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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Congrats on 1000 Hits, Russell Martin!

I know I'm way, way late but I wanted to congratulate former Los Angeles Dodgers' backstop and PTSIA collecting favorite Russell Martin on collecting his 1000th career hit earlier this month. Of course, most of those came as a member of the Blue Crew, which makes it even sweeter!






























Come back to L.A., Russ. We miss you.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Somewhere Between Sweden and Cali.

I landed this needed Ryan Getzlaf Dominion quad relic -- also featuring Corey Perry, Jonas Hiller, and Devante Smith-Pelly -- off of eBay some time ago. It's #'d 25/25 and ran me roughly half a blaster. There's only one issue: it never arrived.


Somewhere between my humble abode in Southern California and Sweden, where the seller lives, this card floats around in limbo. It will probably never arrive, and I may never come across another affordable copy again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Panini Dominion RC Pen Pals: Emerson Etem and Sami Vatanen Dual Auto /99

I recently secured the below dual autograph from the Rookie Showcase Pen Pals subset of '13-'14 Panini Dominion. I've written about my love for Dominion time and time again, and for just $3.13 delivered (with most of that covered by a recent Yahoo revenue payment) it ran me just cents out of pocket. Shipping was free too.


The card pairs two of the Anaheim Ducks' better prospects in forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen. It's yet another addition to my modest Etem Collection and serves as my first auto of Vatanen, the young Finnish blueliner. It's numbered /99 and thankfully, as is the case with Dominion, the design is wonderful and the John Hancocks are both on-card. The gold foil pops much more in-person.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Overrated Fantasy Football Players At Each Position

This is a guest post written by Mark Driggs.

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During fantasy football draft season, the word overrated gets thrown around quite a bit. There are obviously differing opinions all over the Internet, but some look a little more obvious than others. Here is a look at an overrated player at each position, followed by an explanation why they should be avoided.

Cam Newton

In fantasy football circles, Cam Newton is an elite quarterback. He might not be a prolific passer just yet, but his running game makes up for things. However, Carolina is probably going to be a little bit more careful with him running the football. Considering the fact that he now has to work with a lot of new faces, he could be due for significant regression in 2014.

Doug Martin

When the 2013 season started, people thought that the second-year player would really take off as one of the best running backs in the game. However, he got off to a slow start, and then he had to deal with a shoulder injury. He is preparing for 2014 is a different player, as he is no longer the only featured running back on the roster. The new offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers has already stated that he will go with a running back committee instead of one featured guy this year. That is bad news for Martin fans.

Cordarrelle Patterson

Minnesota is very high on second-year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, but he might not be ready to break out just yet. It really is out of his control, as Minnesota has been unable to find a franchise quarterback just yet. The competition is between Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater, but none of them throw the deep ball consistently enough to allow Patterson to have success.

Kyle Rudolph

See the explanation for Patterson above? The same pretty much applies to Randolph. Minnesota still has a chance to be decent this year, but they are going to be relying on running back workhorse Adrian Peterson on offense. No one else on their offense looks all that enticing in fantasy football.

Aziz Ansari Dual Shirt/Suit Jacket Relic!

I was able to acquire my second dual relic out of 2013 Parks and Recreation when a seller listed the below Aziz Ansari for the BIN price of $7.99 plus shipping. Roughly half a blaster later and I could cross off another P&R Master Set need. The dual relics come in Base /99 (except Adam Scott's base which is /50) and Blue Holo, numbered out of a scant 25.


Numbered 46/99, I now just need the Amy Poehler and Adam Scott dual relics to complete that subset. Neither will come cheaply, in all likelihood. Oh, and can you top these sweet Aziz relics? A very colorful shirt piece with a seam as well as a two-color suit jacket swatch work so well together.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jeffrey Tambor: Archer Auto

Another piece to the 2014 Cryptozoic Archer puzzle is in the books as I was able to purchase this Jeffrey Tambor autograph from one of my Blowout buddies who resides in Canada. It ran me a cool $10 delivered.


Tambor portrays Len Trexler, a mostly off-again "love interest" of Malory Archer. He heads -- or at least used to head -- rival spy agency ODIN on the show.


Krieger in the background is priceless. I'm now down to just a handful of remaining signatures to complete the set.