Getting Back In

I have been mostly out of the hobby for the past couple of years.  Life has been pretty busy with school and work, and my sports passion just wasn’t as high as it has been in the past.  I would occasionally play with my COMC port, but that was about the extent of my involvement.  This past month, I started organizing my collection and it got me back into the card mood.  A few random musings off that:

  • I sold my COMC port, and have sent in ~ 160 cards I had on-hand that weren’t part of my PC. I’m looking forward to turning those into PC cards.  I probably took a slight loss on my COMC port to pay for it, but I’m OK with that decision right now, and it was probably inevitable at some point.
  • My PCs are the most organized they have been in years.  It’s a good feeling to be able to open up a folder of cards and have everything there in order.
  • In the past, I have focused mostly on Football.  I’m thinking about pivoting to Baseball.  This is largely motivated by the fact that my Atlanta Braves have one of the best farm systems in Baseball, and will hopefully be contenders again sooner than later.  Additionally, Topps getting out of Football pretty much killed my desire to chase current product there.
  •  I think the extent of my Football collecting at this point will be mostly oriented around older product.  Cards from around 1999-2006 (when my main team, the Titans, were last good) have always been my favorites, and I’ll probably stick there with Football for the most part.  I will continue building my Titans, Vols in college uniforms, and Jason Witten collections, as well as my 2013-2015 Bowman Football set building.
  • My Baseball collection has been pretty paltry, so  I’m mainly focusing right now on trying to fill in holes in my Atlanta Braves collection.
  • I’ve been trying to get rid of a bunch of base I put together in my organizing.  I flipped several team lots (plus a random NASCAR collection I had) into a bunch of Titans for my collection.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to cost-efficiently move around 1,000 Base Commons while getting at least something for them.
  • I’ll try to post a little more frequently over here in the coming future, so stay tuned!

Card of the Day – 6/5/2014

#tbt to the 2004 NFL Rookie Class celebrating their 10th year since entering the league.

2004 Topps 2004 Premiere Prospects #PP5 – Eli Manning – Courtesy of

2004 Bazooka #170 – Philip Rivers – Courtesy of

2004 Fleer Platinum #8YM – Larry Fitzgerald – Courtesy of

2004 Topps Total #364 – Steven Jackson – Courtesy of

2004 Press Pass #BN22 – Matt Schaub – Courtesy of

2004 Bowman #144 – Vince Wilfork – Courtesy of

2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #143 – Jared Allen – Courtesy of

2004 Bowman Chrome #179 – Wes Welker – Courtesy of

Why I don’t buy the Doug Martin hype.

One of the hot names in the hobby for Football both this off-season and previous off-seasons is Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin.  Recently, in the Blowout Cards forum, I asked readers to comment about which Non-Rookie players would break out this year, and several mentioned Martin.  While I can understand why some collectors might be enthralled with him, I am a little bit skeptical of that train.

Doug Martin is a bit overrated in the hobby.

The first thing that worries me about Martin is that he is a RB coming off an injury.  Some RBs are able to come back from a serious injury and perform at a high level (think Knowshon Moreno).  Many others, from Terrell Davis to another Buc by the name of Cadillac Williams, fail to do so.  With other RB options for collectors to get hyped about, including young, starting RBs like Le’Veon Bell and Montee Ball, I’m not sure I understand why some take the risk of betting on a RB to come back from an injury and perform at a high level.

Doug Martin will try to come back from an injury this season.

The bigger problems for me, though, are that Doug Martin’s track record, after his rookie year, is not good.  Doug Martin put together a good 2012 campaign, but his stats for 2013 are not good.  He played 5 complete games and put together 1 solid performance (29 Carries for 144 Yards in Week 2 against New Orleans), with the rest ranging from mediocre to awful (27 carries for 45 yards in Week 4 is pretty unsightly).  I’ll let you look at and decide for yourself.  Football history is too littered with RBs who put together one good season and then fell apart to assume that this was a fluke.  For that reason, I cannot be anywhere close to comfortable with Doug Martin as a hobby investment.

Doug Martin’s track record is not as good as you might think.

In the end, Doug Martin might have the build for a good RB, but with other good, young RBs to choose from who either aren’t coming off injuries or have shown that they can still perform at a high level regardless, Martin is not someone I buy into.  I’ll be writing about players who I do think are good investments ahead of this season over the coming weeks, and there will be plenty of RBs included, ranging from Robert Turbin to Le’Veon Bell to Ben Tate.  With so many other options and such negative tape on Martin’s real, I would opt to stay away.