Just like on football cards, everybody’s attention seemed to be on Tom Brady Sunday evening in Gillette Stadium.
Now part of that was due to the drama about the gash on his hand held shut by some stitches, but we all know that the drama of him and the New England Patriots potentially reaching another Super Bowl and possibly getting a record-by-himself sixth Super Bowl ring was a big deal, too.
That Super Bowl trip is happening with a 24-20 come-from-behind victory, and that’s because of two fourth-quarter touchdown catches from Danny Amendola, who might have the toughest Rookie Card to find of all the Patriots.
Jon Gruden‘s return to the Oakland Raiders looks to be a pricey one when it comes next week — a mere 10-year contract worth close to $100 million.
One thing the former coach turned analyst turned coach again might not be doing anytime soon after signing that massive deal, though, is signing autographs for card companies — but thankfully for collectors he’s already got a heavy volume of ink out there (at least for a coach) from more than a decade ago if they want one.
If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com begins its Black November sales today.
Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are 10 boxes that caught this collector’s eye.
2010 USA National Teams (2009 Team) Baseball Box Set
There have been plenty of USA Baseball products in the last decade and this one is the one that went a bit high-end. Why? The talent. Among the autographs you can find here are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, Kolten Wong, Jameson Taillon and Albert Almora. This box carries a pretty hefty discount but all those key autos are still in there.
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One of the NBA’s most-successful big men and under-rated talents has retired.
A member of the San Antonio Spurs for 19 seasons, Tim Duncan was a five-time NBA champ, a two-time league MVP, a three-time Finals MVP, a 15-time All-Star and his next stop will undoubtedly be the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
He averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds and three assists a game for his career and retires as the Spurs’ career leader in games, minutes, field goals, rebounds, blocks, points and plenty more. He’s also a guy who’s not signed autographs much at all in recent years as he’s turned down impressive amounts per sig from card companies.
What happens when a guy isn’t an All-Star but becomes an All-Star but isn’t an All-Star even when he’s an All-Star but then is allowed to be All-Star after all?
He scores two goals and wins the All-Star Game MVP, and that’s precisely what happened with John Scott on Sunday night.
The tale of a journeyman’s route to the NHL All-Star Game is one that had a lot of ups and downs and seemingly a lot of politics. (It’s a story that SBNation initially was all over here.) The basics? A fan vote led to a guy who’s played for six teams in eight seasons with 11 career points making the team. Then, when he was traded and demoted, he was thought to be no longer eligible for the game. Then the NHL said he could play.
And that’s what he did, clearly capturing the fans in Nashville as he received the loudest ovation pre-game and had a few chants for him during the action besides his goal-scoring moments. (Oh, and his helmet from the event is headed to the Hall of Fame.)
When is a guy not an All-Star but an All-Star — yet not an All-Star even when he’s an All-Star?
When his name is John Scott.
The tale of a journeyman’s route to the NHL All-Star Game — but not — is one that has a lot of details and seemingly a lot of politics. (It’s a story that SBNation is all over here.) The basics? A fan vote led to a guy who’s played for six teams in eight seasons with 11 career points making the team. Then, when he was traded and demoted, he’s no longer eligible for the game.
And all this, naturally, had Buzz wanting a hockey card … and it turns out they’re selling pretty well for a 33-year-old journeyman