Saturday, May 21, 2022

A Pick Me Up

*takes a sip, sits down to get ready for another Cards Over Coffee post*

*makes sure Kleenex box is still nearby*

I am sure you are sick of hearing about me being sick for the last couple of weeks, but here we go again. I am on the mend finally, but still have some lingering symptoms. 

I can assure you this much, if you haven't had Covid, you won't want it.

*takes a sip*

*blows nose*

*takes another sip and returns to today's post*

My mail box has been extremely slow this past week with no cards incoming, until yesterday in which a surprise envelope arrived from blog reader Oren.

Since this envelope was a surprise, this meant that the contents were as well. This wasn't the typical trade where he lets me know ahead of time what is being sent. My curiosity was at an all-time high and I ripped into it.

I was greeted immediately with a note that stated this was a pick-me-up mail day since I wasn't feeling well.
Then I was greeted with some Seasons Greetings from Florida and Kadarius Toney. What I wouldn't do to be on the beach in Florida. Maybe some day.

The next card was full on Dufex with Future Force of Garrison Hearst. I hadn't seen one of these inserts before and are from 1994 Select.

A Trevor Zegras rookie card from NHCD. (I had to smile at this as Oren continues to hook me in on hockey)

Rookie Rewind of Bryant Reeves. If this card doesn't scream 90's, not sure what card does.

And my final two cards were from Fleer Tradition.

They were Great Expectations inserts of,
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (is it just me or did I pull a lot of cards from this guy back then)

 
And Tim Duncan.

I really liked the design on those.

Thanks again to Oren for the pick-me-up mail day. I really enjoyed it and it means a lot. Of course I always appreciate the friendship as well.

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

Before closing today, I wanted to take some time out to thank the rest of you who came on here and on Twitter and wished me well. Every thought matters.

Thoughts on my mail day welcomed in comments.

Have a Super Saturday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Covid, Playing Cards and Yada Yada Yada

*grabs kleenex box and places on table*

*goes and gets coffee prepared and sits back down for another cards over coffee*

*takes a sip*

*blows nose, coughs some*

*takes another sip*

It's been a long couple of weeks as I am still dealing with some parts of Covid but things are finally starting to turn the corner as I am feeling a little better today.

*wipes nose*

Now that things are hopefully now turning in the right direction, I need to do some catching up on mail days I have received in this time frame and yada yada yada.

*coughs, gets up and washes hands, sits back down, takes a sip, continues to type*

One of the coolest additions that came in the mail was the latest introduction to my Seinfeld collection.
Seinfeld Playing Cards. I know these don't count as trading cards, but they still have the word cards in them.....right?

I can still play cards over coffee so it counts on here. Speaking of playing cards, my biggest memory with playing cards is playing War against my mom at 4 am before school while sipping on some coffee. Those were the days. It was a different time then, not sure any parents would give their under 10-year-old coffee now. 

*takes a sip*

I got these cool cards as a Random Acts of Kindness from @ArcadeCouple on Twitter.

The cards with numbers in the set run the same way as a regular deck of cards, which was a bit disappointing, however, the special cards each feature a Seinfeld character.



Kramer is the Ace of the deck

King Jerry

 
Queen Elaine

Jack is no other than George

And finally, they are all Jokers and a bunch of yada yada yadas.

I wished the rest of the deck would had included episode scenes. How cool would that have been? I may have binder paged them all if they were like that.

Thanks again to @ArcadeCouple for sending me this. My collection and myself thanks you.

*wipes nose again*

*coughs slightly*

*gets up, washes hands and sits back down to take a sip before finishing up today's post*

I am hoping I can get some more new posts going on here now that I am hopefully feeling better. I am actually glad to had gotten my Vaccines as I can imagine this would have been a lot worse than it was. My nephew got hit really hard with it being unvaccinated.

Before I finish up, get vaccinated and wear your masks. I am not saying this for political reasons, but for health and medical reasons. Also, PLEASE make sure you stay home if you have any symptoms, so you don't infect others......like me. Curse you spreader who got me!!

Thoughts on my mail day welcomed in comments.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, May 13, 2022

A Clip From A Movie

*wakes up, drags self out of bed and decides to distract self with a new cards over coffee post. grabs a mug, forgets to fill it with coffee, does so, then sits. opens laptop and starts typing what you are reading now. let's get this going*

Drinking coffee, collecting sport cards are not the only things that have been a big part of my life and bring back memories and nostalgia, but movies and television do as well. If not bigger than the first two.

It's also what a lot of my non sport collection is based off from. Yes, I will pick up non sport autographs, relics and base cards that have nothing to do with my past, but most of the time whatever is featured on the card/photograph, plays a role in some form or memory or nostalgia.

When I saw my buddy @clrshonuff post some cool Movie Clip relic cards from Historic Americans he was collecting, I had to seek out a checklist to see if any would fit my collection.

Fortunately for me, @clrshonuff came through with some screen shots of it immediately.






My biggest wish was that there was a National Lampoons Christmas Vacation version of these I could track all down of. But no such luck.

However, there were a few other films I could choose from which had their own memories so I was good with that. But, I expect Christmas Vacation next time Historic Autographs.

*takes a gulp. yup, we are beyond a sip this morning. moves onto the rest of the post*

Even though I wanted to tackle movies like Austin Powers and Space Jam first, I started with two kids films first.

I really enjoyed the movie Monsters Inc which released in 2001. 

The film cel I found was one of my favorite scenes from the movie and a line that I use in different forms.

 
*holds card up to the light so you can see the film cel*

"Wazowski, you didn’t file your paperwork"

Or in case of this blog,
"Matt, you didn't post these cards when you got them"

Or

"Matt, you didn't brew yourself another cup of coffee"

The line is very versatile.

The next two cards I grabbed, came as a two-card lot from the movie Ice Age which was very memorable for me.

*takes another gulp*

In March of 2002, I met who would end up being my wife while we both worked at a local grocery store. On our first date, we chose the movie Ice Age to go and see. I am not sure why we chose that movie but we did.

I remember a little girl sitting in front of us who she used to babysit watch us all night. I also remember it taking me half of the movie to make my first move and hold her hand. I also remember how much we laughed at the movie especially the scenes where the acorn-obsessed saber-toothed squirrel Scrat was involved.

So, I was able to find two cards featuring Scrat.

 
*holds card up to the light so you can see the film cel*

As you can see, Scrat is trying to land that acorn.

That first date led to us going on more and getting engaged a month later and married six months later after that. When you know, you know. In October of this year it will be 20 years for us.

Occasionally we will watch Ice Age and we did watch the sequels which were not as good as the first, when are they ever. But, now I have pieces of cardboard memories to tie in as well.

Before I close up today's post, I wanted to mention these cards fell 1:10 packs and here are the card backs,
It doesn't give much details on the guarantee on these, but according to their website, these were culled from reels by Historic Autographs. So not sure if they are from original ones or not.

Thanks to Chris for the heads up on these and for the checklist.

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

I hope to track down a few more of these, especially from Austin Powers and Space Jam. Not that I wouldn't mind adding some Star Wars or an American Pie.

Thoughts on these relics, the movies I listed above and which ones you would chase is welcomed in comments!

Have a Fantastic Friday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Thursday, May 12, 2022

This Is Us

*drags self out of bed, gets coffee and tries to get motivated to finally finish this post that was started four days ago*

*takes a sip and begins*

This has been a long week so far in my household. Multiple Covid positives including myself this morning, so I am lagging on doing posts on here. Just hope you guys haven't missed me too much.

Despite how cruddy I sound, at least there is always coffee to help push me through.

And cards.

And television.

*takes a sip*

I have watched a lot of TV shows over the years, but none have pulled me in more than This Is Us.

This is the one show I countdown to seeing every week, it's just too bad it is ending soon with only two episodes left.

Usually I am not someone for "touchy feely" kind of shows, but this one has me turning in my "man card" because of the incredible writing involved. It's a show like no other I have ever seen.

The series follows the lives and families of two parents, 
Jack, played by Milo Ventimiglia

And Rebecca, played by my long time crush (hope my wife isn't reading this) Mandy Moore.

Along with the lives of their three children spread across several different time frames.

It's a show that brings you on a roller-coaster of emotions as you watch the lives of each character develop over the years and the situations they are both in and come from. So many twists and turns along the way as well.

The show is currently in its 6th and last season, and I am not ready to see it go. I feel there is a lot more to the story that could be written, but I have heard that the writers have always planned on the show ending in 6 seasons.

I just hope they can end the show properly. I have yet to watch a show finale I was happy with.

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

As with most TV shows or cartoons that have been a part of my life, I try to tie cards or signed items into it. Above, I got the Milo in a trade long before I knew who he was and the Moore I got recently from Wes for Christmas. I hope to add autographs from both of them some day as well.

When it comes to rest of the cast, I am not sure if any of them have cards. I may have to look it up some day and add them if they do.

Thoughts on This Is Us and if you watch it is welcomed in comments. I suggest if you don't watch it, to WATCH IT.

Also let me know if you collect cards from some of your favorite shows.

Have a thankful Thursday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Two

*the smell of coffee in the morning is like batteries for the energizer bunny. it keeps you going an d going and going....*

*takes a sip of brewed coffee, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, ready for a new post*
Two years ago, I thought it was a good idea to start a blog that combines two of my passions, coffee and cards.

Two years later, I sometimes question it.

It has been such an up and down time on here when it comes to blogging. This blog is so specific in it's setup, that it makes it challenging for a lot of posts to be creative enough to keep things rolling or being able to post them in the first place, but so far it's holding on.

Year 2 brought out a bunch of new content and new segments I am trying out. This is all a part of a new tweak I am hoping will get this blog out there more. The sad state of this blog is the fact that it really hasn't grown much at all in two years, but yet I keep chugging on. See what I did there? Or is it too early for coffee humor?

I would be more than happy to take any suggestions in comments on what you think it would take to grow this blog more.

In the meantime, I want to thank those of you who come here and read about my coffee drinking and card collecting. I truly appreciate the support and time you spend. I put a lot of effort and time into this blog so every view, every comment really matters.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.

Tell me your favorite posts on here in comments in celebration of Year 2.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, May 6, 2022

The State Of The Hobby: 90's Parallels/Inserts

*takes a sip, feels a little angered from the newest faze from the hobby. takes an angry sip. gets ready for a new #CardsOverCoffee post to let out that frustration*

The influx of money hungry card chasers in the hobby have finally dug their way into the depths of my favorite part of collecting, the late 90's.

First they cleaned off retail shelves, then they drove up prices on retail and hobby products, and now they are driving insert and parallel prices up from the 90's including guys like Rodney Hampton, Charles Way and Kerry Collins that I collect.
 
Check out this sale on a Rodney Hampton Red PMG. When I acquired my version of this card it was $60, which I still thought it was steep. Yes, it's raw unlike this one, but still, it's Rodney Hampton. There is no reason for a card like this to be this high.


Check out these sales as well. Kerry Collins for over $300?? Dave Brown, yes, Dave Brown raw sold for over $200. You could have landed that card for probably $20 two years ago. Same with Tony Brackens.

It's not just PMG's that are going nuts either. There are other 90's parallels and inserts feeling the heat too.

Let's take a look at a couple 1997 Skybox Premium Rubies. Can you imagine spending $76.99 on a Jay Graham card..EVER IN YOUR LIFE??? Or even $71.99 on a Ronnie McAda version. Who?? I know Graham at least but I actually had to Google who McAda was. Which he was Mr.Irrelevant in the 1997 NFL Draft and was drafted from the United States Military Academy. It appears he never had a snap in the NFL.

But, yet someone forked out $72 for him.

These are only a couple of examples for the craziness going on and the prices others are driving up on these cards. 

Some of which I still need for my player collections. Speaking of which, I have a story to tell but first...

*takes an angry sip, you know, one of those loud slurps*

*takes another. returns to the keyboard to tell a story*

A guy on Instagram contacted me about a month ago after he noticed some of the players I collected and asked if I was interested in seeing some cards of those players he had. 

I wished I had said no.

He had an amazing assortment of PMG's, Ex Credentials and a 1997 Skybox Rubies Rodney Hampton which besides the Green PMG, is my most wanted Hampton card. Immediately I inquired about a trade, which he was fine with doing but preferred to sell. So, I asked for trade value and this is the part that got me.

Overall, the cards he showed me had close to $1200 in trade value. These players included Kerry Collins, Charles Way, Tyrone Wheatley, Jessie Armstead, and Rodney Hampton by the way. I thought the number was steeper than Mount Everest so I tried just trading for the Skybox Rubies Hampton which alone was over $250 in trade value. Even though I really wanted those cards, especially the Hampton, thinking about the cards I would have had to give up to land those was overwhelming. I had to back out and cry in a corner with a cup of coffee.

Since then, I have seen a few of those cards list on eBay with a starting bid of $99. None of which ever received a bid. I am not sure if he still has those cards or not, but if I ever start to see the values dip I may check in with him again.

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

It's a sad hobby world when you collect the least popular players, and they have values of Hall Of Famers or more than them. Do you know how many vintage cards or Hall Of Fame autographs you can land for $1200? Yeah, exactly. Even though it was really hard for me to pass up, I made the right decision in the end.

I just wish that deep pockets would stay out of my woods of collecting.

Thoughts on today's post and if you would have done that trade deal is welcomed in comments.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday, the weekend is near!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

*one last angry sip*

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Coffee Break:2022 Prizm WWE Hanger Pack

*sits down, then realizes left the most important thing on the counter. gets back up, grabs coffee and sits back down. a newer product in hand, coffee now ready and laptop being typed on. it's time for some cards over coffee*

For some reason or another, I get easily persuaded a lot of the time. When I see a card or cards I want, I do my best to try to acquire them whether they fit my collection or not.

I always turned down peer pressure in childhood from others wanting me to try a drink, but I see a piece of cardboard and I am all in.

Even though I don't watch WWE or really collect the cards, I kept seeing everyone post about the newest and hottest release, I fell for it. I NEEDED AND WANTED SOME.

*takes a sip, picks up pack off from the table and looks at it again and mind preps for today's break and post. sets it back down, takes another sip and continues on*
 
2022 Prizm WWE was so hot when it first released, it trended on Twitter for a few days. Trended! When was the last time anything in the hobby actually trended?

So when I found a hanger pack at Walmart, I questioned whether I should have used an oven mitt or not to grab the pack because of how hot it was.

I decided against it and took my chance with my bare hands. No burning, guess I got lucky. Of course, the product has cooled down some since the retail release started flooding the market.

But, now I had a pack to open anyways. I was apart of the cool kids club.

*takes a sip before showing the pack off*
In every pack of 2022 Prizm WWE, there are 15 cards. Three of those cards will be Red, White and Blue parallels. Look for other parallels as well along with inserts and possibly long stretched autograph odds. Each pack is $16.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

Even though I don't particularly collect wrestling, it doesn't mean there wasn't stuff in here I wasn't looking for. I always collect rookie cards and my wife being a Dwayne Johnson fan, I was hoping he would make an appearance as well.

(a couple of rookies)


 
(finally, a name I know)



Got a couple of rookies so far. But, no Rock.
Silver Prizm of Queen Zelina

 
Red, White and Blue Prizm of Amale

 

 
Final Red, White and Blue parallel card. I didn't know any of the wrestlers I pulled from this.

 
Fearless Randy Orton (with a small glimpse of my phone taking the picture)

And a freaky entrance, well, Prizmatic Entrances of Alexa Bliss. Another name I knew.

Well, landed three rookies for my collection, but no Rock cards for the Mrs. I can see why though this would be a popular product among wrestling collectors especially since Prizm is my favorite Panini product for the other sports.

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

I will admit I did watch some wrestling back in the early 2000's but it wasn't something that ever truly caught on with me. I see a lot of die-hard fans on Twitter though and have some friends on Facebook that are as well.

The one thing I always wondered about wrestling, is whether you consider it more of a sport or more of an entertainment show? Let me know in comments your thoughts on this and the product above.

Have a thankful Thursday!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Coffee Break:2010 Topps Star Wars The Clone Wars Rise Of The Bounty Hunters Pack Break

*gets ready for Star Wars day. coffee is ready, pack of cards nearby, and Return Of The Jedi is on TBS. I am ready*

I originally wasn't going to do a post today on Star Wars, but being a fan of the original three series, I guess I feel obligated to. Originally, I had planned a Rack Pack break of 2022 WWE Prizm but I pushed that off until tomorrow.

Today, I will let the force stay with me.

In order to do a Star Wars post today and not repeat the same ole cards again, I went digging for something new to post. That's when I remembered that Wes, formally of JBF blog, sent me some random unopened packs.

In the stack, I found two packs of 2010 Topps Star Wars The Clone Wars Rise Of The Bounty Hunters and thought perfect, something new to post. I will break a pack for today.

Even though I have never watched any of the Star Wars cartoon series, it's still Star Wars and I was into it. I also heard these cartoon series especially The Clone Wars were really well done.

*takes a sip before showing off the pack. takes a second to watch the interaction between Luke Skywalker and Jabba The Hut and turns back to the laptop to focus*
In every pack of 2010 Topps Star Wars The Clone Wars Rise Of The Bounty Hunters Packs there are 7 cards. There are also two inserts to chase as well in Clone Wars Foil Character Cards falling 1:3 packs and Motion Cards falling 1:6 packs. So odds could be in my favor.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

Here are the cards in order of the pack,






Last card magic...
1:6 Motion Card. So cool! Sportflix in Star Wars form.

Thanks to Wes for sending me the pack for today's break.

*uses a lightsaber to warm the coffee back up, takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

*didn't really use a lightsaber to warm it up but how cool would have that been*

*takes another sip, now time to finish up today's post*

I can't complain about a pack break that pulls the best insert from the product. The animation screen grabs were not too bad for the eyes either.

In comments today, let me know if you have watched any of the Star Wars cartoon series. If not, tell me your favorite Star Wars movie.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and May the 4th be with you!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

*gets ready to close laptop, takes a sip and wants to finish the movie*