The impetus for this purchase came from the temptation to pick up a box of 2013 Crown Royale football for cheap, in hopes of finding some Brad Sorensen parallels I needed. In the end, my better judgment ruled as I realized that I wasn't interested in the rest of the set, so I would be better off just buying the singles I wanted. The rest of the purchase was the result of me spending the money that I would have spent on the boxes I didn't really want on cards that I selected myself.
This is what the box looked like when it arrived. The Sportlots people just took all of the individual packages from the sellers and put them in one medium flat rate box. I was somewhat surprised, not expecting to see everything in its original packaging from the seller. It's not a bad thing at all, just different from what I expected.
All of you baseball-only people will probably lose interest after this. This is the extent of the baseball buying I did in this order. All of these are set needs.
Set needs on the football side came in this form. You know, for a lower-end product like 2016 Panini was meant to be, I've really had a hard time tracking down some of the no-name rookies in the set at a price I am readily willing to pay. Kenyan Drake was one of the better rookies of the class, and was cheaper than some of the other guys people had for sale. The Unsung Heroes insert set from Absolute of the same year is one of my favorites and is now almost done.
As great as Brett Favre was for that team, my favorite Packer of the era was LeRoy Butler. I'm not sure there has ever been a better blitzing defensive back. One of these cards is evidence--Butler is sacking Trent Dilfer on his 1997 Stadium Club card.
Progressing through the 80s here. I may be biased here, but I love the 1989 Score John Anderson. Anderson is a Packer great who is way underrepresented on cardboard. The action shot on this card, of Anderson and Tim Harris swallowing up a Bills runner is awesome.
This lone 1980 card may seem important because it includes a picture of Walter Payton. However, I wanted it for a different reason. This happens to be the rookie card of one Len Walterscheid, the first Southern Utah State College player to go on to the NFL. This makes this the first card of any one of my fellow alumni. Walterscheid wasn't drafted, though. The first draft pick didn't come until 2013. Walterscheid's son, Justin, also played for SUU during the time I attended school. Justin is currently the offensive coordinator at SUU, since 2015.
And, finally, stickers! I don't actively pursue many stickers, but when I'm trying to round out my collection of 80s era safeties and linemen, they do a great job of filling slots on a page. From top left: Dave Butz, Kenny Easley, Nolan Cromwell, Brian Hansen, Kenny Easley, Carl Banks, Dwight Stephenson, Dwight Stephenson, and Eric Dickerson.
Speaking of Eric Dickerson, I'll end with three inserts. I'm pretty Jon will like the first one. In fact, he may have already shown it on his blog recently. Maybe? It's a nice-looking set that I've enjoyed from his COMC purchases, and this is one of a few that I own as well.
In all, the Sportlots box turned out to be a better purchase for me than 2 boxes of Crown Royale. And what about the Brad Sorensen cards that sparked the purchase?
Yeah, I found a few.