Whenever I sit down to write, I'll ask myself... "will anyone actually read this?". And after years of looking at my blog statistics, I've noticed that unless it's a Flea Market Find, my non-baseball posts receive about 40 to 60% less views compared to my baseball posts. That's why 95% of the posts I write involve baseball.
But not today. Today I feel obligated to write about football, since over one hundred million people will sit down and watch Tom Brady and Nick Foles square off in Super Bowl LIII.
I decided to show off my favorite football purchases I've made since last year's Super Bowl. To thin out the herd, I only selected cards that feature Super Bowl winners.
So without further adieu... here they are in chronological order:
Pickup #1: Bart Starr (Super Bowl I and II Champion)
1968 Topps #1 PSA 8 (OC)
As many of you know, my parents met in Wisconsin while they were in college and both of them were big Green Bay Packers fans. They even attended the very first Super Bowl back on January 15th, 1967. Bart Starr took home the Super Bowl MVP Award that day.
One of my favorite Bart Starr cards is his 1968 Topps card. I grabbed this graded copy back in March for $23.06 (+ $3 shipping), but technically I didn't have to pay anything since I used my eBay Bucks certificate.
Pickup #2: Bob Lilly (Super Bowl VI Champion)
2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Autograph #NNO
Back in June of 2017, I went on a huge sports card shopping spree to help me take my mind off of my best friend moving to Oregon. This was one of the first purchases I made.
A few months earlier, my niece had decided to commit to Texas Christian University, so I decided to track down a Bob Lilly autograph since he's a TCU alum. I was surprised that this 11x Pro Bowler and Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member has such an affordable autograph. I won this card in an eBay auction for $8.25 (+ $2.49 shipping) back on June 17th, 2017.
1986 Topps #161
I grew up watching Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers dominate the NFL. Couldn't stand the team... but truly admired the first ballot hall of famer. This card is one of my favorite football cards sitting in my collection.
This card wasn't cheap, but it was well worth the price. I won this card on eBay for $104.27 (+ $4 shipping) the day after I picked up the Lilly.
Pickup #4: Bart Starr (Super Bowl I and II Champion)
2001 UD Legends Autograph #BSr
As a Green Bay Packers fan, you truly can never have enough Bart Starr cards in the collection. This time I added another on-card autograph to the PC.
Four days after I picked up the Jerry Rice, I submitted a $70 (+ $2.67 shipping) offer to an eBay vendor and he accepted.
Pickup #5: Larry Csonka (Super Bowl VII and VIII Champion)
2016 Panini Classics Canton Collections Swatches #7 (#'d 01/99)
I don't collect Miami Dolphins, but I do collect special serial numbered cards. I found this "first card in the run" relic card of the hall of fame fullback at the Serramonte Mall Card, Toys, and Collectibles Show back on June 24th.
This card was part of a 3 for $10 deal. The main card was the Mel Ott relic, but the Csonka and Bunning cards are cool too.
Pickup #6/#7: Brett Favre (Super Bowl XXXI Champion)
1991 Fleer Ultra #283 PSA 10
1991 Pro Set Spanish #262 PSA 10
Brett Favre will always be considered one of my favorite Green Bay Packers of all-time... right up there with Aaron Rodgers and James Lofton.
I picked up these two PSA 10 rookie cards back in July when I placed a pretty large order with 4 Sharp Corners. The Ultra was $13.59 and the Spanish Pro Set was $16.79. One of these days, I'll add his Stadium Club to my graded card collection.
Pickup #8: Jerry Rice (Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX Champion)
1986 McDonald's Green Tab #NNO
I showed off this card earlier in the week, but it's so awesome I figured it's worthy of two posts in one week.
In case you missed the post, my buddy traded it to me last weekend at the card show I was at. It fits nicely into my hall of fame rookie card collection along with his 1986 Topps card.
Well... that's it for now. Today is the first time in years that I won't be attending a Super Bowl party, which means that I probably won't watch the entire game. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to watching the commercials and hopefully taking home some money in our staff Super Bowl pool.
What about you...
What's the best thing about Super Bowl Sunday? The company? The game? The commercials? The food? The pool? Something else?
Happy Sunday and sayonara!