Friday, July 30, 2021

RAK Monday Adds

 Every Monday on Twitter, I run a RAK Monday where you post up wants and others try to help you out. If you are chosen to be helped out, you must pass it on to someone else. Or just give and not take, that's always great too.

Usually the thread goes pretty well and I see a good amount of both. I also join in and receive as well as the administrator of the thread.

One of my last Monday's I got a solid haul from @dtgordo.
Odell Beckham Jr. I really miss Odell, just not his antics. I am hoping their top pick in this years draft Kadarius Toney can be of similar in play style.

Anyone miss Upper Deck NFL cards yet...(I miss Osi's pass rushing)

Because I do.  They were always creative with their products.

Thanks again to @dtgordo for the mail day. I appreciate it. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's About Time

Every year, there are certain things I look forward to.

Family coming up from afar.


My garden and flower garden.


The first snow.

Football season.

The first football card release.

The first NFL card release.

The first football card release where new players are in their uniforms.


Here comes 2021 Prestige that puts the Giants biggest offseason acquisition into Big Blue,
Kenny Golladay finally wearing the right uniform. No more of those Lions colors. I was finally able to acquire one in a blaster box break I did.

I also added these two as well.
Jabrill Peppers

and Pro Bowl TE Evan Engram. I still don't get how he got that vote when other Giants were much more deserving and were snubbed.

I also found that Golladay is also featured in 2021 Luminance in Giants colors that I will need as well. I just hope Panini will hurry up and get Kadarius Toney in blue as well.

Do you guys like seeking new players in your teams colors like me?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


In the last part of my Dave Brown pickups from the 90's, today we are tackling one my first 1997 Collectors Edge Marauders.

This was one of those inserts I had hoped to find in packs but no such luck.

When I got this card in from Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace, where I saved 10% off by using code 15Burbank, I didn't know what to expect since I had never seen one before.

It was actually a really nice surprise.

The card is super thick and features a motion background that gives out a 3D vibe. 

There are two players on the card, one on each side, that I don't know what the connection is yet to them. Maybe there isn't one.

There are 25 cards in this set falling 1:20 in the Super Premium Packs only.

I am not sure if this would be a fun set to collect or not, but since I liked this one so much, who knows what I may do. But, for now, I plan to focus on grabbing some more 90's Giants inserts.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Giant Trade!

It's Sunday which means we are one more week closer to football and I am stoked for this upcoming season. If the Giants can stay healthy in the three preseason games, I feel they can make a push in this division. Of course a lot of that also falls on the shoulders on Daniel Jones who is the quarterback with the most to prove this season.

Recently, I did a HUGE trade with the great Valley Of Cards which gave both of us things we really wanted.

Today, I am showing off all of the Giants cards I landed in the deal while the rest of the trade will be shown off on the other blogs as it doesn't relate to Big Blue.
First up is this banger. A /20 White Sparkle from 2019 Prizm of Giants legend Lawrence Taylor.

Next card continues to grow my Eli Manning PC with this jersey card.

Next, another Evan Engram rookie autograph. I keep hoping he is going to show his full potential (though he made the Pro Bowl last year) but every time that happens, he drops an important catch in a game. I still feel his time is coming and he will explode.

The final card is this Sterling Shepard autograph. One of many I have of the Shep.

Big thanks goes out to my buddy Valley for the trade so I was able to add these Giants to my collection. I look forward to our next trade.

Some great additions today that I will need to update some numbers on overall. Hopefully I can tackle that soon and update my overall Giants collection on here before football season starts and I am overly distracted.

Saturday, July 24, 2021


There was always one team in the 90's the Giants played that gave me nightmares, that team, their rival the Dallas Cowboys.

Not only did the Cowboys always found a way to beat the Giants, sometimes embarrassingly, but it always felt that Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders were the main reasons why.

Today's card came from 1997 Pro Line and features one of those said players.

Deion always found a way to hurt the Giants. Whether it was as a receiver, a kick/punt returner or as a defender. He was always a pain in the Giants side.

Of course a lot of the times having Dave Brown as your QB didn't help the Giants cause either. But, he did have a great game in the late 1996 matchup surprising the Cowboys with a 20-6 victory.

The Rivalries insert was made up of 20 cards and fell 1:35 packs. Dave Brown was the only Giant featured in the set.

I was able to add this card cheap at Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace where I saved 10% by using code 15Burbank at checkout.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Rise Up!

2020 was a year we would like to all forget and I am sure one NY Giants RB would like to as well.

Last year was a rough one for Saquon Barkley. The first week against the Steelers was far from stellar and Week 2 wasn't any better. Especially since he got injured and tore his ACL putting him out for the entire 2020 season. I felt his pain since I tore mine in high school football.

Hopefully, he can Rise Up from the injury in 2021.

Rise Up was a memorabilia card in 2020 Score. I didn't add too many autograph or jersey cards of Giants in 2020 so adding some is in order and this one was a great start. 

This one I acquired in a larger trade from my father which I will show the remaining goods from that trade over at Cards Over Coffee.

My hope is that Saquon will be the same player as he was in 2018, his rookie year. It's hard to tell how a player with a major injury will play once they return. I just hope the Giants give him all the time he needs to heal completely before throwing him back out there. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Shiny Dave

When scrolling through NY Giants cards on Burbank Sportcards recently, I came to a realization that my Giants collection had a big gap in it and I had no idea how.....the late 90's could be it!

The late 90's, which I consider 1995-1999, is my favorite collecting era of all-time and I couldn't believe my lack of NY Giants cardboard in that era.

In order to fill in gaps, I was thinking about searching for cheaper players first. For a very low budget collector, it seemed to be the most obvious thing to do.

The first Giant that came to mind from that era, was Giants QB Dave Brown. So I went Dave Brown hunting and came across a few cards I snagged. Two of which I will save for other days.

Today, I thought I would show off a shiny beauty in a 1997 Topps Chrome refractor.
The Topps Chrome refractors in 1997 fell 1:12 packs which equals out to only 2 per box. Much different than todays where you get tons.

The back side of the card shows stats and a long write up. It also includes the R standing for refractor next to the card number at the bottom.

I was able to add this card and the others cheap at Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace where I saved 10% by using code 15Burbank at checkout.

The other two Dave Brown snags will be shown off in the next few days.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lightning Strike

Despite being a Top 10 pick, a Super Bowl MVP, 2x Super Bowl champ, 2x Pro Bowler, almost 200 career TD passes, and owning more than 10 NY Giants team records, Phil Simms doesn't quite get the hobby respect you would think he has earned.
Most Simms cards you can add to your collection for pretty much next to nothing for his accolades, that's even in comparison to my Rodney Hampton collection that is more costly.

This beautiful autograph you see above, $10. Yes, you read it right, I landed it for $10. I thought I had a steal but comparing it to other Simms autographs, it seems I am right in the same ballpark range as most of his autographs go for $40 and under. That once again is mind blowing to me.

Even though my favorite Giants QB will always be Eli, I will always welcome Phil Simms cards and autograph cards when they come at a cost like this.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

It's Been LEAKed!

One of my goals as a collector of NY Giants football cards, is not just accumulating all of the cards I can without duplicates, but it is acquiring an autograph of every player I can that ever put on Giants blue.

I have two specifics, the players must be wearing either a college uniform or obviously, Giants blue.

One of the players I needed from last year was Javon Leake.

Javon was signed by the Giants as an undrafted Free Agent in 2020. He was cut before the season started despite Coach Judge having strong feelings for him after he showed some flash. 

Shortly after, he tried to catch on with the Washington Football Team but didn't quite make it there.

I actually wished the Giants had given him the opportunity because of Saquon's injury last year. He may have given them an extra boost, maybe he will come back to the practice squad this year.

I was finally able to add his autograph for $5 thanks to Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace where I saved 10% by using code 15Burbank at checkout. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

My First 2021 Card

I am slacking when it comes to posting on here and wanted to share this card when I first got it. It was more magical at that time when I acquired it.

Even though the celebration happened awhile ago, May 18th to be exact, it's still nice to share my first card with the rest of you anyways.

This is a 2021 Score Gold Zone parallel /50 of Sterling Shepard that costed me $2.25 to acquire. 

On top of the great Score photography, their parallels always add some shimmer and shine and are attractive in-hand. I always start off my Giants new card season by picking some up.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Home & Away

In my latest trade with fellow collector @CardpocalypseNC, I acquired a couple really cool Eli Manning cards.

Back in 2018, Score football included a memorabilia set known as Home & Away where each player featured in the set had two different cards.

One card featured their player in their home jersey and included a swatch of said jersey.

While the other card featured the player in the away jersey with a swatch of that said jersey.

I thought this was an excellent idea by Panini to have a set like this and I was hoping to see this kind of concept built upon.
But sadly up to this point, Score 2018 was the only one to include this fun aspect.

I think the only way to possibly improve upon this is to put these cards dual sided.

Thanks again to Tim for the trade with these in it. They have their permanent home (not away) now.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Unintentional Rainbow Chase:2014 Topps Chrome Xavier Grimble

Everyone ready for another Unintentional Rainbow Chase post? Let's do it then!

I bought a lot of 2014 Topps Chrome in hopes to chase as many of the Giants First Round WR Odell Beckham Jr as I possibly could.

But, instead, my luck landed me the Giants undrafted rookie free agent Xavier Grimble. Xavier never hit the field with the team and was cut before the start of the season as the Giants figured out who they wanted as their TE's to replace Pascoe and Myers and Grimble wasn't in their plans.
I landed four different parallels of Xavier that year. I guess I will look at it as, once a Giant, always a Giant.

Here are the overall finds for Chrome Refractors in 2014:
Base,Base Refractor, Blue Wave Refractor, Green Refractor, Orange Refractor, Purple Refractor, X-Fractor, STS Camo Refractor /499, BCA Pink Refractor /399, Pulsar Refractor, Black Refractor /299, Blue Refractor /199, Sepia Refractor /99 (Hobby), Gold Refractor /50, Red Refractor /25, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Here is what I have so far,
Base,Base Refractor, Blue Wave Refractor, Green Refractor, Orange Refractor, Purple Refractor, X-Fractor, STS Camo Refractor /499, BCA Pink Refractor /399, Pulsar Refractor, Black Refractor /299, Blue Refractor /199, Sepia Refractor /99 (Hobby), Gold Refractor /50, Red Refractor /25, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Not too far into this chase, my chase by accident. It shouldn't be too much if I decide to make it a full time chase as I doubt others are seeking him and he is affordable. Being 7 years later though, the super may not be easy to hunt down.

Since the Giants, Grimble has played for 5 other teams with his longest and best stint with the Steelers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Unintentional Rainbow Chase: 2017 Optic Davis Webb

Davis Webb was supposed to be the face of the NY Giants after Eli Manning retired, but instead he became the face of my latest Unintentional Rainbow segment.

I may only have three, but it's a start of something that could grow big pretty easily as they are affordable.

Here is the overall chase,
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.

Here is what I have remaining,
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.

If you have any of my needs and are up for a PWE trade, please contact me via email at