October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun halloween.

I love my teams but this season they make me wanna

Sorry, I know that's kind of gross.

Anyways, today's the last chance for you to get in your contest entries so here's the question for ya:

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume?

When I was five or six I remember I dressed up as Skeletor with a plastic, yellow glow-in-the-dark skull mask.  It was awesome.

October 27, 2011

Retro Box Break: 1996 Collector's Choice Football - Part 5: Enough is Enough

Okay, so I went ahead and opened all the rest of the packs in the box and will finish it off with this post.  I did this because it is hard for me to have unopened packs sitting around and also because I didn't feel like stretching the second half of this box out over 4 more posts.  Sometimes patience is not a virtue of mine.

 First the base cards:

In my opinion these are the best base cards from the second half of the box.  I love the card in the bottom left corner with the amazing photo of the late Steve McNair.

There were so many cards in this box that I am ruing getting them all sorted.

Moving on to the inserts:

 Four more Stick Um "cards".  Notice the spelling on the Brett Favre stickers.

Here are some more Crash the Game inserts.  Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren scored in their games while Edgar Bennett and Marshall Faulk came up empty.

Next up are the MVP Inserts:

Here are the MVP cards of the more recognizable players.  I got one of these inserts in every pack from this box.


One pack contained 2 MVP cards and the second one was this:

How about that!  A gold MVP parallel of the great John Elway.  These were inserted at a rate of 1 in every 36 packs so it not a huge surprise that I got one in a box with 40 packs but to pull a gold Elway is a pretty nice pull for this product.

It's now time for the best part of busting boxes (at least for me).  Cards for the PC's!!

Some more former Miami Hurricanes to add to my collection.  I was always torn about Jim Kelly.  I tend to root for Hurricane alumni to do well in the league but Kelly made a regular habit of playing really well against the Dolphins.

Speaking of which....

This box was really good to me with the Dolphins cards.  I never break boxes with good amounts of Dolphins cards but this box was a very nice surprise as I always seem to get boxes full of hated Jets players.

Comment Question for Contest Entries
What is the most recent championship any of your favorite sports teams has won? 

The last time one of my favorite teams won a championship was in 2006.  That year the Miami Heat won the NBA championship (albeit a fluky one).  The Braves have not won a title since 1995, the Hurricanes since 2001, and the Dolphins last title was in 1973.

October 25, 2011

Retro Box Break: 1996 Collector's Choice Football - Part 4: Halfway There


Nearing the halfway point of this box.

Pack 16
#11 Walt Harris RC
#30 Derrick Mayes RC
#77 Errict Rhett - Season to Remember
#109 Jeff George
#133 Darren Bennett
#168 Rob Moore
#205 Kevin Williams 
Kevin Williams is one of the lesser known Hurricane players to play in the NFL, probably because his primary position was that of a punt/kick returner.  He played for 4 teams in his 8-year career.

#235 Jay Novacek
#255 Joey Galloway
#270 Jim Harbaugh
#277 Thomas Lewis
#328 Greg Hill
#364 Sean Dawkins

MVP Insert
#M15 Rodney Thomas
Rodney Thomas burst on to the NFL scene as a rookie in 1995.  He rushed for 947 yards and 5 touchdowns during his rookie campaign.  However, he was replaced as starter by another rookie just a year later.  That rookie was Eddie George.

Pack 17
#1 Keyshawn Johnson RC

Although Keyshawn Johnson only played 2 years of Division I football, he made those years count.  He was a two-time All American selection at wide receiver for USC and he capped his college career with a 12 catch, 212 yard performance in the 1996 Rose Bowl.  He was the first player drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft.

#22 Leeland McElroy RC
#68 Rodney Hampton - Season to Remember
#108 Eric Swann
#134 J.J. Stokes
#159 Chester McGlockton
#194 Bryant Young
#244 Warren Moon
#266 Shannon Sharpe
#279 Pat Swilling
#337 Neil O'Donnell
#355 Chris Doleman

MVP Insert
#27 Cris Carter
In 1995, Cris Carter enjoyed one of the best seasons of his illustrious career.  He caught 122 passes for 1,371 yards and a league leading 17 touchdowns.  Carter was a finalist for induction to the Hall of Fame in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Crash the Game
#CG19 Keyshawn Johnson 11-10-1996

 Two Keyshawn's in one pack but unfortunately Keyshawn could not find the end zone on
November 10th 1996.

Pack 18
#9 Rickey Dudley RC
#32 Bobby Hoying RC
#79 Brian Mitchell - Season to Remember
#107 Heath Shuler
#135 Eugene Robinson
#170 Darick Holmes
#183 Dan Marino
It's always awesome to pick up a card of THE Miami Dolphin, Dan Marino.  Interesting picture on this card with two former Pitt Panthers, Marino and Curtis Martin.

#229 Terance Mathis
#234 Andre Rison
#274 Jake Reed
#275 Curtis Martin
#326 Sean Jones

MVP Insert
#M35 Ricky Watters
In his first season as a Philadelphia Eagle, Watters rushed for 1,273 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Always a great receiver out of the backfield, he also caught 62 balls for 434 yards.

Stick Ums
#S5 Anthony Smith
 I didn't remember this guy so I had to look him up.  What I found out was that Smith was a solid defensive end for the Raiders for 7 years.  But unfortunately I also found out that he was charged with murder earlier this year.  That's depressing.

Pack 19
#17 Pete Kendall RC
#42 Winslow Oliver RC
#70 Tim Brown - Season to Remember
#106 Errict Rhett
#136 Eric Curry
#161 Kordell Stewart
It's not very often that you see wide receiver/quarterback as a players position on a football card.  "Slash" was an exception to the rule.

#202 Rashaan Salaam
#240 Ray Buchanan
#253 Tony Martin
#264 Eric Zeier
#265 Darren Woodson
#335 Napoleon Kaufman
#366 Dale Carter

MVP Insert
#M43 Chris Warren
Until Shaun Alexander arrived in Seattle, Chris Warren was the most successful running back in Seahawk's history.  He finished the 1995 season with 1,346 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.  He was also selected to his third and final Pro Bowl.

Pack 20
#3 Simeon Rice RC
Rice was the third overall selection of the 1996 NFL Draft.  He averaged 10 sacks a year during his 12 season stint in the NFL and finished with 122 career sacks, good for 13th all-time.

#20 Ray Lewis RC
Booyah!!  This is the one card I wanted the most from this set.  This becomes my first ever Ray Lewis rookie card in my collection.  Lewis is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and a true Miami Hurricane.

#66 Curtis Martin - Season to Remember
#110 Steve Tasker
#132 Toby Wright
#157 Mike Sherrard
#196 Horace Copeland
Horace Copeland was a staple of the Hurricanes receiving corps in the early 90's. 

#236 Terrell Davis
#246 Torrance Small
#268 Edgar Bennett
#281 Norm Johnson
#323 Leroy Hoard

MVP Insert
#M38 Isaac Bruce
After playing sparingly during his rookie season in 1994, Bruce exploded onto the NFL scene in 1995.  He caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns.  That season ranks as the second best receiving season in NFL history.  Bruce finished his career 3rd all-time in receiving yards.

Stick Ums
#S4 Drew Bledsoe
It seems a lot of football fans out there forget how good Drew Bledsoe was in the NFL.  He had three seasons in which he passed for over 4,000 yards and he finished his career 8th for all-time passing yards yet you rarely hear his named mentioned.  Don't forget that if Drew Bledsoe didn't get injured in 2001, then Tom Brady would have stayed on the bench that season.

Comment Question for Contest Entries
Where were you 15 years ago? (October 1996)

I was just 2 months into my senior year of high school. Wearing baggy jeans and driving my parents mad with my loud music.  Geez, does time fly or what?

October 23, 2011

Retro Box Break: 1996 Collector's Choice Football - Part 3

Another favorite tune from '96

Pack 11
#7 Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka RC

Biakabutuka has one of those names football fans never forget.  Although his pro career was hampered and ended because of injuries, "Tim" will always be a Wolverine legend after he reeled off 313 rushing yards against the Buckeyes of Ohio State in 1995.

#25 Marco Battaglia RC
#85 Mike Frederick
#105 Chris Warren
#137 Tom Carter
#172 Erik Kramer
#181 Mark Brunell
#231 Derrick Moore
#262 Mark Carrier (DB)
#269 Daryll Lewis
#276 Eric Allen
#324 Chris Boniol
#357 John Kasay

MVP Insert
#M24 Marcus Allen
One thing that surprised me about Marcus Allen's stats is that the Hall of Fame running back only managed three 1,000 yard rushing seasons in his 16-year career.  However, Allen's M.O. was that of durability and consistency and it was no different for him in 1995.  Allen rushed for 890 yards and 5 touchdowns at the age of 35

Pack 12
#15 Marvin Harrison RC
Harrison quietly had solid seasons during his first 3 years in the league.  But in 1999, Harrison went on a tear by starting a streak of 8 consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

#44 Jon Runyan RC
#94 Troy Vincent 
Better known because of his years with the Eagles, Vincent began his career as a Dolphin.  Troy was picked by Sports Illustrated as the best NFL player to wear the number 23.

#104 Jerry Rice
Just a card of the greatest wide receiver of all time.
#136 Dave Krieg
#163 Junior Seau
#200 Steve Christie
#242 Dan Saleaumua
#251 Bam Morris
#267 Brett Perriman
#280 William Thomas
#329 O.J. McDuffie
Wow, two Dolphins in one pack?  That never happens for me.  McDuffie was one of Dan Marino's favorite targets in the late 90's.  He ranks fifth all-time in receiving yards for the Dolphins.

MVP Insert
#M41 Steve Young
1995 can be considered a down year by Steve Young's standards.  One year after winning the Super Bowl in 1994 Young "only" threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns while missing 5 games due to injury.

Stick Ums
#S7 Morten Andersen
Hey, kickers need love too. Especially the one who has scored more points in the NFL than any other player.

Pack 13
#14 Duane Clemons RC
#27 Israel Ifeanyi RC
#83 Jim Flanigan
#103 Natrone Means
Natrone Means was one of my favorite non-Dolphin football players in the 90's.  I can still hear Chris Berman doing the highlights - "Here comes Natrone.  Bumblin' and stumblin'.  Natrone Means Business"

#139 Eric Metcalf
#174 Stevon Moore
#179 Rodney Thomas
#233 Darnay Scott
#271 Desmond Howard
#278 Hugh Douglas
#320 Justin Armour
#368 Dave Meggett

MVP Insert
#M22 Mark Brunell
In 1995 the Jaguars won only 4 games during their inaugural season but Mark Brunell performed admirably for a young quarterback starting for an expansion team.  He threw for over 2,000 yards with 15 touchdowns and showed flashes of the quarterback he would soon become.

Crash the Game
#CG20 Terry Glenn 11-10-1996
 This card is a winner.  Terry caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe in the second quarter of the Patriots' November 10th, 1996 match-up against the Jets.  The Patriots went on to win the game 31-27.

Pack 14
#4 Jonathan Ogden RC
It's always great to get a rookie card of a likely Hall of Famer.  Ogden was selected to 11 straight Pro Bowls from 1997 to 2007.

#19 Eric Moulds RC
Another solid rookie in this pack.  Moulds was the shining star on some pretty bad Buffalo teams in the late 90's and early part of this century.  He finished his career with 726 catches, good for 26th all-time in NFL history.

#92 Bryan Schwartz
#102 Isaac Bruce
#140 Bill Brooks
#185 Ben Coates
#188 Johnny Mitchell
#258 Frank Sanders
#260 Marlon Kerner
#282 Roman Phifer
#293 Dan Wilkinson
#331 Chris Slade
#353 Ernie Mills

MVP Insert
#M39 Tony Martin
 Martin caught 90 passes for 1,224 yards and 6 touchdowns in 1995.  He had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career and he is one of only twelve receivers in NFL history to record a 99-yard touchdown reception.

Pack 15
#12 Eddie George RC
Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy as a senior at Ohio State in 1995.  That year he rushed for 1,927 yards for an eye-popping average of 152.2 yards per game.

#38 Stanley Pritchett RC
#81 Andre Reed
#101 Yancey Thigpen
#141 Pete Metzelaars
#176 Anthony Miller
#177 Herman Moore
#247 Philippi Sparks
#249 Jeff Hostetler
#273 Irving Fryar
Fryar spent the majority of his career with the Patriots but he was the best receiver on the Dolphins for the 3 years he was with the team.  How is this guy not in the Hall of Fame yet?  He has more catches than Hall of Famers Steve Largent and Shannon Sharpe plus he has more receiving yards and touchdowns than Hall of Famer Art Monk.

#302 Neil Smith
#322 Roger Jones

MVP Insert
#M20 Jim Harbaugh
The best word to describe Jim Harbaugh's 1995 is "efficiency".  Although he only threw for 2,575 yards, Harbaugh led the league with 100.7 QB rating.  The current 49ers' head coach completed 63.7% of his passes with 17 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.

Stick Ums
#S10 Erik Kramer
It seems this box is trying to force feed me Erik Kramer cards.  So far I got his MVP Insert, base card, and now I got the stickers.

Comment Question for Contest Entries
Inspired by
Biakabutuka, this one will be easy.  Post a funny sports name.

I'll start:  Dick Trickle

October 20, 2011

Retro Box Break: 1996 Collector's Choice Football - Part 2

New post, new song from '96

Pack 6
#13 John Mobley RC
#28 Bobby Engram RC
#71 Ricky Watters - Season to Remember
#111 Sam Mills
#131 Carnell Lake
#166 Jackie Harris
#207 Johnnie Morton
#237 David Sloan
#257 Ken Harvey
#272 Derrick Thomas
Arguably the greatest pass rushing linebacker of all time.  Derrick passed away in early 2000 because of complications from injuries sustained in a car accident.

#283 Chris Mims
#332 Chris Jim Everett
#359 David Dunn

MVP Insert
#M30 Jim Everett
1995 was Jim Everett's last hurrah.  As a 32 year old QB, he threw for 3,970 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Jim retired from football in 1997.

Pack 7
#23 Lawyer Milloy RC
#43 Mercury Hayes RC
#75 Joey Galloway
#115 Emmitt Smith
First time I have seen a picture like this on a football card.

#127 Rodney Hampton
#162 Kevin Carter
#191 Kevin Greene
#221 Greg Lloyd
#250 Rodney Peete
#275 Curtis Martin
#279 Pat Swilling
#334 Charles Wilson
#372 Dana Stubblefield

MVP Insert
#M16 Barry Sanders
To this day, I still consider Barry Sanders the best running back I have ever seen in the NFL.  Barry rushed for 1500 yards in 1995 which is below his yearly career average of 1,527 yds/year.

Pack 8
#34 Danny Kanell RC
#35 Chris Darkins RC
#84 Jeff Blake
#114 Vinny Testaverde
Sweet, another Testaverde for the Canes collection

#128 Adrian Murrell
#173 Harold Green
#180 Ken Dilger
#212 Steve Bono
#259 Morten Anderson
#270 Jim Harbaugh
#277 Thomas Lewis
#319 Merton Hanks
#361 Sherman Williams

MVP Insert
#M6 Erik Kramer
Erik Kramer finally seemed to put it all together in 1995 while passing for 3,838 yards with 29 touchdowns in his best season as a pro. 

Pack 9
#26 Je'rod Cherry RC
#45 Steve Taneyhill RC
#73 Andre Coleman - Season to Remember
#113 Carl Pickens
#129 Daryl Hobbs RC
#164 Derek Loville
#189 Harvey Williams
#223 Stan Humphries
#268 Edgar Bennett
#281 Norm Johnson
#330 Amp Lee

MVP Insert
#M32 Adrian Murrell
1995 was a year that showed what Murrell was capable of as a running back as he tallied 795 rushing yards and 465 receiving yards.  Starting the next season, Murrell rolled off 3 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons.

Crash the Game
#CG18 Tim Brown
Unfortunately, Tim did not crash the game on October 21st, 1996.  He recorded 5 catches for 68 yards but was kept out of the endzone as the Raiders beat the Chargers 23-14.

Stick Ums
#S3 Errict Rhett
In 1995, Rhett looked poised to become an elite NFL running back after posting 1000 yards rushing in both of his first two years in the league.  However, Rhett could not maintain that success throughout his career.

Pack 10
#5 Cedric Jones RC
#36 Charlie Jones RC
#82 Brett Maxie
#112 Jeff Graham
#130 Ricky Watters
#155 Jimmy Hitchcock RC
#198 Jamir Miller
#238 Reggie White
Reggie White is about to put a hurtin' on Trent Dilfer

#248 Mo Lewis
#272 Derrick Thomas
#282 Chris Mims
#321 Willie Green
#370 Mike Mamula

MVP Insert
#M40 Junior Seau
 Junior Seau is the prime example of NFL longevity.  Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL and was elected to the Pro Bowl 12 times.

Comment Question for Contest Entries
Approximately how many cards do you have "laying around"?

I have about 3500 baseball cards and about 2000 football cards stored in boxes.  That does not include my personal collections which are only around 1000 cards and growing.