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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Set: 1995 Excalibur - Die Cuts (Rate)

Card: #58 Herschel Walker



“ I heard the Eagles traded the Vikings three wenches, a boar, four kegs of mead, six finely plumed hats, a mace, a flail, several joints of mutton, a bag of holding, a magic missile, an 8-sided die and a draft choice to be named later for this guy. ” -revnorb

“ Walker was drafted out of Georgia in the 5th round (114th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys during the 1985 NFL Draft. He played from 1986-1997 in the NFL with the Cowboys (twice), Vikings, Eagles and Giants. Career NFL Stats: 8,225 Rushing Yards, 61 Rushing TDs, 5,856 Receiving Yards and 21 Receiving TDs. He was a 2x Pro Bowler and 2x 2nd Team All-Pro. He also played in the USFL prior to the NFL from 1983-1985 with the New Jersey Generals. During those 3 seasons he ran for 5,562 Yards and 54 TDs. After he retired and into his 40's, he started to pursue a career in MMA. He fought in two matches winning both by TKO. ” -carthage44

“ I had forgotten that Philly actually got a 1,000-yard season out of him. ” -UNC_Samurai

“ Herschel Walker was a great running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He tried MMA and I believe he was successful, but never made it big. ” -yokonashiwa

“ Too bad that MMA career never took off ” -jackal726

“ Can we talk about Collector's Edge real quick? It epitomized the sheer Bacchanalia of trading cards in the 90s. They were so over the top when it came to design, that a 12 year old boy would freak out over them. They were absolutely ridiculous. Also, there were 20000000 different sub sets within a set of cards. Card designs from Collector's Edge look exactly like drawings my 5-year-old niece does when she gets her hands on the glitter. ” -Howintensive

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Set: 1992 GameDay (Rate)

Card: #384 Craig Heyward



“ Never have been a fan of the oversized cards. So hard to store properly and impossible to store them with the rest of your collection. Naturally it figures that I'm only about 5 away from having the complete modern versions of them for the NBA. (lol) ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Craig "Ironhead" Heyward great player. These cards were awesome because of the oversize card, but the size really made it hard to put it into protective sheets. Love the set though. ” -yokonashiwa

“ "Iron Head Heyward. Man those were days. ” -addysdaddy

“ I loved this set. Oversized cards are great! ” -switzr1

“ "Ironhead" from Passaic. RIP my friend. ” -deporcoruña

“ These were just like Fleer PowerPlay hockey. Oversized "Tall Boys"....didn't like em. ” -suomibear8

“ Not a fan of the format. Let's stick to 2.5" x 3.5". ” -vrooomed

“ I found sleeves to fit these once. ” -UNC_Samurai

“ IRONHEAD!!!! ” -SSG Temple

“ Ironhead! ” -jackal726

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Set: 1990-91 SkyBox (Rate)

Card: #56 Mark Price



“ Gotta love that High School Senior Photo on the back ” -jackal726

“ The first SkyBox set. The first NBA set to have digitally created backgrounds-which they noted on the packaging. When I was younger I thought they were cool, but now...not so much. Mark Price is currently an assistant coach on the Charlotte Hornets (which offically became the Hornets again last week) ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Price was drafted out of Georgia Tech in the 2nd round (25th overall) during the 1986 NBA Draft by Dallas Mavericks. He was traded on draft day to the Cavaliers. He played from 1986-1998 with the Cavs, Bullets, Warriors and Magic. Career Stats: 10,989 Points (15.2 PPG), 1,848 Rebounds (2.6 RPG) and 4,863 Assists (6.7 APG). He was a 4x All-Star, 4x All-NBA Team (once First Team and 3x Third Team) and 2x NBA Three Point Shootout Champion. His jersey #25 has been retired by the Cavs. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA with the Nuggets, Hawks, Warriors, Magic and currently with the Hornets. ” -carthage44

“ I used to think this set was so cool back in the day. Now it looks kind of cheesy...yet still kind of cool in a nostalgic way. Oh, and nice sweater, Mark. ” -duaned99

“ Mark has a beaten tired look. "Oh no, I have to take this past Michael Jordon?" ” -koloth42

“ Sweater on reverse - OUCH! ” -vrooomed

“ Not a fan of this set at all !!! Ugly!! ” -uncaian

“ In our collective defense, we thought these looked cool at the time. ” -UNC_Samurai

“ I had a sweater like that back then. Hopefully there are no pictures that prove it. ” -volbox

“ The picture on the back... good lord, yes. The sweater... ” -Howintensive

“ Love the sweater (not). Otherwise great card. ” -yokonashiwa

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Set: 1982 O-Pee-Chee (Rate)

Card: #127 Lonnie Smith



“ Judging by his sideburns I would have guessed 70s, rather than 82. Pretty cool card in my opinion. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ I don't know much about OPC baseball cards, but I enjoy their football cards which are usually horrible knockoffs of that year's Topps product. I don't really care about cards from this era, but I think this design is decent for the time. ” -revnorb

“ Smith played from 1978-1994 with the Phillies, Cardinals, Royals, Braves, Pirates and Orioles. Career Stats: .288 Average, 98 Home Runs, 533 RBI and 370 Stolen Bases. He was a All-Star in 1982 with the Cardinals, won three World Series with the Phillies (1980), the Cardinals (1982) and the Royals (1985) and he was named NL Comeback Player of the Year in 1989 while playing with the Braves. He was nicknamed "Skates" due to his awkward footwork while fielding balls in the outfield. ” -carthage44

“ Skates!!!! ” -addysdaddy

“ O-Pee-Chee baseball had to be the most useless sets ever. Never understood it... ” -suomibear8

“ This Phillies set was great. The red in the early days eventually became maroon, but still looked fine. ” -jlaz10

“ Lonnie Smith, who once plotted John Schuerholz's murder. ” -UNC_Samurai

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Set: 1995-96 Fleer (Rate)

Card: #347 Bryant Reeves



“ The 1995-96 Fleer set holds so many memories for me. It was a pack of series 2 (of which this card is from) that my mom brought home that got me started collecting basketball cards- 18 years and over 75,000 different NBA cards later (!) I'm still collecting, although not at the levels I once did. This subset highlighted a player from each team, and Bryant "Big Country" Reeves was the face of the Vancouver Grizzlies, the franchise's first ever draft pick. He had a very short career- only six years. The Vancouver Grizzlies lasted the same amount of time- they moved to Memphis between the 2000-01 and 2001-02 season. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Bryant "Big Country" Reeves was drafted 6th overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies during the 1995 NBA Draft. He spent his entire career there (1995-2001). Career Stats: 4,945 Points (12.5 PPG), 2,745 (6.9 RPG) and 302 Blocks (0.8 BPG). He got the nickname Big Country from college teammate at Oklahoma State Byron Houston, who said Reeves was amazed following his first flight across the US. Reeves currently lives in his hometown of Gans, Oklahoma and owns a large cattle ranch. ” -carthage44

“ First 3 years he averages 13-7, 16-8 and 16-7. Signs 61 million dollar contract. Next 3 years he goes 10-5, 8-5, 8-6 and retires. Thank you guarantee money ” -Young Kilo

“ Yikes! Way to busy a card for me. ” -koloth42

“ I don't really care for the card layout, it screams 1990s overkill graphics. The Vancouver Grizzlies logo however I always enjoyed, it reminds me of a Jack Kirby drawing. ” -Gunny

“ This screams early-to-mid 90s. I'm sure a number of graphic designers have tried to drink away memories of this time. ” -UNC_Samurai

“ This uniform pretty much sums up the '90s. ” -jlaz10

“ "...and THAT'S when I discovered Photoshop, doctor!" ” -revnorb

“ Big Country! ” -jackal726

“ Who? Great picture of his bald spot. ” -yokonashiwa

“ Not a fan of oddly-named, meaningless subsets within the base set, as an excuse to make a second (or third or fourth, etc) card of a guy. Firm Foundation certainly qualified. There was a LOT of this in basketball in the early-to-mid nineties. Way too much going on with the design too. ” -switzr1

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Set: 1981 O-Pee-Chee (Rate)

Card: #11 Paul Mirabella



“ Does anyone else see a resemblance to Mario from Super Mario Brothers? ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Mirabella played from 1978-1990 with the Rangers (two different times), Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners and Brewers. Career Stats: 19 Wins, 29 Losses, 4.45 ERA and 258 Strikeouts. Mostly a relief pitcher during his career but he did start 33 games including one shutout. ” -carthage44

“ Always loved OPC. I think it was because of the white stock (as opposed to the gray Topps stock). ” -vrooomed

“ Beautiful card. O-Pee-Chee was great when it made baseball cards. I like the powder blue unis too. ” -jlaz10

“ I like the hat, but I'd rather it had the team logo ” -jackal726

“ Putting the team name in a little baseball cap in the corner probably sounded like a great idea at the annual design meeting... ” -revnorb

“ Ah yes, the sophisticated bilingualism of Canadian trading cards... ” -Howintensive

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Set: 2009 Press Pass (Rate)

Card: #81 Carl Edwards



“ Carl had become my second favorite active driver, but isn't anymore, since he decided to use his car as a weapon. Rumors abound that he will leave Roush-Fenway Racing (Yes, the same Fenway as the Boston Red Sox) at the conclusion of 2014. The 2009 set was a decent one from Press Pass- probably their second best effort, after the 2011 set. The only time Press Pass ever bothered to issue a series 2, although this card is from series 1. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Didn't he just win a race last Sunday? ” -volbox

“ I wonder if it bothers Carl that he has a duck on his fire suit. ” -koloth42

“ Aflac. ” -jlaz10

“ This is kind of like having a Derek Jeter card with the caption proclaiming that Utz Potato Chips just bought a new billboard in right field. ” -revnorb

“ This is a highlight in this guys career? Aflac becoming the Primary Sponsor. Of course, I don't really watch or follow NASCAR, so I could be wrong about this being a big highlight. ” -yokonashiwa

“ Just turn left, Carl ” -Hollywod42

“ He looks just like his car! ” -Luckynumber78

“ Maybe it's my color blindness, but I can't read the word before Forward on the front. Totally blends in with his sleeve. That makes a bad card. ” -switzr1

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Set: 2007-08 Upper Deck (Rate)

Card: #133 Mike Dunleavy Jr.



“ I'm not sure how the Pacers could think these jerseys could be better than the blue and yellow pinstripes that came immediately before them. I don't have many from this set, I was away from the hobby at the time. I sure do miss UD's complete stats including career high game, too. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Dunleavy was drafted out of Duke during the 2002 NBA Draft (3rd overall) by the Golden State Warriors. He currently plays for the Chicago Bulls but he has played for the Warriors, Pacers and Bucks. Career Stats: 839 Games, 11.9 Points Per Game, 4.5 RPG and 2.4 APG. During his 3 years at Duke, Dunleavy played with other NBAers Carlos Boozer (current teammate w/Bulls), Shane Battier, Chris Duhon, Daniel Ewing and Jason Williams. ” -carthage44

“ Despite a generic font, the Pacers unis are pretty nice. ” -jlaz10

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Set: 2011 Topps Lineage (Rate)

Card: #40 Stan Musial



“ Stan Musial was a great player. ” -yokonashiwa

“ It's great you can see the stripes on his socks. What's up with the border on the right hand side, though? ” -revnorb

“ Great stirrups! ” -jlaz10

“ Staaaaaaan! Also, why does the Cardinals logo look almost orange? It may just be me. ” -Howintensive

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Set: 2002 Topps Traded & Rookies (Rate)

Card: #T144 Ben Howard



“ I don't really like all these extended sets. Just include them in next year's set instead of creating these XRC's and all these new parallels. ” -suomibear8

“ Interesting border color! ” -Billy Kingsley

“ One of Topps worst designs - EVER. ” -vrooomed

“ The Padres just can't shake their association with the color brown... ” -revnorb

“ These Padres unis were so bare. Needed more color. ” -jlaz10

“ Only survivor of Mike Darr's fatal crash since he was wearing a seatbelt. ” -volbox

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