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Thrift Treasures XLVII: The Detroit Lions Were A `Super Team’ in 1993

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

One of the things I absolutely love about thrifting is that you really never know what you’re going to find.

Take this little baggie of cards for instance:

At first glace, I could see a cool 1993 Stadium Club Detroit Lions Super Team insert card on top and a handful of Pokemon and Pocket Monster cards within the package. The gaming cards do nothing for me, so I won’t even mention them here.  But the card shown above did.  I mean, I literally found this a week after my recent Beckett Sports Card Monthly article hit shelves.  In that article I mentioned that the Super Team set (baseball, anyway) was one of my favorite inserts of the 1990s.

So I paid what you see above, 49 cents, to own this.  But when I opened the baggie, it was clear that this was no ordinary card.

It’s a sealed set!  This was the redeemed, WINNER! version.  These sealed sets were mailed to holder of the 1993 Stadium Club Super Team Detroit Lions card.  The bearer of the card mailed it in and in a few weeks time, this fine package was sent in return.  Each of the cards within are identical to the base card only it has a “Division Winner” stamp.

In case you’re wonder whose on back.  It’s Jason Hanson.

But now there is a dilemma.  Do I open it, scan each card and then try to move the set?  Or do I leave it sealed in all its glory?

While I’d like to see this beautiful card …

… I also do not want to end up looking at this …

… so I think I answered my own question.

You can see more Thrift Treasures here.

New $10 card shop challenge leads to a blast from the past

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

On Monday I threw down another $10 card shop challenge.  By now you should know the rules: Go to a local card shop, buy $10 worth of singles and post either via blog or Twitter your results.  The winner gets nothing but bragging rights.  Deadline will be Sunday at midnight Pacific.

Get it?  Got it?  Good.

Now that that is out of the way, check out what I found as I deviated from my plan on Monday.  I’ve yet to find my entry for this challenge, but I did discover that one of the shops in the area has 1991 Stadium Club football packs for $3.50 each.  I’m a baseball only collector, but I do have some emotional ties to some of the early 1990s football.  The premier edition of Stadium Club was uber-premium when I was a kid, and it’s still appealing today because of the Brett Favre rookie.

Anyhow, I ponied up for a few packs figuring that at least I could relive some memories of two decades gone by.  And let me tell you, the packs lived up to the hype I’d built in my own head.

There was no Favre, much to my chagrin.  BUT I did pull some of the coolest cards I remember from the set.

First off, the Emmitt Smith card was one of the hottest non-rookie cards from the set.  In 1991, Emmitt was still a young powerful runner who had yet to fully leave his mark on the game.  And we all know that youth, exceptional skill and premium early cards of such players always command top dollar … well in the time they were released anyway.  I never owned a copy of this card because it always commanded close to $20.  In 1991, that was a lot.

This card is so bad-ass.  Love that panoramic view of Emmitt busting through the line on high-gloss card stock.  Granted I was a Buffalo Bills fan at the time and Emmitt torched the Bills constantly, especially when it counted.  But this card was iconic.  Even 20 years after its release it’s still breathtaking.  And to make things better, I pulled it from a pack with my own two hands.


During the hayday of my football collecting, there were two players I idolized the most, and neither of them were in a position of throwing or catching the ball.  They were bad-ass pass rushers who got paid to crush people carrying the football.  They were Bruce Smith and Derrick Thomas.

Look at this card.  Seriously, look at it!

D-T just walloped Wade Wilson and some photographer got a picture of him standing over the QB celebrating … and Topps had the balls to put the image on the card!  Freakin’ LOVE this card.

Caption: “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh Suucccckkkkkkaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”


And here’s where the groans come in …

If this were 1991, this card would be in some dealer’s showcase sporting a $20 price tag.  Hell, if you walk into the right card shop today, you might still find one in a Card Saver I without a penny sleeve and still priced as if Ice Cube still hadn’t had a Good Day.

But here’s where my story gets better.  The card shop where I bought these packs on Monday was a place I discovered in 1991 … when this product was blazing hot.  And guess what I actually bought during that first trip.  A Todd Marinovich.  How’s that for full circle.

VIDEO BREAK: DISCOUNT 2008 Stadium Club Baseball

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on October 26, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

One blaster of discount 2008 Stadium Club baseball and a 2009 ‘Fan Pack.” I actually hit an auto in the Blaster. Enjoy:

*For some people, the video is not playing here. Yu can also view it HERE.

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A note to readers of Cardboard Icons

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

sierra2In the upcoming weeks, my posts here will be less frequent as they have been in the past. At some point — possibly today (Friday) — my wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child. And when that process really starts moving, I’m not going to have a chance to leave this note here telling you such.

I’m sure at some point during this process I’ll wish I was on vacation — perhaps like my friend Mr. Ruben Sierra here — but reality is that things are about to change in my life. This also means a shift in priorities. Continue reading

Blaster Break: 2008 Topps Stadium Club baseball (Box 2)

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bruceDon’t ask why. I just did, OK. And now I’m not happy about it.

Earlier this week, I successfully fought the urge to buy another blaster of Stadium Club. But on Wednesday I gave in. Here are the results … a whole two days later. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2008 Stadium Club Manny Ramirez

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

manramdodgersKudos to Topps for getting a Manny Ramirez Dodgers card into it’s 2008 Stadium Club release. I was pleasantly surprised when I ripped open a blaster this week and found this thing in the middle of a pack. It’s a neat picture and cool because it does feature ManRam as a Dodger. However, something about this image just isn’t right. Continue reading

Blaster Break: 2008 Topps Stadium Club

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

stadclubblasterCuriosity. That’s why I purchased this blaster. I thought I read somewhere that the hobby boxes of this product were approaching $200 — which if true is asinine — so I figured one blaster of the retail version would be just fine for me. Continue reading