Thursday, December 31, 2020

Niche PC 002: Playing The Name Game Football Style

Niche PC 002: Playing The Name Game Football Style
Kurt Warner
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Every once in a while I will pick up cards for the oddball section of my PC. Specifically the Niche section of the collection. I have already briefly mentioned the categories of my Niches. Should I continue with this series, as I hope I will, the Niche Collections link above gives the general briefing of my Niche categories. The "Last Niche PC Post" link will be a link to the previous "episode" post of the series.

So for this semi quick and dirty end of the year post a few days ago I decided to go with showing off a small lot of cards I got from Sportlots of one of my longtime PC football players that happens to also be a Name Niche player plus a few other cards I had of him. Even before I decided to go with the Name Niche hunting/sourcing I collected this player because he played on a fave team and also because he had an excellent career.

As the subtitle says the featured player is Kurt Warner a Quarterback who had a fantastic career in the NFL. Kurt was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1994 but was released before the season began he was competing with Bret Favre, Mark Brunell, and Ty Detmer. The Next year he got his pro football career started in the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers. In Dec 1997 he signed a futures contract with the St. Louis Rams and for the 1998 season played for the NFL Europe team Amsterdam Admirals and spent the regular NFL 1998 season as the Rams 3rd String QB.

OK enough back story here are some Warner cards to show:

Now here are a few in more detail:

2012 Topps Quarterback Immortals QI-KW Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Fleer Authority Football 53 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Upper Deck Victory 280 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Fleer Tradition 67 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Topps Stadium Club 60 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Topps133 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2001 Upper Deck Vintage 139 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

2000 Topps Season Opener 176 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams

So there we have it. Oh wait The St. Louis Rams had another QB named Kirk actually Kirk this time not just the close Kurt. So here is one of the cards I have of the other Kirk Ram QB Kirk Farmer:

2003 Bowman Football 228 Kirk Farmer St. Louis Rams

Schwoooh that took some time to do with the new way to add photos to posts. Hard to do multiple photos in any sort of order or when uploading. They don't do the same thing where your uploading from the computer holds some of the photos you haven't added to the posts yet.

Monday, November 30, 2020

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey Celebrity Captains

Before I begin my card collecting tale (one of many tall tales of my collecting days and collection) I want to say that the last few months I have struggled a little with my desire to continue to blog about cards, or even blog at all. Mostly it is my desire to keep my posts per month tally current that keeps me going. I don't like seeing gaps in my posting calendar. Now days it is mostly for me as I don't have very many followers and never will have a whole bunch. I can dream all I want, but the fact is I don't produce enough quality content on a consistent basis to gain even a few dozen followers. But there are still a ton of cards I want to post about. Another fact is there just isn't enough time to create all the content I have had planned for the blog. I have some ideas that I have had for years that I hope to eventually blog about, even have the cards in a box somewhere ready to scan. But I digress way too much.

Pro Set Platinum Logo image from Puck Junk blog

OK here is a post about the 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey set. It is specifically about the Celebrity Captains sub-set. I was going to say while looking through my card collection/hoard hunting for a subject to post about I stumbled upon these cards. Well no I didn't stumble upon them because it wasn't while hunting, or maybe it was and I found one, but remembered I had another and discovered a few I had that I wasn't sure I had, but didn't find the One that I was really thinking about mentioning.

It looks like there are only 12 cards in the sub-set and I have half of them. 

OK so the ones that I have that I wasn't sure I had. I am pretty sure they were from a small order I made to get some of the cards from this sub-set. are these:

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey: Celebrity Captains:
290 Burton Cummings - Winnipeg Jets
294 David Wheaton - Minnesota North Stars
298 Gaetan Boucher - Quebec Nordiques
293 Jim Kelly - Buffalo Sabres

The card that I "stumbled" upon that reminded me I wanted to pick up the build for this sub-set again was this Neighborhood Friendly one:

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey: Celebrity Captains:
297 Fred Rogers - Pittsburgh Penguins

The card I was really wanting to show I couldn't find on quick notice. Not sure where I placed it, but I looked in just about all the places I thought it would be. Anyway the card is from my Homie Washington Capitals and a guy who used to yuck it up with all sorts of celebs before he retired. Yep talk host Larry King: Anyway I couldn't find my copy so I used the images from The Trading Card Database for this card.

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Hockey: Celebrity Captains:
292 Larry King - Washington Capitals
Images for this card are from Trading Card Database

I think I will add the cards I'm missing to my shopping cart over at Sportlots again. I think I had some of them there but those copies either sold or the seller did something bad and was removed, or the most common reason the cards had been sitting in my cart for way too long and Sportlots emptied them from my cart due to being too old.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

A Pair From Sportlots: First Pitch and Name Niche


This pair of cards is an oddball combo whose only connection is the Sportlots seller I got them from. Both cards I got for the opening auction bid of 25¢ plus the shipping ($2 for first card 40¢ each additional card = $2.40).

The first card is from 2016 Topps Baseball from the First Pitch insert set: Card number FP-17 Carrie Brownstein Seattle Mariners a musician/actress. If my overall collection was organized I would know how many more cards I need from this insert set. All I know is I have the 2015 First Pitch inserts (I think it is complete maybe I just have series 1) and who knows how many 2016s. I do enjoy this insert set. I think 2015 was the first year they had the insert set and I think they only did it for 2015, 2016, and 2017. OH and there is a 2020 Topps Now First Pitch card for Dr. Anthony Fauchi I probably should try to get that one for cheap, but right now it is super overinflated listing prices. 

2016 Topps Baseball: First Pitch: FP-17 Carrie Brownstein musician Seattle Mariners

The second card of this pair I got simply for my "Name Niche" Collection. It probably should have been posted it separate for my Niche PC post series. If not for the guy's first name being similar to mine I might not collect any of his cards. He does play on the Carolina Panthers and there have been times that I have favored that team. I have a soft spot for expansion teams from time to time. Any how the card is 2017 Score Football: NFL Draft Insert #12 Curtis Samuel Ohio State Buckeyes.

2017 Panini Score Football: NFL Draft: 12 Curtis Samuel Ohio State (Panthers)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Washington Wednesday: Ice Warriors


As all the various DC sports teams finish their seasons something something something. My blogging is still majorly discombobulated because of the Blogger upgrades. I will try to muddle through but it takes all the fun out of doing it and makes me want to stop blogging completely. Maybe I should try to find another platform that is similar to the old Blogger if one exists. I think I will make (or have made) some kind of similar rant like this on my other blogs just because.

Anyway I decided this time to show off some recently acquired Hockey cards of my Homie DC Ice Warriors. Longish story short on one of the Trading Card Forums I frequent someone held a free group box break, and one of the members of the forum that signed up for the break forwarded The Washington Capitals to me from a couple of the boxes, minus any Braden Holtby cards. Fortunately for me (as the break goes) there were some cards that were not of the Goaltender. Unfortunately for my collection there were one or two Holtby cards in the break overall I did not get.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

44 Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington Capitals

100 Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals

63 T.J. Oshie Washington Capitals

2019-20 Upper Deck SP Hockey

39 Tom Wilson Washington 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Some 1959 Topps Baseball From Sportlots


1959 Topps Baseball from Sportlots Auctions

Another one of these quick posts. Long story short I "won" 4 auctions over at from one seller each was won at the opening bid of just 25 cents plus the shipping which totaled $4.80. With Sportlots you don't get combined shipping when it comes to the auctions. I forgot about that this time. Oh well.

Anywho I got 4 cards from 1959 Topps Baseball. I will  be talking about 3 of them here and the lone Senator over at my Curly W Cards blog.

The first two cards are from the Los Angeles Dodgers:

We have Shortstop Charlie Neal

1959 Topps Baseball: 427 Charlie Neal Los Angeles Dodgers

And Outfielder Solly Drake

1959 Topps Baseball: 406 Solly Drake Los Angeles Dodgers

Next up Pittsburgh Pirates Pitchers "Buc Hill Aces": 

1959 Topps Baseball: 428 Buc Hill Aces
Ron Kline Bob Friend Vern Law Roy Face Pittsburgh Pirates

Oh I almost forgot the seller included a couple of filler/buffer cards that were in toploaders to further protect the bought cards.

1989 Upper Deck Baseball 494 Al Nipper Chicago Cubs

1986 Donruss Baseball 133 Dick Schofield California Angels

So there we have a nice little recent package of cards one card short of a full hand, well actually 1 card more than a hand or a hand in some other variation of a card game. There are so many versions of poker I'm not sure which one(s) have a 6 card hand. Look for the Hal Griggs card over at my Curly W Cards blog.