April 12, 2017

30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 3

Today I'm back with the third day of my baseball card challenge. The topic for the day is 'a card from the first set I tried to complete'. In the early days of my collecting history, my cards were sourced by my brother. He gave me dupes of stuff he had. However, in 1989 I began hearing the buzz about the Fleer Billy Ripken error. That just so happened to coincide with my local convenience store putting boxes of cards on their shelves for the first time. I used a lot of allowance and birthday money on packs of 1989 Fleer in hopes of finding that 'other' Ripken with the curse word on it. I also bought a few packs of Upper Deck that year. While I liked the design and the 'premium' feel of those cards, I often opted for the Fleer packs because they were less expensive. Sadly, I hadn't heard as much about the Ken Griffey Jr RC. If I had, perhaps I would have bought more UD packs. At some point, I actually began sorting all of the Fleer cards I had and started a list of the numbers I needed. One day, my family drove out to a flea market and I somehow convinced my dad to buy me a Fleer factory set thinking it was the guaranteed way to finally get my hands on that Ripken error(I was a kid and didn't know how those things worked). Obviously, I got home and flipped through each card in that set and was disappointed to find a black box over the bat knob when I came to that card. At that point, I gave up my chase with somewhere around only 20 or so cards to go to complete my hand collated set. To this day, I still have that opened factory set sitting on a shelf in my closet. There are some interesting cards in the 1989 Fleer set. Here is one of my favorites:

Though I've always been a Yankee fan, I really loved watching the A's in the late '80's and early '90's. During that time, Jose Canseco was probably my favorite MLB player not named Don Mattingly. I love this card because it's a reminder of an incredible achievement by an exciting player prior to his name and legacy being ruined by PED use and whistle blowing. Thanks for reading.

April 2, 2017

It's WrestleMania Sunday!

Today is the biggest show of the Year in Sports Entertainment. These days, that statement applies both literally and figuratively. Conservative estimates suggest the show could clock in at between 6.5-7 hours long. WOW! That is excessive. I'll be sporadically checking in on a few live blog sites for the results as I keep up with MLB Opening Day games. Here are a few matches that I'm interested in today, but mostly for the possibility of what may be rumored to happen instead of watching the talent that is actually booked to perform. I won't get into all that here. The point of today's post is to share one of my favorite WrestleMania moments that was captured on cardboard.

This is the moment one of my favorite wrestlers of all time won his first WWE Championship. The card back does a good job with the recap:

I loved this match for so much more than just the outcome. I thought it had a little bit of everything. There was the Vince/Stone Cold battle, DX, the involvement of Mike Tyson, and a great swerve ending. For me, it was entertaining all the way around. When all was said and done, Tyson's hand hit the mat for a third time and in the words of good ol' JR, 'Austin is the champion'!

Thanks for reading.

April 1, 2017

Day 2 of the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge

Today I tackle the second topic of the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge.

I had to think for a while on this one. There are many types of cards that feature more than one player. After some careful consideration, my mind kept going back to the following:

This is the 2001 Fleer Tradition New York Yankees Team Leaders card. There are a few reasons I ultimately chose this card. First, it's the Yankees. Less predictably, 2001 is the first year I really went all in on collecting. Sure, I collected as a kid, but back then, my funds were limited to allowance, Birthday, and Christmas money. In 2001, I had already entered the workforce and was drawing a steady paycheck. Couple that with the fact that I was working about 500 yards from a pretty great LCS and I was picking up cardboard several days a week. That year was also the dawning of the retro themed sets. Fleer Tradition, Topps Heritage and Bowman Heritage all come to mind and I loved them all. I love that this card features the 'floating heads' that were often found in the '60's. Lastly, if you're going to have a modern Yankee card that features multiple players, it doesn't hurt to have 3/4 of the Core Four and Bernie Wiliams for good measure. Thank you for reading.