Eli's Picks is a segment where Eli himself, well a stuffed
Bleacher Creature version, picks his favorite base/insert cards to show
Eli's second choice of card is an interesting choice. It doesn't have the glimmer and glam like the first one he decided on, instead it's a bit mellower.
I think it was simply because the card just screamed him. Full Eli color photography and his name down the left-hand side of the card. It also has some foil so that probably helps as well. However, the card isn't one of the tougher cards to find as I am sure many flood the card realm.
One other thing that you can't see very well because of the angle I took this picture, is the football Eli is holding is a Salute To Service one. My grandfather was in World War 2 so it kinda made a connection to me as a salute to him. He passed a long time ago from PTSD.
A few years ago, my church was hosting a Men's group breakfast and rumor had it former NY Giants RB/Special Teamer Lee Rouson would be the one preaching at the event.
Honestly, at the time, I had no idea who Lee Rouson was and had to do some research on him. I found out he played in the NFL for 7 years. He backed up Joe Morris and was a beast on Special Teams winning Special Teams Player Of The Year in 1986. He has two Super Bowl rings with the Giants and was a big contributor in Super Bowl XXI vs Denver to help lead them to a win.
But most importantly, he is an associate pastor who travels as an motivational speaker for Sports World Ministries and goes all over the U.S. to churches and schools.
After I read all of that, I wanted to meet him even more so I attended the event.
The problem I had was, I was star stuck. Never really having ever met a NY Giant since I understood football, I was all over him trying to get an autograph. Score a picture. Stare at him like a stalker. Anything I could do to take in the moment. Then I heard him speak which changed my tune.
He put out an incredible message to all of us who were there. After he was done, he then waited for everyone to meet him for pictures and signed items. I thanked him for his amazing message, he even showed me his Super Bowl ring bling, then I got my photo taken with him (it's framed in my man cave) and was handed one of these,
And got one of my Giants hats signed. I actually took a lot more to be signed but decided against it as that wasn't the point of the event.
Lee, if you ever stumble upon this blog, I just wanted to say thanks again for the motivational words and for taking time out for me. I hope to see you return again soon!
There are days on Twitter when I have extra time I will hunt down other bloggers, the ones who I know are on Twitter, and see if I have missed any of their blog posts and try to catch up on reading them.
When I went to check out @DubMentality for any new posts he may have put up, I suddenly remembered he had once posted a Sterling Shepard autograph he had for sale I needed. So I looked back through his tweets and came across the card assuming it had sold. Well, come to find out, it hadn't. He had a good deal on the card but once again, my budget isn't currently allowing me to buy any cards.
So I inquired about doing a possible trade and luckily he agreed that was fine. It also didn't take long before I was able to work something out with him. He was very easy to trade with which alone in itself is awesome.
The card I had wanted was this cool 2016 Panini Origins on-card autograph of Sterling Shepard. It's a card I have wanted for awhile now. And of course any addition of Sterling Shepard is a plus as this guy showed a ton of potential this season and should only build off from it next year with the addition of Brandon Marshall alongside Odell. I expect him see plenty of targets with defenses focused on those two.
I really like the look of Panini Inception, I mean Origins, with the color scheme and design. The only nag I have about the card is the 00 on the jersey. Something that has been my hobby pet peeve for years. Overall though, nice looking card with the on-card auto bonus.
A big thanks goes out to @DubMentality for willing to work out a trade. If you haven't followed him yet on Twitter or checked out his blog yet, please do so. Many interesting reads you will need to catch up on. You can find him over at http://www.dubmentality.com/
Big Blue Collections is my latest segment here on Snagging Cardboard that showcases non-card items in my NY Giants collection.
Today's item, is something I found while wondering through a local dollar store.
When I go into the dollar store, I am usually in there with a purpose looking for specific items such as paper products, cleaners, sports cards, gift bag, shipping items, etc. Like how I threw in sports cards ;)
Anyways, once in a great while, I will stumbled upon other things that catch my eye. Usually, I avoid looking at sports items in any store as locally it's normally Patriots flooded. *Gag* but this time was different. In the middle of that Patriots pile sat a stack of these NY Giants soft Franklin footballs.
As with most NY Giants collectible I can actually find, I snagged it. I don't buy as much as I used to because of not only the budget, but because I am running out of room and tote space to store it.
Here is the dollar store find. The first third has the old Giants logo so you know this ball has probably been around for awhile,
The second third of the football. Made by Franklin, nice!
And the final third has the usual stuffed item info
Can't go wrong for a buck picking up something like this.
There is much more to show off in this series including some autographed items, so stay tuned!
Eli's Picks is a new segment where Eli himself, well a stuffed Bleacher Creature version, picks his favorite base/insert cards to show off.
Eli made a great choice for his first card picking a Topps Tek parallel card. This is a product I didn't bust, but picked up/traded for cards from. The card above I picked up in a trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.
The parallels fall one-per-box on average and this parallel is one of the easier ones to get. It's also the one parallel that isn't number. But, with only a few cards per box and a decent amount of players on the checklist, still isn't that easy to land your favorite players or teams.
The Giants are in "must win now" mode and it shows after Friday's dealings. The big deal of the day was re-signing Franchise Tagged Jason Pierre-Paul to a new 4 year deal which also helps their tight cap space. Maybe giving them a chance to run at DT Jonathan Hankins and keeping last years dominating D-Line intact.
I think JPP earned his worth last season with decent numbers of 7 sacks, 3 Forced Fumbles and a TD despite his hand issues. At times he seemed to make a bigger impact on a game then most noticed. I even thought he played well enough to earn Comeback Player Of The Year honors.
To celebrate the big re-signing, here are some recent additions of JPP to my PC I just put in the Giants binder today,
JPP wasn't the only Friday moves....
Two other moves was a re-signing of backup QB Josh Johnson and another later in the day when they agreed to terms with QB Geno Smith if he passes the physical by Monday. I think Smith still has NFL talent, but was just put in the wrong locker room situation. The Giants have been known to take flyers on guys with some troubled pasts before like Kerry Collins and David Carr and did well with them. Collins actually took them to the Super Bowl. Maybe by the time Geno sits behind Eli for a few years, he matures into a better QB. I can only hope.
I also hope Geno makes a comeback because of this card I pulled from a Fleer Retro autograph pack back in 2013.
These moves on Friday go along with other key offseason moves with the signing of WR Brandon Marshall, OL D.J.Fluker, and TE Rhett Ellison. I expect more to come and especially in the running back department. That should be an interesting one to watch.
1925. The year the NY Giants were born into the NFL
2017. The year the blog Snagging Cardboard was born into the hobby to celebrate collecting the NY Giants.
I have been thinking about this for years. A blog solely dedicated to my collecting of Big Blue which has been my biggest passion in the hobby the last few years. I know it would be a first in the hobby as far as I know because there aren't any other NY Giants card bloggers out there. So I am not expecting huge view numbers here, but that's not what matters to me. It's combining and showing off two of my biggest passions into one place.
Before I continue on about the blog, I also wanted to mention where the blog name
came from. It wasn't a name I created. A few years ago I was fetching
for a new name for Sport Card Collectors-something I have wanted to
change for years but kept being told by readers and my wife not to-and I
put up a post looking for suggestions. One that caught my attention or should I say snagged it, was created by Matt over at Bob Walk The Plank. He creatively took Odell Beckham Jr's one-handed catch and combined it with my Giants collecting. It's simple, but catchy, yes that's a pun, and something I knew I could go on. A thanks goes out to Matt for his help.
Okay, let's get back to business about the blog itself.
Over the past 4 years or so, I have drastically improved my Giants collecting through multiple trades and many low-end eBay lot pickups. Most I have shown off over at my main blog, Sport Card Collectors, but there are many I haven't.
This blog will cover those I haven't shown off, the ones I have incoming in the mail, and revisit some of the past that may have been forgotten about. There will also be personal pieces about my experiences with the Giants and opinion stories on the draft and off-season moves.
So if you love the G-Men like I do or football cards in general, just tune in.
I also couldn't do a first post without showing off a card I don't believe I have before, it's a pretty unique checklist from 1994 Score football. I miss companies including checklists in the base sets.
This kind of design using the stadium photo instead of featuring a player is a great idea. I do have one problem with this card however, the checklists in the product have a front and a back. On the back of this one is the hated Patriots which I won't even show on here or I would have to start the blog over.
I hope those that do come and read my rambling on about the Giants, enjoy what they read. This won't be an every day blog I post on as Sport Card Collectors takes up a good portion of my time. This will be more of an occasional "I had a few extra minutes" blog. There is much more to come from me on here as there is plenty more Giants cardboard for me to snag.
Also, if you would like, please add this to your blogroll and let me know as I will do the same.