Chasing Rainbows

A complete “set” of all the different parallels of an individual card. That is the goal. I never thought I be chasing rainbows, but a couple of these I just fell into. And then the closer I got the more I liked the idea. The first one that I’m working on started by finding a couple cheap printing plates on Ebay. I’ve got alerts set up and hope to find all of the missing pieces to my rainbows. 2016 Phoenix Tyrod Taylor Collected: 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 (Red) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 (Pink) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 94/99 (Orange) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 5/25 (Yellow) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 1/1 (Magenta Printing Plate) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 1/1 (Cyan Printing Plate) In Transit: 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 5/10 (Green) Missing: 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 1/1 (Blue) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 1/1 (Black Printing Plate) 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyrod Taylor #11 1/1 (Yellow Printing Plate) 2015 Topps Triple Threads Jim Kelly Collected: 2015 Topps Triple Threads Jim Kelly #84 2015 Topps Triple Threads Jim Kelly #84 195/232 […]

Eddie’s Sports Treasures – Knoxville, Tennessee

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I also ventured out to another Knoxville sports card shop.  Eddie’s Sports Treasures in Knoxville, Tennessee didn’t disappoint.  It was about a 15-20 minute drive from downtown Knoxville and was set in a very strip-mall-like atmosphere.  But once I walked in, I was pretty happy with the place.  It was big and loaded with all kinds of sports memorabilia.  Owner Eddie Barkley had authentic jerseys, signed helmets, signed photos, and a great selection of cards.  He also had a bunch of officially licensed products like t-shirts, hats, etc… Eddie’s Sports Treasures has a pretty strong online presence as well!  You can visit his website at eddiessportstreasures.com.  He’s also on Facebook here and Twitter @sportstreasures VIBE (4 out of 5) While it doesn’t look like much from the outside. The inside is something else. Eddie was helping another customer when I walked in.  It was like two in the afternoon so this was already a good sign.  I looked around the immense inventory, marveling at a bunch of the stuff.  He then took two calls before we had a few moments to chat about the business of cardboard. (And he took another call while […]

The Loot Locker – May 2017

It’s that time again.  My Loot Locker came about 2 weeks ago, but I’m just getting to post about now.   Usually I have some pretty good luck with Loot Lockers, but this was not one of my best.  Here is the breakdown. Three Hobby Packs 2015 Topps Platinum 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2017 Score Football Noting special to report from the Topps Platinum.  I’ve already built the base set in 2015 Topps Platinum and am just working on the Golds…I got an Eddie Lacy which I already had. Donruss Optic wasn’t much better, none of the cards helped with that base set and the “hit” was the following card. 2016 Donruss Optic Football #174 Jeff Driskel 228/299 Finally, I opened the 2017 Score Football pack. I’ve always liked Score, maybe because it’s cheaper and has more base cards to try and collect.  But this year’s version looks quite nice.  The photos used are great and the design is clean.  Here are a few that I pulled. 2017 Score Football #151 Trevor Siemian Gold 03/50 Here are some of the other cards in the pack. 2017 Score Football #106 Sammie Coates Scorecard 2017 Score Football #105 LeSean McCoy 2017 Score Football […]

Webb’s Cards and Collectibles – Knoxville Tennessee

VIBE (3 out of 5) Webb’s Cards and Collectibles is a small store but very organized. It felt a little cramped as card boxes were packed to the ceiling. Each set was organized on the shelves by year, each card was in number order. If you needed a card to complete your collection this is the place to come. Especially if you need baseball from the past 40-50 years. I chatted with the owner, Bill, while his grand kids were running around the store. This was pretty cool to see two little boys playing around the store. Both boys were well behaved and energetic and put a smile on my face. INVENTORY (3 out of 5) I’m a football guy and I like to be able to buy packs and boxes not just singles. I would have given a higher score here had there been any wax boxes at all. There were some factory sets, a couple of random hobby boxes, but nothing 2017. There was an entire display case full of Peyton Manning, since it was in Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of the single cards in cases were pretty recent (last 4 years) but there were a few older cards […]

The Loot Locker – April 2017

Yes, it’s almost June. I’ve been neglecting my posts. I have about 6 or 7 in the works just about ready to post with another 3-4 stored up in my huge noggin. But since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything please take a look at my last Loot Locker. Without further delay…the April Loot Locker. Three Hobby Packs 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Panini Draft Picks Prizm Football 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Donruss Optic – Holo #129 Rookies – Kevin Dodd 2016 Panini Draft Picks Prizm Football 2016 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks – Prizms #72 Matt Forte 2016 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks – Prizms Autographs #193 Jason Spriggs 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football 2016 Panini Clear Vision – #24 Ameer Abdullah 2016 Panini Clear Vision – #97 Randall Cunningham 2016 Panini Clear Vision – Clear Rivals – Blue #9 Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin 83/99   No big hit, but overall not too bad. To go along with the Optic Holo,I also pulled two cards that I need to complete the base set of 2016 Optic. As always all are for trade or sale. Hit me up.

Mail Day – April 14th 2017

Another successful group break with Fox’s Fire Card (@brownsfan83 on Twitter).  Photos only since it’s a beautiful day for sitting on a patio with a cold beverage and good friends. Some Buffalo Bills from Panini Phoenix… A few more Bills… 2016 Clear Vision LeSean McCoy Mega Jersey 24/99 And a couple of randoms… And a couple of hits… 2016 Clear Vision Amari Cooper Clear Change 88/99 2015 Topps High Tek Bryce Petty Autograph

The Loot Locker – March 2017

Back again this month with a pleasant surprise.  After all these Loot Lockers I finally got a bonus locker.  Two extra hobby packs for the upgraded Loot Locker! Regular 3 Packs 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Panini Phoenix Football 2016 Panini Playoff Football Not much to write home about in the first few packs… 2016 Panini Playoff – Kickoff #211 Rookies – Vernon Hargreaves III 054/199    2016 Donruss Optic – Orange #31 Emmanuel Sanders 177/199   2016 Donruss Optic – Inducted #1 Brett Favre    Two Bonus Packs 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Panini Phoenix Football 2016 Donruss Optic – Fans of the Game #5 Daniella Monet   2016 Panini Phoenix – RPS Rookie Memorabilia – Jumbo Yellow Prime #JM-WF Will Fuller V 04/25 #Boom! As always all for trade or sale. Until next time, go open another pack.

Loot Lockers x3

So I haven’t posted my Loot Lockers in a while.  Life gets busy, but I want to post more often and show of more of the stuff I pull and share with this great hobby community.  For the December and January Loot Lockers I’m just hitting the highlights. But I’ll give you the entire breakdown of the February Loot Locker.  Check them out. December 2016 Loot Locker 2016 Unparalleled 2016 Classics 2016 Certified 2016 Certified Gold Team #8 Cam Newton    2016 Certified #179 Rico Gathers 993/999    2016 Certified Sunday Certified #14 Eli Manning     2016 Classics Classic Clashes #17 John Elway/Brett Favre   2016 Classics #123 Roger Staubach (Red Back)    And the Unparalleled Drew Brees, Jalen Ramsey, Jimmy Garoppolo 2016 Unparalleled World Class Records #WCR-6 Bruce Smith    Great addition to the personal collection January 2017 Loot Locker 2016 Clear Vision 2016 Contenders 2016 Donruss Optic 2016 Clear Vision Tony Dorsett 2016 Clear Vision Joe Namath 2016 Clear Vision William Jackson III 304/999   2016 Contenders Jordan Payton Playoff Ticket Auto 25/99   2016 Donruss Optic Legends of the Fall Drew Brees 02/10    #Boom! February 2017 Loot Locker 2016 Clear Vision 2016 Contenders 2016 Donruss Optic […]

Mail Day – Feb. 27th 2017

Over the last month or so I started breaking with a group of collectors that I met through twitter. Mr. Fox at Fox’s Fire Card (@brownsfan83) runs them whenever he gets enough people to buy them out. It’s a nice small group and I like that I can often get the Bills in any “pick your team” break. Today I got my first package from the breaks and while I didn’t get anything great on the Buffalo Bills end I did get some nice cards. Here is the breakdown of the teams and products I bought 2015 Donrus Football – 5 Box Break (Bills, Panthers, Giants) 2016 Limited (Bills, Panthers) 2016 Crown Royale (Bills, Panthers, Lions, Giants) And here are some of the highlights… 2016 Panini Limited – Rookie Autographs – Jeremy Cash 01/99 2015 Panini Crown Royale – #31 Victor Cruz 2015 Panini Crown Royale – Pink Ribbons Die-Cuts – Green #PR12 Cam Newton 2015 Panini Crown Royale – #118 Quandre Diggs 2015 Panini Donruss – Stat Line Receptions #276 Gridiron Kings – Odell Beckham Jr. 079/143 2015 Panini Donruss – Press Proof Purple #149 – Luke Kuechly 112/199 2015 Panini Donruss – Passing the Torch Memorabilia #PTM-CAR 2015 […]

Jim Kelly – 2015 Panini Spectra Football

A couple of weeks ago I made a bit of an impulse purchase on eBay.  It was a lot of eight Jim Kelly cards from the 2015 Panini Spectra Football set.  This purchase led to a new trading card quest.  It’s not going to be easy and it might not even be possible to find, but I’m looking to complete the rainbow of Jim Kelly variations.  Here are the cards I purchased. Base 19/99    Neon Blue 04/49    Neon Blue Die-Cut 02/35    Neon Green 18/25    Neon Green Die-Cut 04/15    Neon Pink 07/10    Neon Pink Die-Cut 4/5    Neon Orange 3/3    So I’m still looking for the Neon Orange Die-Cut 1 of 1 and the Gold 1 of 1. These are obviously the hardest ones to find, and the most expensive but if anyone out there has one, please let me know.  I’m willing to trade and/or buy. Either way these cards are a great addition to the person collection. Let’s Go Buffalo!