Saturday, July 31, 2021



-  So I scored from my dealer:

---  1970 Topps

---  1973 Topps

---  He's still out of 9-pockets, because they're made in China.   

-  I've decided to abandon my Gold Glove project.  Doing team pages instead.  Not what I wanted to do, because I know it won't compare to other people's team pages.  The GG project was too frustrating though.     

-  I've placed a few orders through the Canadian site.  Not happy with the customer service, but it's my best option for inexpensive cards unfortunately.  Especially hockey.  (A few bloggers have claimed the cards are 10 cents each, which isn't true.  They're 10 cents each plus $5 shipping.)  

-  I'm doing a hockey frankenset and a basketball frankenset.  100 cards, like my football one, but I'm not going to take them as seriously.  Or so I tell myself.  

-  Included in my Spring Cleaning box from Kerry was a giant Bryce Harper from 2020 Topps Archives.  It's supposed to be a 1964 throwback, yet doesn't look like 1964 at all.  Big mystery. :) 


The first one is a 1964.  

The second one is a 2020 Archives 1964 Giant (the Harper hasn't been scanned to TCDB). 

-  Matt, the Diamond Jester, renamed all the MLB teams.  I expect to see other bloggers do this, without taking any of my ideas.  

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Deal with the Devil


So Chris the Collector had another online swap meet.  This one was basketball.  I sent him a PWE of players from his want list and he sent me a PWE of 1992-93 Ultra in return.  

So I'm happy with our trade.  

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Spring Cleaning

So Kerry (Cards on Cards) was doing some spring cleaning and he offered a pick-a-team box of cards to people who sent him cards from his want list.  I sent him some 2020 Allen & Ginters for his set build and picked the Phillies for my return cards.  He sent a lot of cards, so let's just look at some highlights. 



-  A couple 1979 Topps of 1980 title team core contributors.  

-  1996 card of a key contributor from the 1993 pennant winners. 

-  Elite base stealer (2006).  

-  2013 Topps Archives of the GOAT

-  2013 Topps Chrome orange refractor

-  2014 Bowman blue parallel - SN500

-  Best sports mascot ever (2015).

-  2019 Allen & Ginter of the 4-time Cy Young Award winner

-  The Phanatic again (2019).

-  2020 Topps Fire of the Big Easy  

-  2020 Topps Opening Day

There were some Abreus and Burrells.  A few Utleys and Rhys Hoskinses.  A couple Thomes.  A Cole Hamels insert honoring his no-hitter at Wrigley.  So yeah - plenty of goodness.  

Note:  Images from TCDB, except for the Halladay and Ruiz, which are both from eBay.  

Friday, July 23, 2021

My Collection at a Glance


Oldest:  1954 Bowman

Most Valuable (according to TCDB)


-  1983 O-Pee-Chee

-  2018 Bowman

Most Popular Brands:  Topps and Donruss




-  1971-72 Topps 

-  1971-72 Topps

Most Valuable (according to TCDB)


-  1997-98 Topps

-  1972-73 Topps

Most Popular Brands:  Hoops and Topps




-  1958 Topps

-  1959 Topps

Most Valuable (according to TCDB)


-  1970 Topps

-  2018 Donruss

Most Popular Brands:  Topps and Pro Set



-  1971-72 O-Pee-Chee

Most Valuable (according to TCDB)


-  1972-73 O-Pee-Chee

-  1975-76 Topps

Most Popular Brands:  Upper Deck and Upper Deck Victory

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A to Z On the Gridiron

Did one for baseball, so I figured I'd do one for football.

All these cards are in my collection.

A:  Lance Alworth -  AFL star.

B:  Ron Brown -  Got his autograph at a track meet.  Olympic gold medalist in track and All-Pro return man in football.    

C:  Harold Carmichael - Eagles legend.

D:  Brian Dawkins - Eagles legend.

E:  John Elway -  The Broncos were my #2 team for about 20 years.    

F:  Nick Foles - Eagles legend.

G:  Shaquem Griffin -  The Jim Abbott of the NFL.  

H:  Bob Hayes -  Another track guy.  Pro Football Hall of famer and 2-time Olympic gold medalist. 

I:  Raghib Ismail -  Rooted for him when he played for Notre Dame.  Saw him score a TD against Stanford in the only D1 game I've attended. 

J:  Ron Jaworski - Eagles legend.

K:  Jason Kelce - Eagles legend.

L:  Steve Largent -  Record setter.

M:  Patrick Mahomes II -  Star player.  Fun to watch.

N:  Ozzie Newsome -  Stud as a player.  Stud as a GM.  

O:  Christian Okoye -  The Nigerian Nightmare.  

P:  Walter Payton - Sweetness.  

Q:  Mike Quick - Eagles legend.

R:  Ed Reed -  The talent of Ray Lewis without the off-field crap.   

S:  Bart Starr -  Old school legend.    

T:  Pat Tillman - American bad ass.  

U:  Johnny Unitas -  Used to be the GOAT, but Brady kept winning. 

V:  Adam Vinatieri -  Have to include a kicker. 

W:  Reggie White - Eagles legend.

X:  Vacant.  Dexter Manley had literacy issues, but I'm not going out of my way to include a Redskin. 

Y:  Roynell Young - Eagles legend.

Z:  Chris Zorich -  Another guy I rooted for during my Notre Dame phase.