Thursday, August 20, 2020

Pleasantly Surprised

*only 48 degrees here this morning, only one thing can warm up such a colder start to the day, a nice hot cup of fresh brew. Pours a cup, brings breakfast along, and gets ready for another Cards Over Coffee*


They come in all shapes and forms, but no matter the form they come in, they are always nice whether it's for yourself or for someone else. It gives you that warm feeling on the inside when you either give one or receive one. You get those butterflies in your stomach of excitement for that grand finale moment when you or another person sees their surprise.

Sometimes those surprises come from the least likely of places.

Take these Pistachio muffins. Taking a glance at them you must be thinking disgusting, believe me I did.  I thought with all of that green I would mutate into something if I ate them. At the same time how cool would it be to mutate into a super nut. Though I am a bit nutty it seems at times as it is.

So I didn't try these for the longest time until my wife actually made me try it. Yes, made me. Sort of like one of those wedding cake picturesque moments.

Let me tell you what though, that one bite led me to be a big fan. These are the best stinkin' muffins I have ever had. EVER. And I have eaten a lot of muffins as my stomach shows. These are also coincidentally my breakfast this morning.

That was quite the pleasant surprise and I was happy to had taken the chance on them. Before you ask, no, I did not mutate. At least yet.

Another pleasant surprise I had recently was when a Twitter follower known as @bmw3679 asked for my address out of the blue and said he had checked over my want lists and wanted to send me something.

At first, I was very hesitant on sending someone I hadn't interacted with much my information, but, I was glad I did.

As I said, some surprises come in the least likely of places.

It wasn't too long before I received my mail day from Brad, @bmw3679, and inside the package was some Kerry Collins (posting some other time) and then something wrapped in white paper.

*takes a suspenseful sip of coffee. I expect you to do the same at this point*
On the outside of the white paper, he wrote this.

I had no idea what could be in there, but whatever it was, it was finishing up a rainbow I was trying for and with so many rainbow attempts out there for me, I had no idea which one it was going to be.

*takes another suspenseful sip of coffee. I expect you to do another at this point*


Inserted in packs of 1996 Select Certified football at the odds of 1:200, were these Mirror Blue parallels. The one and only card I was missing from completing my extremely rare and tough 1996 Select Certified rainbow for Rodney Hampton. There were only 50 sets produced of this card. Which may not sound that tough in today's collecting world, but in the world of the 90's these were beyond rare.

So rare I have never seen a Rodney version...EVER.

Here is the back of the card. Each of the cards in the rainbow have their own labeling.

But, looking at one of the cards isn't enough. You need to see the beauty of all of them together.

*another sip of coffee before the big reveal*

Here is the rainbow all together. 

From top left to bottom right, Base, Artists Proof, Premium Stock, Red, Blue, Mirror Blue, Mirror Red, Mirror Red Premium Stock, and Mirror Gold.

How great does that look? And what a pleasant surprise from the least likely of places.

*another sip for the final part of this post*

I am still in awe of this completed rainbow and I couldn't have done it without the help of a surprise. Many thanks to Brad again for helping me complete this rainbow and I have tucked the note in behind the Mirror Blue so I can always remember and document how it was completed.

As for those pistachio muffins, I could only handle one this morning. They are very heavy but very good. I will let you know if I end up mutating and become a hero.


  1. Congratulations on completing the rainbow. Love mid 90's Select Certified Mirrors. Haven't had pistachio muffins, but pistachio ice cream is awesome... so I could see where the muffins would be delicious too.

    P.S. Jealous of your temperatures in the 40's. We've been experiencing a heat wave out here in the Bay Area. Although today it's only expected to get into the low 90's where I live.

    1. I am not one for that much heat. It's easier to get warm than it is to get cold. Its not going to be in the 80's anymore here for the next week and appears we are heading down the downward spiral

  2. That Rodney lived with me long enough. It was time it went to its rightful place in the hobby. Helping complete your rainbow is way more satisfying than any amount of money I could have sold it for. Congrats again!

  3. How cool! 90's rainbows are always fun, and some of them are getting very difficult to complete, which I guess makes it just that much more satisfying when one is completed. I gotta say though, I'm not familiar with this set in the least, so I'm curious to know if this particular card is the rarest, or lowest numbered if you will, of the bunch?

    1. No, the Mirror Gold is. Supposedly only 35 ever of each ever made. I have done a lot of research on these from multiple sites that tell me the numbering. I kinda wished it was on the card itself

  4. Awesome! I love seeing completed rainbows


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