Thursday, February 25, 2010

Enough Already shows some love and thanks!

I am happy to say that I won my first contest on one of the many blogs I follow. Sports Card Info ( was having a contest for a 2010 Press Pass Eclipse Nascar lot and I was shocked when I saw on his site this evening that I had won. It's kind of a big thing to me personally because I don't usually win contests. The only thing I've ever won in any kind of contest was an autographed Hank Aaron baseball from McDonalds back in 1993. On a personal side note the only other non contest thing I've ever won was my Finance's heart ;-). Love ya Kathy Ann! The kids are gonna love these cards!

Thanks Ross Chrisman for the contest and the awesome blog!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Julius Peppers..... No Soup for YOU.

ESPN is reporting that Carolina Panthers Defensive End Julius Peppers has been released. No telling where the 30 year old will end up but he may be a candidate for the Eagles or even New England. Only time will tell.

2009 42 36 6 10.5 3 6 5 1 2 13 6.5 13 1 5
Career 382 310 72 81.0 31 41 30 9 6 177 29.5 97 2 44

Slap Shot of the Week

2005-06 Upper Deck Ice Ryan Miller Fresh Ice Jersey card.

"Ravishing Relics"

2008 Topps League Leaders LaDainian Tomlinson Jersey card.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

LaDainian Tomlinson has been released

This afternoon the San Diego Chargers organization has severed it's ties with Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson. According to John Clayton at ESPN is was a mutual separation between LaDainian and the Chargers Organization. We all knew it was going to happen at some point. He was compiling less and less yards and was spending more time healing his injuries on the bench.

The question is will LaDainian go the Shaun Alexander route or will he find another team that is willing to take a chance on a 30 year old running back?

LaDainian Tomlinson career numbers
2009 223 730 3.3 36 12 20 154 7.7 36 0 2 2
Career 2880 12490 4.3 85 138 530 3955 7.5 74 15 27 12

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Topps Platinum Blaster Box = LOADED

Today I visited the Altoona Target store with my son and daughter in tow. We walked by the card isle and it was Christmas time all over again for these two children of mine. They gazed upon the cards and then I must've heard "Dad can I have this" a million times. I had to whip out a flurry's of "NO's" by the boatload. However after receiving the dreaded, "4 brown eyes stare" from them and then I glanced at a box of cards in my daughter's hand I gave in and said, "yes" to them picking up a blaster box of Topps Platinum. Well for once saying, "yes" paid off and I mean it PAID OFF by the boatloads.

You get 8 packs total per blaster box and one rookie card per pack. Well this must've been one heck of a hot box because what you see here is exactly what we pulled from this box. There is supposed to be one rookie per pack and we pulled 4 James Davis cards, 2 Matthew Stafford cards, and 2 Heyward-Bey cards. Talk about collation issues...where do I begin?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ravishing Relics: Chris "2,006 yds" Johnson

2008 SPX Rookie Winning Materials

Cool "Oldie"

1979 Topps Dale Alston #54

Career Statistics:

189 332 79 7 4 3 48 35 28 44 .238 .297 .310 71

Chicken Scratch

Ryan Alexander Gordon Smyth is a Left Winger who currently plays for the L.A. Kings. Smyth was selected in the 94'draft by the Edmonton Oilers where he played 12 seasons. He then played for NY Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche before playing with the LA Kings. He is also known as "Captain Canada" due to his participation in the Olympics/World Championships.

Ryan's autograph looks like the result of getting slapped upside the head by Todd Bertuzzi's hockey stick. The only legible letter in this autograph is apparently the "R". You can also identify his jersey number "94" as well. As for the last name signature portion...I have no clue. Over the years he's had the same consistent signature so there's really no chance of him making it any more legible apparently. I'd say this signature was slapped off the goal post.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ICHIRO "I'm bringing SEXY BACK"

It's time for another addition of "What were they thinking?". This time we have another TOPPS card that has left us a little puzzled after looking at it and then random thoughts begin to fill the mind:

1. Ichiro was listening to Justin Timberlake in his IPOD before the game and felt like bringing "SEXY BACK" to the plate.

2. Ichiro just finished watching "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" before playing the game.

3. "I'm gonna bitch slap that silly white thing!"

4. "I'm ICHIRO......BIOTCH!"

5. "Does this bat make me look fat?"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow on da Ground, SnOw On Da GrOuNd,

Ahhhhhhhhh yes..... Nothing like being snowed in when it's the middle of the week. The main road that I use for travel to my work place and for everywhere else that I need to go is Rte 655 and it has been shut down by PENNDOT due to the high winds blowing the road shut with high impassible snow drifts and in addition to multiple accidents and drivers being stuck in the drifts. Well... now that I do not have to go to work this evening, it looks as if it's going be a FALLOUT 3 evening by the fireplace!

The above photo is from PennDOT's website and all I can say is please be careful if you absolutely have to travel in these ill weather conditions. For those of us that work in the medical field, law enforcement, or National Guard, we simply have to travel to work and it's important in these blizzard like conditions to have a few things on hand and a emergency winter kit just in case something should happen in our travels to and from work.

Here is a checklist courteous of the Idaho Transportation Department. This is a well known and reliable checklist and was recommended to me by a friend of mine in Boise.

Every driver should carry some essential items in the car in case of an emergency:
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Stocked first aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Mittens, socks and a wool cap
  • Waterproof covering like a tarp or a poncho
  • Three-pound coffee can, which can be used to heat water
  • A small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under stuck wheels; it also adds weight to your vehicle
  • A small shovel
  • Bottled water (but remember it will probably freeze so allow expansion room in the container)
  • Booster cables
  • Energy bars or other high-energy food like raisins or nuts
  • Brightly-colored scarf to attract attention in case of an emergency
  • Waterproof matches or a cigarette lighter
  • Candles (a blanket over your head, body heat and the heat from a single candle can prevent freezing)
  • Basic tool kit to include pliers, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, tape and wire
  • Paper towels or toilet tissue, good for their designed purpose as well as a fire starter
  • Spare tire
  • Rope and wire, tow chain or a strap
  • Starter fluid, extra oil, gas line deicer and battery booster cables
  • Map of the area where you plan to travel
  • Signaling devices such as emergency flares or a mirror

Having these items on hand can help ensure a driver’s safety, but vehicles also need attention at the start of the winter season. The American Automobile Association (AAA) advises drivers to prepare their vehicles for the winter season by having a mechanic check the following items:
  • Battery
  • Antifreeze level
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Headlights and hazard lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Defroster and heater
  • Brakes
  • Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 variety)
  • Winter tires

Basic automobile parts can help save a stranded motorist. Put these automotive parts to good use:
  • A hubcap or sun visor can be substituted for a shovel
  • Seat covers can be used as a blanket
  • Floor mats can be used to shut out the wind
  • Engine oil burned in a hubcap creates a smoke signal visible for miles
  • A car horn can be heard as far as a mile downwind. Three long blasts, ten seconds apart, every 30 minutes, is a standard distress signal
  • A rear-view mirror can be removed to serve as a signaling device
  • Burn a tire for a signal or for warmth. Release the air pressure and use gasoline or oil for a means to ignite it

Friday, February 5, 2010

Topps Customer Service .....OUTSTANDING!!!

Bet you all thought I had something nice to say..... LOL!

I emailed Topps about my redemptions for 2 Dexter Fowler Finest auto patch cards and why they have been marked shipped for months now and why I have not received them yet. Funny thing is I emailed them on the fourth of February and they belt out a reply of "why it was processed yesterday". Here is their reply:

RE: Redemption Issues [Incident: 091215-000012]

Discussion Thread
Response (Daniel) 02/04/2010 10:46 AM

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Topps. The products you are expecting may take up to 4-6 weeks to reach their final destination from the processing date. The date the order was processed was Feb 3rd. Thank you for your continued support of Topps.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service team (By Phone: 800-489-9149, or by if you ever have any other questions, comments or suggestions. A customer service representative will be available to answer your questions between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (EST), Monday through Friday.


Consumer Relations
The Topps Company, Inc.

First off I am not supporting TOPPS anymore period. It's done and over with as far as I am concerned. I had 2 Tommy Hanson Finest autograph redemptions and only one was sent to me and the other one is now apparently pulling this shit:

Shipment of this redemption card has been delayed
Redemption Code: FBB7H5GNR2
Code Entered: 05/07/2009
Redeemed Card: MLB Rookie #10
Topps Finest
Status: Pending

Oh what the f&#k happened? Did we run out of sticker auto's? God TOPPS is so misleading anymore. Last year it took over a year to get my redemptions from Finest which were messed up and then had to be sent back to the morons and even then it was not corrected properly as the cards came back damaged again. Then you screwed me over on my Allen & Ginter box from this past year and still never corrected the problem even after I sent everything back to you including the whole box of damaged cards, the proof of purchase, my blood, my semen, my urine, a copy of me opening the box, a copy of me boning the hell out of your mom, screwing your cousin sue, mounting Aunt Jean, and then making your grandmother scream, etc.

"thank you for your continued support of Topps" they say. I depart leaving a Samuel L. Jackson quote:

“Yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell!”

Ravishing Relics: Apollo 10

Chicken Scratch of the Day

Joe Mauer was the 2009 American League's MVP. Joe was the best catcher in all of baseball for 2009 in my opinion. Joe has a MVP style signature as well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words

Look at the lovely picture of Julius Jones. I wonder what ideas come across one's mind when they get a good look at this card. Let's speculate:

1. Satan has decided to play football- LOOK at the horns circled!

2. Julius Jones realized that Starbucks will not name a new cup of coffee after him: "The Joltin Jump Jiven Julius Jones TD expresso".

3. Julius realizes that Dallas is much warmer than Seattle.

4. He actually saw the scoreboard and his dreams of winning were washed away.

5. The waterboy stole his gatorade.

Fill in your thoughts!