My first Elton card came on January 1st. I knew I was approaching 77,000 different cards, and saved one of the mixed boxes so I could hit that mark on the 1st of the year. It turned out to not only get me to that mark, but I got two new Eltons and one new player, who only got one card.
This was the 8th card added to my collection in 2015.
1. 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Longevity #12 1/1/15
Also added to my collection on the 1st, this is my only Elton card showing him in a Hawks uniform. He joined the team in 2013-14 and they mostly sit him on the bench for no apparent reason. Also for some reason, Panini has chosen to stop including him in sets so this is in fact his only Hawks card (well, it and the half dozen parallels).
2. 2013-14 Pinnacle #131 1/1/15
I added this next card off of Ebay. Even though it's numbered to 10, it's not my lowest numbered card of Elton, I have a 1/1 from 2003-04 Bowman Signature.
3. 2012-13 Absolute Basketball Spectrum Platinum #9 02/10 1/8/15
5. 2004-05 Bowman Gold #20. These Gold cards were issued one per pack, unless there was a relic.
8. 2000-01 Fleer Focus Arena Vision #8AV. This is one of the few sets issued at this time that is very poorly represented in my collection. I did not do a box, which makes it, I believe, the only set from 2000-01 that I did not. I did not have any of the Arena Vision cards before.
The year continues to go well for my Elton Brand collection, as I added two more on March 18th. Unfortunately both are mirror foil, which I can't stand. But they are still Elton, so it's still a win!
13. 2009-10 Donruss Elite #89. I had previously had a jersey variation of this one.
14. 2012-13 Absolute Basketball #9. As you may recall from the top of the page, I purchased the Platinum Spectrum parallel numbered to 10 on Ebay earlier this year, but I didn't have the base card. I found three rack packs at my Local Kmart, and the Elton card was in the first one (and only, so far) that I opened. It has a minor ding on the bottom left, as all the cards in the pack did, but that's OK.
#16 2007-08 SP Game Used #118. I bought a lot of 18 cards on Ebay, most of which were either autographed or relics. This one happened to be the first one from this set in my collection, an added bonus. (I also got another card from the same set in the same package, so that was just luck that this one came out of the package first!)
As I may have mentioned in the past, I very nearly died in 2013. I came literally about minutes away. Every year, to celebrate my being alive, my family gives me some sort of present. Last year, it was a box of 2013-14 Panini, this year, it was a box of higher end Eltons.
#18 1999 Press Pass Autograph. I don't really do college cards- when they go pro, then I'll collect them. Elton is the only person I actively chase college cards of. Although I'm not sure how actively- the last time I added one to my collection was over a decade ago!
#24 2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #41. My 399th Elton is my first from this set. It was the only set from 2004-05 not present in my collection. It arrived on 5/9/15
#25 #25 for 2015 is also the 400th different Elton card in my collection! It is also my first from this set, 2005-06 Upper Deck Portraits. It is a jersey insert.
#26 is another first from a set, this time it's 2006-07 SP Signature.
#27 is the final Elton card to arrive in the mail on 5/9, but I don't know if it's the first from a set or not. I had the set listed as missing from my collection, but when looking for cards from this set to purchase, it showed several cards that I have but have marked for a different year. I need to do more research. Either way, I didn't have THIS card, so it becomes Elton #402 in my NBA collection. 2005-06 Trilogy #34
#28 is another set previously missing from my collection, 2006-07 EX. It is, like most EX sets, clear plastic. It arrived to me on 5/11/15.
#29 2005-06 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures. Arrived to me on 5/13/15. Ultimate Collection sold for $500 for five cards originally so I naturally didn't get them.
#30 2003-04 Topps Contemporary Collection #132, AU. This is a set I've always liked, scans don't do it justice. Every card is printed on Refractor technology, sort of.
#31 & 32 2005-06 Topps Chipz. I am not too sure if I want to count these as cards- they are poker chips. However, I included and counted when Press Pass issued them in the 2009 Wheels Main Event set, so I include them here too. I got both the base and blue holofoil version of the Eltons from one of the Facebook card groups. The blue one is SN 111/299.
#33. 2008-09 Hot Prospects Supreme Court insert. I received this one as a Random Act of Kindness in July 2015.
#34. I got this one on August 10th, 2015. I keep track of when I get my cards and August 10th was the last date on the calender that I had not gotten any cards at all on- so I saved a stash to open that day, including half of a mixed box. This Elton was in it, from 2007-08 Bowman.
I had no idea, however, that it would be the last Elton card I got during his playing career, as he announced his retirement on August 11th. It is the 409th different NBA card I have of him.
#35. Been a while since I added any Eltons to my collection, and then I add two in one day, on November 7th.
First up was his 2013-14 Hoops base card. I am less than 20 cards away from the complete set, but Elton had eluded me. I finally hunted down a copy!