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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

The Loot Locker – November Edition

Today I got my November Loot Locker.  And since it was a rainy afternoon, I cracked it open right away.  Here is what I pulled. Three packs 2015 Panini Contenders 2016 Panini Phoenix 2016 Donruss Elite 2015 Panini Contenders 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #61 Matt Forte 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #65 Golden Tate 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #71 Adrian Peterson 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #78 Jarvis Landry 2015 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket #280 Zach Vigil Autograph 2016 Panini Phoenix 2016 Panini Phoenix #57 Adrian Peterson 2016 Panini Phoenix #120 Joe Namath 2016 Panini Phoenix #132 Steve Young 2016 Panini Phoenix #136 Warren Sapp 2016 Panini Phoenix Streaking Success #SS-LT Lawrence Taylor    2016 Donruss Elite 2016 Donruss Elite #29 Justin Forsett 2016 Donruss Elite #36 Marshawn Lynch 2016 Donruss Elite #79 Aaron Rodgers 2016 Donruss Elite #87 Ben Roethlisberger 2016 Donruss Elite Home Field Advantage #HF-JK     While I didn’t get any big hits in this one, it was made worthwhile by getting the Jim Kelly Die Cut.  Always a great day when you pull one for the personal collection.  Until next month, get your wish lists to Santa Claus and Happy Collecting!

2013 Rookies and Stars Longevity – Box 2

Second Box from www.dacardworld.com.  I’m having a good time opening these boxes but I’m a little disappointed by the card distribution.  As you’ll see below. Again here are the details: Look for Four Autographs or Memorabilia Cards per Box, including at least One Autograph! Find Freshman Orientation and Dress for Success Rookie Material Cards! Look for Exclusive Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Parallels as well as Material, Signature, and Signature Material Versions! Featuring a 240-card Base Set, consisting of 100 Longevity Commons, 100 Longevity Rookies, and 40 Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby! Also look for these randomly inserted cards: – Longevity Commons/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (100 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby/Signatures (40 cards) – Material Longevity Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (20 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Sapphire/Signatures (40 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Emerald/Signatures (40 cards) – Freshman Orientation Materials (40 cards) – Dress for Success Materials (40 cards) – CrossTraining Materials (20 cards) 10 Packs per Box, 5 Cards per Pack Here are the hits: 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Ruby #53 Ryan Tannehill     2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Ruby #95 Jake Locker     […]

2013 Rookies and Stars Longevity – Box 1

As I’ve stated before I buy a lot of my cards from www.dacardworld.com. Not only are they a great Buffalo company but they also have some of the best prices on the internet. I’ve done breaks with them but I mostly buy boxes when they go on sale or clearance. So when I saw these cards go on sale for under 20 bucks a box I bought a bunch. Here are the details: Look for Four Autographs or Memorabilia Cards per Box, including at least One Autograph! Find Freshman Orientation and Dress for Success Rookie Material Cards! Look for Exclusive Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Parallels as well as Material, Signature, and Signature Material Versions! Featuring a 240-card Base Set, consisting of 100 Longevity Commons, 100 Longevity Rookies, and 40 Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby! Also look for these randomly inserted cards: – Longevity Commons/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (100 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby/Signatures (40 cards) – Material Longevity Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (20 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Sapphire/Signatures (40 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Emerald/Signatures (40 cards) – Freshman Orientation Materials (40 cards) – Dress for Success Materials […]

eBay purchase from Canada

One the eve of what is sure to be a historic election in the United States I received an eBay purchase from Canada. And since the Bills are on Monday Night Football for the first time in a while I had to get this post up. It was about 12 dollars and provided a pretty sweet blast from the past. Check out these very different items I’m adding to the personal collection. 1993 Stadium Club – Master Photo (Buffalo Bills) Mark Kelso. Bruce Smith,  Jim Kelly,  Andre Reed,  Pete Metzelaars,  Nate Odomes,  Bill Brooks,  Darryl Talley,  Steve Tasker,  Don Beebe,  Henry Jones,  Cornelius Bennett Here are two of the scans front and back. They are 5×7 and a  very nice addition to the Buffalo Bills collection. The second part of the shipment was a 1980 Buffalo Bills Team set from Bells Super Markets. A store that hasn’t been around in a long time.  These aren’t in the perfect condition but I really like them. They are two cards connected together with a perforation in the cardboard. These cards takes you back to being a kid and collecting the local cards. 1980 Bells Super Markets Buffalo Bills Team Set         […]

Jim Kelly – 1984 USFL Rookie Card

I’ve been looking for a Jim Kelly 1984 USFL card for a very long time.  I’ve found some at prices that were a little out of what I was comfortable paying.  I’ve seen some graded ones on eBay going for upwards of 150 bucks.  That’s a little bit more than I’m willing to pay, especially since they seem to be pretty common.  I’ve seen a few ungraded ones in card shops going for $75-$100.  Again they seem a little too common to be at that price.  Then a few weeks ago while cruising through eBay I found a listing that I kept my eye on.  It was a lot of two cards.  The 1984 Jim Kelly USFL Rookie card and the 1985 Jim Kelly USFL card.  Starting bid was $39.99. I watched hoping it wouldn’t raise much higher.  Put in my last second bid of 60 bucks and surprisingly won the auction at $56 for both cards delivered.  Not a bad price at all.  And I’ve got the true Jim Kelly rookie card from his first season in professional football. At the time of this post, I’ve cataloged over 290 different Jim Kelly cards.  I’ve now got cards numbered as […]