Sunday, March 28, 2021

Player HITlights:Damontre Moore

The Giants have always been built on defense. 

So nobody is surprised when they go into the draft and draft defense especially in the trenches.

Sometimes they find that gem in the rough, other times, not so much. 

Damontre Moore was a 3rd pick of the Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft. He didn't have much success with the Gmen and caused multiple altercations with teammates especially in the 2015 season which led to him being placed on waivers where the Dolphins snagged him.

He was bounced around a few teams and even joined the AAF league not finding success anywhere he went which is upsetting for a guy who had high expectations as a First Team All-American from Texas A&M.

I grabbed quite a few of his cards, especially autographs, in 2013 with high expectations.

At least when it comes to players on your favorite team, "prospecting" doesn't always have to be a homerun.

As the saying goes, "Once a Giant, Always A Giant"

Moore has accumulated 88 tackles and 10 sacks in his career.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Unintentional Rainbow Chase:2017 Evan Engram

You just never know when a rainbow starts to come together in your collection. I know this from experience as you will see in this new series.

I had no intention of building these rainbows, they just came together by picking up pieces and trading for them. I didn't know that I even had started any of them until I started sorting my Giants collection by player and noticed a trend.

So today, we will kick it off with a run at 2017 Donruss Evan Engram.

The above chase is Engrams 2017 Donruss which has the following parallels to find, Base, Aqueous Test, PP Bronze , PP Blue, PP Green, PP Red, Season Stat Line /400, PP Silver /100, Jersey Number /99, PP Silver Die-Cut /75, PP Gold /50, PP Gold Die-Cut /25, PP Black /10, and PP Black Die-Cut 1/1.

So far, I have 3 of the 14 parallels.

Up next, 2017 Donruss Optic.

Optic has the following parallels for Rated Rookies, Base, Bronze, Holo, Lime, Pink, Red/Yellow, White Sparkle, Aqua /299, Orange /199, Blue /149, Red /99, Purple /50, Black /25, Gold /10, Green /5, and Gold Vinyl 1/1.

I am third of the way there to completion. Optic definitely has more of the appeal to chase if I was to chase one of these. But is also much more costly.

Not sure if I will add anymore to these or not, but if they come at the right price who can say no?

Monday, March 22, 2021

Play That Sweet Jazz

The NY Giants Free Agency started out a little slow with just the signing of Devonte Booker who will be used primarily as a backup to Saquon Barkley.

It wasn't quite what Dave Gettleman said he planned to do in signing Leonard Williams long term and finding Daniel Jones some actual weapons.

Then came this week.

The Gmen signed LW to a long term deal, then grabbed TE Kyle Rudolph (wished I had kept his autograph now), speedster WR John Ross (autograph above I knew I had kept for a reason) and their biggest rumored weapon and now dream come true, Kenny G. 

And no, it's not the popular smooth jazz saxophonist.
Kenny G, otherwise known as Kenny Golladay, was the top wide receiver in this years Free Agent class.

He had 183 catches and 21 touchdowns in four seasons in Detroit. When on the field, only played 16 games once, he is one of the best young receivers in the game. Both height and great hands is exactly what this team needs.

I am hoping that he will help bring the 31st ranked Giants offense to the next level. Play that Stephon Diggs to Josh Allen role that turned Allen's third season into a MVP run.

So hope is on the horizon in NY. The pieces are falling into place, now can they just finish filling in the rest and put it all together.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Player HITlights:Jason Pierre-Paul

Gotta admit, it wasn't easy this past Super Bowl not only having to watch Tom Brady win yet another, but also having to watch former NY Giant Jason Pierre-Paul do the same.

Jason Pierre-Paul was the Giants First Round Pick (15th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.  He played 8 seasons with them, helping them win Super Bowl 46 along the way, before being traded in March of 2018 to the Tampa Bay Bucs who gave up ONLY a 3rd Round Pick for him.

I think the biggest reason for the trade was new management trying to rebuild the team and the fact that Pierre-Paul's hand injury from the fireworks incident was limiting him still at the time.

In his time with the Giants, I was fortunate enough to add some great autographed cards of him.

I don't however have any jersey/patch/relic cards of him. I may need to change that.

Unlike a lot of other collectors when a player leaves their favorite team they stop collecting them, I am still always adding JPP cards when they come my way. It's not something I seek out per say, but if someone has one for trade and he is wearing a Giants uniform, I will take it. As the saying goes, once a Giant, always a Giant.

Pierre-Paul totaled 58.5 sacks including a 16.5 sack season in 2011 in his time with NY.  He also had a couple of Interception for Touchdowns with them as well.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

New To Me

I recently made a trade with my friend @JamminJDCards that led to me landing a centerpiece for my Saquon Barkley PC.

It's a 2019 Plates&Patches Donruss Power Formulas Printing Plate 1/1 Autograph that is team colored with the Cyan.

The Power Formulas insert in Donruss alone looks amazing, the plate is just as much.

Overall it's the typical Printing Plate all except the back where I saw some interesting, at least to me, writing on it. I own and have owned quite a few Printing Plates over my time but none that had a date stamped to the back of it.

I took a closer look and it appears it has March 12th or 22nd of 2019 stamped on it. I wonder if that was the manufacturing date? I have no idea but this already cool piece just became even cooler. What would have made it over the top if it had March 19th,, which just happens to be my birthday and is also tomorrow.

You will probably see this card again when it's Saquons turn for Player HITlights.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Player HITlights:Calvin Munson

Calvin Munson was signed by the NY Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He made the 53 man roster and started in Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season filling in for the injured B.J. Goodson.

Munson played well in his fill-in spots but didn't make it on the Giants very long as he was cut in September of 2018 before signing with the practice sqaud the next day before being cut for good a few days later.

He signed with the Patriots practice squad a month later, got a Super Bowl ring for doing so but was cut in August of 2019 by the Pats before signing with the Dolphins December of 2019 on their practice squad before being injured in camp of 2020. He just signed an exclusive free agents right with the Dolphins about a week ago. They must see something in him.

I wish him all the best, ONCE A GIANT, ALWAYS A GIANT. My only hit of him was an autograph I acquired from my good friend Grady who pulled his 2017 Elite Draft rookie autograph and knew exactly where to send it.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Player HITlights:Ron Dixon

Ron Dixon was a 3rd round pick of the NY Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft where he spent his entire NFL career.

Dixon was best known for his two kickoff returns in the 2000 playoffs for the Giants. Both were 97 yard returns, one against the Eagles in Divisional Playoffs and then was the only score for the Giants in Super Bowl 35 against the Baltimore Ravens.
He played from 2000-2003 before a PCL injury hurt his career. He tried out for couple of teams training camps and officially retiring in 2005.

I only have a couple of his hits, the Limited above is by far my favorite of the two with the swatch of football and lace.

At some point I would like to add a certified autograph of him to the collection. I can't imagine he costs very much, I just keep forgetting about him and adding him to the my autograph need lists.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Eli Manning 700...And More!

The milestone has finally been reached. 

700 different Eli Manning cards.

It took a little longer than I had hoped for, but I reached it.

Usually I try to aim high for card milestones like an autograph, cool patch, low numbered something or another, but this time I just got the milestone reached by picking up low end cheap cards. But, I did make sure they weren't completely dull.

Look at this Spx, probably my favorite card of the group.

Eli Manning Co-Signers base. I really like this design.

Passing Leaders...that's gotta be a tad scary to know Rex Grossman was one.

Zenith in 2005 when it returned. Not too bad of a design, but doesn't touch the 90s version.

Chrome is always a winner.

Great color scheme on this one. It sort of fits the team.

Today's 10 Eli's are from Burbank Sport Cards Beckett Marketplace (saved 10% by using code 15Burbank at checkout) leaves me now with a total of 705. I do have a few more on the way so that number will rise. 

My biggest goal is to reach that 1,000 card milestone but that seems impossible, but so didn't the two Super Bowl wins Eli had as well.