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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Winter Classic Just Got An Upgrade

For the last few years, the NHL's Winter Classic has featured some exciting hockey.  Not just because of the games themselves but because of the allure of playing outdoors in a stadium not necessarily equipped for hockey, in an environment that most of these players grew up learning the game they love.  There has been something magical about it that, if you are hockey fan, I think you will agree has sparked some momentum for a resurgence in the sports popularity. 

Another reason for my excitement is the fact that this years game is being played at Heinz Field between the Penguins and the arch-rival Washington Capitals.  Well the game just got more interesting.  The NHL announced that there will be an Old-Timers game.  Not just any old timers game however...this one is going to feature perhaps the best Penguins team ever assembled. 

If I was going to put this team together I can think of a few players I'd include.  For starters, no Pens team would be complete without Mario Lemieux.  They got him, of course.  I think I'd also add the likes of Ron Francis and Paul Coffey.  Shockingly enough, they got them, too.  Both of them.  Bryan Trottier, even though he only spent a couple years on the Pens, would have to be there since he was a pivotal member on a Stanley up winning team.  Well, they got him too. 

As for the rest of the lineup, it is left to be seen.  We do know that despite his recent retirement from hockey, Billy G will suit up in a Pens uniform once more.  Guerin will most certainly get a standing ovation when he takes to the ice.  I'm still waiting to see number 68 take to the ice.  Pipe dream, I know.  Although if he did, I wonder which team he would suit up for.  Either way, the fans would boo him so I guess it doesn't matter. 

The Capitals have only announced their captain, Peter Bondra.  Not too shabby.  I can't wait to see who else they choose.  Maybe Olie Kolzig, or Dale Hunter?  Possibly Brian Engblom will come out of the analyst booth.  Rod Langway, Mike Gartner, Kelly Miller...?  Who knows?

The best part about all of this...$25 bucks gets you a ticket and you get to watch the Pens practice as well.  I wish I still lived in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Absurdity Inspired By dayf

I read on one of Cardboard Junkie's posts about some absurdity in the TMCG trading zone.  It seems he keeps getting ridiculous offers of junk wax for vintage.  Well, this prompted me to check mine.  Afterall, I have been out of commission for awhile so it has been a few months since I logged into either the TMCG site or the Gridiron equivalent.  I know, I know.  The offers go away if you ignore them so I probably missed my chance to trade a 1988 Brian Bosworth for a 1984 Dan Marino rookie.  I just thought it would be fun to share.

Here are some of the awesome deals that awaited me.  First on the Gridiron Giveaway site...

I can either go with Gene Washington (78) or Jim Mitchell (72) for my 1957 Clyde Conner.  Now, Conner was no big name player and neither are either of these guys but a 57 for either a 72 or 78?  Please.  Although, I think Gene Washington guest starred as a dead guy on "The Mod Squad" once.

Next we have a 1979 Pat Leahy offered up for my 1959 Joe Fortunato rookie card.  Let's see...Fortunato was named to the Pro Bowl 5 times and NFL All-Pro 3 times.  Joe was a member of one of the greatest linebacking groups in NFL history, teaming up with Larry Morris and Bill George, who played together in the 1963 NFL Championship season and helped give staying power to the nickname "Monsters Of the Midway". Fortunato was also named as one of the 300 best NFL players of all time. 

But Pat Leahy!  Well I'll give him the benefit of the doubt as he is the Jets all-time leading scorer.  But did I mention he is a kicker?  I know the Fortunato will only get me a buck or two but it's the principle here people.  Geez!

So I headed over to the Topps Million Card Giveaway site.  Here is what I found.  Let's take one card as an example.
The Subject:

1972 Topps Steve Mingori

I'm not going to pretend that I know who this is and start rattling stats off from his career as a left-handed middle reliever for the Kansas City Royals.  I'm not.  But it's a 1972 card that looks pretty cool and it was printed before I was born so it has some clout in my book.

Here is what awaited me in trade...

2001 Ivan Rodriquez - Not a horrible card but for a 1972?

1984 Broderick Perkins - Seriously, without looking it up...who the hell is this guy?

1988 Mike Aldrete - If Topps took all the 1987-1991 cards they have and burned them all, there would still be too many out there.  Which gives me an idea for a stunt that will most certainly be done to some Card Garage inventory once the winter winds subside.

1979 Steve Mingori - Well at least this person made an effort

 1974 Pepe Frias - The name on the front of his card is just a nickname.  His real name...Jesús María Frías Andújar.  Yeah, I'd go with Pepe, too.

So there you have it.  I have other offers too but none of them are as interesting as this.  I will admit that I am guilty of the same thing sometimes.  But, in my defense, I try to offer up a multitude of junk for a card I like rather than a one-for-one swap.  It's only the courteous thing to do.  I still can't figure out why, other than from Play At the Plate, I have never been offered any Pirates cards?  Are there that many Pirates fans that want to hang onto their TMCG cards from the Buccos?  I see in Dayf's rant, he got offered Oliver Perez, Jerry Reuss, and Bob Robertson all as Pirates.  I guess Steve Mingori is not worthy of any Pirate cards.

Monday, December 6, 2010

For Your Viewing Pleasure

I give to you the Top 100 Sports Pictures of 2010.  This isn't my collection.  I didn't vote for these.  But, nonetheless, many of them are really cool.

Depending on your internet connection, you may need to give it a few minutes to load.  But it's worth it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spending Time In The Garage

I decided to start logging my journey of owning the colossally huge collection that now sits in my garage.  For those that don't know, I am in possession of the inventory of a couple old brick and mortar card shops that went under.  Without going into too many details, my intentions are to more than likely unload the majority of the collection but "spruce" up my own in the process.  I'm keeping this blog free from those dealing (at least I think so).  Which is why I created The Card Garage.  This is where I will post some of the interesting things I find, as well as links to the stuff up for sale, up for trade, or up for campfire kindling. Check it out if you want.  It will most definitely be a work in progress.