Wednesday, April 27, 2022


*coffee is set, cards are in hand, and laptop is open for another new post on cards over coffee. let's dive in!*

I have come to realize the last few years that my favorite Topps product release is Allen Ginter. It's time to move over Topps Chrome.

I enjoy Allen Ginter for the non-sport quirkiness it brings and not so much the baseball element.

The checklist usually includes a few actors or actresses I try to chase down cards of and sometimes includes people I have never heard of.

For example, I pulled this card from a pack of 2015 Allen Ginter of some guy named Murray, I had no idea who he was so I tossed it into my Allen Ginter box for another day.

Fast forward to last year, I began watching a show called Impractical Jokers, that was suggested to me by a friend. I am not usually someone who is into "reality" TV but thought I would give it a watch since they enjoyed it so much. Watching one episode can't hurt right? 

I was hooked from the first episode I watched.

Being someone who enjoys comedy and making others laugh, it was quite enjoyable.

The show features Q, Sal, Joe and Murr who are real-life best friends and love challenging each other to the most outrageous dares and stunts ever caught on hidden camera. Some of the things they do is completely insane and has to be embarrassing at points.

Which makes it even more funnier.

*takes a sip, checks the guide on the television to see when the next episode airs, in a few minutes, guess I better move this post along. takes another sip*

I never made the connection to the Murray card I pulled back in 2015 to the Murr on Impractical Jokers until I saw a tweet from someone else looking for all four cards. That's when the realization hit....WAIT...THEY HAVE CARDS?!!?

I searched my Allen Ginter box and found the Murray card, but had no others from the set. I actually have two Murray cards now thanks to blog reader Oren, but I still lacked the other three.
Fortunately, Oren had Q in his possession as well so I had another one down.

Then came Joe. I don't remember how I got the card but thank you to the person who helped me add it.

And this left me Sal-less.

I tweeted for months looking for a copy of the card and had no responses. I also took to this blog as well looking for it and still nothing. I searched Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace with no luck and then went to eBay where they were overpriced. I wasn't sure that I was going to complete the four. It was disappoing but that disappointment didn't last too long.

While working on another trade with Dennis from Too Many Verlanders Blog, I asked him if he had a copy of the Sal card or if he knew anyone who did. That's when he sent me to @flywheels on Twitter (he runs Cardboard Collections blog) because he had a copy for trade and then magic happened.
Colbey checked to see if he still had the card and did. He amazingly sent me the card as a RAK and now my four is complete. So cool!

Thanks again to Dennis for the assist and for Colbey for the card. Appreciate you both!

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post and to hurry it up before the episode comes on*

Since the show has been on since 2011, I still have a lot of episodes to catch up on. The new season also just came out and one of the Jokers is no longer apart of the show for personal reasons. I am not sure how that will go without him. If they want me to step in his place, I will.

Let me know in comments today if you watch the show at all and your thoughts on chasing non baseball characters in Allen Ginter.

Have a great Wednesday!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*


  1. Nope, never watched a single episode.

  2. I do enjoy the non-player characters in A&G. The catch is that I'm getting too old to know who half of these people are. I generally gravitate to the Sarah Spains and Paige Spirinacs, but don't mind when they put in people like Snoop Dogg, Dr. James Andrews, and Mike Pereira too.

    1. Totally agree. I have to google a lot of the people in Ginter. If only they would take my suggestion and add me into the product

  3. This is around the time that A&G went south for me. I don't want reality show people in the set. But I've been outvoted apparently.

    1. I don't particularly want reality tv people in, but bigger actors is fun

  4. My best friend is obsessed with it and will occasionally force me to watch clips. As for A&G... the non-baseball cards have always been interesting and something I've enjoyed collecting. But I'd much rather have bigger name celebrities than reality show stars (since I don't watch reality tv shows).

    1. I don't watch any reality TV other than this one. Normally not a fan but these guys are hilarious at points

  5. Never heard of it, and I don't do reality shows, so...

  6. I tend to like the non-sport A&G cards but don't like reality TV. I don't consider the people who appear on those shows to be "stars". They don't do anything spectacular and often time nots too entertaining.

    1. I prefer bigger celebrities and political figures as well. Actually brocolli was fun as well


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