2009 Topps Heritage High Adam Jones "Clubhouse Collection" relicThere's nothing finer than a dirty jersey swatch. Seeing the brown streaks on this card makes me think about Adam possibly making a diving catch in center field while wearing the jersey that ended up in this card. I guess he could have also been eating chocolate ice cream, and missed his mouth. The sad thing is, the world may never know how this white jersey got so stained. Do you see that there on the top of the card? It's tape, and it's on the top loader only. Why do so many eBay seller and trade partners tape up perfectly good top-loaders or tape them together? I am officially starting up a new non-profit called P.A.T.T. It stands for People Against the Taping of Top-loaders. Who's with me? Anyone care to make a donation?
2009 Topps Unique Nick Markakis "Solo Shot" relicWhat can I say about Topps Unique that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed out and depleted. Being a player collector sucks sometimes, but having this card in my Markakis collection is necessary evil. At least Topps took the time stamp these with a serial number, so you can be sure of the print run.
It's a big Sunday for me and my Baltimore Ravens. A win against the lowly but tricky Oakland Raiders, and the season continues. A loss, and the season is over. Both teams are near the top of the league in penalties per game, and the Ravens have been notorious this season for beating themselves by doing dumb shit. It could be a long and ugly afternoon, but the Ravens should emerge victorious, and go on to face the Pats or Bengals in the first round of the playoffs. If anyone needs me, I'll be biting my nails on the couch, in front of the TV.