Sunday, May 9, 2021

90's On The 9th:1995 Playoff Unsung Heroes Michael Strahan

 *even though yesterday was 80's On The 8th, I still forgot that today I would need a 90's card. Grabbed the quickest one I could get to, takes a picture, emails it, downloads it, uploads it. Brews some coffee and is ready to go. Time for some Cards Over Coffee*

Today I take you back to 1995, which I consider my first real year in the hobby despite collecting since 1993. It was also the beginning of a 5 year period which put out the best cards in the history of the hobby. If you don't agree, you're least in my opinion.

Whether it was base or inserts, there was plenty eye appeal to go around.

Today's card was one of those that had plenty of eye appeal. I acquired it in a Twitter trade with @MaxxPower68 recently.

*takes a sip before continuing on*

1995 Playoff Unsung Heroes fell in random packs of Absolute.
I own other years of Unsung Heroes but none of the 1995 version until now. The front of the card sums up 90's funk on cards with its bold colors and fun designs.

On the back, is the design of the front minus the player.

The person who put the write up on the back of the card should be praised. They absolutely nailed Michael's future.

There are 28 cards overall in the full set with Michael being card 19.

*takes a sip before finishing up*

This is a fun card design, but it's not quite shiny enough to keep my attention of a full set chase. I am glad just to have the one Giant in the card set.

*thinking of more stuff I should add to these flashbacks of the 90's, Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Saturday, May 8, 2021

80's On The 8th:1982 Topps Coming Soon Sticker Lawrence Taylor

*sits down and realizes what day of the month it is, it's the 8th and that only means one's time for 80's on the 8th! Time to get the coffee ready and sit down for some Cards Over Coffee*

Today's item is not a card, but a sticker of the greatest Linebacker, if not greatest defensive player of all time, the great Lawrence Taylor.

Taylor was the NFL MVP in 1986, won two Super Bowls, 8x First Team All Pro, went to 10x Pro Bowls and had 132.5 sacks in his career. If that resume doesn't put you at the top, which one will?

I got to watch Taylor once in person at the old Giants Stadium at the ripe age of 10. At that point in my life, I didn't understand football as sports wasn't really in my blood yet. I wished it had been. At least I can say I watched him once.

When it comes to collecting Taylor, since I didn't really get to watch him a lot, I don't focus a lot on his cards. But, when the opportunity strikes, I will take 'em.

Which is how I landed the sticker featured in today's post that I acquired in a Twitter trade with @MaxxPower68.

*takes a sip before showing it off*

In 1982, Topps inserted these Coming Soon stickers in packs randomly. There were 16 total stickers to collect in the preview set. Thanks Fuji for the information.

The Lawrence is from his rookie year and a few other players of note in this set include, Dan Fouts, Ken Anderson, Jack Lambert and Billy Sims.

*takes a sip before finishing up*

This sticker will go well with my actual rookie card of Taylor I traded for years ago.

*trying to figure out how to further this post from the 80's, stay tuned on that. For now, Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May The 4th Be Late With You

*finally able to sit down and write a post meant for 2 days ago. Takes fresh cup of coffee and sits it next to the laptop and stack of cards. Trying not to tip any of them over. It's finally time now for some new Cards Over Coffee*

It's been a busy week so I am running a few days behind on the National Holiday on May 4th known as Star Wars Day.

*takes a sip, coffee hits the spot*

Star Wars didn't exist in my life until much later in the 90's which is a lot later than it was for most people around me. I first discovered the movies on TV and really got into watching them. I saw each of the three original movies (I still refer to those movies as the originals) a few times and was pretty excited about hearing there was a new one coming out in 1999. Then I found it was a prequel, I can't stand prequels for any movies, so the newfound excitement of another Star Wars movie sailed away.

However, I still gave the prequel and following prequel episodes a chance and found out that I was right that they were awful. Nothing, I mean nothing ever beats the originals. I will say though, I did grow to liking Darth Maul.

*takes another sip. Feels his tummy rumbling*

Fast forward to now, Disney is in control of the Star Wars universe and there are more movies, cartoons and TV shows about the franchise more than ever before. I am not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but seems many die hard fans are pretty happy with it.

For me though, I will just stick to the three originals because I am too old school.

When it comes to cards though, I will take them all for my non sport collection.

*another sip leads to an idea of what to eat for breakfast...okay mid morning snack you caught me*

Most of my Star Wars card collection has been acquired through trading, which is how a lot of my collecting is acquired.
Actually, I am pretty sure all with the exception of this card was picked up through trading. 

Hondo Ohnaka is not a character I know, but the voice actor I know plenty about and many of you should as well. Jim Cummings is Darkwing Duck, Tigger, Winnie The Pooh, Pete from Goof Troop, and about a million other cartoons from yesterday and today. This autograph was a must have for me so I forked out the $12 a couple of years ago to make it happen.

I felt I got a steal on it comparing the cost to other autographs of his.

The rest of these cards for today's post have been recently posted on here, but I am sure a second look won't be frowned upon.

I also have two Film Cel relics from the original movies I couldn't find for today's post. Those are my two favorite cards in my Star Wars collection and will need to be shared. Maybe I will wait a year from now and show those two off for next years Star Wars day.

*takes another sip*

I also thought since this is a coffee card blog and today we are talking Star Wars that it would be fun to rename a few of the characters.

Here they are,
Darth Coffee
Han Expresso
Java The Hutt
Kylo Roast
Obi Wan Cappuccino
R2-Cup 2

If you have anymore or ones to compete with mine, I would love to hear them in comments.

*takes a sip before finishing up the post*

I hope every had a Happy Star Wars Day! Also let me know your favorite movie from the Saga in comments!

*finds a couple of Oreos, takes the cookie side off to eat first and saves the frosted side for last. Takes a a sip of coffee, then dives on in for the frosted side. Coffee Card blogger out*

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Take What You Can Get

*yawns, sits down after a long night of not much sleep and opens up laptop. Forgets that he needed to brew a cup of coffee. Gets up, does so, sits back down and forgets the cards we are going to talk about. Gets back up, grabs the cards, sits back down and finally thinks he is ready for some Cards Over Coffee*

When it comes to sleep, you take what you can get. Some nights for me it can be four hours and other nights seven.

When it comes to coffee, the darker flavor, the better. But, sometimes finding decaf coffee isn't cheap or easy so I will take what I can get. Coffee is coffee right?

When it comes to the hobby and finding retail packs, if you see any, take what you can get. Something is better than nothing I would think.

That's how I approached my Walmart trip a few days ago.

*takes a sip of card, I mean coffee, continues on with today's post*

There wasn't too much to find down the aisle like the previous visit I had, but there was at least something.
Sitting there staring at me were 4 packs of 2021 Topps Series 1, which I grabbed all of even though I already had my fair share and need of Series 1. My hope was that I would have one of those miracle stories to tell of a big Trout autograph pull.

Also there was a pack of 2020 Topps Chrome WWE that I passed by a few times because it wasn't something I directly collected. I did watch some wrestling in the early 2000's and did find a few guys I liked, but it wasn't something that stuck with me to watch. But I have always stuck by Chrome regardless and have a buddy who would appreciate them in trade. So after some debate, the pack "fell" into my cart. At least that's how I explained it to my wife when she rang it up.

That also cleared the shelf. Hope that doesn't make me a bad guy. I promise I didn't take pictures of my cart with the five packs of shelf clearing I did and tweeted it out.

Maybe I should have. Brag photos seem to get a lot of attention.

*takes a sip, wondering if the pack of WWE Chrome should have gone back on the shelf but then figures someone else would have just flipped it so might as well enjoy the rip*

I opened up Series 1 first, not expecting very much.
The rookies I found

1952 Redux inserts

Dylan Carlson '86, 70's Years Of Topps Insert

Double Header reprint

And a rainbow foil team card of the Orioles.

Nothing crazy in those four packs and not anything for my PC but it was still fun to open.

*takes a sip to stay awake, begins to rip zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz the pack*
Not a bad start here for the first four cards. I know Cena, Roman and my wife knows The Rock. Well she knows him as Dwayne Johnson in many of the movies she likes. I simply call him her husband.

The next three cards I had no idea who they were though the Carmella is cool because of the background. I bet that would make a great looking refractor.

The next card,
I knew. I think everyone probably knows who Ronda is.

And the final base card was someone I didn't know, but wasn't a bad ending to the base. Yes folks, that was a male comment.

Now onto the shiny finds.

*takes a sip before moving on*
Rookie refractor of Cameron Grines. I like rookies and refractors so maybe this will be a PC card.

Fantasy Matches. I don't know either of these guys, it shows you how much wrestling I have ever watched.

And to end it, Booker T. A name I knew at least.

Well, the Chrome was a fun rip with some names I knew. There were a couple cards I will keep but hoping my wrestling trader buddies will need the rest.

*yawns then takes a sip before closing up today's post*

I am not sure if next time I would take what I could get, but who knows. It may depend on how desperate I am to open something new or maybe next time I would think more about specific cards I would want for my collection instead which is always the smarter but least exciting choice.

*Coffee Card Blogger In...I mean Out. Time for a nap.*

Friday, April 30, 2021

Get To Know Your Blogger: Favorite Dinosaur

*coffee is brewed, poured and now being sipped as today's post begins*

I have done some fun posts on here before, at least I hope you guys thought they were fun, but nothing like today's post and new series.

It's time to reveal some things about your favorite coffee card blogger. Well, I believe I am the only coffee card blogger but that doesn't mean I am still not your favorite one.

This series will hopefully answer some of your burning questions such as who is my favorite DC Comic Super Hero? Who is my favorite singer? What Is My favorite snack? Which Ice Cream Do I Enjoy The Most? Which video games do I enjoy? And other hot topics including today's topic, Who Is My Favorite Dinosaur?

*takes a sip before moving on with today's post*

I have always been mesmerized by dinosaurs since childhood. Sometimes I would "go back in time" on my bed time machine to see them. Even though they were either stuffed or those hard figures you would find at the dollar store, I would still spend a lot of my time that way. Other times I would watch dinosaur related shows/movies such as Jurassic Park, Dinosaurs, any documentary on them along with Land Of The Lost (90's version). I also believe my passion for dinosaurs is what led me to liking Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

I know I wasn't also alone in being a dinosaur fan when I was a child, or even now as an adult, and I also know that everyone who is a fan of dinosaurs has a favorite.

Mine, well, that's easy. I like who I consider the "king of the dinosaurs" in the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

*takes a Gigantic coffee sip*
Weighing up anywhere between 4.5 to 8.4 metric tons and over 40 ft long, the T-Rex was one of the largest land carnivores of all time. I would guess along with his morning meal, his coffee consumption would be pretty intense.

The T-Rex was also fast and could take down their prey like no other. He was pretty much invincible so whatever he wanted, he got. Sounds like a someone's ex-wife.

*takes another sip, stomach is starting to growl like a T-Rex's wondering what carnivorous breakfast I could make*

As for why I like him, he just seems like the coolest of all dinosaurs. Big, ferocious, feared, short armed (well that's the least liked feature), and just his appearance alone ranks him to the top. Also, all of his traits are the opposite of mine. I would probably be more Hippodraco, except the being small part as I am 6ft 2in. But the more quiet, wimpier type of dinosaur.

*takes a sip before closing*

I hope to hear which dinosaur and why it is your favorite. Whether you share it in comments, on your own blog (please tag this blog along with that post) or on Twitter. I am curious to hear!

*takes a sip, Coffee Card Blogger Out!*

Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Community Effort

 *the aroma of coffee fills the kitchen and hits me. My mouth begins to water so I dig out a mug, creamer and then fill the cup. I sit down to the computer with a stack of cards next to it which only means one thing, it's time for Cards Over Coffee*

Running a Sugar House operation is a year round job that requires a lot of attention to detail and a lot of hard physical work.

First, you go to the woods in the fall to make sure none of the sap lines, the tubing that runs from the maple trees to the sugar house. haven't been taken down by trees or animals or have any leaks from animals chewing on them. If they do, you make some minor repairs. 

January through February, your time is spent doing the same thing with more in-depth repairs while also tapping the trees for sap. Tapping requires you drilling a hole in the tree and attaching the spout which is already hooked onto the tubing that you put together ahead of time. This is probably the hardest step as you are in snow shoes in 2 feet of snow some years. Best way to describe walking in 2 feet of snow is picturing yourself as one of those cartoon characters with concrete on your feet.

*takes a sip remembering the cold winter days of trudging around through the woods*

Once the tapping is accomplished, you wait until the temperatures are freezing, 32 degrees or less, at night and warm during the day,33 degrees and up, so the sap will run like it did in the two tanks pictured above. That day was a big sap run day. It's usually about mid March or so before the temps here go high enough for the sap to run.

Once you have the sap, then comes the sap boiling process. The sap is drained from the two tanks into the main tank which has a fire furnace that heats up the tank and brings the sap to a boil. You need to also keep feeding the fire with wood planks to keep it going. During a sugar season, you end up using a lot of wood planks. Sometimes even all of the ones in the sugar house and more.

Once the sap gets to a certain temperature, you need to be keeping track of it as you go, you can draw it off as maple syrup. Then it gets filtered and packed into containers ready to sell or for your own personal use.

When the official "sugaring" season comes to a close, it's all about cleaning everything from the tanks to the tubing in the woods and pulling out the spouts from the trees. Very time consuming part of the process, but needed as everything gets corroded.

The summer months are spent cutting up wood planks and stacking the sugar house full again for the next year. Like I said, a year round job.

I am also cutting a lot of the steps down for this post or this post would literally be Syrup Over Coffee and not include any cards. Speaking of syrup over coffee, in my State a lot of sugar makers use maple syrup for sweetener in their coffee. I have tried it and am not a fan personally.

This long grueling and hard working process is what my 74 year old Father-in-Law goes through every year. Fortunately for him though, he has a big family and all of us try our best to pitch in when we can and when he needs us to.

In the hobby, it would be comparable to building a big memorabilia card set. It takes a lot of work that sometimes needs some helping hands to complete it.

This is exactly what I went through recently when building the 2020 Donruss Rookie Holiday Sweater set.

*takes a sip, continues on*

Back in the fall, which is the start of my Christmas season, I came to realize my fondness of Christmas had never really transpired over to card collecting. As fast as I realized it, the magic of the Christmas took over and I began to become obsessed with adding "Christmas Cards" to my collection. Anything with Santa like the early Pro Set ones, Topps Holiday Short Prints and parallels, Bowman Holiday, Ugly Sweater cards and even Donruss Holiday. That's when I had also discovered the 2020 Donruss Holiday Rookie Sweaters.

At first, it was fun just having the one or two I had acquired but soon I found myself adding a few more and that's when I became addicted and thought to myself that maybe a set chase was on its way.

I began to give up some fairly decent cards early on in my chase to land them through trades. I was RAK'd a few. I bought a couple. I was given a birthday eBay gift card from @CardpocalypseNC which landed me one of the last ones I needed and my sister in law even helped out. It was a complete community effort. Not to mention all of the tags on Twitter from followers knowing I was chasing this set which led me to some of my needs.

*takes a sip before the reveal*

I didn't tell too many about finally finishing up this project, I think only one person actually, so for many of you, here is the big reveal.

There are 42 cards in this memorabilia set. It's by far the biggest memorabilia card set I have ever chased and probably ever will again.

So let's check out my hard worked community efforted set,

And there is all 42. The multicolored swatch ones really catch my eye the most.

And here is all 42 cropped together. I must have been holding a mug of coffee while cropping this disastrous picture or possibly dumped some in my crotch or maybe had a lil something-something extra in my cup. Well, if I drank.

*takes another sip*

I am also working on the 2020 Donruss Rookie Sweater Dual Sweater set which I am half way done with.
Here are four out of the eight. Fortunately I already got one of the two big ones with Justin Herbert. I think this is achievable but it may take some time. Once again, couldn't have even done this without some community help.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

When everyone comes together to help, it's amazing some of the things you can accomplish. Whether its something as small as 42 card memorabilia set, something larger such as maple sugaring, or even tackling worldly issues such as hunger, when everyone does their part, you can accomplish anything.

Now time for another cup of afternoon coffee.

*coffee card blogger out*

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Positive Start

*takes a sip of fresh brew, smiles, feeling great the way the week started*

This has been a great start to the week. First, I got an email saying my next shipment from Burbank Sport Cards Beckett Marketplace has shipped. I can't wait to show that off. Then I was chosen for a couple surprise mail days from my Monday RAK thread on Twitter and yesterday.....

I went into Walgreens to pick up a prescription and walked out with my first shot of Pfizer Covid Vaccine. How does that work, you may ask? Well after walking back to the pharmacy, I saw a sign that said Covid Vaccines were now available so even though I was scheduled for one on Saturday, I checked in and they had an appointment right then and there so I took it. I didn't blink an eye or think twice about doing so.

I know it's only the first shot, but it felt like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when I walked out of Walgreens. And today, I have a minor sore shoulder from the shot, but overall, I feel great. My mood has changed as well. I can't wait until the second shot is done in three weeks so the overall worry weight will be completely lifted. The second shot is the one that gets you.

*lifts the mug and is thankful to be right handed since the left arm is where the shot was given. Takes a sip, then continues on*

Another thing that made this a great start to the week was a surprise in the mail from @JohnHollod. I knew something was coming, but had no idea what it was.

When I opened it though, I was amazed.

*takes a sip before the reveal*

I have been a long time follower of Johns and really enjoy seeing his Super Collection of Paul O'Neill that he tweets a new card of on a daily basis. John and I also have a common ground in love of 90's inserts.

So I wasn't a bit surprised when I saw a few in this package. It also was no surprise to find them as Yankees either since he is a fan like myself.

*takes another sip*

The first card I found was this 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends Pride Of The Pinstripes.
I know this isn't a 90's insert, but the early 2000's inserts up to 2003 were just as astonishing.

Up next, Topps Gold Label. This product pleases your eyes and makes you appreciate what the 90's brought.

Then there were the Matrix parallels from 1997 Stadium Club. These parallels fell 1:12 packs in probably what was my favorite Stadium Club design of the 90's and maybe all time. 

The last card in the package wasn't from the 90's, but was a player from the 90's and was also a jaw dropper.
This Tiki Barber was a card that John spotted in a Twitter stack sale and knew that I would enjoy so he grabbed it. He wasn't wrong, this is one of the coolest Tiki Barber cards I own.

It's also numbered to 50 and guess what, game worn. Remember those days? I do.

Thank you John for this nice surprise. I really appreciate our friendship and of course our passion for 90's cards.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*
I am hopeful that rest of the week goes as well as the first two days have. If not, I can always turn to extra coffee. That's my version of alcohol since I don't drink.

*finishes up cup, Coffee Card Blogger out!*

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Coffee Break:2021 Inception Baseball

*box of newer product, cup of fresh coffee, it's time for some Cards Over Coffee in today's Coffee break*

Inception was a brand I wasn't sold on when it first released. Being a collector with action photography in mind I pushed off products that didn't include real photography. But, after giving it a couple of years and landing some of the cards actually in-person, my perspective changed and I realized I don't always need those full action shots. I could deal and enjoy the cards with an artistic touch.

So here we are today with a box of 2021 Inception to show off. Let's see how this Coffee Break goes. Grab a cup yourself and sit down and enjoy.

Every box of 2021 Inception Baseball comes with one pack of seven cards. Each box comes with one autograph, two parallels and four base. Each box is $185 currently so it's a gamble.

*takes a sip, begins to rip!*

The base set is made up of 100 cards and contains key rookies and veterans.

The design sticks to similar design of the past couple of years.

The back has a small write up along with one year of stats and career stats. 

Other base I found in my break were,

Ozzie Albies

Devin Williams

Alex Bregman

Now onto the parallels.

*takes a sip, moves onto the next part of the break*

There are multiple parallels to be found in Inception this year. These parallels include, Green, Purple /150, Magenta /99, Red /75, Orange /50, Blue /25, and Inception 1/1.

I got two base parallels in the Green.
Blake Snell

And Ronald Acuna Jr.

That does it for my two promised parallels. Now onto the last card of the box which is the hit.

*takes a sip before showing off the final card*

I have not had much success in hits in past breaks of Inception. It usually is a rookie pitcher autograph which does not tickle my funny bone.

This time however, I lucked out.

Pulled a PC card of one of the few Yankees I still collect in Gleyber Torres. It also marks the first time I pulled a patch autograph from the product as well. So not too shabby of a hit.

*takes another sip, then another because coffee is getting cold. Moves onto finishing up the post*

Inception looked good again this year especially that patch auto. That's a really sharp card. But, once again in the "new hobby era" with prices going up, the risk is there more than ever. You just gotta hope that one hit will be a big one.

*Here's to another Coffee Break, hope everyone has a great day and remember, coffee is best served warm. Coffee Card blogger out*

Ratings (ratings based on 1-5 🍵 on this break. Ratings are not based on overall product run)

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