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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

THE White Whale Ryan Getzlaf Auto!

There are many Ryan Getzlaf cards I'm still on the hunt for but one had eluded my grasp for months and months. Had being the operative word, because after a lot of patience and the card not appearing for what seemed like ages, a copy finally was listed. I was determined to get it at any cost, and thankfully that cost was minimal.

The above is Ryan Getzlaf's first autograph as far as my research on Getzy cards has revealed. I've never seen anything older than this 2004-2005 ITG Heroes and Prospects John Hancock which pictures The Captain in his Calgary Hitmen junior sweater. I think I've encountered maybe five copies of this at auction, and three went to the same bidder over a year ago. But for just $15.25 on Christmas day of 2014, a huge hole in my Getz PC was finally filled.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Sensual Archer Sketch Card of Krieger.

Although I've completed my Master Set of Cryptozoic Archer I'm still on the hunt for new sketch cards, particularly those of Krieger. I was able to secure the below before I finalized the Master Set, and it's from one of my favorite scenes.

This definitely goes into my Sketch Card Hall of Fame. Tim Dowler is the artist behind this masterpiece of Doctor Algernop Krieger, my without a doubt favorite character on Archer.

It's not the exact scene the sketch is from but it's of a similar mold. Episode 2 in Season 2 (A Going Concern) is one of the absolute best all-around episodes.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2012-2013 Panini Prime 1/1 Yellow Printing Plate: Ryan Getzlaf

I landed this Ryan Getzlaf Yellow 1/1 Plate out of 2012-2013 Panini Prime for the low price of $6.75 delivered via eBay. It's my 12th Getzy Printing Plate and I'll happily take as many as I can get my hands on for that price.

This plate instantly caught my eye beyond the amazing price. Getzlaf sits alone on the plate as the background is washed out. The yellow really accentuates the Ducks' logo on his sweater as well as the all-important Captain's C. The Bauer on his glove is highlighted and Panini chose a photo where he's clearly surveying the ice before dishing the puck.

All in all, it's one of my favorite plates of The Captain.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My First Peyton Manning Auto!

Peyton Manning is my second favorite football player of all-time, clocking in right behind LaDainian Tomlinson. I consider him the greatest QB ever and his signature was high on my want list, but price was a deterrent in picking one up. Last year I decided that had to change and with some extra dough to play with I hit eBay. I found the below, out of 2002 UD SP Authentic, and thankfully my bid held true.

I spent about 70% of my birthday cash on this. My birthday is in July. So yes, I'm only a bit behind on posting certain things. This card has everything I would want in a Peyton John Hancock: the signature is on-card, the design and photo are very good, and Peyton is pictured as a Colt. Unlike 99% of athletes today -- even guys I collect! -- Manning has gorgeous penmanship.