Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1992 Maxx NASCAR

Maxx with their 5th NASCAR set. This set features 300 cards and 14 cards in a pack. This set features Jeff Gordon rookie card. I wonder how many got those 3D acrylic cards?
157 - Eddie Dickerson - I like the red borders on the cards. Also due to card stock the edges are prone to chipping. Shows the last name on the front then full name on the back. Even crew chiefs get a card in this set.
40 - Tom Kendall - former IMSA GTU champion and SCCA Trans Am champion ran only road courses in Cup series. He drove for Felix Sabates replacing Kyle Petty who broke his leg earlier in the year. He, too, would suffer leg injuries, much worse than Kyle, later in the year in IMSA race at Watkins Glen. He has done racing analysts and hosted a TV show.
45 - Irv Hoerr - another road course specialist. Former IMSA driver drove the only two road courses on the schedule along with his only oval race in NASCAR.
49 - Stanley Smith - had bad accident at Talladega in 1993 surviving basal skull fracture, the same head injury that killed Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnet.
53 - Bobby Hillin, Jr. - a driver that plateau'd very quick in NASCAR. He drove for four teams that year. The one pictured was for Felix Sabates replacing injured Kyle Petty. Two years later Petty would get in Hillin face after a wreck in Daytona.
57 - Jeff Burton - racing in Grand National series during this time. He would move up few years later and become a winner in Cup series. Look at that schedule and compare it to current one. Lots of short tracks such as Barberville, Hickory, South Boston, Myrtle Beach to name a few. That what made Grand National series exciting at the time. Now they race same tracks as Cup series with few non-Cup tracks races such as Iowa.
237 - Leo Jackson and Eddie Lanier - the "All-Star" card featuring NASCAR All-Pro. It went to drivers, owners, crew chiefs, engine builders, and tire changers. Both of them are engine builders.
233 - Mark Martin - 3rd team All-Pro in 91 season for him
229 - Beth Bruce - one of two Ms. Winston (NASCAR sponsor at the time)
225 - Winston Kelley - racing reporters get cards
221 - Ned Jarrett - NASCAR legend and champion turn broadcaster.
297 - Checklist No. 3
277 - Race 12 (Pocono) - DW celebrates his victory with his wife. Back of the card features the race top 10 qualifiers, finishers, and post-race point standings along post race summary.
289 - Race 25 (North Wilkesboro) - Dale Earnhardt takes victory celebrating with car owner Richard Childress.

I miss good 80s and 90s NASCAR.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016 Topps WWE

The 2016 Topps WWE set consists of 100 base cards, featuring wrestling stars of the past and present.  There are also inserts, autographs, memorabilia and manufactured relic cards.  The base set card backs feature a short write-up on the respective wrestling star, along with height, weight and hometown.
The pack started with some "Stratusfaction," courtesy of Trish Stratus.  She's a 7 time WWE Women's champ, a Hall of Famer and one of the best all-around women ever in wrestling.
"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair was next.  He is credited as a 16 time World Heavyweight champ, but other counts have him at 22 or more even.  No matter the number confusion, Flair is truly an elite wrestling star.
Doink was one of the most colorful characters inside the ring.  Portrayed by a handful of wrestlers, Doink had a nice first run in the WWE and continues to make sporadic appearances.
"The Beast from the East" Bam Bam Bigelow was incredibly agile and athletic for a man his size.  His flame-tattooed head made him one of the most recognizable wrestlers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 National Hockey Card Day USA

Today, February 18th, 2017 is National Hockey Card Day in both the USA and Canada. How it works is, if you visit a participating hobby shop, you get some free hockey cards. Pretty simple, no? They've been doing it since 2009 in Canada and 2012 in the USA, but since I just began to collect hockey, this is my first one participating. I'm not sure how big a deal it is, but I didn't roll into my local shop until 3 PM and I was the first one to ask for them. Hopefully it will continue because let's face it, all card collectors love oddball issues. I was afraid they were going to be all sold out-even more so when I discovered that somebody had come in and purchased just about every hockey box in the shop since my last visit a month ago-but I was lucky.

The set primarily includes American born players on American teams, but the Toronto Maple Leafs make an appearance with Auston Matthews being both card #1 in the set, and a special bonus card #16 that usually only comes with a purchase of UD cards, but since I've been a regular at my shop for 17 years, and they had no more hockey cards to purchase, I got one of them too.

The set is not just current players, there are retired legends as well. There are also some super rare autographs as well but I was not lucky enough to pull any of them.

One thing to watch out for, about half the cards I pulled had damage on the back, this was something done at the UD factory, because of the fact that the cards underneath them did not always have damage.
First out of my first pack was Jimmy Vesey, a rookie on the New York Rangers.
Following him was Bill Guerin, one of the legends in the set.
Dylan Larkin came next...and appeared in my second pack as well. I know it's a small set at only 15 base cards, but a duplicate is still a bit disappointing.
Zach Werenski followed Larkin
And the final player card was another legend, Ed Olczyk
Although not counted as part of the pack, each pack I opened also included a checklist card, which is great. I love checklists.
Here's the back of the regular cards. The one thing I would have done differently was include the player's hometown. After all, the set is built around American hockey players, so it would have been nice info to include.
As an added bonus, here is the Auston Matthews bonus card that doesn't come in a pack. It is my first official hockey card of him, as he previously only appeared in my multi-sport collection. My first cards of Vesey and Werenski as well!
And that's pack #1. If you want to see pack #2, and the basketball cards I got at my trip to the store for these cards, head on over to my own blog, Cardboard History, where I'm going to copy and paste the majority of this post and then build on it.

Friday, February 17, 2017

1991 Maxx NASCAR

NASCAR season coming up. The truth I used to watch and follow it, but haven't done in years because the product is awful and idiot Brian France listening to TV and sponsorship people than fans. Enough of the rant.

Maxx produced NASCAR cards back in the day. This pack feature 15 cards.
147 - Robert Pressley - back of card featured commentary of the driver along how many races he ran and finish in the top 10. Pressley was racing in Grand National series during that time. He would move up to main series replacing a retiring Harry Gant but had little success in the car.
127 - Memorable Moments - mention of Derrick Cope, who stunningly won Daytona 500 in 1990, and Michael Waltrip for having a bright future. The picture was from Talladega.
107 - Jimmy Cox - NASCAR official who hold stop and go sign at end of pit row. He passed away few years ago. Back of the card feature "Mini Faxx" of past happenings
111 - Buddy Parrott - a successful crew chief have sent drivers to victory lane
131 - Robbie Loomis - long time crew chief of Richard Petty Racing
151 - Don Bierschwale - ran a team with his son Eddie driving the car. Interesting fact he runs funeral parlor.
171 - 1990 Race #2 - Mark Martin winning at Richmond before the race became a night race fixture
191 - 1990 Race #21 - The Intimidator takes victory at Darlington
195 - 1990 Race #25 - Mark Martin wins at North Wilkesboro, a track NASCAR no longer race. Strange how successful Jack Roush Racing back in the 90s and 2000s and they are struggling right now.
175 - 1990 Race #6 - the late Davey Allison celebrates with his father Bobby after winning at Bristol. Bristol would get a makeover as first NASCAR track to install ights and became Saturday night race.
155 - Billy Stavola - one half of Stavola Brothers who ran a race team til 2000
135 - Paul Andrews - known for being crew chief of late Alan Kulwicki who won NASCAR championship in 1992. Still involved to this day help running ARCA team.
115 - Doug Williams
119 - Ed Berrier - mainstay of Grand National series have one career win. Did drive in main series but did not stick long
139 - Joe Nemechek - nicknamed "Front Row" Joe for qualifying the car in the front row. Won Grand National title in 92 before going full time in Cup series few years later. He won career of 4 races all with different teams.

Those were good ol' day of Maxx.