I added 13 new players to my collection, 2 new sets, and completed 2008-09 Topps Tipoff. That was a set that I completed and got new, in the same day! It is a 143 card set, and each pack had at least one serially numbered parallel.
While I started the NASCAR post with relics, I will start the NBA post with autographs...
This is now the oldest relic in my NBA collection. NBA relics debuted in 1997-98, but they are still rare and expensive to this day...you can't really get into that set for under $200, which is about $175 more than I am willing to spend on a single card. And one of the superstars? Forget it! The Jordan card still routinely approaches, or exceeds, 4 digits, last I knew. This card is from 1998-99 Upper Deck, the second year of relics. Still rare, but much more reasonable. And, to be honest, there's not a lot of people chasing after Bryant "Big Country" Reeves! 1999-00 was when relics really started to become attainable for people like me, and my first ones all came from that season...but this one is from the lockout shortened 1998-99! Interestingly, my scanner picked up this card with no trouble, while base cards and inserts from 1998-99 UD scan with lines across everything...so bad that I won't even bother scanning them with this scanner.
I actually got several other relics- more of the Dave & Adams' Hit Parades- but they were duplicates.
As I showed in the post I made on actual Christmas Day, I got several Star sets. Most of my 13 new NBA players came from them. Instead of posting them up and forcing you to scroll past all of them, instead I made gifs of each team set which I will post instead.
|1983-84 Houston Rockets|
|1984-85 Indiana Pacers|
|1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984-85 New York Knicks|
|1984-85 Super Teams Milwaukee Bucks. These are huge, only 2 fit on the scanner tray at once, instead of 9 standard cards|
|1985-86 New Jersey Nets|
|This is the Gold parallel, serially numbered 23 of 24. The gold scans as black, though, making it look just like a base card in scan.|
|The set includes 5 update cards for both Prestige...|
|...and Rookies & Stars, which was my sole autograph from the box.|
|It may not be clearly visible but this is a patch card. 5 of 10 is a pretty low number pull!|
2008-09 Topps Tipoff was the final box I opened. I had not ever gotten even a single card from this set, and I got all of them from the box...as well as a serially numbered parallel in every pack. I love numbered cards, so I was quite happy about that.
The other new set I got was 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads. This is actually a parallel of an insert.
- Ager, Maurice
- Carter, Butch
- Daye, Austin
- Dorsey, Joey
- Douglas-Roberts, Chris
- Durrant, Devin (a 1-hit wonder)
- Jones, Earl (also a 1-hit wonder)
- Lester, Ronnie
- Moon, Jamario
- Sharpe, Walter
- Spriggs, Larry
- Thomas, Jim
- Waiters, Granville
Thank you for following along on my recap of one of the best Christmases ever!