Time flies by when you don't have to work. This week has been filled with ups and downs. I opened up my wallet and participated in Lego's VIP weekend. I also made several eBay card related purchases... which is something I really haven't been doing in 2020. My most expensive purchase of the week was a new water heater. It wasn't planned... but considering it's been thirteen years since I replaced the other one... I can't complain.
Thanksgiving was pretty awesome. My friend delivered a traditional turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. I also hung out with my family on Zoom.
Then yesterday, I capped off my wonderful Thanksgiving Break by tweaking my back (AGAIN)... which ruined some plans I made... but it's something I've learned to deal with as I get older. I'm just hoping I can rest it up by Monday, since I'll be introducing a new unit to my students. Anyways... that recaps my week.
Here's a look at This Week in Blogging:
#1: Savoring Turkey Red
2020 Topps Turkey Red #TR-39
2020 Topps Turkey Red #TR-67
On Thanksgiving, Wrigley Wax showed off a ton of Turkeys and I realized just how much I enjoy this year's insert set. And after taking a few moments to think about it, I figured out why. It's because Topps hasn't been shoving them down our throats the past five years. This supports my belief that Topps should hold off on producing products like Gold Label, Tek, Triple Threads, Gypsy Queen, and Topps Gallery on a yearly basis.
#2: Fine Art
Speaking of Topps Gallery, Shoebox Legends showed off his Peyton Manning 2000 Gallery of Heroes insert earlier in the week, which reminded me that I hadn't published the set spotlight post I wrote back in early October. My non-baseball posts don't garnish a lot of views, so it became buried and forgotten.
Today seems like a good day to show it off...
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH1
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH2
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH4
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH5
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH6
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH7
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH8
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH9
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH10
The Gallery of Heroes inserts from the late 90's and early 2000's are some of my favorite inserts of all-time. They combine colorful acetate and superstar athletes to produce a collectible resembling the walls at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France.
2000 Topps Gallery Gallery of Heroes #GH3
I picked up this set five years ago for $15.99 (free shipping) on eBay... and the Favre was the card this purchase centered around.
On Monday, Peter K. Steinberg asked his readers if we are die-cut collectors and whether or not we thought die-cut cards were cool or overrated. I figured I'd just let this set do the talking.
#3: A Pair of Sayonara Salutes
2004 Fleer WWE Chaos Tuff Guys Memorabilia #TG-U
Outside of checking in on Asuka, I don't really follow wrestling. But I remember when The Undertaker first appeared in the WWF back in the early 90's and he was pretty cool.
This past Monday, I heard about his retirement over on Rebel Coyote's blog: Rebel Random Ramblings.
Sports Illustrated for Kids (July 1990) #163
Two days later, I read about the passing of soccer legend, Diego Maradona in an ESPN article.
1989-90 Kenner Sportstars
Two different goodbyes for two legendary athletes who played two very different sports... that I don't follow very closely. Enjoy your retirement Undertaker and rest in peace Mr. Maradona.
#4: Forgotten Treasure
With so many different things to collect, it's easy to let some things we've collected in the past fall through the cracks and be forgotten. This morning I saw a WNBA card over on Sportscards From The Dollar Store that took me back to the late 90's when I pulled this:
1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Gold Medallion #102
Like wrestling and soccer, I don't follow women's basketball very closely. But there was a time when I was ripping open packs searching for a Chamique Holdsclaw rookie card. I never pulled her Ultra rookie card, but I did pull the parallel of it seen above. Anyone else remember when this card was a big time pull?
#5: More Baseball Trivia
As I mentioned in last week's TWiB post... one of my favorite things about reading card blogs is learning new trivia. This week I read about Bill Freehan's five grand slams in 1968 over on John's Big League Baseball Blog. That feat is pretty darn impressive.
1988 Topps #2
It inspired me to see who holds the single season record. I discovered that Travis Hafner and Don Mattingly share the record with six. I didn't know about Hafner, but I did remember Topps celebrating Donnie Baseball's accomplishment with a card in 1988.
1987 Topps #500
The thing that's fascinating about Mattingly's record is that those six grand slams were the only ones he ever hit during his MLB career.
#6: Circle The Date
1986 Topps #260
Are you a fan of 80's baseball cards? If so, circle January 4th, 2021 on your calendars... because that's when Night Owl will start revealing his list of The Greatest 100 Cards of the 80's. I'm super excited to see if and where some of my personal favorites... like this Tony Pena... lands.
Well... that wraps up another This Week in Blogging post. Here are a few questions for you to ponder...
Are you a fan of this year's Turkey Red inserts?
Do you watch wrestling, soccer, or women's basketball? Do you have any personal favorites?
When you hear the words "grand slam", who is the first player that pops into your head?
What are some 80's baseball cards you're hoping to see on Night Owl's list?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!