Wednesday, September 13, 2023

A Jumbo-Sized PWE Round-Up


Catching up on plain white envelope contents from this summer. 
I'm getting ready to move (down the street) in the coming days, so it's high time I get totally caught up on posting about cards mailed to me. This PWE round-up contains a whopping four envelopes, the first of which came from Marc Brubaker around the beginning of the summer.

Aside from the super slick Panini Capstone insert, the rest of the cards were all from the 2023 Bowman set. I didn't buy a single pack of Bowman until fairly recently, even though it was one of the earliest sets released this year. I just couldn't justify the expense for such a cheap looking and overproduced product, although I'm glad that I've been able to trade my way towards a good chunk of the team collection.

These inserts have a bit of a magazine design to them. Would anyone actually read Modern Prospects magazine, though? I am not sure that I know anyone personally that has a magazine subscription anymore, although I do personally pay through the nose for my monthly issues of Retro Gamer.

The meat of the Cardinals offense this season is represented on these few Bowman base cards. I have a feeling Nolan Gorman will end up in these smaller sets by next season.

Mr. Night Owl recently commemorated fifteen years of trading with yours truly and I just so happened to have another envelope of his in the hopper. For nostalgic reasons I suppose, I've actually enjoyed the 1988 inserts from this year's Topps flagship set quite a bit. We shall see if they roll into 1989 with next year's set.

The 2023 One-Two Punch insert set recalls the 2010 Legendary Lineage and the 2011 Diamond Duos insert sets, but I believe they primarily feature starting pitchers.

Slap a little foil logo on it and you've got yourself a rare parallel card. It's the Panini way!

Adding some of my long dormant set builds to TCDB has helped quite a bit, but I still have a ways to go on a lot of these old things. As soon as the 50th Anniversary inserts were announced way back in 2008, I was instantly interested in these things. It was a fun way to get to know some of the players who I hadn't paid a ton of attention to in the time I was out of the card collecting game.

So many minis! Night Owl also included another batch of Allen & Ginter small fries from various years. These are usually my lowest priority when trying to work out deals on TCDB, but I loved receiving these out of the blue.

I recently offered up some assorted vintage cards I no longer had room for, and Bo of Baseball Cards Come to Life was quick to respond with some thank you cards. The jersey card of Duck alum Demetrius Williams has definitely seen better days (was it run over by a car?), but it will still find its way to my Ducks hits shoebox.

There are a lot of weird mid-'90s college and unlicensed Rasheed Wallace cards out there, as I've discovered since adding him to my prized group of Player Collections. I'm not sure what "SR FORCE" is supposed to mean -- is it "Senior Force" or it supposed to stand for something?

Here's just a basic junk wax card that I needed, most likely because it has or doesn't have a dot on the back somewhere.

The 2007 Topps Chrome design looks pretty good on Reuben Droughns, and it makes me think that if I liked the NFL a little better, I might be interested in tracking more cards down from this set.

I am quite certain I have never opened a pack of 1981 NFL cards, so this Ahmad Rashad card was new to me. Although best known these days as a broadcaster, Rashad was a standout at Oregon when he went by the name Bobby Moore.

Last up from Bo is this pair of 2002 Fleer blink-and-you'll-miss-it parallels. The stats on the back use gold colored text instead of the usual black.

The last envelope of the bunch comes from The Elliptical Man, which included a pair of (former) Eagles on the familiar 2019 Donruss design. Zach Ertz was a key member of the Super Bowl winning team but ended up on the move after his contract had gotten expensive and with Dallas Goedert taking over as the #1 option at his position.

Miles Sanders departed in the offseason as very few teams want to pay running backs anymore. Sanders apparently found one in Carolina, however.


  1. Phylicia's husband wins it.
    Carmichael was 17, but I think most WRs back then were in the 80s.

  2. I guarantee the 1989 design will show up in flagship next year. Fanatics will probably find a way to annoy-it-up.

  3. Glad I was able to find some cards you needed!

  4. In looking up that Rasheed Wallace card, I think that the "SR" part of "SR Force" stands for "Signature Rookies" (the set name), which is definitely underwhelming compared to basically anything else. ;)

  5. Lol. Senor Force. Love it. I was really into Signature Rookies back in the mid 90's. Pretty much turned me into the autograph hound that I am today.

  6. Love those Topps All-Star Rookie cards. For awhile, I owned the Pujols autograph out of that set, but ended up selling it. One of my biggest collecting regrets.

  7. Best of luck with the move. If you're gonna be sending out any kind of email with your new address, please include me on the list.


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