While I haven't been checking out the blogging biosphere tooo much lately, I've at least continued to help COMC with their inventory efforts. February produced my latest batch of cards resulting from that assistance.
According to COMC's statistics, I've thus far accumulated 685,965 points, good for about $685 ($1 COMC cash for every 1,000 points) which I've since converted into 624 cards purchased to date. I'm actually in 47th place on the all-time leaderboard for their inventory challenge.
As for my February order, my selection of more than 50 cards was all over the board. They ranged from San Diego Padres and Tony Gwynn cards, to Packers, Wild, autographs, and political pieces of printed cardboard.
I'll begin my February COMC package with scans of my most favorite Padre of all, Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwynn.
It's possible to say I found a few Tony Gwynns aplenty, beginning with retro cards relating to his college days as a San Diego State Aztec (I'll be getting back to this Aztec theme later). The three SDSU cards include his 2009 Press Pass Fusion (#3), 2014 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary Silver (#37) and 2015 Panini Contenders (#91). I also picked up his 2015 Donruss Tony Gwynn Tribute (#5), the only card of this mini-set I didn't have yet, as well as a 1998 Leaf (#166), and a 2003 Topps Retired Signature (#30).
I also updated my Padres player collection with the addition of a 2016 Donruss Optic Travis Jankowski RC (#57), 2004 Absolute Memorabilia Akinori Otsuka RC (#211) S/N 346/1000, 2016 Topps Heritage Chrome Alexei Ramirez (#THC606) S/N 978/999, 2016 Bowman Prospects Yellow Ruddy Giron (#BP20), 2007 Artifacts Divisional Artifacts Trevor Hoffman jersey (#HO) S/N 23/199, 2009 Sweet Spot Everth Cabrera Autograph RC (#109) S/N 251/699, 2014 Elite Turn of the Century Autographs Reymond Fuentes (#85), and a 2007 Sweet Spot Kevin Cameron Autograph RC (#129).
Otsuka, a pitcher who I enjoyed watching pitch and who toiled from the San Diego bullpen from 2004-05, now serves as their Triple-A bullpen coach at El Paso. As for the Cameron Sweet Spot helmet card, I just felt it was especially sweet.
Since we're now in our fourth year as Iowa Wild hockey ticketholders, we're seeing more and more of our players moving up to (and sticking with) the Minnesota Wild. So, I decided to go off onto another collective bent and start collecting autographs and rookie cards of those players we've seen skating here at Wells Fargo Arena. I already have autographed sticks and programs these players have autographed over the years during team autograph sessions, but I felt having certified autos and nice RCs of these players would be a nice touch, too.
So, the only stipulation to this new Iowa Wild collection is the fact each player must have played at Iowa, since it stands to reason we would of seen him continue his Wild career through Minnesota's AHL affiliated.
So, what better place to begin, than with a 2011-12 Panini Contenders NHL Ink Brett Bulmer (#24), 2012-13 Fleer Retro Autographics 1996-97 (96JF), 2002-03 BAP Signature Series RC (#187), 2011-12 Dominion Carson McMillan RC (#121) S/N 062/199, 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Retro Phenoms Autographs Tyler Cuma (Wolf Logo) (#RPTC1), and a 2012-13 Certified Signatures Cody Almond (#37).
My autographed goalie trifecta displaya 2013-14 Dominion Private Signings Darcy Kuemper (#PSUE) S/N 144/199, 2013-14 Score Hot Rookie Signatures Johan Gustafsson (#748), 2007-08 Be a Player Signatures Josh Harding (#SHA), 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Christopher Bertschy RC(#60) S/N 183/399), 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Green Script Mike Reilly RC (#276), 2016 Upper Deck MVP Mike Reilly RC (#276), and a 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Retro Mike Reilly (#551)
When it comes to the rookie cards for these lads, you can't beat these 2015-16 Upper Deck Michael Keranen RC (#466), 2012-13 Upper Deck Warren Peters RC (#230), 2012-13 Upper Deck Tyler Cuma RC (#228), 2012-13 Certified Jason Zucker RC (#144) S/N 396/999, 2013-14 SPx Mathew Dumba RC (#139), 2011-12 Panini Contenders Carson McMillan RC (#172) S/N 747/999, and a 2014-15 Spx Christian Folin RC (#129).
During my last shipment, I picked up a few Green Bay Packers autographed cards. Now I'm not too sure if I want to really attempt to collect all the Packers autos.
In any case, I did pick up a few nice ones with a 2009 SP Authentic Quinn Johnson RC (#324) S/N 766/999, 2006 Sweet Spot Signatures Ingle Martin (#IM), 2005 Ultimate Collection Terrence Murphy RC (#209) S/N 26/225, and a 2013 Momentum Rookie Signatures Johnathan Franklin RC (#212) S/N 329/399. Like Cameron's Sweet Spot San Diego Padres helmet auto, I really like that Inge Martin Packer helmet auto. It's just too bad he couldn't of done a lot more during his brief stint as a Packer.
I also added a few RC to the collection, both for tradebait, and for a few team-collecting friends. They include these 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns of Nick Shore RC (#216), Nickolay Goldobin RC (#453), and Frank Vatrano RC (#455), 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Update Artemi Panarin RC (#U45) and Max Domi RC (#U35). And then there's a trio of football cards, with a 2015 Topps T.J. Yeldon (#430A), 2015 Prestige Ameer Abdullah RC (#203B), and a 2015 Topps Nelson Agholor RC (#146A).
And finally, remember how I began this blog with the Tony Gwynn San Diego State baseball cards? I'll now conclude it with this 2011 Sweet Spot Rookie Signatures Vincent Brown (#RVSB), S/N141/599. And again, like the Padres helmet and Packers' helmet auto, I really do like this San Diego state helmet auto. Considering I almost went to San Diego State during the time we lived here, the Aztecs are one of the teams I actually follow on college football Saturdays. Rocky Long has done one heck of a job with this team.