Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:Who Dey?

I have been following @clairedabear85 on Twitter for awhile now entering her many NFL related contests as she is a huge football fan. And as you guys know, so am I.

One of her recent contests was for a mystery envelope that she put together and forgot the contents. I was hoping the mystery had some NY Giants involved but I was happy either way because a lot of her items are from the International NFL games from the UK as that's where she is from. So any of those items would be unique for the man cave.

With the package having to cross the ocean, it took a couple of weeks but arrived safely to my mail box on Wednesday. I couldn't wait to rip it open to uncover the mystery.

Inside, I could see there was a theme. A Bengal theme which was based off from last seasons Bengals Vs Redskins game in October. One that was a thriller til end with nobody winning in the 27 all tie. It may have been one of the best games ever played in the UK to date.

So let's see what was sent.

Here is a mini pennant, a couple of tats and a window sticker.

 
This item I loved. A unique mini flag from the event. This will look awesome in the man cave.

 
Up next, AJ McCarron rookie card from Rookies And Stars.

 
Then a pretty sweet Bengals cheerleader poster with some pics signed. I am not sure how my wife will feel about this in the man cave, but that's where it's going haha

 
And to close this out, autograph of future star AJ McCarron which a lot of teams have been high on for awhile. I just wished he could get out there and play. This goes along a few other autographed cards of him I have I've been sitting on. I dig the silver ink signing. I asked @clairedabear85 about the auto and she said he signed it at a store signing right in front of her so it's pretty solid.
 
 
A huge thanks goes out to @clairedabear85 for the goodies and if you are not following her and this above doesn't give you enough reason to..well....your loss. I think many have questioned her if any international winners ever happen and I can say yes, just read this post.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed in comments!

They Shot Hoops Once

Locally, I don't see much in terms of celebrities or sports players. It's not exactly the location for those type of people to live unless they are in hiding or want to be away from media or paparazzi.

However, one year, some Giants players came to the local college to help with a fundraiser. It's been so long and I was so young-as you can see these photos are done with an old Polaroid camera- that I don't honestly remember what the fundraiser was for or what year they came. All I knew was that my father and I had a fun time at the event even though many memories from it are now a blur.

I believe the Giants players came to verse the college team while also grabbing some fans from the crowd to join in. It was mainly kids who raised their hands to get the players attention so they could do a "slam dunk". Maybe something similar you would see with Globetrotters. I wasn't going to volunteer myself however as I was very shy. That's changed a bit over the years.


The players who showed up arrived wearing basketball jerseys with their football jersey number. This is 2-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner Dave Meggett. One of my favorite players from my childhood with his special teams work.

The bad part I just found out is that Meggett is serving a 30 year sentence for a few things he did including robbery. It's sad to see some of your favorite childhood players not knowing what to do after they retire from pro sports.


After they played a round of basketball, the players each sat a table in the back of the gymnasium for an autograph signing. here is a pic with Giants LB Pepper Johnson, Dave Meggett again and Stacy Robinson.
 

I still have the two special pieces of paper that the three players I got to sign, signed on including Dave Meggett, Chris Calloway and Stacy Robinson hanging up in the man cave.


This was the last time the players ever came to this event. I am just glad I was able to go to it.

Mail Day Saturday:Trade With 90's Niche Football Card Blog Part 2

Throughout this week, you have been treated to my Psych autograph card pickups from 90's Niche Football Card blog and you were even shown my biggest hobby accomplishment yet, today, I continue to roll out this big mail day.

But, this isn't quite the finale yet, next Saturday one card is left that had be shown by itself because it's a Hoot!

Now onto Part 2 of the big part of the trade.

I saved the key relics and autographs in our trade to show off this week.

Four new Eli Manning relics start us off. I totally love the Fabric Of The Game with the relic being under the Giants wording.

 
Yes, another Eli. This time paired up with Tiki.

 
Did I say Tiki? Why yes I did. A sick Tiki Fabric Of The Game /25. I like the jersey along with the design. It shows how tightly woven jerseys are now compared to then.

 
Up next, a future superstar in Paul Perkins. Giants are very high on this guy and I think if the Oline gives him the space, he could make a major impact in the NFL.

 
This card was featured over at Snagging Cardboard in it's inaugarual week. If you haven't checked out that blog yet, do so. All of my future NY Giants pickups will only be featured on there.

 
And we finish it up with a pink Prizm Shepard auto. I dig Prizm, really sharp parallels. It's still not a Chrome replacement, but closing in on it.
 
 
Part 2 brought some major boom to the party. Next weeks finale of my most recent trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog is just one card, but it's pretty cool and brings me back to the 90's somewhat. What is it? Well, come back and see then!

Friday, April 14, 2017

NYG PC Spotlight 15: 2014 Panini Prizm Dirty Laundry Andre Williams

Andre Williams
Jersey Card
Card # DL-AW

Psych Week Day 5: THE COMPLETION!

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's finale is one I have been waiting to reveal for two months.

If you didn't notice all week, I never said how close I was to completing this 25-card Psych autograph set. Well, that's because with this card right here of Dule Hill (who I have noted before has his biggest roles of The West Wing and Psych as Shawn Spencer's sidekick),
I have finally done it. I have completed the entire 25-card Psych Seasons 5-8 autograph set!!!!!!! My biggest hobby accomplishment yet. One that I couldn't have done without Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blogs help.

Not only did he help me accomplish the 25-card set, I even was able to add the 26th card, dual autograph of Dule and James Roday.
 
BOOM!!
 
Here is a look at all of the other 24 cards in the set 
 


 
 





    

 

What's my next challenge? Well, I have considered chasing down the seasons 1-4 set but that will be really tough. Autographs were much tougher to pull in that season but I have a solid start. However, that won't be a cheap chase by any stretch so I may work on another project then revert back to that when I can.

Here are the ones I am missing for that Seasons 1-4 set. The lined out ones mean I have.
James Roday
Dulé Hill
Corbin Bernsen
Kirsten Nelsen
Timothy Omundson
Rachael Leigh Cook
Sage Brocklebank
Ally Sheedy
Robert Patrick
George Takei
Jaleel White
 
Thoughts on my completed set are welcomed in comments. Would love to hear which card is your favorite from the set as well and while you are at it, let me know if you have ever completed an autograph set?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Coined In The Hobby

Since the late 90's I have been waiting for the word coin to find it's way back into the sport card hobby. I think the two hobby's coincide nicely for any of us who busted Pinnacle Mint back in the day. One of my favorite products back then.

I can't say I am a die-hard coin collector or have extensive knowledge there, but I have saved onto a few coins over the years from family members who have handed them over. Nothing valuable, but cool looking ones.

But, Upper Deck's recent news on their Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection got me a bit excited that maybe coins and cards will be back together at some point. For now, they are two seperate things but I like the way Upper Deck is releasing these coins. More on why soon.

First here is some background info on them. The first series of the coins are minted in one of four finishes of precious metals and feature 20 hockey players. The collection includes 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver coins available in three finishes and rarities.
  • Colored that are numbered to 5,000 per player
  • High-Relief Silver that are numbered to 1,000 per player
  • Silver Frosted that are numbered to 500 per player.
  • Rare ¼ oz. 99.99% 24-Karat Gold Minted Coin that are just numbered to 100 per player. 
You can purchase these coins through Upper Deck e-Pack®,Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) banking centers in Canada and on CIBC.com/UpperDeck. The coins may be purchased individually in a sealed blind pack for $100 each or as a collector box with four randomly inserted coins for $499. The collector box promises one of three rarer coin.


Here are the list of players you can find:
  1. Patrice Bergeron of  Boston
  2. Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg
  3. Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh
  4. Jack Eichel of Buffalo
  5. Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton
  6. Jaromir Jagr of Florida
  7. Patrick Kane of Chicago
  8. Dylan Larkin of Detroit
  9. Henrik Lundqvist of New York
  10. Erik Karlsson of Ottawa
  11. Connor McDavid of Edmonton
  12. Sean Monahan of Calgary
  13. William Nylander of Toronto
  14. Alex Ovechkin of Washington
  15. Carey Price of Montreal
  16. Patrick Roy of Montreal
  17. Daniel Sedin of Vancouver
  18. Vladimir Tarasenko of St. Louis
  19. John Tavares of Brooklyn
  20. Jonathan Toews of Chicago
I think the one thing about these coins that jumps out to collectors first as I have seen across Twitter, Facebook and forums is the cost and the "blind packaging" aspect and the cost. This is not something that coin collectors normally deal with, but it's something all of us card collectors do.

Here is why I find the "blind packaging" aspect a good thing.
  1. You never know who you are going to get. Simply. The excitement after your purchase will build as to who you get along with what rarity you get
  2. I know many may not be happy paying $100 and getting a base silver coin of John Tavares, but you could get a Gretzky. If these were priced like coins and you had to purchase the ones you want, you may pay only like $50 for a Tavares, but a Gretzky individually even for a base could cost you over $200. The "blind packaging" aspect provides you with that chance of pulling him for the $100 and not having to overpay to do so.
  3. The "blind packaging" may help bondage in this new hobby. Lets say there is one player or team you are chasing and you never pull the right one, well, this is where trading comes into effect and you can get to know other collectors and bond over the new hobby together while helping each other out to get what you want.
I think this newfound adventure for Upper Deck may start a little slow as everyone will be hesitant to give this a try, but I think they will do okay with it. I would like to see some actual coin collectors give this a go and maybe they would like to give cards a try while they are at it. I know they are usually ones who buy exactly what they want and not take a risk with the "blind packaging", but the risk may pay off with a nice rare coin.

Also, who knows, maybe some card collectors crossing over to collect coins. Sometimes one thing leads to another.

What I am really hoping for out of this is a repeat of the late 90's when coins and cards were together in sweet harmony. Whether Upper Deck pursues that adventure, time will tell. Hopefully they will see this post and will get my many dropped hints on this.

Here is a full blown gallery of the 20-players to collect:

So what are your guys thoughts on this? Good idea? Bad idea? Pros? Cons? Comment below! 

Big Blue Collections Part 3: I Am Such A Potato Head

Big Blue Collections is my latest segment here on Snagging Cardboard that showcases non-card items in my NY Giants collection.
I would assume most of us growing up owned or at least played with a Potato Head at some point. You know, those fun round plastic potatoes with holes for you to insert their body parts into? Yeah, they can be a lot of fun especially when you start inserting the wrong parts into the wrong places. Who doesn't like to have a set of teeth as an eye? Or two noses instead of ears?

A few years ago Potato Heads were released for every NFL team. Something I didn't know about until I got one for Christmas. At first I was like, you kidding me, a Potato Head? Is this a cruel joke? Then I opened it and put the pieces together-all in the right spot because as an adult OCD kicks in when you put them in the wrong spots- and actually found it kinda cool.


Here is a side/backside angle of it. The jersey number is 00 so Panini must had done a rookie photo-shoot of it.


I have yet to take the Potato Head apart again. It resides on my man cave shelves.

If you were curious where they sell these if you wanted one of your team, it seems Amazon carries them for less than $15. So could be a cheap pick up for your collection if you like oddball items.

Psych Week Day 4

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's card is the Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio.
 
This autograph set had some really big names in it from some cool actors. But, one that I have wanted for awhile is Ralph's. I mean, who didn't watch The Karate Kid? Yes, he will always be mainly done for that role, but he also starred in other movies and TV shows like The Outsiders and My Cousin Vinny and Ugly Betty.
 
Tomorrow is the finale day of Psych Week. It's one I hope you will tune in for as big news will finally be out. 

Thoughts on today's card and which Karate Kid movie was your favorite is welcomed in comments.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 MLB PICK 'EM APRIL'S PRIZE

Well, here it is folks. The prize up for grabs for the month of April in the 2017 MLB Pick Em Promo.

Did you miss week 1? Doesn't matter, enter week 2 and find all of the details in the above tabs at the top of the blog.

Enter in the contest at any point for chances at monthly and season ending prizes!

NYG PC Spotlight 14:1972 Topps Bobby Duhon

Bobby Duhon
Base Card
Card #92