Friday, December 16, 2016

An elite post

Let's start this post with a one card Listia pick up of an elite player...

Happy to get this out of the 2016-17 Tim Horton's set.

19 cards of the 20 are new to me - basically 20% of the base set knocked off in one grab - not too shabby. Unfortunate it is a football set, but can't win them all. Since it is just a straight block out of one set, we will forego the usual structure and just take a look at the cards here...

As much as the fronts are nice - and not to mention shiny - the backs bother me so much as they just show a single line of career stats. I want detail, I want year by year stats, and I want to be able to see from these how their career progressed.

There aren't a lot of names I know. Of course I know Drew and Ben, but that's about it. Funny how a lot of the time it ends up being the quarterbacks that non-followers know. It makes sense I guess since a lot of the time wins and losses fall on the QB more than anyone else, but still - would think the odd running back would fit in too. Though - when was the last time there was a defensive player so good that even non-football fans would recognize the name? Curious if anyone has any thoughts on that one (let's ignore coaches and just look for in the game players).

Overall, the set is about 45% done (100 base cards being counted for this base set - ignoring the rest similar to 2003-04 SP Authentic basketball).

Through 5740 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 95 9
Inserts / Var Kept 166 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1291 166
Doubles/Sell 676 41 1102 1691 245 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 62 1 66 71


  1. Well, there is a defensive player I know.. Only because he's the son of a pro wrestler. I think he's on the Saints.. James Laurinitis.

    1. I hadn't made that connection for whatever reason.

  2. Defensive players that are good enough will get attention, which will often include commercials and talk show appearances.

    A friend's mom learned who Troy Polamalu was (during his playing days) through his Head & Shoulders commercials. Clay Matthews would be known to many through his commercials and his appearance in Pitch Perfect 2. J.J. Watt has his headphones commercial.

    Go back through the years, players such as Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor were well known.

    It is the same as hockey, if they are good enough (or a character) they will become known regardless of their position.

    1. Agreed - definitely on the personality side - personally - I'd agree with Troy, and LT I knew of because of his Wrestlemania match. I don't know - I just find the default on a team is look at the quarterback first...not always, but most times.

  3. Richard Sherman might be a name people know, mainly because he is such an outspoken person.