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 […]

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

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!

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 […]

All My Cards: Part 2

After a couple of weeks of opening packs and entering data into spreadsheets.  And going back and counting and entering my mid-80’s Topps Football collection, I’ve crossed the 15,000 card mark.  So I thought it was good time to update again. I’ve got a pretty sweet spreadsheet going.  It’s full of tabs and rows and columns.  It’s full of formulas and formatting.  I told you I was a geek.  I spent about 4 hours counting and organizing my 2015 Topps Football and it turns out while I have one complete set I am 15 cards away from a second one.  And unfortunately I have 10 of one card in the set.  (#382 Tony Romo T60) I’ve now got 16 sets completely entered in to my database, although I have more 2013 Prizm to open.  Along with 554 Jim Kelly cards and 175 Thurman Thomas cards.  I have twelve 1987 Topps Jim Kelly #362 (Rookie) as my most counted card right now.  Pretty fitting to have 12 of a Jim Kelly Card!  One side note is that the Jim Kelly count only counts cards that I’ve separated from sets.  Being a set collector, his cards also appears in the sets where […]