Friday, March 25, 2016

Card Madness 2016, Pt. 6

Round 2 Matchup: Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts












2014 Topps Valor #87 Cody Latimer

Player: 1 8 catches for 82 yards in two years.
Design: 4
Photo: 3 He looks like he means business with his head down as he runs.
Back: 2
Condition: 3


2014 Panini Contender Rookie Ticket Jersey #16 Donte Moncrief

Player: 3 Has the potential to be a solid #2 receiver.
Design: 4
Photo:2 I really don't like the stare into the camera.
Back: 2
Condition: 3
Extra: 1 Extra point for the relic.

Final Score: Indianapolis 15, Denver 13

Round 2 Matchup: San Diego Chargers vs. Houston Texans

1992 Fleer #365 Eric Moten

For the second round in a row, the Chargers have junk wax representation.
Player: 2 Started for Chargers for six years, then was done.  I don't know why his career ended, but he didn't play for another team. 
Design: 3 I'm a fan of Fleer.  The NFL shield with the helmet adds a bit of class to a cheaper brand.  It's a clean, classic, unassuming look.
Photo: 3 I love trench battles.  Lower pads win; I think Moten got this round.
Back: 2
Condition: 2

2015 Topps #445 Jaelen Strong

Player: 3 A 2nd round pick, Strong was fairly productive as a rookie.  Three TDs in only 11 receptions.
Design: 2 Just another 2015 Topps.  I didn't realize I had so much of this stuff.  I don't remember buying it.
Photo: 3 I like the action in this practice field shot.  It looks like a catch that's more difficult than the run-of-the-mill catch.
Back: 2
Condition: 3

Final Score: Houston 13, San Diego 12

Round 2 Matchup: New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings


































2011 Panini Threads #98 Eli Manning

Player: 4 I'm probably a bigger Eli fan than I should be.  I mean, you can't spell "elite" without "Eli," right?  Right?
Design: 2 I like the fabric texture ribbon on the side.  I don't like horizontal cards.  I really don't like the teeny Giants logo floating off in space, all alone in the corner.
Photo: 2 The picture of Eli is too small.  There is far more background than player here.  In this case, the card was horizontal for the sake of being horizontal, and this one should be vertical.
Back: 2 If I had this set in a binder, I would display them backwards.  The picture is the same, and the design works better on the back.  Do you see what I mean above?  However, the back isn't perfect.  There's not a whole of player info there. 
Condition: 3

2014 Finest Fantasy's Finest #FF-AP Adrian Peterson

Player: 5 Another Vikings card, another Adrian Peterson.  That's two rounds in a row.
Design: 3 Once again, I'm not a fan of the horizontal.  I like fantasy football, and I get that Topps is trying to reach a certain demographic, but they sure have been chasing a fantasy theme for the past few years.
Photo: 3 Grass stains.  As it should be.
Back: 2
Condition: 2 There is a slight scratch on the surface.

Final Score: Minnesota 15, New York 13

Round 2 Matchup:  San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

2015 Prestige Extra Points Green #226 DeAndrew White

Player: 1 Undrafted free agent caught 2 balls for 18 yards last year.
Design: 3 I like this year's Prestige.  I love the green parallel.  I hate the green paired with Alabama crimson and 49er red.
Photo: 3 Is he going into the end zone here?  I think so, and I like the action.
Back: 2
Condition: 3

2013 Topps Prime #32 Jacquizz Rodgers

Player: 2 I liked Quizz in college, and I really rooted for him to do more in the pros.  Plus, his name is Jacquizz!  Pretty cool.
Design: 4 Once again, I am a Topps Prime fan.  I never have collected much of it, but I certainly like having the cards I do have.
Photo: 4 Great action shot. 
Back: 2
Condition: 3
Extra: 1 The card number matches the jersey number.

Final Score: Atlanta 16, San Francisco 12

That will wrap up Round 2.  We'll try to narrow the field to the Elite 8 before the weekend's out.  Thanks for reading!

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