Football Cards for Football Night

Posted: January 12, 2013 by Crackin' Wax in Green Bay Packers
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Even as a kid, I just couldn’t get into collecting football cards. I tried. Trust me, I tried. While I do enjoy football, I just love baseball so much more. It also didn’t help that I was a confused football fan when I was younger. You see, one side of the family was from Minnesota and all rooted for the Vikings while the other side of the family was from Wisconsin and all cheered on the Packers. One moment I’m a Fran Tarkenton fan, the next I like Lynne Dickey. A few years back when I started getting back into collecting, my sweetheart of a wife accidentally bought football cards for me thinking that she had actually picked up baseball. I gave her a smile and ripped through the pack. Sadly, I set those cards aside and, frankly, I have no idea where they are right now. I may have an Adrian Peterson rookie card for all I know. Don’t raid my house looking for it, though. I have two vicious custom card-making guard cats who will purr your pants off if you try.

Although not a fan of football cards, I am still a fan of my Packers. When I got back into collecting, good ol’ Number 4 was still sporting the green and gold and I was still on his side. While I’m still a fan of his body of work, after some disturbing pictures of him made their rounds, I’m not so much a fan of the work of his body. *heebiejeebie* Let’s just say that, while he’s done some things in and for the game that very few may ever be able to duplicate, what he’s allegedly done off the field has soured my opinion of him. Before all of that supposedly happened, however, I figured that if I’m not going to seriously collect any football cards, I might as well pick up some nice higher end items of my favorite player–at the time, anyway.

I also unearthed my only real football gem, my poorly graded Jerry Rice rookie card. Having a couple of nicer newer football items plus the only football card from my childhood that I still care about is about as far as I’ve thus far cared to go in regards to collecting football.

Besides, after 10 months of collecting baseball, I need a breather. How could I possibly wrap my head around collecting a second sport when the one sport that I care about the most takes up 5/6 of my collecting year!

Meh. I’m just being a baby.

Back to the subject at hand.

Oh, how the stars have aligned tonight. It’s as if someone somewhere in the universe decided that tonight was all about me and my feeble football card collection. Threading back to nearly 30 years ago when I first tore into football packs, through my Jerry Rice rookie pull, losing, finding and slabbing, to my half-hearted attempt at collecting good Packers cards and landing right smack dab to Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season. The Green Bay Packers against the San Francisco 49ers. It was a game that I was unable to watch–one that I’m almost glad I didn’t watch. The Pack were bested by Alex Smith and the Niners, a team that Green Bay has often done well against.

That leads us to tonight. An NFC Divisional game with a Week 1 rematch of the Battle of the Bays. This time reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers steps up to the plate against Kap, the surprise of the year. It’s almost storybook. The oddsmakers say the Niners have a slight edge over Green Bay, but my gut full of cheddar thinks that Green Bay will sneak past the Niners and move on to the NFC Championship game.

Somewhere out there, someone made this night for me. As my wife is preparing a lovely game night meal of meatloaf, mashed baby reds and spinach salad with homemade croutons, I’m down in my office convinced that tonight the universe is revolving solely around me and the few football cards that are in my sad collection.

…and how apropos that these two particular cards are at the very heart of my minimal football collection.

DON’T FORGET: I’ve got a 2013 Topps Series 1 baseball case break going on. Ten teams left, giving away a full sealed jumbo box, all happening in just a few short weeks! GET IN ON IT NOW!!


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