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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Certifiably Getzlaf.

National Treasures has been a treasure trove of printing plate goodness for my Ryan Getzlaf Collection. My latest pickup hails from 2012-2013 Panini Certified and features The Captain as I love to see him: donning the Captain's C and a visor.

This Black 1/1 Printing Plate ran me just $10 shipped and is my 10th Getzy plate.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Because Seriously, Wes is The Man.

I received a couple of e-mails from the blogging Grand Poobah himself, Wes of Jaybarkerfan's Junk fame. The main gist of the e-mails was that I should expect a package to arrive, and as we all know when it comes to Wes and his bubble mailer giving ways, he sends some awesome stuff. And send awesome stuff he did.

Wes created this phenomenal custom card featuring his smiling mug decked out in costume, and he even went so far as to hand-number them /98. I received 5/98 and it's a fantastic piece of cardboard I will forever keep and enjoy!

A Paco Rodriguez RC REF signature fell out of the mailer next. It's my first auto of the former 2nd-round pick, and it's numbered 379/499 to boot. An even sweeter Eric Gagne relic is up next. Man, I'll always love that guy. So, so dominant before injury derailed his career. It scanned in horribly but is oh so pretty in-hand.

Wes sent along a wide assortment of cool cards so I scanned in my favorites.

As always Wes, you continue to outdo yourself time and time again, and this card blogging community of ours would not be the same without you. Thanks amigo!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Jason Heyward PC

As much as it pains me to root for anyone on this incarnation of the St. Louis Cardinals, they did just go out and acquire one of the most underrated players in baseball who hasn't even hit his prime yet. Jason Heyward is a guy I really like, and I assume they'll be able to sign him long-term after this upcoming season.

Black /25

Silver Auto, Black /25: Just Minors 8x10

Blue RC REF /199

If I could root for the guy while he was on the Atlanta Braves and playing with the insufferable Brian McCann, I think I can still pull for the individual that is J-Hey while simultaneously still loathing the Cards. And in fairness, that's really only because of their fans and the way certain St. Louis guys have acted around certain Dodgers that enjoy celebrating.

I know the Braves were worried about retaining Heyward and Shelby Miller has a really good arm and potential (and a more affordable contract) but I was quite shocked to see the Braves bail on Heyward.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Promo Card For Cryptozoic's Archer.

A simple yet elusive piece to my Cryptozoic Archer Master Set has finally found its way into my collection. A promo card for the set was released back in 2013 in an issue of Non-Sport Update Magazine. A few have popped up online but were just a tad above what I wanted to pay.

eBay came through as I landed it for $3.99 shipped. The front features Lana, Cyril, and a wheelchair-stricken Ray shooting it out with Cubans in front of Krieger's van.

The scene is from The Man From Jupiter (aka the Burt Reynolds episode).

And here's the very colorful back. I am now officially down to just two of the Totally Fabricated Wardrobe Relics to complete this glorious Master Set.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Matt Kemp Has Followed In Jackie Robinson's Image As Well As Anybody.

Jackie Robinson's legacy is one of perseverance, hard-work, determination, dedication, and strength. Panini honored him with a parallel in 2014 Prizm Baseball known as the "42 Jackie Robinson Tribute Prizm" parallel. Each blue-bordered card is numbered out of 42 and has little 42s floating throughout the background.

These are really stunning in-hand and I was able to nab the Matt Kemp for under $5 shipped. The Bison works his butt off, is respected by teammates, is exceptionally fan-friendly, does what is best for the team, and has had a successful career thus far. Numbered 13/42, it's a fantastic new addition to my Mattycakes' PC.