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We Are Talking Sports Cards

Welcome to another We Are Talking Sports Cards. This week, gonna drop the cards and talk about sports…

On Sunday, January 11th, we watch the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos square off. I for one was stoked to see this game go down. What with Peyton Manning squaring off against his heir in Indy, Andrew Luck.

ESPN has covered the link between the two and their fathers what an interesting thing to have information on and the ability to track. It is like Ancestry.com NFL style.

I have to admit, I was attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I disliked Peyton and his volunteers when they played in the ’90s but once he went into the NFL, I became a fan of the student of the game. Or as he is sometimes referred to, The Sheriff.

The game however, gave us all a look at what I feel is the last time we will see Peyton Manning suited up and on the field of play in the NFL, the last time we will hear him scream “OMAHA” in-game.

End of an era in football. He has had a big influence on the game and you know see it and hear it everyday. Turn on SportsCenter and you will see that their breakdown of teams, especially defenses, you may hear Manning’s name brought up as he was great at studying and preparing for each defense, enough so that he could scream “OMAHA” and change up the play.

If he does intend to retire, count me as one of the fans of the game that will miss him.

On Sunday, January 4th, I saw my twitter feed go nuts. Stuart Scott had passed away. I was big fan of his. I remember watching him and how he added a flair to sports that I had a feeling, would spice up the sport even when there was nothing there to talk about on any given day.

His passing, although I have no real connection to the man, really hit home. Recently, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. When we found out, I was using Stuart as an example of how you can choose to live with it. How you can fight it and stay upbeat. I know there had to be tough days, but to see the things he did to fight, that was inspiring.

I will continue to use Stuart’s story as an example for my Dad and I hope to surround him with the support that he needs to continue the fight and to stay positive. Cry when he needs to but get back at it and keep fighting.

Rough time for me as a sports fan. Sorry for the sadness… I like to look at it, as one of those moments in life where I can step back and look at these two and many others in the sports world that, whether athlete, journalist, or fan, we all can play a part in inspiring good.

Cheers,
Ryan
@r9tee

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We Are Talking Sports Cards

Happy New Year everyone!

So I was on Twitter the other day and posted a picture of a Dual Auto Superfractor pulled by Doug over at Mojobreak. It wasn’t my card, but I like capturing it and sharing it with everyone on Twitter. Makes me feel like a part of the Card Collecting community.

I got a reply that said it was unfortunate that the autos were stickers.

So, here is your chance to let everyone know what your thoughts are on the subject… You get to choose between two evils. Over the next month, we will track your votes. Please only vote once, I would like to keep the data clean, who knows, maybe we can use this to help make this hobby better?

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My opinion

You know I have to give you my two cents, if you voted above you can forget reading what I have to say about it… If you don’t like my opinion, you can share yours by commenting below.

So here we go.

If I had to choose between Sticker Autos and Redemptions. I would choose…

Before I choose, let’s go over the pros and cons as I see it.

STICKER AUTOS

Two Pros

  1. This is a cheap and efficient way for manufacturers to gather the autographs of athletes. Send them a binder full of stickers and a few pens and offer them a given amount of money per auto.
  2. We don’t have to worry about not seeing some of our favorite vets or an up-and-coming prospect or rookie with autos in a product.

Two Cons

  1. Poor quality autos that fun off stickers.
  2. No “real” connection to the athlete, they didn’t handle the cards.

REDEMPTIONS FOR AUTOS (There should never be a redemption for a relic, if there is, the manufacturer should have to pay us for an empty promise)

Two Pros

  1. We will have a card in the end that the athlete will have handled.
  2. A redemption likely means an On Card auto.

Two Cons

  1. We could get burned and never have the redemption fulfilled (this happens way too often)
  2. What is a huge hit can be flipped for big money on ebay and the like and the new owner could get burned… (again this happens way too often)

There is a lot more to discuss here, but lets leave that for the comment section!

Cheers,
Ryan
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