Sunday, June 24, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Youkilis sketch cards don't show up too often, so I scooped this up as soon as I saw it. It is by Brian Kong who is one of the more well know artists featurede in the set. This is only my second Youkilis sketch card, but I do have another one of Josh Beckett. There is only one post left from this mail week, and it is my new favorite card, so be sure to check that out.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hey, everyone. This is, obviously, a list composed by me that highlights my personal top 5 video game athletes ever. Keep in mind that this list only includes athletes I've personally played as.
5. Damon Jones- ESPN NBA 2k5
This one is an interesting inclusion, to say the least. For starters, he's only ranked as around a 70 overall, and he's the Miami Heat's back up point guard. But man, he could drop 50 on you in a heartbeat. He had this absolutely nasty pull-up jumper, and he hit some rediculous 3's that for some reason if you shot them somewhere near the middle of the three-point-line they almost always went in . Not to mention some devastating fall away jumpers.
4. USC HB #25 (Reggie Bush)- NCAA Football 2006
Since it would violate NCAA regulations to release the games with the players names on them, sometimes the gamer is left to guess as to who they're playing as. Seeing this animal at HB for USC took no guessing as to who this was. Heck, 20youksox and I constantly used to fight over who got to play as USC, because having Bush on your team meant having a dominant weapon. His spin moves and jukes were ankle-breaking. I remember once I took a kickoff to the house using nothing but Speed and the spin move button. He could not be stopped.
3. Pablo Sanchez- Backyard Baseball
I've got to believe that everyone growing up in the 90's played this gem of a PC game at least once. The orginal version featured your typical and not-so-typical neighborhood kids squaring off on the diamond, and later versions went on to include licensed versions of the "pros as kids". Pablo Sanchez, however, was a boy in his own league. This pint-sized spanish speaker had the kind of swagger (with that menacing spanish AB music, and his flat-brimmed cap) that made you think twice about even pitching to him. The series ranked players in hitting, speed, defense, and pitching; this was done on a (insert skill level)/4 basis. He was 4/4 in every category except pitching, where he was 3/4. Aptly named "the secret weapon", he could hit anything thrown at him somewhere where the fielders simply weren't. And a lot of times, that somewhere was over trees, two lanes of trafic, and a stack of shipping crates. He was better than many of the pros in the later editions; but even then, the nostalgia of playing as Pablo in the original game is just a great feeling
2. Shaq- ESPN NBA 2k5
Another dominant force from this game, Shaq had more moves in the low-post than any other player.ever. Playing as a part of the Heat for his first year, Shaq earned an amazing 95 overall rating. He had this move where he backed you down towards the low block on either side of the basket, and once he reached that block he had a shimmy shake where he spun to the left or right of his defender, switched hands, and dropped it in for an easy 2. He would score on you, it was just a question as to how many points over 25 would he have. His baby hook, oh sweet mercy he dropped that like it was a hot piece of coal. He simply was a beast, and with D-Wade as his point guard, you saw plenty of alley-oops.
1. Tom Brady/Randy Moss- Madden 08.
Yes, I am aware that the Patriots blew their chance for an undefeated season while losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. However, another thing I'm aware of is that you could singlehandedly beat any team in the game with just these two beasts. In real life, Brady threw 50 TD's that season, 23 of which he threw to Moss. In the game, not much changed. If you had Moss run a fly pattern through double-coverage and Brady threw the ball anywhere near him, he would catch it and he would score. It's simple math, my friends: Brady + Moss = 6 Points.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
After this, there will be two more parts to this series. I will try to scan my patches, and I have also completed another rainbow (including 1/1) but am just waiting on the package. Be on the lookout for these posts!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Its only three cards, but it still looks really cool. The gold is /2003 and the black /52. This is my fist completed rainbow, but hopefully it won't be my last. Surprisingly, the last card I got for this rainbow was the gold. I was inspired to complete this after obtaining the black. I bought the first one I could find at a decent price.
I still have three more parts to this mail week coming up, and remember I am saving the best for last. Also, I will try to get some scans of my patch cards up after I am done with this series.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
It looks great in person, but unfortunately this isn't the best scan. It is 20/20, so it is a "double" eBay 1/1. Last one made, and his jersey number. This patch is from the old Red Sox away uniforms, probably part of the number. I like this card because I am a huge fan of patches, and it is of my PC player.
Like I said, this will be a series with this being part one. I know I am getting at least one of five packages tommorrow, but the rest are a crap shoot. I think I will save the best card for last (yes, it gets better then this), but I might not be able to wait because it is definately my new favorite card. I won't wreck anymore surprises though.
Friday, June 1, 2012
P.O. Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642
There is a limited supply of packs this time with only 10,000 hobby and 10,000 retail. Topps hasn't really mantioned the difference between the two, but I am assuming that hobby packs will have more autos than retail packs. Finally, all packages must be postmarked AFTER June 6th. Packages postmarked prior to this date will not be fulfilled. If these are anything like the wrapper redemptions from this year's release of Bowman, they will run out quick. So, be sure to send in your wrappers right away. Good luck to anyone ripping Series Two!