Thursday, February 16, 2017

COMC Mailday Part 2: I Like Big Base (And I Cannot Lie)

In my last post, I showed off some of the cards from my latest COMC order. Tomorrow I'll discuss the additions to my 1956 Topps baseball set (I now have one card from every team that existed at the time.)

Before I get to that I'll wrap up my 'random finds' with this very thick football card:

Kurt Warner 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection base #d/80 ($2.58)

Kurt Warner was part of the recently announced Hall of Fame Class of 2017, along with LaDanian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Davis, Morten Andersen, Kenny Easley, and Jerry Jones. I didn't discuss the inductees at the time, or ahead of time like I did with baseball. That's because I really don't know what to make of the selection process. Tomlinson was a no-brainer, and I figured Taylor would get in eventually. I'm glad Andersen got the call (kickers are players, too!) but Davis and Easley surprised me because they each had such short careers, brilliant though they were.

As for Warner, I think the only reason I wasn't certain about him was that he got such a late start to his career. Both Warner and Warren Moon didn't become starting NFL QBs until their age 28 seasons. But Moon was still an above average passer into his 40's, Warner really only had six good years - three with the Rams and three with the Cardinals. He also played in three Super Bowls and was the MVP of the league and the Big Game in what was essentially his rookie year.

Warner was a great passer, a great rags to riches story, and a devout Christian (not that I am or am not, mind you.) My wife was a Los Angeles Rams fan back in the Jim Everett era, and she became a 'born-again' Rams fan during the Warner/Faulk/"Greatest Show on Turf" years. 

I always liked him.. and I really like this card. The gold ribbons on the sides are sort of like curtains on a stage, and the image really pops. Two things that seem kind of odd to me are the placement of the Upper Deck logo (ahem) and the serial numbering. Is it 8 out of 60?

Or is it 9 out of 80? (it's this one)

In any case, this Exquisite Kurt Warner card is the latest addition to my '"big base" PC.

(You knew it was coming.)

I'm always on the lookout for bargain-priced base cards from high-end sets like Exquisite, The Cup, Immaculate, Five Star, etc. I've seen a few from 2013 Topps Five Star for under a dollar, and I almost bought a Matt Forte for $0.55. But the thing about these thick cards is, the cost of protecting them can be prohibitive.

One-touch holders like these are available for $2 at my local comic book shop (they don't really sell cards but they have a good selection of storage supplies and the woman who runs the place is very nice.) A pack of ten 130pt top loaders costs over $5.

Which is why I have to be very selective when considering which big base to buy.

This is the only other football card I have in this PC. I may be a Packers fan, but I have a lot of respect for Adrian Peterson as a running back (As a father? Not so much.) No offense to Forte, but I'd rather save my pennies and buy these at $1.42 all day.

 I also have these two beautiful basketball cards from Panini Immaculate Collection:

Larry Legend is from 2014-15 Immaculate and cost $2.88. Dirk was $1.65, and the card claims to be from 2015-16 Panini Immaculate Collection even though his full '15-16 season stats are listed. Not sure how that's possible (Billy, can you help me out with this?)

I showed this one off a while ago, it's the only super thick baseball base card I have - and at $9.25 it's the most I've paid for a card in this collection.

That might not be entirely accurate. I don't remember how much I paid for these Devils base cards from The Cup, since I purchased them before joining COMC.

I got the Elias gold in a "pack" of The Cup (yes I bought a pack of The Cup in '05-06. Paid over $400 for it when I was a college student. But that's another story for another day.)

Two more Cup base cards - this Trevor Linden is from 2011-12 The Cup, and the Ovechkin is from the prior year.

They're a bit blurry because COMC shipped them sealed like this, and I didn't want to break 'em open just to scan.

Finally we have my Exquisite Collection.. collection. These were all acquired through COMC (though none of them were in this shipment)

There are 30 base cards in the "Black Diamond" series, one for every NHL team. So this here is one fifth of the set, and so far I've spent less than $10:

Gaudreau was $2.65
Schneider was $2.20
Stamkos was $2.05
Tarasenko was $1.44

Pavelski was $0.95

and the Blake Wheeler was...$0.45!

I wasn't planning to hoard these at the time, and I had no interest in this card of the Winnipeg Jets captain at first. The condition notes stated that there were "surface impressions" and a corner ding. That was enough to scare me off at a dollar. At 75 cents I still didn't bite. But when it was priced lower than junk wax I had to take a chance.

I still think it was 45 cents well spent.

Do you have any super thick base cards in your collection?



  1. That one's easy... Panini issues sets for the previous season well after it ends...The first two or three 16-17 sets were issued before the last two from 15-16 for example. I have lots of thick cards and as I don't use plastic with my cards it's no problem for me.

    1. That drives me nuts...but it makes sense. I think Upper Deck released "2015-16" The Cup hockey after they had already released some 2016-17 hockey sets. Its like they don't even care about continuity anymore.