I hate people who lament how much or little they blog. I believe I blog just the right amount. I do it as a hobby or, more to the point, to augment the hobby I love. I do it when I have time or when I am inspired. I have gotten behind, though, it would seem, as I have a bunch of drafts and a fuckton of scans that I haven't used. So what am I gonna do now? Post about brand new cards I just scanned, of course.
When I returned from New Orleans, there were a few packages waiting for me, one of them an eBay lot I had purchased and seemed to take forever to arrive. I believe it was coming from Long Island, so I found it in my heart to excuse any Sandy-related delays. I am a sucker for Topps Triple Threads. I used to buy a few boxes of the stuff every year. It seemed I would nail a big hit that would pay for the others. It was a nice zero sum game. Then, two years in a row, I kind of struck out and it soured me on the whole thing. But I still like to have a nice page of the base cards, or in this instance, the sepia parallels:
I bought this lot because I got a lot of other cards that I wanted/can sell. This is a good looking page and highlights the brief time Hanley Ramirez was in a Miami Marlins jersey.
The other exciting package was a thick load of 30 cards from COMC.com. I probably should have waited for Black Friday, but I am a firm supporter of Buy-Nothing Day, so I decided I can spend a dollar or two more for the bulk shipping and wait patiently. Let's looks at the first nine:
OK, eight. No surprises here. Two Gary Carters from this year that I needed. Two Zack Wheelers to start off my collection of him. I think he and Matt Harvey will fight for my affection by the end of the 2013 season. Also here are a 1984 Topps sticker of Tom Seaver and a 2004 Topps Pristine Legend of Reggie Jackson in his Arizona State uniform. For all my huge Reggie player collection, I did not have single one with him in his Sun Devil digs; now I do. Lastly, there are a mini Dickey and a golden Dickey, which matches my shiny Dickey.
Since no one seemed to have them to trade, I broke down and grabbed the two short print rookie cup cards from this year's Topps (the Reddick and the Arencibia). I also didn't have the Revere, but somehow overlooked snagging the Brett Lawrie...anybody have that one to spare/trade? This shipment will expose the self centered habit I have to collect cards of people named Max. You can see four of them here, two of them fictional (the Mann and Rebo) and two of them real, of which I did not have any (Russell and Monica Maxwell). Rounding these out is a Cameron Jordan die cut rookie, Saints player I like (more on the direct purpose of that tomorrow or next week) and a OPC Legends card of Claude Lemieux, one of my favorite Devils of all time. Remember hockey? Yeah, me too.
This next batch are five 1996 Pinnacle Trophy Collection parallels and four 1984 Topps USFL cards:
I needed these to complete pages...
I now have pages of both USFL Topps sets and two from Pinnacle's late 90's obsession with duflex parallels, though I haven't featured the other yet.
Since I have been obsessed and sorting my football cards, I have a few more to show. I had found seven faux-vintage cards of two of my favorite old players, Gale Sayers and Joe Namath.
I snatched two more of each...
And now have a fantastic page of The Kansas Comet...
And Broadway Joe:
I should think about putting together that whole Namath UD Football Heroes set. I do so enjoy those. Namath and the Jets were my mother's favorite when she was a kid (for obvious reasons). So while I am not big on the Jets in general, it seems fitting for me to have a page of Joe Willie. The man is just too epic and awesome not to be represented.
You will also notice I updated the header graphic and added a festive holiday background picture (I would hate for all of you to get bored with my layout). I have a bunch of Mets ornaments that go on my tree each year. I would do a post about them, but someone already has a definitive Mets Christmas online repository.