Since 2010, I have always been a fan of Victor Cruz. He seems like a solid classy guy both on and off the field so I have always routed him on.
Being on my team helps as well. He put up some incredible numbers, including a 99 yard touchdown in a game vs the Jets and I can't count the times I saw him dance the salsa in the end zone including in Super Bowl 46.
But, after two injury plagued seasons and a downed last season despite a healthy one, he was released. It took some time for him to be signed and at points I wanted him to retire in blue so I wouldn't have to view him in another jersey, but, it's too late. He was signed by the Chicago Bears last week and this week pictures of number 80 with a C on his helmet appeared online.
I am happy for him as I will always route him on for what he brought to the Giants, but, I will admit it's tough to see him in anything but this....
So I do wish Victor luck in Chicago and hope he has a good season. However, I hope he finds a new dance. Not sure if I could BEAR seeing him dance the salsa in another uniform.
I found a few minutes today to start a new series on the Giants 2017 NFL Draft, not something I have touched base with on here yet.
As some know, I hadn't bought any 2017 football cards up to the draft and without cards, it's kinda tough to do posts. Well, now that I finally have a few with a few more on the way, I thought I would give my thoughts on the selection.
Up first, well, the first round pick. A guy I just picked up cards of in a trade, TE Evan Engram.
There was so much speculation leading up to the Giants pick. They needed so much help on the offensive side. They didn't have a huge cap in the offseason and had to do their best with what they got. Obviously the big fish was landing Brandon Marshall to a deal which the Giants immediately wasted no time in getting. He alongside Odell and Shepard should solidify a pretty solid WR position.
But, it didn't solidify a very weak offensive line.
Many and most were thinking offensive lineman in the 2017 draft, and some with TE especially OJ Howard. I actually thought if one of the top runners fell the Giants would snag 'em but in my mind they were going oline.
I was wrong.
In the end, Howard was snagged by the Bucs and the Giants landed the speedster TE in Evan Engram. It wasn't a name I knew so I had to do some research on him and come to find out, guy is pretty solid.
Engram had with his 4 years at Ole Miss made 162 receptions for 2,320 passing
yards and averaged 14.3 yards a play. Not to mention 15 career TD's. He was also one of the fast TE's at the combine. This guy should give the Giants one more weapon they have lacked on offense in a position that has been filled with 1-year guys since the departure of Jeremy Shockey. I hope he brings some of the intensity that Shockey provided. Defenses early on in Jeremy's career had no answers and I hope it's the same way with Engram. Especially playing alongside the best weapons Eli has ever had.
If the offensive line can give Eli time paired with the flash of Perkins, this offense could be unstoppable. But, that's a big IF on the oline, it was pretty atrocious last season.
So time can only tell how he will do but I am looking forward to seeing him on the field and finding his rookies in packs and hopefully an autograph soon.
It's been 2 months since the birth of Snagging Cardboard and I just wanted to thank everyone for the support!
In those two months, views have risen daily and even on one day hit 1,031 views which is incredible for a really small just upcoming blog. I don't even see those kinda numbers some days on Sport Card Collectors.
However, I have now noticed how tough it is to run two sport card blogs on a daily basis. I am changing a few things on here in order to keep this one going.
There may not be daily posts.
I am going to mainly focus on doing PC Spotlight Posts which focuses just on the cards but there is plenty to post.
I don't plan on just letting the blog fall apart, I hope to also add in a few written opinion/personal posts as well.
You will notice Sport Card Collectors will pick up the missing pieces of Sunday's With Rodney this fall, mail days and possibly the other two segments on here. That last part hasn't been decided yet. I am re-working Sport Card Collectors this fall as well.
I hope these changes don't effect this blog too much. It's been a lot of fun being able to showcase my Giants cards and post about my favorite things all in one place.
Thanks again for reading Snagging Cardboard and stay tuned for more Giants cardboard carnage ahead!
Eli's Picks is a segment where Eli himself, well a stuffed
Bleacher Creature version, picks his favorite base/insert cards to show
Eli decided if I was going to post the Odell Beckham version of this card, that I needed to do his as well.
These cards just pop off the cardboard and look like a 4th of July celebration. This card I got in a trade but I can't remember who it was now.
I was a bit surprised with as many parallels Prizm usually has in their inserts that this one didn't have many levels as well. I think this stunning card could have blown many minds with parallels like tri-color, gold, green, purple, Black Finite, etc.
From my research, I own the only Giants in the insert set so I guess my search for those is no longer needed.
Pro Line was one of my favorite releases in 1995. It had a down-to-earth simple design that was brought out some full-colored action photography.
When I look at today's Hampton card, I don't look at the value or the fact it's a parallel, I look at the bold colors that are jumping off the cardboard.
There were 75 cards in this parallel set that fell at a rate of 1:18 packs. So you only see one-per-box. They were an obvious parallel with the bold words Printers Proof done in shiny foil across the front.
If you would like to help me narrow down my search for all of the Rodney
Hampton cards in the universe and would like to donate some you have
dusting around your house, check my wantlist HERE
and see if you have something I need. I am a little more than half way
there but you never know what you may have that I don't.
Once upon a time, many light years ago,my father and I rode with a buddy of his and took a long ride and got to see my very first NY Giants game way back on December 12th 1993 when they took on the Colts. The Giants dominated the Jeff George led Colts that day 20-6 mostly because of the running of my guy Rodney Hampton who rushed for over 170 yards that day. The sad part was I wasn't able to get any pictures from the game to help reminisce about it and the only thing I remembered was how bitter cold it was. I did however VHS record the game and still have a copy of it even though you can't watch it as well due to aging of the tape.
At least I was able to watch Phil Simms be QB for the Giants.
The following year, we took another trip with another one of my dad's buddies almost a year later on December 11th 1994 to watch the Giants take on the Bengals. This time I made sure my father had a camera.
This game I actually remember a bit more and not just because of the pictures. Just memory this time. The winds they always talk about in Giants Stadium, those are real and they were whipping around that day. The game itself was a back and forth affair. The Giants were trying to be a .500 team while the Bengals were trying to pull for an upset. The G-Men led the game for most of it before Cincy tied it at 20 in the 4th quarter with a Jeff Blake led drive.
Once again, my man Rodney Hampton was the hero rushing for a little over 70 yards in the game with already a first quarter TD and then closed the game out with a late scoring game winning TD for the Giants, 27-20 victory.
Here are a few of the best pics I got from the game.
Sadly, this was the last time I have seen the Giants in person and the last time I will ever see the Meadowlands as the Giants have the new stadium now, Metlife. My goal someday is to make it to another game, hopefully before Eli Manning retires. Tickets have gone up a lot since those days and life is a bit busier now, but I am hopeful still I will get to see them at least one more time in my life.