Sunday, September 23, 2018

Random Wax: 2018 Donruss Football

Grabbed another pack of the 2018 Donruss football.  This set is growing more on me.  This card of Ron Jaworski is really sweet.  That is probably my favorite Eagles uniform - perforated jerseys weren't all that but this one always stands out in my mind and is how I remember Jaws.  
  Love that Matt Ryan card and the all red uni.  Not saying I want to watch a whole game with the Falcons in them but I dig it on this card. 
A pretty good pull though not spectacular.  I know Fournette has started off slow, and injured, but if he can stay on the field he really can be a workhorse.
Joe Thomas was great and I was sorry to see him retire.  I love how he didn't go to the draft to go fishing instead.  Of course he was also a great player and I've liked what I've heard of him in interviews and small parts as a media guy.
 A nice Josh Allen rookie.  I'm really hoping he can be the franchise quarterback us Buffalo fans have been waiting for.

BREAKDOWN:
30 – Total Cards
4 – Blue Press Proof Parallels (1 – Rated Rookie)
3 – Rated Rookie (Total)
2 – Retired Greats
1 – RC
1 – Elite Series

Friday, September 21, 2018

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Cards

Not a fan of these but I always pick 'em up anyway.  The 2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers are the same as the regular Heritage cards with some different insert options.  The Ohtani card made my pull.  Again these aren't my thing but I don't mind taking a shot to see what I might pull and give others a look at the cards.

 BREAKDOWN: 
16 – Total Cards
5 – RC
1 – Rookie Performers
1 – Award Winners

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Matchbox Jurassic Park '93 Jeep Wrangler and '93 Ford Explorer

I, like many, have always been a big fan of Jurassic Park.  I remember being in awe seeing it in the theater.   When Matchbox released the 1:64 '93 Jeep Wrangler and '93 Ford Explorer movie from the movie I was stoked.  



These are the "muddy" versions from the Land Rescue Series of the Matchbox 2018 Jurassic World collection.  There are different versions within the collection but I really wanted the muddy versions.




These cars are just perfect for having some fun.  I couldn't resist grabbing the camera and heading outside with a few of the grandson's  dinosaurs.  











I was also able to snag these cars for my grandson.  Can't have him playing with pappie's right?  lol  He is a huge Jurassic Park and dinosaur fan so he was super excited.  









While these seem tough to find in the wild to some extent it seems like some of the 5-packs with these two are still around.  With Hot Wheels and Matchbox is it is all about looking every time you get a chance.  You just never know when a case will be put out.



These are found in the Jurassic World toy section, not the regular Matchbox area.  Matchbox has done a good job covering the Jurassic World car spectrum but so far these are the only two I've picked up.
That's enough showing these sweet cars off.  It's always fun to find cars that mean something to you like that special movie you that was huge when you were young and is one of those all-time greats.  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Random Wax: 2017 Donruss Football

I'm a big fan of the 2017 Donruss football so this was an easy call when I saw the local Wal-Mart found these from the abyss of the stock room.  That said this pack was defense heavy with not a lot of wow factor.  There were also zero retired greats which is one thing I love about these cards.  
There doesn't always have to be a Tom Brady in my packs and the defensive standouts really are good players and include stud Vic Beasley of my Falcons. 
I do like this design, the use of colors and the photos.  This one of Harrison Smith is cool with the yellow numbers on that purple jersey.  I'm not sure I've seen that look while watching a game but don't quote me on that.  
The inserts and parallels were duds with the Rookie Gridirion Kings card being the only insert.  And Davis Webb doesn't move the needle for me.  I won't shy away from these cards.  I like the design too much and I've had better luck before.  So here's until next time.  

BREAKDWOWN:
30 - Total Cards
4 - Blue Press Proof (1 RC)
2 - RC
2 - Rated Rookie
1 - Rookie Gridiron Kings

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Absolute Football

This is my first look at the 2018 Absolute football.  These cards that are a lot of color but aren't really my thing.  I like the scans better than the cards themselves.  In hand I'm just not that excited.  I did like my pull which gave Devonta Freeman right off the top of the pack as well as other stars.
  The backs aren't bad.  They have some color, a nice team logo and it is has a format that is a bit different from what we normally see on the backs of cards.
The 1-2 punch is nice and I'm all for retired greats so the Dan Marino Revolutionaries card is fun.
More star power from this pack.  I want to like these cards the more I look at these scans but I'm not sure I'll get there.  The price point (20 cards per pack) is a downer as well.  I will be curious to see what others think of this set.
BREAKDOWN:
20 – Total Cards
2 – RC
1 - Retired Great
1 – Revolutionaries
1 – 1-2 Punch

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Random Wax: 2018 Topps Archives

Plenty of stars in this 2018 Topps Archives pack.  These pay tribute to the '59, '77 and '81 Topps baseball sets.  Stephen Strasburg has had a tough season but if he could stay healthy he's shown his numbers will rank him among the league's best each year.  Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge really make this a great pull.  As much as I dislike the Yankees there is no arguing the talent they have in the outfield with these two guys. Was happy to pull a couple of Red Sox to offset the Yankee cards with the Rafael Devers Coming Attractions card ('93 Design) being a favorite.  I enjoy Topps Archives so we may see more of these in the future.


BREAKDOWN:
18 – Total Cards
6 – 1959
5 – 1977
5 – 1981
1 – Coming Attractions
1 – Future Stars

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Random Wax: 2016 Score Football w/Auto

These 2016 Score football cards can be found in Wal-Mart discount card areas and I love them.  This is a nice looking large sized set that is a fun break netting you 52 cards for under four dollars.  I was also able to score a Byron Marshall autograph card (end of post).  His career has been pretty underwhelming so far but I'll never complain about pulling ink.  
Some nice star power at the quarterback position.  I'm probably with the majority though and am not a fan of those retro Steelers jerseys.  Don't get me wrong I love retro and these jerseys are cool for a few minutes.  But watching Pittsburgh play an entire game in these unis is rough. 
My first look at the 2016 NFL Draft inserts and I like them.
All three of these are nice looking cards.  I really thought the All-American card was a green parallel but it isn't numbered.  
I thought this was a pretty nice pull.  Plenty of good players and some nice inserts though I wouldn't mind seeing more in a pack of 52 cards.  Odds are you'll see me break more of these as the year goes on.  



BREAKDOWN:
52 – Total Cards
6 - RC
1 – All-Americans
1 – Chain Reactions
1 – Reflections
1 – 2016 NFL Draft
1 - Rookie Signatures Artist's Proof /35

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 Donruss Football

With tonight's Falcons-Eagles game kicking off the 2018 NFL season I thought some 2018 Donruss football would be appropriate.  Overall I like these cards if not wowed by them.  The pull wasn't the most exciting either though it did deliver Super Bowl hero Nick Foles.  He truly delivered a game for ages defeating New England for the Eagle's first Super Bowl championship.  There better be a photo on a trading card some day with him catching that pass in the Super Bowl.  I really like the All-Time Gridiron Kings John Lynch card.  This "canvas" card has a great feel to it and the art is great in my opinion.  I'll definitely search more of these out.  
A punter card!  I love it and Hecker does have one heck of a leg.  Earl Campbell was the lone retired great.  I'd have loved to see more retired greats but Earl Campbell was the only one I snagged.  If I'm only going to pull one he is a great one to get.  A quick look shows there aren't a ton of retired greats and they are pretty much the same we've seen in previous years.  I'm not complaining but would like to see a little more variance here.  Seems like it wouldn't cost too much to grab one or two different retired greats each year just to shake it up.
 The star power in this pack is right here.  I do like the design overall though the player's names can get lost against some of the background colors.  The backs have enough color to be fine with me.
Joe Mixon is one of the four blue Press Proof cards I pulled.  I will grab more of these cards for sure  as the season goes on.  Can't wait to get an in hand look at the other brands as well.
BREAKDOWN:
30 – Total Cards
4 – Blue Press Proof Parallels
3 – RC
1 – Rated Rookie
1 – Retired Legends

1 – All-Time Gridiron Kings

Sunday, September 2, 2018

2018 Buffalo Bills Preview

The 2017 Buffalo Bills made a surprising run to the playoffs last year winning 4 of their last 6 games after going on a 3 game losing streak.  Now the Bills will likely be helmed by Josh Allen.  It seems like a good fit for this team.  He has the talent and Buffalo has been dreaming of a franchise quarterback since forever.  Not saying he might not get knocked around.  His receiving corps is thin and outside of LeSean McCoy the offense doesn't have a ton to get excited about.  The offensive line is also in flux.  Still this was a playoff team so hopefully the transition for the young quarterback won't be so tough.  There are many thoughts about putting a young signal caller at the helm but I'm all for it.  Let him learn and hopefully he can pick up on things quickly.  Tyrod Taylor, for all the chatter about him not being the guy, he at least protected the ball which can be a struggle for rookies.
  The passing defense didn't give up many touchdowns which was a huge plus but outside of that, the defense needs to make more strides.  They did go heavy on defense in the draft so there is definitely hope the unit can make strides this season.  Hopefully they can stay strong while the offense transitions to a new leader under center.  
  While it seems unlikely Buffalo returns to the playoffs I can see a path with their schedule.  Many opponents are in the same place they are - talented but not world beaters.  That said, they will probably be happy with 8 wins.  No matter how the season ends there is a great feeling of excitement going into a season with a player who really has a chance to be the guy for years to come.  Excitement and Buffalo haven't gone together for a long time.  I am looking forward to seeing what Buffalo and Josh Allen can do with an eye towards the future.

Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 Atlanta Falcons Season Preview

The 2017 Atlanta Falcons were able to parlay a 10-6 record into a playoff berth and upset the Los Angeles Rams before losing to the eventual Champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.  There's no reason to believe this team can't post double digit wins again as well as compete for the division title.  The offense which already has stars Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Devonta Freeman added star Alabama receiver Steven Ridley to the mix.  There is too much talent on this team to think their offense won't keep them in most games.  Despite 4,000 yards passing Ryan wasn't the player who won MVP in 2016.  Devonta Freeman fought through injuries and didn't put up big numbers and Julio Jones just couldn't find the end zone consistently. This offense is too good to struggle again or second year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian may find himself looking for another job.



  The bend but don't break defense played admirably.  I can't really fault them for the Falcons issues.  They need to get after the quarterback more and improve on getting turnovers.  The Falcons didn't invest heavily on defense in the draft nor pick up any major players for that side of the ball so they'll need to scheme better to see any real improvement.  

I like coach Dan Quinn and based on the team's ability to reach the Super Bowl two years ago I have faith this team can turn it around.  The offense was historically good in 2016 but changing coordinators on that side of the ball seemed to make a huge difference to the negative.  I can't see that trend continuing.  The Falcons are in a tough division but I can see 11 wins for this team and a playoff berth.  Hopefully this season will see a team that is again worthy of a Super Bowl appearance.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2018 Topps Archives

I'm always excited about the Archives brand of card so I was excited when I grabbed my first pack of 2018 Archives baseball.  This year's set pays homage to Topps baseball sets from '59, '77 and '81 as well  '93 to a lesser degree.  I loved my pull which was highlighted by Ronald Acuna Jr. of my Braves.  Great looking card and boy is he having a great rookie season.  This pack got me excited for more and I'll definitely seek out additional packs.  
The '59 design doesn't do much for me but many of the designs that predate the seventies really don't.  Still I think Topps did a pretty good job merging the old with the new here.
The '77 set is more up my alley as that is about when I started collecting.  And boy did I pull some greats to include personal collection guys David Ortiz and Ozzie Smith.  Bruce Sutter is another player I always liked.  So the design combined with these greats made them a big hit with me.
Were the '81 cards one of my favorites?  No but as with many designs I like the nostalgia combined with current players and retired legends.  I think this is my first Ralph Kiner card.  Topps borrowed a '93 Coming Attraction design to showcase top rookies.  
Great look for some of the Cardinals' future stars.  Harrison Bader is tearing it up right now and Jack Flaherty is 7-6 wit a 3.05 ERA in 20 starts.  

BREAKDOWN:
18 – Total Cards
6 - 1959
5 – 1977
5 – 1981
4 – RC
4 – Retired Legends
1 – 1993 Coming Attractions
1 – 1981 Topps Future Stars

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 Stadium Club

I always look forward to the Stadium Club cards mostly due to the great photos they always showcase.  The 2018 Stadium Club didn't disappoint in that regard.  The photographs are great quality and pop off the card.  Seeing retired greats in this format is also a big draw.  My pull had some all-time greats with Hank Aaron, George Brett, and Wade Boggs.  The active players were highlighted by current NL MVP possible Matt Carpenter and prospect Victor Robles.  I'm pretty happy with the cards overall but the team name and player name are very hard to make out.  They are actually easier to read in these scans than in hand.  That is definitely a swing an a miss.  That said, it doesn't take away from the great look of these cards.  I am considering grabbing a hobby box of these at the card show in October.  We'll see how it plays out.  Bottom line is I like these cards and those I pulled.    
I'm so hoping there will be a 2019 Matt Carpenter card of him doing the "Salsa".  The backs of these are fairly nice with plenty of color and the player photo.
BREAKDOWN:
12 – Total Cards
4 – RC
3 – Retired Greats
1 – Never Compromise