Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Football (If You Want It)
People like this sport, right?
There's very nearly no NFL offseason at all for the major sports networks, as they're already gearing up to cover next month's draft, which will be followed by endless amounts of news about contracts and workouts and summer camp and so forth. It's all a bit silly for a sport that only has 16 games and a handful of playoff games each season. I'm still a (very) casual football fan, however, and I recently received a 2010 Topps NFL factory set from Howard that I'm breaking apart as we speak.
I'm only keeping the Oregon alums and Eagles cards (except for Vick), so if you're interested in any particular player, team, or just want everything you can get your hands on for some reason, let me know. I scanned the only cards that people would probably find interesting in a factory set, which are the exclusive rookie variation cards.
These players are also present in the set itself, but there was a separately sealed wrapped with the five variation cards set aside. I think there are actually multiple variations, so I assume it's possible to get different versions of the same five players if you open multiple sets. I'm not completely sure about this, however, as I don't really collect football cards.
If I was a hotshot college star, I would hate to get drafted by the Lions.
The first few of these all looked to be staged photoshoots, but this one appears to involve some no good Photoshoppery.
And finally, there's this guy. Sadly, this card still probably has the most collector appeal of the lot. This wasn't exactly a great crop of rookies to put on display. Of the five, Bradford has put together the only salvageable career, but his career 79.3 passer rating isn't exactly blowing anyone away.