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Thrift Treasures 119: Colin Kaepernick signed “Salute to Service” hat

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

This has been a really interesting week. Sort of out of nowhere I found myself in the market for a new (to us) dresser for my kids. The one we’ve had for the last few years broke and no longer held the drawers properly so I was faced with buying a new one, or looking for a suitable used replacement.

I chose to thrift shop since I could also get my fix of looking for discarded sports treasures

Well, Day One of the hunt actually led me to a GREAT deal on a new (to us) couch. And Day Two was pretty bleak for a few hours as I struck out at four different thrift stores — no good cards (only some over priced early cards it former quarterback Jake Plummer) or furniture

The fifth store was a long shot … a small Goodwill in San Jose, Calif., near the border of Santa Clara. I checked the showfloor and there was no dresser, but I discovered an upstairs “loft” boutique that had better quality items

Again, no dresser. But there was something that I had to own. You guessed it — the item listed in the title.

Here is what presents as an San Francisco 49ers 2013 Salute to Service cap with tags … signed by former quarterback and polarizing social justice figure Colin Kaepernick.

Let that sink in for a second …

This post isn’t supposed to be a place for people to bash Kaepernick, to show their patriotism, etc. Or really a place to bash the establishment, and show support for the former quarterback.

I’m not going to get all political here. That’s never been my deal.

But, I will say this is a mighty interesting piece in context. It was interesting when it was signed ,presumably at practice since the facility is nearby. It’s even more interesting in context today. And who knows how interesting this looks as a historical item in 25-40 years.

Needless to say, I had to own it.

By the way, I did find an alternative to a dresser — I found an IKEA 8-cube bookshelf for $25, about 70% off the original price.

Total cost of this Thrift Treasure: $14.97

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A 20-year-old NFL retail break 

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

A few months ago a co-worker brought me a gift, a four-pack blister of 1995 Upper Deck football that had a commemorative Joe Montana Super Bowl card.  

This co-worker is a big San Francisco 49ers fan and at one point he bought this for his man cave. He’s not really a card guy, but more of a game-used 49ers jersey collector.  So he decided to gift this blister to me.

I opened a good amount of this product in 1995, as we as the SP brand, which was high-end at the time and was one of the first sets I completed.

I digress.  Yesterday during my lunch break I stopped by my locker and noticed that I still had this thing sitting on my top shelf.  With the NFL kicking off this week I decided to open it for fun.  There really are no hits in here, just base cards, parallels and the occasional insert. 

So, the Montana C-card was cool.  It shows Montana and the 49ers against the Miami Dolphins jn Super Bowl XIX, which is the last Super Bowl to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area. that Super Bowl was held at Stanford University in Palo Alro. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl and will again be in the Bay Area.

 
And now for the packs.

The first pack had a card that literally made me laugh out loud.  I mean check out this seductive rookie card of former Jets draft pick Kyle Brady.

   
 
Pack two wasn’t quite as awesome, but it had a card if one of the newest Hall of Famers, Charles Haley, and a good-looking rookie card of Michael Westbrook. Oh, and it had TWO silver parallels. Money!  

 
Pack three  features a rookie card of a very good linebacker from the late 1990s and early 2000s, one Derrick Brooks.

   
And the final pack featured a dud rookie QB card, but the last card in the pack was none other than hall of fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice. Heck, my co-worker might even have this Rice jersey shown on this card.  

 Al, if you’re reading this, the Niner cards are all yours if you want them back. That Kyle Brady card is mine though. It’s priceless.

2012 Bowman football: The ugliest base Bowman product I’ve ever seen

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Listen, I love Bowman.

I know that.  You know that. Hell, even Topps knows that.

But 2012 Bowman football might be the ugliest base Bowman set I’ve ever seen in any sport.

An argument could be made for the veteran cards having a slightly higher-quality appearance due to the fact that they are basically a rip off of Triple Threads.  But the cards are flimsy, the colors look muted and overall they look nothing like any other base Bowman card I’ve seen before.

And when it comes to the rookie cards, there is NO ARGUMENT that can be made in their favor.  It’s evident that Topps wanted to compete with the lesser brands like SA-GE.  And in the end what Topps wound up creating was a mockery of a product, one that doesn’t deserve the Bowman name.

People will buy the stuff based on the brand name alone — hell, it got me to buy a single rack pack … and I don’t even collect football.  But I can’t see this product holding much value in the secondary market.  You’d better off waiting for basic Topps.

 

 

Let’s Go Niners! Let’s Go Niners!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

My 1981 Topps Joe Montana rookie card

It’s been a long time since Bay Area football has been this good.

For about a decade, football fans in the San Francisco Bay Area have been subjected to sub-par football on both sides of the Bay in the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.

Raiders fans have been Raider fans.  Every year calling their shot that they will return to the Super Bowl and each year they fall short of even making the playoffs.  Good drama for sure, but still horrible ball.

And the Niners? People hated Alex Smith.  They wanted him gone.  He was no Joe Montana.  Or Steve Young.  Or even Jeff Garcia.  Hell, he was barely one rung above Jim Drukenmiller.

But then things changed.

The Niners hired Jim Harbaugh.  They began to win.  Alex Smith stopped throwing dumb passes for pick sixes.  And the defense started knocking fools out.

And suddenly everyone is wearing the red and gold with pride again.

It’s interesting to see what winning can do to a fanbase, no matter how serious the fans are.

But even though it has been 10 years since San Francisco has even made it to the playoffs, this feeling is not something I have forgotten.

THIS is how things were when I was growing up here.

I’ll say this right now:  I don’t call myself a Niner fan.  I don’t pretend to be.  I don’t go around puffing my chest out saying “I have been there from the beginning.” 

When time came to choose favorite teams when I was 10 or so, I chose the Buffalo Bills.  I loved Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas.  I loved their status as perennial Super Bowl contenders who always got their asses handed to them when it was crunch time.

Hell, I even had a bitch-ass physical education teacher — a huge Cowboys fans — make fun of me in front of the entire locker room while I wore a Bills hat a day after the Cowboys defeated the Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.  He proceeded to say “Bills, huh?  You know what “BILLS” stands for right? Boy I Love Losing Super Bowls. HAHAHA”

Dude, I was 12.

Jerk.

Anyway. While I claimed the Bills as my team, I distinctly remember the atmosphere here when the Niners were king.  Kids, parents and even teachers were into football.  In elementary school we actually spent an entire class making posters in favor of the Niners as they prepared to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII.  Of course they won.

And years before that, I remember having my first ever Big Mac with a Coke. Joe Montana was on the cup, and Ronnie Lott was on my first true trading card, which hailed from a set given away at McDonald’s.

The Niners were EVERYWHERE. Proof that football is a big deal here … when the teams are winning.

And from an outsider prospective, they call this Bandwagon Fanaticism.

There’s probably some truth in that.  But what you have to realize is that lots of people my age (31) grew up here in an era when the Niners were second to none.  Whether they were true fans or not, the people here always ended up cheering for San Francisco anyway.

And as the Niners prepare to take on the New York Giants in the biggest 49ers game in probably 16 years, they are all cheering for them again.  Even Raiders fans, who probably wouldn’t admit it you asked them.

I leave you with this. A gem from the 1980s.  A song I heard A LOT when I was  a kid but completely forgot until earlier this year when my wife — who is not a sports fan — started singing it one day after we watched a game.

Video Break: 2011 Topps Chrome Football Blaster

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

Needed a few more things from Walmart so I had to make a quick trip. Lo and behold they got the new 2011 Topps Chrome football blasters in this morning.  This almost never happens here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Usually we get them a week after they start hitting retail shelves on the east coast. Anyway, I broke my blaster on video. Shiny stuff inside.

Enjoy.

Horrible Card of the Day Part I: Darren McFadden

Posted in Horrible Card Of The Day with tags , , , on October 6, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

I came across this chunk of crap late Thursday while scouring CheckOutMyCards.com.  I’m not a football collector, so this is the first time I’ve seen these things, but is there another piece of cardboard more atrocious that this?  A ManuPatch, a team logo, a player name and player number, and a “low” serial number,  but NO player face or likeness on the front of this card? Ugh … this card is just horrible.

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Thrift Treasures XXI: Will You Accept This Rose? ( “The Bachelor” Edition)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

For four long weeks I waited, and when the day arrived, it simply was not as I expected. Each month a local community college holds a fairly extensive flea market chalk full of regular vendors. Among them is a guy who hawks video games and baseball cards. He’s usually got a showcase of sports cards, but behind him he’s got a dollar table where he throws out two stacks of cards he offers for a buck a piece. Last month, after I ran out of money, I saw that he had vintage baseball! I quickly thumbed through them and saw some stuff I would have purchased if I had any money left.

So for four weeks I longed for the first Saturday of the month. I imagined swooping in and buying everything within sight for the low price of a buck a card, of three for $2, as he told me last month. Well, Saturday was not my day. He had no vintage, or baseball really. In his showcase he had some 2009 Topps 209 relics and autos, most notably an Old Mill Ty Cobb bat card for which he wanted $125, and a Evan Longoria auto priced at $75. I passed and moved onto the dollar table, which contained only game-used football cards. I don’t really collect football, but for a buck a piece I figured I could find a few things that would humor me, entertain you, and eventually turn for some measly Red Sox cards of the same nature. So without further adieu, I bring to you, Thrift Treasures XXI, The Bachelor Edition.

We’ll start with this utterly worthless Absolute triple relic of Brian Leonard, who at one time played for the St. Louis Rams. These cards are one of the reasons I stopped collecting football. This card features swatches of two jerseys and a football used during a PHOTO SHOOT. WTF!? A photo shoot? Lame. What intrigues me here is that we’ve got two different color jersey swatches (looks cool), which leads me to believe they used multiple jerseys during said photo shoot. I’m almost positive these didn’t come from the same jersey. But the real reason I bought this was because of the pigskin swatch. As much as I hate these event-worn relics, I do love when swatches of football with character are inserted into cards. Here, the pigskin swatch features letters from the area of the ball under the laces, the part that reads “National Football Conference.” I dig it.

For our second serving, I give you a heaping plate of Dustin Keller. This 2008 SPX “Rookie Materials” dual relic intrigues me because of the way Upper Deck has been abusing the SPX brand. Seriously, inserting metal in lieu of a jersey swatch is disgusting. I already hated the way SPX has been changed from a brand based on Holograms to a set focused on relic cards inserted into the letters S, P and X. I hate it. What makes it worse is when they do what they did with this Keller — give me two swatches and a piece of metal. Boo! The ~good~ news, this is a jersey from another rookie photo shoot. Any Jets fans want to relieve me from this agony? Did I mention it’s numbered to just 199 copies?! All I ask for is baseball, preferably Red Sox in return.

When I was attending San Jose State, I had the pleasure of spending three years at the student newspaper, an experience that ultimately helped me into my profession. I have many memories from that time including two stints as  a sports editor. During one semester, there was a wide out for conference rival University of Nevada-Reno who was lighting the Western Athletic Conference on fire, Nate Burleson. Now some seven years later I’ve finally got my hands on a Burleson rookie, a rookie jersey card at that. There is no mention of where this purple swatch of Minnesota Vikings jersey comes from, but given what I’ve shown you already today, I’m guess this also came from a photo shoot. What is mentioned on the back of this card is that he used to light up San Jose State. Just awesome. I might have to keep this card just because of the memories it brings back.

Remember Freddie Mitchell? I think the guy made one great catch in a big game somewhere and then became the talk of the National Football League for a few minutes. He then came out at a press conference dressed like he was Don Magic Juan talking all kinds of junk. At least that is what I remember of Mitchell. Anyway, here is another reason to remember Mitchell: This sick-ass jersey card. This was the very first card I pulled out of the stack for purchase. Are you kidding me? This swatch comes from his UCLA jersey and features a powder blue jersey with a navy blue area that I’m almost certain came from the shadow effect around his jersey number. This card is worth the entire purchase alone.

And finally I present The Bachelor: Jesse Palmer. This washed up college and NFL quarterback, now ESPN college football analyst, was the centerpiece of Season Four (2004) of The Bachelor television show. For a few months the ladies swooned over this guy, who I’d imagine must be pretty well-off financially. They gawked at his images in magazines across the country and started to follow his already declining career. They wanted to know him, they wanted to be with him. And these ladies could have had a piece of him the whole time … well, his jersey anyway. Not sure what my intentions are with this card. I mean it’s not like Jesse Palmer is the object of every woman’s affection at this point; they’re all into pretty boys like Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson. I may just keep it for fun, or is that a bit creepy?