Sunday Football Cards
October 18th, 2009 by slangon

I’m really enjoying this getting some football cards to bust along with watching a football game thing. I guess when it’s only 16 games, it’s do-able. Although I’m sure I end up opening 162 packs of cars over the course of the baseball season. I wonder.

Anyway, I went and got a blaster of 09 Topps Magic from the local Target. There’s 8 packs in that bad boy, so I’m going to do 4 packs this week, 4 packs next week. I think for this I’m going to just showcase the more interesting cards, rather than list out what was in every pack.

09MAGICfunny_names

First up is this trio of dudes with funny names. I’m going to definitely have to go with John David for the silliest name out of these three. There’s also a nice visual symmetry going on here when I see them lines up together like this.

09MAGICstar_qbNext up is a couple of franchise quarterbacks. Looks like the elder Manning is starting out what looks like is going to be a brilliant season, while Brady seems to be struggling a bit coming off that knee injury. I guess that explains Peyton’s flagrant grandstanding in this picture.

09MAGICpetersonBBI still can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I (and it seems a lot of other people) love so much about mini’s. What is it about making a card little that makes it so cool? And forget about the black border. That’s just ridiculously cool. From what I understand this mini size is what the original 1951 Magic cards were. If that’s the case, I might have to look into trying to score one or two of the vintage ones.

09MAGICarthur_millerNow we move onto the realm of inserts. Here we have the worst of the bunch – a ’48 Magic celebrating the 1948 publishing of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. There’s so much I hate about this card it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, just look at it. I don’t know if it’s the design, Miller’s stupid face, or both, but it just looks lame. Not even ugly. Ugly would at least be interesting. This is just blah. Lazy. Boring. Also, if the Magic set is ripping off paying homage to the 1951 Magic set, why do they have a insert set that’s celebrating events from 1948? Ugh. Let’s just move on.

09MAGICcrabtree_harrellThis is the second of these Alumni inserts that I’ve gotten. I always like cards that give you more than one player on them, and think it looks pretty sharp. The only complaint I have is it kind of drives me nuts when a card company insists on using the same image from a players base card on another card in that set. You don’t have more than one picture of Michael Crabtree from his college days? Overall, though, nice card.

The best for last.

09MAGICgoreAutoI guess this is really more a parallel than an insert, but whatever. A Frank Gore autograph card. I know people sort of poo-poo sticker autos as opposed to on-card autos. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t prefer an on-card signature, but I think Topps did a good job handling the sticker aspect. Just putting that black frame on the card really incorporates the sticker nicely, I think. Another great think about these Magic Auto’s is that outside of the printed black frame and obviously the autograph, they’re no different from the base cards. Yep, they’re the exact same thickness, so screw you pack searchers.

So there you go. Now I’m off to eat some of my wifey’s home-made pulled pork sanwiches and an icey cold beer. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and Let’s Go Giants!

One Response to “Sunday Football Cards”

  1. Sweet Frank Gore auto! He’s one of my favorite running backs, and I remember feeling really bad for him when he blew out both knees on college. Gore is an easy guy to root for, and is an absolute beast of a runner.

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