A Steaming Pile of Stuff To Do, Part II
November 4th, 2009 by slangon

So this is step 2 in trying to clear up the pile of things that have been sitting on my desk for the last few days.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been making a conscious effort to follow football this year, as a way to take my mind off of the debacle that was the Mets season. Of course, after the last 3 Giants games, I don’t think that’s working out too well. For the most part though, I’ve enjoyed the games quite a bit, and also have been enjoying collecting my first batch of football cards. The danger with that is that I think I’m enjoying collecting them a little too much, as highlighted by these two recent eBay purchases, which are my first 2 football relic cards.

2008 Absolute Memoribilia War Room Materials #WR-28 Mario Manningham Event Used Jersey RC 006/250

08ABMEMmanninghamRelicThis one I don’t feel too bad about. I ended up watching it and with 1 minute left, no one had bid so I picked it up for $0.99. Being new to the football scene, I’ve sort of taken a shining to this Manningham kid. He sort of reminds me a bit of Jose Reyes. He seems to make a bunch of bonehead plays, but when he clicks, I don’t think too many other people are more exciting to watch. Because of this, I thought it might be cool to try and snag myself a Rookie Card Relic or Autograph of his. I guess he’s not really the most sought after player though, because I was able to find a bunch on the cheap.

I settled on this one since it was a rookie card, a jersey relic and numbered. I’m not sure how much it affects the coolness factor that it’s a jersey that was worn at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, rather than an actual game, but I think it’s pretty slick, nonetheless. I actually think it’s really awesome that they give the exact date that the jersey was worn, and I don’t see why it would be so hard to work that out for other relic cards. How awesome would it be to pull a bat relic and on the back it said “Congratulations. You have received a game used bat card. The enclosed bat came from a bat used by Carlos Beltran on 6/26/09.” Is it really that hard to keep track of what game a particular jersey or bat or whatever was used in?

The other thing I like about this football relic as opposed to a baseball relic is the jersey itself. I, like most people, love to get jersey cards, but when they’re just a plain white swatch, find them a little boring. I think with the football jersey, even if it was white, the little holes make it much more visually and tactilely interesting.

2009 Absolute Memorabilia Team Quads Materials Die Cut Spectrum Prime #9 Aaron Ross / Brandon Jacobs / Eli Manning / Sinorice Moss Game Used Relic Patch 18/25
09ABMEMquadThis one caused me a little bit of a pang of guilt. It might be the most I ever spent on a single card. The price was bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a bowling ball. But look at it. It’s friggin awesome. This is actually my first Quad anything. Nevermind patches. Nevermind football. It’s unbelievably thick, too. Like at least 2, maybe 3 relic cards stacked up. Well, maybe not 3, but certainly 2. I’m not really sure what else to say about this card. I feel like it’s so awesome, I don’t need to say anything.

So I’ll stop.

Stay tuned, though for some card shop finds, another TTM success and the giant box of Mets cards that Mark from Stats On The Back sent over. That last one in itself probably needs to get broken into about 10 posts. We might be here for a while.

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