Saturday, September 6, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Why I Like It: I mentioned before that although I'm not exactly thrilled with the piece itself..it comes across kinda bland to me, I still can't leave this off the countdown since it's such an important piece in SLU history. I remember never even coming remotely close to finding this piece locally when it came out. I got it many years later after the market crash. If the figure had been cooler (I even would prefer the pinstripes over the grey jersey) maybe it would've ranked higher but still there's no denying that this is a must have figure for every SLU collection.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Why I like it: It was one of the most anticipated figures I had waited for. I was disappointed he wasn't in the 98 extended set, but knew there was no way Hasbro would exclude him from the 99 set. I knew I had zero shot at it retail level (though I did score the Classic Double with Cris Carter as I bought the set through JC Penney of all places). Finally at a card show I found it for $15 and gladly paid the price. The Moss Rookie Piece was MINE!!! It's the only non Cowboy football piece I kept from my original collection.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#124 1999 Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Minors to Majors Ken Griffey Jr.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Why I Like It: I picked this over the rookie piece, 2nd year piece, and 97 Extended I have because of the story behind it. I wrote about it in an earlier post, but basically I grew up a HUGE Penny fan and the one thing I wanted the most was an SLU of him. Back around this time ALL my friends got hooked on collecting SLU's and one of my friends found a Penny at the local Venture store in town. I was shell shocked. A figure of that caliber found at retail and here in Corpus no less. To top it off, my friend was a Johnny Come Lately collector. He'd barely been in the game and right off the bat he finds my holy grail. I was beyond jealous. I never found the piece at stores, but that Christmas my parents bought it for me after finding it at our flea market. I was BEYOND STOKED. It became the cornerstone of my collection. That's the reason I like this figure over the other 3 made of Penny.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#126 1997 Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Greg Maddux/Cy Young
Why I Like It: Combine two of the greatest pitchers of all time with my favorite line of SLU's and you have yourself a winner. This is definitely one of my favorite pieces ever made and I was unable to find this originally during my run of collecting. Like many of the figures I own now, I bought this post-SLU crash a lot cheaper than these used to go for.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Why I Like It: It was the most coveted football piece of the 97 season. This figure was scorching hot as Davis was the hottest running back going in the league at the time. This figure regularly sold for $100 or more at its peak. It was impossible to find at retail level and being a kid there was just no way I thought I'd ever own it. Fast forward many years later after the big SLU Crash and I was able to snatch this for a mere 2 bucks. Crazy how times change. The impact of this figure alone is why it's always been a favorite of mine.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#128 1997 Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Ken Griffey/Ken Griffey Jr
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Why I Like It: It commemorates the beginning of Cal Ripken Jr's consecutive games streak. I love the piece as it showcases Ripken in the uniform he wore on the very first game of his streak. I was a kid while Ripken broke "The Streak" so it brings back great memories of what was and still is such a great record. This was pretty popular during the heyday of Starting Lineup Figures. I waited until market crashed to pick this up relatively cheap.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#132 Ken Griffey Jr/Sandy Alomar Jr 1999 Starting Lineup Freeze Frame One on One
Why I Like It: We continue with the parade of Griffey SLU's with the 3rd straight on the countdown. Multiplayer pieces such as Classic Doubles, Freeze Frames etc were always a favorite of mine. This was a Collector's Club Exclusive back in 1999 and revived the One on One Line that Kenner had in the late 80's. I didn't get it through the fan club, I bought it off Ebay years later. I love the "play at the plate" aspect of this set and of course it features Ken Griffey Jr so it makes it an automatic winner.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Why I like it: It's the first Ken Griffey Jr. I found in a store that I kept unopened during my Starting lineup craze. I previously had the 93 SLU, but I had opened it and I own the 96 Griffey but I bought that at our Flea Market. I found this one at our local Wal Mart. I absolutely love the pose as well, always thought it was awesome. When I sold the majority of my collection, I kept all my Griffey pieces as he's my favorite player in baseball. This won't be the last Griffey SLU you'll see on this countdown.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Why I Like It: I talked about this card about a year ago, it's my first ever vintage card. Back in the early 90's our little town of Calallen (a suburb of Corpus Christi, Texas) had 3 CARD SHOPS! Hard to fathom when I don't think Corpus has anymore card shops left today. Anyways Pops Cards & Comics was one of my favorite store as I distinctly remember buying packs of 90-91 Hoops and 1990 and 91 Pro Set Football cards there. They had singles as well, and I found this card for a quarter. I only bought it cause it was old. 1974! I had no idea who Lem Barney was and was pleasantly surprised to find out he was a Hall of Fame Player! This card will always be a sentimental favorite to me which is why it makes the countdown here at #135.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
When I heard about 1996 SPX Basketball I was super excited. I always loved Upper Deck's hologram inserts, and now a whole base set dedicated to that was my kinda set. I then heard the absurd details (at the time, lol) 1 CARD PER PACK...what?!?!!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! The price of the pack at my local shop...6 BUCKS. FOR ONE CARD! But to me..it was well worth it for the quality of the card. When it finally debuted I bit the bullet bought a pack and pulled a Hakeem Olajuwon. Eh..not terrible..it's not MJ or Penny, but to me it was well worth it. I wanted the Penny soooooo bad. To this day, it's my favorite of the 3 hologram based SPX sets (for the 98-99 SPX turned to SPX Finite and basically moved away from the hologram technology in their base sets and became a serial numbered tiered product). Later on that year, I spotted this card at a card show and if I recall paid $6 bucks or basically the cost of another pack. I was stoked to own this card. So beautiful. Today, the card's not worth much, but it symbolized what was starting to happen around this time..the concept of the "high end brand". I view it as a pioneer to what was see in today's higher end products.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Why I Like It: It's my first ever autograph. Brian Williams, at the time was a prospect for the Houston Astros (1st round pick in 1990) and was one of the signers at our local mall here in Corpus. Now I actually went for another certain player who I'll be showcasing later in this countdown, but Brian Williams was free, and even though as a kid, I had no idea who he was, I figured "why not, he's a major league baseball player". Brian not only signed the photo but personalized as well. It's funny looking at all the autographs I have in my collection like Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Emmitt etc..and remember that it alllll started with Brian Williams.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Why I Like It: It was one of my first "big" purchases and it was of one of my favorite baseball players as a kid. I remember being so jealous that my friend had a 1990 Topps Rookie Card of Frank Thomas, and he knew he'd never trade it so I had to have a rookie card of The Big Hurt. I bought this at our local flea market for 5 bucks over 20 years ago. For a little while, it was the best card in my whole collection. I loved it so much. Sentimental value is what keeps this card in my collection.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Why I Like It: Dexter was one of my favorite shows of all time, and though the ending was very disappointing, it still was an awesome and unforgettable show. I don't have many non sports autographs in my collection, but adding Dexter Morgan's auto to my collection was definitely something I had to do.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This particular one was "born" on my birthday, December 6th. I always thought that was pretty cool, and it's a neat litter reminder that once upon a time even my mom caught the collecting bug.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#149 1998 AUthentic Images Mark McGwire 62nd Homerun Commemorative Card
Why I Like It: Because it's the only reminder in my collection of that magical 1998 summer with McGwire and Sosa. I know it's one of those overproduced Shop At Home/QVC collectibles, but it was a gift from my aunt and it takes me back to how special that baseball season was. Had I kept my commemorative SLU's, I'm sure that would've been a greater representative, but I didn't, and I still have this and I just look it at smile, regardless of what ended up being a totally steroid induced era. At the time I was a high school freshman just in awe of what was happening. Good times indeed.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Why I Like It: What a random way to start a countdown eh? Unless you're a wrestling fan...make that a hardcore wrestling fan (or more specifically Lucha Libre fan) you might have NO IDEA why such a low level wrestler's autograph would even come close to making a countdown filled with game used, autographs, rookies cards of real superstars and the such. But alas here it is to kick us off. El Dandy is 100% an inside joke between me and my cousin. He was trying to create Macho Man Randy Savage in Raw for XBox and it looked NOTHING like him at all. In fact, it looked more like....EL DANDY than anything. I took upon myself to rename "Macho Man" El Dandy, and to this day will never let my cousin live it down. Thus the legend began. Plus we can't forget that super awesome promo Bret Hart cut on El Dandy, granting him a shot at the WCW U.S. Title
That made me love El Dandy even more. So when I was flipping through Ebay one day and saw this card, I KNEW I had to get it. So who are YOU to doubt El Dandy's worthiness on this countdown??
In the 25 plus years I've been collecting, I've done it all. Cards, Pogs, Autographs,Video Games,Starting Lineups, Headliners, Wrestling stuff, McFarlane Figures, the list goes on and on. I'm a sucker for doing countdown lists and it's been a couple years since my top 100 cards countdown so I decided to rank my Favorite 150 Items in my collection. Since my card collection is basically dwindled down to very little, I've encompassed everything in my entire collection, cards figures, autographs, etc. Some of the stuff ranked is purely based on sentimental and personal reasons, which is why you'll see some things that are probably worth no more than a few bucks. I thought it was fun to take a ride down memory lane and also take a deep breath and look at all the cool stuff I've been able to accumulate throughout the years. So get ready, because the countdown starts today!