Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recent Pick Ups and My WBC Thoughts

Whats up everyone,or  the few that are  peering In at my  seemingly abandoned baseball card blog .To be quite honest  ,baseball cards have taken a back seat to other childish  hobbies that I dabble In like action figure collecting and video game playing.Also,this WBC thing  ,while at times captivating, has me feeling a little conflicted.You see I'm  Puerto Rican , born In the United States ,but raised In Puerto Rico  until I was about 7.Coming back to the states was a bit of a culture shock for me.I didn't know any English,looked a little different than everyone else and  never lived In a house that had stairs leading to a second floor. The language barrier complicated things alot. An older Italian guy (kind of looked like Jack Klugman)who owned the corner store at the end of my street  asked me If I wanted my penny candies "assorted" or "unvaried".I didn't know what either word meant ,he got kind of frustrated and filled my bag with a dollars worth  of  Swedish Fish (yuk!) .I didn't like Swedish Fish,but didn't argue the point and walked out pretending to be satisfied.I had to be about 8 or 9.By the time I reached 5th grade I was better at speaking English than I was at speaking Spanish. Funny shit  ,huh?I was so good at English,in fact,that my fellow Puerto Rican students would call me things like white boy or say that I wasn't Puerto Rican enough.Man,that bugged the shit out of me.Not because I had anything against white people or English speaking Americans,but because I had worked so hard to embrace the language and culture.Now I was being crucified for It.I rolled with the punches, ignored them and  went on to receive all kinds of reading and writing awards  and was proud of It.I had also fully embraced American pop culture. As a kid you want nothing more than to just fit In ,but It was tough for a Puerto Rican kid  watching television shows and movies that seldom cast any Hispanics or Latinos i.e. Growing Pains,Family Ties,Mr.Belvedere. I did my best ,but  as I got older ,felt the need to gravitate more towards my Latino heritage. It's no easy task let me tell you ,balancing the two.

Take the WBC for instance.Who the fuck do I root for?I'm Puerto Rican ,but I'm also a  natural born American .I feel like If I root for Puerto Rico there'll be a crowd of Trump supporters giving me the evil eye  .If I root for USA,on the other hand,I'll be called things like "sell out" or "Trump Supporter" .I joke.But seriously ,this Is why,rather than deal with this conundrum,I step away.Like I've always done.Stay neutral.Is that a bad thing?Maybe I should just stop caring about what other people think?Idk.Anyways,I'm just glad It's all over and we can finally start working on opening day  line ups of  players that come from all over world.Now those are teams I can get behind!Oh yeah,I almost forgot ,baseball cards...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Donruss Football 50 Card Box

Nope,no Ezekial or Dak yet :(  In fact,these 50 card boxes are light on rookies and heavy on inserts .I did manage to pull a Rookie Phenom Jersey card but nobody special.

I really love this Marino!So true to the 87 Donruss cards of way back,they even botched the centering!Jokes aside ,this really Is a great card.Probably my favorite out of the box.

Marisa Miller Is a Victoria's Secret model/actress/fan of the game (apparently). I'm not a huge fan of non athletes adorning sports related cardboard but I kind of like these cards.They have gold foil border that looks better In hand than in this pic. 

Kevin Hogan got a little playing time a few weeks back for the ailing Cleveland Browns and led the team   In rushing with 104 yards.That's pretty much the highlight of his 2016 season.He projects to be a great back up with starter potential down the road.  

I think there are 200 Rated Rookies In this set so my chances of pulling ones I want will be slim with these 50 card boxes.They yield only two Rated Rookies  and a couple of base rookies ,that's It.The 16 card packs have three Rated Rookies  each plus some base Rookies.I'm sticking to those. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Singles Only

I finally got around to adding Zekes and Dak to my small but growing football card player collections.They aren't the Donruss  Rated Rookies I've been on the hunt for ,but will do for now.In fact these are the cheapest Elliott and Prescott rookie cards   you'll find In most places including eBay.Both go for about 3 bucks a piece.Both cards are pretty bland representations of  the two Dallas Cowboys phenoms. 
I don't mind them In their college unis but I'd much rather have them In their Cowboys gear.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

On The Hunt For Dak & Ezekial

I'm still trying to pull 2016 Rated Rookie cards of  Dak Prescott and Ezekial Elliott.I don't have a disposable income that would allow me to achieve this with a simple box break.I go the route I went as a kid  ,buying packs here and there.To me the reward is even bigger because of the odds. Ebay will be my last resort. The other day while out picking up some pet supplies for our new German Shepherd pup  ,I stumbled across the last two packs of 2016 Donruss and one straggling 52 card pack of Score football.No Dak or Ezekial,but a nice sneak peak at Score and some ok Donruss 2016 cards.

I haven't picked up a pack of Score anything since  1989 ,when It was only couple years old.And that was baseball. Their NFL cards have been out for a while now but this Is my first pack.They're decent looking cards  that get the limited foil treatment,but limited ca be a good thing.In this case It's just a couple of subtle lines above and underneath the players name,team and position.  

Score wouldn't be Score without the player photo on the backside ,even If It's the same as the pic on the front.  

Dang!I thought Karlos Williams would play a part In the Bills future running game,maybe even become their primary back.He's  been released by the Bills picked up by the Raiders and Is now serving a suspension.  

The lil meanie Suh  :(

RC's feature players In their college get ups.

A couple of nice inserts. 

This time around the Donruss packs yielded a little less than the first three I picked up a while back.I really dig the Bo Jackson,though.Such a nice card.Love the grey and black.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FY & RC - (B)

This crop of  FY/RC's  Isn't the best,but Isn't too shabby either. Beltran,Biggio and Boggs highlight this batch along with notable mentions Bonds,Bryant and Bumgarner. 

Maybe this guy has a bounce back left in em'.

Thanks to Beltran,Juan Lebron's rc Is a pretty popular one .I love this Fleer Tradtition  card with the  simple words "Rookie"   written In foil across a foil baseball overhead his name ,which Is also In foil inside of a top loader with the words "ROOKIE CARD" written in foil across the top.Funny thing Is,I'm not  even sure  this Is  his  true Fleer Tradition rookie card. If It Is,then the foil does not fib.  

Remember the Kyle Blanks craze?This guy's Tony Clark tall,maybe even taller and weighs 265!He could still make some noise with some playing time. 

Michael Burgess was going to be the next big thing In baseball.Flashing prodigious power In high school but none at the big league level.

Madison Bumgarner beat us In 2016 ,In a one game wild card playoff.  

Billy Butler's first and last name start with the letter B. 

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