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Singles Snapshot: 2009 Certified FOTG Nick Barnett

No, it’s not a 90’s card, but it was on my Cards I’m Looking For page!  I’m a huge fan of the Fabric of the Game team name die-cuts, especially the Packers ones.  I’m trying to get one of each of the cards like this for Green Bay, and this was one of only three I had left to complete the set.  I also have another set of FOTG cards, but that’s a story for another post. 😀

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Big Trade Mail Day

“Still alive!” -The Croods (Great movie.  Nicholas Cage as a cave man.  Perfect role for him!)

It’s been a little while.  Life gets busy, and there isn’t time for everything sometimes.  While I haven’t been blogging lately, I haven’t been living in a cave, either.  I have certainly still been collecting… and trading!  This is my latest big mail day from my buddy Sport Card Collectors.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one of these. Kinda crazy that this is even something we need in the hobby, but useful to have!
Some PC adds. Old school and new school Hokies, and a couple Peytons.
Of course, adding to my Packers collection is going to be the main gist of any trade with me, especially cards from the years I wasn’t collecting.  Pretty much anything Rodgers or Favre, too.
This is a new one for me.  Never been a huge baseball fan or collector, but what with this guy “making baseball fun again,” I’m getting into it. A little. Just PC’ing Nats, mostly Harper. Which leads me to this last card…
My first Harper (and Trout!) jersey card, which is, well, AWESOME! Also my first Tri City Sports card.  Not as polished as the main-line brands, but I like where they’re going, and this card is a pretty great one to make a first impression!

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Singles Snapshot: 1997 Playoff Packers Super Bowl XXXI #32 Reggie White

This is unabashedly a consolation post after watching 58 minutes of great Packers playoff football today. It’s a shame the game lasted just a little longer than that. The great thing about having won it all before, though, is looking back after a devastating loss. As such, here is Hall of Fame DE Reggie White, hurdling a Patriots offensive lineman in his tireless pursuit of Drew Bledsoe and of the Lombardi Trophy. (He was successful on both counts, by the way!)

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Singles Snapshot: 1997 Scoreboard Brett Favre Packers TD Record Jumbo

There’s a really cool story behind how I came to own this card. The company I work for has a weekly poll/question section on our intranet home page. Different question each week, and we get to post an answer for the whole company to see. This was the question about two months ago: “Calling all collectors… what do you collect, and why?” Naturally, my answer could only be:

I collect football trading cards. It was a hobby I had as a kid and something I’ve found I still enjoy now. I focus mostly on the Green Bay Packers and any NFL player who went to Virginia Tech!

The next week, a bubble mailer shows up in my box in the mail room. All I know is that it came from the 9th floor of our main corporate office downtown. I have no idea who sent it, but this card was inside, with a screenshot printout of my comment. It was a completely anonymous pay-it-forward that made my day!

The card is awesome, too! Serial numbered to 4,444, it commemorates Favre breaking the Green Bay Packers career touchdown pass record in 1997. Die-cut, gold foil Packers logo, gold foil faux autograph and it’s a card of my favorite Packers player from that era! As an added bonus, the box score on the back shows the record was broken against the Vikings and the receiver was Virginia Tech alum Antonio Freeman.

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1990 Pro Set Series II – My First Box of Cards

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My first experience with football cards was the Christmas (1994, I believe) that a relative I can’t remember gave me a big, yellow box of 1990 Pro Set Series II.  What I do remember is the Emmitt Smith RC card from that box that I traded away to one of my elementary school buddies for a long forgotten card that I’m sure I thought was awesome at the time. The card books for all of $5 now, but I have often regretted that trade just because that was the first really cool rookie card I ever pulled.

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One of the coolest things for me about this box was the Super Bowl MVP set. This was the first time that I, as a young Green Bay fan, heard the name Bart Starr. Finding out that my beloved Packers had won not just the first, but the first two Super Bowls was a huge thrill for me! I read every detail on the back of each of the MVP cards and learned about all the big names and big games that are a part of NFL lore.

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Other than Emmitt and the Super Bowl MVP’s, there was nothing really flashy about this set. The base cards are about as basic as you get. Pretty good action shot on the front, player close-up on the back with a bio and statistics. No foil, no “hits”, no parallels, but this was a great set for a brand-new collector. It was also the perfect beginning to what would become an extensive football card collection!

Thanks for taking a few minutes to enjoy my memories of my first collecting experience. Leave a comment below about how you first started collecting or what your first card/box/set was!

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