pick Jeff George and #2 pick (and first RB selected) Blair Thomas.

That being said, John Randle, Hall of Famer, went undrafted in 1990, so Smith was hardly the worst slight of the draft.

Who wins the card? There's no question it's Smith, who had an amazing career with the Cowboys.  If I had to pick a 2nd place it'd probably be Galloway, as his overall career was a lot better than Ismail's and his Cowboys' career was a little bit better as well.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Selling update, with a few more of my recent scans

So I finally scanned all the cards I had sitting around.  YESSSSS!  Can I get a wasssssssup?
(Check the sides if you don't see it).

More importantly (right now) though, I'm up to a little over $60 in sales, so the Seneca fundraising is going well.  It's mostly patches through Blowout, though I'm only selling about 60% of my patches since I can't part with a few of the best ones.  But every little bit helps, so life is good!  And as usual, if you'd like to make an offer for something in my sidebar, go for it!  I haven't refused anything yet (Though also no one's asked for anything I don't want to part with yet).

Speaking of patches, I scanned a J.R. Redmond orange pylon piece but it scanned weird.  Check this out:
I did a double take after, and it's definitely still orange...so I'm not really sure how that happened on my scanner.  Go figure.

One last card for this post, I completely forget who sent this to me a while back, but it's an IP auto of Cliff Lee:
Cliff's peak was REAL short, but he was so dominant while it lasted, and as an Ohio resident I definitely have a fondness for his time with the Indians.  So this one's a fun card to add to the random autos portion of my binder, a place I'm finding I love a lot even if they don't always get a lot of fanfare on this blog.  Maybe I'll scan some pages someday.  Who knows?

Monday, August 7, 2017

A serendipitous Seneca, a slew of Stiths, and some sweet stitches

Alliteration baby, I'm all about it!

Now I recently mentioned that I'm selling almost all my PC stuff to support a big Seneca Wallace purchase, and that's still going on (Buy all the things!  ALL OF THEM!).  But I recently came across a pretty nifty Seneca card which, when paired with some taunting from a buddy on Blowout, got me to finally scan a few cards.  So I decided to show them off!

When I began this mega purchase idea, I needed ten cards from the guy.  But like two days after we talked, someone posted one of those ten cards on Ebay for sale with a really cheap BIN.  I mean I haven't seen a new Seneca online in like a year, so how crazy is that?

Anyways, I hit that BIN in an instant, and today the ultra platinum /100 is back in my hands.  It's 50/100 too, which is kind of neat:
Definitely a huge get for my Seneca collection, and some awesome timing too.

As I sell off pieces and parts of my pc (Again with the alliteration!), I'm realizing that the patches tend to sell the best, since so many of them are spectacular.  So I decided to finally scan all my outstanding (meant both ways) patches in case anyone wants to buy one or two.  I haven't decided if they're all for sale yet, because a few are just way too cool.






Of the seven, the Szczerbiak is a personal favorite, and I doubt I'd sell that one.  As usual, most of these card were the result of me browsing through a well known patch set on COMC and digging to see if any patches were "hidden" behind the main card the site shows.  Szczerbiak and Manny Ramirez were definitely instances of that.  Dewon Brazelton is just an instance of me being unable to ever fully quit obtaining Dewon Brazelton cards, even after selling my PC to The Collective Troll a long time ago.

Finally, one PC that I'm definitely not selling, unless someone gives me like a million dollars for it, is my Shyrone Stith collection.  While a lot of collections on this blog besides Seneca are fluid, Stith is kind of the 1B to Seneca's 1A of weird guys I liked because of Madden 04.  It helps that they have a similar number of cards and that I was able to get up to 80% of Stith's master set in a jiffy thanks to COMC funds and some cheapies being listed on Ebay.  I now have a guy who periodically finds me rare Stiths and then sells them on COMC for $5, so that's where most of these final cards came from:




These are listed in descending print run order, with the final card being #'d 13/13, which is pretty freaking cool.  It's also shiny as hell, which is nice for any parallel.  Stith is quickly approaching Seneca Wallace status, aka no more cards I need online and so I'll need to find weird former Stith collectors to buy from.  So who knows, maybe in 2-3 years I'll sell off my future PCs for a run at one of his 1/1s or something.  Only time will tell I suppose!