Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quads from Matthew - #38 Titans

Most of these 2002 Heads up quads bring back memories, but few cards have all four players pretty involved in my football fandom past like this Titans one.  My brother was a Titans fan (And Buccaneers fan) growing up, which was kind of weird since we lived in Massachusetts.  I guess it's a combination of loving winners (Both teams made Super Bowls in that era) and loving underdogs (Neither team was close to a dynasty, although both hung for a few competitive years).  As a result, I followed the Titans a little closer than your average team, and so my rankings this time around might be a little biased.  These guys also came up a TON in Madden 2004 games since my brother was a fan.  So let's see what affect that has on my rankings below.

Eddie George was one of the "stars" of the Titans of the time, moreso for his durability and grinder playstyle than anything else IMHO.  He'd gain around 4 yards per carry, nothing super fancy, but he'd do so on a top five in the league carry number with 35-50 receptions added in.  The guy just played hard all the time.  He's also an Ohio State alum, so I hear about him in Ohio now and then.  I even got to visit a restaurant of his for my former blog writing job a bunch of years back during a weekend with an OKCupid "friend."  She's a hardcore vegan now and I'm married, so it'd never happen again, but I'm glad I got to sample Eddie's fare once upon a time.

Kevin Dyson is a legend in my home for two plays, both of which I have captured in cardboard:

The homerun throwback of card one helped get the Titans to the Super Bowl.  The last play stretch of card two almost won the Titans that Super Bowl, and stands in my mind as one of the greatest Super Bowl plays of all time.  It also made the Patriots win the next year all that much sweeter since I was rooting Titans.

Now Dyson only played six years in the league thanks to injuries, so he never really made a name for himself outside of that Titans Super Bowl run.  But I remember him fondly thanks to that and thanks to Madden 2004.  See, in Madden, he was the ONLY guy who started the year on the IR.  Not injured, actually on the IR.  Which meant he NEVER played year one in any season you did.  Even if you did a fantasy draft, where every single player in the NFL is put into a draft and you essentially make your own teams, he was designated IR and would sit out the entire season even if you drafted him.

It was weird.

But it made me draft him a lot.  I could stash him on the injured list and add a new guy, AND I would have his rights the next season.  Which was silly, since he wasn't signed for long and his stats always inevitably dropped because he didn't have any games played to improve himself.  But he still had some speed, and I had good memories, so he often made a solid WR3 or WR4 in year two and beyond of my squad (I actually played a ton of five WR sets so having five decent WR was always a big thing).  So even though he's DEFINITELY the least statistically impressive Titan on here...I like him.


Derrick Mason will never not be underrated.  He played a remarkable fifteen years in the league, and though he never led the league in anything and only played in two Pro Bowls, he ended his career 17th all time in receptions and 25th in receiving yards.  He was the definition of consistency - always in the top half of the league's WR, but never at the top while guys like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens were around.  My brother was definitely a big Mason fan, so I heard about him a lot, even after he left for Baltimore for a few years.

And finally we have Steve McNair.  Of course nowadays he's mostly remember as the victim of a murder suicide, but when he played he left nothing on the field and did some pretty good things in his thirteen years in the league, including winning the MVP once (He actually tied with Peyton Manning for the award).  He was masterful at scrambling to keep a play alive and, like Eddie George on the other side of the card, was durable as they come.  Definitely a good QB, although I almost never used him in Madden 2004 because he was the next tier slower than guys like Seneca Wallace and Brad Banks.  He often gave me fits as an opponent though.

Who wins the card: If I'm being hugely biased, it's Kevin Dyson.  He is easily the 4th most talented guy on this card, but he had a few big moments and a Madden 04 quirk/glitch that I just never got over.  So he'd win for me.  But if anyone rational voted, I THINK the winner would have to be Derrick Mason.  Yes McNair had the MVP hardware, and George probably had more fans, but Mason did the most damage for the longest amount of time and his picture should probably be in the dictionary next to "consummate pro."  So he'd get my vote if I'm not voting biased.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Holy crap, I still needed that?

When you collect a guy to the extent that I have, you come across some cards that may have never happened.

Maybe a company was going under, or the guy didn't sign, or something...and so a card on the checklist never ends up existing at all. 

There have been a few times where someone said this was the case for a Seneca Wallace card.  Heck, there's a time where I messaged upper Deck about a card and they said it didn't exist.  Of course, it did, and I own it, but that's another story.

Anyways, when I was putting my newest Seneca cards in my binder, I realized I hadn't shifted my collection yet to cover the "non-existent" 03 Fleer Authentix Luxury Box Boosters card.  I decided, before moving cards, to make one last google search for it.

It was on Amazon for a little over $10.

It's mine now:
Totally stunned this even exists.

Lesson: Don't give up on a card, even when people tell you it was never made!

(Now, officially, every card I need has a print run of 55 or less).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Full Seneca Haul

So it's been almost a week, and I still can't believe the LCM Black is mine!  But I figured I'd share some of the basics of the story, as well as pics of the rest of the cards, now that some time has passed.

I mentioned before that the seller contacted me this time around, looking to move his Seneca collection.  In the past I had been contacting him, and he had seemed reluctant, so this seemed promising.  That said, last time he talked we were looking at $450+ for the Mirror Black alone, so I was ready for this negotiation to potentially take a while.  

In the end though, seven of the nine cards were actually pretty easy to make prices for.  The toughest cards to price ended up being the Donruss Elite Status /15 
and the Rookies and Stars Longevity /10.  
I'd never seen them online other than his collection, and last time he was quoting $60+ for them.  But after coming up with prices for the other cards, we added on a compromised price for the two beauties above and the package was in the mail the next day.

Now that makes it sound simple, and it wasn't all that.  You could tell my initial offer seemed low to the seller, and he actually went looking for other Seneca PCs to sell too.  What was hilarious is that he found this blog and messaged me through my email here!  I just laughed it off though - I know they were his cards, and he was just trying to get the best deal that he could.  So that didn't hang up any of the negotiations.

Plus, we already knew that six of the cards would be mine.  I sold him those six before, remembered the prices, and he was fine getting that back.  So the LCM Emerald /5
Absolute Spectrum /25
 Secret Weapons Gold /15
  Gold Spotlight /25
Rookie O's /25
and Flags /25
were all very welcome returns to my collection where they once belonged.

The real cool thing was that the seller threw in a double too.  He didn't tell me, I just kept counting ten cards instead of nine and finally figured it out.  He said it would be nice in my collection or I could trade it/sell it someday.  It's another prep patch /25
And with that, we have the entire package he sent me.  Minus the LCM Black of course, which is so fantastic
So glad he and I could finally work out a deal!

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!