Thursday, July 30, 2020


So I traded with Mike (49ants) again.  Not a large trade, but it helped a couple of my custom set builds.  



Graddy for my Football Plus set.  Only need 2 cards now - 1 football and 1 baseball. 

Had a couple Jetts, but I think this action shot is an upgrade.    

Tara Wilson. Of course.

Branch is a rough one, but I don't hold grudges.  Only need 3 more to complete my Super Bowl MVP set.  Starting at XI made this a lot easier.  LOL 

So I filled 2 empty custom set slots and upgraded another one.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Scoring from My Dealer


So I've decided to continue with his 1990-91 Upper Deck hockey box.  After purchasing some 9-pocket sheets for my new baseball project, I was able to get 5 packs and stay within my weekly budget. 

1990-91 Upper Deck #305 Mario Lemieux Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #308 Brian Bellows Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #205 Wayne Gretzky Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #393 Tim Cheveldae Front

-  Lemieux, but it's a team checklist.  

-  Brian Bellows team checklist.  I never heard of him, but I like the look of this card.  These team checklists seem to be coming about 1 per pack.  

-  Not sure why they named a hockey trophy after Diana's husband.

-  Cheveldae rookie.  Only 3 true goalie cards in the whole batch.  Though I also pulled the Roy Canadiens checklist card. 

 1990-91 Upper Deck #164 Joe Sakic Front     1990-91 Upper Deck #346 Mike Modano Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #188 Guy Carbonneau Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #128 Igor Larionov Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #173 Adam Oates Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #137 Bryan Trottier Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #271 Doug Gilmour Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #236 Scott Stevens Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #41 Dave Andreychuk Front  1990-91 Upper Deck #261 Mark Howe Front

-  Modano gets the All-Rookie Team logo in place of the North Stars logo.

-  Larionov's rookie card. 

-  Andreychuk was only an NHL All-Star twice, but he's a Hall of Famer.  You do you, Canada.    

-  Howe was on the Flyers team that got EFFING HOSED in 1987.  His father played in the NHL. :)  

Monday, July 27, 2020

Movie Match Monday


(in which I awkwardly match a movie with a sports team or an athlete)


In a season that saw the casualties pile up, including the loss of their top field general, the 2017 Eagles persevered.  Their commanding officer believed in bold action, which led to a record number of 4th down attempts and conversions.  Perhaps the greatest risk led to the ultimate reward, and is known to historians as the Philly Special. 

 2017 Panini Instant NFL #554 Nick Foles Front  2017 Panini Prestige #115 Zach Ertz Front

2017 Panini Unparalleled #120 Jason Kelce Front  2017 Donruss #249 Fletcher Cox Front

2017 Score #251 Brandon Graham Front    2017 Donruss - Gridiron Kings #28 Carson Wentz Front

Nick Foles

With the Eagles 2012- 14, 2017 - 18

-  Super Bowl LII MVP

-  Pro Bowl - 2013

-  7 TD passes in one game - 2013

-  25 consecutive completions - 2018

Zach Ertz

-  With the Eagles 2013 - present

-  3 Pro Bowls - 2017 - 19

-  Most receptions by a TE in one season - 116 in 2018

Jason Kelce

With the Eagles 2011 - present

-  3-time First Team All-Pro - 2017 - 19

-  3 Pro Bowls - 2014, 2016, 2019

Fletcher Cox

-  With the Eagles 2012 - present

-  2010s All-Decade Team

-  First Team All-Pro - 2018

-  3-time Second Team All-Pro - 2014, 2015, 2017

-  5 Pro Bowls - 2015 - 19

Brandon Graham

-  With the Eagles 2010 - present

-  Second Team All-Pro - 2016

Carson Wentz

-  With the Eagles 2016 - present

-  Second Team All-Pro 2017

-  Pro Bowl - 2017

Richard Burton
-  Nominated for 7 Oscars

-  Films include: Becket, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew, Cleopatra

Clint Eastwood

-  Nominated for two Best Actor Oscars

-  Won 2 Best Director Oscars, nominated for 2 others

-  Films include:  Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, The Gauntlet, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Pale Rider, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, High Plains Drifter 


Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Weekly Clean-Up


-  Tried to buy 3-pockets from my dealer but he had never heard of them. So I just bought a 9-pocket and cut it into three. 

-  Decided to make some changes to Ten On the Tenth.  So we'll see how that goes.  

-  Was innocently browsing Wikipedia when I noticed that only nine players have hit four HRs in one MLB game during my lifetime.  I already have five of them.  So I'm adding this to my list of custom sets.  

-  I'm going to be dipping into hockey for a while.  My dealer has a few boxes - mostly 1990s.  So I bought a couple packs of Topps Premier - pulled a Roy.  A few packs of Upper Deck - a Mats Sundin rookie, a Brian Leetch, a Roy award winner.  Anyway, this is why I didn't do a Scoring from My Dealer post this week.  I had just done a hockey post and it didn't generate much interest.  

1993-94 Topps Premier #1 Patrick Roy Front   1990-91 Upper Deck #207 Patrick Roy Front

1990-91 Upper Deck #253 Brian Leetch Front   1990-91 Upper Deck #365 Mats Sundin Front 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


So I received about a dozen cards form Chris (The Collector).  Let's take a goose at the highlights, because ganders are too expensive. 

1991-92 Hoops #101 Magic Johnson Front   

1991-92 Hoops #248 Charles Barkley Front  1990-91 Hoops #10 Dennis Rodman Front 

As a patriotic American, I hated the Celtics.  But sometimes my beloved 76ers couldn't get it done. So the Lakers were my last hope.  And Showtime was a lot more fun than whatever the Celtics were doing.

Doc's retirement hurt, but at least he announced it in advance.  The Barkley trade just sucked. 

Defensive Player of the Year twice.  Married to Carmen Electra.  Ambassador to North Korea.  Here he is wearing #10 (his Pistons number) on card #10.   

1993 SP #200 Fred Barnett Front  2016 Donruss #66 Ickey Woods Front

Starting WR during the Buddy Ryan era.  Had a brief encounter with his family in the Candlestick parking lot.  

Ickey of Ickey Shuffle fame.  I've never liked the Bengals uniforms, but those helmets are elite. 

1989 Donruss #5 Robin Yount Front 

1989 Donruss #193 Mike Schmidt Front  1986 Topps #10 Tony Gwynn Front 

Only three of these baseball players are Hall of Famers.  Chris tries though. 

Yount was AL MVP as a shortstop and then as a center fielder.  

Obviously, MJ is legendary.  Even basketball fans talk about him. 

San Diego State basketball's all-time assists leader.  I gave away all my Gwynn cards in a Covid-19 contest on TCDB, so it's nice to make some progress on a rebuild.   

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Elliptical Man Talks Hockey

I don't like to brag about my hockey expertise.  But I've seen a few hockey games on TV.  I've attended an NHL game and an AHL game.  I own some hockey cards.  I've been to Canada. 

So without further ado...

Best Hockey Players Ever

1957-58 Topps #42 Gordie Howe Front  1967-68 Topps #118 Bobby Orr Front

1970-71 O-Pee-Chee #195 Bobby Clarke Front  1958-59 Topps #66 Bobby Hull Front

1979-80 Topps #18 Wayne Gretzky Front

Best Goalies Ever

1986-87 O-Pee-Chee #53 Patrick Roy Front  1958-59 Topps #2 Terry Sawchuk Front

1987-88 O-Pee-Chee #169 Ron Hextall Front  1969-70 O-Pee-Chee #89 Bernie Parent Front

1990-91 Score Canadian #439 Martin Brodeur Front  

Best NHL Dynasties

1975-76 O-Pee-Chee #147 Dave Schultz Front 
 1964-65 Topps #33 Jean Beliveau Front   1982-83 O-Pee-Chee #105 Grant Fuhr Front

A look at my extensive hockey card collection:  
1991-92 Score Young Superstars #30 Eric Lindros Front   1991-92 Score Young Superstars #38 Jaromir Jagr Front
According to TCDB, my most valuable hockey cards. 

1989-90 Topps #17 Patrick Roy Front  1974-75 Topps #109 Jim Neilson Front  
My favorite hockey cards that I own.

1993-94 Score #442 Mark Recchi Front  
The player I own the most cards of - a whopping 3. 

 1991-92 Score Canadian English #2 Al MacInnis Front   1993-94 Score - International Stars #10 Mats Sundin Front 
The teams I own the most cards of:  6 Flames and 5 Nordiques.   

Hockey Trivia  

Carol Alt was married to Ranger Ron Greschner and later was romantically involved with Islander Alexei Yashin.    

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