Blaster Schmaster: The Beginning
March 8th, 2011 by slangon

For some reason, when I’m buying vintage cards I always tend to think of the purchase in terms of what modern product I could’ve bought. The other week I bought $3 worth of quarter bin cards and just kept thinking to myself I could’ve either bought a pack of 2011 Topps or the 12 cards I just got. It’s almost like a subconscious thing.

Anyway, I recently grabbed some cards from Sportlots which I thought were pretty cool, and even though I bought all the cards from 2 separate sellers, I actually came in about what a blaster would’ve run me.

Before we get into the cards that I actually purchased, here are some random throw ins that one of the sellers saw fit to enclose with all the ones I ordered. I had gotten random cards in the past, but usually it’s pretty clear that the person on the other end was using them as packing material by putting them on the top and the bottom of the pack. I don’t think that was the case here since A) all of the throw-in cards were on the top of the stack, and B) the cards were already packed in a clear plastic hard case, as you can see, so there really was no need for extra protection.

He/she added a couple of basketball cards.

I’m always glad to get free cards, and I hate to sound ungrateful, but I can’t says I’m too stoked about any of these. I don’t really follow basketball and I never heard of any of these players. I guess the Tayshaun Prince card looks pretty cool and the Andrew Bynum card has Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest on it. At least I think that’s Ron Artest. Like I said, I don’t know anything about basketball.

They also threw in a few football cards. Or I should say one football card and a couple of other cards from a football set.

These at least are from a set that I actually have a bunch of cards from. Unfortunately, and again I hate to sound like an ingrate, it happens to be a set that I don’t particularly like, most because I just don’t like the look of it. I do kind of enjoy the fact that Upper Deck tried to integrate non-football players into the set, but for some reason, they don’t work for me. I don’t even think that it’s the fact that they seem arbitrary. I mean, I loves me some Ginter, and all the non-baseball subjects in those sets are pretty arbitrary. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s the guitar player from the Moody Blues, who I happen to think are  lame, and a Olympic wrassler who’s just standing around in jeans and a polo shirt. Who knows?

Either way, I guess it doesn’t matter that I don’t particularly like these cards since I didn’t pay for them. What I find interesting, and slightly disturbing, is that my first instinct was to just toss them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Is that the official sign that I have a problem? Oh man.

But enough about that. Next time, we’ll get into the good stuff.

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