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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pack Break 1991 Fleer Ultra Football: It's Not as Bad as You'd Think

My father-in-law knows I collect cards and I guess he's found a catalog that offers boxes of assorted cheap unopened packs for sale.  Lately for birthdays and holidays they're his go to gift.  You and I know that they're "junk wax" but it's the thought that counts.

I chose this pack more or less at random.  There's nothing fancy here but the selection of players was better than I expected.  Take a look.

I'm a Walter Payton fan and you can make great arguments for several others as the best running back of all time but this waterbug of a man is right up there.  As a Bears fan I saw plenty of him.  If this was the only recognizable player in the pack it would still be a good one. (Is that LT he's escaping from?)

Metcalf is still #13 on the all-time list for all purpose yards with 17,230.  His record of 10 career punts returned for TD's was broken by Devin Hester.

Stevens was an Pro Bowl selection and Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1988.  
Stevens' daughter Sloane is currently ranked #22 in the world by the WTA.

Erik McMillan was a two time Pro Bowl selection, an honor his father Ernie earned four times.

Stark was a four time Pro Bowl selection.  He's the last of the Baltimore Colts to retire.
Rich was a 5 time Pro Bowl selection and is #7 on the career list for punt yardage

"Thrill" Hill won two national championships at Miami.

The rest.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Peanuts -- Not Top Ten

I think this would make the cartoon version of ESPN's "Not Top Ten":

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Allen & Ginter Guilty Pleasure

When I saw the checklist for this year's A&G I knew one card that I had to have.  Call it a guilty pleasure.  Call it weird.  I wanted an Anthony Bourdain card.  I'm pretty sick of all of the "personalities" on the Food Channel.  I'm particularly over the idea of cooking as a spectator sport.  Bourdain isn't one of "them", although I did think he sold out with "The Taste".  To his credit and/or the Academy's he has been nominated twice for best host.  I do like his other shows on CNN and the Travel Channnel.  So having opened 11 packs and not pulling Tony I went to Ebay and found one for a reasonable $1.49 shipped.  Is there a card in the set that you'd go out of your way to get?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 Allen & Ginter Blaster Pack 8

Pack #8 and we're done.
El Duque
Prince was an iron man until this season.
File:McWay Falls 04-17-2009.jpg
What's the difference between a teacher and a train?  Teacher says "spit out your gum"  The train says, "Choo, Choo".

2014 Allen & Ginter Blaster Pack 7

Pack #7:
"I am not going to get into the past."
Now we're talking! Yogi! Yogi!
Don't mess with Ed and his big bat.
I don't know this guy.  The dog looks concerned.
Do I have them all yet?

2014 Allen & Ginter Blaster Pack 6

Pack #6:
Stan the Man --Some guys are just universally respected.  
 Two for two.
These look great but the more I get the more I think the backs are lame.  I thought they'd be about player's hobbies, not PSA's.
Hey, it's the freaking Titanic--doesn't matter what else the card says.
Don't be sad Roy.  You won two thirds of your decisions.
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