Sunday, March 13, 2016
All the Ex's on Cards
Players change teams, but sports cards are forever.
Postage fees are getting out of control to send stuff out of the country, but Sportscards From The Dollar Store always makes sending stuff to Canada worthwhile. Of the cards I picked out to scan today, I noticed a common theme in that most of these guys no longer play for the team I'm a fan of, like Nicolas Batum. Batum was traded away as the first bomb that was dropped on the Blazers after their frustrating playoff exist last spring at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Batum's role within the offense had been stifled a bit of late, so it was almost a little relieving to see him move on to a new team (Charlotte) where he could produce.
Of course, everyone has to leave their alma mater, but Northwest native Jonathan Stewart is always a Duck. After years of sharing the backfield load with DeAngelo Williams, Stewart was finally the lone featured back with the Super Bowl losing Carolina Panthers this year. He had a nice season. I had to pick a Ducks card to scan after Oregon's basketball team snagged their first ever #1 seed in the upcoming tournament. (Wrong sport, I know.)
Lillard is the one guy here who didn't change teams. Dame has been thermonuclear lately, even while operating in Steph Curry's shadow. Our new franchise player put up two 50+ scoring games to become the first Blazer to do that since before I was born. I have a feeling he has another one in him before the regular season is over.
I think buckstorecards must have gone in on a box or a group break of the 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes set, because I got a bunch of this stuff. I love cards in disc form and Sportflics/Slurpee disc style cards, so I love this.
I ended up with the lion's share of the team set (should probably figure this out one day) and chose Scrabble as the one to scan. He wasn't around St. Louis long, but his acquisition played a key role in the 2011 title run.
Finally, here's my fave ex-Blazer with an on-card autograph. His numbers are down this season in his first with Dallas, but he suffered an absolutely devastating injury. I'm hoping that he's just not "all the way back" and will improve in time, even though he plays for the hated Mavericks.