Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Love Soccer Part 6

I have committed myself to following through on this box recap, sometimes I lose a little focus. The other box arrived and I busted it, but alas no auto, though some nice numbered cards. I will show those off at the end of the box break review. With the second box I was able to complete the base set.

Also, I picked up a box of 2015-16 Donruss for $24.95 including free shipping! I already have a base set of this as the last year's edition gave us one with one box. I hope to add several inserts, parallels, and an auto to our collection.

Pack 16

Andres Iniesta midfielder Barcelona
As I write this he was carted off the pitch on a stretcher during Barca's game against Valencia. I hope it is isn't too bad.

Former Real keeper Iker Casillas FC Porto

Manuel Neuer national team keeper Bayern

Dominator Neymar Barcelona

Brazil was the only national team we didn’t see at the Copa that really wanted to but they didn’t come to win as they were more interested in winning Olympic gold in Brazil. So they didn’t bring their best to the Copa including Neymar

Picture Perfect Axel Witsel Belgian right winger FC Zenit (Russia)

Isco attacking midfielder Real Madrid

I love the one name payers and celebrities, Prince, Madonna, Isco, Pepe, Ronoldo, Neymar, etc. Perhaps I should go with a one name name?

Pack 17

Production Line Ivan Rakitic Barcelona
His line was “10 assists in 2014-15” Donruss is really stretching this insert set to the max.

Pack 18

Neymar Jr. Barcelona

Accomplishments Press Proof #003/149 Gareth Bale Real Madrid
Pretty cool card, Donruss knows how to make some solid parallels. Every time I type Bale I always have to change from Christian. His accomplishment is the same as his regular card “Scores in all-Madrid 2014 Champions League final”

Miroslav Klose German striker SS Lazio

Dominator Gold Paul Pogba Juventus

Picture Perfect Marco Reus winger/striker/midfielder Borussia Dortmund

Insert and parallel hot pack to be sure.

Pack 19

Ivelin Popov holographic Bulgarian attacking midfielder FC Spartak Moscow

Production Line Koke Atletico Madrid

Koke’s production was “7 goals in 2013-14”

Angel de Maria PSG

My man crush Ronaldo Real Madrid

Pack 20

Arturo Vidal Chilean midfielder Bayern

We were able to see Chile play twice in the Copa and man they were fantastic- hence they won it all, again. We had the most obnoxious Chilean sitting behind us, she would hurl profane and homophobic insults at the Argentinians I had to finally turn around tell her how offensive she was being.  She was hammered and like hammered people do (not that I would KNOW) she kind of passed out during the second half. This was OK by us. Literally as I hit the post button he scored against Munchengladbach, which is his first of this year's season.

Accomplishments Carlos Tevez Argentinian

Copa 2016 Alum, his accomplishment was to “Claims league title in Bocca Juniors Return” After I posted this I took another look at the parallels I pulled and noticed this revel is actually a canvas #28/49.

Accomplishments Gold  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar  Dutch striker Schalke 04

Klaas’ accomplishment was “Closes the Bundesliga as 2011-12 Goals leader”
My Bundesliga team is TSG 1899 Hoffenheim which had a really poor season last year (15th!) and this year they are 3rd!

Picture Perfect Jeroen Zoet PSV Eindhoven
Dutch hot pack!

Good to finish the pack with a Real player, Pepe Portuguese center back

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A new Yadi, a new Yadi!

First, a shout out to the American League Champions the Cleveland Indians! I like the Blue Jays too, and would have rooted for them but it has been a long time for Cleveland. Now I am hopeful the Dodgers will be their opponents.
It has been a long time since we added a new Yadi card to our collection, or should I say a new Yadi that isn’t a base card. Over the last few months I have been keeping my eyes out for the Instavision Highlights insert from 2016 Stadium Club. Most of the ones I have seen pop up have been, let us say not cheap. I may have written this before but Yadi cards have been very very hard to locate for reasonable prices-kind of like tulipmania, I have kind of given up. However, when a Gold parallel version numbered to 25 came up I put it on my watch list. When it came close to ending and it was still at the opening price of $3.99 I put a bid in of $4.00. Luck would have it I won! According to Cardboard Connection the regular version is one per case, so who knows the odds of the #ed version. In this case this is numbered 11/25.

It is an interesting card, with a Yadi shot of him holding his bat, then an inset of him running pumping his fist.  The inset is kind of like a still from a celluloid film clip. Pretty cool. The back tells us that this was from his at bat in the top of the 9th in game 7th of the 2006 LCSW against the Mets. Who could forget that home run? With only 6 during the regular season. You can see his fantastic home run here

Monday, October 17, 2016

I Love Soccer Part 5

I have to say that all of those cards I have said are silver are actually "holographic", which are pretty cool.

Pack 13

Luis Suarez Uruguayen striker Barcelona.
We were really looking forward to seeing him play in the Copa this past summer but alas he was hurt and only on the sidelines, but we did see him.

I was promised one auto, or mosaic or canvas parallels per box. Well I did pull an auto of someone I haven't even heard of, which is crazy. I estimated of the regular single player autos I recognized about 50%, well this was on the 50% side I didn't recognize. So who did I pull?

"The Beautiful Game" Adrian Ramos Columbian striker with Borussia Dortmund.
He wasn't even on the national team for the Copa. You know you didn't win the auto lotto when the back of the card brags how good he was off the bench! At least the sig is really nicely done.

Donruss Debut Riechedly Bazoer Dutch central midfielder Ajax

Accomplishments Gareth Bale
His accomplishment was "Scores in all-Madrid 2014 Champions League Final"

Pack 14

So now that I pulled the auto the excitement cooled down a little.
Gold Stefan de Vrij Dutch defense S.S Lazio
It is raining Dutch footballers! Stefan was a member of the 2014 World Cup team.

Production Line Marc Janko striker FC Basel
His Production was "16 goals in 2014-15"

Gianluigi Buffon Italian national team captain goalkeeper Juventus

David Luiz Brazilian central midfielder PSG

Pack 15
Phillip Lahm right back Bayern

Gold Fernandao Brazilian striker Fenerbahçe (Turkey)

Dominator Carlos Bacca Columbian striker A.C Milan.
Yes we saw him also destroy the US in the Copa.

Paul Pogba French central midfielder Juventus (now with Man United)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I Love Soccer Part 4

Almost half way there-the same seller I bought this from had one last box they were selling for even less, so I bought it. More on that in a later post. More of my favorite cards from the box.

Pack 10

Another Dutch Player for Dutch Card Guy

Arjen Robben Winger and Dutch national team captain, Bayern

Arjen has been playing with one Dutch national team or another since he was on the Under 15 in 1999!

Accomplishments Andrés Iniesta central midfielder Barcelona

His accomplishment "Second treble with Barcelona".

Lionel Messi Silver base card

Another Real Madrid player Luka Modrić Croatian national team captain central midfielder

Pack 11
Dani Alves Brazilian right back Barcelona

Production Line silver Lucas Alario forward River Platte
Production for Lucas was 11 goals in 2015. He was NOT in the Copa America this year.
Donruss Debut silver Gianluigi Donnarumma goalkeeper A.C Milan
Accomplishment Phillipp Lahm right back captain of the 2014 World Cup champion Germany. Following the World Cup he retired from international. His accomplishment was 'Captains FC Bayern Munich to treble"
Real Madrid Goalkeeper Costa Rican Keylor Navas

Pack 12

Fernando Torres striker Atletico Madrid
Gold Steve Mandanda goalkeeper Olympique de Marseille (now with Crystal Palace EPL)
Dominator Green Robert Lewandowski Polish national team captain striker Bayern