Revisiting My Autograph Bucket List

As a Vikings fan, I hate the Packers, and I consider it against my religion to support anything Packers related in terms of my buying habits. That particular tendency has led to a number of issues when trying to acquire a Brett Favre auto to fill in the spot it should hold in my Vikings collection. I have wanted a Favre auto for a while, but it was nothing more than adding to my collection of autos from the greats of each sport. Now that the greatest QB in Packers’ history is wearing (or wore depending on future decisions) my purple and gold, I feel his auto has reached a higher spot on my autograph bucket list.

A long time ago, I commented on the list of players I want to get autographs from to make my collection complete, a list that has some odd names on it for someone who rarely buys players not related to Minnesota. I have already obtained some of the players that I want to get, but there are sure a lot more that I will need to complete the task at hand. I have Walter Payton, a player that Im sure Vikings fans hated forever, but still someone you need to have in a “Football Greats” collection. I also have Hank Aaron, a player I have admired since I read a biography of him in elementary school. I now have Emmitt Smith, which is funny for a Vikings fan, because his superstardom will be forever tied to one of the worst trades in NFL history. Lastly, I have recently acquired Sandy Koufax as well, a player I sought out due to his dominance of the game in a time where dominance didn’t come easy. After all of that, still no Favre, mainly because of how many of his cards feature Green and Gold.

I started looking for one over the weekend because I had some extra money to throw around after some ebay sales did well, and I was shocked at the prices for his cards. Not the VALUE of his cards, but the prices people thought they should go for. When ending in auction, Favre’s cards rarely top 200, even for the lower numbered ones for high end products, but that doesn’t stop people from posting auction after auction at higher than three and four hundred. It basically prices them out of my consideration, and I am forced to wait for something better to come along. I was considering purchasing a mini-helmet, but I am out of space to put anything but a card on my shelf. Because of that, I am quite limited in my purchases. To tell you the truth, I would actually want a Vikings sticker auto above anything, but the hoard of Vikings fans prevent that from being anywhere even close to affordable. I assume with the backlog of Panini and Topps stickers, this year it will become much, much easier to accomplish.

So, with that, I assume you are all waiting with baited breath who is on my autograph bucket list, and I am definitely going to give you what you want. Natch.

Football

Walter Payton – DONE
Joe Montana
Jerry Rice
Barry Sanders
Emmitt Smith – DONE
Brett Favre
Dan Marino
Johnny Unitas

Baseball

Hank Aaron – DONE
Sandy Koufax – DONE
Mickey Mantle
Ted Williams
Willie Mays

Basketball

Michael Jordan
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – DONE
Magic Johnson
Larry Bird
Wilt Chamberlain

Golf

Tiger Woods
Jack Nicklaus – Have somewhere, but lost for lack of a better term
Arnold Palmer – Have what seems like pre-printed TTM, still need

Boxing

Muhammad Ali

I have a few Peterson autos including my 2008 Exquisite Auto /10 that I am debating whether or not I should trade to get more of these cards. Sadly, I now have more Peterson stuff than I can display, and the two I have taken down (including the Sayers dual) are not important for me to keep. Who knows, maybe coming events at work will give me more disposable income to play with. San Antonio living has definitely put us in a great position financially and thanks to a few great investments, I have had a lot of luck crossing names off this list.

UD Tries To Make Good On Favre Icons Redemption Foul

Early in 2008′s card year, Upper Deck released their version of Brett Favre’s first Jets card. For 2008 Icons, they inserted redemptions for the non-autoed “Broadway Brett” letters that have made Icons such a popular product over the last two years. Since the release, UD has had major problems getting the cards built and sent out, so its been a long wait for the collectors that redeemed them.

To help make up for their late return, UD created two limited edition Brett Favre Vikings cards that will be included with each Letter redemption that are on the verge of being shipped out.
I think its too little too late with these, as the cards shouldnt have taken as long as they have. Regardless, people arent walking away empty handed.
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Vikings and Packers in a Bloodbath For The Ages

Considering there is a bye week next week, I needed something to help me through the void that is coming for the Vikings. The game today definitely qualified under that category without a doubt. A great win, not only for the morale it gives Favre and the team, but also because a good portion of the team played great.
Brett Favre
I was dreading what was going to happen in this game because of the adrenaline involved, but Favre performed like the master he is. Four TDs and no picks makes Brett a great QB, and I couldnt help but cheer like hell for him all game. You could just see the Packers fans getting more and more frustrated as the first half went on, and then again at the end of the game. It was great, to say the least, and I loved every minute of the Packer fans misery. On top of the pressure of the game that Brett seemed to shrug off, he made some great throws. The Berrian TD throw to seal it was phenomenal, and the Harvin TD was just as good. Just a great game all around for him.
Percy Harvin
When the Vikings drafted him, I cringed. Another pot smoking idiot, that brings back memories of Moss’ attitude, right? WRONG. The guy plays with an intensity that rivals Peterson, but the finesse and explosiveness of someone like Andre Johnson. Harvin looked like a veteran out there today, and his plays on special teams were the reason this game ended the way it did. Four kickoff returns that set the Vikings up with great field position, as well as a 51 yard TD catch that was his best of the year. I cant say enough good things about him. I am so fucking glad I have as many of his cards as I do.
Adrian Peterson
Peterson didnt have a memorable game, but he had a VERY solid performance. 140+ yards from scrimmage, a TD on fourth and goal, and a catch that sealed it for the Vikes in the fourth. Im sure he is just as glad as I am that we can score 38 points when he has just an okay game. Never would have happened a few years ago.
Jared Allen
If there is one person that loves playing against the Packers more than Favre, its Jared Allen. Three more sacks, as well as a few batted passes, and you have another amazing game from a guy that is quickly cementing his place as the best defensive end in the league.
Aaron Rodgers
This guy must be hating himself right now. The guy he replaced just came in and torched them for the SECOND time, and he had a great game despite it. He must be thinking “What the crap do I have to do to beat these mother fuckers?” I actually felt pretty bad for him because he just looked dead out there once the game got out of reach. Favre’s shadow looms over him no matter what he does, and you can see that he hates every second of it.
Karl Paymah, Madieu Williams, Cedric Griffin
How long until Winfield gets back? Seriously, I spent most of the second half shouting horrible things at these guys, as they could not have played a worse game coming out of that locker room for quarter 3. Paymah completely looks overmatched, which says something playing across from horrid Cedric Griffin. Madieu Williams has to be one of the worst Safeties I have ever seen, never really putting anything into his tackles. Just to illustrate how bad it was, on Rodgers’ 35 yard scramble, Paymah didnt even bother to turn around until Rodgers was right behind him. I hope they cut these fuckers.
Overall, I am extremely happy with the game today. Everything happened as it should. Funny enough, I played a game on Madden the night before against a guy who chose the Packers against my Vikings. I won on the last play of the game with a TD to Shiancoe, and much like today’s game, it was dominated by Allen and the D-Line. I am truly excited to see how the rest of the season will turn out, and I think it could actually turn out to be one of the best seasons I have been able to watch.

First Favre Certified Vikings Auto Hits Ebay


The first of the Favre autos is up right now, and the seller wants a shitload. So, Panini gets the first shot in, but there are only a few other than this, and its a sticker. It doesnt look awful, minus the top of his head, but they sure created a huge hullabaloo over a sticker auto on a few cards.

Favre Has More Than One Vikings SPX Card

For those of you who read about the the Favre “red jersey” card that was inserted in 2009 SPX, it wasnt the only one that they made. They also made a super short print “press conference” card that has been selling for around 125 dollars on eBay as of late. Even though the card is a presser and not a game shot, collectors have definitely jumped on it.

Kind of slipped under the radar for a while…