Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Enter... The Collector

Baseball isn't fun right now, but collecting cards still is. 

Chris from The Collector (we'll just call him The Collector from now on?) signed up for the Basketball Card Club awhile back. I try to send out stuff periodically for those who are interested, with (generally) no questions asked. It's always a nice cherry on top when someone sends me something back, which is what The Collector did here.

I don't think I'd ever seen or was aware of embossed Topps Finest cards, but I knew as soon as I pulled this Matt Morris card out that something was different. It's definitely embossed, as some sort of parallels. The text and especially the player are raised in a quasi-3D fashion.

Topps did pink parallels in 2015 that were numbered to 50. I haven't seen many of these in the wild, so this was a cool find. Shelby Miller was once a very promising future ace-type pitcher, but he's had nothing but calamitous injury issues for what seems like a long time now.

It's almost time for some football, so I won't cringe so much at posting some football cards. Here is Ducks and NFL legend Dan Fouts towards the end of his career in one of those '80s football action photos. Fleer made entire sets out of these, but I see that they eventually made their way to the Topps NFLPA licensed sets.

Less action here... but more fancy 2017 graphics? The NFL rolled out this weird and usually awful "color rush" uniform thing that was specifically targeted for their little watched Thursday night games. Is it working now? I don't know if it's working. Anyway, it's cool to add another Blount card to my Ducks collection.

Finally, here's a Blazers card. It's a Zach Collins rookie card from the 2017-18 Panini Threads set. Somehow, I managed to completely miss the 2017-18 Threads set as these were totally new to me when they ended up in this package from The Collector. Panini puts out too many sets! I can't even tell you what I've missed from this past season.

Thanks for reading. I'm going to go and be really sad about David Berman now. (And I'll continue to temporarily pretend that baseball doesn't exist, which is what I have to do with the Cardinals current state of play.)


  1. The Blue Chips card is very wavy looking. I kind of like it. The Collector is a good guy for sure.

  2. I'm glad I could send some unique cards. Thanks again!

  3. Cool Morris. I really like the 1997 Finest baseball set. Now that you have the embossed parallel, you need to run out and get the refractor and embossed refractor versions.

  4. Love the Chargers/Fouts card. I spy some Seahawks on that card. Sure miss the days of being in the AFC West.


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