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2015 Topps Finest ’95 Refractor Aaron Rodgers

This one came from my latest COMC shipment.  As soon as I saw it on the site, I knew I had to have it.

 A very faithful reproduction of what the amazing 1995 Topps Finest set looked like – pale blue chrome background, cartoon lightning and some 90’s neon, too.  I love seeing my current favorite player show up on one of my old favorite designs!

  The back is also spot-on to the old set.  The write-up really sent this card over the top for me, though.  That game against Virginia Tech (my all-time most favorite college team) was a great one!  I hate that Tech lost, but the fact that Rodgers went on to be a Packers legend definitely takes some of the sting away.

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COMC Mailday – Part 2

As promised by the “Part 1” in the title of my last entry, here’s the second installment of my latest lot from COMC.  (I’m a big fan of the site, by the way.  Great place to shop for cards!) 

  Once again, some 90’s cards to kick things off.  Rison only spent half a season with the Packers, but he helped them get to (and WIN!) Super Bowl XXXI.  There are not a ton of cards that feature him as a Packer, either.

 Transitioning to cards that look like they are from the 90’s, I grabbed some throwback Packers cards here.  The Favre is a double throwback, even – throwback uniform on a vintage design.  And I’m going to have to take a whole nother post to talk about how much I like that Rodgers card. 😉

   I decided it was time to beef up my Julius Peppers PC with the success he’s had in Green Bay the last few years.  That man is a freakish athletic talent!

 Speaking of Peppers, I had to pick up the Clear Vision dual jersey to help me gloat about how we took him from the Bears.  I’m a huge fan of the laser-cut team name cards like this Alex Green one, too.  Also a couple odds and ends, including an early 90’s Virginia Tech autograph.

  Lastly, a couple of lettermen sets I’m working on.  Picked up O, K, S, and V from this shipment.  (Quick sob story – I had bought the orange “O” on eBay, then the guy was slow to ship, but assured me repeatedly that he would.  Then he deleted his eBay account and I got the shaft from both him and eBay because “it had been too long since the sale date.”  Jerks!)  If anybody has the “I” from the Logan Thomas set, or any of the Luke Stocker letters (“Volunteers”) I’m missing, I’d love to trade for or buy them!

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COMC Mailday – Part 1

I haven’t done many “Mailday” posts on this blog, but they seem to be popular on other sports card blogs.  Besides, there are a few 90’s cards in the Check Out My Cards (COMC) shipment I’m showing off, so here we go!

  I’ve got a few different eras of Tech football represented here, and you can see there’s a 90’s card right there in the middle.  I was really stoked to find out Panini had put Kam Chancellor in their first college Prizm set, too!  Nice to see cards of him NOT in a Seahawks uniform.  Go Hokies!

 Speaking of Hokies, here are a couple of rainbow sets of two more former Tech players.  Lee Suggs (bottom set) was a great college back, and showed a lot of promise for a few years in Cleveland.  Vince Fuller (top) was the first of FOUR brothers to play at Tech and then go on to the NFL.  The other three are Corey Fuller (WR, Lions), Kyle Fuller (CB, Bears), and Kendall Fuller (CB, likely 1st rounder this year).

  Troy Daniels is a three point ace from my alma mater, VCU.  Go Rams!  (They don’t have a football team, and I consider Virginia Tech football to have been my first “wuv, twue wuv”, hence the split allegiance.  I get asked about it… A LOT!)

 Getting back to my favorite college football team and my hometown, here’s an auto of #RVA product Victor “Macho” Harris.  Not just any auto, though – not only is it on-card (the only way to go), but it also has that little serial number in the middle on the left.  That’s right, it’s a one-of-one, and it’s all mine!  Go Hokies!

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Singles Snapshot: 1999 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gyms #81 Bryan Still

This probably seems like kind of a random card to most people. Sure, it’s a cool 90’s parallel from a great set, but it’s also a player whose biggest claim to fame is the ignominious distinction of catching Ryan Leaf’s first TD pass. (Those were pretty rare, though, I guess!)
IMG_9719Still (pun intended), this card has a lot of awesome going on for me. First off, well… it’s a cool 90’s parallel from a great set. More importantly to me, though, it’s a player from my beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. A player, in fact, who was the hero (and MVP) of what was then the biggest win in school history – the 1996 Sugar Bowl victory over the storied Texas Longhorns! GO HOKIES! (This is why I’m working on a master set of every Bryan Still card made during his career.)
IMG_9720It’s serial numbered 49 out of 50, too, in an era when “out of 50” meant “super-duper rare.” I like how the foil stamp on the back even includes the name of the parallel set.
IMG_9721There’s yet one more bit of intrigue here, though. If you look closely, you’ll see Still is wearing two different shoes, one Nike and one Adidas. Bizarre, right?
IMG_9722The thing is, one of those is not his shoe at all; it actually belongs to the defensive back trying to cover him. The card designer highlighted the wrong leg, but it’s a natural enough position that you’d almost never know the difference. That subtle error gives this card a whole new layer of endearing novelty to me.

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