Sunday, January 20, 2019

Thinking Game Bat-Around, NBA style

Night Owl's Thinking Game became a bat-around. I can do that! But of course, it will be for the NBA, because that's what I know the best. If you have not seen it yet, it's this: what's the first name that you think of when you think of a franchise?

Atlanta Hawks: Dominique Wilkins. Surprising, as I never actually saw him play live there.

Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce. The only Celtic to ever lead the league in scoring, he was with the team from 1998-2013.

Brooklyn Nets: Brook Lopez. They should have never traded him away.

Charlotte Hornets 1: Muggsy Bogues. I mean, how could it not be Muggsy?

Charlotte Bobcats: Jason Kapono. Eh, what? For some reason the first card that came to mind was this one, which I believe may be my most recent Bobcats shocker it was him and not Emeka Okafor or Kemba Walker

Charlotte Hornets 2: Kemba Walker. He's been their main guy for years now, spanning two team names.

Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan. Honestly now, if you don't think of Jordan first when it comes to the Bulls, you are either a) lying, b) truly know nothing of the sport, perhaps spending time in solitary confinement or a monk locked in some cell somewhere or c) are a former or current Bull yourself and thought of yourself first.

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron. Has to be LeBron.

Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki. They might as well rename themselves the Dallas Dirks.

Denver Nuggets: Carmelo. The most maligned player in the modern era.

Detroit Pistons: Grant Hill. Even though it was really just the beginning of his career.

Golden State Warriors: It's gotta be Steph.
In case anybody asks, that's a mouthguard with the team logo

Houston Rockets: I wish it was Hakeem, but no, it's Harden. I used to be a fan of his but not so much anymore.

Indiana Pacers. Reggie Miller. Blah. Remember I'm a Knicks fan.

Los Angeles Clippers: Elton! I think we all knew that was coming, he spent the best years of his career there. Too bad the team ownership was scum and wasted it. (I hate to insult actual pond scum by comparing it to Donald sterling)

Los Angeles Lakers: Shaq. Probably should have been Kobe, but we're going by first name to pop into your head here.

Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol. He's been their biggest name since I got back into the NBA. Mike Conley gets slighted again.

Miami Heat: Alonzo Mourning. Specifically with Jeff Van Gundy clinging to his ankles. Unfortunately that never appeared on a card.

Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson. Did I ever write a post about the first jersey I ever bought to wear? I can't remember. if I never did, spoiler alert, it's Glenn Robinson.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett. Gotta be KG.

New Orleans Hornets: Baron Davis. Under rated talent. My first 1/1 is the first card I think of, though that's the Charlotte version of the Hornets.

New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis. Being fairly new, there are a couple players who have been part of the entire history of the franchise as the Pelicans. Davis is the best.

New Jersey Nets: My favorite team. Sorry Mom, not Kidd. It's Keith Van Horn. And those kneesocks. Specifically, it's this very card.

New York Knicks: While I wish I could have said Latrell Sprewell, it's actually Patrick Ewing.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook. Just watched him play a few minutes ago at the time of typing.

Orlando Magic: Penny Hardaway. I didn't really realize how nostalgic I was for that era until I found a batch of his cards in my to be scanned boxes.

Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson. He's not my favorite Sixer of all time (Elton played there) but when I think 76ers, I think of him.

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley. I am surprised it was not Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire or Devin Booker. I try not to think about Steve Nash.

Portland Trail Blazers: Clifford Robinson. A mild surprise. Would have expected Clyde, Rasheed or Damian. My mid-90s bias is showing again.

Sacramento Kings: Chris Webber. Specifically his chrome sneakers from the 2000 All-Star game, which unfortunately never made it onto any card images. And taunting Lakers fans with cowbells.

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan. (Or Gregg Popovich). Although I have not really talked about him much, Tim Duncan is a favorite of mine. Odd how his real-life quietness has translated into Cardboard History quietness.

Seattle SuperSonics: Shawn Kemp. More mid 90s nostalgia

Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter. I know the relationship didn't end well, but Vince IS the Raptors for me.

Utah Jazz: Stockton and Malone. You can't think of one without the other. It just doesn't work like that.

Vancouver Grizzlies: Shareef. Mid 90s+star player+cool seafoam green uniform+I added a lot of cards of him lately.

Washington Bullets: Harvey Grant. I always like the Grant twins. Only later did I really realize how much I liked the Bullets jerseys.

Washington Wizards: God Shammgod. Why? Well, I just scanned a college card of him, so he was on my mind in the last few days. Ask me in a month where I didn't have cards of his in hand and I would likely have said Juwan Howard.

And that's all the teams I've seen play.

I am still too new to hockey- I don't have a good grip on past generations of players yet, and the majority of the teams still have the majority of the players they had when I started. Might be fun to revisit this concept sometime down the line.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Totally unplanned, but...

when I began scanning the 2018 Olympic cards on January 9th, these two cards ended up next to each other...and by the placement it looks like they are holding hands....which in all actuality, they probably are, because they skate together in the Pairs competition!

This was totally unplanned...I wasn't even looking at the cards as I put them on the scanner tray!

I don't think I could do that again if I tried.

More on the Olympic set soon.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cards Every Day: February 2016

After getting through January, February saw the project fail. I got too overconfident, and was sure I did NOT have a card I pulled out of the exact same store collated repack I couldn't find for December 31st, 2018. Well, as it turns out, I not only DID have it...I had gotten a copy from the same source, although at this late date (1/3/19) I don't remember if it was the same repack or an earlier one from the same store. By the time I got around to checking...I had done the exact same thing. I didn't recognize a duplicate as a duplicate, and with two missed days, the project was over. You can see that the first card I accidentally thought was new but was really a duplicate was February 7th, as I abruptly abandoned the post midway through, not opening it at all between February 2016 and January 2019. The football card in the project comes from the same box from a Database member that I've been holding since 2015, and appeared as late as 12/30/18 in the Card of the Day project. Although I did abandon the project and post midway through, the lessons I learned helped me make the project in 2018 a success...even if I have zero intention of every trying it again! I'm sure I did get cards on the 29th, anyway, as I always try to get gets every February 29th. 

January was a success...February has an extra day this year thanks to 2016's being a leap year. I've made sure that I've gotten cards on past 2/29s and now this year I have even more incentive to do so!

This month also saw me celebrate my 20th Anniversary of being an NBA fan! (2/14/96-2/14/16)

Monday, February 1st, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #60
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016- 2013-14 Select #168
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2016- 2015-16 Hoops #48
Thursday, February 4th, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #118
Friday, February 5th, 2016- 1991 Wild Card #18
Saturday, February 6th, 2016- 2014-15 Hoops Shining Stars #16
Sunday, February 7th, 2016-

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cards Every Day: January 2016

While I was able to successfully pull off the Card of the Day project in wasn't the first time I attempted that project. May 2002 was the first time I had ever gotten a new card every day of the month, and I did it again in September-December 2010 when I bought 4 cheap hobby boxes and a not-as-cheap factory set and pulled one card from each set every day from when I got them until January 1st 2011. In this post I mentioned doing it in December 2015, which I don't remember anymore.  I actually tried to do the project in 2016, not to celebrate any special anniversary, just because I thought it would be fun. The project failed in February that year, but taught me some very valuable lessons that helped me make sure that the project would succeed in 2018. I wrote up the post for January and as far as I got into February back in 2016, but never published them. They have been sitting in my queue for years now, and now that I have finished the 2018 Card of the Day project,  I decided to finally show them the light of the day. You'll find some things are different in the 2016 post than the completed 2018 post. For one, the name of the project was different, I wasn't collecting hockey, and I only had my Canon scanner- which didn't pull as good scans as the Epson I purchased in spring 2016. Everything not in yellow was written in 2016... the same box of cards that gave me the December 30th, 2018 card gave up the Topps 1000 Yard Club insert and the 1991 Leaf card in this post! The 4th, 14th and 18th cards in this post came from the same store collated repack I saved but couldn't find for the 31st of December, 2018! As an aside, my 2018 Card of the Day list won Best List on the Trading Card Database awards! 

I've done it before...but never on this level. In 2016, I am going to attempt my most daunting project try and get at least one new card every day of the year. 366 new cards. It doesn't sound that bad when you think of it that way, but it's going to be a huge challenge.

I am more worried about forgetting it than actually finding a new card to add to the collection, because I have a plan to make that very easy. My memory isn't great, which is why I take notes on everything, and one of the reasons I started the blog- to get my memories down on, well, not paper, but if I can go back and read them in the future I don't need to worry about forgetting. I'm also afraid that it may make getting new cards a chore instead of a hobby, which is definitely something I don't want to happen.

My plan for making sure I get something new every day? That's actually pretty simple. I'm going to get a mixed box of the other sports, that I don't normally collect - that's baseball, football and hockey- and pull a card out of there to get my new one for the day. Of course, that will also be mixed in with NBA, NASCAR and non-sports that I normally do collect. I have literally no idea what will be added to my collection in this experiment, but I'm looking forward to finding out. As an added bonus I might be able to contribute something out of the ordinary to the Database that way as well.

On days when I get more than one card, the first card added that day will be the one shown on this rundown.

Here's January, 2016's Cards Every Day.

Friday, January 1st, 2016- 1908 Wills European Royalty #2
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016- 2015 Star Wars Card Trader Promo
Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 - 2015-16 Complete #74
Monday, January 4th, 2016- 1993 Classic Draft Stars #DS37
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016- 1986 Topps 1000 Yard Club #5
Wednesday, January 6th, 2015- 2015 Topps Platinum Gold #10
this card was actually used as padding for another card I purchased on Ebay!
Thursday, January 7th, 2016- 2015-16 Hoops Lights Camera Action #21
Friday, January 8th, 2016- 2007-08 SPx By the Numbers Rookie Year #BN-AU
Saturday. January 9th, 2016 -2014-15 Hoops Blast from the Past Prime #5
Sunday, January 10th, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #75
 Monday, January 11th, 2016- 2014-15 Panini Prizm #259
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 - 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary Holofoil #69
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016- 1991 Leaf #176
Thursday, January 14th, 2016- 1993 Classic Draft Stars #DS23
Friday, January 15, 2016- 2002-03 Fleer Platinum Nameplates #N-EB
Saturday, January 16th, 2016- 2007-08 Hot Prospects #106
This is also my first card of him, making him my first new NBA player of 2016.
Sunday, January 17th, 2016- 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia #176

Monday, January 18th, 2016- 2013-14 Select #9
 Tuesday, January 19th, 2016- 2008-09 Skybox Standouts #SO-SS
My first card of the final Skybox set
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016- 2008-09 UD Premier Rare Remnants Triple #RR3-EB
Thursday, January 21st, 2016- 2013-14 Hoops Red #164
Friday, January 22nd, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #137
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #13
Sunday, January 24th, 2016- The Force Awakens #52
 Monday, January 25th, 2016- 2015-16 Complete #69
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016- Boo The World's Cutest Dog #21
This scan was the only one I didn't add in 2016. I could not do it until I got the Epson scanner
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016- 1999 Wheels High Gear First Gear #50
Thursday, January 28th, 2016- 2013 Upper Deck Kansas University #59
Sorry for the poor scan. UD had a time where they issued cards my Canon scanner couldn't pick up and it looks like they went back to that kind of card after losing the NBA license.

Friday, January 29th, 2016- 2016 RRParks Chronicles of the 3 Stooges Series 5 Promo #2
Saturday, January 30th, 2016- 2001-02 Topps Champions & Contenders Challenging the Champ #CC-TK
I got three trades in the mail on 1/30, where this card will be reposted in the forthcoming January trade recap
Sunday, January 31st, 2016- 2005-06 Upper Deck Sweet Shot #14

Overall, January was a success, and for the first time ever I've done two consecutive months where I got at least one new card a day. I actually got less cards in January than I did in most of the months of 2015, but that's OK. I appreciate every card I get, and I'm happy to have anything/everything I get. I have only a limited stash of cards I've never been through on hand, and while I have enough to get me through several months, I am limiting myself to one or two cards a day- or sometimes a pack- so I can make sure they last me a while. Some of the stash I've gone has been waiting for me to get to since 2013, including one card in the month- I had one pack left of the 1999 Wheels High Gear box I got for Christmas 2013. I only pulled one card out of it so it will likely appear in a future post as well.

Never did I feel like it was a chore and not something exciting, and I didn't forget any days so that is a very good thing. Interestingly, several cards in the month I wasn't expecting to get- they were used as padding in other transactions.

Normally I plan to post each month's Cards Every Day on the last day of the month, but at the end of January I was right in the middle of my NBA 20th Anniversary Countdown so instead I'm posting it now.

The next post I publish will be the February 2016 entry, where the project failed.