Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cam Newton, your 2015 NFL MVP

2015 NFL MVP - Cam Newton
Carolina Panthers - QB

It's been a wild ride this season, that is for sure! When the Panthers lost their #1 WR, Kelvin Benjamin in the pre-season many fans and critics alike discounted the Panthers chance at doing anything this season. Who was Cam Newton going to pass the ball to? Was the team going to rush out and sign a big name wide receiver?

Earlier this week Cam's father, Cecil, joined the local sports talk show set up on radio row out in San Jose, CA. Cecil told the guys that when Kelvin went down, Cam calmly told his father as well as his coach (Ron Rivera) and the front office staff (GM Dave Gettleman) that their answer was already there in the locker room.

Thanks in part to the team playing like a team, Cam was able to have his best season as a pro in the NFL. In his 5th year out of Auburn, Cam went on to rack up 35 passing TDs and added 10 more rushing TDs. He threw for 3,837 years with 10 interceptions. His Quarterback rating for the season was an impressive 99.4%.

However it's not all about stats and it's not all about an individual award. Cam knows he is only successful when the team is successful. Cam has grown up a lot in front of my eyes since joining the team five years ago. He carries himself in a way that I envy. What I mean by that is that he catches a lot of flak. He is a very polarizing player. I have much sports hate for Tom Brady...but that's because the guy is a good QB. A lot of people just seem to have hate for Cam Newton. I don't know what it is and why people seem to be so hateful towards him, but Cam just brushes it off and continues about his business...winning football games.

It's been a great year for Cam and the rest of the Carolina Panthers. I'm so excited about him winning the MVP award, but of course the season isn't over. There is still one game yet to be played. Until then however let's let Neil Diamond take us home...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Carolina Panthers are Super Bowl bound!

It's been over a week and a half since the Carolina Panthers knocked off the Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC Championship game...and I still have a hard time believing my team is playing in the Super Bowl this weekend.

Man, where do I even start? It's been a fun and wild ride through the 2015 NFL season. To think back to how our season began, losing WR Kelvin Benjamin before the 1st game, no one thought this team would be this good. I believe however one of the things that sets this team apart from other NFL teams is their heart and their teamwork. I know it sounds cliche to say "let's win this for the team", but all season long these guys have been there for one another. The next man up mentality has never been truer, especially with the late season injuries to Charles "Peanut" Tillman, Bene Benwikere, Jaren Allen and a host of other guys.

Even the rookies have stepped up and added something to this team. The image above is the 2015 Topps Chrome team set, but this really doesn't do this team justice. Where's Thomas Davis?! Roman Harper, Kurt Coleman, Ted Ginn Jr., Jericho Cotchery, Jared Allen? 

All long this Panthers fan has had to listen to the critics and the media downplay this team. Even though the team kept winning all I heard is "who have they played?". When they beat Seattle and Green Bay, it was "oh, those teams were going through a slump" or "those teams aren't that good this year". With the exception of the one game in Atlanta against the dirty birds, this team has overcome all odds and come out with the victory. 

Needless to say I'm on cloud 9 and I can't wait for this weekend. It ought be a good game and my prediction for the night will be by the time the game is over, this song will be played all through out the Carolinas...

Panthers 31, Broncos 14

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Waiting Game Begins!

It's been awhile since I've played the redemption waiting game w/ Topps, but here I stand on the threshold of entering a new code. I've held true (for the most part) about staying away from baseball posts during this off season, so this redemption isn't for the latest Braves auto or relic...nope it's for my first WWE auto in quite some time.

While I'm not the biggest WWE fan or collector in the world, professional wrasslin' has been a guilty pleasure of mine since I was a little. I have many fond memories of going to my grandfather's house for the annual WCW StarCade PPV. This Neville kid reminds me of the older style wrestlers in some ways so it's pretty cool that this redemption card turned up to be for a card of his.

So let the waiting commence! Code has been entered as of this evening. How long will it take? Will I even get the card I'm supposed to? Perhaps I should put up the little "Redemption Card Watch" gadget on the sidebar?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Trade w/ Lifetime Topps Project

Finding a little more free time around the holidays, I've gotten time to get myself a little more organized. I've finally got some of my Allen & Ginter and Gypsy Queen sets in pages and dedicated binders, updated my want and trade lists and even made a few trades with fellow bloggers.

One of the latest trades that seemed to get lost in the shuffle of the holiday season was a trade w/ Charlie from Lifetime Topps Project. I went through his want list looking to help him out w/ some of his Topps needs and in return he was able to help me knock off a nice chunk of 2013 Topps Archives. That's a set I would like to actively collect more of, but I try not to bite off more than I can chew.

Since the end of the baseball season and with the Carolina Panther's historic season I haven't paid much attention to baseball cards. It's always nice however to knock out large parts of your want list. In fact with this trade a few others it's got me really pumped for the 2016 season of cards. This year I hope to be ready and even drop a few pre-orders on boxes before the prices get out of hand!

Thanks Charlie for the help w/ Archives. Maybe we can do this again one day.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Want List Updated

I've been doing a lot of "catch up" work lately and this includes finally getting some older A&G and GQ sets in pages/binders. While working on this I realized that my 2012 A&G Want List, while featured all the inserts and minis I was looking, the base cards I had never listed.

I grabbed a few things from Check Out My Cards this evening, but my base set is still lacking several cards. I'm hoping some of you guys still have some base cards lying around and don't mind trading for them. I updated my Trade List today after making a few trades and listing some new 2015 Topps inserts and parallels. I've got lots of A&G and GQ minis that I'm hoping someone will take off my hands too.

If you're interested please drop me a line.

Friday, December 11, 2015

$30 Trade Completed

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail out of the blue from Robert at $30 A Week Habit. He was looking to fill in some holes in his 2015 Allen & Ginter set and in exchange was offering up a few cards I needed, but also some inserts.

Trying to get collectors to part ways w/ A&G inserts can be tough at times. Thankfully Robert was looking more for base cards as well as the Starting Points inserts so we were able to work out a deal benefiting both of us.

Topps never ceases to amaze me with the themes each year of the A&G inserts. Even the full size inserts captured my attention this year. I particularly like the Ancient Armory and Menagerie of the Mind. 

It's been awhile since I've completed a trade so I appreciate Robert reaching out. Between his trade and putting my 2015 GQ cards in pages and a binder yesterday its got me a little more active on the card front than I have been in months. I find that a little odd since baseball is over and all. With my Braves trading away everyone on the team as it seems I'm not all that excited about the upcoming season. I guess it's just the thrill of completing a page. Up next is getting more older GQ and A&G sets finally in pages.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen in the book!

While my job keeps me busier now than I've been in a long time, some days when I work from home things just seem to go smoother than others. Today was one of those days. I found myself finishing up w/ some of my work a little earlier than I anticipated and immediately began wondering what should I do w/ this rare "free time" I had on my hands. I've been wanting to clean off a shelf in my office and bring in a radio...and what just happened to be sitting on said shelf? My stacks of 2015 GQ. Already collated (for the most part), I hadn't got around to putting them in one of my GQ binders. Today that finally changed!

It's been awhile since I've sat down and put cards in pages, but as I did so I realized just how many cards I still need to complete the base set, let alone the full set w/ the SPs. I know it's pretty late in the year, but if anyone has any GQ commons and willing to dump them, sell them or trade them let me know! I updated the Want List this afternoon just to make sure it was up to date.

I've got plenty of GQ minis and more to trade. I haven't been doing much trading over the last 6 months so I'll trade heavy in your favor if you can help me out w/ some commons. Let me know, drop me a line!